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Ecuador Internet Business


Ecuador internet businesses just became easier so you just became more free.

If more freedom in your lifestyle is a goal, the good news is that technology makes it easier for your lifestyle to give you freedom in Ecuador…with your own global internet business.

You can gain freedom of lifestyle…in an office no bigger than your laptop! As a tiny business you can compete with and beat big business?

Merri and I are proof that you can enjoy such success, freedom and a lifestyle that most people just envy rather than do anything about.

Merri and I have, what I like to call, the tiniest, most profitable internet publishing business in the world. This business provides a great living. More important it gives us freedom to live wherever we choose…and our choices may seem odd.

We live part time on our Blue Ridge Merrily Farms..far far from civilization…2.5 hours to the nearest city. Here I am working there in my favorite summer office deep in the woods.
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Part of the rest of the time…when we are not traveling…we live in a remote Andean Village at our Cotacachi Hotel, El Meson de las Flores.

Here Merri and I work during the winter in our sunny Cotacachi open air court yard.

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Plus we spend time at our Ecuador beach apartment as well. Here I am at the Pamazul,the clubhouse for our Vistazul condos…working?
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and enjoying this view.

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We can run our internet business from any one of these places…now more easily than before.

Ecuador internet services continue to develop at a rapid pace and the latest development is mobile internet in Ecuador.

Three cell phone operators now offer an internet connection via a USB modem that receives data from cell phone networks. In other words wherever in Ecuador cell phones work there is access to broadband.

If you have the little modem and a lap top computer you can hook up to the internet anywhere in Ecuador where you receive a cell phone signal from an Ecuadorian cell phone supplier.

This gives you the freedom to go anywhere that has even a hint of civilization. You won´t receive a signal in deep ravines or remote jungles – but just about anywhere else is going to work just great.

We have a full report on this for Ecuador Living subscribers. Learn how to subscribe here.

Until next message may you alswaysbe free!

Gary

Our International Business and Investing Made EZ courses focus on helping delegates attain freedom lifestyles in two ways…though having their own global business and…seven types of global investing.

We walk our talk. Our courses are based on 40 years of experience in

international business and investing so when the first ice appeared on our North Carolina pond last week we headed south and are in Ecuador now.

Instead of this

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Ma and I are here…in the sun…overlooking Cotacachi!

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Join us at a course in Cotacachi this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

We’ll visit the Otavalo markets.

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Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ
Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Cotacachi-meeting

Courses are centered around this open air courtyard in our colonial inn El Meson de las Flores.

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

You are also invited to tag along to the beach where we visit all types of Ecuador beach property for sale. Here is one f our previous tours enjoying a visit to Vistazul condos.

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Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 26 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009.

Ecuador Kindness


Ecuadorian people are kind.

An example of Ecuadorian kindness is Dr Andres Cordova. Andres is our friend and attorney. He is the grandson of one of Ecuador’s more famous presidents. He is a senior partner in a law firm that represents Ecuador’s treasury.

Yet to me he is an example of how Ecuadorians are willing to help others in so many ways.

For example, we warn our delegates and readers to stay away from the Mariscal Sucre area in Quito. This is a very touristy area that many of the tour agents promote. This area is loaded with very clever pickpocket type thieves.

Regretfully some delegates do not mind our warnings, as was the case when a delegate from our course, on his way back to the US, visited this area. His carry on bag was stolen (in a tricky but non aggressive way). He lost everything, passport, wallet, car keys, credit card, driver’s license, computer. He was stranded with $3 left in his pocket.

Fortunately he called us in Cotacachi. I called Andres who immediately left his Sunday afternoon lunch and within the hour had picked up our delegate, given him $200 cash and sent him back to us in Cotacachi. (The US Embassy would not help the delegate until Monday.)

This is not the first time Andres has gone out of his way to pull a delegate’s irons out of a fire. A few years ago, a delegate arrived for our Import-Export Expedition. The delegate had journeyed to Peru first and purchased many huge bags of goods to take back to the US . Naturally Ecuadorian customs wanted to tax them. Though it was nearly midnight, one call to Andres got him working and he immediately sorted the problem out.

Now Andres has done it again. A reader just sent me this note.

Wanted you to know that Andres handled the closing on my place and would not charge anything…Nada, 0..Maybe that was his way to make up for his sometimes slow response time…..In any event that is impressive..Hope you are well. We will be in Argentina most of November, then to Nicaragua and Panama in January…One of my sons in selling property in Panama ..Cheers,.Ed

Andres continuing help and goodwill to our readers is one reason I wholeheartedly recommend his Ecuador real estate projects in Mindo. I am not involved financially in any way but delight in putting good people (my readers) together with good people (Andres and his real estate team).

