Hear That? It's the Sound of the Door Closing for Americans

By: Jeff Berwick | Fri, May 11, 2012
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We hate being right.

After all, we have been predicting that people in the US and most of the western world will soon find themselves living in a Terminator-esque world where they will be tracked every moment of the day (US Government Builds World's Biggest Domestic Spy Complex), the US Government can jail indefinitely and even kill its own citizens (NDAA Bill Can Send Americans to Prison Indefinitely Without Trial), that the assets of westerners will be taken and consumed by their vampire overlords (France mulls 100% tax rate), they will be restricted in their ability to travel outside the country (Congress about to pass a bill that restricts travel and revokes passports with no trial) and it will be impossible to get your money outside of the country to protect it from confiscation (capital controls).


On the topic of capital controls we had predicted what is now happening. We've been writing about it for some time (see "The Door Is About To Shut For Americans" in May of last year). The only thing that has surprised us is the speed in which it is all happening. We are rarely shocked but we have been surprised at the speed with which the world's banks have stopped accepting US citizens as clients. It was only a few weeks ago that we penned, "International Banking Options for Americans Closing Down Fast" and stated that our sources had notified us of at least one bank (in Latvia) which has stopped accepting US clients because of the rules put in place by the IRS in the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

That was then, this is now. Here is just one man's recent statement:

"I don't open U.S. accounts, period," said Su Shan Tan, head of private banking at Singapore-based DBS, Southeast Asia's largest lender, who described regulatory attitudes toward U.S. clients as "Draconian."

The phone has been ringing off the hook at TDV Media and Service's headquarters. Nearly hourly word has come in of another bank that has stopped accepting US clients. Some have even started closing accounts for US clients... a trend we definitely expect to continue.

Don't believe us? Check out this article from the San Francisco Chronicle. They only got one thing wrong. The title of the article is "U.S. Millionaires Shunned by Banks as Tax-Evasion Law Looms". But, it's not just millionaires. It's all US citizens with a foreign bank account.


It's a bloodbath. People who make their living off of helping US citizens set-up foreign bank accounts to diversify some of their assets outside of the country are closing shop... all in the last few weeks. They are walking away from their honest, often decades-old business like victims of a bomb blast... in shock.

We feel very bad for them but we knew this was coming and have been hiring people almost daily to help out with the demand. If you are a US citizen and have money in a foreign bank account that you would like to keep there, expect a call any moment. It'll be the bank and they'll tell you that you have 72 hours to close your account and to tell them where to send the funds. If you don't want to send it back to the US where Barack O'Bomber already has grand plans for how to spend it then your options are seriously limited.

But, here's the good news, there is still options. Here are just a few options that are still on the table:

Even if you don't need any of these types of services at this time, but it is finally dawning on you that the fiscal cliff is approaching very quickly and want to be prepared for what is to come, all of this type of information is the main focus of The Dollar Vigilante newsletter. Subscribers are regularly updated with news, analysis and info for how to survive the coming western financial system collapse.

Self Interested Scare Mongering?

You may be thinking, "this guy just seems to be trying to scare us and promote his own products". If you've followed my writing for any length of time you will know that I've been writing about these events for years. And, up until recently we didn't even offer products. We began writing The Dollar Vigilante two years ago because the writing on the wall had become clear and we wanted to help as many as possible to survive the coming western nation-state and financial system collapse... but we were inundated with emails asking us, "Ok, we agree with your prognosis but what can we do to protect ourselves?"

It was then that we began scouring the world looking for second passport and offshore bank account services and found them lacking. We looked for other information such as is included in Getting Your Gold Out Of Dodge and came up empty. That's when, as good entrepreneurs and capitalists, we decided to offer the products ourselves. That's what good capitalism is about... finding ways to help people in need.

The monetary system that the world has lived under for the last 41 years, since the US went off the pseudo-gold standard in 1971, is entering the end game. And we are sorry if we need to be so abrupt in trying to wake you up to it. But, to show you the kind of brainwashing and pyschological issues we are regularly up against, here is a conversation we recently had from a women who had called us to see if she really needed to make her move to protect herself ASAP:

Jane: I just don't believe it is that urgent. There is nothing on the nightly news about this... and my financial advisor says there are green shoots and we are in recovery.
TDV: What would it take you to realize that it was time to get out of the US?
Jane: I'm not leaving until they shut down the border.

We sat there speechless for about a minute after that one. She has normalcy bias. And, normalcy bias is very dangerous in times like these when everything is about to change.

We suggest you don't wait until the borders close to get out. And, this is not just a US phenomenon. The entire west will follow in its footsteps... and other nationals as well, such as the Chinese, also should see the need to internationalize themselves (and they do, "China's Millionaires Looking For Way Out"). There is already a wall around China, don't wait until there is one around you before you start taking the steps necessary to protect yourself from leviathan.



Jeff Berwick

Author: Jeff Berwick

Jeff Berwick
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Jeff Berwick

Anarcho-Capitalist. Libertarian. Freedom fighter against mankind's two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks. Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast. Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world's freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.

Jeff's background in the financial markets dates back to his founding of Canada's largest financial website, Stockhouse.com, in 1994. In the late '90s the company expanded worldwide into 8 different countries and had 250 employees and a market capitalization of $240 million USD at the peak of the "tech bubble". To this day more than a million investors use Stockhouse.com for investment information every month.

Jeff was the CEO from 1994 until 2002 when he sold the company and still continued on as a director afterwards until 2007. Afterwards, Berwick went forth to live on and travel the world by sailboat but after one year of sailing his boat sank in a storm off the coast of El Salvador. After being saved clinging to his surfboard with nothing but a pair of surfing shorts left of all his material possessions he decided to "live nowhere" and travel the world as spontaneously as possible with one overarching goal: See and understand the world with his own eyes, not through the lens of the media.

He went on to visit nearly 100 countries over four years and did and saw things that no education could ever teach. He met and spoke with a plethora of amazing people, from self-made billionaires to some of the brightest minds in finance - as well as entrepreneurs from a broad range of backgrounds and locations from tech companies in southern China to resource developers in Mongolia, Thailand, Russia and Chile. He also read everything he could find on how the world really works... politically and financially. A pursuit he continues to this day.

He expatriated, long ago from his country of birth, Canada, and considers himself a citizen of the world. He has lived in numerous locales since including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Bangkok and currently lives in Acapulco, Mexico and is building a home in Cafayate, Argentina. In essence, everything he writes about here for TDV he has done or is doing.

As well, during his travels, both real and virtual (through the internet), he met some amazing people who have a similar shared vision of what is currently going on in the world and enticed them to come aboard TDV and provide their own brand of analysis.

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