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About Sovereign Man & Simon Black (old)

Simon Black introducing himself and Sovereign Man at our office in Santiago, Chile.

Hello, I’m glad you stopped by. I’m the founder of Sovereign Man. I’m an international entrepreneur, investor, permanent traveler… and a free man.

(Privacy is an essential component of freedom, so I’ve long written under the pen name of Simon Black.)

On average, I travel to over 40 countries per[...] Click here to continue reading

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Let's face it: There is something messed up with the world we’re living in.

Personal liberty is deteriorating…

The economy is on life support and could flat line any day now…

Governments around the world are getting crushed by debt, and are resorting to financial controls and other restrictions to "fix the economy"...

And it’s all getting worse at an exponential rate.

However, let’s be clear - it's not all[...] Click here to continue reading

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How To Open The BEST Offshore Bank Account [In 2020]

Offshore Banking: How and where to open an offshore bank account
Offshore Banking:
Where and How to Open the BEST Offshore Bank Account for Your Needs



What's the most important thing you need to know if you're considering offshore banking?

It’s that not all offshore bank accounts are created equal… 

The number one mistake we see people making is that they focus only on the “offshore” part and end up with a bank account[...]

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Second Passport: Four Passports ANYONE Can Get in 2021

Second Passport:
The Four Ways ANYONE Can Get Dual Citizenship



A Second Passport is not just for the "James Bonds" and super wealthy of this world. The truth is that it’s possible for ANYONE to obtain dual citizenship.

In this in-depth article you'll learn the four ways of how to get a second passport (potentially for free).

It will provide you the lifelong benefits of having[...]

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Tell this to the next idiot who thinks you’re “unpatriotic”

June 18, 2015
Kathmandu, Nepal

I’ll never forget the Oath of Office I took when I was commissioned as an Army Intelligence Officer all those years ago.

The most important part is where you swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.”

That was the part that kept ringing in my head as George W. Bush went on TV in the run-up to[...] Click here to continue reading

Thirteen years ago my life changed forever

Thirteen years ago my life changed forever.

Colin Powell, then US Secretary of State and the most credible person in George W. Bush’s cabinet, made the case for war in Iraq on February 5, 2003.

As a young military intelligence officer at the time, watching from a makeshift army base in Kuwait not far from the Iraq border.

Back then I was a true believer, trusting that the government was a force for[...] Click here to continue reading

Debt is the barbarous relic. Not gold.

July 16, 2015
Kunming, China

“The first form of culture,” wrote historian Will Durant, “is agriculture.”

And he was right. When human beings discovered 10,000 years ago that the soil would provide more food than they could possibly eat, this changed everything.

For the first time ever, early humans could actually work WITH nature and reliably control their food production.

They were no longer dependent on unpredictable wildlife or the dangers[...] Click here to continue reading

The biggest gold heist of all time

In 524 BC, a group of pirates set sail for Sifnos, an ancient Greek island famed for its vast gold and silver mines.

The mines of Sifnos were unparalleled in the ancient world.

They produced so much gold and silver that the local government at Sifnos could erect countless monuments, invest in new public works, and still easily have a substantial balance remaining at the end of each year to distribute to the[...] Click here to continue reading

This virtually guarantees that your taxes are going through the roof

Ever since I was a kid, I always knew that cancer runs deep in my family.

My father died more than a decade ago of a horrible brain tumor. His father had cancer. Both of my mother’s parents died of cancer.

I knew all of this before I even understood what cancer was.

Not willing to leave the issue to genetic luck, though, my mother started educating my sister and I to[...] Click here to continue reading

This entire system is rigged against your prosperity

On January 26, 1841, two years into the First Opium War between China’s Qing Dynasty and the British Empire, Commodore Sir Gordon Bremer hoisted the British flag above Possession Point in Hong Kong.

At the time the island’s population numbered less than 10,000. Most were illiterate fishermen.

Hong Kong was also devoid of any meaningful natural resources except for well-placed geography.

So when the war ended in 1842 and British diplomats formally[...] Click here to continue reading

My partner found $57 million in a random corner of Asia

[Introduction from Simon: We’ve got one more investing Notes today.

