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Old 12-02-2011, 11:41 PM   #21
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Many countries, even desirable ones, have an investor's visa that allows you to stay and live in a country if you put up a big cash bond or buy a business and employ five nationals. If you have money, many doors are open.
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Many countries, even desirable ones, have an investor's visa that allows you to stay and live in a country if you put up a big cash bond or buy a business and employ five nationals. If you have money, many doors are open.
there were some posts on malta a long while back that made it look like an interesting place if one was interested in that general area of the world.
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Whatever that reason is, it will most likely have a significant bearing on how you decide your destination. Care to tell us your reason?
You're right. For now, the reasons that I see that will make me want to move away when I get old is maybe political and economic instability, low-quality of living (e.g. too much crime, racial and gender discrimination), and environmental issues. That's all I can think of as of the moment.
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You mentioned in your intro post that you're looking for a girlfriend--go visit some places you think you might like and when you find the place you like best, start flirting!
Too young (and broke) for me to actually go anywhere and get married. If I were to choose though, I want an Asian wife.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:27 AM   #25
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A low tax, indiscreet, low crime, state in the USA is still a prime retirement location. We just have to downsize on almost everything. Or go with what you think is a lifestyle location but take a sacrifice in higher taxes.

I don't know if they allow Investor's VISA in Canada, but there are certain part of British Columbia which looks good.

Since I was born in the Philippines, this and other third world countries offer retirement VISA . I can rent a nice Condo in a nice suburb and prob. live on $2000/month in style, but the moment you get out of the locale,then there is congestion, crime and poverty. A 6 months stay/yr there can work.

Forget about Sweden, unless you speak fluent Swede. Been there. Even if you do, those people don't want you there. They are the most narrow minded people you will ever meet.

Mexico- is Ok in some location. Contrary to stereo typing, the typical
Mexican is rather low keyed and docile.

Costa Rica- lots of Americans there.

As most say, if you can afford it, USA is still the best.
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Why not combine your desire to live overseas/Real estate investment/Asian women by investing overseas in a Asian economy that offers good Investment potential.

Cost of land in Lima quadrupled over past 5 years, study finds

I retired at 33 with similar interests (albeit Latinas) and have been very happy with my decision to leave the USA for greener pastures. When the "bloom is off this Rose" I can pick up and go to the next "upcoming " place.
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Charley,

Be careful looking for an Asian wife too!! We have this feeling that they are all subservient to their husbands, ever loyal etc, not materialistic etc, wait till they become Americanized! Haha!
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I think choosing only one place to live is like choosing one food to eat forever. It's a fun game but not real life, and if it were, would be boring as heck. If you're "set" as you say, why choose at all? Find a place convenient to a large int'l airport, such as JFK, LAX, SFO or and travel. That way you get to see lots of different places. Live in a small condo, easy to shut down for long periods, and then take long trips.
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You're right. For now, the reasons that I see that will make me want to move away when I get old is maybe political and economic instability, low-quality of living (e.g. too much crime, racial and gender discrimination), and environmental issues. That's all I can think of as of the moment.
Wait a minute.

Political and economic instability?
Too much crime?
Racial and gender discrimination?
Environmental issues move you?
And you want to move to another country?
You obviously have been eating the lotus, typical of the young in the USA.
Come back in 20 years and we will be able to talk.
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I retired at 33 with similar interests (albeit Latinas) and have been very happy with my decision to leave the USA for greener pastures. When the "bloom is off this Rose" I can pick up and go to the next "upcoming " place.
What are your options when "the bloom is off this Rose"? Doesn't a Peruvian family make this more complicated?
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I feel pretty confident that "dual passports" for my Son and myself and a strong
Visa history for my wife will get us to the "next place", if/when the time comes. Peru being the "it" spot for so many things right now, I have to believe
we are only in the 5th inning and plan to ride this wave awhile longer.

I have very high interest in Venezuela/Argentina/Uruguay/Chile if conditions were to change and hopefully the recently announced CELAC will move them in a positive direction.

