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As we move into the year 2012, we have already experienced the effects of Globalization, Bank Failures, Wall Street Bailouts, Devaluation of US Real Estate and the US Dollar, Double Digit Inflation, and too much more to mention here.  Is there anyway to win this seemingly losing end game?  We think so, and if the idea intrigues you, then the information on this site may be of interest.   Albert Einstein was credited with saying that: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, with the expectation of a different result the next time.   We think it may be time for a new game plan, and now may be just the time to implement it.
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This site offers news articles and information pertaining to expatriation, offshore banking, offshore investments, residency in other jurisdictions, second citizenship and second passport matters.  Jurisdictions covered in our main section and our on-line newsletter sections include: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nevis, Panama, United States and Uruguay.   Ascot Advisory assists with incorporation services, banking introduction services, free zone  license  assistance, residency and naturalization (second citizenship) in the Dominican Republic and Panama.  Please feel free to contact us with your questions !
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A Man's Country Is Not A Certain Area Of Land, Of Mountains, Rivers, And Woods, But It Is A Principle And Patriotism Is Loyalty To That Principle
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-   George William Curtis
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The Great Financial Crisis of 2009:  What's Different From 1929 ?
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There any many news articles and opinions floating around lately comparing the Great Depression of the 1930's to the current economic climate, but are the comparisons really fair?  Well, the truth of the matter is, some things are the same (unregulated financial market chicanery) and some things are certainly not.  In addition, will the same so-called bailouts or government rescue packages really help the average middle-class citizen, or will they possibly rescue the guys that created the mess, while leaving everyone else in a lurch?  These are some of the questions we want to discuss and answer. 
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On The Road To Insolvency:  Are You Prepared ? 
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The numbers are in and they do not look promising.  In fact, as of the latest figures for 2012, the US Congressional Budget Office has projected another new annual budget deficit in excess of US$1 TRILLION Dollars.   They also estimate that the cumulative deficit over the next 10 years will be at least $4 trillion, but possibly US$7 Trillion.  And where is all this money coming from?  Debt of course, for the moment, to be added on top of the almost US$16 Trillion in national debt, and higher taxes later on for sure to pay for it all.  If you think it will be you stuck with the bill, what do you want to do about it?
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Are There Any Safe Havens Left For The Middle-Class?
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The world is an ever changing place, in terms of politics, economics and all the other things that may effect our personal lives.   But has this not been the case always, through-out history?   Meaning, we can stay in a negative situation or we can look for new lands, and new opportunities.  But does such places exist today, considering the financial and economic turmoil?  Are there really any safe havens left for the average middle class citizen?  We would say the answer is YES, and it just may surprise you to learn that maybe the world is not completely flat or as interconnected as some would suggest.
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Inflation Makes A Comeback:  Are Your Investments Inflation Proof ?
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Inflation, or devaluation of a currency by the politicians, is nothing new.  The Roman Emperors starting clipping coins, or better said, slowly but surely reducing the gold content of the Denari until such a point that it was nothing more than base metal.  It took them 500 years before the coins became worthless or junk in other words (without the gold or silver content).  Paper money used to be backed by gold or exchangeable into gold, until it too was taken off the gold standard altogether, and now it is, quite frankly nothing more than paper with fancy engravings on it.
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Dominican Republic Real Estate As A US Dollar Inflation - Deflation Hedge:
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The US Dollar is sinking like a rock, and the US real estate market is not fairing too much better.  The diagnosis by many respected economists is for even lower interest rates.  So, what can you do?  Convert your US Dollars to Euros or Gold?  Maybe, but that train seems to have already left the station.  Where can you convert your US Dollars without losing your shirt on the exchange rate or otherwise, get fair value for your money?  One answer might be with Dominican Real Estate. . . .
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Rhett Butler Was Possibly The First Offshore Investor:
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And if you recall the story of Gone With The Wind, it saved his assets from disaster so he could buy Scarlett a very nice home once the conflict was over.   In fact, you might even say that good old Rhett was both a Patriot and an Expatriot at the same time, at least in terms of his bank accounts and investments.  But what can an old Depression Era film about the US Civil War teach us really?  Plenty, when you consider it was a time of uncertainly, domestic unrest and currency devaluation (in terms of the Confederate Money) - and yet Rhett Butler survived it all.
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The Great Exodus or Trading Places:
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It has been estimated that over 2 Million people have expatriated from the UK over the past decade, and now the analysis claims that about 300,000 US Citizens are leaving the US yearly as well (and it is estimated there are already about 8 Million US citizens living abroad).  Why are the best and brightest leaving North America and Europe?  Where are they going?  Is this a new trend or an extention of an old one?  What will be the long-term result of such Mass Expatriation?
