Archives for November, 2014

Outside the Box: Stray Reflections

  Today’s Outside the Box is special, because I’m about to give you a preview of things to come at Mauldin Economics. For months now I have been saying to my partners that we need to develop a service for the professionals who read me – the financial advisors, portfolio managers, family offices… you know […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: How Could It Happen?

  “How could it happen, Grandad?” The old man’s eyes misted over as he looked down at his grandson, who sat at his feet, his young eyes alive with questions as he turned the heavy gold bar over in his hands. ”I’ve told you the story too many times to count,” said the man, half-pleading, […]

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Take Back the Retirement You Dreamed of at 40

Is it even possible today to retire rich? The short answer is “yes.” We all know people who have done just that. Watching your neighbors Bob and Betty Rich live the good life well into their 90s only tells you it’s possible, not whether you’re prepared to do it too. So let’s forget about the […]

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Debunking the Claim That Puerto Rico’s Tax Benefits Are “Hype” or “Too Good to Be True”

It was only a matter of time before it happened. After releasing our groundbreaking free documentary America’s Tax-Free Zone, new and old misconceptions about Puerto Rico’s tax benefits have surfaced. Many of them had previously been debunked. The purpose of today’s article is to drive a stake through the heart of these misconceptions and forever […]

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Akin to Porcupines Mating

That was how the slow and careful rapprochement between Russia and China has been described by Eric Margolis, one of my favorite geopolitical writers. US shenanigans in Eastern Europe and the East China Sea—fomenting so-called colored revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia (both on Russia’s periphery) and egging on China’s neighbors to make aggressive territorial claims—have […]

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Outside the Box: Notes on Russia

  Russia and its redoubtable president, Vladimir Putin, have been much in the news lately. The latest flurry came when Putin was taken out behind the woodshed at the G20 conference in the Philippines last weekend over his recent moves to inject more Russian troops and arms into Ukraine. For today’s Outside the Box we […]

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Breakfast with a Lord of War

For reasons that will become apparent as you read the following article, I was quite reluctant to write it. Yet, in the end, I decided to do so for a couple of reasons. The first is that it ties into Marin Katusa’s best-selling new book, The Colder War, which I read cover to cover over two […]

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Will You Light $180,000 on Fire by Taking Social Security at Age 62?

On the television series Dragnet, Sgt. Joe Friday was known for his calm demeanor while questioning witnesses. When they began to ramble, he would corral them with comments like, “Just the facts, ma’am.” Sound advice for the witness stand, but when it comes to retirement planning, Sgt. Friday was giving the wrong instructions. Instead of […]

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What If Silicon Valley Moved to Puerto Rico?

The tax benefits of Puerto Rican residency gained some attention and notoriety when hedge fund billionaire John Paulson went to Puerto Rico to “kick the tires.” He did not become a Puerto Rican resident (not yet, at least), but ended up buying a resort there instead. My theory is that John Paulson can’t move anywhere […]

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The Colder War is Heating Up as Putin Tightens His Grip on the Global Energy Trade

Vladimir Putin is stronger than ever and judgement day for the petrodollar is here says Marin Katusa, author of the bestselling book, The Colder War, in a new interview with Bloomberg Radio. Marin warns that America cannot achieve energy independence and that downward pressure on the price of oil will remain a near-term threat. He […]

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