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Mikkel Thorup

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292: From IRA To International: Investing In Foreign Real Estate With SDIRAs
5d ago
292: From IRA To International: Investing In Foreign Real Estate With SDIRAs
Are you an American with an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) loaded with mutual funds, investing in the incredibly shaky foundation of the U.S. stock market? Today’s episode is just for you. This week, I am going to share a recent webinar I held where I invited our new partner, Matt Calhoun from Equity Trust, to discuss how to take control of your retirement with a self-directed IRA and share strategies for using one to invest in foreign real estate. This really is a can’t-miss for my American friends.   TODAY’S PRESENTATION ON USING SELF-DIRECTED IRAS FOR INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE Tune in to meet Matt, who was referred to me by a trusted real estate partner as the “best in the business” when it comes to understanding American retirement accounts and foreign real estate. Discover how Matt first became interested in the niche area of self-directed IRAs after previously being involved with more conventional mutual funds.Learn how a self-directed IRA is unique from most in that you can direct and manage your own portfolio, including the type of assets you invest in. Uncover the wide variety of assets that you can own using self-directed IRAs, from precious metals to cryptocurrency to international real estate.Do you already have an account that can fund a self-directed IRA without your realizing it? Find out the most common ways to fund self-directed IRAs. Learn the differences between a “traditional IRA” and a “Roth” IRA - and the tax implications of each. This knowledge is absolutely crucial for understanding how to use these types of accounts to your benefit properly.Discover the very few types of assets that retirement accounts are prohibited from managing. Cross these off your list of investment ideas for IRAs. Hear about the most common mistakes people make using self-directed IRAs so that you don’t make them yourself!By the end of this episode, you will know everything you need to know about using your retirement account to purchase international real estate and protecting yourself from a coming stock market crash.    GET STARTED WITH YOUR SELF-DIRECTED IRA TODAY Contact our partner Matt by email at m.calhoun@trustetc.com to fill out an application and start taking control of your retirement today. Tell him Mikkel Thorup sent you, and he’ll get you started right away.    DON’T MISS OUR NEXT WEBINAR! If you missed this one a few weeks ago, save yourself the trouble next time by bookmarking and frequently checking back at our webinar page. Our next webinar, “Beachfront Bonanza: Strategies For Cash Flow In Brazilian Property,”
291: Unschooling: Learning Off The Beaten Path – Joshua Sheats
Apr 3 2024
291: Unschooling: Learning Off The Beaten Path – Joshua Sheats
Today’s guest is Joshua Sheats. Joshua is an expert financial planner who teaches normal people how to seamlessly connect the science of financial planning with the joy of goal achievement. He is the host of the Radical Personal Finance podcast and, as you’ve heard across this three-part series, is also passionate about education and worldschooling with his five children. In the third and final installment of our three-part series, Joshua and I dive even deeper into the vast array of knowledge Joshua has acquired over the years, both through his own research and his real-life experience educating his own five children. Enjoy!   TODAY'S CONVERSATION WITH JOSHUA SHEATS Find out what you can glean about learning from the story of a Hungarian scientist who raised three daughters to become world-class chess prodigies.Discover how the concept of comprehensible input is the key to learning foreign languages.Learn why Joshua and I agree that no matter how far technology advances, the ability to converse face-to-face in multiple languages will always have massive value.You’ll be blown away when you hear Joshua’s calculation of just how many languages a person can learn - if they put the time in.Listen in to hear Joshua and I discuss the concept of learning multiple languages as ‘stackable’ by learning languages with similar roots.Discover the most important book you have to read to grasp the learning concepts we discuss today fullyDo we really need to learn all the subjects taught in traditional education? What subjects should we discard?By the end of this episode, you will have a whole new perspective on what learning really means. RELATED EPISODES 290: Worldschooling: Beyond The 3 R's 289: Lessons From Homeschooling Five Children Overseas - Joshua Sheats 115: The Solution To Educating Your Children Abroad - Michael Strong   HOW TO FIND JOSHUA SHEATS Website: https://www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/ Follow Joshua Sheats on X   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Start next year off right by ensuring you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times! Sign up now
290: Worldschooling: Beyond The 3 R’s – Joshua Sheats
Apr 1 2024
290: Worldschooling: Beyond The 3 R’s – Joshua Sheats
Today’s guest is Joshua Sheats. Joshua is an expert financial planner who teaches normal people how to seamlessly connect the science of financial planning with the joy of goal achievement. He is the host of the Radical Personal Finance podcast and, as you’ll hear in this episode, is also passionate about education and worldschooling with his five children. In the second installment of our three-part series, where we discuss everything but finance, Joshua and I delve further into the subject of education and how worldschooling his own five children has altered his ideas about what makes a “well-educated man.” Enjoy!   