In This Issue...
Discover Your Own "Black Gold"
by Mark Mersman
Timing is everything. Once in a great while, events change the game and present tremendous investment opportunities.
Those events are happening now in the energy sector, with shale oil and gas. You can capitalize on the changing landscape, if you know how. One reason this is such a great opportunity is because so few people even know that energy rights exist as an asset class, much less how to invest in them.
I discovered this class of assets while helping clients who were seeking investments that would protect their assets through diversification. To do that, I have been helping them gain exposure to hard assets.
Everyone buying property outside of North America needs to remember the famous words of Dorothy to Toto after being dropped into Oz, “I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.”
When going offshore, especially to places that feel familiar, we must be very, very careful. In fact, the more familiar it seems, the more caution we should apply. But how do we do that?
Now That The Sand Has Settled...Presidents Week Retrospective
by Susan Rensberger
If you've ever attended a conference...or maybe you're a regular...then you know that these events have a certain rhythm.
They start as a disparate group of people sharing a little wedge of space and time. But in just a few days, in casual conversations over breakfast, lunch and dinner, the faces of strangers begin to acquire names, hometowns and histories. Personalities emerge. Tales are told. Every a glass of wine, mojito, or island beer becomes an opportunity to make a new friend, gain a new viewpoint, learn about a business or investment you never heard of before.
And then, when it's all over, suddenly everyone is gone, and you're left to shake the sand out of your sandals and sort out all you've absorbed.
If you missed the 2011 Presidents Week in Belize, and you're wondering what to prepare for ... how to prepare ... who can help you structure your international business interests ... where to find the investment opportunities in gold, insurance products, cutting-edge technologies and much more to help you thrive and prosper, come what may...
You have options!
Living the Mobile Life: How to Feel Instantly Rich
by Susan Rensberger
I'm sitting in a sidewalk café in Mendoza, Argentina, at rush hour. Plane trees -- or sycamores, as we North Americans call them -- line the street, reminding me of France. The sidewalk cafés, serving espresso, tiny croissants and fresh-squeezed orange juice, are derived from Italy, as is much of this city's culture and food.
I've come to the café to work, as I often have while living in Mendoza for the past two months. I live in a small, short-term rental apartment with a private terrace near the city center, and when I want to be around people while still taking care of business, I just walk a few blocks to one of the busy cafés so much a part of this city's vibrant street life. Almost all of them now have free wifi, along with old-world charm.
On the Road Again: Riding the TicaBus
by Kent Payne
Being a "baby boomer," I have a lot of memories as a kid of the late 1950s and the early 60s. Hearing music (Elvis, Everly Brothers, Beatles, etc.), watching old movies (Bridge on the River Kwai, Ben Hur, Wild Bunch), and seeing photos of travel (hot rods, muscle cars, jalopies) creates a mental image of life in a simpler time.