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The Disappearing Gold

For many observers, the present situation should be well beyond the point of the raised eyebrow. It should be glaringly apparent that the amount of gold presently claimed to be in storage in the world’s banks is (to a greater or lesser extent) overstated.

Tina Turner Dumps US Passport, Becomes Swiss

The most interesting part of this story is that she is not required to renounce, Switzerland and the US allow dual citizenship. It was her choice to renounce, and that choice has serious costs – but benefits that outweigh them.

The Grip Gets Tighter, IRS Finalizes FATCA

What the International Man needs to know this week, recent articles and news, the best internationalization sources on the web, and more.

Benefits Of Internationalizing Your Business

If you follow International Man regularly, you’re familiar with the range of justifications for multi-flagging and strategies to accomplish global diversification. Passport from one country, income from another and property in yet another is a rule of thumb which informs much of the IM community’s thought and action. Less frequently discussed though are motivations for, and benefits of similarly diversifying your business.

Seeking a Spirit Of Benevolence

The “welcome mat” is different in each country. As the First World devolves, we will see a steady increase in people seeking asylum in countries other than their birth country. Interestingly, many people who are making their first major move overseas overlook one of the most critical criteria – the attitude and mindset of the local people.

The Best Offshore Banks That I Used

An overview of the best offshore banks used for business or personal purposes by an international consultant.

The Disturbing “Precious Metal Purchasing Act”

The advancing “Precious Metal Purchasing Act” in Illinois is a scary (but totally predictable) development for American owners or would-be owners of precious metals.

Common Sense Vs. Paul Krugman and Space Aliens

Recently Paul Krugman revived his assertion that the US economy could benefit dramatically if the government were to spend massively on a defense program to prepare for an alien invasion of the earth.

Doug Casey – Let’s Do A Tour Around The World

Doug’s take on the various regions and countries around the world, including which ones offer the best potential for international diversification.

Take Steps Today To Say “Adieu” Tomorrow

Like individuals and businesses, countries are also at competition with one another to capture the constant migration of foreign capital and productive people. That’s why the U.S. offers generous tax breaks for foreign investors. And why most Caribbean islands don’t tax foreign income at all. And why Spain, Greece, and Latvia offer immediate residency to those who purchase a qualifying property.

Take Steps Today To Say “Adieu” Tomorrow

Like individuals and businesses, countries are also at competition with one another to capture the constant migration of foreign capital and productive people. That’s why the U.S. offers generous tax breaks for foreign investors. And why most Caribbean islands don’t tax foreign income at all. And why Spain, Greece, and Latvia offer immediate residency to those who purchase a qualifying property.

How To Save Money On Air Travel In Latin America

In Latin America there are very few discount airlines that service the region. Most flights in South America will cost you an arm and a leg, unless you know the ways to minimize your travel costs in the region.

Paying Your Fair Share

Politicians, the world over, are forever seeking justification to raise taxes. One clever approach to justifying a tax increase is the modern claim by politicians that one group or another must pay its “fair share.” The magic of this term lies in the implication that, somehow, until now, the group in question has not been paying its fair share.

Putin Saves French Actor From Tax Slavery With Russian Citizenship

You are technically a slave when 100% of the fruits of your labor is taxed or otherwise confiscated by force. For some people in France, it is dangerously approaching that threshold and causing them to renounce their citizenship. Gerard Depardieu is literally the concept of “capital flight” personified.

Chile’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Since the land of the free and home of the brave isn’t looking so free or brave these days, a lot of rational, educated, and inspired people have been deciding to look for greener pastures abroad and parts of Latin America and Asia seem to the preferred locales. In Latin America, Panama, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Chile have been attracting the most attention.

Chile’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Since the land of the free and home of the brave isn’t looking so free or brave these days, a lot of rational, educated, and inspired people have been deciding to look for greener pastures abroad and parts of Latin America and Asia seem to the preferred locales. In Latin America, Panama, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Chile have been attracting the most attention.

Ben Bernanke – Revisiting The Helicopter Speech

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke famously gave a speech in 2002 suggesting that if there is deflation, it may be cured simply by dumping new currency from helicopters. The comment was so unnerving that much of the rest of the speech failed to generate much discussion, yet, in it, Mr. Bernanke revealed other points from his philosophy on dealing with deflation that most certainly deserved review.

Africa: Real Diversification – Looking Beyond The Reflexive

From the perspective of an American company, what markets provide particularly compelling opportunities today?

The HSBC Debacle – A Double Whammy Of Political Risk And Hypocrisy

The HSBC debacle provides another striking example of the political risk and double standards that exist within US jurisdiction. HSBC execs got off with no criminal charges for the victimless “crimes” of money-laundering and doing business with countries the US doesn’t like. “Crimes” that likely would have landed anyone else in prison for decades. 

1929 Revisited

If we have a brief look back at the Great Depression, what essentially led up to it, then triggered it, we may see some similarities to our present situation. If we then observe how the world’s governments dealt with the situation, we may possibly gain some insight as to what they will do this time and, more importantly, what the outcome may be this time.

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