Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, July 01, 2011 10:43 am
By Barbara Whelehan ·

In a recent blog post about retiring abroad, I stated that I didn’t want to live in Costa Rica because an American student disappeared in a national park near Liberia in August 2009, according to Carole Moore’s compelling book, “The Last Place You’d Look: True Stories of Missing Persons and the People Who Search for

Friday, June 03, 2011 3:36 pm
By Barbara Whelehan ·

Americans are regularly barraged by news about their retirement unpreparedness — courtesy of surveys mostly commissioned by financial firms. The usual conclusion: We need help, desperately. But rarely do we get a glimpse of how people who live in foreign lands perceive their retirement readiness. A new report from HSBC plumbs information from interviews and

Friday, May 27, 2011 1:07 pm
By Barbara Whelehan ·

At a minimum, most people have some retirement expectations. Higher up are retirement hopes and dreams. At the helm are retirement fantasies, which are like dreams in a runaway car with no brakes to stop them. I asked my husband where in the world he would want to retire outside the U.S., and his answer was