What if you had a financial crystal ball?

What if you had a financial crystal ball?

Dateline: Guangzhou, China Every few weeks, I receive an e-mail from someone who asks me when I think the big financial collapse will arrive. A couple of things are interesting about this. One is that I used to get questions about whether a big financial collapse...
Invest in Something That You Can Never Lose

Invest in Something That You Can Never Lose

Dateline: Guangzhou, China What’s a better investment, precious metals or blue chip stocks? Commodities, or rental property in Panama? Farmland, or collectable art? Many millions of words have already, and are yet to be, written on the analysis of those investments...
What If Being An Expat Is Wrong For You?

What If Being An Expat Is Wrong For You?

Dateline: Guangzhou, China Most people never leave the country they were born in. In fact recent research at Washington University in St. Louis reveals that most adults live within 25 miles of their mother. As formal education increases that percentage drops off, but...
The decline of the American standard of living

The decline of the American standard of living

Dateline: Guangzhou, China You know what it’s like when you haven’t seen somebody for a few years – especially if it’s a young person – and when you finally see them you really notice all the profound changes? Well, that’s sort of what it’s like for expats...
Would You Move To America If It Was 1960?

Would You Move To America If It Was 1960?

When I was a kid my parents bought a house in a brand new neighborhood in 1964. The nearby school was built for grades Kindergarten to sixth and my new friends and I were the first kids to attend the school. The most telling characteristic of that school is that it...
A year of expat life: Lessons learned living overseas

A year of expat life: Lessons learned living overseas

Dateline: Fabulous and Exciting, Boise, Idaho There’s no right or wrong way to live as an expat or permanent traveler. There are only individual ways. Which is the whole point — life on your own terms. My wife and I are in our tenth year of traveling full time and...
What if you discovered that the game was rigged?

What if you discovered that the game was rigged?

We’re all born into this world completely ignorant of what has gone before. It takes a lifetime to learn a minuscule fraction of the knowledge humankind has accumulated over thousands of years. Individually, we don’t have much time to learn and being completely...
The only thing better than having no boss

The only thing better than having no boss

Like most of you reading this, I’ve done my share of years in the conventional business world. I’ve worked inside a cubicle, in my own office, driven from client to client all day, and attended the company Christmas party. (Are they still allowed to say Christmas...
How to convince yourself to move overseas

How to convince yourself to move overseas

Dateline: Valencia, Spain Inertia is very powerful. It’s literally a force of nature, and overcoming inertia takes a lot of energy. The metaphor of that reality carries into our personal lives too. Like most of you, I spent a few years reading about being an expat...