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Expat investment webinar - what would you like to learn?

Thursday, July 26, 2012 (15:24:50)
Expat Focus is delighted to announce that our expat investment partner and Registered Investment Advisor, Tom Zachystal, will shortly be delivering a free webinar (i.e. online presentation) for Expat Focus members who are interested in learning more about the basics of expatriate investment.

In order to make the webinar as relevant as possible we're keen to learn more about the specific areas you'd like to see Tom cover in his talk. Please add your suggestions here or email [email protected] and we will forward them to Tom.

Interview with Lindsay de Feliz, British expat blogger in the Dominican Republic

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (11:39:40)
In this interview we talk to British expat blogger Lindsay de Feliz about life in the Dominican Republic, writing a popular blog and her plans for a book.

Watch the interview here or download the podcast here.

Managing US Pension Accounts When No Longer Resident in the US

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (16:52:06)
If you have worked in the United States for any length of time (either as a US citizen or a foreign national) it is likely that you have paid into a US pension account such as an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) or a 401k (an occupational pension plan). The question arises as to what should be done with such an account once you give up US residency.

There are three alternatives: You can transfer it to another pension account, you can distribute the money, or you can leave it in the current account...

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No Peakie Panish (Learning a New Language)

Sunday, March 11, 2012 (09:48:38)
by Expat Focus columnist, Stephanie Angulo

There can be a lot of pressure when moving to a foreign language speaking country when only your better half knows the lingo. It puts stress on one side to constantly translate and the other racing to learn the new language as quickly as possible. In the case of my husband (a.k.a. the hubs) and me, he was already fluent in Spanish before moving to Panama whereas my lingual skills were limited to words like fajitas, fiesta, and margaritas...

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France Springs Into Life

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 (09:35:29)
by Expat Focus columnist, Stephanie Dagg

I love March. Rural France suddenly springs into life again as the temperatures rise. Here in Creuse we normally have long winters that last from early November until well into March. However, this year we swapped long for intense. The four weeks of le grand froid, the big freeze, were painful with temperatures down to minus 19 degrees C, and three weeks without them going anywhere near zero. January and February are usually quiet enough in the countryside, but everyone practically disappeared this year. Caiti and I visited Paris during the cold snap and life seemed to be hectic and carrying on as usual up there, despite the chilliness. That’s certainly not the case in the paysage. It’s a time of hunkering down and keeping the farm and the fire ticking over.

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