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Ecuador & Bank Privacy


Bank privacy no longer exists. Some years ago I wrote about the insidious tactics that the US and other governments have used to erode financial privacy and personal liberty and pointed out that the problem is that the government does not attack the individual but puts the pressure on the overseas financial institutions. The current additional move by the US government to collect tax is just one more small step.

The quote above might make it seem like I was years ahead of the curve writing about the loss of privacy some years ago.

Actually I was way ahead of the curve because that quote comes from one of the earlier articles posted at this site on July  13, 2000. See that July 2000 article.

However,  may I remind you that the sunshine not only always shines somewhere, it always rises everywhere… every day!

Yesterday’s message looked at Ecuador sunrises and sunsets.

The sun also rises here in the USA.  I took these shots at our farm and…

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and near the farm on the way to the Farmer’s Market.

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Glorious.

We live in a quantum world.  Those earthly laws that Newton so accurately described really do seem to work with apples… yet science suggests that our world is not so predictable… every moment… every place contains infinite potentiality for change… something different… something new… something good… or bad.

There are wonderful aspects of living in most places. This is why Merri and I live in Florida, the Blue Ridge and Ecuador.

This is why I have been warning readers since the 1980s to never… ever… hide wealth.  Use legal means of attaining privacy.

These warnings have related mostly to Americans, British and Germans.  These have been the most determined and aggressive taxing authorities.

These warnings have been is a good thing too.  Here is one reason why.

A June 17, 2009 New York Times article entitled E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress shows even deeper concern, explains how bank privacy is really dead.   An excerpt from this article (a link to the entire article is at the end of this message) says:.

The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans are broader than previously acknowledged, current and former officials said.

The agency’s monitoring of domestic e-mail messages, in particular, has posed longstanding legal and logistical difficulties, the officials said.

Since April, when it was disclosed that the intercepts of some private communications of Americans went beyond legal limits in late 2008 and early 2009, several Congressional committees have been investigating. Those inquiries have led to concerns in Congress about the agency’s ability to collect and read domestic e-mail messages of Americans on a widespread basis, officials said. Supporting that conclusion is the account of a former N.S.A. analyst who, in a series of interviews, described being trained in 2005 for a program in which the agency routinely examined large volumes of Americans’ e-mail messages without court warrants. Two intelligence officials confirmed that the program was still in operation.

In short not only is bank privacy dead… privacy is dead… morte… gone…finito.

These warnings seem to include Ecuador as well.

Two recent messages, one Ecuador & Banking about new Ecuador financial reporting regulations, and the other Ecuador & Social Security US Social Security regulations relating to those who live and work abroad.

These messages evoked a number of responses from readers asking “How would Ecuador’s tax man know what wealth I have abroad?” and  “How would the Social Security administration know  if I earn in Ecuador?”

My reply is “I do not know how they would know… but I do not do it and do not recommend this because one never knows what will happen!”

There are so many ways the future could be revealed us… but let me give you a clue of just one example where someone hiding wealth could be caught.

My last two Ecuador Living updates outlined details about Ecuador Bank ATM fraud where over 40 people had their accounts cleaned out and how the Ecuador banks immediately made the losses good.   See these updates as an Ecuador Living subscriber.

If there was a cooperation between US and Ecuador authorities investigating this fraud… details of earnings in Ecuador could end up in the US (including SS admin) and details of US wealth could end up in the hands of Ecuador authorities.

We are in a new era of privacy that I have watched unfold during 41 years of doing international investing and business.   Half a decade ago, this site sent this warning in an article The Ultimate Form of Financial Privacy

One should not hide money abroad and rely on bank privacy to protect them. Forget about government attacks. These are bad enough but I cannot begin to tell you the horror stories I have crossed in the past three decades in which bank privacy was blown by bank errors. For example, a London bank mistakenly mailed me the secret bank account of an Iranian diplomat who was hiding money in London. A Viennese banker inadvertently faxed me four pages of private information that could have put several people in serious trouble.  Even a Swiss banker once left his client list with names, addressees and account numbers laying on a table at a seminar were I was speaking with him!

In addition to the onslaught of governments to reduce privacy, there are just too many ways for your wealth to be revealed to use secrecy as a wealth protection tool.

Look for legal ways to keep your financial affairs private instead.

This is why, our friend and attorney, Joe Cox,  joined me and Jyske Global Asset Management (JGAM)  at the recent International Investment Seminar in Naples  Florida.

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Last month Merri and I co-hosted this  seminar with JGAM. Here is Thomas Fischer opening the seminar.

This is why Ecuador’s new financial reporting law and why the overseas Social Security regulations do not bother me much. This is just one more issue to deal with in an increasingly crowded and complicated world.

So let me reiterate what I have been writing for decades.

Bank privacy is dead.  Do not try to hide money.  Use as many legal tactics as you can to preserve your wealth…always keep it legal. This is a never ending game and the opponent… taxation authorities play hardball and they play rough.

Here are three valuable contacts who can help you maintain legal bank privacy.

Joe Cox, our friend and US attorney.

Floridalva Zambrano, our friend and Ecuador attorney.

Thomas Fischer, our friend and overseas banker.

You can get more information direct:

Joe Cox: jcox@coxnici.com

Copy Joe Cox’s  assistant April Barza to arrange a free conference call. abarza@coxnici.com

Floridavla Zambrano: FLORIFLORI58@YAHOO.ES

Thomas Fischer: fischer@jgam.com

Non US residents contact Reny Mathys instead of Thomas Fischer: mathys@jbpb.dk

These contacts know of each other and can help you create a coordinated plan between US Ecuadorian and international banking laws that maintains legal privacy and asset protection.

Plus keep your perspective. The sun shines somewhere everyday. It is the sun we should seek… not to avoid the clouds.

Merri and I love our life in the Blue Ridge… the rushing streams and…

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the spring flowers peeking into our kitchen.

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The greatest benefits to living globally  are broadened horizons… larger families, expanded experiences… deeper awareness of the infinite ways that beauty in life can unfold… not tax or privacy benefits.

We love our life in Florida here is a view from one of the houses in our house buying trip.

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Plus we love our Andean family at Meson… everyone of them.

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and the majestic mountain views from our condo there.

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And we love walking Ecuador’s broad beach at our Pamazul apartment

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We take any tax and asset protection our lifestyle brings, but the lifestyle is driven by the seeking of joy and wonderful living. The financial aspects follow.

One gains greater economic opportunity with global investing and business… bigger markets.. more distortions to see… additional trends to emerge.

Don’t diminish all the beautiful  sunshine with clouds of financial worry.

Regards,

Gary

We hope you’ll enjoy a beautiful global lifestyle with us soon in the Blue Ridge or Ecuador.