This essay, originally published in August of 2016, I think best exemplifies the strategy Sovereign Man’s Chief Investment Strategist, Tim Staermose, uses in his 4th Pillar investment service.

It shows you the huge potential in buying quality assets for less than their net cash backing. It’s hard to go wrong when buying the right companies for so low a price.

And despite[...] Click here to continue reading

Robert Kiyosaki invited me to speak to 2,500 people last night. Here’s what I told them-

Right before I walked on stage last night in front of an audience of roughly 2,500 people, I said to myself, ‘This isn’t how I thought my day would turn out…’

Hours before, I met up with Robert Kiyosaki at his hotel in Santiago to have a drink and catch up; he’s in town giving a series of seminars and invited me to come over and hang out for a bit.

After a[...] Click here to continue reading

Two technologies that are revolutionizing the financial system

Eight centuries ago as Marco Polo traveled across the vast dominion of the Mongolian Empire, he encountered what few westerners had ever seen.

One of those astonishing experiences was how the Mongols happily and willingly used paper currency.

Marco Polo was so intrigued by this that he devoted an entire chapter in his famous diaries to the Mongolian monetary system.

Back then, Kublai Khan’s imperial mint was located in the city of[...] Click here to continue reading

“There’s never been a change this big, nor so many people unprepared.”

I had an amazing time this weekend sharing the stage at an investment conference in Miami, with other speakers like Robert Kiyosaki, Peter Schiff, and G. Edward Griffin among others.

During a panel on the future of money and banking we discussed how the financial system is rapidly losing control of its own product, i.e. money, in the same way that the music industry has lost control of its product.

In the past[...] Click here to continue reading

Meet the selfish tycoon who dodged billions in taxes

Chances are you’ve never heard of Chuck Feeney. And he’s worked very hard to keep it that way.

Feeney, who will turn 85 on Saturday, had an incredibly successful business career, amassing a multibillion dollar empire based primarily on duty-free retail shopping.

I know what you’re thinking: he already sounds like a bad person… earning a vast fortune by enabling shoppers around the world to avoid paying sales tax and VAT.

This[...] Click here to continue reading

Obtaining a foreign residency is a no-brainer, especially if you have a family

By 2014, inflation was at 50% in Venezuela.

Just paying the bill at a restaurant now required a thick stack of cash.

When that happened, some people simply tightened their belts and stopped going out to eat. Others saw this as a warning sign to look for another, more stable country.

Then in 2015, supermarkets started facing shortages.

So in order to get the groceries they needed, people started lining up[...] Click here to continue reading

BREAKING: US government releases its 2015 financial statements

Hot off the presses, the US government just published its audited financial statements this morning, signed and sealed by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

These reports are intended provide an accurate accounting of government finances, just like any big corporation would do.

And once again, the US government’s financial condition has declined significantly from the previous year.

For 2015, the government reports $3.2 trillion in total assets.

This includes everything from financial[...] Click here to continue reading

How to stay optimistic even as terrorists “threaten our existence”

Earlier this week the German government leaked a frightening 69-page memo entitled “Concept for Civil Defense.”

Citing multiple terrorist attacks, cybercrime, and a host of other threats, the report states that Germans should prepare for an event that could “threaten our existence.”


The report proposes a number of mandatory countermeasures, including that Germans should stockpile food and water.

There’s also peculiar language about “civil support for the armed forces” suggesting[...] Click here to continue reading

How to get a Permanent Residency, Passport and Citizenship in Panama in 2021

Panama Residency & Passport
How to get Panamanian
Permanent Residency, Passport and Citizenship in 2021



If you’re looking for the easiest permanent residency program in the world, then look no further than Panama.

In this article you’ll learn about the two best Panamanian residency visas, and how you can obtain a Panamanian passport and citizenship with ease.

And as an added bonus, you’ll also learn about the[...]

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Federal Reserve’s “net worth” collapses 33% in two weeks

In case it weren’t completely obvious how completely screwed up the financial system is, please allow me to introduce Exhibit A: the Federal Reserve’s own balance sheet.

First we need a quick accounting background. And, stay with me, because this is important.

