Shopping And Trade In Panama City

Hermes, Tiffany, Gap, Banana Republic, and Bruno—Profiting From The Current Trend In Panama

Dec. 11, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Panama is one of the world’s biggest and longest-standing trade hubs and an increasingly important shopping destination for Latin America.

Also This Week: What The Well Diversified Global Property Investor Should Own Now...Chasing A Reliable Yield--How To Net 5% To 8% A Year In A 0% World...The Advantages Of Raising Kids Overseas...Of Costs, Currencies, And Quality Of Life...

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

"I didn't just wake up one day and think, 'Well, wouldn't it be nice to build a hotel in Panama City?'

"There's more to it. There are bigger-picture reasons I'm here in Panama right now."

Our friend Bruno, originally from Milan, Italy, was speaking over lunch on Friday. Bruno has enjoyed a hugely successful four-decade-long career as a global property developer, developing hotels, condominiums, and commercial space in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. We met Bruno three years ago, when he'd recently turned his attention to Panama.

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Investing In Piriapolis, Uruguay

Solid Rental Yield In This Top Overseas Retirement Market

Dec. 9, 2011, Piriapolis, Uruguay: Piriapolis, Uruguay, offers a good opportunity for investing in a beach resort rental that could return a yield of more than 12% a year.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Uruguay, home to about 3.5 million people, is a generally sleepy place. The country boasts a stable economy based mostly on agriculture (along with a growing banking industry) and politics that could be described as boring (especially compared with the country's next-door neighbor, Argentina).

Those things, among others, make Uruguay a great retirement destination. But investment haven? Not necessarily. As in all markets, though, there are important exceptions.

One is the tourist accommodation market--that is, hotels and short-term rentals--on stretches of this country's coast. Uruguay is "the" beach vacation destination for Argentines and Brazilians during their summer months (Christmas through February with shoulder seasons from the beginning of December and much of March).

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Property Investing For Annual Yield

Chasing A Reliable Yield—How To Net 5% To 8% A Year In A 0% World

Dec. 8, 2011, Panama City, Panama: How to build a global property investment portfolio of global rental properties in markets where you can earn a reliable annual yield of 5% and better.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"I haven't paid much attention to rental investments throughout my real estate investing career," explained a reader who contacted me recently for advice.

"But I'm interested in understanding current opportunities worldwide right now, because, in the current climate, a reliable net annual yield from a rental property, even of, say, 5% a year, sounds pretty good."

I agree.

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Global Property Investing

What The Well Diversified Global Property Investor Should Own Now

Dec. 7, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Here’s what a well-diversified global property investment portfolio should include.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

The perfectly diversified international real estate investment portfolio might look something like this:

  • A rental property in Europe that is leveraged (that is, carries a mortgage...remember that it's possible to borrow for the purchase of real estate as a foreign buyer in many European countries) and that generates positive cash flow. Right now France, Italy, and Portugal make the most sense for this kind of investment. This is a long-haul play, and, thinking very long term, I like Paris (where I own an apartment that has been close to fully occupied the past three-and-a-half years I've had it available for rental). I'd say Paris is the closest thing to a recession-proof rental market as you'll find. France is perennially the world's most touristed destination. The rues of this city are crowded almost year-round with camera-toting, guidebook-carrying visitors, many of whom choose short-term rental apartments over hotel accommodation.

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International Schooling Options

The Advantages Of Raising Kids Overseas

Dec. 6, 2011, Cochabamba, Bolivia: Raising children overseas has many advantages, including giving them a competitive edge when applying for college and university admission.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"It is that awful time of year that every parent of a high school senior dreads," writes Correspondent Anna Hosbein, "the college application deadline, when kids fill out college applications that sum up the total of what they have done for their first 18 years of life. And parents generally feel anxious.

"This is the second time that we are doing going through this process. In our case, there is a twist. We are helping our second son prepare his college applications from Cochabamba, Bolivia. Does that make the process more or less stressful, you might wonder. In fact, we're feeling pretty good.

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Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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