How To Survive And Thrive In The Face Of What’s Coming
As promised, at 8 a.m. this morning, Lief Simon took center stage in the meeting rooms of Panama City’s Veneto Hotel to begin leading discussions that will continue over the coming three days. The topic?
Options and opportunities for taking control of your life, your assets, and your future, continuing and expanding activities of the U.S. government and others who seem determined right now to make those straightforward agendas as difficult to realize as possible notwithstanding.
“You understand the realities we’re facing right now,” Lief began, “thanks to the so-called Patriot Act, the HIRE Act, FATCA, and the coming 30% withholding that’s going to be imposed on any U.S. person trying to transfer money to what the IRS deems a ‘non-compliant bank.’
“There was even, recently, legislation proposed that would have made it possible for the IRS to take away the passport of any U.S. person it accused of owing US$50,000 or more in back taxes. The IRS wouldn’t have to prove the accusation…just make it. And the American in question would find himself without a passport.
“This legislation was shot down, but I believe you can expect to see it put forward again.”
This is the climate we’re all navigating. What can you do?
You can moan, groan, and complain. Woe is me…
You can wait, watch, and hope for someone to come along to help…to show you what to do from here. But who would that someone be? Some government? It’s government that has gotten us where we are today.
Your only sensible option is to take control yourself.
Analyze. Monitor. Adjust. Adapt. Overcome.
That’s the starting point for this week’s discussions here in Panama City at this Emergency Offshore Summit.
Lief began the day by walking attendees through the basic strategy.
“Diversification,” Lief said. “That’s fundamentally what we’re talking about. Three flags…five flags…seven flags…call it what you like. The point is to spread your assets, your investments, your business interests, and your life around.
“If you’re diversified among different asset classes or investment types but all in the United States…you’re not diversified,” Lief pointed out.
“If you’ve got several bank accounts but all Stateside, you’re not diversified.
“How many of you have more than one credit card in your wallet right now?”
Everyone in the room raised his hand.
“Good,” Lief continued. “That’s a start. You need more than one credit card, more than one bank account, more than one residency, and, I strongly recommend, more than one citizenship.
“You need options. That’s the key to surviving and thriving in the face of what’s to come…whatever’s to come.”
Lief was followed by Mark Nestmann, the world’s top residency and second citizenship expert, who continued in the same theme.
“Here are the three steps to taking back control of your life, your money, and your future,” Mark began.
“First, establish an offshore economic base. Move your assets, your investments, and your business interests offshore.
“Second, find a suitable new country for establishing residency. Note that it’s possible to be a legal resident of a foreign country without being physically resident there.
“Third, obtain a second citizenship. This can follow from your foreign residency…or, depending on your circumstances and the jurisdiction, it can be the result of genealogy or a direct investment.
“Follow these three steps,” Mark explained, “and you’re in control. You, not any government anywhere, are in the driver’s seat of your life and your future.”