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The government is handing out low-hanging fruit

March 29, 2010
Mexico City, Mexico

I was reading some US government propaganda disguised as educational literature the other day, something from the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve... it's the sort of corrupt dogma is typically used to instill blind and unquestioning faith in a defunct money system.

Laughably, I noted the following passage from the Philadelphia Fed's "Money in Motion," intended for children aged 11-14:

"For money to be useful it[...] Click here to continue reading

Questions: Panama sustainability, offshore incorporation, Thai banking, housing

March 26, 2010
Vancouver, BC

I'm headed to Panama shortly where I look forward to meeting up with my friends and colleagues in the Atlas 400 group. We're going to an exclusive deep-sea fishing resort for a few days, and afterwards I plan on taking up some unfinished business in Panama.

One of the things on my agenda is to revisit the sustainable community concept that I began discussing a few months ago.[...] Click here to continue reading

The best second passports if you’re interested in Asia

March 25, 2010
Tokyo, Japan

About 20-years ago, many of the world's sovereign nations started down an interesting path.  Region by region, governments formed supranational free trade blocs in order to facilitate economic growth.

Supranational organizations were nothing new... from the failed League of Nations after the Great War to the UN and NATO, large multi-country blocs had been formed in the past, but usually for political purposes or military alliances.

Conceived[...] Click here to continue reading

Which countries will compete for you

March 24, 2010
Hong Kong, SAR

One of the worst things that can happen to a country is to experience a brain-drain.  The loss of productive people who create new technologies and companies means the loss of the jobs and wealth that they create.

The long-term aggregate effects of this can be truly devastating, and history provides no shortage of examples.

By nature, though, people are generally creatures of habit-- inert beings.[...] Click here to continue reading

Banking and Gold Storage in Hong Kong

March 23, 2010
Hong Kong, SAR

The banking system in Hong Kong is one of the most advanced in the world, and if you're shopping around for a place to plant a banking flag, you should definitely consider it.

As a jurisdiction, Hong Kong was effectively founded and built into a global financial center for the sole purpose of bridging east and west. Today, as Asia has grown into an economic powerhouse, Hong[...] Click here to continue reading

7 reasons why you should consider Malaysia

March 22, 2010
Hong Kong, SAR

If you have been considering planting a flag somewhere in Asia, I think you should really consider Malaysia. I briefly discussed the country in Friday's Q&A updates, but I wanted to dedicate a full letter on the subject because I really think the country is worthy of your attention.

1) Malaysia is cheap... it's one of the cheapest countries in the world, actually, on par with the[...] Click here to continue reading

Questions: RFID chips, moving retirement funds, offshore businesses, Panamanian citizenship

March 19, 2010
Pattaya, Thailand

My time here in Thailand is finally coming to an end, at least for now. On Monday morning, after I stop by the US embassy to pick up my renewed passport, I'll be headed to Hong Kong.

I should briefly mention something about passports. Starting in 2007, the US government began manufacturing all new passports with RFID chips-- small devices which record and transmit data.

Malaysia was[...] Click here to continue reading

What a river of blood says about safety

March 18, 2010
Pattaya, Thailand

Something interest happened this week in Thailand that I think says a lot about the country and its people.

For the last several months... well, years, actually... a large group of organized protesters has stepped up its calls for the current government of Thailand to step down. The group is known as the "Red Shirts" for the uniform they wear, and their top priority is to have open[...] Click here to continue reading

A new immigration category in New Zealand

March 17, 2010
Pattaya, Thailand

In response to your feedback on last week's missive about New Zealand, I've once again asked my friend Mark, who is living there locally now, to pen a few words about the country's immigration policies in response to your questions:

First off, thanks to all of Simon's readers for the feedback. I need to point out that I am not a licensed immigration professional. The government of New[...] Click here to continue reading

Have an IRA? Try this…

March 16, 2010
Pattaya, Thailand

Several months ago, I told you about a strategy for building substantial wealth and planting an important flag with your Individual Retirement Account.

There are a few trillion dollars worth of retirement savings trapped in the United States, the vast majority of which is eeking out inadequate returns that make the money managers rich and leave the rest of us grateful for crumbs.

With this important strategy,[...] Click here to continue reading