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Dissent in Thailand

Dissent in Thailand

Thailand, (remember: “The King and I”) is a beautiful country full of really nice people, ruled by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has sat on the throne many years. He loves animals. In 1998, he adopted a stray dog: Thong Daeng. He really likes the dog. In the year 2002,...
Rough Start for Equities

Rough Start for Equities

We have just experienced the worst start of a new year in the equity markets, ever! This is being dictated on January 22, 2016; the last two or three days have seen some modest recovery, but it does not auger well for traders. For investors, according to our sources...
South of the Border: Mexico

South of the Border: Mexico

We used to think that we knew Mexico very well. We speak the language, have many relatives and friends in that country of 125 million people, and normally would be in the country two or three times a year, for business and pleasure. We have been collecting debt in...
Solid Gold: Columbia

Solid Gold: Columbia

There’s gold in them there waters; lots of it. The government of Columbia claims to have found the galleon San Jose, deep in the waters of the Caribbean near Cartagena, Colombia. It was sunk there by the British Navy in 1708. It was a big ship: there were 500 people...
Uber and International Taxes

Uber and International Taxes

The lawyers and the accountants hasten to inform the rest of us that this is a most arcane and difficult to understand distinction. And, it changes all the time. As a commercial lawyer, I recognize and value the importance of the fine print, but we still have to try...
Italian Cash Transaction Limits

Italian Cash Transaction Limits

The Prime Minister of Italy, Mateo Renzi, has started a move to triple the limit of cash transactions from €1000 to €3000. The present limit was put in place in 2012 when the European Union was cracking down on tax evasion.  At the same time, he has raised the amount...