I think it is obvious to some that the next "opportunity" for low inflation,appreciating land prices and high cd/bond interest,will not be coming from a developed economy unless a major meltdown were to occur.


And then there is always divorce and "arranged" marriages in the new country if there is a problem.
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I feel pretty confident that "dual passports" for my Son and myself and a strong
Visa history for my wife will get us to the "next place", if/when the time comes. Peru being the "it" spot for so many things right now, I have to believe
we are only in the 5th inning and plan to ride this wave awhile longer.
Your DW is that willing to give up her family? That's not typical in Peru or elsewhere in LA.
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I have very high interest in Venezuela/Argentina/Uruguay/Chile if conditions were to change and hopefully the recently announced CELAC will move them in a positive direction.

I think it is obvious to some that the next "opportunity" for low inflation,appreciating land prices and high cd/bond interest,will not be coming from a developed economy unless a major meltdown were to occur.
CELAC - don't hold your breath. Chile and Peru tend to move with the same economic trends, so one is not a safe haven for the other. Uruguay is pretty small and everybody knows everybody else. Argentina you may find a bit unstable, and they have this tendency to stick it to bondholders. Venezuela - now that's a place I suspect you would find to your liking, and you might find a good fit there.

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And then there is always divorce and "arranged" marriages in the new country if there is a problem.
Yeah, that kind of says it all, doesn't it. If that's the only way you can get by, there's not much else to say. Sorry I brought it up.
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If money was not a problem then I would'nt limit myself to one place but rather enjoy what a few countries have to offer. I figure at least a couple of years before moving on unless I was enjoying it enough to extend another year. Maybe start in New Zealand. Based on a short visit a few years ago touring the South Island I sure did enjoy morning and afternoon tea times and an early evening pint at the pub.

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...Peru being the "it" spot for so many things right now, I have to believe
we are only in the 5th inning and plan to ride this wave awhile longer.

I have very high interest in Venezuela/Argentina/Uruguay/Chile if conditions were to change and hopefully the recently announced CELAC will move them in a positive direction.

I think it is obvious to some that the next "opportunity" for low inflation,appreciating land prices and high cd/bond interest,will not be coming from a developed economy unless a major meltdown were to occur.
Interesting. I have similar interests. Your observations form the field are most welcome.
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Be careful looking for an Asian wife too!! We have this feeling that they are all subservient to their husbands, ever loyal etc, not materialistic etc, wait till they become Americanized! Haha!
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If money was not a problem then I would'nt limit myself to one place but rather enjoy what a few countries have to offer. I figure at least a couple of years before moving on unless I was enjoying it enough to extend another year. Maybe start in New Zealand. Based on a short visit a few years ago touring the South Island I sure did enjoy morning and afternoon tea times and an early evening pint at the pub.

Cheers!
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If I had the money, I'd maintain my main residence in Hong Kong (low taxes, convenient location etc) and spend several months each year in places like New Zealand, Australia, Thailand etc. Unfortunatley, unless I want to fall victim to "one more decade" syndrom or put the kids up for adoption, I'll be a bit more limited than that.
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heh heh heh - be prepared for a period of cultural shock when you first arrive.

They keep trying to make it part of the US. . I shall return once the snow hits Kansas City.
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I think choosing only one place to live is like choosing one food to eat forever. It's a fun game but not real life, and if it were, would be boring as heck. If you're "set" as you say, why choose at all? Find a place convenient to a large int'l airport, such as JFK, LAX, SFO or and travel. That way you get to see lots of different places. Live in a small condo, easy to shut down for long periods, and then take long trips.
+1.

The US is a large place and any type of living environment you may want (at the present moment) is available.

The differences from other countries are the "social issues" (which I won't get into, but working in France/Sweden for many years does give me a background in some areas).

DW/me choose to live (and retire - as I am, DW to follow shortly) here. However, we travel several times a year to other places in the world and have done so for the last two decades.

The US may not be perfect; but we have found that most places we have traveled to (and I have worked in) are not perfect, either.

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The US may not be perfect; but we have found that most places we have traveled to (and I have worked in) are not perfect, either.
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