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bitcoinization of el salvador
President Nayib Bukele made the announcement during a conference in Miami on June 5, 2021. (Bitcoin Magazine)

The Lightning-Fast Bitcoinization of El Salvador

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World’s First Crypto Tender Law Leaves Confusion

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Google datacenter Uruguay
Google’s plot is in a privately run free-trade zone called the Sciences Park. (Zona Franca PDLC)

Why Google Picked Uruguay

1170 658 Daniel Duarte

Chile’s Loss Is Southern Cone Neighbor’s Gain

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Colombia Medical Cannabis
Producing a gram of cannabis in Colombia costs approximately $0.05 compared to $1.5 in North America. (Seed Finder)

Bureaucracy Nips Colombia’s Medical Cannabis in the Bud

1170 658 Alejandra Londoño & Daniel Duarte

Five years have passed since Colombia jumped on the medical-cannabis bandwagon and joined the 20-plus countries that have incentivized its production and commerce.

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Panama's banking secrecy
Panama’s banking secrecy has led the country to be known as the “Switzerland of the Americas.” (Canva)

The Price of Panama’s Banking Secrecy

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Global Regulators Tighten Screws on Central American Financial Hub

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Cuba Monetary Unification
The immediate effect of the monetary unification has been tough, leading to widespread unrest. (mambí)

The End of Cuba’s Artificial Hard Money

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Phasing Out of Dollar-Pegged Peso Triggers Devaluation

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Brazilians stocks
In 2020, 1.5 million new investors started trading through the country’s major exchange, B3. (Rafael Matsunaga)

How the Pandemic Drove Brazilians to Stocks

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Young, Retail Investors Embrace Online Discount Brokers

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puerto rico tax heaven
The deal is particularly attractive to US citizens: they do not need a residency permit. (MariamS)

Puerto Rico’s Allure as a Tax Haven

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Struggling Island Attracts Residents, Businesses with Meaningful Benefits

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Monetary Metals
The company’s objective is to offer investors an incentive to go beyond hoarding and to use gold as money. (17095 images)

Monetary Metals Turns Gold Into Fixed Income

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Lend Rather than Hoard for In-Kind Returns

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Alaska
Few issues impact every single Alaskan more than the annual dividend from the fund. (12019/10259 images)

What Endangers the Alaska Fund

1170 658 Caitlin Rose Morgante

Politics Proves Weak Link amid Shortfall

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Guyana
In 2015, Guyana, an agriculture-based economy, found oil deposits along 193 km of its coast. (Dan Lundberg)

How Petrostate Guyana Got Caught in the Cross Hairs

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A tiny English-speaking country in northern South America, Guyana will be the world’s fastest-growing economy thanks to the massive oil reservoirs.

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