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Read the New York Times article: E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress shows even deeper concern, at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/us/17nsa.html

Ecuador & Banking


When living in Cotacachi, Merri and I do not use Ecuador banking. See below why banking globally is better.

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This Cotacachi plaza has one of the village’s two Cathedrals and…

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a bank with an ATM… plus

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a new credit institution with an ATM as well.

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This works just fine for us.

This is an even better idea now that the Ecuador government has created a new wealth reporting regulation. See yesterdays article on Ecuador’s new financial reporting law if you missed this.

For wealth protection we bank mainly with Jyske Global Asset Management… who look after our investments in Denmark, but comply with US regulations.

I have banked abroad for 40 years and this has become increasingly difficult… though there are still ways.

In fact I co hosted Jyske Global Asset Mangement’s (JGAM) first US seminar  last month in Naples, Florida. Here I am with Thomas Fischer of  JGAM. While other banks are dumping Americans, Jyske is working harder to enhance its global service for US investors.

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Since I wrote my first book, Passport to International Profit in the 1970s, my mantra has been to have what I call a “Six Point Command Posture” which is to:

Live in one country
Bank in a second country
Invest in many countries
Earn in two or more countries
Use a company incorporated in a fifth country
Take a second residence

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The seven speaker panel answered questions at the JGAM – Gary Scott seminar.

Since Merri and I reside most of the time in the US and Ecuador, we do as little banking in these countries as possible.

There are some good reasons to have the “Six Point Command Posture”.   You can see why below.  The “Six Point Command Posture” is worthwhile even though recent events remind us that this posture is regretfully more difficult to attain than before.

The British Telegraph newspaper published a recent article entitled Lloyds Bank hit by Obama tax purge.  Excerpts (a link to the entire article is at the end of this message) say:  Banking group drops American customers in UK ahead of costly proposals to stamp out tax evasion.

Lloyds Banking Group is ditching American customers based in Britain pending a crackdown on international tax evasion planned by President Barack Obama.

This week American private client account-holders at Lloyds’s received letters informing them of an “important change in policy regarding clients who are resident, domiciled or linked to the United States by property or asset holdings”. They were told the bank had “no choice” but to “cease acting as your investment manager.”

One recipient, who has lived in the UK for over 25 years, said: “After all this time, I’ve suddenly been told I must take my money elsewhere and I don’t understand why. Now I’m scared that other banks won’t take me on either.”

The proposals, which were unveiled in the President’s first budget, have been designed to clamp down on American tax evaders abroad. But bank bosses say that in practice they could be asked to take on the task of collecting American taxes at a cost and legal liability that make servicing the clients inexpedient. The rules have not yet been finalised and are still subject to debate in Congress.

The letters also contained four comprehensive descriptions of the bank’s definition of clients that are affected. These included clients that hold green cards, pay American taxes, are American domiciled or even those where there is “any indication” that a client spent more time in the US than “normal holidays currently or in the past or future.”

There has been a continual erosion of the liberty that US investors  enjoy when banking abroad.

First, the Swiss Banks started limiting what US resident investors could invest in  (in the 1970s). Then the Swiss started dropping US resident investors all together.  Many Canadian financial institutions stopped accepting US resident investors  years ago.

Now the British banks have jumped in and as the article shows… it is not just US residents.  Even US citizens who have lived in England for 25 years are losing their accounts.

Fortunately, since banking abroad is not about reducing tax,  there are still great, safe and proper ways to bank and hold assets abroad.

Merri and I use Jyske Bank and Jyske Global Asset Management because they offer an excellent global investment service that conforms to all US rules.

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Lars Stouge President of JGAM speaking at the Naples seminar.

See more on this in a TV interview between Thomas Fischer and me here.

Why Bank Globally?

Some investors mistakenly think that banking abroad reduces tax.  This is not correct and has not been for decades. There are numerous good tax planning ideas, but they work as well with local investments as well as overseas.

The reason to bank abroad is that we live in a global economy.  We are dependent on production from many nations every day.  Even though we do not do so directly we spend many currencies every day.   The ultimate form of financial security is a multi currency existence.

We are multi national spenders so we need to be multi national investors.  We need bankers and investment managers who have international and multi currency experience and expertise.

An excerpt from a recent multi currency question and answer session sent to my multi currency course subscribers explains why and how in more detail:

There are numerous benefits gained by using Jyske. The first benefit is Jyske’s global investing experience, 24 hour trading facilities and their low fee structure.

Jyske Bank has incredible in depth knowledge of markets and have a very broad access to global markets.  Jyske Global Asset Managers (JGAM) not only tap into Jyske Bank for data, but they also use  Morgan Stanley and Bank Credit Analysis for research.  There is rarely an investment question that I cannot get answered at Jyske.

The low fees are also a huge benefit.  I used to hold accounts at 14 banks around the world. Finally I started researching the fees I was paying and bean eliminating the accounts that charged the highest fees.

In the end I was left with Jyske and my London stock broker.  For example Jyske’s fee to buy bonds was one-sixth that was charged by my Swiss banker.

Hidden fees and shaved interest rates, especially those charged when you in exchange currencies, and buy stocks and bonds often chew an investor to pieces.

Plus Jyske has been in the banking business for over 100 years. They have enormous experience and are very conservative.  They were not hit by the sub prime mess. They had no Madoff investments.  I like this type of old fashioned stability.

Jyske is in touch with the pulse of the market. They trade 50 billion dollars of currencies and commodities a day.

Another important aspect gained at Jyske is bank safety. Denmark is ranked as one of the safest countries in the world to bank.

In addition there is great privacy and asset protection. No one that you do not inform can see your account.  Should someone sue you and gain a judgment against you, that judgment is not automatically enforceable in Denmark.   The creditor would have to start a legal action to attain the funds in Denmark and to date this has never happened at Jyske.

Q: Can you explain what type of account the multi currency transactions would be conducted?

A: There are two types of JGAM accounts… managed and advisory.

JGAM can buy any type of investment for Americans in managed accounts… because it is JGAM is making the decision… not the client.  Depending on the size of your account, you can ask Jyske to hold a specific investment in your account and if it makes sense in terms of the execution, diversification and your risk profile, they will do this… but it must be JGAM’s decision.

The managed accounts are available in four risk profiles… low risk… medium…high or speculative.  You can learn more about Jyske’s asset allocation strategy at the JGAM site linked later in this message.

Q: I have residency in Mexico there although I do not claim foreign residency for US tax purposes at this time.

A: Your residence does not matter when it comes to managed accounts.

There is a residential impact for advisory accounts.

If your main residence is outside the US (JGAM will want to see a utility bill as proof of residence), then JGAM can buy any investment without qualification.

If you have an advisory account and your main residence is in the US, then JGAM is restricted to buying qualified (US traded) investments for you.

However you still gain the asset protection and privacy benefits as these US traded assets are held in Denmark.

