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US Tax Increases: This is not the time to procrastinate

In early 387 AD in the eastern Roman city of Antioch, a local bureaucrat stood outside of the city council chambers to read a new decree that had just arrived from Emperor Theodosius I. As the anxious crowd gathered, the bureaucrat began reading aloud– Just as the crowd had feared, the new decree

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How to gain permanent residency in Mexico without leaving home in 2021

Looking to gain permanent residency in Mexico without leaving home? Whether you are retired or not, you can gain residency in Mexico with ease in 2021. Discover how below… As a world traveler and investor, I always try to find markets where there’s a huge difference between the ACTUAL risk and the PERCEIVED

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US Debt: 28 trillion reasons to have a Plan B

At the close of business on Monday March 1st, just a few days ago, the US national debt crossed $28 trillion for the first time in history. To the penny, in fact, the national debt hit $28,004,376,276,999.35. And bear in mind that figure doesn’t include the $1.9 trillion in ‘Covid stimulus’ that Uncle

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Historical lessons in prosperity vs. poverty

As the grandson of Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan had a lot to prove. So he set his eyes on the biggest prize in the known world at the time: southern China. Kublai Khan completed his conquest of China in 1279, forging a new empire and creating the Yuan dynasty. The Mongols were known

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4 Reasons to Consider Portugal for Your Plan B

In September 1968, after four decades iron-fisted rule, Portugal’s de facto dictator, António de Oliveira Salazar, suffered a freak accident that caused a massive brain hemorrhage. Miraculously he survived. But he never recovered from the injury, and his enemies seized on the opportunity to remove him from power. Salazar had ruled since 1932.

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Another hallmark of the Soviet Union: separate rules for the peasants

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by Viktorija, our Sovereign Woman.] My experience with ridiculous government overreach began literally on the day I was born. It was more than three decades ago, in the tiny Soviet Socialist Republic of Lithuania, back when the Soviet Union still existed. As my mother tells the story,

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Panama rolls out new residency options in 2021

If the idea of packing up and leaving has crossed your mind lately, you certainly aren’t alone. With so many people across the globe staring at a new wave of COVID lockdowns, higher taxes, more chaos in their cities, etc., heading out for greener pastures is a really attractive proposition, especially now that

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Guess which Big Tech executive just bought a second passport

The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, will be one of the last people to receive citizenship in Cyprus through the country’s Citizenship by Investment program. Schmidt’s name showed up on Cyprus’s list of approved applications in October, around the same time Cyprus announced it was suspending the program. Remember- Cyprus essentially went

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If you’re thinking about leaving the US… Consider Mexico

Canada has been busy for weeks creating contingency plans for tomorrow’s US Presidential election. A lot of Canadians seem worried that their country will be inundated by violent, plague-infested Americans fleeing the election results. That’s probably a bit of a stretch. But this does seem to be a recurring theme. Every four years

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Escape to distant, exotic lands… like Canada?

Last Tuesday night, around 10:30pm the Google search term, “How to apply for Canadian citizenship,” spiked. Other popular searches that night included “how to move to Canada” or simply, “move to Canada.” This was in response to two men in their 70s childishly bickering at each other for an hour and a half,

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Second Residency: Panama is still an obvious escape hatch

At the turn of the 20th century, the United States had recently become the largest economy in the world… and it was showing. The US had just vanquished Spain in the Spanish-American War, resulting in a vast new American colonial empire, stretching from the Philippines to Puerto Rico. And it was just the

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Our Sovereign Woman explores Turkey’s Citizenship by Investment program

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by Viktorija, our Sovereign Woman] If Simon were writing this letter, I have no doubt he would start off telling you a wonderful tale dating back thousands of years to Turkey’s ancient history… probably something about the Trojan War. I’ve always been a fan of Simon’s historical

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California’s governor makes ominous prediction for America

California’s governor made a rather ominous prediction this weekend when he told an interviewer that “California is America. . . fast forward.” He was talking specifically about the wildfires that have ravaged his state– a warning that the natural disasters will soon plague the rest of the country too, thanks to climate change.

