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Daily Express Articles On Safest European Countries To Visit, Safest Nations To Hide Out In Case Of WW3

When it comes to selecting an offshore location for one’s valuables, it only makes sense physical safety of self (planning to visit/inspect belongings?) and wealth is considered. One of the publications I read on a regular basis for my research is the Daily Express (UK), and the paper recently ran two articles on their website related to this topic.

The most recent one, penned by Kara Godfrey and published on December 8, 2017, is entitled, “MAPPED: Safest countries in Europe to travel in 2018.” Only 8 nations made the cut for the “safest countries to visit in 2018.” And only 1 of them is known (by me) to have private, non-bank safe deposit box facilities.

The other piece was posted on November 29, 2017. Francesca Specter reported in “MAPPED: The 10 safest countries if World War THREE breaks out”:

WORLD War Three fears have heightened in recent months as conflict between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump escalates. These are the safest places to hide if world war does break out

(Editor’s note: Bold added for safety)

Of these, 1 is in North America, 7 are in Europe, 1 is in Asia, and 1 in Oceania. 6 are known (by me) to have safe deposit box facilities outside the banking system.

Revealing articles, which you can view here and here respectively on the Daily Express site.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Casey Research Articles About Gold Coins For Storing Wealth Offshore

Continuing on the subject of gold and storing it offshore, I’d like to bring up two articles I recently read on the Casey Research website. Casey Research was founded by Doug Casey, an American author, publisher, and investor, who also serves as chairman of the Delray Beach, Florida-based investment research firm. Regular readers know I’ve mentioned Casey before on this blog.

Back on May 18, 2017, an article entitled “Doug Casey’s Two Top Ways to Store Wealth Abroad” appeared on CaseyResearch.com. In it, International Man Senior Editor Nick Giambruno (who I’ve also mentioned in the past) asked Casey, “What forms of savings are good candidates to take abroad?” He replied:

Everybody should own gold coins because they are money in its most basic form-something that a lot of people have forgotten. Gold is the only financial asset that’s not simultaneously somebody else’s liability. And if your gold is outside the US, it gives you another degree of insulation should the United States decide that you shouldn’t own it.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“It gives you another degree of insulation should the United States decide that you shouldn’t own it.”

I would add “domestically” to the end of that statement.

More recently, a piece entitled “The Ultimate 4-Step ‘Freedom Insurance’ Plan” appeared on the Casey Research website. In the interview of Nick Giambruno by Chris Lowe, editor of Bonner & Partners’ Inner Circle, gold coins were mentioned again as “the easiest way to lessen the political risk to your savings.” From the October 3 exchange:

LOWE: What form of gold are we talking about- bullion, gold coins, ETFs?
GIAMBRUNO: Physical gold is your best option. Then you don’t have any counterparty risk. Having some gold in your possession in your home country is good. But having another stash in a foreign country is even better. You can either store it at a foreign property. Or you can store it in a non-bank safe deposit box.
LOWE: Why not a safe deposit box in a bank?
GIAMBRUNO: When President Roosevelt criminalized the possession of gold in 1933, federal agents went through bank safe deposit boxes searching for undeclared gold. Today, bank safe deposit boxes fall under the regulations and jurisdictions of banks. If there’s a bank holiday, like the one in Greece… or a bail-in like the one in Cyprus… or any event that shuts down or otherwise affects the banking industry, your bank safe deposit box is at risk. That’s not the case with non-bank vaulting and storage companies.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The subject of transporting gold coins out of the United States came up in the interview. From the exchange:

LOWE: What about gold coins? Can you just hop on a plane to Colombia or Argentina with gold coins in your pocket?
GIAMBRUNO: Well, it’s a gray area. And because it’s a gray area, I wouldn’t recommend taking more than a couple of gold coins with you when traveling abroad. The average TSA agent has probably never seen a gold coin in his life. He probably wouldn’t know what it was if he found one. But, if he thought it was something suspicious, he would confiscate it and let the courts sort it out. And that’s no fun. You’d have to go to court to get your metal back, and that would involve costly legal fees. I’ve taken gold coins across numerous borders, and I haven’t had a problem. But I’ve heard horror stories. And from personal experience, I can tell you that gold coins set off the X-ray machine. So there’s a decent chance the TSA folks- or their foreign counterparts- will find them. And remember, if you take more than $10,000 of “cash” in or out of the US, you need to file a “Report of International Transportation of Currency and Monetary Instruments” with FinCEN, a branch of the Treasury Department that deals with financial “crimes.”

