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Quantitative Easing is like “treating cancer with Aspirin”

October 27, 2014 London, England [Editor’s note: Tim Price, London-based wealth manager, is filling in for Simon today.] Shortly before leaving the Fed this year, Ben Bernanke rather pompously declared that Quantitative Easing “works in practice, but it doesn’t work in theory.” There is, of course, no counter-factual. We’ll never know what might

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Startupfunding

I’m amazed more people aren’t doing this. But soon, they will be.

April 11, 2014 En Route to Buenos Aires Every now and again, the universe presents us with opportunities that are so obvious we have to wonder why everyone else isn’t doing it too. This is how I felt yesterday while attending an invitation-only “Demo Day” for startup companies based in Chile. As we’ve

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“No inflation” Friday: the dollar has lost 83.3% against…

March 7, 2014 Dallas, Texas I needed a caffeine jolt late this morning after the long journey up from South America. And while I’m generally averse to aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and other government-sanctioned poisons, I did briefly consider a hit of Coca Cola as I walked past a vending machine on

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The one investment you want to avoid at all costs

February 20, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile 4.1%. I read it twice to make sure my brain had processed the number correctly. Yep, 4.1%. This was the annual yield promised on a new 5-year bond investment that a private banker colleague had sent to me. I couldn’t believe it. The bond issuance was

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Investing

Why I don’t invest in stocks (and where I do park my investment capital)

December 11, 2013 Santiago, Chile Earlier this week, Start-Up Chile announced the next round of new businesses who have been accepted to the program. If you’re not familiar with it, Start-Up Chile is a government program that provides $40,000 in equity-free seed capital (plus a residency visa) to entrepreneurs and their startup companies

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Chile Farmland

The no-brainer investment I’m making

September 24, 2013 Pencahue, Chile It’s great to be back in Chile. This place is ripe with so much opportunity. And for the last few days, I’ve been out investigating agricultural investment property in the central regions for my investment portfolio. I’ve been investing heavily in the sector for the past few years…

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Water

A small, easy, no-brainer investment

June 19, 2013 Bio Bio Region, Chile There are few investments out there that seem as obvious as freshwater. Think about it: generally speaking, there’s a fixed amount of the stuff based on current technology. Yet each day, demand from our rapidly increasing population, farming, and industrial use grows. And because it’s very

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Chile

Chile farmland is some of the most undervalued in the world

June 18, 2013 Bio Bio Region, Chile In the world of investing, there’s a lot to be said for buying undervalued assets. Occasionally the market provides some incredible opportunities to pick up high quality assets so cheap that, to paraphrase acclaimed investor Jim Rogers, all you have to do is walk over and

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Chile Farmland

Speculating on the Central Chilean Coast

[Editor’s note: Sovereign Man’s resident Chilean property guru, Darren Kaiser, is filling in for Simon today.] As a property investor and speculator, I’m always studying trends and looking for anomalies. Learning about the history of a place, how it came to be as it is today, and then making predictions about what it

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What’s happening with gold & silver?

March 1, 2013 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile For the last few weeks, I’ve had a steady stream of visitors make the trek down to Chile to escape the Northern Hemisphere winter and get a little taste of freedom. Chile is a place that will soon be the easiest place in the world to

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Chile

I’m selling my gold and silver to buy this…

[Editor’s Note: Darren Kaiser, Sovereign Man’s Chilean property consultant, is filling in for Simon today from Santiago, Chile.] During most of the 2000s, I patiently sat on the sidelines while the paper-fueled run up in asset prices (primarily stocks and real estate) in my home country took off. I always thought that when

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The HKD

Practical advice: Make an easy 25% on the dollar’s decline

November 2, 2012, Los Angeles, California For several decades now, the Hong Kong dollar has been ‘pegged’ to the US dollar at 7.80 plus/minus a very narrow band (7.75 to 7.85). This means that the Hong Kong Monetary Authority has to mirror whatever the US Federal Reserve does. If Bernanke prints, Hong Kong

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What’s Next for Gold and Silver?

October 3, 2012 Bali, Indonesia In the investment world, it’s said that the best remedy for high prices is… high prices. And the best remedy for low prices is… low prices. In other words, when the price of an asset is high, demand cools off until prices fall. When the price of an

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The HKD

The next potential currency to de-peg from the USD

Over it’s history, Hong Kong has gone from a backwater trading port to one of the financial trade capitals of the world in a relatively short period of time. For over 30 years, Hong King’s currency has been pegged to the US dollar with hope that the reserve currency would bring monetary stability.

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