TODAY'S CONVERSATION WITH JOSHUA SHEATS Find out what two key skills Joshua has added to the “Three Rs” that every person needs to grasp to succeed in today’s world. Hear why Joshua believes it’s fallacious that just because information is available at our fingertips, we shouldn’t still be teaching content to our children. Learn what change in approach led to the absolute destruction of the French educational system’s outcomes.Uncover the secret of how I am able to process information from audiobooks at 3x speed. People don’t believe me, but it’s true!Hear Joshua expertly break down the three contexts of education that people grapple with.Find out what surprised me about Joshua’s evolving thoughts about textbooks, which I absolutely loathe.Learn why Joshua and I both see the tremendous value in learning certain subjects through stories rather than through more standard academic approaches.Discover what attributes Joshua believes are embodied by a “well-educated man.”Listen in to learn about the caveats Joshua and I both add to our own “unschooling” philosophies. By the end of this episode, you will have a brand new perspective on the subject of learning, whether you are a homeschooling parent or just a well-educated adult yourself. RELATED EPISODES 289: Lessons From Homeschooling Five Children Overseas - Joshua Sheats 115: The Solution To Educating Your Children Abroad - Michael Strong 078: Brandon Pearce – How To Travel The Globe Homeschooling Your Children   HOW TO FIND JOSHUA SHEATS Website: https://www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/ Follow
289: Lessons From Homeschooling Five Children Overseas – Joshua Sheats
Mar 27 2024
289: Lessons From Homeschooling Five Children Overseas – Joshua Sheats
Today’s guest is Joshua Sheats. Joshua is an expert financial planner who teaches normal people how to seamlessly connect the science of financial planning with the joy of goal achievement. He is the host of the Radical Personal Finance podcast and, as you’ll hear in this episode, is also passionate about education and worldschooling with his five children. Since Joshua has discussed finance on over 1,000 episodes of his podcast, today, Joshua and I begin a three-part series in which we discuss everything but finance. In this conversation, we dive into Joshua’s approach to educating his five children while travelling the world.    TODAY'S CONVERSATION WITH JOSHUA SHEATS Learn about Joshua’s own educational upbringing, which included an eclectic mix of homeschooling, public school, a private Christian school and a traditional university. Hear about the “conspiracy theory” Joshua uncovered about the insidious nature of government school systems.Listen to Joshua describe the “knowledge gap” between the United States and China and what it means for their respective approaches to education.Discover why Joshua has come to believe that education is always religious in nature Hear Joshua explain how raising five children taught him there is no such thing as “one size fits all” parenting advice or educational method.Listen in as Joshua describes how relationships are built on “the currency of time” and why time spent with children early on is so critical to character development.Discover how Joshua learned how to create a controlled, positive environment around technology, which has encouraged his children to use it for positive, educational purposes. By the end of the episode, you’ll understand why Joshua and I both want to “have it all” when it comes to raising our children and why you can legit have it all, too.   RELATED EPISODES 183: Navigating New Norms; Defending Children From Woke Educational Systems 115: The Solution To Educating Your Children Abroad - Michael Strong 098: Sixty Home Swaps In 3 Years Of Non-Stop Travel With 4 Kids In Tow – Daniel Prince   HOW TO FIND JOSHUA SHEATS Website: https://www.radicalpersonalfinance.com Follow Joshua Sheats on X   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Start next year off right by ensuring you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter
288: Update: Why I Don’t Take My Foot Off The Gas
Mar 20 2024
288: Update: Why I Don’t Take My Foot Off The Gas
In today’s episode, I’m going to provide an update on everything that’s been going on over the past few weeks, culminating with my birthday party here in Panama that saw over 200 like-minded people coming together for an incredible celebration. Prior to that, we had a week-long investors tour in Panama, which began just as I was coming back from a trip to Turkey.  As you can tell, it’s been a busy few weeks, but they’ve also been incredibly important. With how fast things are changing in today's world, this is no time to take the foot off the gas—it's time to accelerate, and that's exactly what you'll be seeing my team and I do this year. Today, I’ll share all the details and preview a bit of what the Expat Money team and I have planned for the year ahead.   TODAY’S UPDATE EPISODE: Listen in to hear about my trip to Turkey to finalize renovations on the home that we recently purchased in Istanbul.Learn about the recent investors tour we held in Panama prior to the party, where clients of mine came down to view some of the absolute gems of real estate deals that are brewing down here. Find out why this will probably be the last of these investors' tours in Panama for a while and what we plan to do next year in its place. It’s going to be even more exciting!Hear the details of the upcoming Luxury Expat Exploration and Investment Tour in Paraguay. Many of my clients have become interested in this country lately, and we’re going to spend nine days exploring in style.Listen to the breakdown of my 41st birthday party - from the food, fireworks, and festivities to the amazing conversations with friends and clients. Find out why it’s absolutely critical that you act RIGHT NOW to get Panama residency by investment before the minimum investment nearly doubles this year. Don’t hesitate & reach out to my team today to get started.Learn about the easiest way to make your real estate investment in Panama - our Panam Fly ‘N Buy Tours, where you’ll have all your expenses paid when you come down and purchase your property here in Panama.    SAVE THE DATE The team and I have already decided that instead of an investors tour next year, we’ll be hosting a conference on Friday followed by a Birthday party on Saturday. So SAVE THE DATE for March 14-16, 2025, and I hope to see you there!   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER If you’ve listened to this episode and aren’t on our newsletter yet, what are you waiting for? Not only will you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times, but sign up...
