A democracy seems a fair way for a group to come to a decision, but can there be times when the majority-rule is less than fair? Jeff Thomas offers his thought-provoking take on the subject...
Singapore is widely considered a desirable expatriate location, but why? As the discussions on the IM Forum clearly show, there is great diversity among individuals regarding where they want to live and why. We can research the facts and figures of any given location to learn about its tangible features. But what about the intangibles - our awareness of a place and how it makes us feel? To research the intangibles, we rely on personal opinions and today we share those of Marwood Dent, a first-time contributor and resident of Singapore.
In today's ever-more "connected" and online world, people have flocked to "free" services such as Facebook, Twitter and the like. But at what cost? Kyle Gonzales explores the issue and reveals some startling facts about what really happens to your online data...
Last week, we met Barbara Diggs, an American freelance writer now living in Paris. We continue our interview today and get Barbara's thoughts about the expat community in Paris, the French school system, as well as the (important) cultural differences in the country...
The US Constitution is widely touted as one of the, if not the, greatest primary governing document the world has ever known. Enforcement of the Constitution's ideals has fallen under hard times lately, but some want to refocus on them again. In this article, the always insightful Jeff Thomas reviews the background of the creation of the US Constitution and of those who were its authors.
If you're new to International Man, then allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Mark Svoboda, a Russian-born expat currently living in the US but planning to leave for a new destination sometime in 2012. As he travels the globe looking for his own Shangri-la, he takes us along - allowing us to share in his discoveries and informal opportunity spotting.
This is an enormous topic, and one with many angles and perspectives. I typically work with existing US-based companies that want to internationalize their business. For these companies, there is always a potential "con" in the commitment of resources against an anticipated return. The "pros", however, are numerous.
Question from an IM Member: "I know a few places that I would be happy living, but I want my company to be located in at least two different countries in order to diversify myself even more. What do you recommend?"
Question from an IM Member: "Will I be able to have the (foreign) company in my name or will there have to be other arrangements?"
Question from an IM Member: "What are the limitations of owning a company abroad (can it be a real estate investing or stock holding company)?"
Many people dream of moving abroad, but one question that often paralyses people from taking action is, "what will I do for money?" Today we share the story of Barbara Diggs, an American woman who has figured out how to survive overseas by using nothing more than her brain and a laptop... becoming a freelance writer.
It wouldn't be a stretch to say that privacy, at least in much of the Western world, is pretty much dead. Every day seems to bring a new assault on this most basic of human rights - whether it be to do business and hold bank accounts in another country without government influence, to travel from one place to another without in-depth tracking or simply to surf the Internet without government, business, and/or criminals keeping tabs on everything we do.
With so many economic problems in the world, why is so much attention being paid to the Greek woes? Is there more to the Greek debt problem than is apparent on the surface? Jeff Thomas considers various possibilities and why we should pay attention.
Last week we featured part 1 of native-Russian Mark Svoboda's recent trip to Tanzania as he looks around for his next Shangri-la. We discovered that, in addition to its friendly people and their celebrity-like acceptance of foreigners, the Sub-Saharan African country seems poised for a big economic boom. Today Mark continues with his "on the ground" notes as he touches down in Kilimanjaro...
Relocating to a foreign country may entail myriad challenges. Sometimes, one of the biggest barriers is language. Because many people around the world speak English (and business is often conducted in English), learning to speak a foreign language may seem unnecessary or irrelevant. Any excuse to avoid the struggle of memorizing irregular verbs will do. If, however, you want to be a participant and not just an observer of life in your new home and if it is important to you to feel at ease among the citizens of your adopted country, then it is essential that you be able to communicate with them in their language.
Over the past two weeks, we've been talking shop with Ryan Losi, a Virginia based US CPA who specializes in international tax planning. In today's conclusion, we talk about some of the most common mistakes Americans make when heading overseas, as well some thoughts on where the increased regulation and enforcement might ultimately take us.
There are many things to consider when one decides to internationalize. There will be some give-and-take, and we probably won't find everything that we want in any one location. However, with some forethought and imagination, we can find a place that will suit us fairly well. Jeff Thomas discusses a few of these considerations and how to avoid being disappointed.
Over the past few months we've followed the journey of Mark Svoboda, a Russian-turned US expat, as he travels the world to find his own Shangri-la. Today Mark tells us about his recent trip to the African nation of Tanzania.
Last week, we started a conversation with Ryan Losi, a Virginia-based tax accountant who specializes in helping American expats manage their financial and reporting requirements back home. Today, we pick up the conversation with some insights into different income tax deferral programs available to Americans living overseas...
While using gold as collateral for a loan might be uncommon, it is certainly not impossible... especially when it comes from governments who basically consider the yellow metal a relic of more barbaric times. Well, in the strange world we live in, this might not be so far off the mark, as Jeff Thomas explains.
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