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Earn an A+ with an Education Franchise

When we hear “tutoring job,” we often picture an underpaid, but hardworking person trying to make some side income while finishing their studies. Guess what? We’re wrong. In the U.S., tutoring is a $7-billion-ayear industry, according to the education research company EduVentures. That is more than what all the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip generate on an annual basis. The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the UK recently published an article about “super tutors”, earning up to £1,000 (about $1,600) per hour.

Brazil as a country has transformed and the real estate market has improved because of it.

Brazil’s New Middle Class Could Mean Big Opportunity for You

“My maid now eats yogurt,” a contact told me on a visit to Fortaleza, Brazil in 2009. It may seem like a strange thing to notice but it’s a sure mark of how Brazil is changing. Yogurt is a premium product in Brazil—and my contact’s maid was changing her consuming patterns in line with Brazil’s new middle class.

In Brazil, there are still plenty of opportunities to acquire great property bargins.

You Could Have Doubled Your Investment if You’d Taken My Advice…

At Real Estate Trend Alert my beat is to find places where real estate is undervalued and where something is set to happen that means values will increase. I call this “the trigger event.” This trigger event could be a fast-growing, new, middle class or new infrastructure projects that will bring improved accessibility.

In countries like Mexico, you can buy real estate with your IRA.

An Unusual 32-year-old Way to Buy Real Estate Overseas

If, like many Americans, your greatest source of personal wealth is in your IRA, you may be wondering how to best utilize that investment to safeguard it and watch it grow. You’re not alone. Concerns about the stability of the U.S. dollar have generated a greater interest in all manner of offshore investments—foreign real estate in particular.


Under-the-Radar Trophy Properties

You’ve heard the economy is slow. You can see it for yourself just walking down main street. But one place you won’t find any sign of it is among the pages of luxury real estate listings. Floods of cheap money are working their way into the luxury real estate market at home and in world cities like London, Melbourne, Hong Kong and New York.


Trash or Treasure? The A-Z of Antique Collecting

So what would the earliest antique have been? Adam’s discarded fig leaf? A sliver of gopher wood from Noah’s Ark? A stone chip off the tablet on which the Ten Commandments were carved? From cavemen trading mammoth tusks to children squabbling over the sale of Granny’s Meissen dinner service, the acquisition and disposal of ancient (and modern) artefacts has always interested folks.

Invest in somewhere like Ireland and protect your financial future.

Take a Pragmatic Approach to Securing Your Financial Future

The U.S. government is at war…with itself. All across America, government institutions have shut down, leaving just a skeleton staff to man the country. The doors of national monuments, including the Statue of Liberty, America’s greatest and best-known symbol of freedom and the American Dream, clanked shut last Monday…leaving the workers at those monuments adrift in a sea of uncertainty.


How to Make $58 an Hour from Your Home in the Sun

The breeze is gently swaying the hanging bed, perched over a terraced hill, with views of three islands in the foreground. The South Pacific, an intoxicating mix of jade, turquoise and cobalt, is just a few steps down the stairs. Behind me is the pool with a mosaic, blue starfish in the bottom and lounge chairs—farther back, a three-bedroom, three-bath house…each room with its own view of this unspoiled paradise.


Brokering Artisan Profits Overseas

There are communities in many parts of the world where arts and crafts are still made by hand…and markets in other parts of the world ready to pay good money for them. Bringing them together is the perfect way to create an income for yourself while enjoying a life of travel or living overseas at a lower cost than back home.


Tapping Colombia’s New Consumer Trend

Changing nutritional preferences and the restructuring of society are leading to new consumer trends in Colombia—and creating opportunities for expat entrepreneurs in the health-food market. BioPlaza is a chain of four outlets in Bogotá—three of them franchised—that is seeking to exploit this demand and is now looking for franchisees. The man behind it is Alex von Loebell, 49, who came to Colombia from Germany, where he had studied marketing and advertising, and worked in the media.

A Canal in Nicaragua to Rival Panama’s?