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A Second Passport or Second Citizenship:
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What is Dual Citizenship and it is legal?  What is the difference between residency and citizenship?  Why would someone want to obtain residency in another country?  Why would someone want another passport or citizenship?  Will you loose your current citizenship if you obtain another?  Are there in fact any benefits by having dual citizenship?
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We put together some information for you in order to answer these and many other related questions.  The truth of the matter is, it is not a question of should you - but rather why you might
need dual citizenship going forward.
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Globalization: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
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What has globalization meant for the average citizen?  Are the middle-class really better or worse off for it?  What are the long-term repercussions of so-called free trade, and is free trade truly free at all?
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To be sure, globalization means different things to different people, and whether you see it a blessing or a curse all depends upon who you are and where you stand in this new global economy.  But regardless, there are some very profound changes taking place that will (and already are) effecting the standard of living for the middle-class in many of the so-called wealthy industrialized nations.  Will you be prepared for the changes ?
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Should you have an interest in reading some of the back issues of our newsletter, you may do so by visiting out newsletter archive section, which contains the last few years of our newsletters all in one place, searchable by date.  Hopefully you will find the articles on this site of value and interest, but it is also true that our monthly newsletters tend to have the most current and up to date information about real estate, banking, investments, the economy and dual citizenship matters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Click Here To Access The Archives
The Sovereign Individual Versus The Welfare State:
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The news is always filled with stories about various world conflicts, be they trade wars, the so-called war on poverty or drugs, and various other combatative struggles.  But the one conflict no one seems to want to talk about or mention, is the conflict (or war if you like) we see coming is one that positions the Welfare State against the individual middle-class citizen.  Of course, we should clarify that we are talking about the kind of citizen that, in such a case, believes in living as a law abiding, hard working, self reliant individual, who wants the government out of his or her pocket, and in correlation is not interested in any hand outs either.
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An Offshore Company or Foundation For Asset Protection
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For the past few years, the news has been filled with stories about companies moving manufacturering and jobs overseas.  But, that is only part of the story.  Many domestic companies in the US and Europe have set up companies in other more favorable, lower tax jurisdictions a long time ago - and the current tax code often encourages it.  So,  if they can do it, why not you?  The truth is you can, and as small businessman or average middle class investor - you probably should.   Find out why setting up a company abroad or private foundation is not only for the large corporations or ultra-wealthy, and the cost quite affordable as well. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Click Here For Article
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Will Your Future Social Security Check Be Worth The Paper It Is Printed On? 
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Here is how it works.  You give the government all your money (well, a good part of it) and they give you a pension in old age.  Now they claim the system is broke - What can you do?  How does Social Security really work, and are the nay sayers who claim that the system is insolvent correct in their assessment?  Instead of counting on the Government, should you instead start counting on yourself?
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The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.  - John Stuart Mill
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Links of Interest
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Directly below is a collection of links to other sites and information we think to be of interest for our clients.
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Suggested Reading
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Our belief and philosophy is that knowledge is power.  As such, we always encourage clients to read as much as possible, in order to  comprehend  better the economics, politics and social dynamics of the world we live in (and might inherit).
Escape Artist - Nothing to do with a jail break, although many would say that leaving the high tax over regulated welfare states amounts to the same thing.  The original expatriation directory of all things to help you escape to someplace better and less taxing (and perhaps less taxing in more ways than one)
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The Dominican Republic - Articles and Information about  Real Estate, Banking, Investing in the Dominican Republic.
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The Asia Times Newspaper - Hong Kong based News, with a very interesting and noteworthy financial section (plus a number of financial related guest editorials and articles you probably will not find in other newspapers).
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The International Herald Tribune Newspaper - World News and Articles From Europe (owned by The New York Times)
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Dr. Marc Faber Investment Newsletter - Want to get some honest investment insight and information?  This is the place, and this gentleman is the guy.
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The Market Oracle Site - An excellent resource of financial information, plus hard hitting (but honest) economic related articles and editorials.  Good stuff if you want to really know what is going on with the markets, inflation, etc.
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The Lew Rockwell Site - Articles, editorials and information for Libertarians and fans of the Austrian School of Economics.
The War For Wealth  By Gabor Steingart
McGraw Hill, 2008
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The Trillion Dollar Meltdown By Charles R. Morris
Public Affairs, 2008
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While America Aged By Roger Lowenstein
The Penguin Press, 2008
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The Limits Of Power By Andrew J. Bacevich
Metrpolitan Books. 2008
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Wealth, War & Wisdom By Barton Biggs
John Wiley & Sons, 2008
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I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.
By Addison Wiggin - John Wiley & Sons, 2008
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Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and The Global Crisis of American Capitalism
By Kevin Phillips - Viking Press, 2008
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The Post American World By Fareed Zakaria
W.W. Norton, 2008

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Super Class: The Global Power Elite and The World They Are Making By David Rothkopf
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
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NOTE:  All of these books are available from AMAZON
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