Time To File Form 8938 The second round of this year's U.S. tax season is coming to a close. Any U.S. person who applied for an extension must file his tax return by next Monday, Oct. 15. After weeks of procrastination and one miserable weekend, mine are almost finished. The big change this year is [...]
What We Learned In Panama This Week This week's Emergency Offshore Summit in Panama City was exhausting and exhaustive. The overriding theme was one that I've been heralding for years, specifically: The offshore world is an ever-moving target...so take action when you can. Otherwise, you could lose your window of opportunity. In Panama, one bank [...]
Foreign Real Estate Is A More Appealing Strategy Than Ever Putting your money into foreign real estate is becoming a more appealing strategy all the time. Real estate has always made sense to me as an asset allocation, but I'm more persuaded today than ever that foreign property should be part of every investment portfolio. [...]
Understanding IRS Form 8938 (Good Luck) Tax season is over, but many U.S. taxpayers remain confused about the new IRS Form 8938...including many tax professionals, it seems, given the number of e-mails I'm getting from readers asking questions to make sure their tax preparers completed their forms correctly. This new form is a catch-all intended [...]
As if you needed further reason to diversify out of the U.S. dollar, it's worth noting that many U.S. states are talking about doing the same thing. A recent article from CNN Money states that 13 U.S. states are contemplating issuing their own currencies. This isn't a new concept. Before the U.S. Civil War, state-chartered [...]
What Happens When A Bicycle In Singapore Costs As Much As A House In The United States? Organizing your life so you don't have to worry about the day-to-day ups and downs of the world's currency markets, as we discussed on Monday, doesn't mean you shouldn't be watching to take advantage of currency fluctuations as [...]
I had lunch with a local businessman here in Panama on Friday who informed me that the euro was down as of Friday morning to US$1.26. He was excited because he had shorted the currency at US$1.55 and was planning to cover at US$1.20, even though he thinks the euro will continue down below US$1.20. […]
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