Q: Do you use a foreign LLC to conduct your business with Jyske Bank?  If so what country is the LLC issued from?

I do not use an LLC for our Jyske accounts. It is much easier to open an account in person.  However our account ownership is part of a plan that takes tax, asset protection and estate planning into account.  Everyone should make their decision on what type of structure and where it is organized based on their own plan that suits their own circumstances.

I highly recommend using a Strategic Asset Snapshot offered by Cox & Nici that  looks at all these variables. Joe Cox the senior partner of this firm has been my tax attorney for about 20 years.

You can get information about their Strategic Asset Snapshot Joe at jcox@coxnici.com

Learn about our Multi Currency Course and how to get this entire session here.

Having a six point command posture has become increasingly important over the  past 40 years as we have increased our involvement in the global economy.  Yet this secure method of living, investing and doing business has also become more difficult to achieve.  The result is that this posture is even more important and more worthwhile.

US investors See Jyske Global Asset Mangement’s new website here.

Non US investors contact Reny Matys at mathys@jbpb.dk

Gary

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Delegates gain a lot by talking with each oter at these courses. Here are delegates at our Naples course.

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We’ll have a New River wine tasting at Bohemia Gallery as we did last year. here are delegates at that tasting.

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Our North Carolina courses in 2009 will be conducted in the new…

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West Jefferson Hampton Inn.

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Here is what one reader wrote about our last seminar.

Hi Gary, Just a note to express our appreciation for a great event.  The Naples Beach Hotel provided a comfortable  setting for the gathering. The hotel should be congratulated for the excellent food and service. We enjoyed all of the speakers. I particularly enjoyed John Mauldin. I have followed his writings over the years.  In  1994 we attended several of your seminars, I enrolled in the Multiple Currency Course and opened an account with Jyske Bank.  This activity has provided us with a nice retirement income over the years. With economic disruptions world wide I decided to become reacquainted  with currencies as an investment tool as a consequence of  my very dark view of the USD’s future.  Keep up the good work. My day is always brightened by your daily emails.

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Read the entire Telegraph article: Lloyds Bank hit by Obama tax purge at
www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/5526129/Lloyds-Bank-hit-by-Obama-tax-purge.html

Ecuador & Social Security


There are some Ecuador reporting rules & global Social Security wrinkles you should know.

There are some great reports being sent to Ecuador Living subscribers after our trip last week to Cotacachi.

For example one report tells of this organic tomato farm for sale that is producing $25,000 a year income.

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Another looks at 15 new condos like this being built on a small river in Cotacachi.

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Yet another reviews our trek on this fantastic lake.

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One report I already sent to Ecuador Living subscribers last week provides a warning (and solution) about a new Ecuador financial reporting regulation and a Social Security wrinkle for any American who plans to live abroad.  An excerpt from that report explains why this is important information to know.

I am working with tax attorneys in Ecuador and the US because there is a new Ecuador wealth reporting law that requires residents or those staying in Ecuador over 183 days a year to report all wealth and assets (everywhere in the world) once a year.

This new financial reporting law requires all Ecuadorian residents with assets above $200,000, ($400,000 as a couple) to report their wealth.

This report requires an itemized list and valuation of financial accounts and personal property owned anywhere in the world every year six months after the end of the year.

Even those who do not have this wealth can be asked to submit a report showing what wealth they do have and they can be fined if this report not presented.

Here is what our Ecuador tax attorney, Floridalva Zambrano, has replied:

The whole issue about “Declaración Patrimonial” has been very confusing as the rules have been changed several times in a short period of time.  The government has mentioned several times that this “Declaración Patrimonial” does not have any tax purposes, that it is only a way of checking the increase in the value of your patrimony from year to year and that it was legally obtained.

Right now this information is available through the municipalities, registries, SRI itself,  bank system, etc, but it is not as useful as it would be if they have it concentrated. Kind regards,  Flori”

For many US residents who plan to move to Ecuador avoiding this report will just add a bit more work to existing tax and asset protection planning.

First of all, one should keep their wealth as confidential as they legally can.

Our US tax attorney Joe Cox wrote:

I am not at all comfortable with reporting to the government of Ecuador or anyone ALL of one’s worldwide holdings.  Even if it is a generic reporting or an overview.  Anyone could then find out what you have and what you are worth. We have no assurance that there are security walls in the tax departments.

There are ways to avoid this report but for Americans planning to live anywhere abroad there is  another concern beyond this Ecuador reporting.   This concern is a US Social Security regulation.

If you are collecting Social Security and live abroad you must report overseas income correctly to Social Security or you can be penalized by a fine or imprisonment.

Plus Social Security recipients can lose Social Security benefits if they work or even own a business (even if they do not work in the business).

The same steps one would take to legally to reduce one’s financial profile (for Ecuador reporting purposes) are also likely to resolve the Social Security concerns at the same time.

If you are living in the US and planning to live in Ecuador prepare in advance.

You can read this entire report as an Ecuador Living subscriber.

Or you can contact our tax attorney Joe Cox.

We expect a lot of inquiries on this and I have asked Joe if he would give our readers a no charge consultation.  Joe has set up a system so his personal assistant can take calls calls and e-mails and schedule a first time no obligation, no fee conference call on the questions about this.

See Joe’s Bio here.

Joe Cox’s email is jcox@coxnici.com

Please copy his personal assistant abarza@coxnici.com

Until next message, good living in Ecuador or wherever!

Gary

Join me and Thomas Fischer from Jyske Global Asset Management in North Carolina to learn more about economic trends and new tax and bamnking regulations.

David Cross our webmaster will also speak to help delegates learn how to have a global internet business.

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We’ll have lunch at the farm and enjoy the cool summer mountains. Here’s a shot of our front yard.

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Thomas Fisher speaking to our delegates at the farm.

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Delegates enjoying a private conversation with Thomas Fischer during a coffee break at the farm.

Ecuador Wills


Ecuador wills do not work if challenged.

We’ll look at some important information about Ecuador wills and Ecuador’s legal system in a moment.

Plus see below how asset protection benefits in the LLC you use may have changed.

Here is a group of indigenous farmers that our foundation Land of the Sun (LOTS) is helping.  They created a mingo (working circle) to clean out their water system that feeds a school that LOTS is helping to renovate.  Merri and I and some friends visited to check on their progress.

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Everyone works, men…

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women…

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young…

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and old.

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Well… not everyone works.

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But everyone gets involved in helping. Here is our hotel manager Franklin Sandoval conferring with the head of the village.

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I mentioned our foundation here  because it helps us gained fulfillment in our business, plus creates tax and asset protection benefits plus is part of our estate planning to make sure that the people of Ecuador are helped even after we pass.

Making sure that your assets held abroad are protected and properly conveyed in your estate requires extra planning.