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I met expats overseas who are absolutely thriving

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by our Sovereign Woman—Viktorija.] Just like Simon, I’m probably one of the world’s worst tourists. When I travel somewhere, I prefer to experience real life in the country or city that I’m visiting. So my schedule is usually full of meetings and networking with local entrepreneurs, attorneys,

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Digital Nomads will want to know about these two countries

British Petroleum announced this week that ALL 6,500 employees in its London office will be working from home within the next two years. BP is even going to shut down the office entirely and sell the building. They’re not the only ones. Right now, in fact, only 13% of London office workers are

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Sadly, Christopher Nolan never called

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by our Sovereign Woman—Viktorija.] I grew up in a small village in Lithuania, raised by a single mother. So you can probably imagine my childhood was not one of wealth and luxury. Just like when Simon was growing up, money was always tight and a constant source

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Decades-old investment wisdom from Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” These days interest rates are near zero. The average savings account currently pays .09% interest per year, according to the FDIC. So over

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Warren Buffett’s worst year since the stock market crashed…

Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, didn’t outperform the S&P 500 last year. Berkshire Hathaway grew slightly in 2019, but its performance lagged far behind the S&P 500 stock market index. That’s an anomaly for Buffett. He’s handily outperformed the S&P 500 for decades, endearing himself to millions of investors along the way.

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How a second passport saved someone from the Coronavirus

Nicholas Schneider is an American student who was studying in Wuhan, China. He said, “It’s like a ghost town, barely any people and cars. It’s a weird feeling. I feel like I’m in an apocalypse somehow.” Wuhan is a city of 11 million where the outbreak of the coronavirus began. Now it’s on

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The two best gifts to give your newborn child

A Japanese woman was surprised when Hong Kong Express Airways required her to take a pregnancy test before boarding her flight. They made the poor woman sign a form indicating her body type was observed by staff to appear pregnant. The test proved she wasn’t. The woman was travelling to Saipan, the largest

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The generational impact you can have right now

Emma Gingerich doesn’t remember any joy in her childhood. She grew up without electricity or running water, and took only one bath a week. Education was so limited that to the best of her knowledge, the earth was flat. She didn’t even know how to speak fluent English, even though she grew up

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Bolsheviks want to shut down Puerto Rico’s tax incentives

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by Sovereign Man team member Joe Jarvis, who recently moved to Puerto Rico.]  Local Puerto Ricans invariably tell me I’m overpaying on rent, and that I could have found a cheaper place to live. I’m sure that’s true. But somehow I’m not upset about my gorgeous view

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I sure am glad that I own gold…

The price of gold is up nearly $100 since Christmas, reaching around $1,575 per troy ounce as I write this letter. This most recent price bump is due to the panic over Iran. But the gold price is up nearly 20% over the last year, so there have obviously been plenty of other

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One of the easiest places in the world to obtain residency

In late 2002, about 17 years ago at this time of the year, I was a young Army officer deployed to the Middle East. It was just a few months before George W. Bush gave the order to invade Iraq, though all my fellow officers and I knew with 100% certainty that we

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The best economic citizenship program for 2020

We just capped off a spectacular weekend in St. Lucia with members of our Total Access group to explore this country’s Citizenship-by-Investment program. I’ve written about Citizenship-by-Investment programs before; these are completely legal programs that exist in several countries where foreigners can invest a particular sum of money in a country and become

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How Robert De Niro ended up with three passports

Most people might be surprised to learn that Robert De Niro has more passports than he has Academy Awards. Come to think of it… most people probably have more passports (one), than they have Academy Awards (zero). But De Niro has two Oscars: the first for playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part

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They’re building a wall, but not the one you think

Bernd Lünser was by all accounts a popular, promising student. He was studying civil engineering at the State Engineering School of Architecture in West Berlin in 1961. Unfortunately, he lived in East Berlin. And during the summer break of that year, the Berlin Wall was completed, shutting off access from Western administered West

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This is the easiest way to obtain a European passport

Warren Buffett has famously quipped that his preferred holding period for an investment is “forever.” Once he zeroes in on a great business and buys a huge stake in the company, he never wants to sell. Ever. This concept of long-term investing is simple to understand but hard to put into practice. We

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Start thinking about silver before it becomes popular again

In 663 BC, King Ashurbanipal of the Assyrian Empire invaded Egypt and sacked the city of Waset (located in modern day Luxor on the Nile River). Ashurbanipal vanquished the city, purportedly seizing more than 75 metric tons of silver for his personal collection. At the time in the ancient world, the prevailing ratio

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The fastest way to obtain a second passport

Need A Second Passport Fast?Learn how to get a Second Passport & Citizenshipin just 6 months to 2 years AUTHOR LAST UPDATED If you are in a rush and looking for a fast way to get a second passport and citizenship you’re in luck… It’s possible to obtain an excellent passport in less

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