Detroit – Beyond Thunderdome

Last week I read an article in The Wall Street Journal titled, ‘Detroit and Decay’. It was truly disturbing. To me it tells a story about where this country is heading. In the early days of the industrial revolution, Detroit was the hub of innovation and capitalism. Today it more closely resembles a landscape scene […]

Asset Protection in the ‘Great Reset’

We are now living in what I call ‘The Great Reset’, which will require each of us to reevaluate our own effectiveness and value in society. In ‘The Great Reset’, we will experience many changes that will affect not only our lives, but the lives of the next generation as well. I hope you are […]

Protect Your Assets Now

In order to get the people to believe the US is the best place to do business, it must first BE the best place to do business.  And this involves creating the proper incentives.  I truly  believe that a large part of this needs to begin with a massively overhauled tax code similar to what […]

The Morality of Asset Protection

Back in May I went on a 12 day trip to Amsterdam and New York, then back to Estonia.  The purpose was to attend an annual entrepreneurship conference in New York that I have been a part of for 6 years now.  And what an amazing trip.  Each year we gather in a different US […]

Asset Protection – FATCA Requirements

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, will require all foreign financial institutions or FFI’s to enter into information disclosure agreements with the IRS. A FFI is any non-U.S. entity that accepts monetary deposits, holds financial assets for the accounts of others, or participates in the business of investing or trading securities, commodities, partnerships, […]

China Building $8B Oil Refinery in Nigeria

In the news… China is going to build an 8 billion dollar oil refinery in Nigeria. It is the first of 3 refineries that comprise a $23bn agreement between NNPC and CSCEC. Nigeria’s state oil company, NNPC, will cover 20% of the cost while the state of Lagos will provide the land. The China State […]

Russia to Diversify out of US Dollars

According to a recent Bloomberg article, Russia is adding Australian and Canadian dollars to its international reserves.  The Russian central bank deputy chairman, Alexei Ulyukayev along with Dmitry Medvedev have recently suggested that the world needs a new reserve currency and the US dollar no longer should be used. Central banks around the world have […]

Small Business Tax Hikes – Asset Protection

In a recent article from Bloomberg on June12th, Senator Snowe, a Republican from Maine, called the new jobs bill a ‘poison pill’ for small business growth and investment. Snowe is talking about HR 4213, so aptly named the “American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010”.  Ironically, the loophole that looks to get closed […]

Norwegian Capitalists

A few weeks ago I was  in Oslo, Norway and spent some time with some local friends.  These guys are not your typical Norwegian socialists (sorry if that offends anyone).  They are very much of the free market mindset.  These are entrepreneurs and investors.  This was my first trip to Norway and I was in […]

A Flawed Tax System

A few weeks ago I went to the local mall here in Tartu to buy some dress clothes.  I am not what you would call a ‘suit kinda guy’.  But I was going to an investment conference in Zurich and thought the usual jeans and a t-shirt may be a bit too casual.  Whenever I […]