Yet many Ecuador Living subscribers have been buying real estate or are moving to Ecuador without giving thought to the added complexity in their estate plans and other legal requirements.

I strongly suggest that you review you entire estate with both a local and Ecuadorian attorney. Here are some excerpts from an Ecuador Living report on why.

The Western world operates on two systems of law, the civil law of ancient Rome, and the common law of England.  These two systems have a lot in common, yet in many important areas they differ.

These differences can create legal conflicts in contracts, wills, trusts, parental rights and even residency.

The passing of wealth to heirs for example is one area that differs.

Few people coming from North America (which operates under a British common Law system), understand that US, Canadian or Ecuador wills do not work in Ecuador if challenged.

Many legal systems have evolved from The Roman civil code.  The Napoleonic Code is the French version, established under Napoléon I in 1804.  The Napoleonic code was not the first legal code to be established in a European country with a civil legal system though. The Codex Maximilianeus bavaricus civilis was reated in Bavaria arund 1756).  The Allgemeines Landrecht formed in Prussia, around 1794.  The West Galician Code,  began in part of Austria around 1797.

Many of the civil codes in Latin America are based on an original work derived from the French code and Castillan law.  Chile was the first to accept this type of legal system in 1855.  Ecuador followed in 1858.  El Salvador,  Venezuela,  Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia and Panama are other countries with a legal system based on this foundation.

In this Ecuador legal system, the will is called the testament and allows the testor to direct the disposal, in whole or in part, of their property, upon death.   The testor retains the right to revoke the provisions in the testament anytime during his or her life.

However there is a difference in common and civil law as to what is a person’s property is.   In most civil codes, the wife automatically owns half of all property unless otherwise  stipulated in a formal way. The children own the other half.  Period. A will cannot supersede this fact.

If a person’s will leaves all of his or her property to his or her spouse, the will works fine UNLESS the children contest the will. If they do the testament will not be valid.

This can create complications in simple circumstances.  If the circumstances become complicated… for example children from two or more marriages… then problems could mount.  There is even a concern in my mind that a surviving spouse could lose investor residency status if the inheritance falls below required minimums.    A spouse could lose residency and a house!

In a common law country a person can write a will on a scrap of paper, throw it in a drawer (not advised) and that may be enough.  Though it also might not.  In a civil code jurisdiction such a will definitely will not work!

So if you create a will in Ecuador and then write another later… be sure to make the change official. Otherwise the new will may not work.

In a common law legal system wills do not have to be recorded and often the act of writing a new will allows the new document to supersede the old.

Ecuador’s Act reforming the Civil Code, of August 17, 1989 updated a number of areas relating to  covers relationships between a children and their parents, marriage, divorce, the status of wives, marital property and marital agreements.

Having an attorney to help you with estate planning in every country where you hold property makes sense…  especially if  two of the countries have different legal systems.

The US attorney we use is our friend (and trustee of LOTS) Joe Cox.

Joe’s firms specializes in cross border tax and estate planning, asset protection and real estate.

He provides an incredible system called The Strategic Snapshot which is an easy to use, color coded visualization of a person’s structures, corporate entities, estate plan and assets. We use the snap shot and have found it incredibly useful in seeing how everything from a legal point of view should fit.

You can ask Joe about the Strategic Snapshot at  jcox@coxnici.com.

Joe’s law firm also provides an excellent estate planning newsletter that I read regularly.

A recent letter at his archive shows how and says:

Conversion to Manager-Managed LLC Format

Many individuals concerned with asset protection have formed a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) in an effort to protect their assets. In fact, most people do not know that Florida was the second state in the United States to draft LLC legislation (dating back to 1982). Most LLCs we see in our daily practice have been formed as member-managed LLCs, that is, when the members (i.e., owners) of the LLC control and manage the LLC as well. However, due to recent changes in the law regarding LLCs, we are now recommending that any Member-Managed LLC be converted into a Manager-Managed LLC format.

The intent of this recommendation is to increase the creditor protection of the LLC should the Member be involved in a lawsuit.

For example; under a Member-Managed LLC, if a creditor of the Member is able to obtain the LLC membership units (by court order, for example), the creditor could obtain management rights and make decisions for the LLC. At least one recent court ruling (from Colorado) makes this result a possibility. However, under a Manager-Managed LLC format, the Manager retains control of the management of the assets held by the LLC even if someone else “controlled” the LLC membership units.

In a Manager-Managed LLC, an elected Manager (pursuant to the Operating Agreement) manages the LLC. Note, that an existing member can act as the initial Manager of the LLC, and an independent Manager can be elected at a later time, if desired. Under a Manager-Managed LLC format, if a member was successfully sued, and the creditor obtained the member’s LLC membership units, the Manager could withhold distributions from all Members and the creditor would receive nothing. This result could deter a potential creditor from filing an unjustified or otherwise frivolous claim.


Plus Joe’s website offers an easy to use internet questionaire. See Questionaire.

We live in a complicated world often made more frustrating by the legal system.  Legal systems are problematic enough when one lives and resides in one country.   Difficulties can compound when living and or holding assets in two countries or more… especially if both legal systems…common and civil become involved.  So get an attorney and get advice so you, your spouse and your heirs never find your results uncivil.

The text above is an excerpt from a more complete report sent to Ecuador Living subscribers that describes Ecuador legal system, how to create wills there and provides legal contacts in the US, Canada and Ecuador that can help.

Learn how to subscribe here.

Regards,

Gary

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Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Learn about our July 2009 Ecuador export tour 2-4-1 deal here.

See our full 2009 schedule here.

May 29-31  JGAM Multi Currency investment Seminar Naples Florida

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Ecuador Capital Gains Tax


Ecuador Capital Gains Tax

Ecuador capital gains tax is not due on occasional property sale profits.

This is another Ecuador earning idea… fixing up properties… like this.

This can be profitable. Plus these profits can be tax efficient as well.

In Ecuador there is no capital gains tax on the occasional sale of real estate… so you can take a property like this…

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fix it t look like this…

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and sell it without incurring income or tax tax liability in Ecuador.

You may still incur tax liability in your country of residence or citizenship. For example if you are a US citizen you may have US capital gains or Alternative Minimum Tax liability.

This is why it is of utmost importance that you consult a tax attorney on such matters.

In fact it now more important than ever to have legal advice (US citizens at least) when you bank and do business abroad.

For year’s we have advised readers of the advantages of investing, business opportunity and banking opportunities abroad.

The main benefit is greater opportunity.  This is the era of the global economy and those who invest globally have the greatest opportunity. This is the story we have been preaching for 41 years this May.

For example right now the US property market is quite slow. Ecuador’s market is strong.

Banking abroad provides access to more experienced global investment knowledge and the ability to execute global investments and business more efficiently.

Another benefit is added asset protection.

