The American Berlin Wall in Cuba

Due to the US embargo, most of what Americans know about Cuba comes from their mainstream national media - not exactly the most impartial source. Yet there is much to learn, and in today's feature, Jeff Thomas attempts to enlighten us.

Who is Ann Barnhardt?

The criminal finance system that is in place around the world has just lost another participant and, if enough bricks are removed, the wall may come down completely and we will all be able to see the true nature of the beast within. Ann Barnhardt of Barnhardt Capital Management, wrote the following points as part of an open letter to friends, clients and industry colleagues when she closed operations at her firm on November 17, primarily due to realizations made as a result of the MF Global collapse.

Create a “Live Anywhere” Lifestyle Business - Part 2

As an important part of the Internationalization - income diversification in this manner is something almost anyone can do.

Is Uncle Sam Reading Your Email?

Those who are regular readers of International Man are familiar with the ever-increasing intrusions by the State into all aspects of life, including digital life. What some people may not be aware of, however, is that many governmental intrusions into the digital realm are not new but are innovative applications of pre-existing laws. Corporations such as Apple, Google, etc. are constantly creating new devices and software that improve our lives and ability to communicate. One drawback of such innovations is that governments are applying archaic communications laws designed for a previous technological era to spy on the activities of citizens today.

“What are the best structures outside of IRAs to defer tax at the lowest rates?”

Question from a US-based IM Member: "What are the best structures outside of IRAs to defer tax at the lowest rates?"

Will America Bounce Back?

It seems obvious that the world economy is heading for a crash. But what will become of America after the crash? Will the same pioneering spirit that founded the nation return to reconstruct it? Will America bounce back? IM correspondent Jeff Thomas thinks not.

Can a Military Man become an International Man?

Chris Hess has experienced a life not too many of us can imagine... as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force. Traveling around the world working for Uncle Sam. But he has also been someone who has taken the message of internationalization to heart.

Create a “Live Anywhere” Lifestyle Business

Part of IM's Internationalization Triangle is to diversify one's source of income. And one of the best ways of doing that is by creating a business that can be run anywhere in the world with just a laptop and an internet connection.

Do this before you move your money overseas

Over the past two weeks, we've been speaking with Frank Suess, CEO of the Swiss-based wealth planning and management firm, BFI Capital, as well as the leader of the increasingly popular gold storage program Global Gold. Let's continue...

Arrested Development

It's time the average person on the street faces facts: bailouts, subsidies and handouts cannot continue indefinitely. Yet, for some reason, they expect it to not only continue, but for governments to increase the amounts given out. Pretty much all of our members already realize this, and have taken or are taking steps to prepare for economic problems ahead. Of course, it won't just be a problem of economics. Today, Jeff Thomas looks at another aspect of the upcoming crisis: social upheaval.

Why Switzerland?

Today, we're going to continue the interview we started last week with Frank Suess, CEO of BFI Capital, Swiss-based wealth planning and management service, as well as the leader of the increasingly popular gold storage program Global Gold. In this interview, exclusive to International Man, Frank will share details of the company's services including Global Gold, as well as a wealth of knowledge over decades of experience in the industry. Let's continue...

Third Culture Kids

Raising children in a stable environment is tough at the best of times. Raising them in an unfamiliar foreign culture can be particularly challenging. That said, most children tend to acclimate much more quickly than us adults to new situations. However, not everything will run smoothly. Being born into one culture and raised in a second often results in children who incorporate bits of both into their identity, creating a "Third Culture Kid".

Rewriting History - It’s Nothing New

I have always found American history interesting, perhaps more colourful than British History. The heroes were always more heroic; the causes more clear. This was particularly true with regard to the period during which the American colonists broke free from Britain. To this day, I consider them thoroughly justified, as they had become a highly productive people who were regarded simply as a cash cow for the Crown.

A Glimpse at Thai Culture

One of the more popular expat spots on the planet is Thailand, even with the dramatic cultural differences between the Thai people and Farang (the Thai term for Westerners). However, one fellow very knowledgeable about the differences is Bill Drake, a former member of the Peace Corps who spent much of his professional life traveling and training Western personnel for big corporations on how to manage living and doing business in foreign lands.

Can You Afford To Eat?

It's an odd question and for most of our readers, it's irrelevant. In fact, the opposite is probably true - we have too much to eat and, at least for those in the developed nations, that's causing an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer. But what if it were different? Most people don't like to think about it, but what would happen if there was a wholesale interruption in the food distribution system in major cities like New York, Los Angeles or London? What would happen when people realize they can't feed their families - if even for a few weeks? Riots? Revolution? Sadly, the relative fragility of the system could eventually lead to such a situation. Jeff Thomas explains.

What Will Trigger the Crash?

We hear from those in the know that the economic crisis that began in 2008 is nowhere near finished. In fact, we're barely even started. The current financial system is collapsing and the crisis is not going to end until the decades-old distortions created by government manipulation of the money supply are wound down.

Dancing the Immigration Tango in Uruguay

As we've mentioned before, internationalization can be thought of as a buffet where you take what you want and leave what you don't. Some people want to simply diversify their assets across jurisdictions, while others want to internationalize their income streams. Still others go the whole hog and internationalize themselves personally as well.

Making Sense Out of the Great Unraveling

IM Correspondent Jeff Thomas takes us through some common sense strategies you can use to avoid what he calls, "The Great Unraveling", a coming period of volatility that will end with the collapse of much of the First World economies...

How to Internationally Diversify Your Business

Last week, we introduced you to Ed Marsh, an US-based business diversification expert. I was impressed with his knowledge of the topic and have asked him to share some more of his insights with our readership. As we've talked about before, income is one of the three elements of The IM Triangle, a model we developed that, when put into action, can bring you all the benefits internationalization has to offer.

The Cop-Turned-Copywriter and International Entrepreneur

Exclusive interview with Dan Gallapoo aka "Doberman Dan", a serial entrepreneur and professional copywriter who specializes in building online businesses that can operate anywhere in the world without his direct daily involvement.

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