How to buy silver for $15

April 20, 2011
Asuncion, Paraguay

My friend Arthur Tyde in the Philippines once quipped over dinner, "Manila is what Hong Kong would look like if it were turned over to the Mexicans..." I've always chuckle when I think about that.

If I may impose on the analogy, I would describe Paraguay as what Arkansas would look like if it were turned over to the Philippines: part tax haven, part agricultural powerhouse, in a[...] Click here to continue reading

The next trend for Chinese investors

April 4, 2011
Santiago, Chile

I have a little secret that I'm going to let you in on, it's one of the ways that I meet people and get networked while traveling internationally. Over time, I've found that, if you want to connect with influential insiders, you have to go where influential insiders are.

Country clubs are not my scene... they're stuffy, formal, and usually take too much time to acquire a membership.[...] Click here to continue reading

Note: June 10, 2010

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A Chinese Mega-trend

It normally takes me less than five minutes to pack, even for a three week trip.  In this case, though, I'm having a tough time-- too many climate zones in Asia, too many events. I need to cram SCUBA gear, beach clothes, professional attire, and formal wear all into one little suitcase...

... plus leave plenty of room for all the custom suits I'm going to have tailored.

I haven't been watching the[...] Click here to continue reading

Important Panama banking update

Something is afoot in Panama that I want to tell you about.

Several banks, including Banvivienda and HSBC, have recently announced that they will discontinue renting safety deposit boxes.  Customers who currently rent boxes will have until the end of the year to vacate their belongings.

Furthermore, some banks that formerly used to work with US customers, including Banco General, Credicorp, and Global Bank, will no longer open accounts for Americans unless they[...] Click here to continue reading

Low hanging fruit investment opportunities

Making money is large part of achieving independence and living free.

In my own life, I focus on select entrepreneurial ventures to generate capital, and specific investments which subsequently grow that capital. My investment habits might be best described as 'peculiar,' because, believe it or not, I do not have a strong risk tolerance when it comes to my money:

- I only invest in instruments that I fully understand (or someone I[...] Click here to continue reading

Mailbag: Answering your questions

Today I wanted to get down to the business of answering some of your questions from earlier this week:

First of all, I apologize if I failed to make things clear when I started this letter: I am no longer part of Without Borders; Notes from the Field is not affiliated with Casey Research or Without Borders.  Furthermore, Notes is free and not tied to any other subscription that you might have.

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