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Corporate Monkey, CPA

You Don’t Want Anyone Thinking Bad About You In A Village

This year, my family of four is living in a small village in rural Bolivia.   We are originally from suburban California, and let me just say that village life here is different – in some ways that are good and some ways that are not. 


Wishing For A Market Crash

I’m hoping for a stock market crash.  I know, I know, who wouldn’t?  As an investor who plans to live for a few more decades, a stock market crash is about the best thing that could happen to me.  I hate paying full price for anything,


Taking DEEP Tax-Advantage of Health Insurance

It’s finally open season on the U.S. health insurance exchanges.  I’ve been looking forward to it for months!  Most people think of U.S. health insurance as horribly expensive, unwieldy, and unjustifiably bureaucratic.  And it is!  But, there are some tremendous tax advantages built into the system that most folks aren’t even aware of,


Day of the Dead in Bolivia

Day of the Dead is a big holiday in Bolivia.  It is celebrated over two days, on November 1st and 2nd.  The first day is technically Todos Santos, or All-Saints Day, and the second day is Dia de los Difuntos,


The GOP Tax Plan and the Zero Tax Bracket

House Republicans released their new tax proposal a few days ago, with the intention of getting a bill passed before the end of the year.  Changes will still inevitably occur before any bill becomes finalized into law, but we can look at the impact of the current proposal on retirement in general,


Bolivia’s Wild Wild West: Part III – Altiplano Lakes Region

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This is the third post in a four-part series about our week-long trip through Bolivia’s Southwest Circuit.   Part I of our trip covered Tupiza, a hiking and red-rock mecca, and the southern gateway to Bolivia’s southwest.   Part II covered the start of our Bolivian jeep tour