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Your IRA: What to do right now

Maximizing the flexibility of your retirement account is an enormous untapped area of Low Hanging Fruit for US investors.

In fact, this might be the single easiest thing you can do right now to grow your retirement assets while shielding them from the lost decade yet to come.

With a properly structured, self directed IRA, you can gain complete control over your retirement funds, and, according to IRS rules, invest in anything other[...] Click here to continue reading

A Chinese Mega-trend

It normally takes me less than five minutes to pack, even for a three week trip.  In this case, though, I'm having a tough time-- too many climate zones in Asia, too many events. I need to cram SCUBA gear, beach clothes, professional attire, and formal wear all into one little suitcase...

... plus leave plenty of room for all the custom suits I'm going to have tailored.

I haven't been watching the[...] Click here to continue reading

Help me prepare for Asia

Sometimes I wake up and don't know what continent I'm on.

I'm serious.  It last happened a week ago when I woke up in the very elegant Cosmo 100 hotel in downtown Bogota... I had to look around the room for clues and within 60 seconds finally realized that I was in Colombia.

Most of the time this happens because of my travel frequency... it can be hectic sometimes-- 2 days here, 3[...] Click here to continue reading

Saving your savings overseas

I can barely type today... I'm actually one-handing it this morning. Why? Because my other hand is thrust victoriously in the air celebrating the renomination of Comrade Bernanke to his post at the Federal Reserve.

Yes, the man who has overseen the most unprecedented expansion of the central bank's balance sheet in history is going to get a few more years in the saddle.

As you know, I normally don't comment too much[...] Click here to continue reading

The 7 expat categories

People ask me this question all the time:

"Simon, I really want to leave the country, but where should I go?"

Quite literally, there is a world of possibilities out there, each full of richness and opportunity. But as you could imagine, it depends on what kind of person you are. What would be a great expat haven for some seems like a hellish nightmare to others.

Over the years I have[...] Click here to continue reading

Black Paper Launch— Plus, Answering your Questions..

I received quite a few interesting comments this week (many of which I kept private at the request of the sender).  Remember, posting a comment to the site is the best way to reach me: I read all of them personally. Email goes to support staff.


Kelly asked a great question on Tuesday-- is there any country in the world that has the total package?

Naturally, this[...] Click here to continue reading

This sector is in serious trouble

She works the graveyard shift at a Florida motel off Interstate 75... but she doesn't seem to mind much.  A rather buxom blond with more curves than hard angles, Stephanie would definitely be considered a "people's person" and enjoys meeting so many out-of-towners.

Friendly and outgoing, she's also incredibly smart... which is probably why she was such a great commercial real estate (CRE) agent.

Stephanie's story is typical of the industry. She quit[...] Click here to continue reading

This country can make you rich

I'll admit, even I was surprised.

When I think about Asia growth and investment opportunities, places like Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and even the Philippines come to mind.  But lately, in my regular discussions with key Asia contacts-- brokers, sovereign wealth fund analysts, etc., one place keeps coming up again and again.


Mongolia is one of the largest, most resource rich countries in the world with a population smaller than Panama-- that's[...] Click here to continue reading

To Bail, or Bail out… that is the question.

I'm really disturbed by what's happening in Alabama.

You've probably heard-- Jefferson County/Birmingham's board of knucklehead politicians has managed to drive local finances into the ground over the last few years. Faced with unserviceable debt and a string of large losses from complex derivative instruments, the county is effectively bankrupt.

The good news is that the government is being forced to make deep, deep budget cuts, including 'essential services.'  Personally, I have no[...] Click here to continue reading

You are safe in Colombia

I know what you're thinking.

"Why the hell would he be in Colombia?"

I get that a lot.  The vast majority of the world only knows two things about Colombia-- drugs and terrorism (though in all fairness, 'one man's freedom fighter...')

People recall hearing about kidnappings, lawlessness, and of course that scene from Clear and Present Danger... that must be the reality in Colombia, right?

Wrong. To think that cartels and[...] Click here to continue reading