Category Archives: April 2019

Avoiding the Bubble of A$$umption – Learning the Language of the Peso

By Susan Birkenshaw

We first arrived in Huatulco in 2006 – classic all-inclusive tourists!  We came with a few pesos in our pockets and walked into the resort a$$uming that we would not need any more than that!  We were SO wrong!  Even then the beautiful handicrafts were everywhere, the sites outside the resort were calling to us and the food that was so representative of Mexican flavours abounded.   Credit cards were virtually unheard of at that time and finding an ATM that we could understand took two days!  It is important to note that we have not been to an all-Inclusive resort since then.   Continue reading Avoiding the Bubble of A$$umption – Learning the Language of the Peso

Retirement: Top 10 Reasons to Consider Oaxaca

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

Americans and Canadians are increasingly seeking early retirement destinations in the state of Oaxaca. Not wanting to be left in the poor house at age 70, they try to hedge their bets. Expatriates have selected predominantly Oaxaca de Juárez, the state capital, or beach communities such as Huatulco and Puerto Escondido.   True, in our lifetimes we will not likely be subject to anything like the 2008-09 financial crisis that left many with a fraction of what they thought would be their 401K, IRA, or RRSP nest eggs. But global instability is now a fact of life.  Continue reading Retirement: Top 10 Reasons to Consider Oaxaca

A Weekend Getaway in México City: What Will it Cost?

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By Carole Reedy

Mexico City is considered by many to rival Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York as a cultural destination. The energy, color, and joie de vivre of this grand city of more than 20 million exceeds most others because of the warmth you’ll find here, and not just from the temperatures, but also emanating from the people who live, work, and play here. The city sizzles. Variety dominates. Smiles are abundant. This city’s aura will haunt you. Continue reading A Weekend Getaway in México City: What Will it Cost?

What’s Happening with NAFTA?

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The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is hanging over a precipice and dangling from a very thin and fraying cord.  Will someone cut the cord and send the 26-year agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the US crashing to its death and replace it with a new treaty?  As of this date, it appears that the answer is “Yes,” but given the uncivil war between the branches of government in the US, a new administration in Mexico, and a prime minister under siege in Canada, all deals are at best uncertain. Continue reading What’s Happening with NAFTA?