Investing in US or Nicaragua

An article in Australia's The Daily Reckoning titled A Better Long Term Investment: The US or Nicaragua? takes a look at the relative advantage of investment in Nicaragua over the US. It's an interesting look at the question.

While the focus of the article is the financial side, there is some useful information for those just considering a move to Nicaragua for retirement. For example, there is a chart titled Safer than Cincinnati that offers an interesting comparision.

The US spends 4.7% of its GDP on its military, while Nicaragua spends only 0.7% of its GDP. The US employs 13 times more cops per 100,000 citizens than Nicaragua — 233 vs. 18. And yet, very few US cities are 13 times safer than Managua — El Paso, Texas being one of the rare exceptions.