Telephone scammers steal $37 billion a year from elderly Americans. And the problem is about to get much, much worse, very soon.
Part of the American dream has always been the ideal of a carefree retirement. But unless you plan carefully, you could easily run out of money.
Competition is what made capitalism a success story. Without competition, capitalism is simply a big racket, with us as the marks.
Things were different in those days. American politicians were willing to question their military commanders … a far cry from the deference shown today.
This is a spectacular opportunity to take gains, pay no tax on them … and use those gains to make even more money — potentially tax-free.
If you only pay attention to averages, you’ll miss the most important things about the economy. And it’s likely to cost you a lot of money.
In military strategy, generals prefer to concentrate their forces. But the opposite is true in investing.
There, diversification is key.
There’s a lot more to this country than just land and real estate. It’s one of the world’s little-known treasures. Here’s why.
Americans has come to believe that the 401(k) is going to help them enjoy a golden retirement, but it’s falling short for far too many people.
History shows that when large institutional investors exit the market, leaving behind a smaller pool of retail investors, it means a correction is coming.
If you’re a U.S. taxpayer exercising your right to run a business abroad, the new tax law means you’re in for a world of hurt.
What are the best investors doing right now … the smartest of smart money? The answer will shock you … and chances are, it’s not what you’re doing.
We decry the ways government attempts to intervene in social matters diminish our freedom. We should feel the same way about tariffs.
If you’re invested in these vulnerable U.S. multinational firms, you should be very concerned about President Donald Trump’s rapidly escalating trade wars.
Listed corporations are becoming harder to find in the U.S. That makes it harder to find promising investment opportunities without expert help.
The recent royal wedding — between an American and a Brit — offers some lessons about how we Americans are taxed when we live and marry abroad.
You didn’t work your whole life to provide for the spendthrifts in Washington … so don’t let them take more from your true heirs than they should.
With economic and political temperatures rising fast, I thought it would be a good time to review the commonsense alternatives for keeping your wealth safe.
“Connect the dots” is essentially the game that we financial writers play. Our job is to generate a picture from seemingly unconnected data points.
So why has Amazon’s share price fallen more than 10% since late February? And why does President Donald Trump hate it so much?
They call Uruguay the Switzerland of South America. That particular shoe fits … except, last I checked, Switzerland had no world-class beach resorts.
Thanks to our representatives in Washington, we face a future of higher interest rates, a falling dollar and falling stock prices.
The details about tax reform are only now becoming clear. When it comes to warnings, however, better late than never … especially when your money is involved.
The new tax plan promises to breathe fresh life into a sector that most investors have already written off as dead.
The inflation that the Fed has been searching for has shown up in the most unexpected places, and it can’t be ignored any longer.
Computers manage trillions of dollars in global stock markets. But the Alpha Stock Alert algorithm incorporates three things that the big boys don’t.
If you’re worried about your health care coverage, you need to start thinking of an alternative to insurance companies … and I know just the thing.
Under Trump’s plan, your taxes are more likely to go up than down … while pouring fuel on the financial fire that is burning away America’s economy.
Do you have any idea how much of the money you donate to charity directly benefits the people you’re trying to help? Most people have no idea.
The government is demanding your personal information without proving that a crime has been committed.
There are big market forces at work that threaten your retirement. It may be nothing personal … but it’s still gonna hurt if you don’t adjust accordingly.
Taking a road trip to Minnesota seemed like a great idea. So, too, did the idea of renting an RV through a peer-to-peer service called Outdoorsy.
If you’re at or near retirement, you’ll almost certainly get the Social Security benefits you’re due under federal law. But what about your grandkids?
What happens if you die or become incapacitated, and nobody else knows any of your passwords, personal identification numbers, access codes and login IDs?
A recent study found that most American retirement savers let the system decide for them how much to save based on the tax rules and their employers’ whims.
I’ve noticed that many folks assume gold to be money. It isn’t … and that makes an enormous difference when it comes to wealth management strategies…
We haven’t seen a techno-crash of this magnitude since 2010 … but that doesn’t mean artificial price movements don’t happen anymore.
Without asking us, Big Data companies harvest, analyze and sell every scrap of data they can glean from our use of their products.
For the politicians and businesspeople who control and supply the military, the latter’s nobility is a convenient political and emotional tool.
Congress voted to repeal a rule that protected your online privacy. I have a solution to this travesty that works for me … and will work for you too.
As you’re filing your taxes this year, keep in mind that decisions about tax rates aren’t the only thing that can affect you.
