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Your Home Is Spying on You, Too

The “internet of things” (IoT) is a system of web-connected devices or objects (including tracked animals and people) that can transfer data without any interaction between humans and computers.

Your New Year’s Resolution: Go Offshore

The world is smaller than ever. After just a seven-hour flight from the US East Coast, you could be in Austria, checking your gold into one of the safest, most private vaults in Europe.

The End of the United Kingdom Is Nothing to Fear

“The empire on which the sun never sets.” That phrase was first attributed to a priest named Fray Francisco de Ugalde, uttered to King Charles I of Spain during the 16th century.

Could Uncle Sam Strip You of Your Citizenship?

Last week, I described how federal authorities arrested Virgil Griffith for the crime of making a presentation on cryptocurrencies and blockchains using information anyone can download from the internet.

Uncle Sam’s Latest Martyr Should Have Gotten a Second Passport

Hacker and all-around eccentric Virgil Griffith is the latest victim in America’s unceasing battle to punish political crimes.

How the Nanny State Feasts on the Poor

Should you have to pay thousands of dollars before you can legally work? Or be imprisoned because you don’t have the money to pay a fine?

Do You Need an Asset Protection Trust?

We’ve all heard about the lady who spilled hot coffee on herself and won a big judgment against McDonald’s. Or burglars suing their homeowner victims for injuries sustained while committing their crimes.

Negative Interest Rates and You

At the end of this past August, an astonishing $17 trillion in global debt had negative yields. About 30% of investment-grade bonds had yields below zero.

Trump’s Tax Returns and Your Privacy

In the next few days, President Trump will ask the Supreme Court to declare that he has an absolute right to withhold his tax returns from examination.

Working Doesn’t Need to Be the New Retirement

If you’re depending on social security or a traditional pension plan to pay for your retirement, chances are you’ll need to work until you die.

“We Can Confiscate Your Bugatti for Driving 5 MPH Over the Speed Limit”

Last February, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Eighth Amendment prohibition against “excessive fines and fees” applies to civil forfeiture cases...

Deeper “Deep Fakes” Are Here

Did you know Hollywood star Nicholas Cage played Lois Lane in a Superman movie? Or that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg once boasted that the social media giant has “total control of billions of people’s stolen data?”

Offshore: More Important Than Ever

Given shifting attitudes, it’s harder to publicly argue in favor of offshore investing than it once was.

How to Stop Paying Income Tax Permanently

Many Americans believe that the federal income tax as it’s now imposed is likely unconstitutional.

Congress and the IRS Declare War on Overseas Americans

A fundamental injustice of US tax law is that it discriminates against the approximately nine million Americans who live in other countries.

What Russia and China Know That We’ve Forgotten

Starting in the fall of 2003, I spent nearly two years living in Vienna, Austria. I was there to earn a master’s degree (LL.M.) in international tax law from the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law.

Why Government Will Never Take Down Cryptos

The Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) is perhaps the most important organization you’ve never heard of. The G-7, which is essentially a club for the world's wealthiest nations, set up the FATF in 1989.

What We’ve Lost in the “War on Terror”

Tomorrow is the 18th anniversary of four coordinated attacks in the US by Al Qaeda operatives that killed nearly 3,000 people.

How the Next Global Financial Collapse Will Unfold

Italy is an amazing country with a long history, outstanding food, great wines, and unsurpassed culture. But it’s facing an economic and political crisis that will lead to a global financial collapse.

As Trump Closes America’s Doors, the Rest of the World is Making New Friends

President Trump says that “trade wars are good and easy to win.”   Unfortunately for the US, that’s simply not true.

Nine Reasons Why All Anti-Money Laundering Laws Should Be Repealed

It began in 1986. Congress was panicking because it felt America was losing the War on (Some) Drugs. So, it enacted the Money Laundering Control Act (MLCA).

The “R” Word Is Rearing Its Ugly Head

It’s here, or at least nearly here. “It,” in this case, is another recession. We can debate the causes – an escalating trade war between the US and China, too much dodgy debt, the end of the longest bull market in history, or perhaps all three.

Will Congress Make You Pay for a Multi-Trillion Dollar Bailout?

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.

What Millennials (Especially) Should Avoid to Achieve Financial Independence

In 1984, Paul and Vicki Terhorst decided to retire at the ripe old age of 33.

How Uncle Sam Can Tax the Queen of England’s Great-Grandson

Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, at a London hospital. There was nothing especially remarkable about Archie’s birth.

Why Women and Minorities (Especially) Need a Second Citizenship

The concept of citizenship has a long history. But until recently, it belonged only to men. In the US, it belonged only to white men.

A “Global Asset Registry” Would End Financial Privacy

The tax-and-spenders of the world are desperate to find new ways to pay for the crumbling welfare states of western democracies. And they’re targeting the “rich” to do it.

Who Owns Your Health Data? (Hint: It’s Not You)

My father practiced medicine for 45 years, from 1941 when he graduated from medical school until his retirement in 1986.

Banks Will Soon Be Obsolete

Last week, social networking giant Facebook announced that it plans to create what it calls an “alternative financial system” based on a cryptocurrency called the Libra.

The Real Reason Why Uncle Sam Wants to Imprison Julian Assange

Like Eugene Debs, Assange has long been a thorn in the side of the rich and powerful. When Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, he declared ...

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