287: Expat News: Canadian Exodus, Panama’s Visa Boom, and El Salvador’s Pricey Citizenship
Mar 13 2024
287: Expat News: Canadian Exodus, Panama’s Visa Boom, and El Salvador’s Pricey Citizenship
In today’s episode, I’m going to introduce a new segment in the show, one that my team and I have been talking about internally for a while, that will be known for now as “Expat News.” The idea is that every quarter or so, as I’m reading the news or going through government websites and I see changes to immigration and programs and things that affect the offshore and expat space, I’ll do one of these episodes breaking it all down.  So enjoy this premier edition of Expat News, where we’ll discuss a number of stories from the wave of migration from Canada to the popularity of Panama’s investment visa to El Salvador’s interesting - and pricey - citizenship program. Enjoy!   LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! This episode was a little bit of an experiment, so I really would appreciate all of your feedback. Would you like to see more “Expat News” segments in the future? Head over to the Expat Money Forum, and let me know what you think!   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER If you’ve listened to this episode and aren’t on our newsletter yet, what are you waiting for? Not only will you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times, but sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”   RELATED EPISODES 282 Are We Headed Towards World War 3? - Ron Paul 277: Mikkel Unleashed: A Raw Take On Today's Tumultuous World 208: From USA To Panama an Expat Story - Angela   CONCLUSION I hope you enjoyed this premier edition of Expat News. I know you’re all busy and probably won't catch every nugget of expat-related news that passes by, and it’s the same for me. Luckily, I have a team of expert researchers here at Expat Money who make sure the most important stories don’t pass me by, allowing me to give you my thoughts here on the podcast.  Are you a fan of this type of segment? Be sure to let us know, and I’ll see you back here next Wednesday!Mentioned in this episode:Join Us For Upcoming Live WebinarsEvery month, we offer exciting new webinars for our community. Topics include how to use retirement accounts to buy real estate overseas, how to get a second passport in Latin America, why you should sell your stock portfolio and move your money offshore, how to buy a beachfront rental property in Brazil for less than $100k, or apartments in Paraguay for $60k. If you want to join us for FREE for these presentations with live Q&A, insider secrets, and exclusive opportunities with my professional network of experts, then sign up today.Webinars - Expat MoneyJoin Us For Upcoming Live WebinarsEvery month, we offer exciting new webinars for our community. Topics include how...
286: Untracked: The Role of Freedom Tech In Personal Security – Seth For Privacy
Mar 6 2024
286: Untracked: The Role of Freedom Tech In Personal Security – Seth For Privacy
Today’s guest is Seth for Privacy. Seth is a freedom maximalist and privacy advocate. He is the head of strategy and content for “Foundation Devices,” which builds Bitcoin-centric tools that empower you to reclaim your freedom. He also serves as the editor for Freedom Tech, a global hub championing Bitcoin builders, open-source developers, educators and privacy tech pioneers.  Seth and I have a great discussion about the various freedom technologies available to increase your privacy. Enjoy!   TODAY'S CONVERSATION WITH SETH FOR PRIVACY Listen in to find out how Seth first took an interest in privacy issues while working for a cybersecurity firm when he realized the technology he was working on could be used to oppress humans.Hear how Seth started writing and podcasting about freedom issues in order to right some of the wrongs he had contributed to in his career.  Learn why Seth believes that free and open-source privacy tools are vital in protecting one’s privacy from both government and corporate spying. Find out why Seth believes Bitcoin to be a core technology when it comes to privacy and security but why Bitcoin alone is not enough. Hear Seth and I discuss the importance of self-custody when it comes to Bitcoin to fully utilize it as “Freedom Money.”Listen to Seth unveil some of the easiest “levers” people can enact right away to increase their own privacy.Learn why Seth is opposed to “privacy maximalism.” Just as I say, there is no “Shangri-La” perfect country out there; the same holds true for privacy technology.Find out what Seth thinks of the popular privacy-centric messaging apps like Telegram, Signal and Simplex - are some better than others?Hear Seth explain the importance of an “always-on” VPN - a simple tool that, while sometimes creating a minor inconvenience on some websites, presents a huge privacy upgrade.Seth and I discuss our philosophy on how to decide when trade-offs in privacy are worth the gain in productivity or security.   RELATED EPISODES 241: How to Secure Your Online Identity - Josh Summers 223: Fortifying Your Digital Fortress: Top Privacy and Security Tips For Expats 162: How Privacy Can Protect You If They Come For You - Gabriel Custodiet   HOW TO FIND SETH FOR PRIVACY Email: seth@foundationdevices.com Seth For Privacy on X   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Start next year off right by ensuring you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times!