The economy-wide benefits of having affordable health care outweigh the costs. Here’s my case … and I want to know if it’s a convincing one to you.
For two years, I’ve thought that taking advantage of Puerto Rico’s tax decrees might backfire. But I’m now convinced that’s not going to happen.
A few weeks back, my father, Banyan Hill’s own Bob Bauman, took me to task for something I’d written in Sovereign Investor Daily (not for the first time, either). I’d said, in regard to the American tendency toward harsh judicial punishment, that “we like it that way.” “Who’s this ‘we,’ Lone Ranger? Count me out, […]
Despite success in medical techniques, the U.S. has a disastrous, overpriced health care system. In fact, you could pay less traveling abroad for care, including round trip airfare.
Federal civil forfeiture proceeds rocketed 4,155% between 1986 and 2013. And it could get much worse if Trump gets his wish for U.S. attorney general.
A new study says that 94% of the 10 million jobs created after 2008 were temp positions. That’s 10 million jobs with no security and little future … it’s a recipe for disaster.
Quality of life isn’t fixed in stone. Damaged societies can reform themselves. Thriving societies can fall apart. The question to ask is this: In which direction is your society heading?
Life is full of dead ends. They’re not risky in and of themselves, but they can quickly become a trap. Creating an offshore escape route for such traps is ideal, and not as difficult as it sounds.
No matter who’s in charge, government always finds a way to justify new methods to invade our privacy. So, here are eight steps you can take right now to mitigate the damage.
Set aside your feelings for Trump’s broader agenda. Focus on his intentions for privacy and free speech. He has never expressed interest in protecting civil liberties. In fact, it’s quite the opposite…
Neither Trump nor Clinton are ideal choices in tomorrow’s election. It could be worse … and it probably will be. But there are other choices available, if you’re willing to free your mind.
Recently, the Internet almost died thanks to cheap security in IoT devices. Instead of killing the IoT market, though, the event may have opened a new opportunity for investors.
What happens when the lights go off? When the networks go down? It’s an urgent question in this age of connectivity, and it’s one that should be shaping your portfolio strategy.
What does it mean to “own” something? It’s a question every investor should be asking … especially if that something is gold.
Democracy, sovereignty and a global economy are mutually incompatible. This “political trilemma” has led nations to start acting as corporations, putting your financial stability at risk.
“Pass-through” companies — LLCs, partnerships, S corporations, etc. — comprise 95% of all U.S. businesses, and they’re about to be smacked with brain-dead corporate tax reform.
Internet searches for “moving to Canada” have spiked to all-time highs, but if you’re thinking about moving to Canada if the election doesn’t go your way, we have some bad news…
Obama once said, “Elections have consequences.” But most Americans vote based on wish fulfillment rather than careful consideration. Be careful what you wish for.
People often wonder which countries are the best for relocation. The answer is usually: It depends. What do you want from a country? Have you considered Costa Rica?
A Swiss passport is among the most prized and hardest to obtain. But respect for Swiss sovereignty didn’t happen overnight … there are plenty of lessons to be learned here.
The Panama Papers leak exposed quite a bit of personal information, much to the detriment of many legal offshore operations. Are you among those at risk? You may well be…
Life teaches critical lessons. Some you learn quickly, others, like dealing with banks, can be quite painful. Here are 7 tips to help you get started protecting your family and your wealth.
When it comes to the Panama Papers scandal, the media is tilting at windmills … targeting the wrong people for the wrong issues. But there are real issues here. Don’t be fooled by the smokescreen.
The witch hunt in the Panama Papers scandal is just beginning. As fear and anger tar offshore operations with a broad brush, it’s important to remember a few facts about this perfectly legal investing strategy.
The government is going after Apple’s iPhone encryption with a vengeance. The “terrorism” flag is being waved, but it’s your privacy that’s really at stake. After all, can we really trust this breach of privacy will be “one time only”?
Police may need a warrant to use GPS to track your vehicle, but new high-tech toys have created a serious loophole for government surveillance. As a result, tracking your car has created an unholy alliance between profit and policing.
What is the true meaning of liberty? It’s an important question to consider as governments around the world begin to intervene more in their citizens’ everyday lives.
When starting the process of moving overseas, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. But there are 4 steps you can take to make the entire process much easier…
Choosing a country for a second residency or second citizenship is difficult, but not an impossible. Take a look at Uruguay, and see why one serial traveler can’t wait to return.