I regularly get notes like this from readers who are professionals and in business…

“Gary, I continue to be bothered by an unjust lawsuit that is actually  extortion.  The legal fees are crazy. Such is the legal system now that even when you are totally innocent, you lose even if you win.”

When you invest and do business globally, assets held correctly abroad are safer from seizure via civil action.

However, we have also continually warned of the great risk of doing global investing and business  without good legal advice. Monday’s message looked at the importance of making sure that you use overseas banks in the correct way.

An excerpt from a recent article in the Financial Times entitled “Swiss agree to relax bank secrecy rules” points out the importance of this advice.

The article says:

BERNE, March 13 – Switzerland agreed on Friday to relax its strict bank secrecy rules and co-operate more on tax evasion in a last-ditch attempt to fend off a global crackdown on tax havens that is rattling the offshore banking industry.

In a landmark statement, the Swiss government said it would embrace standards for tax cooperation and exchange of information set by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, meaning more information on suspected tax evaders will be shared with other countries.

”Banking secrecy does not protect tax crimes. International cooperation on taxes has become more important given the globalisation of financial markets and in particular against the background of the financial crisis,” Swiss president and finance minister Hans-Rudolf Merz told a news conference.

A decision on Thursday by tiny offshore rivals Liechtenstein and Andorra to adopt more tax co-operation has put even more pressure on Berne.

It comes on the heels of moves by other centres, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Jersey and the Isle of Man, to open up.”

An article in the New York Times outlines the focus importance that taxing authorities have placed on tax havens.  The article was about how US President Barrack Obama acted as a mediator during a recent tense meeting between The French President Sarkozy and Chinese President Hu who were arguing about tax havens during the Group of 20 meetings.

The article said:

“Mr. Sarkozy wanted the big communiqué produced by the Group of 20 to endorse naming and shaming global tax havens, maybe even including Hong Kong and Macao, which are under China’s sovereignty. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Hu was having none of it. He appeared angry that Mr. Sarkozy was effectively accusing China of lax regulation, and that the French leader was asking China to endorse sanctions issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a club of wealthy nations that Beijing has yet to join.

According to accounts provided by White House officials and corroborated by European and other officials also in the room, Mr. Obama escorted both men, one at a time, to a corner of the room, to judge the dispute. How about replacing the word “recognize,” Mr. Obama suggested, with the word “note?”

The result: “The era of banking secrecy is over,” the final communiqué said. “We note that the O.E.C.D. has today published a list of countries assessed by the Global Forum against the international standard for exchange of tax information.” Hong Kong and Macao did not appear on the list.

In other words, be global by all means… but make sure you have a local attorney who helps you do everything legally and correct.

The attorney I use is Joe Cox.  You can reach Joe at jcox@coxnici.com.

Learn more about Joe Cox here.

Back to the fixer uppers.

If a person spends time in Ecuador  and stays alert, they’ll see many incredible fixer upper bargains.

Just over a year ago, Merri and I bought the four story office building shown above.   We began cleaning it up an converting two floors into condos.

I could sell these for double what I paid… and still have the two downstairs floors… though they are not for sale.

Construction costs are low. Local craftsmen are handy.  They’ll do things you ask.  So we can afford to use great tiles in the kitchen but keep costs down.

This was the third floor… the kitchen especially…

was a mess.

Here is the third floor now.

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This if fully furnished with…

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one bedroom and …

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office/den (or second bedroom)  and…

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balcony.   The kitchen now…

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looks great.  The hardwood cabinets had not been installed when I took this shot.

This was the 4th floor, before…

now let’s head up the stairs and see  it after.

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This is a loft studio with…

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great light and an open feel with…

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full dining area and…

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kitchen.

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These floors are among the highest points in the village and views from both units are the best around.  Morning’s give…

the sunrise over Mt. Imbabura.

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Evenings offer sunset in the east on Mt. Cotacachi.

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Views are great at night with the village alight.

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and you can see the entire village…

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and both mountains during the day.

Where we had huge walls we said…”How about windows with a view?”.   The builder  figured out what height was needed to see Mt. Cotacachi and simply knocked the window openings in the walls. Then he built hardwood window surrounds that frame this view.

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The bathroom includes a full tiled bathtub and spa shower like this.

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The king size sleeping nook has this view also and is fully curtained…

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with full hardwood closets.

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These units are available for rental on a three, six or 12 month lease by the way.

Fixing up has property provided Merri and me with sopme nice extra profit… that is totally tax free in Ecuador. Though our last Ecuador fixer upper profits did create some US tax liability.

In these times of change the best ways to gain opportunity are with real estate, commodities, stocks and your own business.  For those who want to live full or part time in Ecuador and earn extra tax efficient profits, that avoid Ecuador capital gains, consider buying and fixing up Ecuador property.

Gary

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Learn about our July 2009 Ecuador export tour 2-4-1 deal here.

See our full 2009 schedule here.


Ecuador Comparisons & Weather-Weathering Weather


We are on the road making Ecuador comparisons, weathering the weather and wishing for Ecuador weather.

In other words Merri and I have extended our Florida meanderings so we do not arrive back at our North Carolina farm in a snow storm.

We have been looking at Ecuador income potential and so let’s view this hotel for sale on Ecuador’s beach.

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Ecuador weather looked pretty grey on the day I took these shots… but we never have to worry about snow!

Readers  often write asking about the weather in the Andes. If you look up Quito weather for example it says “Rain” almost every day.  This is a puzzle as it is not true. Here is a great history of Quito weather from the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/weather/longterm/historical/data/quito_ecuador.htm.

Here are the average temps.

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The highs and lows.

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The rain.

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We have been traveling though Florida getting a feel… wondering what has led us here.  Innocently wandering around… looking… checking…. waiting.

Of course the weather is great… though a bit sticky at times…. plus too dry right now. This is Florida’s third worst drought in history.

We can’t help but make comparisons with Ecuador.

Three things I noticed in the last two nights spent at Holiday Inns were:

First, when hotels here quote room rates…. they do not let you know of the tax.

In Ecuador we always provide this warning so guests know what the entire cost will be.

Secondly, hotels do not seem to have noticed the economic downturn.   Prices seem pretty high $119 for a Holiday Inn express and $129 for a Holiday Inn… plus the unmentioned taxes… for the typical box.This is double what our hotel costs at $59 (plus 22% tax).

Third, comes the free breakfast… overcooked buffets… terrible bakery pastries and everything served on foam plates and cups… with plastic knives and forks… without much (or really any service)… including the “wonderful” Smuckers jam.

I think of our hotel’s great cooked when you arrive, full breakfast… juice….fresh fruit made into an art form… hand made butter and hand made marmalade… plus choice of eggs in numerous ways… bacon or ham.  Though I have to be honest, I do not like the bread our hotel serves… next thing on my list to fix.

This is not a complaint… just a comparison.  Remember we are looking to buy in Florida because we also love it here.

