Personal Finances

Paycheck-to-Paycheck on a Six-Figure Salary

Posted by International Living on February 22, 2016

Why is the easy life so difficult to achieve? It should be simple enough, right? To have the freedom to live how and where you choose. To be your own boss. To spend your time doing the things you want to do…instead of the work you need to do, just to make ends meet.

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Enslaved by the Promise of Economic Security

Posted by International Living on February 18, 2016

It’s another fine day here in South America. Or at least, it looks that way from where we sit. Outside our office window—on the fifth floor of an old, French-style apartment building—we can see across the street to the neighboring balconies. They are stacked like little stages, one atop the other. Vignettes play out on each of them.

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Can You Afford to Take that Vacation?

Posted by International Living on February 10, 2016

It is a warm summer’s afternoon here in the “Paris of the South.” Locals are slowly returning to the city after their yearly pilgrimages to the seaside. Drifting back into the capital, they appear windswept and freshly scorched, testament to many hours spent tanning on beaches and by hotel pools, no doubt. They spill onto the footpath between cafés…gesticulate passionately when arguing over parking spaces…and talk at excited volumes about their vacations.

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Is the “Common Good” Really in Your Best Interest?

Posted by International Living on February 2, 2016

Our beat here is how to achieve a truer, more fulfilling existence…one that does not depend on the accumulation of trinkets and gizmos, but that stands alone as worthy and valuable in and of itself.

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Flat-Out Broke and Living on Borrowed Time

Posted by International Living on February 2, 2016

Well, after an unexpectedly prolonged stay in Brazil, your editor is once again ensconced in the familiar settings of our part-time home city. Today we write to you from Café Birkin, a chic little beanery in the hip Palermo barrio. The crowd here is young-ish. Trendy. Good looking. Their style is impeccable. Their taste…questionable.

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The “Crisis Vacationer” Finds Opportunity in Disaster

Posted by International Living on January 29, 2016

Well, we’re still here…Readers who have been following our sorry plight of late will recall that, due to an unfortunate kerfuffle involving a “missing” visa fee, we were unable to board our flight back home to Buenos Aires a few days ago.

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Digital Currencies

Posted by International Living on January 3, 2016

For hundreds and hundreds of years, American citizens – and citizens of almost every other country in the world – have been able to pay for products, services and other entities of value with what’s known as “fiat” currency. What’s “fiat” currency? In a nutshell, it’s money declared by a government to be legal tender. […]

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