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Do you plan to ‘stay and fight’? Here’s a better solution.

November 5, 2014 (Remember, Remember) Santiago, Chile Long ago when I was a fresh young Army lieutenant straight out of the academy, I spent six months at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, learning how to be an intelligence officer. Fort Huachuca (pronounced wah-CHOO-kuh) is nestled snugly on the Mexican border, so there were a lot

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United States Corruption Decline

WARNING: Avoid this corrupt, third-world country at all costs

October 31, 2014 Santiago, Chile John Anderson, an American tourist from San Clemente, California, was driving down a poorly-maintained highway when he saw flashing lights in his rearview mirror. After a brief exchange with the local police officer, Anderson was shocked when the cop started searching his vehicle. Anderson had $25,180 in US

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This seems to be going well (chart)

September 15, 2014 Santiago, Chile Gallup released a new poll late last week showing how many (or few, as it were) Americans are ‘satisfied’ with the direction of the country. 23%. That’s it. 76% are NOT satisfied. Only 1% aren’t sure. The chart below shows the astounding, long-term decline since 2000. Note, this

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This is how you beat Obamacare

High quality, low cost, no hassle medical care in Thailand August 27, 2014 Bangkok, Thailand I’m still a little bit stunned by what just happened. 30 minutes and $73 later, I just walked out of what was -technically- a hospital, but was much closer to an upscale business lounge at a modern airport.

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Cheap Property

In some parts of Europe, they are literally giving away land…

July 30, 2014 En route to Estonia The last few years have not been kind to European property markets, to put it mildly. Ireland, Spain, and Portugal, for example, experienced property bubbles and collapses even more severe than what happened in the US. It was gruesome. But while some areas have recovered, others

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St Kitts

Why the St. Kitts economic citizenship program’s days may be numbered

June 20, 2014 Bangkok, Thailand What do you get when you mix Bitcoin Jesus, Marriott, St. Kitts, and terrorists? I’m afraid we’ll all find out soon. It wasn’t but a month ago that I told you about the US government’s opening salvo against the St. Kitts economic citizenship program. They’re trying to patch

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This pretty much sums it up…

June 16, 2014 Shanghai, China According to a new Gallup pole, a record amount of Americans now disapprove of President Obama. Now, this is nothing new. Presidential approval ratings go up and down, and Mr. Obama has had a long-term slide thanks to… oh, I don’t know… a total avalanche of foul-ups ranging

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Italian

You might qualify for this. And it could be life-changing.

June 13, 2014 Rome One of the things I’ve concluded from traveling to over 100 countries is that human beings are largely the same everywhere in the world. Obviously, cultural differences abound. But from Saudi Arabia to Tanzania to Palau to Venezuela to Bangladesh, people everywhere love their children. They strive for happiness.

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Spanish Hapsburgs

Guess which empire came to an end today?

May 19, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile In the early 16th century, a priest by the name of Fray Francisco de Ugalde remarked to his king that Spain was “el imperio en el que nunca se pone el sol”. In other words, the sun never set on the Spanish Empire. And by the

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He bought a panic alarm just to visit this city

[Editor’s Note: Martyn Anstey is the founder of Invest Colombia] April 27, 2014 Medellín, Colombia $1 trillion a year. That’s the cost of damage, which will be caused by coastal flooding by 2050 according to the United Nations. The problem isn’t reserved only for far away tropical islands. In the US, 23 of

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Passports

Here’s how you get a free passport

April 17, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile Today is a pretty great day for Team Sovereign Man. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve got a very close-knit team down here in Chile– people from all over the world. They hail from places like Slovenia, Lithuania, Ukraine, New Zealand, Argentina, Thailand, etc. Now as we’ve

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This city should be on your radar

This city should definitely be on your radar

February 27, 2014 Medellin, Colombia $1 billion. That’s how much the old Medellin drug cartel under Pablo Escobar used to lose annually to rats that would eat the currency stored in their warehouses. At its height, the cartel was smuggling 15 tons of cocaine per year into the US. And its leader Pablo

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IRS

Americans who abandoned citizenship jumped 1,402% last quarter

February 10, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile 631 people renounced their US citizenship in the 4th quarter of 2013. This is an entire order of magnitude higher than the 45 people who renounced in 4Q/2012. And in total, 3,000 Americans renounced their citizenship in 2013– another record high. The previous record (1,777) was

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This place is a Europe lover’s paradise in the middle of South America

February 4, 2014 Pucon, Chile In my travels to 100+ countries over the years, I’ve discovered that there is an indubitable abundance of great places to be. There are rapidly developing countries in Asia right now on the cusp of massive social and economic transformations, replete with huge opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs.

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The easiest place in the world to establish second residency

December 30, 2013 Santiago, Chile Recently, we’ve discussed several different economic citizenship programs around the world. And while these programs are not for everyone due to their higher costs, they have all surfaced at the same time, and I would be derelict in my duties to not to inform you about these options.