Giambruno ultimately concluded:

You’re better off buying coins when you’re already in your destination country. Taking gold coins with you is just too risky.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Back on March 20, 2014, I blogged about transporting precious metals out of the United States to place in an overseas safe deposit box. In that post, I pointed out offshore expert Mark Nestmann discussed the process in-depth on the Financial Sense website in September 2012. His thoughts on the matter?

While it’s perfectly legal to move precious metals in or out of the United States, you must understand the reporting rules before you begin. Otherwise, your risk confiscation of your metals along with possible civil and criminal sanctions. You’re much better off paying an armored security service such as Brinks or ViaMat to transport the metals for you.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

You can read the two articles on the Casey Research site here and here, respectively.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular individual/business should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Mark Nestmann: Offshore Your Physical Gold

Yesterday I brought up the recent Nomad Capitalist article “10 Tips for Buying Gold in 2018” in which gold expert Claudio Grass said:

As a general rule, if you have over $50,000 to invest in gold, store it in a safe jurisdiction. For anything less than that, keep it nearby.

And according to Grass, “safe jurisdictions” meant two European countries.

Offshore expert Mark Nestmann also talked about storing physical gold locally and offshore in a July 9 piece on the International Living website. In “Why You Should Store Gold Overseas to Protect Your Money,” Nestmann informed readers:

You may already have gold safely stored at home or in a domestic vault. While that’s a smart plan, there is an even safer way to store your gold: Keep it overseas.

If all your wealth is in the U.S., it’s vulnerable. If you are sued in the U.S. (a one-in-three risk for U.S. citizens) and lose, a creditor can foreclose on your U.S. assets, including your domestic gold. Gold stored overseas, however, is much more difficult for creditors to seize.

Second, there’s political risk. In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt forced all gold-owners to turn their holdings over to the government. I don’t think a recurrence is likely, as gold is no longer the standard to which we peg our money. But moving your gold overseas gives you peace of mind.

Of course, it’s possible that the country you move your gold to could enforce a U.S. general gold confiscation order. But that’s never happened before. And in countries like Austria, Switzerland, and Singapore, doing so would violate their own ultraprotective wealth preservation laws.

The head of The Nestmann Group went on to talk about the three options available to Americans for keeping their gold overseas, one of which is “direct storage” and “a safe deposit box at a private vault.”

A short but informative primer on offshore gold storage, which you can read here on the International Living site.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular individual/business should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Sovereign Man Simon Black: ‘Have Some Non-Reportable Assets’

Regular readers of Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes know I’ve brought up Simon Black of Sovereign Man website-fame occasionally. Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, “permanent traveler”, and self-described “free man.” I’ve been following his work for some years now for his insights on offshore asset protection. And yesterday, a post entitled “100 billion reasons to have non-reportable assets” appeared on his blog. Those “100 billion reasons” referred to a low-end estimate of the billions of dollars Black claims the cash-strapped government of Saudi Arabia will seize in their ongoing anti-corruption purge. He surmised:

Saudi Arabia needs cash. Now.

So over the past few weeks they’ve found their source: theft.

Under the guise of a ‘corruption crackdown’, the government of Saudi Arabia has arrested hundreds of its wealthiest, most prominent citizens, and frozen more than 1700 bank accounts.

Black paralleled the Saudi situation with the United States. He added:

This is really no different than Civil Asset Forfeiture in the Land of the Free, the legal framework where countless federal, state, and local agencies have the authority to seize and freeze every asset you own without even so much as charging you with a crime.

