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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. Mongolia

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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

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Cost of Living in Bogota, Colombia

A sample of basic household items in case you are wondering what is the cost of living in Bogota, Colombia– All prices have been converted to US Dollars at 2,000 Colombian Pesos (COP) per dollar. Cost of living in Bogota, Colombia as of August 2009 @ 2,000 Colombian Pesos (COP) / Dollar Apples,

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Weekly updates

Greetings! I’m going to dive right into the questions from this week: == TRANSPORTING GOLD OUT OF THE COUNTRY == I appreciate all the comments and anecdotes in response to Tuesday’s letter about my run-in with TSA. . Based on the questions I received, there are a couple of things that should be

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Panama’s real estate market

It was a nice enough place… about 1500 square feet, 3 bedrooms, nicely furnished, and even had a sliver of an ocean view. Best of all, it wasn’t in gringo-ville. “How much rent are they asking?” I posed to the real estate agent who was fawning closely on my heels. He reeked of

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The Chinese Gold Market

I’ve been spending a lot of time this week talking to my sources in China, one of whom is inside one of the country’s sovereign wealth funds (SWF). He could not discuss the details of the Rio Tinto bribery scandal, but indicated that it was far more about saving face and establishing position

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The Capital of Latin America

For Latin Americans, Miami has been a lot of things– the major financial center, the cultural Mecca, prime tourist destination, the business capital, and a symbol of international success. The city made its riches and opportunities available to all nationalities, reaching the point during the most recent real estate boom where one could

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“Theirs”

Did you ever notice that when you put the words “The” and “IRS” together it spells “Theirs” ? How appropriate. One of “Theirs” initiatives that I pay attention to is its voluntary disclosure program. This program provides steps for people who have not reported overseas income (and bank accounts) to come clean without

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My China insider

It’s no secret that China is already starting to dominate the world economy. Understanding the country, its culture, and its economic infrastructure, however, is a daunting task, particularly for outsiders.  Official reports and media accounts are hardly worth basing an investment opinion on– it’s critical to have boots on the ground. I have

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Cost effective first class travel

I’m going to let you in on a few secrets. I’ve learned through a great deal of experience over the last several years about travel.  People often ask me about my travel habits because I do so much of it… and one of the common questions I get is “How much do you

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