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Gold report: A free gift

I’m writing today from an extraordinarily beautiful place… The infinity pool where I sit is perched atop an emerald-azul lagoon encased by rocky cliffs and pristine wildlife. It’s dusk. and it’s quiet. The word “paradise” would come to mind if I could stop absorbing the beauty long enough to form a complete thought.

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Manila may be for you

Remember the 7 expat categories from last week? Well I have to say that Manila is paradise for a few of them… I come through here from time to time on business and it definitely ranks as one of my favorite places in Asia– cheap, modern, relatively clean, but still with a hint

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Banking in the Philippines

With tax rates ranging from 5% to 35%, the Philippines can hardly be called a tax haven. And yet, in a very public “guilty until proven innocent” attack several months ago, the OECD black listed the Philippines along with Uruguay, Malaysia, and Costa Rica. The OECD is an aged, irrelevant organization comprised of

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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

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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… …

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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.

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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

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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

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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. – SOLDIERS IN THE STREETS- Kelly asked

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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

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