A Canal in Nicaragua to Rival Panama’s?

Central America has often drawn investments from other countries due to its vast untapped resources and its significant location. France tried to build a canal there, America actually did and now it’s the turn of China to try. China has been looking for alternative trans-oceanic routes and now there are talks of a 170-mile, $40 billion deal to build a canal across Central America being in the works. If this project comes to pass it will connect the Pacific (Brito) with the Caribbean (Bluefields) and will take five years to complete.


The Decline of the West

There’s always room for wealth creation. Despite the world’s economic woes, the number of people with $30 million or more in net assets rose by 5% globally last year. And according to the Frank Knight Wealth Report 2013, over the next 10 years there’ll be a 50% rise in the number of people breaking that barrier.

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Shiller’s Indicator Says Buy Europe

Europe isn’t ridiculously cheap right now. But it is a heck of a lot cheaper than wading into U.S. blue chips at current levels. It is also packed full of high-quality companies with global reach…and a lot of these businesses are going at fair prices.

Latin America is quickly catching up on the "Fro-Yo" trend.

Frozen Yogurt Trend Heads to Latin America

Have you been to a shopping mall recently? Well, one thing you are sure to find there is a frozen yogurt kiosk or self-serve location. And, as I travel around Latin America looking at franchise businesses, I can tell you that the same is happening here. From Santiago de Chile to Mexico City, this quick-service segment is exploding. The reason? It’s the healthy option dessert and consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious.

What You Can Learn from Edward Snowden

What You Can Learn from Edward Snowden

I’ve spent my fair share of time in airports over the years, and if there’s anything I’ve learned from that experience, it’s that I wish I hadn’t spent my fair share of time in airports over the years.

How to “Buy” a Second Passport

How to “Buy” a Second Passport

During the decade since I first published my popular Passport Book, now in its 10th edition, rarely have I seen so many countries at one time willing to trade official access for foreign cash.


The Truth About Chinese Growth

There has been a lot of hand-wringing lately over the slowdown in official Chinese GDP growth,” writes IL Finance Editor, Chris Hunter


What New Air Routes Say About Where to Invest Next

I was about 11 or 12 years old, listening to my mom—a travel agent at the time—talking to a co-worker about finding a way to get a client to Minneapolis.


What if the ATM’s go Dark?

It was early afternoon, and I was on a chartered bus about 50 miles outside Vienna. The cellphones of my traveling companions starting buzzing…and one of the Austrian bankers began to translate the breaking news coming over the radio.

Protect Your Privacy When You Store Gold This Way

Protect Your Privacy When You Store Gold This Way

Elderly Americans may long ago have heard the quaint expression “sound as a dollar.” It was a prideful phrase that referred to the strength of the American currency, and you certainly don’t hear it any more.

One of the World’s Best Offshore Havens

One of the World’s Best Offshore Havens

As other nations relax bank secrecy, the island nation of Singapore has embraced it. If you are looking for strong banking and business laws in a highly-regulated environment and ultra-secure storage, look no further.


A Chinese Property Bubble

Figures released by the IMF reveal that the three least-affordable cities to buy a home in are Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen in Mainland China. And the fourth least-affordable city is Hong Kong!

Swiss Banking – Your Options Right Now

Swiss Banking – Your Options Right Now

Even taking into account its many recent international difficulties, Switzerland remains as one of the best all-around asset and financial havens in the world.


Burma: The Last Asian Frontier

The Burmese story is pretty simple. There’s an economy of 60 million people that were shut off from the rest of the world and now the doors have opened. But what exactly will you find if you walk through them?

How The “Chinese Dream” Can Make You Money

How the “Chinese Dream” Can Make You Money

Something big is happening in the world’s second-largest economy. Something so big, in fact, that it could prove to be the most powerful economic trend of the next decade: China’s blue collars are turning white.


