Posts by Simon Black

Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter Notes from the Field is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom, make more money, keep more of it, and protect it all from bankrupt governments.

  • First post: 16/06/2009
  • Posts written: 1766

Latest Articles

Almost all bankrupt governments eventually realize this. And it’s great for us.

Eighteen centuries ago in the year 212 AD, the Roman Empire was in dire financial straits.

Emperor Caracalla had nearly bankrupted the treasury spending lavishly on his personal proclivities, waging pointless wars, and executing some of Rome’s most productive citizens.

We’re talking about a guy who murdered his brother (Geta) in order to become Emperor, and then had Geta’s name stricken from every official record.

Caracalla made it a capital crime for[...] Click here to continue reading

How my friend took the simplest path to foreign residency

I could get used to this.

As I told you yesterday, I spend part of the summer each year at a centuries-old villa in a storied pocket of Italy. And I invite some of the most brilliant and productive people on the planet, most of whom I’ve met traveling the world over the last decade.

Italy has a way of making people expansive – past the handmade pasta we eat every[...] Click here to continue reading

What a Mad Scientist brought me in Italy

For about two weeks each year this little-known corner of Italy becomes one of the most interesting places in the world.

Dozens of productive people from across the planet and all walks of life gather at this estate every summer to break bread, build relationships, and exchange ideas. (check out the photo)

Over the years we’ve had scientists, politicians, vagabonds, artists, and musicians, as well as enormously successful investors and entrepreneurs in attendance.[...] Click here to continue reading

Please do this before you get hacked

What I’m about to tell you is a bit scary. But as you’ll see, it could easily happen to anyone. So please read this in full… and then go change your passwords.

We have a friend whose email was hacked some time ago. It happened because, as many people tend to do, she used a very simple password for her email and logged in over an unsecure network, allowing hackers to easily grab it.
[...] Click here to continue reading

How one woman’s failure to act is costing her more than just money

Every summer around this time I rent a palatial wine and olive estate here in central Italy for a few weeks of relaxation with friends, business colleagues, and Sovereign Man: Total Access members.

We’ve been coming to the same place for six years in a row, and it’s gorgeous.

At the center of the estate is an 18-bedroom mansion that has been in the same family since it was built four centuries ago.[...] Click here to continue reading

One of the world’s most popular tech companies just lost another $2 billion…

Last night Netflix executives announced that a record 104 million people worldwide now subscribe to its service.

This number handily beat what analysts were expecting, and the stock SURGED nearly 9% to an all-time high. Netflix is now trading at more than 200 times earnings.

Look, I like Netflix. House of Cards is entertaining.

But you shouldn’t invest in a business based on its number of customers and quality[...] Click here to continue reading

Create more freedom now with these three steps

I’m in Rome today, on my way to spend time with my Total Access extended family at our villa outside the city.

It’s one of my favorite events of the year… I spend two weeks in central Italy surrounded by dozens of friends and colleagues. There’s no agenda. We just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Total Access is the most exclusive membership Sovereign Man offers. As a Total Access member, you get[...] Click here to continue reading

“The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”

In 1999 my colleague Tim Price had front row seats to the first Internet bubble.

He tells a great story about being a private client portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch in London at the time, and describes how clients were clamoring to buy technology stocks.

‘Giddy’ doesn’t really do the mania justice. ‘Insane’ comes closer to describing the popular mood.

James Glassman and Kevin Hassett had just published a book, Dow 36,000[...] Click here to continue reading

How to fix the biggest investment mistake you don’t realize you’re making

Chances are, you’ve invested way too much money in your home country.

And you’re not alone.

Studies show that U.S. investors hold around 70% of their equity assets in U.S companies.

But the U.S. only makes up around 55% of the world’s stock market value (U.S. stocks’ recent outperformance has massively boosted its global share). So, by that measure, a 70% allocation to U.S. stocks is “overweight,” if you want to be[...] Click here to continue reading

How to protect yourself from frivolous lawsuits

Yesterday I told you about the baseless lawsuit brought against my friend Michael.

Even though Michael was completely innocent, he still had to pay around $50,000 – and waste months of valuable time – to make the case disappear.

But there are a few steps Michael could have taken to avoid this headache. And, today, I’m going to share one of the best ways to protect yourself from greedy lawyers and claimants.[...] Click here to continue reading

The story of an insane lawsuit… and how you can avoid being a victim

My friend Michael is one of the most successful entrepreneurs I know.

Several years ago Michael started an automated domain business that used software to buy domains, find the most likely buyer, and then sell them.

For example, Michael’s custom software would buy, say, XYZ.com.

Then it would scan online domain records to determine the most likely buyer of that domain… perhaps the owner of XYZ.net.

His software would then send[...] Click here to continue reading

How a gunshot changed everything

The bullet went through his jaw...

If it was 2cm lower, I wouldn't be here today.

I'm here in Lithuania for the 8th annual Blacksmith Liberty Camp.