285: Part 2 Building Wealth In Paraguay’s 2024 Real Estate Boom – Q&A
Feb 28 2024
285: Part 2 Building Wealth In Paraguay’s 2024 Real Estate Boom – Q&A
In today’s episode, I'm going to share with you the second part of the presentation I put together with my friend Fernando about the incredible, under-the-radar opportunities for real estate investment in Paraguay. I got to meet Fernando when I took a trip to Paraguay last year to explore the country on the ground, and we became not only fast friends but business partners as well. I was thrilled to have him come on and share everything he has learned living and investing in Paraguay. We also took some questions from attendees of the webinar as we recorded it live. If you missed last week’s episode, be sure to go back and listen to that one first so you’re all caught up. Enjoy!   TODAY’S PANEL ON BUILDING WEALTH IN PARAGUAY’S REAL ESTATE BOOM Learn how the last decade of infrastructure development translates to investors entering an area that is proven, tested, and primed for growth.Find out how the opportunities available in Paraguay represent an economic “perfect storm” with huge potential for both cash returns and capital appreciation. This is exactly what I look for in my investments. Hear the details of how Fernando’s team at Green Parana handles all of the little details so that the whole process is turnkey for my investors.Gain a detailed understanding of the strategies for renting these units - short or long-term, furnished or unfurnished - it’s all up to you!Get the inside scoop on the different types of apartments available and the discounts I was able to secure on these units. You will seriously be floored when you hear these prices!Find out why I am only looking at this opportunity as an investment, not as a launching pad for moving to Paraguay as an expat, which is really a separate conversation. You are not going to believe the “cherry on top,” as we refer to it, that will be included with these rentals for my investors - this is not something you normally get when you invest in a rental property! Finally, Fernando and I take questions from our live attendees and put to rest any remaining doubts you might have about Paraguay’s coming real estate boom.   SECURE YOUR PARAGUAY PROPERTY TODAY! Email us at ExpatMoney@GreenParana.com   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER You would have already read the basics of today’s story if you’d been receiving the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times! Sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships."   RELATED EPISODES
284: Part 1 Building Wealth In Paraguay’s 2024 Real Estate Boom - Presentation
Feb 21 2024
284: Part 1 Building Wealth In Paraguay’s 2024 Real Estate Boom - Presentation
In today’s episode, I'm going to share with you a recent webinar I hosted about the incredible investment opportunities in Paraguay I discovered on my recent trip to that off-the-radar South American country. I invited my friend Fernando in to break down why Paraguay’s real estate market is such an exciting prospect in 2024 and how you can capitalize on those opportunities now before the rest of the world catches up. Enjoy!   TODAY’S PRESENTATION ON PARAGUAY’S REAL ESTATE BOOM Tune in to meet Fernando; he and I became fast friends when we met up in Paraguay and are now working together to educate expats about Paraguay’s burgeoning real estate market. Hear Fernando describe Paraguay as a conservative culture with liberal economic policies - the sort that many of my clients are looking for as expats.Fernando breaks down the recent change in Paraguay’s government and why the current president shows a lot of promise in regard to staying out of the economy.Learn why Paraguay has such a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with its largest neighbour, Brazil, another country I’m a huge fan of. Hear Fernando expertly break down the current housing “problem” in Paraguay - a problem that is music to the ears of investors looking to capitalize on a real estate market that’s ready to explode. Water, water, everywhere! If you love water, Paraguay is the place for you, as there are luscious rivers and waterfalls nearly everywhere you look. Marvel at Paraguay’s incredible energy sector - one that has seen no rise in energy prices in over eight years!Be sure to stay tuned in to the end, where Fernando will unveil the great discount I was able to negotiate for my subscribers on his units, along with all the details you need to know. This is a discount you won’t be able to get anywhere else!   SECURE YOUR PARAGUAY PROPERTY TODAY! Email us at ExpatMoney@GreenParana.com   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER You would have already read the basics of today’s story if you’d been receiving the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times! Sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”   RELATED EPISODES 273: Discover Paraguay: An In-Depth Breakdown Of Our Scouting Trip 228: Residency in Nicaragua As A Plan-B Location 243: Brazilian Beachfront Real Estate with 12 Percent Net Returns  ...
283: Panama Healthcare: A Personal Case Study & Report
Feb 14 2024
283: Panama Healthcare: A Personal Case Study & Report
In today’s episode, I'm going to do something a little bit different and share with you guys what has been going on with my health over the last two weeks or so. It has not been a great couple of weeks here for myself and my family, but I want to share this story with you because I think there is an excellent opportunity to impart some lessons, not only about the excellent healthcare system here in Panama but also about living overseas overall.  You’ll hear it in my voice that I’m still not entirely back to 100%, but I wanted to get this one out while everything was fresh on my mind. I hope you find value in my experience and can use it to better prepare for your own expat future.    EXPAT HEALTH INSURANCE If one thing should be clear from my story today, it is that it is absolutely essential to plan for the worst-case scenario when you are living abroad or travelling. Reach out to our friends at Insured Nomads so that you can travel with peace of mind when it comes to your health coverage.    SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER You would have already read the basics of today’s story if you’d been receiving the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times! Sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”   RELATED EPISODES 265: Tips, Tricks & Strategies For Moving Abroad With Your Family 178: 94 Things I Do To Set Myself Up For Success - Mikkel Thorup 164: Medical Tourism In Colombia   CONCLUSION I hope you got a lot of value out of my experience with health care in Panama this past week. Even as I write this, I am still not back to 100%, but I really wanted to share this with you to drive home how important it is to have access to affordable health care, no matter where you are in the world.  Aside from that, my experience really demonstrates the value of a support network. I am so grateful to have been surrounded by family, hired help, and friends in the community who I could count on while I was out of commission.  We can never prepare for every possible scenario, but we can take actionable steps to put ourselves and our families in the best possible position to cope with the unexpected when it inevitably strikes. Mentioned in this episode:Join Us For Upcoming Live WebinarsEvery month, we offer exciting new webinars for our community. Topics include how to use retirement accounts to buy real estate overseas, how to get a second passport in Latin America, why you should sell your stock portfolio and move your money offshore, how to buy a beachfront rental property in Brazil for less than $100k, or apartments in Paraguay for $60k. If you want to join us for FREE for these presentations with live Q&A, insider secrets, and exclusive opportunities with my professional network...