These Farms Could Grow Your Wealth

The case for owning farmland as a strategy to safely grow or preserve your nest egg has never been stronger. Increasing populations and wealth in emerging economies is the primary driver


The Nonsense About Gold

There has been so much nonsense written about gold following April sell-off that it is hard to know where to begin to set record straight. But what most of the gold bashing has missed—and missed completely—is the nature of that move.


This “Unloved” Oil Company is a Strong Buy

I believe an ownership stake in oil and gas in the ground will prove to be one of the best investments of the next decade. Buying these assets “on sale” will lead to even bigger profits.


Wine: Growing Money in Argentina

You’ve probably heard the old joke that the best way to make $10 million in the wine industry is to start with $20 million. But these days in Argentina, nothing could be further from the truth. Unlike other winemaking nations, Argentina is now exporting almost all the wine it can produce. Brazil, the United States, Canada and England are favorite destinations…

Big Profits in Brazil

Big Profits in Brazil

Although GDP slowed to a crawl of just 0.9% last year (hardly too enticing), it is difficult to find a Brazilian who even notices. More Brazilians have jobs than ever before. Wages are rising.


World’s Fastest-Growing Economy

Mongolia is the world’s most sparsely populated country, largely made up of steppe, mountains and a big piece of the Gobi desert. It’s also the world’s fastest-growing economy, thanks to vast underground riches; gold, copper, coal, tin, uranium and tungsten.


This Brazilian Utility Will Power Your Profits

There’s something strange going on in Brazil. You might call it a “schizophrenic economy.” Brazil is an economy of two halves. From the outside looking in, it’s a former star player plagued by socialist leaders with no understanding of free-market principles. But from the inside looking out, it’s a booming emerging market with record low jobless numbers, a strong currency, and high interest rates to keep the economy from overheating.


World’s Highest Tax Rates

Spare a thought for the citizens of Belgium. Their beer is great and their waffles tasty but they also suffer from the highest effective personal tax rate in the world. That’s according to a survey by KPMG. The auditing firm looked at income tax rates and other deductions like social security to calculate their results.


Brazil: As Consumers Turn to Plastic, Profits Rise

It had to happen sometime. After a decade of outperforming U.S. stocks, Brazil has started lagging behind the States. Now, I have recommended Brazil a number of times in these pages. So in true IL fashion, I hopped on a flight to São Paulo to put “boots on the ground.”


Protect Your Privacy When you Store Gold this Way

Elderly Americans may long ago have heard the quaint expression “sound as a dollar.” It was a prideful phrase that referred to the strength of the American currency, and you certainly don’t hear it any more. The sound dollar began disappearing with Woodrow Wilson and the 1912 Federal Reserve Act.


Norway: Protect Your Retirement with Oil, Phones and Kroner

Norway is uniquely placed to protect wealth. It is outside the euro zone, has low public debt, ultra-low unemployment, and a strong and stable currency. It also has the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund…with a staggering $664 billion under management. Think of Norway as the Saudi Arabia of Europe.

This is Not An Ordinary Bank

“This is Not An Ordinary Bank”

I’m thinking of a Latin American bank that truly stands apart. Unlike, say, Citigroup or Bank of America, this bank doesn’t offer loans or checking accounts to the general public. It doesn’t receive deposits from the public, either. Instead, it finances trade in Latin America, mainly by funding the sale of commodities and agricultural products to Asia.


Trade Finance: “This is Not Your Ordinary Bank”

Banksters…fat cats…one-percenters… there’s no shortage of put-downs for bankers these days. But not all bankers are evil. And not all banks are created equal. One bank that stands apart is Panama-headquartered Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior S.A.—or Bladex, as it is more commonly known.

Do it This Way, and Your Money "Pays You"

Do it This Way, and Your Money “Pays You”

It’s often overlooked, but dividends make up the lion’s share of stock-market returns. According to one study, dividend income made up 35% of the total returns of the S&P 500 between 1926 and 2009. There are two important reasons why this trend is set to accelerate. First, record low bond yields mean that dividend income is more sought-after than ever.

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