(They can even take your kids away!)

I think there’s a pretty big lesson here: desperate governments almost invariably resort to stealing from their own citizens.

And that’s why one step in a Plan B is to have some non-reportable assets.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

One of those “assets that you’re not legally required to tell them about” mentioned was precious metals.

Black has discussed physical gold- and offshoring it- on the Sovereign Man website before. A little over three years ago I blogged:

Simon Black of Sovereign Man-fame talked about that additional line of defense with storing physical gold overseas. He wrote Wednesday on his site:

I’ve long been an advocate of moving a portion of one’s savings overseas.

After all, what’s the sense of leaving 100% of your assets within a country ruled by a morally and financially bankrupt government that treats you like a dairy cow?

Moving some of your gold abroad to a jurisdiction that prides itself on maintaining a high level of financial security and privacy protects you against legal thievery your government might commit against you.

Sure, it’s a risk that might never come to fruition. But you won’t be worse off for having stashed some of your gold away privately in a safe, stable jurisdiction…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“What’s the sense of leaving 100% of your assets within a country ruled by a morally and financially bankrupt government that treats you like a dairy cow?”

Some would argue this applies to good old Uncle Sam. However, while I believe the American Republic is in real danger of becoming “morally and financially bankrupt”- we’re not quite there yet.

That being said, if we continue down the same path we’ve been on for a while now, that gold of yours could look pretty tempting to the Feds.

All-in-all, another fine piece by Simon Black, which you can read in its entirety here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular business should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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No More Than 4 Years Left To Implement Effective Asset Protection Plans?

Last week I brought up a recent article by Mark Nestmann entitled “‘Asset Protection’ Isn’t A Scam” in which the offshore expert made some solid arguments in defense of Americans’ legal use of asset protection, which includes offshoring.

Since that time, I’ve come across a related piece by Olivier Garret on Forbes.com. Who is Garret? From his Forbes Contributor bio:

I am founding Partner and CEO of Mauldin Economics and Garret/Galland Research, leading publishers of financial research geared to individual investors and institutions. In 2012, I launched the Hard Assets Alliance, a revolutionary trading platform for precious metal investors. In addition, I’m managing partner of three hedge funds invested in the resource sector. Between 2007 and 2015, I was CEO and Partner of Casey Research, a publisher of financial research focused on the resource sector. The company was successfully sold to Stansberry & Associates in May of 2015…

Back on August 2, Garret penned an article entitled “Every Investor Is One Misstep Away From Losing Everything — And It Has Nothing To Do With Crashes” which should give Americans with even modest wealth pause for thought. Garret warned of increasing threats to personal assets posed by the legal system and desperate politicians hunting money in an era of growing class warfare and attraction to socialism in the United States. He wrote:

Whether or not we like President Trump, his election may have handed us a short-term reprieve from the collectivist movement in the US. Long term, though, I believe the US is on an inevitable path toward more socialism.

To fill its empty coffers, state and federal governments must take assets from savers, entrepreneurs, and hard-working professionals.

Why?

Because the U.S. lacks the political will to reduce its debt burden and make meaningful cuts to programs or benefits.

Anyone who has accumulated a bit of wealth has a very short window—probably no more than four years—to implement well-structured asset protection and estate plans.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

A thought-provoking piece by Olivier Garret, which you can read here on the Forbes website.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular business should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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‘Asset Protection’ Joins ‘Offshore’ In Coming Under Attack?

Yesterday I noted the negative connotation associated with the word “offshore” these days.

Apparently, the term “asset protection” is increasingly being demonized as well.

Mark Nestmann, an expert in both these matters, shared his observations about growing villification back on September 26, 2017, in an article on The Nestmann Group’s website. Nestmann wrote in “‘Asset Protection’ Isn’t a Scam”:

In the last few months, I’ve noticed an increasing stream of articles in the professional journals I read with the same theme: only tax evaders, fraudsters, and criminals pursue asset protection.

