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A World Without Nation-States

Millions of Americans in Texas, Florida, and other states affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have had their lives upended by these storms. We extend our thoughts and concerns to all of them.

Are You Ready for Your Implantable Microchip?

If you're familiar with the Star Trek spin-off television series, The Next Generation, starring Patrick Stewart, you know about the Borg. 

Your Government Shutdown Survival Guide

On or around October 2, the US federal government will shut down – again. The actual date could be a bit earlier or later, depending on how the government’s cash flows.

This Asset Protection Technique is Gaining New Respectability

It seems like an eternity ago, but I remember the day I first learned about something called an asset protection trust.

Over Half of IRA Investors May be Making this Catastrophic Mistake

An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a fantastic tool to sock away money for retirement. Contributions are tax-deductible, and the growth of the assets...

Goodbye – and Good Riddance – to Net Neutrality

Over the last few weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received millions of comments protesting the agency’s proposal to reverse Obama-era rules protecting so-called net neutrality.

Will the Deep State Save Us from Dictatorship?

President Trump and some of his aides are convinced that they are the victims of a conspiracy, an effort by what they call the Deep State to discredit his presidency.

Civil Forfeiture on Steroids: Senate Bill Would Confiscate Everything You Own

In late May, Senators Charles Grassley, Dianne Feinstein, and Sheldon Whitehouse introduced the Combating Money Laundering...

Why I Don’t Feel Sorry for the IRS

Maybe I’m crazy, but I actually sympathize with employees of the IRS. They work for an agency that’s lost 14% of its employees and 18% of its funding since 2010.

The Drones Are Coming!

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my PC at home when something outside caught my eye. I looked out the window, and hovering above the palo verde tree in my front yard was a drone.

Why Your US Passport Could Become Less Valuable

In May, the Department of State received approval for an emergency procedure for more thorough review of certain US visa applications.

No More Frivolous Lawsuits?

I just finished a series of meetings with a client, a lawyer who no longer practices law but has shrewdly invested in a series of startups. He’s amassed a multi-million dollar fortune – and a collection of frivolous lawsuits.

“Our Man in Panama” is Dead

Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama, died May 29 at age 83. Americans under the age of 40 have little memory of Noriega because he spent the last 27 years of his life in prison.

The Bitcoin Phenomenon (and How to Profit from It)

I’ve never been an early adopter of new technologies. While cell phones started to become popular in the 1980s, I didn’t buy my first one until a decade later.

US Once Again Proves It’s Best Place to Launder Money

Last week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed to settle a long-standing money laundering investigation against Citigroup, one of the largest banks in the US, without bringing criminal charges.

How Stable Are Your Social Security and Pension Benefits?

Pensions are a relatively new phenomenon. The first pensions date back to the 17th century, but the first modern pension scheme didn’t come into effect until 1889...

Don’t Get Caught in the Liquidity Trap

When I was 11 years old, my parents took me to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Once we were there, I walked toward the edge of the canyon, approaching a 4,000-foot drop-off.

Don’t Be Taken by One of the World’s Oldest Scams

My client was frantic. She had to make an urgent international wire transfer. The deadline was approaching, but something didn’t smell right.

Lies, More Lies, and the IRS “Dirty Dozen”

About a decade ago, the IRS started communicating with taxpayers by email. While the IRS never contacts taxpayers by email about their personal tax situation, they offer a variety of IRS e-news subscriptions.

Here’s What Can Happen When You Become an “Enemy of the State”

One of the realities of modern life is that government control over its citizens has become pervasive. Nowhere is that more true than in our right to travel internationally.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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