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Expat Expense: Brace Yourselves

September 1, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher Immigration is still quite the hot topic in the United States, but so is EMIGRATION. Bobby did a piece on this not that long ago, discussing the economic impacts of both. Ultimately, the preponderance of evidence supports two facts: 1.  Immigrants (legal or otherwise) provide MORE benefits than they take to the US economy. In the wake of the economic circumstances affecting the entire world, the US has seen an increase in applications and illegal immigration. 2.  Emigration is also on t … [Read More...]

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Spain Raids Social Security Fund. Is Portugal Next?

August 29,2014 By: Gordon Haave, Managing Director at Agora Trust, Ltd. In my article last week, “Cypriot-Style Bail-in: Be Ready”, I discussed last year’s confiscation of a portion of depositors’ accounts in Cyprus. It hasn’t gotten that bad yet in Spain, but Using Google Translate on the Spanish website El Economista we learn that: “The Government of Mariano Rajoy has released EUR 24,651,000 Reserve Fund Social Security, in less than two years. Such an amount represents nearly 37% of the total EUR 66,815,000 mechanism that had accu … [Read More...]

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The American Stigma

August 25, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher These are some sad times… some sad and divided times. People are turning on one another over everything from race and religion to socio-economic status. Governments are waging wars against not just foreign governments, but their own citizens resulting in standoffs in suburban streets! And businesses are turning on their own customers. Google is sharing and censoring information and banks are one by one agreeing to comply with the new FATCA law to sell out their account holders. It’s getting h … [Read More...]

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Cypriot-Style Bail-In: Be Ready!

August 22, 2014 By: Gordon Haave, Managing Director of Agora Trust LLC Cyprus recently completed a bank bail-in for its troubled financial system. The terms are as follows: The German government is contributing 13 billion euros to help bail out Cyprus bankers and their Russian clients. What did Cyprus kick in? As part of the program, Cyprus kicked in 7.5 billion Euros by levying a one-time tax of 6.75% from INSURED Cyprus bank deposits of E100,000 or less and a 9.9% tax on amounts above that. What does this mean for you? The concept of the … [Read More...]

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What Are You Waiting For?

August 18, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher The class warriors are growing in numbers and upping their decibels as the US economy continues to suffer. Regardless of what the media says, or the contrived reports from the White House indicate, individuals are feeling the burn of reality. Little short term charts shown out of context telling us the housing market is recovering, or economic indicators regarding unemployment ignoring the growing number of individuals who have dropped out of the labor force altogether and stopped even trying … [Read More...]

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The “I”mmigrants vs. The “E”migrants

August 15, 2014 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director at GWP Two days ago I returned from a cruise through the Baltic Sea. On September 1st, I boarded the ship in Amsterdam for an 8 day journey throughout the Baltics with stops in Warnemunde – Germany, Tallinn – Estonia, St Petersburg – Russia, and Helsinki – Finland (I got off the boat in Helsinki, but the ship continued to Stockholm – Sweden, Copenhagen – Denmark, then back to Amsterdam). I was on the cruise as a speaker for an offshore conference hosted by my good friend Joel Nagel. Joe … [Read More...]

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“Economic Patriotism”

August 11th, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher Taxation has transitioned from being a means of providing for basic services and needs of the country into a punitive measure to socially engineer the people and their businesses. Those who disagree are marked as being economically unpatriotic. Not that long ago, I wrote about companies that are expatriating… or inverting… out of the United States. Walgreens was among them. They recently tried to join forces with a Swiss drugstore chain mainly to avoid the onerous taxes imposed on them at the … [Read More...]

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(Im)Migration: It’s Just Moving

August 4, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher Two issues seem to be dominating the internet this past week or so: Immigration and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the former has more to do with immediate economic issues in the United States, the latter will send me off the deep end and couldn’t be covered in a lifetime of perpetual writing. So, in the interest of brevity and my frail heart, we’ll stick with immigration. Immigration is the government term for what really amounts to nothing more than moving or migration. Here at G … [Read More...]

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The Ukraine and the EU

July 28, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher Admittedly, I have felt rather lost when it comes to understanding what has been happening in the Ukraine. It seems there are those who have been able to follow it closely from the very beginning, but I, for the life of me, have not been able to get a handle on it. I have pieces. Pieces, which by themselves have different implications than if placed in the context of a larger picture. Here’s what I’ve managed to gather so far: The EU is playing a bit of a tug of war match with Russia for the … [Read More...]

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Bobby’s Interview w/ John Lee Dumas

July 21, 2014 Bobby's recent interview with John Lee Dumas of EntrepreneuronFire.com!   … [Read More...]

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Expatriation is ALSO Becoming the Norm

July 21, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher I find it funny that so many uber nationalistic individuals like to condemn those who either opt to leave or would like to open up the borders as being “unpatriotic”. I protested the protesters this past weekend because honestly the issues never boil down to migrants. It usually boils down to really horrible domestic policies. For example, people get upset about immigrants getting on welfare. Aside from the illegal immigrant population in the US putting MORE into the system than what they take … [Read More...]

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Expropriation: The New Norm

July 14, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher What sort of nasty business has the Troika been up to lately? Well, first a brief refresher on who the Troika is: The European Commission, The European Central Bank, and The International Monetary Fund. The stated purpose of the Troika is to manage the Eurozone’s financial affairs, including, but not limited to, bailout situations. The world watched as Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Greece, and Cyprus hit rock bottom. Slovenia was my guess for the next to collapse, but there is still F … [Read More...]

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Business Crowded Out by Mandates

July 7, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher By now you probably know that Obamacare is rolling out in phases, and each phase has had its glitches. First it was that everyone has to have health insurance. NO MATTER WHAT!!!! But the penalties for not having insurance weren’t going to roll out for another year, giving folks time to sort out the business of transitioning their policies to ones that are “market reform appropriate”. Naturally there were several businesses who were and still are exempt from following the law to the letter. There ar … [Read More...]

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Playing Catch-up With Bitcoin

June 30, 2014 By: Kelly Diamond, Publisher A little topic I’ve not indulged for a while is Bitcoin (BTC). There have been some interesting developments surrounding this particular virtual currency. Mt. Gox was hacked back in February and filed for bankruptcy by month’s end. Prior to that, Mt. Gox Vice Chair, Charlie Shrem, was brought up on charges for knowingly selling to Silk Road proprietor and patrons (the formal charge being money laundering). These last few months have been rough for Bitcoin, to be sure. If you read the comments f … [Read More...]

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IRS Announces New Amnesty Program for FATCA Problems

June 26, 2014 By: Diane Kennedy, Contributor FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) goes into force on July 1, 2014. The IRS has already extended the deadline for 2 years for financial institutions that aren’t in compliance yet, but have made progress to come into compliance. FATCA has a couple of components. One targets foreign financial institutes and requires them to report on any accounts that are owned by US persons or in which US persons are beneficiaries or signators.  The other part adds a lot of penalties for US persons wh … [Read More...]