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  • Avatar TeeOneThree 
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    I have a family member who currently and for the foreseeable future lives in the Netherlands. She has about $10,000 in cash in a US bank account that she wants to keep in the US to have when she visits or if she ever comes back for good. What are her options for investing this money?

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    jfoxcpacfp jfoxcpacfp 
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    Her biggest problem will be finding a brokerage who will work with her. In most cases, as long as you have a physical US address, you can continue with your US activities. Interactive Brokers is known as the most expat-friendly custodian and they do a good job.

    Johanna Fox Turner, CPA, CFP, Fox Wealth Mgmt & Fox CPAs ~
    http://www.fox-cpas.com/for-doctors-only ~ [email protected]

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    Interesting, I didnt realize it might be a problem if I moved away for a couple of years. I suppose that is a big area to research aka get sucked down the rabbit hole of the internet….

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    jfoxcpacfp jfoxcpacfp 
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    Interesting, I didnt realize it might be a problem if I moved away for a couple of years. I suppose that is a big area to research aka get sucked down the rabbit hole of the internet….

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    Yes, it is a frequent issue for ex-pats rooted in laws designed to prevent non-US terrorist organizations from funneling $ to the US. It is not usually difficult as long as you can maintain a US address – if you have family members in the US, for example. But some custodians are much more strict than others, so you do need to have that worked out if you are planning to move out of the country.

    Johanna Fox Turner, CPA, CFP, Fox Wealth Mgmt & Fox CPAs ~
    http://www.fox-cpas.com/for-doctors-only ~ [email protected]

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    Interesting, I didnt realize it might be a problem if I moved away for a couple of years. I suppose that is a big area to research aka get sucked down the rabbit hole of the internet….

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    Yes, it is a frequent issue for ex-pats rooted in laws designed to prevent non-US terrorist organizations from funneling $ to the US. It is not usually difficult as long as you can maintain a US address – if you have family members in the US, for example. But some custodians are much more strict than others, so you do need to have that worked out if you are planning to move out of the country.

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    Literally everything is electronic delivery.  I wonder what would happen if I just neglected to mention I didn’t live here anymore?

    Regardless, tentative plan would be to keep our home, potentially rent it out for a nominal fee to a caretaker.

    And a further regardless, I’m getting pushback from family, which is the bigger logistical problem!

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    Avatar jacoavlu 
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    What are her options for investing this money?

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    If the goal of the money is to be available for potential use in the short to medium term, I probably wouldn’t “invest” the money. A high yield savings account or money market account would be best. I would only “invest” the money for a longer term goal.

    The Finance Buff's solo 401k contribution spreadsheet: https://goo.gl/6cZKVA

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    Avatar billy 
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    Interesting, I didnt realize it might be a problem if I moved away for a couple of years. I suppose that is a big area to research aka get sucked down the rabbit hole of the internet….

    Click to expand…

    Yes, it is a frequent issue for ex-pats rooted in laws designed to prevent non-US terrorist organizations from funneling $ to the US. It is not usually difficult as long as you can maintain a US address – if you have family members in the US, for example. But some custodians are much more strict than others, so you do need to have that worked out if you are planning to move out of the country.

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    Literally everything is electronic delivery.  I wonder what would happen if I just neglected to mention I didn’t live here anymore?

    Regardless, tentative plan would be to keep our home, potentially rent it out for a nominal fee to a caretaker.

    And a further regardless, I’m getting pushback from family, which is the bigger logistical problem!

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    https://investorjunkie.com/investing/expat/

    to help you start going down the rabbit hole

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    Avatar adventure 
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    I’d put it it in a high interest savings account to moment market fund at Fidelity. I’d use your address (so their is never returned to sender..) or rent a PO Box .

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