Merri and  are having a great time. We are enjoying Florida’s warmth… seeing a lot of territory… ranging from Naples to Lakeland… Winter Haven… up to Clermont…. Mt Dora…  Tavares… Leesburg… Deland…  St Augustine… Palakta… Zeypher Hills plus some really out of the way (our favorite) places like Ridge Manor…  Crows Bluff…  Lady Lake… Fruitland Park.

This note is written from outside of Gainesville and today we inspect the Suwanee River.

The best place we have seen so far was remote… on the Withlacoochee River. We would have purchased this on the spot… except… it should be renamed…  Withlacoochee  Puddle!   We were very sad to see numerous lakes and rivers that are pretty much gone… during the terrible drought we are seeing here.

Multi Currency Thought

This reminds me of an important multi currency fact. The global economic downturn has driven the price of many shares down.. but has not stopped basic essential needs… like our need for water.

Shares of companies denominated in strong currencies that provide excellent needs can offer special value.

Take the water share we have followed for years… Hyflux.

Hyflux Ltd is company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange that has a proprietary water filtering system that does business  in China, India, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as well as Singapore and Southeast Asia.

These shares have fallen from a high of $4.88 to $1.72 as you can see in the chart below from uk.finance.yahoo.com

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I’ll be sending a full report on the Hyflux shares to my Multi Currency subscribers shortly. You can enroll and study this report here.

Back to the Ecuador beach hotel for sale.

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The owners is asking $600,000 and claims income of $180,000 a year with a net profit of $50,000.  If these figures are accurate… this is not a bad value spot to start negotiations.  Here is the beach nearby…

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the ocean side pool…

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the area where the hotel is located. ecuador-comparisons

Though this day was grey… there is a reward that comes with the clouds. The moisture creates some spectacular sunsets… like this one shot a bit north of this hotel at Palmazul.

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We viewed this hotel on a recent real estate tour and I am sending a full report to my Ecuador Living subscribers next week.   If you are not a subscriber and would like this report, you can learn how to subscribe to Ecuador Living here.

There are legal, asset protection and tax benefits that an overseas business can bring, but be sure to always have an attorney who is experienced in using overseas structures. The laws are complicated.  For specific information about using overseas structures correctly, you can learn more about Joe Cox here.  Contact  Joe Cox at jcox@coxnici.com

Regards,

Gary

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Delegates stay on this beach on our Ecuador mid coastal real estate tour.

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Jan. 21-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

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International Club 2010

Attend our 56 investment, business, Spanish, real estate and export, courses and tours in 2010 with one small enrollment fee.

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Here are the 56 courses and tours you can attend free. Plus there is even one more savings you will see below.

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour
Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 15-18     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 21-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Join us in February or March.

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Fl.

Feb. 15-16   Travel to and visit Quito
Feb  17         Travel to Manta
Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi
Feb. 21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Fl.
Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic tour
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Mar. 28-29   South Coast Real Estate Tour

Apr. 12-15   Ecuador Export Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

May  13-14     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749)
May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
May  22-23    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  28-29    South Coast real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

June 24         Quantum Wealth North Carolina
June 25-27    International Investing and Business North Carolina  ( $749 or couple $999)
June 28-29   Travel to Ecuador and Andes
June 30-Jy 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
July 3-4          Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)
July 6-7          Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749)
July 9-10        Cuenca Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)

Sept.   3-6      Ecuador Export Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept.   8-9      Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 11-12     Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 14-15     Cuenca Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 17-18     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept 20-21      South Coast Real Estate tour ($499 or couple $749)

Oct.    7          Quantum Wealth North Carolina
Oct.   8-10     International Investing & Business North Carolina ($749 or couple $999)
Oct.   11-12    Travel to Quito and Andes
Oct.  13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct.  16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct.  19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct. 22-23     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

Nov.    4-7        Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida ($749 or couple $999)
Nov.    8-9       Travel to Quito and Andes
Nov. 10-11       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 13-14      Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 16-17      Quito-Mindo Real Estate  ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 19-20     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov  22-23      South Coast Real Estate Tour (($499 or couple $749)

Dec.   3-5       Ecuador Shamanic Mingo  ($499 or couple $749)
Dec.   7-8       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec.  10-11    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec. 13-14     Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec. 16-17      Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $2,999 (until January 2010).  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and your guest can attend courses worth $40,947.

You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses is shown below.

Arrival dates are always one or two days earlier. Please double check with us before booking flights.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses which are valued at $40,947!

International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here

You may well wonder why I would make such an offer and ask why the cost is so low? Let me answer this question frankly and from the heart.

First, it helps us do a better job for you. We feel greatly enriched when we can really help our clients improve their lives. We have learned through years of experience the best way to do this is to meet with you regularly. We can best help you learn how to improve your health and wealth through continual expansion of knowledge.

Second, we gain enormous fulfillment from the many friendships we form through the years. Our friends have enriched our lives tremendously. Let me explain this in more detail.

As a member, you will be part of our international family that meets intensively over the next year to examine ways we can make our lives better. Our goal is beyond just having money. Our goal is to have quantum wealth… good health… wealth and fulfillment through service.

Though I give all course delegates my very best, I cannot help but to do a better job for those who come again and again. As we meet often; your particular wants, needs and desires become clear, and it is easier for me to point you in the right direction.

Another phenomenon is that repeat delegates help each other! They get to know one another, help each other learn, share their insights, make contacts and gain more wealth.

Out associates in Ecuador, are experienced business people who live or work and conduct our real estate and export courses.  They can also act as your local backup for the business.

Lifestyle for Two. There is more! I have learned at my courses that many repeat delegates were couples.

We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO!  You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.)

Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!

Gary

International Club 2010 Membership  Enroll here

Ecuador Banking and Business


Recent messages have looked at Ecuador banking and business.

The global economy is going through a paradigm shift.  This creates great opportunity, but also means we all have to embrace change. We need to realize that many will gain a lot in this change… but also some will lose.

Here is an Ecuador income opportunity, a…

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hotel for sale in Otavalo.  Otavalo Market is one of the largest tourist attractions in Ecuador. More below.

There are four places where we are most likely to profit… real estate… commodities… stocks and our own small business… always keeping in mind… value..diversification… service and fulfillment.

Our messages of the last week have featured income earning ideas.

We have looked at:

Ecuador Export Ideas.

Plus how to earn with:

Ecuador flowers Ecuador Flower Income.

US franchises and bed & breakfast at Ecuador & Business Curves.

Ecuador farming at Ecuador Canadian Connection.

Organic Animal Wash.

Ecuador Organic Farming.

The Ali Shungu hotel has been for sale for some time… but we felt the price was  too high…  even though this is an excellent facility with wonderful grounds.

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There is great profit potential with overseas businesses plus there is also enormous tax benefits with an Ecuador or overseas business.

