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Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 05:37

Disclosure Policy

Here at The Panama Report we believe in transparency. That's why, when it comes to talking about travel and investing, we think it's important that you know exactly where we're coming from. With this in mind, we have developed the following disclosure policy to guide our employees and to give you, the reader, an idea of where you've arrived. We invite you to take some time to read this and hope it enhances your experience.

Connecting With Travelers and Investors

We believe that the most effective way to accrue information is through experience and interaction in the field.

Many travel guides are composed of information gleaned from a gamut of sources, whereas our travel articles are all written originally and first-hand. Many real estate websites would post nothing but the positive facets of investment in the Republic, whereas our content is 100% candid; both positive and negative without any spins. Our articles are based on our own (or in some cases our trusted friends') opinions and there is nothing (that we can think of) on this site which we wouldn't personally advise to a friend or family member.

More importantly, we don't consider ourselves to be journalists, but rather communicators of information. We are not a news source. It's a subtle yet critical difference that affects our entire reputation. As a resource, we try to utilize humor, sarcasm, and sincerity to teach people of all backgrounds about the country of Panama which we love so dearly. We try to do this in a light, friendly, and easy-on-the-brain manner. In not taking ourselves too seriously, we attempt to construct a casual research environment and networking tool.

Our Partners

We have personal relationships with an ever-changing assortment of hotels, restaurants, tour companies and banks in Panama. Companies and people we simply refer readers to when the request arises. Many of these trustworthy companies are public enterprises operating in industries that we follow closely so it only makes sense that we have come to befriend them on a regular basis. We do NOT receive referral commissions for these recommendations or referrals. When it comes to real estate and vacations, we refer clients to one selected agency (in each field) and we DO receive a referral fee in this case.

As a general rule, if you see banner advertisements or static outbound links on our site, it is representing a paid advertiser or a company which we feel is doing something special. These do not include the random placement of Google Adsense links which you will find scattered throughout the site (marked clearly). If you enjoy the site, explore these ads as they provide funding for our service.

So How Do We Make Money?

Good question. In order to provide the best information to the public, we need to make a dime. There are no free lunches. The income from this website is generated through ad clicks and eBook sales. We also sell advertisements to local businesses in Panama which you can find in the form of graphic banners and occasional advertorials (clearly indicated). If you feel like making a contribution to the site, which no one ever has (but we figured we'd throw it out there), you can do that too.

Summed up...

We have designed our disclosure to serve the community in a fair way. You won't find any advertisement articles masked as content nor will you find an overwhelming amount of ads. What you will find is a lot of good (and some not so good) information about travel, investing, and living in Panama from the honest perspective of a foreigner.

As always, remember to consider every piece of information you receive here at The Panama Report or elsewhere on Panama websites, not as a de facto recommendation, but as ideas for further consideration. Even the strongest disclosure policy in the world does not excuse individuals from taking responsibility for their own decisions, especially when it comes to a once-in-a-lifetime vacation or large-scale real estate investment. Due diligence, critical thought, and use of the most extraordinary device in the world (the human brain) are those which are crucial to your success.

Disclosure on our disclosure: Much of this literature was adapted directly from a site we admire very much, Fool.com. What Motley Fool has done in the Stock Industry, we aspire to recreate in our field.

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congrats
written by rick b. , February 07, 2008
haven't come across anything like this...in panama or elsewhere we've invested/traveled. speaking for my entire community i say thanks.
-rick
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john oughton
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written by sutton47 , March 20, 2008
Seems fair,though I'm surprised(disappointed) that noone has written an article for your page.I'm visiting 30th March/9th April with a view to retiring in Panama and would be honoured to appear on your site.Ley's see how it goes.
See you soon.
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de facto
written by roberto manzana , April 04, 2008
you said - de facto- wow
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Told about you from a taxi customer
written by mcredan , January 13, 2011
I am thinking about trying to sell out in the U.S. and sailing south and beyond. I am a Taxi Driver/Engineer/Sail boater. I met a person in in the U.S. who mentioned your site. Told great things about Panama. I see Panama as a great way to travel both coast easily, and retire cheaply. Customer says knows you very well, contact you. I am a water person, great house on the Chesapeake Bay, willing to trade with a profit. Principal only please.
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