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America’s Long-Term Challenge #4: Erosion of the Middle Class

We’ve all seen the headlines: the middle class in the United States (and much of Europe for that matter) has been in decline for years.

CNN May 18, 2018: “Almost half of US families can’t afford basics like rent and food”
Marketwatch June 2, 2018: “50 million American households can’t even afford basic living expenses”
Wall Street Journal February 13, 2018 : “US households shoulder record $13.15 trillion debt”

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Three critical lessons from Europe’s recent mini-meltdown

Trying to trace the origins of the latest political crisis in Italy is like… well… trying to trace the origins of the decline of the Roman Empire.

There simply is no good starting point.

You can’t talk about the decline of Rome without a lengthy discussion of how destructive Diocletian’s Edict on Wages and Prices was in the early 4th century.

But you’d have to go further back than that and discuss[...] Click here to continue reading

You might qualify for this unique second passport. But the window closes soon…

Today I’m going to share a unique, European-based idea that could set you up for decades to come… and could even benefit your children and grandchildren.

But it’s only available until the end of 2018.

First, let’s acknowledge that Europe is in a bit of a mess. I won’t dive into the nasty details of the political drama (you can find a good summary here).

But in short, a populist (and anti-EU)[...] Click here to continue reading

One of the best ways to buy physical gold today

[Editor’s note: In today’s Notes from the Field, I want to share an excerpt from our premium intelligence –Sovereign Man: Confidential. We recently spoke with one of the world’s top gold experts. And he shared a specific gold investment that’s trading near historical lows and is one of the best ways to buy gold today, in my mind. I doubt you’ll hear about this anywhere else. Read on for the details…]

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094: How to wait out the financial mania in safety

In today’s podcast, I share more thoughts on Puerto Rico including my experiences opening a business there.

While the island has its problems, I’m still bullish on the long-term future given Puerto Rico’s incredible tax incentives (especially after meeting with their government leader and seeing how open they are to productive people moving in).

I also harp on the latest drama in Argentina…

Less than a year after issuing 100-year[...] Click here to continue reading

Why you’re likely exposed to one of the dumbest investments in history

Last June, in one of the most egregious displays of economic insanity, Argentina was able to raise $2.75 billion by selling bonds with a ONE HUNDRED YEAR maturity.

Even more miraculously, the bond turned out to be wildly popular with investors.

So basically investors willingly forked over billions of dollars to a country that has a history of defaulting on its debt, confiscating private assets, and engaging in rampant corruption… for an entire[...] Click here to continue reading

America’s long-term challenge #3: destruction of the currency

On April 2, 1792, George Washington signed into law what’s commonly referred to as the Mint and Coinage Act.

It was one of the first major pieces of legislation in the young country’s history… and it was an important one, because it formally created the United States dollar.

Under the Act, the US dollar was defined as a particular amount of copper, silver, or gold. It wasn’t just a piece of paper.

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HUGE opportunity in Puerto Rico… and the developed country whose looming debt crisis is far worse

We just finished a really -sensational- conference here in San Juan over the weekend showcasing Puerto Rico… with all of its challenges and opportunities.

We've talked about this before-- Puerto Rico is an attractive place to live and do business thanks to some forward thinking tax incentives which stem from its unique status as a US territory.

All US territories, including Puerto Rico, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, etc. are technically part of[...] Click here to continue reading

093: The future of crypto in Puerto Rico and avoiding fanaticism

I’m writing from San Juan, Puerto Rico today.

The Sovereign Man team is here to host 150+ Total Access members over the weekend.

And on today’s podcast, we discuss the amazing tax benefits in PR... and why crypto wealth is flocking to the island.

These people think crypto is going to the moon. And by being residents in PR, they’ll pay 0% capital gains tax on any appreciation after they move here.
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America’s long-term challenge #2: the looming retirement crisis

Last week, the financial services giant Northwestern Mutual released new data showing that 1 in 3 Americans has less than $5,000 in retirement savings.

It’s an unfortunately familiar story. And Northwestern Mutual’s data is entirely aligned with other research we’ve seen in the past, including our own.

The Federal Reserve’s most recent Survey of Consumer Finances, for example, shows that the median bank balance among US consumers is just $2,900.

And Bank[...] Click here to continue reading