Category: Personal Resilience


How I lost 100% of my investment on the Corona Virus

At precisely 11am on November 11, 1918, in a nondescript railroad car in northeastern France, a group of senior military officers and government officials signed an armistice agreement that effectively ended World War 1. The Great War had killed a staggering 9 million soldiers in four years. That’s more than nearly every major

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One of the biggest financial mistakes anyone can avoid in 2021

We don’t know what the near future will hold. Discover why proper estate planning is essential in 2021. I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately… A very good friend of mine, who is also an executive at the agricultural company I founded here in Chile, was in a terrible accident with his

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With scumbags like this, it’s easy to understand why Bitcoin is at $4600…

File this one away under ‘utterly repulsive’. As you probably heard, yesterday the US-based credit reporting agency Equifax announced a massive cyberattack that affects as many as 143 million consumers. Names. Birth dates. Addresses. Social Security Numbers. Even some credit card numbers were stolen. Literally over one third of the entire US population

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051: Here’s what happened when Venezuela imposed gun control laws

I just got back from Caracas, Venezuela, a city so dangerous that every time I left my hotel, the staff would warn me against even going outside. It’s an incredibly difficult reality to reconcile. People hate the fact that they may get robbed or killed just steps from their front door when they

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044: Google Wallet: the babystep into Bitcoin

July 14, 2015 Yangon, Burma When I first came to Burma (Myanmar) several years ago, there was scarcely an ATM to be found anywhere. It was primitive. And frustrating. After all, most people coming from the West tend to think their banking system is robust and highly advanced. And that’s true to a

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How much gold should you have in your portfolio?

While I was in Mexico for our Global Offshore and Investment Summit in Cancun in 2015, I was approached by Forbes Mexico for an interview on some of the key trends in the global economy as well as internationalization strategies for investors. You can read the full article here in Spanish, and below I’m

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Here’s how to stop your phone company from tracking you [Free Guide]

March 12, 2015 Willemstad, Curaçao One of the largest telecommunications companies in the world is now offering a unique new ‘feature’. For “only” $29 per month, AT&T is promising customers of its new broadband service that it won’t track their search and browsing history. How magnanimous. First of all, privacy shouldn’t be a

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Ban secure communication

British government wants to outlaw secure communication

January 14, 2015 Santiago, Chile Well at least someone finally had the candor to just come out and say it. In the wake of recent terror attacks in Europe, British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for an end to secure communications technology. In other words, he wants to ensure that you will

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What we can learn from the Sony hacking scandal [digital privacy resources]

December 17, 2014 Castries, St. Lucia As he speculated on the ethics of society, Aristotle found himself naturally led to the study of politics. Putting together his observations, he wrote a treatise on political philosophy (cleverly entitled Politics), in which he describes how a tyrant abuses power for personal benefit at the expense

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Why Singapore is the best place to store your gold

December 4, 2014 Santiago, Chile On May 15, 1855 one of the greatest gold robberies in history occurred. Three British firms had arranged for some of their gold to be sent from London to Paris by ferry and train. The gold was stored in solidly built boxes secured within iron safes with two

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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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Digital Privacy

IRS seized 1.7 million GB of data last year

March 26, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile Every organization has a unique way of measuring its own success. Apple tracks very closely, for example, how many iPhones and iPads they sell. Facebook monitors how many total users they have. And for the brand new Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) of the IRS Criminal Investigative

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World governments agree to automatic information sharing

February 24, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile It’s like 34 drunken sailors holding each other up. That’s the best way I can think of to describe the latest product from the good idea factory that is the OECD. Over the weekend in yet another cushy five-star hotel, representatives from this unelected supranational bureaucracy

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Why do we have faith in gold? (one simple statistic)

January 6, 2014 London, England [Editor’s Note: Tim Price, Director of Investment at PFP Wealth Management and frequent Sovereign Research contributor is filling in for Simon today.] On December 31st, 1964, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 874. On December 31st, 1981, it stood at 875. In Buffett’s words, “I’m known as

