Greetings everyone, lots going on.
dumba$$, yes, I have anxieties--anxieties that come with having something to lose. Once you have that something, you mentally shift gears. It is an interesting process.
I'm currently in the US, with about a quarter of my time in europe. Financially, I'm "based" in the US. The US is no great shakes, financially. Economically it is true that it is a juggernaut, but that's only part of the picture. Socially it is becoming a mess, like many other places. Transaction costs, and costs overall, are rising way too fast, and management of public accounts is, mostly, ridiculous. Public-sector unions are running roughshod over public authorities, and there is no auditing whatsoever of entitlement programs. I was self-insured and paying no monthly premiums before Obamacare went into effect; I now pay every month so that some decrepit POS can receive the medical attention that they so richly don't deserve.
Governments here are migrating toward a model that exists elsewhere in the world, for instance in their broadening of tax bases. I just attended a meeting to which I was invited regarding how states can better track and enforce use taxes to capture revenue allegedly lost from interstate transactions. This kind of thing is going on everywhere, all the time.
Anxieties, yes. If it all goes to pot, there will be capital levies. I don't intend to be one of those levied. The question is where to be, and in what manner/capacity to be there. I won't go into any more detail, but there are opportunities. I will say that they cost money. Lots of money.