Congratulations, we just got another 5 years of the US dollar

It’s eerily befitting that at this very second, all of South China is frantically anticipating a major storm bearing down on the region. In this part of the world they call them typhoons, which comes from the Chinese ‘tai fung’, meaning ‘strong wind’. And strong they are. Here on the 33rd floor of my hotel…

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Panama Lifts Gun Import Ban

As Panama deals with rising crimes rates, increased gang activity, and forged gun permits, the government is about to lift the ban of imported firearms. The Public Safety Minister Rudolfo Aguilera said this is an effort to increase personal safety, and that more firearms will mean less crime. “We will follow in the footsteps of…

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Puerto Rico’s governor says island cannot pay back $70 billion in debt, is near ‘death spiral’

The governor of Puerto Rico has decided that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal bond market and lead to higher borrowing costs for governments across the United States. Puerto Rico’s move could roil financial markets already dealing with the…

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Five things that trip people up when they retire abroad; emotional and psychological challenges, and how to prepare for them

In preparing for a retirement abroad, we would wager that most people occupy themselves with the practical concerns of: residential visas; banking; owning property; finding a doctor they like and medical care that they can afford and dealing with any language barriers. These are pragmatic topics with realistic solutions. And, as a couple who retired…

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