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The World’s Strongest Asset Protection Laws (and Second Passports, Too)

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.

What Does a Bank Have to Do to Be Shut Down?

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....

Yes, Tax Increases Hurt the Economy

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.

The Poison at the Heart of the Global Financial System

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...

Citizenship by Investment: More Choices than Ever

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.

Tax-Savvy Gifts for the Holidays

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.  

Let the Bailouts Begin

Like so many other measures that well-intentioned people advocate, tariffs on imports are deceptively attractive.

Tax Reform, Amazon, and You

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.

The World’s Most Exclusive “Spy Club”

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.

“Living Nowhere” Is Harder than Ever

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.

It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Google

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.

How to Use (and Keep) Attorney-Client Privilege

Seven months ago, FBI agents raided the office and temporary residence of Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer.

The Death of Swiss Bank Secrecy Is Greatly Exaggerated

Earlier this month, a dispatch from the Reuters news agency announced that Switzerland had officially ended bank secrecy.

How to Make Your PC Virtually Hacker-Proof

One of the key points of asset protection planning is to have multiple lines of defense in place.

Do We Really Want Bulletproof Security?

We’ve all experienced the realization that the security proceedings we’re humiliated by at the airport are useless.

Put a Security Freeze on Your Credit Files

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.

Up in Smoke: How Marijuana Will Change Our Economy

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.

The End of Net Neutrality Is Nothing Compared to This

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.

Is Your Smartphone Eavesdropping on You?

Yes it is. If you want a guarantee that no smart device is monitoring what you do, throw away all of your smart devices.

Why You Need a Second Residency (and How to Get One)

In my consulting practice, clients often ask me the best ways to “internationalize” themselves.

In Praise of Lawsuits

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.

You Need to Have This Conversation with Your Kids (and Grandkids)

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.

Protect Yourself from America’s Corrupt Guardianship System

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.

Does Your Tax Avoidance Plan Pass the “Common Sense” Test?

Everyone has the right to try to avoid taxes. But when does completely legal tax avoidance become illegal tax evasion?

How to Get Started with Investing

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.

Six Strategies to Avoid Frivolous Lawsuits

Some people collect stamps, coins, or antique furniture. I collect stories of frivolous lawsuits.

Hacker World: It’s Only Getting Worse

It’s your worst nightmare: You just bought your dream home and sent the escrow agent a wire transfer for $140,000 to make the down payment.

Why (and How) You Should Run a Business When You Retire

The concept of retirement is relatively new. In your great-grandparents time, only those who had accumulated great wealth could afford to stop working as they aged.

Your “Expectation of Privacy” Just Grew

If you’re an American, you have no constitutional right to privacy. And in the internet age, our need for privacy has waned. We routinely release information once considered intensely personal for public consumption.

Feds Go on Rampage with Border Searches of Electronic Devices

Privacy is one of the few topics that Democrats and Republicans largely agree on. Their conclusion is that you shouldn’t have any.

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