Tag Archive: Banking & Money

Jun 10 2013

Have a Reserve Fund for Emergencies

If you’re retiring overseas and you have a pension or Social Security, that’s fine. But you better bring a cash reserve as well. How much? I don’t know. Bring what you can. Recently we suggested at least $20,000, but $120,000 would be better, and $220,000 even better. And when I say “bring down” I don’t …

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Feb 10 2013

Seven Compelling Reasons to Invest in Coopenae

(Updated October 7, 2014) We’ve been banking and investing at Coopenae for several years now and have been extremely pleased with their customer service and investment CD rates. Here are some good reasons to consider investing with them: Rated by “Fitch Ratings” (international bank rating): Short term rating at: ‘F1+ (cri)’ the best possible rating. …

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Nov 15 2012

Investing and Residency

It is my suggestion that, if you intent to move to Costa Rica, you should become a legal resident. It’s the right thing to do. And doing so has its advantages. As of October 1, 2012, to open a bank account or invest in Certificates of Deposits at any Costa Rican bank, one must be …

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Sep 16 2012

Five Things You Need To Know Before You Move Abroad

By I.J. Zemelman, EA, Taxes for Expats Moving overseas means everything is new and different. That’s the attraction, for the most part. But sometimes, new and different just means more complicated. When it comes to overseas taxes, it’s better to learn as much as you can before you move. To avoid the most common pitfalls, …

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Sep 03 2012

Should You Prepare Your Own Expat Tax Return?

Taxes have been on my mind lately. We filed an extension to the original deadline so for us, the deadline to file our U.S. Income Tax for 2011 is October 15th.  We came across the website for Taxes for Expats which has a lot of helpful articles and decided to share some with you in …

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Aug 21 2012

Documents You Need to Open a Bank Account in Costa Rica

It’s not as easy to open a bank account in Costa Rica as it is back home. Following are Coopenae’s requirements to open a savings account or CDs, though the required documentation is similar in other Costa Rica banks and credit unions. Passports DIMEX (Documento de Identidad Migratorio para Extranjeros), or DUM (old residency card: DUM = …

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Jul 19 2012

From 11.75% to 12.5% Interest on a 12-Month Certificate of Deposit!

We wanted to inform all of our interested readers that our bank, Coopenae, has just raised interest rates to 12.5% on a 12 month Certificate of Deposit. As luck would have it, our initial 12-month CD at 11.75% came to maturity in late June, just after the rate was increased, and we were able to …

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Mar 16 2012

DIMEX, What is it? And Why Should It Matter To Me?

After our recent articles about our bank, Coopenae, & their 11.75% 12 month CD, more inquiries came in regarding investing here in Costa Rica. In the articles, we tried to address investors fears by answering questions about Coopenae , but in the process left out the fact that, in addition to being a legal resident, …

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Feb 10 2012

11.75% Colones CDs: Answering Your Questions

Many people have written to us asking questions about our local investments at Coopenae, so we thought we would follow up and try to answer some of the most common questions. Usually they have to do with why we chose to invest there and whether or not it’s safe. We met with Marco Ramírez Jiménez, the …

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Jul 20 2011

Investing in Colones Certificates of Deposit

While we pay our rent in U.S. dollars, we pay for everything else in colones.  For the last two years, we’ve been using our debit card from our U.S. bank to withdrawal dollars for our living expenses, then walking into a local bank to exchange much of it into colones.  The exchange rate has gone …

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