There’s a MAJOR benefit in Chile that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.

May 12, 2015
Santiago, Chile

A few days ago I was having lunch with some executives who run one of the largest fruit companies in the world.

The company is Chilean, and as the guys are all local, they were curious about my take on Chile as a foreigner.

I told them that Chile is far from perfect. But there’s one very special reason why I spend so much time here.

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Punta Arenas: it’s like being in a Spanish-speaking Scandinavia

January 13, 2015
Punta Arenas, Chile
I consider myself very fortunate to be able to travel as much as I do. In 36 years so far I’ve been able to visit 116 countries.

There are so many incredible places on this planet that it’s hard to say which one is my favorite.

Thailand is easily one of them. Everything about the place, from the beautiful temples, the deferential treatment given by Thais[...] Click here to continue reading

Ready to hit the eject button? Here are five places to start looking

November 7, 2014
Santiago, Chile

As we talked about yesterday, moving abroad isn’t as difficult as you think.

Sure, it’s not always cookies and cupcakes, but the benefits and opportunities of living abroad are often unparalleled.

Only by moving abroad can you truly curtail how much you contribute to your corrupt, bankrupt home government.

And you just might find that in many cases you can live better, cheaper, and enjoy a[...] Click here to continue reading

Set your child up for life with a second citizenship: 5 places to have a baby

"The Baby and the Sea" by Maria Rosario Sannino,  CC BY 2.0
August 28, 2014
Bangkok, Thailand

For many people, where we are born has a tremendous impact on our lives.

For example, being born in certain countries might mean that we are obliged to serve in the military, or go fight and die in some foreign war.

In others, it might mean that we are required to pay taxes on our worldwide income, even if we don’t even set foot in that country.
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The case for owning farmland in one simple statistic

Chile Farmland
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 more than 12 straight years of gains.

But I've just recently come across an investment trend that has[...] Click here to continue reading

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 like trying to find your way through a mine field.

At first glance things might look fine, but[...] Click here to continue reading

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 expensive to transport, water is highly localized. So despite the abundant supply in Greenland, it doesn't really[...] Click here to continue reading

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 pick up the money lying in the corner.

One of the benefits of traveling the world so extensively is[...] Click here to continue reading

The easiest place in the world to start a business

February 6, 2013
Santiago, Chile

Chile is about to become the easiest place in the world to form a company and start a business.

According to a new law that was recently passed, the Chilean government is slashing the bureaucracy associated with forming a company here to the absolute minimum.

Currently, it takes a few weeks to form a company in Chile at a cost of about $600, if you do[...] Click here to continue reading

Can you imagine—a place with ZERO property tax?

Chile Farmland
January 30, 2013
Central Chilean Coast

[Editor's note: Sovereign Man contributor Darren Kaiser of is filling in today while Simon is en route to Peru.]

n. pl. ·ties

1. The quality of having independent authority over a certain geographic area.
2. A territory existing as an independent state.

Human beings have always striven to achieve sovereignty. It's in our nature.

Like animals in the wild, we humans began our[...] Click here to continue reading

Phil Mickelson and Glenn Beck get it


January 22, 2013
Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile

The world learned on Sunday that PGA all-star Phil Mickelson is considering 'drastic personal changes' thanks to the pitiful direction of America's tax policy. According to Mickelson:

"If you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and state, my tax rate is 62, 63 percent. So I've got to make some decisions on what to do."


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This is someone you should know

Location: Santiago, Chile

Nearly three years ago, I wrote that Chile was 'the new America'-- free, civilized, open, and full of opportunity.

After traveling and putting boots on the ground in over 100 countries, and having spent several years visiting Chile and watching it grow, I was convinced that the label was appropriate.

It still is.

The business and investment deals here are astounding... one of the many reasons I take[...] Click here to continue reading

I can’t think of a better investment than this

December 7, 2012
7th Region, Chile

It seems these days I spend at least 50% of my time looking at farms for sale in Chile. And with good reason.

I've written before at length why agriculture seems like the no-brainer investment of the decade: given the fundamentals of supply and demand, the absolute best-case scenario is rising food prices. The worst-case scenario is shortages.

Owning farmland is comparable to owning[...] Click here to continue reading

The US and UK are losing brilliant people to this country…

December 3, 2012
Santiago, Chile

Chile is a great place to be an entrepreneur and start a business.

