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  1. There are no restrictions on trading with Schwab International or TD Ameritrade accts. I have financial planning clients who use both of these firms with Mexican addresses. I have also heard that there Is no problem with Interactive Brokers either, though I do not have any clients who currently use their services.
  2. The Banamex USA situation was very different as Citibank, the most recent owner, was closing those particular branches and did not provide a vehicle for transferring these branches accts to different branches. Clients were therefore required to find a different US bank to deal with instead of Banamex USA.
  3. The wording in this article is unnecessarily inflammatory, possibly to get you to come to the "Info Session" and sign up. This is also NOT new news and has been going on for years. Not all brokerage companies take this attitude of dropping low balance, non-resident, clients because they don't want the hassle of Govt reporting when they already have relatively small margins of profits on these few clients. Other brokers, such as TD Ameritrade, are happy to take you as a client with no hassle even if you have a Mexican address and no US (eg. Laredo or family) mailing address. I have helped 2 people set up accts with TD Ameritrade in the last 3 weeks. I also have a client who has just this month changed his address from US to Mexico and therefore changed his Schwab acct from US to International. There may be other brokerage houses that also are happy to have Mexican resident US persons as their clients but I have not researched it because I have been extremely happy with TD Ameritrade.
  4. Had the same problem this week. Replaced regulator on propane tank. Pilots on fireplaces now working great!
  5. US 800 numbers

    Note that long distance calls to US & Canada are toll free EXCEPT for the above "toll free" numbers!!! You will pay handsomely if you use them!! Better to find the local number when possible and call it free!!
  6. Shopping at Costco Online

    I have ordered lamps from Costco.MX because they were not available in the store. Delivery was only 3 days and no hastle or cost to Lakeside. One caveat, not only do you need a Costco card (no surprise) but I needed a Mexican credit card to successfully complete the order.
  7. US Tax Advice Locally

    See my ad "Efficient Wealth Management" - page 17 in the July 2015 Ojo del Lago magazine. I have lived here fulltime for 14 years and do individual US taxes and tax returns for Canadian Residents and Canadian Non-Residents. Also, independent financial planning for Americans and Canadians fulltime from here in Mexico.
  8. US Tax Advice Locally

    Call Brian at 766-2230
  9. Repairman for Treadmill

    Thanks Mainecoons for the info. I will give them a call if no one is recommended in Lakeside.
  10. USA Tax Preparer in Ajijic

    See Efficient Wealth Management ad in the Ojo del Lago each month.
  11. Temporary Car Insurance for U.S.

    You can buy the temporary Insurance policy that you need for the US at the O'Rourke insurance company (used to be a Lloyds office) in plaza next to HBC bank across from Walmart. Pay for the number of days that you need it in the US.
  12. I am looking for a 2bed 2bath unfurnished house for long term rent in Ajijic. The lease where I am ends May 31. House needs up to date appliances and covered parking. Otherwise, I have my own furniture.
  13. Repairman for Treadmill

    Has anyone found a repairman here at Lakeside who can repair the motor in a treadmill?? The electric motor in mine is shutting off when in use.
  14. On-demand water heaters

    I had a failing water heater last month and did some research to determine what might work best to replace it. What I found was a lot of complaints, or difficulties, with one handle faucets, particularly in the shower. Apparently the mixer inside these units can cause pressure modifications in the hot water line that gives the on demand system fits, resulting in too cold or too hot and never able to balance. Maybe true, maybe not, but lots of whining about it!! Solar system sounds like a great idea, unless you are a renter!! Ended up installing an inexpensive traditional tank type because of the warnings/whinings. Cost from heat loss somewhat reduced by keeping in outside contained room relatively close to the bathroom.
  15. Internet speeds

    I have been having problems with my internet line dropping over the last 2 weeks. I live in west Ajijic, below Rancho del Oro, on Ocampo. DSL connection will not stay up with standard Telmex modems (neither Technicolor or Hauwei models). I have made 1 call to Mexico City service, have been to Telmex office 4 times to exchange modems and have received 4 calls from the local service people. Here's the full story that I got today from a somewhat more forthcoming person at Telmex on my last trip. 1. If you are connected to the central office in Ajijic, you are out of luck. You can't get more than 2Mb service no matter what you are willing to pay and they have a serious new problem with bad server in the central office and are trying to get it repaired. This new problem is causing the DSL drops. 2. Not surprisingly, the speed you get is dependent on which office or sub-office your particular line is connected. 3. Rancho del Oro sub-station is great, but completely full. Same for Riberas del Pilar. Chapala is great and still has room for new lines. If you are lucky enough to be connected to these you are getting great throughput. 4. Telmex has already begun the current upgrade where $399 gets 5Mb, $599 gets 10Mb, etc. You may have already got the bump, or will soon, if you are on any office but Central Ajijic. 5. In all of these cases, there can also be problems from bad lines and this overrides any good news above. 6. My workaround is an old 2Wire modem (remember them you old timers?) that has a max speed of 512/392. This is so slow that it is able to cope with the line errors that overwhelm the newer modems that are only running at 2Mb!! Having said that, it still drops out if I download anything large but then recovers and keeps on chugging. Poor service is infinitely better than no service!! I also tried Open DNS, to no avail. 7. Prognosis from Telmex is - wait and see, one day they might get it fixed. No idea of when. No modem that they supply will work until then. Only other alternative that they can suggest is to move to Chapala!!!