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Chile Farmland

The case for owning farmland in one simple statistic

December 20, 2013 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile In investing, it’s often said that nothing goes up or down in a straight line. Stocks, bonds, commodities… they all go through periods of growth, correction, collapse, mania, etc. We’re seeing this right now with respect to a substantial decline in the nominal gold price after

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Australian dollar

Perfect storm sending the A$ below 85c

December 18, 2013 Hong Kong   [Editor’s Note: Tim Staermose, Sovereign Man’s Chief Investment Strategist, is filling in today while Simon is scouting new agricultural properties.] Earlier this year I ate a $36 hamburger in Sydney. And after the sticker shock wore off, I wrote about the Australian dollar’s massive, obvious overvaluation. When

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Inflation

No inflation to see here….

November 15, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand One of the biggest lies in finance is this perpetual deception that inflation is good. Ben Bernanke, the current high priest of US monetary policy, recently remarked that it’s “important to prevent US inflation from falling too low.” Well of course, we wouldn’t want that, would we? Just

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This one chart shows you who’s really in control

November 7, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand Check out this chart below. It’s a graph of total US tax revenue as a percentage of the money supply, since 1900. For example, in 1928, at the peak of the Roaring 20s, US money supply (M2) was $46.4 billion. That same year, the US government took in

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How much do you think this ocean view cost me?

October 30, 2013 Santiago, Chile [Editor’s note: Darren Kaiser, author of Sovereign Man’s Chile Property Investment Black Paper, is filling in today while Simon is en route to Asia.] Look around the world from an investment perspective these days, nothing seems particularly cheap. And finding safe places to park capital is a little

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Caught With Pants Down

Treasury’s deceit exposed by this ballsy government official

October 29, 2013 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile Do you remember the $700 billion bailout of the financial system in 2008? It seems these days that most investors do not. People are partying like it’s 1929… as if all the issues and challenges that plagued the banking sector just a few years ago have

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Printing

At least now it’s obvious who’s really in charge

October 8, 2013 Sovereign Valley Farm, Pencahue, Chile It’s clear to everyone by now that the government of the largest country in the world is careening towards default in just over 200 hours. Yet curiously, even though the US government’s completely ridiculous, untenable fiscal situation is a front page embarrassment for the entire

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This place is like California in the 50s (PHOTOS)

September 27, 2013 San Antonio, Chile “It’s like the 1950s back in the US, but without the Soviets, McCarthyism, or the blatant racism.” That’s how an older gringo friend of mine once described his experiences and lifestyle in Chile. I think he’s spot on. For many westerners, it can really take some getting

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2,400 year old wisdom on the NSA, Edward Snowden, and gun control

August 27, 2013 Spoleto, Italy Nearly 2,400 years ago, Aristotle wrote one of the defining works of political philosophy in a book entitled Politics. It’s still incredibly relevant today, particularly what he writes about tyranny. The ancient Greeks used the word ‘turannos’, which referred to an illegitimate ruler who governs without regard for

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Is this the best safe haven for you and your family?

[Editor’s note: Darren Kaiser, author of Sovereign Man’s Chile Property Investment Black Paper, is filling in for Simon today from Santiago, Chile.] Chile has been a pretty nice place to be over the last few years, not just to live but also as an investment destination. Anyone involved in startup businesses or real

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What will future historians think of our time?

[Editor’s note: While Simon is tied up for the next few days, we’re sending out some of the most popular archives from the past four years of Sovereign Man. This column was originally published in 2012.] It wasn’t too long ago that renowned scholars invested their entire professional lives studying the “ethnic sciences”.

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Expatriation

MASSIVE jump in people who renounced US citizenship last quarter

August 8, 2013 Makarska, Croatia A massive 1,131 individuals renounced their US citizenship last quarter, according to data that has yet to be officially released (though I was able to procure an advanced copy). This is a HUGE jump. Compared to the same quarter last year in which 188 people renounced their US

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Who are you surrounding yourself with?

August 6, 2013 Makarska, Croatia One of the great privileges I’ve had each year for the last several years is hosting several dozen energetic young minds in the Lithuanian countryside for our annual Liberty and Entrepreneurship camp. This year’s camp just finished yesterday, and it was an amazing experience… the best one we’ve

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Passports

Why you want to have a second residency… and four ways to do it

July 24, 2013 Dublin, Ireland We received a lot of questions from an article last week about obtaining residency from Portugal’s housing market. Let’s explore a bit further– If you have the means, having a second residency makes a world of sense. For one, if your home country goes down the tubes quickly,

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Lisbon Portugal

How to ensure you don’t end up like Edward Snowden

July 17, 2013 Lisbon, Portugal Portugal is often overlooked as a tourist destination for more famous venues like Spain, France, and England. But if you’ve never been before, I highly recommend it. This has long been one of my favorite places to be in Europe. There’s such an incredible amount of history here;

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