282: Are We Headed Towards World War 3? – Ron Paul
Feb 7 2024
282: Are We Headed Towards World War 3? – Ron Paul
In today’s episode, I am thrilled to welcome back Dr. Ron Paul. Dr. Paul is a former U.S. Congressman, ran for President three times, and is an accomplished author and speaker. Dr. Paul always has valuable insights to share from his perspective, both as an Austrian economist and a former U.S. politician and with everything going on in the world, I wanted to invite him back to get his perspective on the trends going into 2024, including the march toward a possible World War 3.  TODAY’S CONVERSATION WITH DR. RON PAUL Listen in to Dr. Paul’s perspective on why Austrian economics can predict trends but not specifics. This is an important distinction!  Does Dr. Paul believe we will see a new world reserve currency? Dr. Paul breaks down why the end of the dollar is inevitable but not necessarily imminent Find out how Dr. Paul views the current escalations in tensions with China. Will this lead to a hot war in Asia?  Could there be a reinstatement of the draft in the United States? Dr. Paul and I discuss the possibility that many U.S. clients of mine have expressed concerns about. Hear Dr. Paul’s opinion on where in the world would be a safe place to go if a World War III scenario were to play out. You won’t want to miss Ron’s epic rant about why the real isolationists are the governments and politicians causing wars and interfering in the economy. Dr. Paul really got fired up here! Finally, you’ll get Ron Paul’s predictions for 2024. How does he see the U.S. election playing out? What will unfold in regard to the march towards World War 3? And where does he find hope?WHERE TO FIND DR. RON PAUL’S WORKWebsite: https://ronpaulinstitute.org/Podcast: http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERStart the year off right by ensuring you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times! Sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”RELATED EPISODES275: Gold, Inflation and the Banking Crisis: The Outlook for 2024 - Peter Schiff253: Where To Go If We Have World War Three221: What The World Can Expect In 2023 - Ron PaulCONCLUSIONAs longtime listeners know, I have been a longtime admirer of Dr. Ron Paul and his commitment to spreading the ideas of liberty. But what I also love about him is his ability to see beyond the theoretical and apply the ideas of Austrian economics and human action to the current real-world scenarios we see playing out. While we can’t predict the specifics, the trends are clear, and the doors to many countries will likely be closing, especially if a world war scenario plays out. This is why I always encourage everyone to act now when it comes to crafting your...
281: Plan B Insights: Evaluating Hungary’s Residency Potential – Laszlo Kiss
Jan 31 2024
281: Plan B Insights: Evaluating Hungary’s Residency Potential – Laszlo Kiss
Today’s guest is Laszlo Kiss, who is making his return to the Expat Money Show after first appearing way back on episode 99. He has more than 30 years of experience in the offshore space since his first citizenship sale in 1997. Laszlo is a personal friend of mine and has been a mentor to me for a number of years. I invited Laszlo back to the show to discuss the various new immigration programs that have recently come out of his home country of Hungary. Who better than a Hungarian to help break it all down?   TODAY'S CONVERSATION WITH LASZLO KISS Listen to hear why, despite conducting his business in the expat world, Laszlo has decided to remain in his home country of Hungary. Find out how the interesting influx into Hungary of students from both Iran and Israel are getting along together.Hear why Hungary has had to become more strict in recent years when it comes to its immigration policies.Learn the details of the different investment options available to pursue Hungarian residency.Listen to Laszlo and I break down the important distinction between having a residency in Europe vs. citizenship in regards to which countries you can actually live in. Hear the fascinating story about the Hungarian man who acquired five different citizenships - without even leaving his village!What’s it like living next door to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine? Laszlo delivers his account from the ground.Listen to Laszlo’s first-hand breakdown of everything you need to know about life in Hungary, from safety to health care to cost of living and, of course, the food (always important to me!)   RELATED EPISODES 266: Is Georgia A Good Plan B Location For Expats? 264: How To Get A Backup Citizenship Or Residency 099: Best European Passports For Sale – Laszlo Kiss   HOW TO FIND LASZLO KISS Email: expat@discusholdings.com Website: https://www.discusholdings.com/   CONCLUSION I have known Lazslo for many years, and I always have a blast talking to him. Hungary is a country many don’t often think about when it comes to an expat Plan B, but it certainly has a number of interesting advantages worth exploring.  As always, I try to provide as complete a picture as possible when breaking down a country, and there is quite literally no better expert in the world when it comes to gaining residency and citizenship in Hungary than Laszlo Kiss. If you’re interested in pursuing Hungarian residency or citizenship, do not hesitate to contact him at
280: Bulletproof Your Future: Comprehensive Plan B Strategies For Global Citizens
Jan 24 2024
280: Bulletproof Your Future: Comprehensive Plan B Strategies For Global Citizens
In today’s episode, I wanted to share a recent special webinar I hosted this past Thursday entitled “Bulletproof Your Future: Comprehensive Plan B Strategies For Global Citizens.” The presentation was focused on all the strategies you can employ to build a "Plan B” lifestyle overseas, and the feedback so far has been incredible!  This is one of the most important webinars I have put together, so I wanted to make sure all of my listeners got a chance to check it out if you didn’t catch the live webinar.  Plus, there’s a HUGE announcement awaiting for you in this one, one you are NOT going to want to miss. Enjoy!   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Don’t miss important announcements like the one in today’s episode! LIsteners who have signed up for my newsletter and receive EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times already heard about this opporunity!  Sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”   RELATED EPISODES 275: Gold, Inflation and the Banking Crisis: The Outlook for 2024 - Peter Schiff 261: Preparing Your Investments for the Coming Recession - Rick Rule 239: Hey Mikkel, What Are You Doing? CONCLUSION The entire reason I do this show is to share the strategies that actually work - the strategies that I actually employ in my own life - and to motivate others to seek shelter from what’s to come by diversifying offshore. This webinar is one of the most important I have done, and I hope it really helped drive home how you can take action now to get your Plan B in place before it’s too late. I'll see you all next Wednesday!Mentioned in this episode:Join Us For Upcoming Live WebinarsEvery month, we offer exciting new webinars for our community. Topics include how to use retirement accounts to buy real estate overseas, how to get a second passport in Latin America, why you should sell your stock portfolio and move your money offshore, how to buy a beachfront rental property in Brazil for less than $100k, or apartments in Paraguay for $60k. If you want to join us for FREE for these presentations with live Q&A, insider secrets, and exclusive opportunities with my professional network of experts, then sign up today.Webinars - Expat MoneyJoin Us For Upcoming Live WebinarsEvery month, we offer exciting new webinars for our community. Topics include how to use retirement accounts to buy real estate overseas, how to get a second passport in Latin America, why you should sell your stock portfolio and move your money offshore, how to buy a beachfront rental property in Brazil for less than $100k, or apartments in Paraguay for $60k. If you want to join us for FREE for these presentations with live Q&A, insider secrets, and exclusive opportunities with my professional network of experts, then sign up...
