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A Glimpse at Thai Culture

One of the more popular expat spots on the planet is Thailand, even with the dramatic cultural differences between the Thai people and Farang (the Thai term for Westerners). However, one fellow very knowledgeable about the differences is Bill Drake, a former member of the Peace Corps who spent much of his professional life traveling and training Western personnel for big corporations on how to manage living and doing business in foreign lands.

Can You Afford To Eat?

It’s an odd question and for most of our readers, it’s irrelevant. In fact, the opposite is probably true – we have too much to eat and, at least for those in the developed nations, that’s causing an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer. But what if it were different? Most people don’t like to think about it, but what would happen if there was a wholesale interruption in the food distribution system in major cities like New York, Los Angeles or London? What would happen when people realize they can’t feed their families – if even for a few weeks? Riots? Revolution? Sadly, the relative fragility of the system could eventually lead to such a situation. Jeff Thomas explains.

What Will Trigger the Crash?

We hear from those in the know that the economic crisis that began in 2008 is nowhere near finished. In fact, we’re barely even started. The current financial system is collapsing and the crisis is not going to end until the decades-old distortions created by government manipulation of the money supply are wound down.

Dancing the Immigration Tango in Uruguay

As we’ve mentioned before, internationalization can be thought of as a buffet where you take what you want and leave what you don’t. Some people want to simply diversify their assets across jurisdictions, while others want to internationalize their income streams. Still others go the whole hog and internationalize themselves personally as well.

Making Sense Out of the Great Unraveling

IM Correspondent Jeff Thomas takes us through some common sense strategies you can use to avoid what he calls, “The Great Unraveling”, a coming period of volatility that will end with the collapse of much of the First World economies…

How to Internationally Diversify Your Business

Last week, we introduced you to Ed Marsh, an US-based business diversification expert. I was impressed with his knowledge of the topic and have asked him to share some more of his insights with our readership. As we’ve talked about before, income is one of the three elements of The IM Triangle, a model we developed that, when put into action, can bring you all the benefits internationalization has to offer.

Will There Be Hyperinflation?

Jeff Thomas addresses an important topic and a constant source of argument within economic circles – whether we’re heading into an overall deflation or inflation scenario. And if inflation, whether it will take on a “hyper” aspect to it as occurred in the German Weimar Republic of the ’20s, and more recently Yugoslavia in the ’90s or Zimbabwe of the past few years. So, could the US face a hyperinflation scenario? Let’s take a look.

The Case for E-Mail Diversification

It should come as no surprise to our longer-term readers that International Man exists for two main reasons: 1) Living life as an International Man – treating the world as one big playground that offers virtually unlimited opportunities to achieve whatever you want. 2) Financial, personal and income diversification to limit jurisdictional risk. It’s into this second category that today’s feature article falls.

Why Do They Stay?

I think it’s safe to say that the great majority of people in many First World nations are now more aware than ever that there is something truly wrong with their country, and with their economy, than they have ever experienced before. They seem to agree that the near-term future will not be better but worse than it is now.

Naked and Penniless into the Heart of the Congo…

We received an e-mail from an IM reader a few days ago regarding our recently published article by Doug Casey entitled, Money – How to Get and Keep It. The letter states: Doug says, “You could airdrop me naked and penniless into the heart of the Congo, and by the time I emerged, I’d not just have survived, I’d come out wealthy.”

Seeking Inspiration in Going Forward

No one could doubt that we are living in difficult times, or that the economic, political and social conditions we are experiencing are unprecedented in our lifetimes. Where, then, do we turn for guidance? Well, as luck would have it, history is rich with fine people who have gone before us.

Q&A on Multiple Flags

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?”

Q&A on Multiple Flags

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?”

Bolthole On A Budget

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?”

“Closed for Remodeling”

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?

“Closed for Remodeling”

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?

The Ugly American

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.

Ten Years of Gold

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.

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.

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