ARBORETTO has been “adopted” by a very driven and enthusiastic group of young professionals wanting to make it a showcase of their sensibility, creativity, environmental dedication and passion.

Here is a shot of the first house going up there.

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Andres just sent me this note.

“ARBORETTO advances on its way to becoming the best project of its kind in Ecuador (please pardon our boasting) and a statement for creativity, sensible practices and forward-looking investing. We want to share with your readers the Arboretto website that has a wealth of information. There is also a picture gallery that is a testament to the beauty of the area.

A river runs through it.

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All lots in Arboretto are truly special, enjoying spectacular views and lush natural surroundings and 17 have been sold or reserved so far.

We believe Arboretto is a project that is just right for the times. It offers new horizons, real value, appreciation potential, rental income possibilities and feel-good all the way.

The plants, flowers and bird life are incredible in Mindo.

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Click here to visit the Arboretto Master Plan and website.

Andres has also promised to give our course delegates special prices and conditions in ARBORETTO.

He wrote: “Prices are a very good value we understand that some people need to see some more ground-work to understand the scope of the potential at hand.

The current price for a homesite in ARBORETTO is $64,950.

We will provide your delegates a $3,000 discount per lot and a $3,000 credit towards the construction of their villa in ARBORETTO, provided they begin construction in the 12 months following the visit.

The first house in ARBORETTO will be finished in three months and the second house begins construction in three weeks. More houses follow.

Warmest regards, Andrés.”

Andres has organized a special luncheon trip to Mindo after our courses below for those who would like to see the ARBORETTO project. The drive from Quito down to Mindo is a treat in itself. Don’t miss the waterfalls, best birding anywhere, the butterflies and just Mother Nature. For details, please contact Dr. Andres Cordova at andresfcordova@gmail.com

Until next message, may all the people you know be kind.

Gary

The first ice appeared on our North Carolina pond last week. Brrrr!

instead of hiking in the ice and cold…

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Ma and I would rather hike here…in the sun…overlooking Cotacachi!

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Join us at a course in Cotacachi this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

We’ll visit the Otavalo markets.

Ecuador-Project

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ
Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Cotacachi-meeting

Courses are centered around this open air courtyard in our colonial inn El Meson de las Flores.

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

You are also invited to tag along to the beach where we visit all types of Ecuador beach property for sale. Here is one f our previous tours enjoying a visit to Vistazul condos.

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Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 26 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009.

Multi Currency US Banks


Multi currency US banks are hard to find.

The US dollar has revived in the past few weeks. Fundamentals (debt, trade balance and low interest rate compared to inflation) suggest that this makes the current strength of the greenback a useful tool to diversify into other currencies.

Yet it is hard to walk into your local bank and open an account except in greenbacks.

This is a problem everywhere in the US. Most US banks that offer an FDIC guarantee do not offer non dollar accounts.

However one FDIC insured bank that does is Cathay Bank. This bank has Hong Kong roots and began in 1962, to serve the Chinese-American community in the greater Los Angeles area. However they adopted the motto “An Open Door for All” and have expanded rapidly.

Cathay Bank is part of a publicly traded financial institution with stockholder equity of approximately $994 million and total assets of $10.81 billion. Its service network is now in New York, Massachusetts, Washington State and Texas. Overseas it operates in Taipei, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

The bank’s website states that it can handle payables and receivables in foreign currency, transfers funds internationally and offers investments in foreign currency including specialized services to help manage foreign exchange exposure.

They offer spot and forward currency contracts and claim that their exchange rates are favorable.

Cathay Bank’s services include:

Foreign Currency Options
Foreign Currency Time Deposits
Multi Currency Call Accounts
Foreign Currency Banknote Exchange
Foreign Currency Travelers Checks

I have not used this bank, but wanted to pass this data on as I know many US investors are looking for ways to use the current dollar strength to invest in other currencies. You can get more data at http://www.cathaybank.com/

Until next message, good global investing to you.

Gary

The first ice appeared on our North Carolina pond this week. Our mallards are complaining! Brrrr!

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Merri and I would rather work and play in the Ecuador sun than fight the ice and snow. This is how to enjoy a winter’s breakfast, in our sunny court yard, at El Meson de las Flores with friends.

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Join us at a course in Cotacachi this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

We’ll visit the Otavalo markets.

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Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ
Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

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Courses are centered around this open air courtyard in our colonial inn El Meson de las Flores.

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

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You can even work online (as my friend Steve is doing above) while on the coast.

Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 26 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009.