The World Didn't End--Let's Make Some Plans!
Jan. 1, 2013, Chicago, Illinois: Lief Simon’s top recommendations for where in the world to spend your time and your money in 2013.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
The world didn't end last month despite all the End Of The World hullabaloo in the Yucatan and Belize. The Mayan calendar simply ended. They ran out of stone. The Gregorian calendar ended yesterday, and we had more parties, but the world didn't end overnight either, despite the Fiscal Cliff, FATCA, tax hikes, and autonomous vehicles being allowed on the roads in California (for testing purposes only so far).
January 2013 is here. Time to throw away the paper calendars for 2012 and put up new ones for the New Year.
What if you didn't get your offshore life organized before the end of 2012? It's not the end of the world for you either.
Setting up a diversified international life isn't a sprint. You don't have to complete it in a few weeks or by a specific date...although some dates are more important than others for specific things.
If you haven't taken your first step offshore yet, let 2013 be your starting point. As I recommended almost a year ago when launching this e-letter service, a bank account is the easiest place to begin. Even though many banks worldwide won't work with Americans any longer and it's harder all the time everywhere for an American to open a bank account, it is still possible. On this front, I do recommend you get moving.
Establishing that first bank account overseas will bring you piece of mind, because it will bring you options. Your bank account overseas could be a place to store some emergency cash, maybe in a different currency, for example.
Opening that first bank account offshore will do something else, as well. It will give you experience and the confidence to take your next steps.
My standby banking jurisdiction for simple and quick is Belize, as it is still possible to open an account in this country without a personal interview. You can simply fax or e-mail your documents. Another good option is First Caribbean, although they've recently implemented a minimum account balance of US$10,000. If your balance falls below that amount, you'll be charged a higher monthly fee. I've given up on Panama banks. If you're persistent, you may be able to open an account at one. Good luck.
Maybe the next step beyond a bank account overseas is a piece of property overseas. Having a place in another country where you could live if you decided you wanted to is a great safety net. Can also be a great vacation option...and an opportunity to generate cash flow. A condo on the beach that can be rented out when you're not using it can fulfill a number of agendas. Or perhaps a 5-acre parcel on a river with a small house fits your plan better. Whatever your ultimate objectives, a piece of property in another country can be a cornerstone to achieving them.
You can find low-cost properties that work for vacation and investment in Belize, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia, the Philippines, to name a few markets I'm focused on. The key is deciding where you personally want to spend time. Don't buy a property somewhere you aren't interested in visiting just because it's cheap. It will end up being the most expensive investment you've ever made.
The other flags--residency, citizenship, investments, asset protection, and, if it applies, business--can follow from there, and they will. Each successive move is easier than the ones before it.
The key is to get started. You have to plant one flag at a time, and each one will take time. So don't worry that you should have done something in 2012 but didn't. Make a move in 2013.
This Is Your Final Call
Uncle Sam is working quietly, behind the scenes, to put obstacles in place that will make it more difficult for you to broaden your horizons overseas. And much more difficult for you to be in the driver's seat of your own future.
It's not just the banking arena that's under threat.
In 2008, changes to the Veterans Act allowed for an "exit tax" on U.S. citizens who choose to leave the country and end their citizenship.
What other countries have done this in the past? Nazi Germany. Communist Russia. Apartheid South Africa...
This is your civil liberty at stake. How long before you just won't be able to get your assets out of the States?
I'm not an alarmist. I'm a pragmatist. And, as a pragmatic investor, I've seen the writing on the wall for some time. I've worked all these years and with an added sense of urgency more recently to take control of my own life, my own financial future, and, most important to me now, the future of my family.
Now I'd like to offer you a chance to do the same. Go here now to learn how to safeguard your future.
Receive a FREE copy of
The Six Cheapest Havens
To Retire In 2013
Discover the six best places in the world right now to live better and retire well…on as little as US$700 a month!
“We will not share or rent your email address to or with anyone else, period!”
Hey, I'm already a reader of Kathleen's e-letter. I don't need to see this popup ever again.