Price Increase Imminent For Mango Investment In Panama

Turnkey Agricultural Investment In My Favorite Save Haven Earns Up To 30% Per Year

Aug. 1, 2014, Panama City, Panama: An investment in this mango plantation in Panama could earn you up to 30% per year.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

With drought in California, food prices in the region are rising.

This current crisis will pass, but it helps to make the point: An investment in agricultural property is a better idea every day.

I've been strongly recommending you make productive land part of your investment portfolio for more than five years now. My preference (and beat) is land outside the United States in locations where water sources are more secure and more stable than in places like the Southwest United States.

Panama qualifies. I've invested in timber in this country and, more recently, mangos.

I've recommended this mango opportunity to you in the past. The developer has been busy over the past four months preparing the land for planting. These are serious guys proceeding carefully and meticulously. Their plantation preparations have included sending up a drone every week to map the land to ensure they're getting the drainage slopes right.

The next step is to put the trees in the ground. This works begins tomorrow.


Retire To Los Islotes On Panama’s Western Azuero Peninsula

Why Peg And Pat Are Retiring To Panama's Beautiful Pacific Coast

July 31, 2014, Los Islotes, Panama: Peg Fairbairn and Pat Kloosterman are among the retirees who’ve chosen Los Islotes, on the Pacific coast of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula, as their ideal retirement spot.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"I'm a retired schoolteacher from Austin, Texas," Peg Fairbairn told me yesterday. "I've got limited savings, and I'm on a fixed income. Those are my realities.

"However, I also had a dream. I wanted to retire to the Pacific coast. I wanted the good life at the beach.

"With my savings and my income, I knew I could never afford what I wanted in the States. But here in Panama? I've been able to buy it in full. I've found my dream in a turn-key package that fits my budget.

"Why am I in Panama? Because here I can afford my dream and back in the States I couldn't. It's that simple."

Pat Kloosterman is also retired, though her husband is still working as an engineer in Ohio. Full-time retirement is a few years away for this couple still, but they're putting their plan in place now.

"We started thinking about the big 'where to retire' question a couple of years ago," Pat explains. "We took a survey online. Based on the criteria we entered, the recommended destination for us was Panama. It had everything we were looking for, including easy access back to the States and a tropical climate. Plus Panama uses the U.S. dollar. We liked that, too. So we decided to take a trip to see the place for ourselves.

"When we got to Panama, we fell in love with the land itself. The ocean, the mountains, the's just beautiful. We wanted to be on the coast. Los Islotes, where we've bought a lot and are just beginning construction of our house, is on the Pacific, but, where we've bought, we're on a ridge that has views both of the ocean and of the mountains. We look one way and see the ocean. We look the other way and see the mountains. Really, we couldn't imagine anything better. The whole's just awesome..."


Retire To Kilkenny, Ireland

Our Pick For The Best Of Ireland

July 30, 2014, Kilkenny, Ireland: Medieval Kilkenny, Ireland, is a top choice for the would-be retiree.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

When I'm asked to recommend a single spot in Ireland for the would-be retiree, I come up with at least five possibilities. Then, for each place, I ask one critical question: Could a non-local (one not born into a harsh Irish winter) survive here year-round? Is there enough to amuse when the nights are long and it rains for a week at a time? The one place that stands out to me right now—passing this year-round test with flying colors—is Kilkenny.

This "Medieval city" (now officially a town) is the arts and artisanal center of Ireland. From April to October, its streets buzz with local and tourist shoppers in search of unique clothing, gifts, and home-wares. They come in the winter months, too, though in lesser numbers. The big event in town is the annual Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in June that attracts comedy fans from around the world, while November's Kilkenomics Festival—a quirky marriage of economists and comedians from around the world—is growing in popularity. And, any time boredom strikes, you can reach Dublin in 70 minutes by direct motorway.

The whole county of Kilkenny deserves to be explored, particularly those towns and villages along the Nore and Barrow rivers. Dotted between patchwork fields representing every shade of green, you'll find potters, glassmakers, and jewelry designers, all inspired by the natural beauty surrounding them.


Where To Retire In France And Argentina

French Dreams And Argentine Drama—
More Personal Bests

July 29, 2014, Panama City, Panama: Lucy Culpepper and Lief Simon name their personal favorite overseas lifestyle havens, including France, Medellin, Buenos Aires, and Barcelona.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Yesterday I shared some of our editors' revelations for their personal top retirement and lifestyle picks worldwide. Today, more biased, nonobjective, 100% unscientific and personal recommendations from key Live and Invest Overseas correspondents, this time in Europe and the Americas…

Euro-Correspondent Lucy Culpepper: France

During the past three years as managing editor of the Overseas Retirement Letter, I have been inspired by so many correspondents' reports. The locations that have intrigued me most and that will join my must-visit-in-the-next-10-years list are Medellin, Colombia; Na Trang, Vietnam; Pai, Thailand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Johor Bahru, Malaysia; and Belize (all of it!).

A country I visited many years ago that I'd like to explore again is Chile, especially the Lake District. It was one of the most beautiful, tranquil places in the world, and my guess is that it still is.

However, my personal current favorite place for living and retiring overseas would have to be France. Why France in general? I love the history, the culture, the language, the markets, the hugely varied, beautiful landscape, and the ease of travel within and to other European countries.

Where specifically? It's hard to pin down one place, so I'll share my France dream: I'd have an apartment in Paris, a home on the Atlantic coast near Biarritz, and a home in the Languedoc region, specifically the tiny village of Roquebrun for its beautiful light and tumbling river.


Live And Invest Overseas Editors Name Their Favorite...

Editors' Choice—Here's What We Really Think

July 28, 2014, Panama City, Panama: Live and Invest Overseas editors name Paris, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, and Cambodia as their favorite overseas retirement havens.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Our Live and Invest Overseas team is fully occupied these days debating the answer to the question:

Where is the best place in the world to retire?

Our editors are compiling data, reviewing statistics, comparing property values, updating budgets, and arguing over interpretations of things like "spring-like climate." We'll be unveiling our picks for the best places in the world to live or retire overseas in the special expanded August issue of my Overseas Retirement Letter...a complimentary copy of which will be distributed to every attendee at this year's Retire Overseas Conference in Nashville Aug. 29–31.

This ambitious effort is reminding me that, statistics, data, and costs aside, the only real answer to the question where is the best place in the world to retire is...don't ask us. Because the only answer that matters is your own. Best made, the choice for where to retire overseas is thoroughly personal.

That's why, in the August edition of my Overseas Retirement Letter (ORL), we're supporting our spreadsheets and data-crunching with the biased, nonobjective, 100% unscientific, and personal recommendations of key Live and Invest Overseas correspondents.

If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

Here's how some among us who've seen a lot of the best of what this world has to offer answer that question...


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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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