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English Language and China’s Economy

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.

English Language and China’s Economy

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.

Holding Pattern

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.

Just Which American Constitution Are You Referring To?

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?

Food Crisis – The Greatest Threat to Social Stability

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…

The View from the Strip

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.

The British and American Constitutions

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…

Predictions & The Art of Pulling (Dead) Rabbits From a Hat

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…

Predictions & The Art of Pulling (Dead) Rabbits From a Hat

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…

“Why do I need to Internationalise? I like it where I am.”

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.

“Why do I need to Internationalise? I like it where I am.”

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.

“The Barbarians”

“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 Barbarians”

“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.

3 Ways to Shelter Your Cash from Inflation

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.

The Constitution – The Past and Present

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

Congressmen Discuss Gold Confiscation

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.

How Much More Reason Do You Need?

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.

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Debt

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.

The Five-Million-Dollar Reason for Going Offshore

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.

Who’s in Charge?

For many years, we have been predicting that the die has been cast for economic and political cataclysm for the US economy and, by extension, that of the first world. Not surprisingly, the reaction by most others over the years is that the sun is still shining and that only a “Chicken Little” would be predicting a major storm. During this period, most people have said, “We’ll deal with it if it comes and not before.”

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