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  1. Thanks for that. I do plan to roll over my last 401k to Charles Schwab, but I have not checked on what their rates or policies or fees are. Chase I hate due to past dealings. Fidelity I thought was giving people a hard time that were now living overseas or had addresses or phone numbers or IP addresses showing overseas?
  2. FYI: Quote from Etrade. I have 900K USD on deposit with Etrade and while those amounts get me lots of perks, free ATM, no IRA fees, etc., I don't get any break from transfer fees. "FEES: There is a $25 fee per transaction for outgoing wires. We may deduct the fee from your account, in addition to the amount you request. If you have insufficient funds for the transaction fee, it will be deducted from your wire amount. Wires which are converted from US Dollar ($) to a foreign currency will incur an additional conversion fee of up to 225 basis points (2.25%). We will deduct the conversion fee from the total amount you request.
  3. that hardly fits the definition of a proper U Turn. A U turn should only be made and only be allowed from a proper traffic light/intersection. Not saying that I haven't done such a maneuver a few times in my life on quiet no traffic present roads, but just pulling out and turning around from any spot in a road is so against the law (in most countries anyway), I hope that truck driver is slammed in court both civilly and criminally. Oh wait, this is Thailand
  4. Yes, ergo the ridiculous stipulation that transfers need to be made monthly, versus, bi-monthly or even twice a year, or whatever one does. Some sort of average transfer amount should be allowed. Heck, I plan to just bring several months of cash with me when I repeat one or two trips back to the states during the year. I want the convenience of a retirement extension so I don't have to constantly get SETV or other visas. I was happy to show income but now that they require monthly transfers it is just plain nutty. Heck, for one or two months I might not even be in country but one would still have to transfer money in to the country.
  5. haha, yeah. I used to use netzero and land lines when I worked around the USA. Slooooooow. OK for email and text, but as hotmail and other sites started adding ads, graphics, etc. it quickly got impractible
  6. Foot massage. Heaven. Weiner schnitzel dinner at Domicile restaurant. Thai dinner (not the best dinner) but comes with a dance show and music right off second "Ruen Thai" is the name. Semi outdoor dining. If new to Thailand I highly recommend it. Some song and dance acts pop up all over the place on small stages. Just have to roam and listen. Catch a pig roast at one of the beer bars. Many hold them for various reasons, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Stop in, buy a few drinks for the staff and chat. No need to fool around.
  7. What would be wrong with just writing and depositing a check every month from your home bank account into your Thai bank account? How much does it cost to deposit a check. How long does it take to for the funds to appear? I have deposited some checks from overseas into my USA accounts and that didn't seem to take too long. No idea how long the other direction might take, but there should be nothing stopping one from depositing the check 30 days in advance, surely that would leave plenty of time?
  8. Yes, a check of the armory inventory records might be interesting, if such record keeping is allowed and maintained. I have my doubts
  9. hmmm. I just had an MRI done for my shoulder in Melbourne Florida, USA. The middle person insurance broker basically said that despite the doctor's recommendation to have one done, by the time the insurance company approves it, well over one week will go by and they typically refuse the MRI unless therapy and/or shots were done first. Seemed stupid to me that a non-invasive exam such as an MRI would be discouraged but after talking with several co-workers that does seem to indeed be the case! So the MRI shop said it is better and will be faster and cheaper to just pay $200 bucks USA and literally can walk in the next day for the exam, and the price includes a CD with the images and a radiologist's report. If I went through my insurance, they would bill much higher than that and the insurance company would allow it and while I could then count the cost against my deductible. So it was "better" to just pay the $200 USD out of pocket. The reason I mention this here, is because 18,000 baht seems very expensive, given that I just had one done with many many images and angles of my should for $200 USD x 31/USD baht = 6000 baht.
  10. TI DOES care about how you have earned your income. Having reliable steady income always was the intent and cornerstone of allowing an expat to stay long term in Thailand. Either have steady income of x amount or have Y amount of cash on deposit. Over time many variations and interpretations including the current fiasco have come and gone. I am sure this current monthly transfer only schema won't stay very long, or will have other options
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