On May 29, 2015, a 31-year-old man stood before a federal judge in New York after being convicted of narcotics distribution, money laundering, computer hacking, and conspiracy. His sentence: two consecutive life sentences plus 40 years and a fine of nearly $200 million.
It was July 2008, and I waited in line in the blistering Phoenix summer heat to fill up my Honda Accord at the gas station. For the first time ever, it cost more than $60 to fill up my 15-gallon tank.
I was starting to feel sorry for the 800,000 federal employees who hadn’t received paychecks for more than a month.
The state of online security is so dismal that it’s not a matter of if your identity will be stolen. The only uncertainty is when it will happen – and how often.
On February 14, 2018, a young man walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and opened fire on students and faculty with a semi-automatic rifle. By the time he finished, 17 students were dead.
Jessups, Nevis: I’m writing these words as I listen to the gentle lilt of the tree frogs outside my villa 1,000 feet up the slopes of Mount Nevis.
Call me crass, but I wasn’t shocked to learn last week that Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) had agreed to pay a $575 million fine to settle claims by all 50 states related to bogus account openings....
It was 2003 and I was in Vienna, Austria I studying for my LL.M. degree in international tax law. I was listening to a lecture and my professor quoted Jean-Baptiste Colbert, a French economist who served as the finance minister for French King Louis XIV.
As the world celebrates Christmas, stock markets are cratering around the world, with the US leading the way. Since October, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) peaked at 26,951.81...
The advantages of a second citizenship and passport all boil down to one principle: freedom. Your passport is the property of the government that issued it.
It’s that time of year again. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, or nothing at all, chances are you’re still looking for gift ideas for your loved ones.
Like so many other measures that well-intentioned people advocate, tariffs on imports are deceptively attractive.
Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of Long Island City. It’s in the westernmost portion of Queens, one of New York City’s five boroughs.
To understand the scope of the US government spying on its own citizens, not to mention the rest of the world, you need a long attention span.
Do you want to become a P.T. (a "previous taxpayer," "perpetual tourist," etc.)? I did when I first read W.G. Hill's now-classic book, P.T: A Coherent for a Stress-free, Healthy and Prosperous Life Without Government Interference, Taxes or Coercion.
A few months ago, the Verge leaked a training video from Google. The video, obviously not intended for public distribution, described the data produced by a girl on her cell phone – all snatched up by Google without her awareness.
Seven months ago, FBI agents raided the office and temporary residence of Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer.
Earlier this month, a dispatch from the Reuters news agency announced that Switzerland had officially ended bank secrecy.
One of the key points of asset protection planning is to have multiple lines of defense in place.
We’ve all experienced the realization that the security proceedings we’re humiliated by at the airport are useless.
Identity theft is likely as old as humanity itself, but the first historical mention of it is recorded in the biblical book of Genesis, chapter 27.
It was the summer of 1965, and I was recuperating from a broken arm in the home where I grew up in West Virginia. I couldn’t swim or play baseball with my friends since I had a cast on my arm, and I was bored silly.
Last December, the Federal Communications Commission overturned Obama-era rules protecting so-called net neutrality. And it did so despite receiving millions of comments protesting the new policy.
Yes it is. If you want a guarantee that no smart device is monitoring what you do, throw away all of your smart devices.
In my consulting practice, clients often ask me the best ways to “internationalize” themselves.
I’m known as someone who erects barriers to help clients protect their assets from frivolous litigation. And there’s plenty of that in the US.
Most Americans don’t save nearly enough money to retire comfortably. And it’s no wonder. It’s not easy setting aside money for the future, especially if you’re living on a shoestring.
John Oliver is hardly a libertarian, but his Last Week Tonight show on HBO regularly highlights how US citizens are royally screwed by Uncle Sam and his minions.
Everyone has the right to try to avoid taxes. But when does completely legal tax avoidance become illegal tax evasion?
I have a confession. I’m not an investment advisor. That’s a deliberate choice. Many years ago – October 19, 1987, to be exact – I watched global stock markets fall more than 20% in one day.