Thursday, June 21, 2012

Retiring on a greek island

If you've ever dreamt of retiring on a Greek island then there may well be that opportunity for dirt cheap if the world markets play out as I suspect they might.

There has been MUCH news lately about the European debt crisis and more specifically the Greek financial problems.  The Greeks like many other warm nations have a much more relaxed outlook on life as they don't have to work hard to afford things like HEAT.  Something we really can't do without up here in Canada.  (My theory is that the further north you go, the more industrious/laborious you MUST be to stay alive.  Necessity is the mother of all invention.)  Plus, it's just do damn hot most of the year to actually work hard anyway. 

The world markets are going to continue to be rough so long as Greece continues to be a member of the euro-zone.  They will no doubt continue to need bailouts.  The EU will eventually get tired of this and force them to do something.  Either DRACONIAN austerity or worse: OUT of the Euro (back to the drachma) and that while isn't a huge deal for us here in Canada, it will through the markets into a big panic.  And will no doubt bounce back quickly once they are out on their own.

However, Greece still might yet turn this around.  The population would have to actually start paying income taxes as they have a huge "culture" of avoiding them.

If Greece can't get their act together and do get kicked out there will be a brutally violent round of protests from the Greek people.  It might last for weeks or months until they realize, just like any other maxed out credit-card shopper they eventually have to pay the piper.

Potential: buy some greek properties AFTER they get kicked out.  (If/when they get kicked out)  However this might be a longer time-frame then you would like...  I'm guessing it would take them 10-15 years to get their act together if they get forced out.  The values of properties would be very very low for the first 7-12 of those years.  But heck, living on a Greek island wouldn't be a bad way to retire.


  1. An announcement of Greece getting the boot and a subsequent market panic would be a great opportunity to get in on stocks. I'm planning to save up some extra money for when something like that happens. Greece has a history of defaulting on their debts. The latest one in the 1930s I think. Larger countries have defaulted on their public debt too like Argentina 10 years ago. Great opportunity back then to pick up the S&P500 index.

    1. You're right Liquid, Green defaulted in the 1930s and that was the fifth time since the early 1800s. The country has many, major economic problems - an entitlement centered county with no viable exports.

  2. @Liquid: They very recently defaulted too... Not a complete default, but a 50% write-down.

    If only I could get my broker to write-down 50% of my margin!

  3. "(My theory is that the further north you go, the more industrious/laborious you MUST be to stay alive. Necessity is the mother of all invention.)" Totally agree with you. Necessity is what drove the Europeans towards global expansion in the 1500s.

    Heck, if I had the money, I'd buy an island right now.

    1. This does seem to hold true in many places around the world. The brutal reality of the situation: if you don't get off your posterior and actually do something then you quite simply freeze to death.

      Where as the people who have food falling out of trees and landing in their laps don't have to do anything and still survive.