279: Doug Casey’s Crystal Ball – Predictions for 2024
Jan 17 2024
279: Doug Casey’s Crystal Ball – Predictions for 2024
In today’s episode, I wanted to share an interview I conducted with my friend and mentor, the great Doug Casey. In this conversation, Doug polishes his crystal ball and gives his thoughts on what we can expect to see in 2024 when it comes to the economy, geopolitics, and the prospect of World War Three. This is an absolute can’t-miss discussion!   TODAY'S CONVERSATION WITH DOUG CASEY Listen in to hear why Doug believes the chance of a return to the “pre-Covid hysteria” normal is “close to zero.”Learn why Doug believes we have already embarked on what he refers to as the “Greater Depression.”Find out what Doug sees unfolding with the BRICS nations. Will they successfully create their own non-dollarized currency? Learn why Doug believes that, ultimately, only a gold-backed currency can replace the dollar.Hear Doug’s take on CBDCs and whether governments will attempt to use them in their own quest to replace the dollar. Discover what other commodities Doug is bullish on going into 2024. You do NOT want to miss Doug’s expert insights here!Listen to Doug’s bone-chilling thoughts on how new types of warfare  - be they cyber or biowarfare - may become more commonplace than conventional warfare.Doug and I discuss the concept of evil in the world and why we both no longer believe that most of our global issues unfold out of pure ignorance and stupidity. Where is Doug Casey putting his own money? Find out what Doug is doing within his own portfolio heading into 2024.Lastly, Doug shares his thoughts on what areas of the world he believes will be safest in the event of World War Three.   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Start the year off right by ensuring you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times! Sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”   RELATED EPISODES 275: Gold, Inflation and the Banking Crisis: The Outlook for 2024 - Peter Schiff 261: Preparing Your Investments for the Coming Recession - Rick Rule 250: Celebrating Success: Key Takeaways From Expat Money's Finest Discussions   CONCLUSION It was a pure pleasure conducting this interview with Doug Casey, someone I have looked up to for a long time and, in recent years, have grown to know even better as a friend and...
278: Breaking New Ground: Everyday Life in a Free Private City – Alex Ugorji
Jan 10 2024
278: Breaking New Ground: Everyday Life in a Free Private City – Alex Ugorji
Today’s guest is Alex Ugorji, an entrepreneur and educator interested in prosperity zones, breakaway civilizations, and disruptive technologies.He started the Crypto Frontier, an intentional crypto community in Saipan, and co-founded a blockchain software company RaiPay. He is also the co-founder of Nakamoto Financial, a consulting and financial technology company.After realizing that his dreams of disruption could not be realized in the United States, he moved to Ciudad Morazán in Honduras to become one of the first-ever residents of this free private city, where he currently works as a consultant, community manager, and fellow Free Cities Ambassador.TODAY'S CONVERSATION WITH ALEX UGORJI Listen in to Alex’s backstory of how his interest in cryptocurrencies and the ‘frontier of money” led him to first to Saipan and now to Ciudad Morazán in Honduras. Discover what it was like to live in the remote U.S. Pacific territory of Saipan and why Alex believes it to be the “freest place in America” and “America’s hidden gem.” Find out how the U.S. government’s increasing interest in cryptocurrency saw the Crypto Frontier projects ultimately getting shelved in Saipan. Learn about the unique law passed in Honduras that has allowed for three distinct “free private cities” to develop, including Ciudad Morazán, where Alex lives.  Hear why Alex chose to live in Ciudad Morazán, which is more catered towards locals, over Prospera, which more caters more to foreigners and expats.  Discover how Alex helped build a crypto ecosystem for payments which allows anyone who lives in Ciudad Morazán, aka “Bootstrap City,” to live entirely on crypto. You’ll be floored when you hear how simple and easy it was to open a gym in Ciudad Morazán with so many needless rules and regulations stripped away. Learn about the friendly competition between the two very differently structured ZEDEs of Prospera and Ciudad Morazán. Get the latest updates on the issues the ZEDEs have had with the Marxist Honduran government and how it will affect these projects down the road.  Find out what it’s really like to live inside a private city on a day-to-day basis from someone who literally has boots on the ground.SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERStart next year off right by ensuring you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times! Sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”RELATED EPISODES​​270: The Future Of International Cities256: Are Self-Governing Cities Our Chance At Freedom?192: Building Free Private Cities Around The World - Peter YoungCONCLUSIONIt was a blast talking to Alex after having dinner with him at the Liberty In Our Lifetime conference in Prague last year. Ciudad Morazán and the prospects of future cities like it present a huge potential...
