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Get Over It – You Have Zero Online Privacy

Privacy advocates were aghast when President Trump signed a bill on April 3 that overturned restrictions on data sharing by internet service providers (ISPs).

Stupid Asset Protection Tricks

I almost feel sorry for Navinder Singh Sarao. If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll probably remember what he did.

Puerto Rico: Still a Mess?

I might be the only writer on the offshore beat who isn’t in love with Puerto Rico’s tax incentives. Recently, a colleague of mine whom I greatly respect published an entire issue of his newsletter about Puerto Rico.

Time to Get Defensive

I will be the first to admit it: I’m a lousy investor. My first forays into the investment markets came in the early 1980s, when I saved up enough money to buy some stocks.

Why Banks No Longer Want Your Money

When I was nine years old, I opened my first savings account at a small bank in West Virginia.

Could Trump Bring Back the Gold Standard?

Imagine a world in which the president of the United States decides that the government will set wages and prices.

Switzerland: “Tschuess” to Bank Secrecy

In 1713, the City Council of Geneva ratified the world’s first bank secrecy law. The ordinance prohibited bankers from divulging any information about their clients’ transactions, except by agreement with the cantonal council.

Welcome to the USA! Now, Give Us All Your Data

Over the last decade, tens of thousands of visitors to the US – plus US citizens and residents returning home – have been subjected to warrantless border searches of their electronic devices.

Record Numbers of Americans Say Goodbye to Uncle Sam (and the Taxman)

2016 was another record-breaking year for the number of US citizens and its long-term residents expatriating, giving up their US citizenship and passport or green card.

Green Energy: The Ultimate Oppositional Investment

In the darkest days of the Great Depression, a man named John Templeton convinced a bank to lend him $10,000. He took that money and did the unthinkable…

Happy Valentine’s Day… You’re Busted!

How’s this for a nightmare scenario? And while it didn’t actually occur on Valentine’s Day – it could have. One morning, you switch on your personal computer.

This Industry Is Growing Three Times Faster than the S&P 500

There’s a theory in the tech world called “Moore’s Law,” named after Intel’s cofounder, Gordon Moore. The hypothesis is this:
The number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits doubles every two years.

Sense and Nonsense About Citizenship by Investment

Through an accident of birth, I and over 280 million other people are native-born US citizens. Unless we owe the IRS more than $50,000, or are otherwise ineligible, this status entitles us to carry a US passport.

Trump Has Inherited a Terrifying Problem

Every president inherits something difficult. Some problems are simply out of the incoming president’s hands. Obama inherited a financial crisis.

Are You Ready for the End of Cash?

Cash has never been a popular asset with the totalitarian set. It’s difficult if not impossible to trace. Cash makes it possible to do business “off the books.”

These Metals Are Outperforming Gold

Supply and demand: it’s Economics 101. Nowhere is it more obvious right now than in the industrial metals sector. When demand for copper is high, the price goes up.

Boots on the Ground in “Queen of the Caribbees,” Home of the Best LLC Laws

As the ferry from St. Kitts to Nevis pulls into Charlestown Harbor, you see a sign welcoming you to the “Queen of the Caribbees.”

What a Big Bubble on Main Street Means to You

Across America, malls have been left vacant. Once-thriving shopping centers are now empty. Abandoned. Established mainstay stores like Macy’s, Sears, and Kohl’s are struggling.

The Trouble with Living Abroad

Last week, I was in Florida attending a conference for tax professionals sponsored by the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning.

Why Is No One Scared About This?

Love him or hate him, Warren Buffett has long been a guiding light for investors. Among his many insightful quotes, one that sticks is:

Be fearful when others are greedy.

Getting Rid of Social Networking Surveillance

As a baby boomer, I didn’t grow up with Facebook and other social networking sites. While I do use them – mainly to keep up with younger members of my family – I’m keenly aware of their potential to invade privacy.

Even the Pros Can’t Beat the Market… But Don’t Fire Your Broker Just Yet

At the end of 2015, a story about Donald Trump circulated widely. According to reports, if he had parked his wealth in an index fund 30 years ago, he’d be more than twice as rich as he is now.

Will Trump Really “Preserve and Protect” the Constitution?

It’s a new year. In less than three weeks, America’s 45th president – Donald John Trump – will solemnly swear to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

They’re Making This Same Dumb Mistake Again…

You’d think Wall Street would have learned its lesson… But nearly a decade after the last financial crash of 2007–2008, the hunger for risky mortgages is back.

Are Hackers Planning to Bleed Your Bank Account?

While it wasn’t widely publicized on this side of the pond, a hacker breach last month into Britain’s Tesco Bank sent shockwaves throughout Europe, with the thieves managing to steal £2.5 million pounds (US$3.1 million).

If Europe Goes Down, We Go with It

The euro is a disaster. At least that’s the story according to Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel prize-winning economist. Looking at Europe, it’s not difficult to see what he means.

Does the President Have Too Much Power?

Stroke of the pen. Law of the Land. Kind of cool. Paul Begala, advisor to President Bill Clinton (1998)
One of the oldest traditions in the American republic is “government by emergency.”

Could This Asset Soften the Next Financial Crisis?

Most people remember the horror of 2008 like it was yesterday. They recall watching helplessly as their pension funds were crushed in the financial crisis.

Carrying Cash? Be Ready to Lose It

Don’t trust banks to protect the money you’ve deposited? You’re hardly alone.

Time to Invest in “The Blessed Herb”?

Full disclosure: This is a controversial topic. Investing in a Schedule I narcotic isn’t everyone’s idea of a risk-free strategy.

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