Announcing My New Book – The Cross-Border Family Wealth Guide

I am excited to announce the impending release of my new book – The Cross-Border Family Wealth Guide: Advice on Taxes, Investing, Real Estate, and Retirement for Global Families in the U.S. and Abroad, with Foreward by Tim Kochis.   Whether you’re an American living abroad, or foreign-born and living in […]

Is It Time to Make Up With Emerging Markets?

This article makes some great arguments why investors should not give up on emerging markets. Many of these economies have been in flux, but now the risk and reward ratio may be tilting toward investors’ favor.     Updated March 7, 2016  The best time to take a vacation can be […]

New Option for U.S. Banking for US Citizens and Residents Living Overseas

Good job by the American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA), for helping solve a basic need for many U.S. expatriates who unfortunately left the U.S. without first setting up a U.S. bank relationship. A real problem for some Americans living overseas is the inability to open and/or maintain State-side banking services. ACA […]

Key Lessons in Cross Border Wealth Management – American Ex-Pat

As part of our article series on issues in Cross Border Wealth Management, the following is an illustration of some of the key implementation strategies we come across in helping cross border professionals manage their complex financial affairs.   “Our financial affairs are so complicated because we have stuff all […]

Low Interest Rates are Rewriting Investing Rules

Low bond yields are frustrating income-oriented investors; diversification is the only answer.   As I sit down to write to you today, I can’t help but reflect on an article I read in the Wall Street Journal while riding on the train a few days ago. For the first time […]

Considerations for U.S. Persons Purchasing Foreign Real Estate

There are many reasons why a U.S. person may want to own residential real estate in a foreign country – this article provides an overview of some of the U.S. tax rules that determine what types of disclosures are typically required.   In today’s global economy, many U.S. persons find […]

Managing Currency Risks for an International Retirement
What the IRS Watches for When Your Payments Go Across the Border

In this fast-paced era dominated by ever-evolving technology, even a small business can find itself engaged in transactions with vendors or contractors based in a foreign country. These payments may include compensation for services, consideration for goods, etc. If you have a business partner based in a foreign country, the […]

U.S. Taxation of Foreign Currency Gains or Losses

The general rule with regard to the U.S. tax treatment of gains or losses from exchanging U.S. currency for non U.S. currency (and back) is that the gain or loss on the currency exchange will now be taxed the same as the underlying transaction. The Taxpayer’s Relief Act of 1997 […]

WSJ Article: Emerging-Market Bond Bargains
Move your 401k

This was a great article about the recent sell-off in emerging-market bonds, and the opportunity now for investors willing to take the risk. In today’s low-yield environment, emerging-market bonds can add returns while providing badly needed diversification away from the U.S. bond market.   Upside: Emerging-Market Bond Bargains Emerging-market bonds are […]