277: Mikkel Unleashed: A Raw Take on Today’s Tumultuous World
Jan 3 2024
277: Mikkel Unleashed: A Raw Take on Today’s Tumultuous World
In today’s episode, I wanted to have a little fun and share with you a compilation of some of my best rants from this past year of the Expat Money Show. 2023 saw me interviewing a ton of huge guests like Rick Rule and Peter Schiff, but what I don’t often highlight are my own little side rants, and I sure had a lot of them this year!So enjoy this look back at some of my best rants from 2023.TODAY'S EPISODE ABOUT MY BEST RANTS OF THE PAST YEAR Hear me lay out my thoughts about forgiveness, particularly when it comes to people’s shifting political beliefs. Discover how I break down the concept of libertarianism to others and how I choose to focus on applying the concepts in my own life. Learn some of my most important tips for keeping yourself and your family safe while travelling.  Listen in to get a glimpse into my perspective on the proper role of ethics & morality and how they influence my actions. Tune in to my rant about the role of personal responsibility in the face of all the very real problems in the world. Professional doom-scrollers, this one is for you! Hear me go off about the complicity of the mainstream media in the warmongering that has led us to a scenario on the brink of World War Three.  I drive home why it’s so important to act NOW in my rant about recent changes in some citizenship-by-investment programs. Find out why it drives me nuts when people make excuses not to learn a foreign language.  Listen to a well-earned rant about the globalists and technocrats that have caused so much misery in the world. This one is an all-timer! Lastly, you'll hear the end of one of the wildest travel experiences I’ve ever had as I dealt with Cuban immigration on what was supposed to be a simple layover to acquire some cigars. It was still worth it!SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERStart next year off right by ensuring you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times! Sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”RELATED EPISODES250: The Biggest and Best of Expat Money169: Best of Foreign Languages 2021112: Going Global - The Best of 2020CONCLUSIONWell, that does it for this little wrap-up of my best rants of 2023. I hope you all enjoyed the last two weeks of looking back on some of the highlights of the past year of the Expat Money Show. Expect many rants more rants from both myself and my guests in the year to come, and I’ll see you all back here for a brand-new interview next Wednesday.Mentioned in this episode:Join Us For Upcoming Live WebinarsEvery month, we offer exciting new webinars for our community. Topics
276: Mikkel’s Travel Chronicles – 2023’s Unforgettable Adventures
Dec 27 2023
276: Mikkel’s Travel Chronicles – 2023’s Unforgettable Adventures
In today’s episode, I am going to share with you a compilation of the best chronicles of my travels from this year on the Expat Money Show. This past year has been full of great opportunities to visit a bunch of new countries.Longtime listeners know how much I love travelling and exploring the world, so I thought we would give you a bit of a highlight reel of some of the places that I got to see and some of the insights that I learned from the past year of travels. As you all know, I don’t pull punches or mince words - so this episode features stories of all varieties - the good, the bad and yes, even the ugly. Enjoy!TODAY'S EPISODE ABOUT MY TRAVEL CHRONICLES IN 2023 Find out how I first got the travel bug well over twenty years ago and haven’t stopped travelling since.  Learn an important lesson about travel safety and situational awareness from a recent trip to Turkey. Hear some stories from my trip to Georgia, including my interesting conversation with a baseball-bat-wielding cabbie. Listen in to my initial impressions of Armenia upon arriving in its capital city of Yerevan. Discover the crazy roundabout way I had to get from Armenia to Azerbaijan due to the border between the two neighbouring rival countries being closed. Find out how I had to navigate some of the wildest airline snafus I have ever experienced on my journey back from the “Liberty In Our Lifetime” conference in Prague. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what my Expat Exploration & Investment Tours are like as I provide a glimpse into our recent Uruguay tour. Hear about my very first trip to Paraguay and the great potential I see for investment opportunities in that country.SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERStart next year off right by ensuring you receive the EMS Pulse newsletter and the weekly Expat Sunday Times! Sign up now, and you’ll also receive my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”RELATED EPISODES250: The Biggest and Best of Expat Money223: Best of Privacy & Secrecy169: Best of Foreign Languages 2021CONCLUSIONThis year has been one of the most active travel years I’ve had in recent memory, and certainly the most travel I’ve done since the ‘scamdemic.’ And I got to inch closer to my goal of visiting every country in the world with first-time visits to places like Armenia, Azerbaijan and Paraguay. I am just beginning to make plans for various exploratory trips and client tours for 2024, and you can rest assured you’ll hear about all of them right here on the Expat Money Show. See you next year!Mentioned in this episode:Join Us For Upcoming Live WebinarsEvery month, we offer exciting new webinars for our community. Topics include how to use retirement accounts to buy real estate overseas, how to get a second passport in Latin America, why...
