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Corporate Monkey, CPA

How Trump’s Tax Plan Impacts Early Retirement

Any time major tax changes are put on the table, I get that feeling like a kid on Christmas Day: giddy, excited, even a little wondrous.   What will I find when I unwrap the package? What possible new tax strategies will arise? 

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The First Global Currency

If you’re a student of money – or perhaps if you just like money generally – you should visit the outstanding “Casa de Moneda”, or Royal Mint, in Potosi, Bolivia.  It is the birthplace, HQ, and corner-office of the world’s first global currency: the silver Spanish peso.  

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Having A Ruff Day At The Office

The holy grail of any HR benefit is to make employees happy without costing much money.  But sadly, most fringe benefits fail at one or the other – either they cost the company a ton of money, or the employees don’t really care a rat’s ass about them. 

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No, No, No. THIS Is A Parade!

Ever since I was a kid, parades have bored the hell out of me.  Sitting for hours on the sidewalk in the hot sun while you watch the mayor ride by in a convertible, surrounded by barricades, crowds, and fried food – it’s all just hell. 

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There Ain’t No Rights Like Squatter Rights

Squatter rights are a complete game-changer when it comes to property, inheritance, and even retirement.  In the United States, there is no such thing as squatter rights, but they are common throughout much of Latin America.  In my time in Bolivia,

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An Extreme Cost of Living Comparison: Southern California vs. Rural Bolivia

I realized last week that I did something few people ever get to do.  I just moved from one of the more expensive places in the world – California – to one of the cheapest places in the world – a small town in the Bolivian Andes.  

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How To Win The Rat Race

Look to your left.  OK, now, look to your right.  What do you see?  Are you surrounded by commuter traffic or cubicles?  People who would clearly rather be somewhere else?  Do you feel a numbing sense of Déjà vu?  If so,

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