Well, another week has passed, and what a week it was. The “election” came and went, and the only winner was Nate Silver. The loser? Every slave trapped in the USSA. Get ready to pay more taxes and have less freedom!
Of course, this all means that you need TDV’s resources now more than ever. And when you’re at a loss, and you don’t know where to turn for answers, well, you come to Feedback Friday. This is your chance to ask TDV’s crew how to survive in the 2012.
On to the feedback…
TIME FOR TDV PREMIUM?
I have been a TDV fan for some time now and was thinking about signing up for TDV Premium. But I don’t know the first thing about investing and was wondering if you guys give step by step instructions on how to invest and who or what to invest in. I’m not even sure which websites to go to to buy stock. Plus, I don’t have a ton of money to invest and wanted to start small, $300 month, if possible. One more question: what is the average return one gets by following your investment advice, generally speaking? The only investment that sounds like a good one would be to buy gold and hold onto it, as it retains its value, which I’m sure you already know. Anyways, any advice on the matter would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work.
Vin Maru’s Response:
That’s great that you are taking a look at learning something new… stock investing. At this time we don’t offer a basic guide to investing, but I encourage you to ask the all-knowing, all-seeing Google. I’d be shocked if there weren’t countless sites with a beginner’s guide to investing. Also, it is very smart to start small. I recommend to anyone new to investing to always start small until they really feel like they have a good understanding of how it all works. Especially with the kind of stocks that Ed recommends in TDV Premium and even more so with the precious metals junior stocks that we trade at TDV Golden Trader. They can be volatile and sometimes illiquid. But many of the stocks we follow have been up more than 50% in the last month alone so it can definitely be lucrative. I am personally working on a guide to technical investing and will even be doing some 1-day seminars in Canada on how to trade the Canadian junior mining stocks. So if you want some in depth technical info, keep an eye out for that. A lot of what will be included in the report/seminar I will also be regularly featuring in TDV Golden Trader… so, for $20/month you can learn and potentially profit!
AREQUIPA, PERU: A PLACE FOR EXPATS?
You stated that you were on your way down to Santiago de Chile. Please do not ignore a city of 800,000 just north of there, Arequipa, Perú. I lived here for 9 months to learn Spanish and fell so in love with it and its people that I moved my family here last month. I have also lived in Santiago and have several friends there that I visit. The cost of living in Chile is about three times what it is here in Arequipa and the food in Chile is some of the worst in the world whereas the cuisine here is among the best. Also the Peruvians are on the whole more honest and productive than the Chileans which I believe gives Peru more future upside economically. Let me know if you are ever up this way and we can show you around town.
Thanks! Perhaps you’d be interested in helping some of our interested readers take a look, too. If you are, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org about becoming a TDV Concierge for Arequipa. Send a small picture and tell us a bit more about yourself and Arequipa. It sounds very promising!
And congrats on moving your entire family. I wish more people had the courage and initiative to do that kind of thing.
NOT NECESSARILY CONSCRIPTION BUT CONSCRIPTION IF NECESSARY
I’m not sure how accurate or up to date this information is, but it appears that of the 5 countries TDV is promoting for second passports, at least Paraguay, The Dominican Republic and Cambodia practice military conscription. I don’t know about St. Kitts and Dominica.
For me, military conscription is a deal breaker, near (at?) the top of the list of reasons not to move to a particular country.
This doesn’t seem to be the case at TDV.
Why is this the case? Do you just rank it as less important than other factors, or not important at all?
Are “free” countries without military conscription just too hard to find or get into?
Some other reason?
First of all, Mark, Cambodia does have actual military conscription, as do its neighbors: Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. So does Paraguay. The DR, Saint Kitts, and Dominica do not. Maybe the Caribbean is just way too laid back for a draft. It doesn’t really matter, though. There are no truly “free” countries…just countries with more or less freedom in different areas.
Consider: you can go live in the Netherlands and openly buy and smoke plants, an act that would get you potentially serious jail time in the USSA. But in the Netherlands you also have to pay outrageous taxes in a completely socialized nanny state. Or you could go live in Paraguay instead with its “threat” of conscription and pay ten percent or maybe zero taxes and pretty much do as you please.
We are ideologically against conscription, of course. But when providing alternate citizenships and passports, we’re not looking for ideologically ideal countries…we’re looking at ways to minimize geopolitical risk.
Think about it. We hate the state. We consider citizenship to be a “slave card” and passports to be “slave travel permission papers.” We wish that the state and its paper permissions didn’t exist at all. Yet we will happily broker our clients slave cards and papers with more tolerable government slave-owners. We do this because we believe that this is just about the best way available in the world-as-it-exists-now to live as freely as possible, especially if you’re coming from the Western World in general and the USSA in particular.
The world won’t let you be stateless (how we wish it would…all of us at TDV would become stateless before you could finish reading this sentence). So if you have the means, you pick from the best nation-state options before you. While another country may technically have a draft, you are still in reality far less likely to end up as military fodder in these countries than if you remain property of the US. The US if far more likely to change the rules and actually kidnap young people to kill and be killed in combat. So as opposed as you may be to the official policy in Parguay or Cambodia, you have to consider the reality of the situation. Eschewing citizenship in a country friendlier to your wealth and freedoms because of an official policy that has very low odds of affecting you, could be a case of not seeing the forest for the trees.
And also keep in mind that there is no rule that you have to spend the majority of your time (or any real amount of time at all) in the country of your second citizenship. That’s part of the strategy of the Permanent Tourist. You can hop all over the globe constantly while enjoying the expanded options of your second passport…or you can just spend most of your time in one place that you love and which is outside any country you are a citizen of. NOT living in any country where you have citizenship is a great way to spread your geopolitical risk.
And that brings us to the end of another Feedback Friday. Thanks to all who wrote in. Let’s keep these great conversations going. Keep those comments and questions coming!
Till next time…