We receive quite a few messages from our readers – questions, comments and feedback about our service. A few days ago, I received the following message: “I’m brand new at this [internationalization] and not quite sure where to start. There is so much to do and it is all overwhelming. Any suggestions?”
Amongst the responses International Man received from a recent article regarding internationalizing oneself, we received the following question from Joe MI: “Should someone who can’t afford to take multiple trips just forego the thought of expatriating?”
As readers will most likely know, the US Congress, in its decision to raise the debt limit of the federal government, chose to create a “Super Committee”, which would have a temporary job of determining $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over the next ten years. After appointing this committee, Congress went on vacation for a month. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?
Recently, I read an interview with an American entrepreneur who stated that the US is now “destroyed” and that he has moved to a South American country with the intention of creating several businesses.
Over the years, I have encountered many people who have considered any investment in gold to be foolhardy in concept. Recently though, I have been finding that more and more of them are beginning to turn around.
According to Chinese visitors, businessmen and American ex-patriots in Southeast Asia, the Chinese government is promoting English as the international language to stimulate their economy.
In a discussion with International Man’s Managing Director recently, I grumbled that those authors that are normally quite glib on the future of the economy seem to be going silent. They either are not writing articles, or if they are, many tend to be rehashing their previous articles.
Democrats, Republicans and Tea Partiers all claim to be “champions” of the Constitution. But the question remains… do any of them really follow the historic document?
How would a food crisis play out on American soil? Food shortages have happened before in many societies around the world and the result is not a pretty picture…
We first met Bernard Jarvis last week our interview, where he shared his journey starting as an animator in Chicago and ending up an expat in Uruguay. Now he is back with this metaphorical article … a different way of looking at the topic of internationalization.
While America’s constitution is often praised as a perfect model, the UK actually doesn’t even have a written constitution. So which approach is better? Or, does it even matter? That’s what IM correspondent Jeff Thomas will address today…
There has been much talk about the coming collapse of the US economy, but every effort to pick a date when such an event will happen has so far been wrong. But even though the timing of many predictions is off, the key message to remember is that they DO eventually happen. For this reason, it’s of great importance that we prepare ourselves as soon as possible, both economically and (if we are located in an exposed country) by creating a back door for ourselves and our families. Creating a back door can be a slow process and those who haven’t yet begun would be well-advised to start now. After all, you can only pull so many dead rabbits from a hat…
Before the story fades completely from the media spotlight, Jeff is back with some public rumination on the recent “Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot of 2011” (as the local media calls it), the psychology of team sports in general and what this has to do with our ongoing internationalization conversation.
“Who are the barbarians of today and should we invest there?” – The “barbarians” at the time of the fall of Rome (or at least those who attracted the productive class of Romans at the time) were an assortment of tribes living largely to the north of the empire and even within the empire.
The high rate of inflation most of us believe is waiting not too far down the road will be an earthquake for investment markets. The likely winners (gold, silver, precious metals stocks) and the likely losers (long-term bonds and most stocks) aren’t too hard to identify. But separating the sheep from the goats is only one element for financial success in an environment of rapidly rising consumer prices.
Is Thomas Jefferson responsible for America’s current-day financial crisis? Is there a revolution on the horizon? IM correspondent Jeff Thomas takes us on a provocative journey – both past and present – of one of the most famous documents ever drafted: The U.S. Constitution
Will the US government confiscate the gold held by its citizenry at some point, as they did in 1933? Will other countries, particularly the EU countries, follow suit? This subject is a particularly thorny one.
For many years, those of us who are not American have frequently advised our American friends of the coming economic collapse of the US, suggesting that they prepare a “back door” so that they are not trapped in a location that may well be a problematic and even dangerous place to live for themselves and their families.
Some people are more observant than others. Some are more capable of thinking outside the box than others. Whether this is by nature or nurture is a moot point.
Just when you thought there was nothing more the US government could do to motivate you to ship your financial life offshore, they came up with another one. And if you have a sizeable net worth, it’s a big one; you could save your family $2.2 million in taxes by acting on the opportunity during the next 21 months. A husband-and-wife effort could save twice as much.
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