A good starting point to budget a Thai lifestyle is $32,000 or around $1,000 per month. That’s what the Thai government requires of expatriates who seek a retirement visa. While that amount won’t buy all-out luxury in Bangkok, where upmarket condos might require a budget closer to $5,000 per month, it will allow for a very comfortable lifestyle in smaller cities. Some expatriate favorites are the northern cultural capital of Chiang Mai and its smaller cousin Chaing Rai, and the beach paradises of Phuket and Koh Samui. Many expatriates avoid the traffic, pollution, and noise of Bangkok unless they need medical care, where there are hundreds of Ivy League-educated doctors. Combine the great weather, amazing cuisine, and friendly, English-speaking people and Thailand garners our top spot.
Small-cap winners galoreThe big stock market winners share one common attribute: Near the beginning of the ascent of their shares, the companies offer revolutionary products or services, are market leaders in their respective industries, or both. Some big stock market winners that possessed the attributes outlined above are Netflix (NFLX), which we recommended to investors in October 2002; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which we bought and recommended in July 2004; Baidu.com (BIDU), which we bought and recommended in August 2006; and MercadoLibre (MELI), which we recommended to investors in October 2010. Get up-to-date small-cap stock picks from David Frazier, editor of Small-Cap Profit Confidential.
Smarter cryptocurrency investmentsThe stock market crash of 2008 was the catalyst for his journey into alternatives. And interestingly, it was the impetus behind the creation of Bitcoin and the blockchain technology behind it. Keene Little wasn’t ready to risk his money yet but he was very curious, so he began charting Bitcoin’s technical patterns. What finally convinced him to dip a toe into digital currencies was seeing that they followed familiar price patterns that could be analyzed and successfully acted on. Now he shares those insights with subscribers to the Crypto Wealth Protocol.