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American Borders Will Be Changing

An iron curtain is slowly descending around the borders of America. When it falls, some people will be shut in; others will be shut out. It will be up to bureaucrats and agents with guns to decide which one of those people you are. Changes in border policy are in the wind. On June 27th, 2013, the 1,300-page Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act passed the Senate and proceeded to...

RNC members tackle Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA

Republican National Committee members are drafting a resolution calling for the repeal of a soon-to-be-implemented tax law that critics say is contributing to Americans living abroad renouncing their U.S. citizenship in record numbers. Solomon Yue, an RNC committee member from Oregon, has distributed the first draft of his resolution to repeal the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, among fellow RNC...

Tax-Weary US Millionaires Take to Becoming Expats

Global advisory firm catering to wealthy expats says Texas and Florida are no longer good enough for those who’ve had it with taxes Much ink has been spilled on the trend of wealthier Americans fleeing fiscally dissolute, high-tax states like California and Illinois, and heading for comparative tax havens such as Texas and Florida. The golfer Phil Mickelson made headlines recently when he wondered aloud about...

Warren Buffet wants to invest like you

You wish you could invest like Warren Buffet? Well, he wants to invest like you. Watch this video of what his property wish list would be, if he could “manage it.”  

IRS: Canadian snowbirds buying property must affirm sellers’ residency

Is the US setting bear traps for Canadian buyers? If you’re thinking of buying real estate down south, be advised about tax withholding regulations for the IRS. While you may find properties at bargain prices, what’s the cost when all’s said and done? Snowbirds buying property must affirm sellers’ residency written by: Adam J. Savaglio As financial instability continues to plague the United...

Get set for a crash, forecaster says

Investing in the US property market? Beware, the worst is yet to come. Just last Friday, forecaster Harry Dent Jr. warned all their clients to get out of the stock market despite a potential 5% gain, stating that when it falls it will fall very quickly, leaving no time for a safe escape. “How are you going to stimulate an economy with an increasingly aging population?” he asks. What do you...

FATCA – Is 2012 the Last Year for Opening an Offshore Bank Account for Americans?

What are you doing to ensure that you have full control of your assets? If you don’t have a plan in action, take heed of what’s coming up for our southern cousins. In the spring of 2010, President Obama signed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). This law is officially supposed to prevent offshore tax abuses, but there’s more to this than meets the eye. Some say it’s actually a way...

The World’s Housing Markets: An Overview

Still waiting for Canadian real estate bubble to burst? Scotiabank recently released their Global Real Estate Trends research publication which contains some very interesting data and observations that you ought to take a look at. It compares the numbers behind the rise and crash of the US and UK (particularly Ireland’s) real estate markets with those of Canada. It’s very interesting to see the slow,...
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