We have over 60 students from around the world. They came from Australia, Sri Lanka, Russia and the U.S.

But these aren't your normal "students." These are entrepreneurs.

And entrepreneurs are value creators. We have actors, charity workers, teachers, employees. They're free thinkers.[...] Click here to continue reading

Customizing your Plan B [Video]

Over the past few days you’ve learned A LOT including...

• How to generate exceptional investment returns, while taking minimal risk, with lucrative investment strategies outside the mainstream

• How to protect your assets and become invincible to financial crises and frivolous lawsuits

• How to save tens of thousands of dollars by legally reducing your taxes

• How to obtain a second passport (potentially for free) that will provide you[...] Click here to continue reading

How to build an exceptional offense

Yesterday I talked about how to build the first part of your personal Plan B-- an impenetrable defense.

Today I’m going to show you how to build a strong offense.

Once you have a strong defense that protects everything you have, a good offense positions you for gain.

It helps you move the ball down the field, grow your wealth and achieve exceptional investment returns… all while taking minimal risk.

Step[...] Click here to continue reading

How to build an impenetrable defense

Over the past few days, I’ve been telling you about the importance of building a personal Plan B that ensures you are in a position of strength... no matter what happens next.

The first step is building a strong defense that safeguards what you already have.

This includes risk prevention and increasing your freedom.

It ensures that everything you’ve worked for - and will achieve - over your lifetime is safe, no[...] Click here to continue reading

The two critical requirements of a Perfect Plan B

[Editor’s Note: You’ll find a video showing you a real life example of a Perfect Plan B at the bottom of this article.]

Yesterday we talked about how most of Western civilization, including the United States and much of Europe, have long ago departed from the original ideals that made them great.

The values of liberty, economic freedom, self-reliance and independence have been replaced by debt, consumption and over-regulation.

Decades of bungling[...] Click here to continue reading

Why you should consider building a Plan B

It’s really easy to love Italy. The food. The scenery. The weather. The art and architectural splendor. The welcoming culture.

Then there’s the history, which is one of my favorite aspects of this country.

In the 5,000-year record of our civilization, Italy was the world’s dominant superpower not once, but twice.

The first time was in ancient Rome, an empire that grew from humble beginnings to rank among the greatest ever known.
[...] Click here to continue reading

Italy’s newest bank bailout cost as much as its annual defense budget

Two more Italian banks failed over the weekend-- Banco Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca.

(In other news, the sky is blue.)

The Italian Prime Minister himself stated that depositors’ funds were at risk, so the government stepped in with a bailout and guarantee package that could cost taxpayers as much as 17 billion euros.

That’s a lot of money in Italy-- around 1% of GDP. In fact it’s basically as much[...] Click here to continue reading

This asset has outperformed the Tulip Bubble, Mississippi Bubble, and dot-com Bubble

This morning I had the pleasure of spending an hour of my life tracking down a missing wire transfer that had been sent to a large, multinational bank more than two weeks ago.

I’m sure you’ve been there, being passed around various departments like the village bicycle, each time having to re-explain the entire situation to someone brand new.

Finally someone found the missing funds, and the person told me me they would[...] Click here to continue reading

It’s now a “human right” to NOT be offended. Unless you’re the one who’s offended.

In the latest episode of the completely psychotic breakdown of Western values, Canada’s government has just passed a law that champions sexual identity over science.

It’s called C-16, “An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code”.

Both of these codes prohibit discrimination against individuals based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

And this new law includes gender identity in that list.

Great. Nothing wrong with[...] Click here to continue reading

Argentina issues 100-year bond. What could possibly go wrong?

Apparently while I was in the air yesterday flying between Asia and Europe, the financial system proved once again that it believes in magic beans.

The latest absurdity is that the government of Argentina sold $2.75 billion worth of bonds yesterday afternoon.

It’s not strange or unusual for a government to sell bonds; it happens multiple times across the world nearly every single day of the year.

What’s totally insane about yesterday’s[...] Click here to continue reading

Take advantage of this free insurance policy for your savings

This is the very first article I’m writing to you on the brand new Macbook Pro that I just purchased here in Hong Kong.

It’s the fully loaded version with 16GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD hard drive, and 3.5 GHz i7 processor.

Given that I actually run Linux on may laptop and barely do anything outside of word processing a bit of programming, the purchase was probably overkill. But I got[...] Click here to continue reading

The foreign business incentives in this country can help double your income.

Yesterday I spent all afternoon meeting with government officials here in the Philippines, and I’m still in shock. I’ll explain--

About a year and a half ago I purchased a fairly large manufacturing business that is oddly enough based in Australia.

It’s been a fantastic investment so far, primarily because it generates so much cashflow relative to the price I paid.

With big public companies listed on a major stock market, it’s[...] Click here to continue reading

You won’t believe this stupid new law against Cash and Bitcoin

This one is almost too ridiculous to believe.

Recently a new bill was introduced on the floor of the US Senate entitled, pleasantly,

“Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.”