275: Gold, Inflation and the Banking Crisis: The Outlook for 2024 – Peter Schiff
Dec 20 2023
275: Gold, Inflation and the Banking Crisis: The Outlook for 2024 – Peter Schiff
Today’s guest is Peter Schiff, an American stockbroker, financial commentator and radio personality. He is the CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc. This is a conversation that I was originally a part of this year’s Expat Money Summit, and I wanted to share it with you today to give you a taste of the sort of exclusive content I bring to the Summit every year.  Peter Schiff is someone who I have followed for years, and I think he brought tremendous value to the Summit with this conversation. Enjoy!   TODAY'S CONVERSATION WITH PETER SCHIFF Listen to Peter’s take on the most recent trends in the price of gold and how it’s affected by inflation and government deficit spending.Hear Peter’s early 2024 election predictions and what it will mean for the U.S. and global economy.Find out why Peter fears what I have been saying all along - that when the crisis hits, the government will make it very difficult for Americans to escape. This is why I always emphasize acting now! Listen to Peter detail why failing prices, aka deflation, can lead to companies making more money, contrary to the popular opinion of many ‘mainstream’ economists. If you think the headlines showing 20% inflation looks bad, wait until you hear Peter’s breakdown of what sort of inflation we’ve really experienced in the last few years.Find out why Peter believes the banks are currently in worse shape than they were during the 2008 crisis.Will the Federal Reserve continue to attempt to fight inflation or just let the banks fail? Hear Peter break down this no-win situation. Hear Peter’s thoughts on why he didn’t get any mention in the film The Big Short for predicting the 2008 crisis. I had never heard him talk about this before!Find out Peter's thoughts on some important topics like CBDCs, and a potential gold-backed BRICS currency. Lastly, you won't want to miss Peter's predictions on what's to come in 2024 - and how you can best prepare.   OFFSHORE GOLD AND SILVER Be sure to check out our offshore gold and silver storage service and work with our trusted international precious metals dealer and secure storage provider headquartered in the Cayman Islands.   RELATED EPISODES 269:There's Going To Be A Financial Reckoning 261: Preparing Your Investments for the Coming Recession - Rick Rule
274: From Zero To Fluency: How To Master A Foreign Language – Benny Lewis
Dec 13 2023
274: From Zero To Fluency: How To Master A Foreign Language – Benny Lewis
Today’s guest is Benny Lewis. Benny has been a nomadic polyglot for over 20 years. He speaks over ten languages, several at the fluency level. He runs the largest language blog in the world called Fluent In 3 Months, which receives more than 1 to 2 million unique visitors every month. He is the author of multiple books, has given a number of TED talks, and is a National Geographic Traveller of the World.In today’s conversation, Benny shares his insights from decades of language learning and world travelling experience.TODAY'S CONVERSATION WITH BENNY LEWIS Hear the inside story of how Benny found himself going from a degree in engineering to becoming a language expert. Learn how Benny was able to learn Spanish by refusing to speak anything else for months! Find out which of the most commonly promoted language learning methods don’t really work well at all. Listen to Benny I dig deeper into some of the “dirty dozen” excuses people use for not learning a foreign language. Hear why you “have to feel like an idiot” in order to truly become fluent in a new language. Learn about the unique ways that Benny has turned “killing time” on social media and technology tools for learning multiple languages. Find out why I believe there is a concerted effort to make access to the Russian language difficult for political reasons.  Hear about how Benny switches between two different “modes” when it comes to learning languages.  Uncover Benny’s top strategies expats can use to learn the language of a country they are preparing to move to. Lastly, find out Benny’s favourite countries he’s travelled to - we have a few in common!SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERSign up for our newsletter and get my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”RELATED EPISODES169: Best of Foreign Languages 2021114: How To Memorize A Foreign Language - Dr. Anthony Metivier083: Olly Richards – Secrets to Learning a Foreign Language QuicklyHOW TO FIND BENNY LEWIS’ WORKFluentIn3Months.comBenny Lewis on XCONCLUSIONI was so glad to have Benny Lewis on the show. Believe it or not, I’ve been wanting to get him on since I first started this podcast over five years ago! As you can see Benny’s approach to learning a new language is vastly different from that of many of the language apps and programs you’ll typically find out there. At the end of the day, there is simply nothing that can replace just getting in there and speaking the language, and the sooner you can start doing that regularly,...
273: Discover Paraguay: An In-Depth Breakdown of Our Scouting Trip
Dec 6 2023
273: Discover Paraguay: An In-Depth Breakdown of Our Scouting Trip
In today’s episode, I am going to provide a breakdown of my recent trip to Paraguay. Paraguay is a new country for me and is the latest stop on my quest to try to tick off all of the countries in Central and South America. I saw all of Central America over 20 years ago, but there are still some South American countries that are on my bucket list.  Today, you’ll not only learn about my time in Paraguay and my overall perspective on the country but also get a sense of the kind of things I look for when I am touring a new country for the first time, always with my listeners and clients in mind.    TODAY'S EPISODE ABOUT PARAGUAY Learn about my “hub and spoke” model for touring a country for the first time. Hear about a little mishap with our room upon arriving in Villa Rica and how I turned that into an excuse to have an incredible meal.Listen to me describe our tour of a timber plantation, which included seeing a Guinness World Record-holding marvel!I describe my visit to an exclusive German-speaking community (you read that right) in the middle of Paraguay!Hear another of my tales of travel mishaps - this one involving my attempts to pay a Paraguayan cabbie. Learn how Paraguay has leveraged its hydroelectric power, not just to provide electricity for its own people but also by selling power to neighbouring Brazil. Brilliant!I explain how the cheap electricity available in Paraguay has led to a boom in Bitcoin mining in the country - a unique potential area of investment to keep an eye on.Listen to me break down several of the exciting real estate investment opportunities I got to check out there. While I can’t advise anyone to act just yet, there are definitely some projects to keep an eye on.   SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Sign up for our newsletter and get my FREE special report, “Plan B Residencies and Instant Citizenships.”   RELATED EPISODES 272: Expat Exploration and Investor Tour Recap 249: How Safe is Latin America? - Ernie Baca 189: The Good, Bad, & Ugly of Latin America - Fergus Hodgson   CONCLUSION That wraps up my recap of my first time in Paraguay. As you can see, when I visit a country like this, I am there as much more than simply a tourist. Rather, I see myself as the first boots on the ground for any of my listeners or clients who might have an interest in pursuing residency or investments in that particular country.  I really enjoyed the...