Ali Shungu’s owners wanted a million dollars. “too much”, we thought, “even though it has this full restaurant”.

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There are also enormous legal, asset protection and tax benefits that an overseas business can bring. The most effective structure from a tax deferral point of view is a non U.S. structure (corporation, LLC, limited partnership or trust) that operates entirely outside the U.S. and that is owned 50% or more by a non U.S. person.

Then the owners dropped their asking price to $750,000.  “Getting closer”, was out thinking… but not quite low enough despite this wonderful patio.

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Using an overseas structure, a corporation owned at least half by non U.S. citizens or residents, has helped me expand our hotel business.

Some business owners do not want to have someone else own half their business. If this is the case, I recommend that you donate half the business to some U.S. charities. Pay them some dividends as your profit and treat them well. This can help your business be more fulfilling as well as profitable.

This message shows another Ecuador income producing opportunity, this Hotel Ali Shungu, for sale in Otavalo.

The rooms are adequate.

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plus

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There are three huge condos above the hotel. Here is Merri and one of our delegates on a recent Ecuador real estate tour examining one of the condos.

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Then recently the owners offered us a $150,000 commission to sell the hotel. We are not brokers and do not take commission so our reply was “cut the price for our readers”!  This would place the price at $600,000… an interesting value.

We viewed this hotel on a recent real estate tour and I am sending a full report to my Ecuador Living subscribers next week.   If you are not a subscriber and would like this report, you can learn how to subscribe to Ecuador Living here.

One important point about using overseas structures and banks.  We have warned readers for more than 20 years to be sure to always have an attorney experienced in using overseas structures. The law is complicated.

See one warning written a decade ago at More on the loss of bank privacy

For specific information about using overseas structures correctly, you can contact Joe Cox at jcox@coxnici.com

Joe has been my friend and attorney for more years than I care to remember.  He specializes in estate planning, insurance, trusts and taxation. He received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa School of Law, and a Master of Laws in Estate Planning from the University of Miami, School of Law. Joe is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Administration and in Taxation by the Florida Bar.

In addition to the Board Certifications, Joe is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is a member of the American and Florida Bar Associations, and is admitted to the Federal Appellate Courts and the United States Tax Court. Joe is a frequent speaker on tax planning topics such as income taxes, insurance trusts, irrevocable trusts and offshore asset protection trusts. He has also written articles and books concerning income tax and irrevocable trusts.

Joe is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who ’s Who in American Law. Chosen by Florida Trend Magazine as one of the top 1.6% of lawyers in Florida and one of the top 34 Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning lawyers. Chosen by Worth Magazine to be one of the top 100 attorneys in the Nation.

Among his community commitments, Joe has served many organizations in a leadership position. These include: Naples Community Hospital, Community Foundation of Collier County, YMCA of Collier County, Community School of Naples, Alzheimer’s Association, Forum Club, Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. He was named the Child Advocate of the Year.

Joe will speak at the upcoming JGAM Multi Currency Investment Seminar May 29-31 2009.

Joe wrote several chapters on how to use overseas structures for our course on international business that is included with emailed course n how to develop a web based business. See more here.

Regards,

Gary

Join us in Ecuador.

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour May 16-17. $499 Enroll here.   $749 For a couple.

Delegates stay on this beach that Dennis Goff shot on our last Ecuador coastal real estate tour.

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Imbabura-Cotacachi Real Estate Tour May 20-21.  $499 Enroll here.  $749 For a couple.

Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour May 22-24.  $399 Enroll here. $499 For a couple.

Take Two for One. Attend any of the three international business & investing courses below and select any one of the tours above free.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

Sign up for our three May 2009 tours and attend any of the IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web seminar above FREE.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Learn about our July 2009 Ecuador export tour 2-4-1 deal here.

See our full 2009 schedule here.

Ecuador & Global Business Curves


Ecuador & Global Business Curves

Ecuador and global business ideas are important because the economic downturn has thrown many curves at most investment and business plans.

For years my advice to young people who have asked me for a good way to earn in a business has been to buy a fixer upper… fix it, live in it for two years and sell it on.  Then do this again and again.

US tax law allows for an exemption of $250,000 on one’s residence  ($500,000 for couple filing jointly).  Where else can you earn up to $250,000 a year tax free?

I double checked with my friend and tax attorney Joe Cox to make sure this exemption still works.   He replied:

Gary:  You are correct.  One or two projects at a time will not make them a
“developer”.   If they have too many projects, at the same time, they can become a developer and would be subject to ordinary income tax.   There is a $500,000 exemption.  There is  capital gain tax on excess.  This is still lower than ordinary income tax which maybe is going to 39.5%.   Joe

There are some excellent additional tax benefits for those who conduct genuine business abroad.  You can read details in my “International Business Made EZ” course which comes free with our “Tangled Web… How to Have a Web Business” course.  See how to get this course at the end of this message.

My advice to retirees who wish to live in Ecuador is live on your pension and overseas income which is not taxed in Ecuador. Then if you need extra income buy, fix up and sell a bit of Ecuador real estate.  This is tax free income as well… if like in the US you are not involved in too many projects… and become a developer.

For example, on our last real estate tour we saw these houses in Otavalo… brand new.  This Ecuador real estate ranges between $65,000 and $95,000 for very nice houses overlooking Otavalo.  New import regulations in Ecuador and inflation mean that like in the US new homes will cost substantially more.

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The house we visited was 3.5 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms, two dens, living, dining and kitchen areas plus small back yard. The one we saw was of a very high standard,  about 2,300 square feet and had a $95,000 asking price.

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Here is our group inspecting the kitchen. There are also great views.

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This is the type of Ecuador house you could buy and live in, or rent, then sell for a profit in a couple of years. I suspect that if this is your residence there would not be US tax (up to $250,000 or $500,000 for a couple filing jointly) either.

You can get direct tax advice about this the US tax law and benefits of an overseas business from Joe Cox at JCOX@COXNICI.COM

In addition we recommend that everyone become involved in a business that they have a passion for. Here is an example of a reader who moved to Cuenca Ecuador and is doing just this.  He sent me this note. 

Hi Gary,

The last two days of columns about Ecuador and the dollar have been extremely informative and I believe accurate.  That is not just because I agree with you.

We are doing very well in Cuenca.  We have recently become 40% non-operating partners of the local CURVES franchise which went into the black in its first month.

Next month sees the opening of VILLA NOVA INN, located on Avenue Third of December on the city side of the Tomebamba River.  It is about 20 yards  from SAKURA SUSHI, the best Japanese restaurant in Cuenca, perhaps in all of Ecuador.   This is  a new 12 bedroom hostal in which we are 25% non-operating partners that will open next month.