Think about your own finances. You, me, everyone… we all have assets and liabilities.

Your assets might be things like cash, your house, car, baseball card collection, etc.

And[...] Click here to continue reading

Here’s how Shakespeare structured his assets to minimize taxes (brilliant!)

March 17, 2015
Santiago, Chile

William Shakespeare was definitely not one for following the rules.

The playwright was famed for the ways in which he bent the English language in unusual ways to create some of the most significant literary works to date.

It was part of his genius, really, in that he didn’t allow himself to be limited by things like syntax rules that others abided by.

And, it seems,[...] Click here to continue reading

50 years of data prove Value Investing to be the most profitable investment strategy

Inflation and Deflation
[Editor’s note: This letter was penned by Tim Price, London-based wealth manager.]

In his book What works on Wall Street, James O’Shaughnessy analysed a variety of strategies that delivered market-beating returns in the US stock market.

Value investing proved to be one of the most outstanding.

O’Shaughnessy took a variety of metrics – the price/sales ratio (PSR), price/cashflow, price/book and price/earnings – and then collated the 50 stocks from the broad[...] Click here to continue reading

9 signs that 2016 looks ominously like 2008 just before the crisis

If you haven’t seen the 2015 Best Picture nominee, The Big Short, I strongly recommend it.

The Big Short is based on Michael Lewis’ book which examines how such an extraordinary financial crisis gripped the world in 2008, and the handful of people who saw it coming.

The movie opens asking a very simple question about the global financial meltdown:

Wall Street missed it; the Federal Reserve missed it; the government missed[...] Click here to continue reading

Puerto Rico Act 20 & 22: Guide & Personal Experience

Puerto Rico Tax Incentives:
Ultimate Guide & My Personal Experience
With Act 20 & Act 22



When I wake up and see the ocean in front of me, I have to pinch myself. 

Here I am, living in a beautiful place that’s part of the United States… yet I pay ZERO US federal income tax, only a 4% corporate tax for my[...]

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NASA-funded study: Over 32 advanced civilizations have collapsed before us, and we’re next in line.

As any long-time reader of this column knows, we routinely draw from historical lessons to highlight that this time is not different.

Throughout the 18th century, for example, France was the greatest superpower in Europe, if not the world.

But they became complacent, believing that they had some sort of 'divine right' to reign supreme, and that they could be as fiscally irresponsible as they liked.

The French government spent money like[...] Click here to continue reading

Legal tax reduction tactics that everyone should be taking advantage of

If you’ve been a reader of this letter for any length of time, you know I hate taxes.

I unequivocally believe that I have a moral obligation to reduce my taxes to the lowest level possible.

It’s not about Maseratis and private yachts (I drive a Volvo and get seasick easily).

I’ve slashed my taxes because I know that tax dollars pay for some of the most vile, immoral things imaginable.

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How to find companies selling for less than their bank balances

[Editor’s note: This letter was penned by Tim Staermose, Sovereign Man’s Chief Investment Strategist and editor of the 4th Pillar Investment Alert.]

If you know me personally, you know I have a lot of hair.

So when I go get a haircut, I always feel bad that the price is the same for me as for people who are almost bald… so I tip accordingly.

Recently when I went for a long-overdue[...] Click here to continue reading

The ban on cash is coming. Soon.

This is starting to become very concerning.

The momentum to “ban cash”, and in particular high denomination notes like the 500 euro and $100 bills, is seriously picking up steam.

On Monday the European Central Bank President emphatically disclosed that he is strongly considering phasing out the 500 euro note.

Yesterday, former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers published an op-ed in the Washington Post about getting rid of the $100 bill.

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Steve Jobs held billions of dollars offshore. Was he ‘unpatriotic’ ?

February 24, 2015

At the end of September 2011, just days before his passing, the company that Steve Jobs founded had a $25 billion cash hoard. Nearly half of this was stashed overseas.

What’s more, Apple was running billions in profit through multiple Irish subsidiaries, neither of which were taxable by the US government.

Steve Jobs departed this life owning 5.5 million shares of Apple (and another 138 million shares of[...] Click here to continue reading

Sun Tzu on Value Investing

August 3, 2015
Vilnius, Lithuania

In 506 BC, the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu was in command of a vast army of the Wu Kingdom, preparing for battle against the neighboring Chu.