You can probably already guess its contents.

Cash is evil.

Bitcoin is evil.

Now they’ve gone so far to include prepaid mobile phones, retail gift vouchers, or even electronic coupons. Evil, evil, and evil.

[...] Click here to continue reading

Banks are becoming less safe. Again.

What I’m about to tell you isn’t some wild conspiracy. Or fake news.

It’s raw fact, based on publicly available data from the US Federal Reserve.

This data shows a very simple but concerning trend: banks in the United States are becoming less safe. Again.

And they’re doing it on purpose. Again.

Few people ever give much thought to the safety and security of their bank.

After all, banks go[...] Click here to continue reading

Record “Wealth” in America: 72% of US businesses are NOT profitable

The Federal Reserve in the United States just released a new report showing that “Total Household Wealth” in the United States has reached a record $94.8 trillion.

That’s an impressive figure.

Even more impressive is that Total Household Wealth has increased by $40 trillion since the lows of the Great Recession in 2009.

No doubt there’s probably a multitude of central bankers and bureaucrats toasting their success in having engineered such magnificent[...] Click here to continue reading

This is how a “bail-out” becomes a “bail-in”

Here’s the perfect example of how insane our financial system has become.

It was announced yesterday that, after a 24-hour white-knuckled ride, Spanish banking giant Banco Popular had been sold to Banco Santander for the price of just 1 euro.

Note- that’s 1 euro in TOTAL. Not 1 euro per share.

Banco Popular had once been one of Spain’s largest banks.

But just as certain banks tend to do from time[...] Click here to continue reading

Clint Eastwood’s advice on Bitcoin speculation

In 1559 while on a trip to southern Bavaria, Swiss scientist Conrad Gesner spied a curious flower in the garden of a diplomat in Augsburg.

The flower was called a tulip, derived from the Persian word dulband, meaning “turban,” which described its conspicuous shape.

Gesner was intrigued.

He asked the man who owned the flower about its origins and determined that it came from Constantinople in the Ottoman Empire, modern-day Istanbul.

[...] Click here to continue reading

One more tremendous benefit to studying abroad

It’s that time of year again.

Countless high school students across the northern hemisphere are ceremoniously gliding their tassels from one side of their caps to the other and accepting a rolled-up piece of paper to commemorate the past four years of their lives.

Many of them will be thrust off to university in a few short months, where, at least in the Land of the Free, they’ll be loaded down with tens[...] Click here to continue reading

Uber burned through almost as much money as NASA last quarter

Uber reported yesterday that its NET LOSS totaled more than $700 million last quarter, despite pulling in a whopping $3.4 billion in revenue.

(This means they spent at least $4.1 billion!)

That’s the latest in a string of massive, 9-figure quarterly losses for the company.

The only question I have is-- how much cocaine are these people buying?

Seriously, it’s REALLY HARD to spend so many billions of dollars.

You[...] Click here to continue reading

The real reason to own Bitcoin

In 1483, just as Johannes Gutenberg’s new moveable type printing press was spreading across Europe, Sultan Bayezid II of the Ottoman Empire issued a staunch decree banning the machine from his realm.

At the time the Ottoman Empire was the dominant superpower in the world, having conquered most of the Middle East, North Africa, and southeastern Europe.

But Bayezid was afraid of the new technology.

He and his advisors felt that[...] Click here to continue reading

Read this before following Warren Buffet’s investment advice

Not too long ago I received an email offering the luxury trip of a lifetime to Iceland.

It was a package tour... and super impressive.

We would have our own private helicopters taking us all over the island for seven days. There was horseback riding, dune buggies, even racing Ferarri and Lamborghini supercars across a frozen lake.

Then I saw the price: $150,000.

I looked again thinking I[...] Click here to continue reading

… and now for the bad news

In the late 1760s and early 1770s, the government of France was in a deep panic.

They had recently suffered a disastrous and costly defeat in the Seven Years War, and the national budget was a complete mess.

France had spent most of the previous century as the world’s dominant superpower, and the government budget reflected that status.

From public hospitals to shiny monuments and museums, social programs and public works projects,[...] Click here to continue reading

And the best performing stock market in the world is. . .

Pop quiz: What country has the world’s best performing stock market?

It’s not the United States. Or Canada. Or China.

The answer is Venezuela, whose primary stock market index over the last year is up nearly SEVEN FOLD, from 11,700 last summer to a record 72,700 today.

It’s amazing that a country where people are literally starving because there’s very little food available is seeing record stock market performance.

[...] Click here to continue reading

Turkish NBA player has passport revoked by ‘the Hitler of our century’

Enes Kanter is a Turkish citizen who plays center for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Like many professional athletes, Kanter has a couple of charities in his name.

His education fund provides first-year college scholarships to support selected US students – including a family’s first female child and children of law enforcement and firefighters who lost their lives on duty.

Kanter’s other charity is the Light Foundation. This one has an international[...] Click here to continue reading