VILLA NOVA INN will have two suites w. cable TV, 9 double/single rooms, and 1 dormitory w. 4 bunk beds.  Prices will range from $8 a night for a bunk bed to $45 a night for a suite.  There will be cable TV and high-speed Internet in the lobby.  The entire hostal overlooks the Rio Tomebamba and has a large outdoor deck with tables overlooking the river.  Breakfast is included in the price of the room or bunk.

You can get more information on the inn from Fernanda Cueva at fercuevav@hotmail.com

These small cash generating businesses along with fully paid for condos in Cuenca and Puerto Gaviota, an adequate amount of gold & silver coins and bullion, and government secured US pension funds make us feel very secure and capable of handling whatever the present financial/economic crisis throws at us.

Like you, I believe that Ecuador is actually one of the few ideal places in the world that will handle this crisis with relative ease and grace.  To support that belief we are looking for additional small local business investments.

All this investment activity helps support our South American Fund for Enlightenment which in addition to supporting students in Ibarra has just completed its first significant project in Cuenca.  We recently completed the delivery of 12 new full sized computers to Escuela Adbdon Calderon.  The computers with 17″ flat screen monitors were assembled by skilled local labor right here in Cuenca.  The project which cost just over $5,000 was a wonderful joint effort by contributors from the United States along with ex-pats and locals here in Cuenca.

The Fund is now working to raise the final $1,500 which will supply the Escuela with a much needed copier and projector plus a couple of printers which H-P locally will toss into the mix.  We hope to finish this aspect of the project before we take off to spend the summer cruising the Greek Isles, driving around Greece and Italy and finally spending most of July and August in our condo in Puerto Gaviota.

All the best to both you and Merri.

Turn your passion into profit… earn extra income… become independent… and do more then just make money…do some extra good as the reader above is.

The four ways to profit in this economic downturn are to:

#1: Invest in shares.
#2: Invest in real estate.
#3: Invest in commodities.
#4: Invest in your own business.

This reader and his wife are doing all four recommendations.

Here is one more point about Cuenca. After a decade of searching, Merri and I settled on Cotacachi and San Clemente as the places where we would live and focus.   However, many want a more urban atmosphere and the city we find our delegates like most is Cuenca.

Cuenca is a forty minute flight south of Quito and there are to 2 to 3 flights a day, although no late evening flights. It is some 8 to 12 hours south of Quito driving depending on the state of the roads. It is a beautiful drive that Merri and I have taken many many times. For many years, Cuenca was isolated from the rest of the country so it has followed its own course all these years, which gives it a unique flavor. Here is Cuenca.

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Cuenca (the actual full name is Santa Ana de los cuatro ríos de Cuenca) is the third most populous city in Ecuador and is the capital of the Azuay Province.

It sits at about 8,000 feet altitude and is a most beautiful small city. The center of Cuenca  is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its may historical buildings.

The readers above purchased a spacious and modern condo in Cuenca within walking distance to the historic colonial city center.

Cuenca condo building

They bought their Cuenca condo pre-construction three years ago and I expect have seen a nice rise in their property value.   They upgraded their condo from the original specifications, adding hardwood floors and fittings and extra lighting.

Cuenca condo living room

Cuenca condo hardwood finishes

Their 1,690 square foot condo only cost $84,800 with the extras pushed the price to around $90,000.

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There are great  views and…

View from Cuenca condo

spacious…

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rooms.

Cuenca condo kitchen

A great boutique hotel in Cuenca is the Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar.

Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar is a beautiful sample of the unparalleled Ecuadorian Republican luxury style. The 19th-century house was restored to its original splendor and has been designed to be a home for visitors staying in the city for business or for pleasure.

The hotel looks a lot like our hotel Meson de las Flores from the outside.  Here is Meson.

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Here is Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar.

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But Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar is much more luxurious inside.

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This is true luxury.

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Our good friend of over a dozen years, Jorge Espinosa (one of the owners of the Relais & Chateaux La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa) used his talents to renovate this charming hotel.

Ecuador Living subscribers can enjoy a discount. More details on how to subscribe are here.

The global economy may throw you some curves… but there are ways to hit economic home runs anyway. We look forward to sharing ideas for profits in this new economic paradigm with you.

Gary

To help you learn how to earn income anywhere,  I am making a special offer that ends tonight, April 3 at midnight. (I extended this deadline due to our web site crash).

You can have the “The Tangled Webs We Weave”…our course on how to have a Web Based  Business… FREE..

I launched this course earlier this year and am making a special offer…that gives you this course free…and more.

Now you can learn everything that I do to create income and have fun and fulfillment in a web based micro business.  Here is a  special offer.

This new course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” is available at $299.

This is a bargain. Merri and I have been traveling and doing international business for 41 years. We have had a web based business for over ten years. You can share everything we have learned.

However when you sign up for Tangled Web in March 2009, I’ll include two of my other emailed courses, How to be a Self Publisher and International Business Made EZ  FREE as well.

PLUS…

My webmaster is joining Merri and me at our two North Carolina courses this year for our first Tangled Web seminars.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

If you have ordered Tangled Web, I will reduce any of these course fees by $299!

In all you receive the emailed “Tangled Web” course, International Business Made EZ” and “How to be a Self Publisher”,  FREE when you enroll in either the July, October or November seminar.

Enroll here $299

or enroll for any of the three courses above. I’ll send all three emailed courses free right away.

We provide our standard, full guarantee. Enroll.  Try the course for 30 days. If not satisfied we’ll give you an immediate, full… no fuss refund.  This offer expires at midnight April 3, 2009.

The Ultimate Form of Financial Privacy


The message from our reader below shows that some of you still do not believe me so I have to repeat again that bank privacy has slowly been eroded over the past thirty years and I cannot see why the trend will not continue.

Gary

Gary: I read your article on loss of bank privacy, t’is true. Where internationally could one put US mutual funds? Is there any safe haven with bank privacy in the world anywhere now that you could recommend?

W.

One should not hide money abroad and rely on bank privacy to protect them. Forget about government attacks. These are bad enough but I cannot begin to tell you the horror stories I have crossed in the past three decades in which bank privacy was blown by bank errors. For example a London bank mistakenly mailed me the secret bank account of an Iranian diplomat who was hiding money in London. A Viennese banker inadvertently faxed me four pages of private information that could have put several people in serious trouble. A Swiss banker once left his client list with names, addressees and account numbers laying on a table at a seminar were I was speaking with him.

There are too many ways to get caught in addition to the onslaught of governments to reduce privacy. Look for legal ways to keep your financial affairs private instead. One such way is through the use of overseas insurance policies.

Get more details from our frend and attorney Joe Cox at jcox@coxnici.com

Good investing!

Gary

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2009 Update

We hope you’ll enjoy a beautiful global lifestyle with us soon in the Blue Ridge or Ecuador.

July 4-8 Ecuador Export Tour

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Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
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Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

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