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Four important estate planning steps you should consider

September 25, 2013 Sovereign Valley Farm, Pencahue, Chile It goes without saying that parents want the best for their children… and that each generation wishes the next to be even more prosperous and successful. For the most part, this has been the historical pattern since the Industrial Revolution; every successive generation has enjoyed

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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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This is the way they’ll ‘nationalize’ gold

August 20, 2013 Rome, Italy It was just last week in the Land of the Free that a Federal judge declared Bitcoin to be a currency. And almost immediately after, the SEC announced ‘investigations’ into the digital currency. (You remember the SEC, the guys who are tasked with protecting the public from dodgy

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For those who think– “Nothing to hide, nothing to fear…”

August 2, 2013 Trakai, Lithuania In any discussion about privacy, there’s invariably someone who says, “Well, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” What a bunch of baloney. This may be one of the most ignorant statements ever uttered yet it’s held by a wide majority of people who

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Silent Circle

Think your password is secure from the NSA? Try this

July 31, 2013 Vilnius, Lithuania Seven minutes. That’s how long it would take to crack one of the passwords I had been using for more than ten years, according to the crypto experts at Silent Circle. Let’s be honest. A lot of people use the same password over and over again across multiple

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NSA Black Paper

How to give the NSA the finger

June 24, 2013 Santiago, Chile On March 10, 1975, a group of US diplomatic and national security officials gathered at the office of the Turkish foreign minister’s office in Ankara. Henry Kissinger was among them. The discussion turned to foreign aid and supply of parts for military equipment, at which point Kissinger (Secretary

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The 4th amendment violations will continue until morale improves

June 7, 2013 Maule Region, Chile For some, it’s hard to even fathom… as if the headlines were ripped from the Onion instead of Atlas Shrugged or 1984: NSA Is Wired Into Top Internet Companies’ Servers, Including Google and Facebook NSA reportedly collecting phone records of millions Former NSA head defends agency reportedly

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This is why you don’t want to move gold yourself…

April 10, 2013 Santiago, Chile A few days ago, Italian authorities stopped a man who was making his way across the border into Switzerland with his wife and three children. They searched his car and found, literally, a ton of gold bars hidden in a floorboard storage compartment. Needless to say, the gold

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The #1 problem when owning gold

March 6, 2013 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile In official testimony before Congress in December 1912, just three months before his death, J.P. Morgan stated quite plainly: “[Credit] is not the money itself. Money is gold, and nothing else.” (the quote is almost Shakespearean in its unrhymed iambic pentameter…) Of course, this testimony came

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Five tools to protect your privacy online

We’ve discussed many times before—hardly a month goes by without some major action against Internet users… from Obama’s ‘kill switch’, to ACTA, SOPA and PIPA, to stasi tactics against people like Kim Dotcom. Online privacy is becoming more important by the day. And nobody is going to give it to you, you have

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Practical advice Friday: What form of Silver should you hold?

October 12, 2012 Frankfurt, Germany Along with gold, silver has been considered money for thousands of years. In ancient Rome, for example, the silver Denarius coin was first minted in the third century BC. It contained about 4.5 grams of silver and would have a metal value worth roughly $5 in today’s money.

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A secret paradise for gun rights and residency

August 2, 2012 Bergen, Norway High up above Scandinavia about 75 degrees north latitude is an obscure archipelago that few people in the world know about, and even fewer have been to. It’s called Svalbard, population ~3,000. And while the islands are technically part of Norway, they come with some incredibly unique benefits

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Planting your electronic flag

We all know that Google is in bed with the government… I suppose it’s nice that CEO Eric Schmidt is at least open about it. In a recent interview with CNBC, Schmidt effectively admits that Google archives everything about a user– web searches (google), email and contact lists (gmail), online office documents (google

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