If I were a trial lawyer who earned his living by suing defendants with deep pockets, I might feel the same way. But you shouldn’t…

Nestmann put forth some solid arguments in defense of Americans’ legal use of asset protection, which includes offshoring.

An interesting and insightful read, which you can view here on The Nestmann Group’s site.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular business should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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‘Paradise Papers’ And Offshore Asset Protection Going Forward

Some time ago, an overseas safe deposit box facility contacted me about removing them from that list of offshore private vaults I maintain on this blog’s sister site.

The concern was over the use of the word “offshore” with the website- and the negative connotation associated with it these days.

I sympathized with the vault operator and happily complied with the request.

I was already well-acquainted with the demonization of pretty much anything having “offshore” attached to it while creating/naming the Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes blog and Offshore Private Vaults website four years ago. However, I was comfortable with the use of the word with these projects since the secured storage of lawfully-obtained/owned, privately-held belongings outside the United States (plenty of legitimate reasons to do so, and perfectly legal per Uncle Sam) is different from offshore banking (no financial transactions are being conducted).

Offshore finance is under attack today as the so-called “Paradise Papers”– “a huge leak of financial documents that throw light on the top end of the world of offshore finance” as BBC News calls it- makes headlines in the legacy media.

But note what the BBC also said concerning this material. Tucked away in a “Paradise Papers reporting team” web article yesterday:

The vast majority of the transactions involve no legal wrongdoing.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

And there’s this “pop-up” accompanying a piece by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), reportedly overseeing the investigation:

Please read the statement below before searching. There are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts. We do not intend to suggest or imply that any people, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

While the “Paradise Papers” may result in additional vilification of anything “offshore” among consumers of mainstream media, likely users of offshore products could shrug it off (while keeping in mind the importance of following the law). It’s conceivable this group ends up dismissing the matter after they contemplate/investigate potential agendas and/or influences.

I leave readers with this, which I posted on April 5, 2016, with the release of the “Panama Papers”:

Even though offshore corporate structures, offshore banking, and the like aren’t exactly my forte and not really areas this blog and sister site Offshore Private Vaults focus on, I feel I too should emphasize “offshore” doesn’t necessarily mean “criminal.”

The secured storage of legally-obtained and owned assets in bank and private, non-bank safe deposit boxes located outside the United States is perfectly within the law. And as regular readers of this blog know, Americans do it for a variety of reasons, including:

• Securing and having convenient access to valuables while residing, studying, travelling, and working overseas
• Geographically-diversifying wealth per the advice of financial/investment advisers
• “Prepping” for potential nationwide emergencies/disasters, where domestic access to privately-owned assets becomes impossible
• Protecting assets should “Uncle Sam” ever go rogue and join the growing wealth confiscation movement across the globe

While both the blog and website are aimed at the law-abiding, I still go so far as to communicate the following to visitors:

“Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes strongly condemns any attempted use of these overseas storage containers for illegal purposes.”

“Offshore Private Vaults strongly condemns any attempted use of these private vaulting facilities and their safe deposit boxes/lockers for illegal purposes.”

As it concerns U.S. government reporting requirements, just last week I blogged:

If “Uncle Sam” requires precious metals in an offshore bank safe deposit box to be reported, then by all means, you should do it.

And should taxes be involved, the way I see it, it’s like The Good Book says:

Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s…

In conclusion, who knows how far the fallout from the “Panama Papers” will extend. But it would be a real shame if offshore asset protection , and in particular the tool of the offshore safe deposit box, gets thrown under the bus from this event despite it being beneficial and legal for Americans to pursue.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on information found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

Sources:

Paradise Papers Reporting Team. “Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed.” BBC News. 6 Nov. 2017. (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41876942?ocid=socialflow_twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=twitter). 7 Nov. 2017.

“Offshore Trove Exposes Trump-Russia Links And Piggy Banks Of The Wealthiest 1 Percent.” International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. 5 Nov. 2017. (https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/paradise-papers-exposes-donald-trump-russia-links-and-piggy-banks-of-the-wealthiest-1-percent/). 7 Nov. 2017.

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