Manipulation of the Gold Price

There is much discussion these days as to whether the price of gold is being manipulated. The answer is simply “yes.”

The Tide of Power

Whilst bullying by the most powerful nations has existed for millennia, the world has never before seen the sophisticated minutiae of dominance that we are now witnessing, universally. So, what is the logical outcome of this trend?

The Bottom Line on Gold, the Dollar, and the Euro

Examining the price relationships among the US dollar, the euro, and the gold reveals a vitally important pattern for investors.

The Need for Information Filtration

In generations past, information was provided by word of mouth, or through reading, either in a book, a letter or a periodical. It was a slow system, but it did have an advantage: information came in one item at a time, and people had an opportunity to chew on the new bit of information for a while and consider whether to accept it or not.

Revisiting the Future

Back in the early 2000’s, the world was on a roll. Spending was at an all-time high, and people were drunk with the belief that the party would never end; that there was no limit to the amount that either they or their governments could borrow and spend and still, somehow, all would be well.

International Health Insurance (Part 2)

In Part One of this report on International Health Insurance options, we explored local vs. worldwide coverage. Today we’ll examine three additional options for coverage of medical treatment: Medevac Services, Catastrophic Coverage and Medical Tourism.

The Recovery

By the time the breakdown of the global economic system has occurred, the currency, be it the US dollar or the Euro, will have collapsed. At this stage, will the country reach a Mad Max scenario (minus the leather outfits and interesting vehicles)?

Seven Elements of International Marketing

You’ve heard of the Chevy “Nova” brand debacle in Latin America (who’s going to buy a car which is named ‘doesn’t run’) and possibly the Clairol “Mist Stick” curling iron market flop in Germany (where ‘mist’ translates approximately as manure). Both are great examples of the mischief in which even marketing powerhouses can find themselves when selling internationally.

11 Stages of the Crash

With all the study and thought that are required to make sense out of how the Great Unraveling will play out, we seldom take time to think of what it will be like on the other side. Those of us who are, by nature, long-term thinkers and/or optimistic, have a vague picture in mind of a rebirth of libertarian thinking, and a vibrant economy.

Spotting New Trends: Knowing When to Go Against the Grain

It is said that hindsight is 20/20. It’s easy to think, “If I had just bought apartments in Paris in the 80s, or tech stocks before the bubble, or gold in 2000 or 2001, I’d be sitting on a fortune right now.” The thing is, kicking yourself for lost opportunities doesn’t do you much good. A better strategy is to start focusing on not missing “home run” type investments like these in the future.

Weimar Greece

In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed as a peace agreement after World War I. Under the treaty, Germany accepted that they had caused the war and therefore were obligated to pay reparations to the tune of US $31.4 billion (US $442 billion in today’s money).

God Save (Your Privacy From) The Queen!

On May 9th, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the British Parliament and dealt a blow to the privacy of every person living in or visiting the UK.

Update from Uruguay: The consequences of ending bank secrecy with Argentina

The Argentine boom/bust cycle is happening again, as it does nearly every decade. This time is no different, despite what Keynesian economists might say.

Last Exit Coming Up

Departure from one’s country may not be the ideal answer for every person who is experiencing an increase in tyranny in his country. Conditions will vary from country to country, and situations will vary as to how each individual is likely to be affected by those conditions. However, if the individual’s negative future prospects are extreme enough to warrant relocation, the greatest enemy is procrastination.

How to Survive Long Haul Flights

Confession: I hate to fly, and that hatred hasn’t diminished one single iota in my years of hauling myself around the world. This abhorrence doesn’t stem from anxiety, or from fear of crashing. It’s the almost unbearable hassle involved at every step in the process.

What Type of “Flation” is Coming?

Will hyperinflation come to Europe and the US in the near future? Predictions are all over the board on this question, ranging from, “Yes, it is unavoidable at this point,” to, “It’s not possible. They simply can’t allow it to happen.”

What Type of “Flation” is Coming?

Will hyperinflation come to Europe and the US in the near future? Predictions are all over the board on this question, ranging from, “Yes, it is unavoidable at this point,” to, “It’s not possible. They simply can’t allow it to happen.”

Wheels on the Ground in Central America

In the last few years my husband and I have driven from Panama to Mexico and back a number of times. For anyone who might be considering car travel in this part of the world, here are some observations to make for a better trip.

Six Elements to Starting a Business Overseas

Starting a business in a foreign country might be easier than you think, provided you keep in mind six things when planning your start-up. Long ago, taking advantage of market anomalies in distant parts of the globe usually involved sailing across oceans, battling storms and deadly illnesses, but these days, starting a business overseas might actually be much easier, less risky, and more economically sound than setting up a business in your home country.

New Uruguay Tax Law to Attract Foreign Residents

Nearly two years after enacting tax laws that made certain foreign-source income taxable to all residents of Uruguay, the Uruguayan Government finally followed through on promises to provide tax relief for foreign residents in order to encourage their continued immigration into the country.

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