Contributed by: Don WinnerI've been taking a harder look at the kinds of articles I've been dumping into the "money matters" category. About 80% of this material has to do with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Panama - "Foreign direct investment (FDI) is defined as a long-term investment by a foreign direct investor in an enterprise resident in an economy other than that in which the foreign direct investor is based." Companies from around the world have noticed Panama and are making strategic investments. This kind of economic activity is usually a good (excellent) long term indicator of economic health and stability, and I know that if you're not interested in this kind of thing it will blow right by you. But lumped together over time you can see sectors and players emerging and millions if not billions of dollars are being poured into Panama from multinationals. Since all economic activity is interconnected whatever happens in Venezuela, Italy, or Russia can have a significant impact here. In any case, I just wanted to announce the new category, and maybe one of these days I'll get around to going back and sorting out the articles in the "Money Matters" category, but I doubt it. The bottom line is that the money is pouring into Panama from every possible spigot.