Sun Tzu and his colleagues immediately sensed that the Chu army lacked the will to fight; so the general acted quickly and ordered the main attack to seize the initiative.

His surprise assault spurred a chaotic route of the Chu[...] Click here to continue reading

The financial system is breaking down at an unimaginable pace–

Now it’s $13 trillion.

That’s the total amount of government bonds in the world that have negative yields, according to calculations published last week by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Given that there were almost zero negative-yielding bonds just two years ago, the rise to $13 trillion is incredible.

In February 2015, the total amount of negative-yielding debt in the world was ‘only’ $3.6 trillion.

A year later in February 2016[...] Click here to continue reading

This financial bubble is 8 times bigger than the 2008 subprime crisis

On July 1, 2005, the Chairman of then President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors told a reporter from CNBC that,

"We’ve never had a decline in house prices on a nationwide basis. So, what I think is more likely is that house prices will slow, maybe stabilize, might slow consumption spending a bit. I don’t think it’s gonna drive the economy too far from its full employment path, though."

His name was[...] Click here to continue reading

Why I’m proud that my tax bill is ZERO

I’ll start with a confession.

Based on the returns I’ve just prepared for 2015, my tax bill for the year amounts to exactly $0.00.

In fact, for the second year in a row, I legitimately owe zero tax. And I’m damn proud of that.

(And no, it’s not from any illegal tricks. I’ll explain how I did it later.)

Not a shred of my efforts goes to help finance bombs, wars,[...] Click here to continue reading

Why it’s essential you keep a portion of your savings in physical cash

[Editor’s Note: As we’re coming up on the end of the year, we thought it would be appropriate to republish some of our most popular articles. Today’s was originally published on January 6, 2016]

Think of the word “money” for moment. What’s the first image that comes to mind?

Perhaps the folded paper in your wallet. Or the balance in your bank account.

Or perhaps the investments in your brokerage account.

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This trend tells you everything you need to know about America’s future

Long ago in the Land of the Free, if you wanted to start a saloon, you rented a space and started serving booze.

You didn’t have to go through years of petitioning a bunch of bureaucrats for permits and licenses.

If you weren’t qualified or good enough at your job, your reputation would suffer and you’d go out of business.

This is the way it used to be for just about every[...] Click here to continue reading

Here’s why (and how) the government will ‘borrow’ your retirement savings

According to financial research firm ICI, total retirement assets in the Land of the Free now exceed $23 trillion.

$7.3 trillion of that is held in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).

That’s an appetizing figure, especially for a government that just passed $19 trillion in debt and is in pressing need of new funding sources.

Even when you account for all federal assets (like national parks and aircraft carriers), the government’s “net financial[...] Click here to continue reading

The US government is about to lose its #1 lender

Yesterday I told you how the US federal debt level is expanding at its fastest rate since the financial crisis.

This isn’t supposed to be happening.

The financial crisis is years behind us. The economy is supposedly on solid footing. The government keeps gushing about how much tax revenue they’re collecting.

Usually when government debt expands so rapidly it’s because they’re waging war, fighting a major recession, or financing some serious infrastructure[...] Click here to continue reading

Four more mega-banks join the anti-dollar alliance

That was fast.

Yesterday I told you how a consortium of 15 Japanese banks had just signed up to implement new financial technology to clear and settle international financial transactions.

This is a huge step.

Right now, most international financial transactions must pass through the US banking system’s network of correspondent accounts.

This gives the US government an incredible amount of power... power they haven’t been shy about using over the[...] Click here to continue reading

How I went broke from my own arrogance

In 1999, as an arrogant 20-year old kid who thought he knew everything, I went flat broke.

Actually, I was worse than broke. On top of losing all of my money, I was also in debt more than $22,000… so I had a negative net worth.

That was an astronomical sum for me at the time, and I thought I’d never recover.

I wrote about this a few months ago, explaining how[...] Click here to continue reading

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 of other government outfits in the area like US border patrol and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Military intelligence officers[...] Click here to continue reading
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