Perhaps the biggest reason is that it's overly abundant with compelling, lucrative opportunities. I would group these into three main categories:
1) Products and services targeting the domestic market.
Chile already has the most robust middle class in Latin America, and the aggregate wealth here is rising. You can see signs of buzzing commerce everywhere[...] Click here to continue reading

The best place in the world to be born…

November 28, 2012
Santiago, Chile

We don't have control over the circumstances of our births. And let's face it, some people hit the lottery right out of the gate, born into loving families, big inheritances, or well-developed countries full of opportunity.

When I was a kid, the United States was one of those places. Children were lucky to have been born in America back then. Our realities were defined by freedom, prosperity, and[...] Click here to continue reading

Does renoucing US citizenship get me out of my tax obligations?

February 24, 2012
Santiago, Chile

I want to start off today's letter by thanking the 120+ folks who've made the journey down to Chile over the past two weekends to break bread on the farm. Last weekend's event was a real delight, and I'm looking forward to tonight's festivities with the new group.

It's a pleasure to spend time around people with a similar world view, and it was amazing to see dozens[...] Click here to continue reading

In case you’re wondering why I spend so much time down here…

February 14, 2012
Talca, Chile

One of the local papers here in Chile ran an interesting story a few days ago about the number of young Spanish immigrants coming to Chile in search of work.

Fed up with the ridiculously high unemployment rate in Spain, and tired of being shut out of every single opportunity imaginable, a handful of intrepid young souls is starting to look for greener pastures abroad. And increasingly, that[...] Click here to continue reading

The great value of real estate in Santiago, Chile

May 31, 2011
Santiago, Chile

As I told Sovereign Man: Confidential subscribers on our monthly teleconference yesterday afternoon, I've been focused over the last several months on sniffing out the best deals in Chilean farmland for our planned resilient community. We're definitely close.

My base in Chile is here in beautiful Santiago, however, and I wanted to take some time today and tell you about the real estate market in the city.

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Your questions and important updates

June 11, 2010
Santiago, Chile

As I mentioned in yesterday's subscribers-only letter, I've been to Chile numerous times, and I like it more each time I'm here. For this trip, which is unfortunately short, I wanted to survey the countryside to see the extent of the earthquake damage.

It's easy to have already forgotten February's 8.8 earthquake in Chile, roughly 500x stronger than Haiti's.  That's because there was scant media coverage, limited outpouring[...] Click here to continue reading

What emerging markets have in common with puberty

April 8, 2010
Panama City, Panama

Do you remember that really awkward phase we all went through as adolescents?

Growth spurts, voice changes, menstruation, and yes, pimples-- in the end, while we all came out of it more mature and grown up, there was a difficult and sometimes painful transition period in which we had to learn how to deal with new realities.

Developing countries go through the same sort of transition,[...] Click here to continue reading

The strongest Latin economies for buying property

March 31, 2010
Panama City, Panama

It appears that not all is amiss with sovereign debt: Panama may be one of the only bright spots, at least in the western hemisphere... the country recently had its debt rating upgraded by Fitch to 'investment grade' with a positive outlook.

Now, I have been quite vocal about my disdain for the ratings agencies... these organizations completely missed the boat before the financial crisis, slapping AAA[...] Click here to continue reading

The best second passports if you’re interested in Asia

March 25, 2010
Tokyo, Japan

About 20-years ago, many of the world's sovereign nations started down an interesting path.  Region by region, governments formed supranational free trade blocs in order to facilitate economic growth.

Supranational organizations were nothing new... from the failed League of Nations after the Great War to the UN and NATO, large multi-country blocs had been formed in the past, but usually for political purposes or military alliances.

Conceived[...] Click here to continue reading

Which countries will compete for you

March 24, 2010
Hong Kong, SAR

One of the worst things that can happen to a country is to experience a brain-drain.  The loss of productive people who create new technologies and companies means the loss of the jobs and wealth that they create.

The long-term aggregate effects of this can be truly devastating, and history provides no shortage of examples.

By nature, though, people are generally creatures of habit-- inert beings.[...] Click here to continue reading

What a river of blood says about safety

March 18, 2010
Pattaya, Thailand

Something interest happened this week in Thailand that I think says a lot about the country and its people.

For the last several months... well, years, actually... a large group of organized protesters has stepped up its calls for the current government of Thailand to step down. The group is known as the "Red Shirts" for the uniform they wear, and their top priority is to have open[...] Click here to continue reading

My top picks for Asia and Latin America


I'm sitting in a comfortable, overstuffed leather chair this morning typing away at this letter while a team of local women give me a traditional Thai foot massage.  30 minutes in the chair will set me back about $4, and I can't think of a better way to part with my money.

It is with great hesitation that I'm even sitting in this chair-- not because I don't like massage, but because[...] Click here to continue reading