Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:05 am
By Judy Martel ·

There are definitely cost benefits to retiring abroad, but you can’t escape a budget.

Sunday, November 06, 2011 3:45 pm
By Judy Martel ·

Think you could save money and live better by becoming an expat? Maybe. Many retirees with means are moving to cities like Buenos Aires, Argentina, or countries like Costa Rica and Panama with the belief that their money will go further, and often, it does. But sometimes considering only the big costs such as buying

Monday, June 06, 2011 10:11 am
By Marcie Geffner ·

Another U.S. bank has taken a step forward in the slow migration toward chip and PIN credit cards. But the step is a small-scale one, expected primarily to benefit U.S. travelers to foreign countries. The financial institution in this latest development is Silicon Valley Bank. They will offer chip-based payment cards based on the EuroPay-MasterCard-Visa, or

Friday, February 18, 2011 4:07 pm
By Barbara Whelehan ·

The discussion on how to fix Social Security elicits visceral reactions from people on all sides of the issue. Libertarians would like to forgo taxation altogether and instead assume responsibility for their own retirement planning by investing the money for themselves. Socialists consider a greater good, preferring the system get fixed so that no one

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 2:22 pm
By Judy Martel ·

Wealth is moving east — specifically to Singapore, Russia and the Middle East — according to the third Expat Explorer report published by HSBC Bank International, which surveys 4,127 expats in more than 100 countries. For the second year in a row, Russia remains the wealth hotspot leader, with 36 percent of expats earning more