ECI Hemispheres Publishing

December Issue:

In This Issue...

 

The Western Hemisphere and Latino Opportunities.
by Gil Cisneros

I have recently returned from a fact-finding, relationship-enhancing trip to Lima, Peru. While meeting with local business owners, government officials and entrepreneurs, I was amazed by the commercial potential existing in the country. Not only were the people of Lima welcoming and hospitable, they also quickly demonstrated their thriving entrepreneurial culture and eagerness to do business with the United States.

Lima is a mega-metropolitan area with thousands of needs and opportunities for small Peruvian businesses to export their products to the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere.Often overlooked as an investment destination, Peru is an example of the tremendous opportunity that lies south of the border.  It has been stated that in order to grow the U.S. economy American businesses must increase their exports.  Latino-American businesses are uniquely positioned to do business throughout the Western Hemisphere. 

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Email is Not Magic: What You Need to Know
by Zafar Khan

If you are one of our readers, we know you use email every day. In fact, you probably send more email daily than any other form of communication; at least for important and business relevant correspondence. While some of this correspondence is used to coordinate schedules and keep in touch, some has consequence.

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The Panama Diaries. Part 2.
by Mike Gamble

Panamanians are delightful people, very willing to help and “gringo acclimatized”. We did not meet a local who was unpleasant or unwilling to give us a hand. As an example, on our way from the airport (after the conference we picked up a rental car there) we took a wrong turn (very easy to do as the road signage stinks) and ended up hopelessly lost in Casco Viejo, Old Panama City with origins dating back to the 1500’s. The streets are extremely narrow and the traffic is unbelievable with cars parked everywhere. At one point my wife had to get out of the car and guide me between two parked cars so we could pass on what was supposed to be a two-way street. We finally turned into a gas station for some help. When I rolled down the window there was an old hobo there who tried to help.

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How to Purchase store and protect your Gold from confiscation?
by Ralph Girgla

President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt confiscates private owned gold in april 1933.

A compensation was paid of $ 20.67/oz. Short time later the price was $ 35.00/oz. How easy it was to lose 70% ...

Gerald Ford repealed the ban up from 1975. This is not so long ago.

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Find Hidden Time: The Overseas Radio Network
by Michael Cobb

“The times they are a changing” as Bob Dylan says..   And indeed they are.   They continue to change and the amount of information continues to expand exponentially.   Unfortunately our time each day does not.   We still have only 24 hours a day and the demand on each of those hours seems greater and greater, doesn’t it.    That’s why when the Overseas Radio Network approached me to host a weekly radio program, along with 13 other country hosts from France to Argentina, Canada to Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Belize, I quickly agreed.  

The average North American spends 15 hours in the car each week.   This is “found time.” On top of that, think of the time in the kitchen, exercising, walking the dog, or other times where reading isn’t an option.  These are the perfect times to build your knowledge set and hear what it’s like to live and work overseas.

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Does the President's new super committee put your retirement plan at risk?
by Larry Grossman

It certainly seems so. There is once again discussion of the new Automatic IRA and Automatic 401k, which I have written about in the past. (Think J. Mark Iwry.) My analysis of the proposal showed that it was likely contributions would go into some form of government bond with little or no other options.

The newest talk on the Hill is even more disturbing. The super committee is being urged to consider a new proposal from the Washington-based Brookings Institution. In its simplest form the proposal calls for an end to the current system of tax deductions for contributions to retirement plans, replacing them with a flat tax credit. On its surface that may not seem such a bad idea but as they say, the devil is in the details.

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