304: Expat News: Bukele’s Bitcoin Bank, Portugal Shuns Expats, & Milei’s Record Surplus

EP 304 - Expat News: Bukele's Bitcoin Bank, Portugal Shuns Expats, & Milei's Record Surplus

A Bitcoin bank in El Salvador? That’s the headline that sits atop this week’s Expat News, the third edition in this series, where I analyze the latest news affecting the expat world. We’ve had a lot of really great feedback about this new segment we’re doing on the show, so I do plan on making this a regular aspect of the show, so enjoy today’s Expat News!



  • Listen in and get my take on El Salvador President Nayib Bukele’s place to create a “Bitcoin bank.”
  • Learn about Portugal’s “brilliant” new housing policy, which is primed to scare off expats.
  • Is Javier Milei really turning Argentina around? Argentina’s reported record surpluses seem to suggest that he may be seeing some success on the economic front.
  • Could Turkey become the next expat crypto hub? Hear me dissect the recent announcement that the country will exempt profits from cryptocurrencies from taxation. 
  • Discover which Caribbean nation is raising its CBI prices, as I have been warning about for some time. 
  • Should there be concern over Mexico’s newly elected socialist President, Claudia Scheinbaum? I’ll examine her policies and how they could affect expats in the country.
  • Uncover which Latin American country I am definitely not recommending for expats, particularly considering recent political events in that country.
  • Lastly, we’ll look at the recent plea deal that freed heroic journalist Julian Assange. 


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I hope you enjoyed this third edition of Expat News. A lot goes into these episodes, from sourcing the articles to laying out my thoughts and forming my opinions, but I really enjoy doing them and will continue to do these regularly so long as interest remains. Hopefully these help to keep you informed about everything affecting expats in this rapidly-changing world.

Are you a fan of these expat news episodes? Be sure to let us know, and I’ll see you back here next Wednesday.

About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

His goal now is to help Expats just like you to generate additional streams of income, eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again.

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1 Comment

  1. Harry De Roo on 07/03/2024 at 3:36 PM

    Thanks for sharing. Interesting what is happening in the global community. Glad to be out of some of the mix.
    It will be interesting to watch to see what happens in the following countries in the next few months:
    Mexico, Portugal, Bolivia and the expat communities in those countries.

    It will also be interesting to see how Milei handles (survives) the next few months in Argentina.

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