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Important Year-End Reminders

As the year-end approaches, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about a number of important tax issues that may be relevant to you: PFIC alert– Please carefully…

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Investing In The Future Of Mobility

Tune into this week’s podcast while Philip speaks with Michael Granoff, founder and managing director of Maniv Mobility and past board member of Better Place. As he’s also been involved…


Key Issues For Relocation-Part 1

As Israel continues to grow as a country, its knowledge in both the Hi-Tech and Medical fields have made its workers some of the most sought after in the world….

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Social Cure For Cancer

Join us for this week’s episode while we talk to Eliran Malki, CEO of Belong, the world’s largest social network for cancer patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Eliran shares his insights…

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Sales Tax May Be The Biggest Tax Issue You’ll Face In 2019

Earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its anticipated decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. The case challenged South Dakota’s application of its sales tax to internet retailers who…


Proposed Regulations On GILTI Are Released

As the new GILTI laws become part of our business lives, the IRS issued some guidance in September. In light of this new guidance and with the end of the…

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Mary Jane On The Brain?

This week’s happy episode discusses innovation at its best! Chatting with Elad Barak, director of Biz Dev at Canada’s Province Brands got us excited about the direction of the cannabis…

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Once a Resident, Always a Resident…

Determining one’s tax residency is probably the most important issue for people moving to and from Israel. This recent Israeli Supreme Court case, as interpreted below by our colleague attorney…

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Up until recently when I heard the term “channeling” I was most certain that the term referred to building the Suez or Panama Canal or tunneling out of a prisoner…

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From Emerging Artists To The Greats…Art Anyone?

You’re invited to join the conversation on the art fund industry! On this week’s episode we talk to Serge Tiroche, Founder of Art Vantage Global, about his personal journey that…

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New Opportunities for Investment Structures in US Real Estate (Part 2)

In my previous blog post, I explored the three classic ways for non-US taxpayers to structure their investments in U.S. real estate, and the main advantages and disadvantages of each….

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New Opportunities for Investment Structures in US Real Estate (Part 1)

Investing in U.S. real estate has become a very attractive investment alternative for Israelis seeking higher returns than those obtained by traditional bank deposits. There are no exact figures on…

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All About Asia

Tune into this week’s episode while we interview Amotz Asa-El, Jerusalem Post’s senior commentator and editor of the Jerusalem Report. Asa-El covers Israel’s pivot to Asia and dives into Israel’s economic connections with…

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Your U.S. Passport Might Be In Danger If You Fail To Settle Your Tax Debts

American citizens might be denied new passports if they fail to settle their debts to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). An IRS official has told the Wall Street Journal…

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South Dakota vs. Wayfair: Supreme Court Overrules Quill

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued the long-awaited ruling in South Dakota vs. Wayfair , which eliminates the physical presence requirement for sales tax. Up until now, based on the Supreme…


The Day the Music Died

Last month, famed American musician Don McLean performed in Israel. While I didn’t attend his concert, I read that he concluded his show with one of the most famous songs…

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GILTI Until Proven Innocent

‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.’ ― Benjamin Franklin The Trump Reform (Tax Cuts & Jobs Act) made a number of changes for U.S. citizens living overseas and how…



When I was young my friends and I used to watch a television program called The Time Tunnel. Recently my wife has become a fan of a new show called…

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How to Reduce Taxes on Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Great interest in cryptocurrencies has alerted the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which has decided to crack down on Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Bitcoin broker Coinbase has already started…

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The State and Local Tax Deduction, Explained

The newly approved US tax reform includes many changes that impact each American tax payer regardless of where he or she lives. One such change is that those who itemize…

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Teudot Sal – The End of an Era is Delayed

Since 1986, U.S. citizens living in Israel have been penalized in the form of higher U.S. taxes if they choose to invest some of their savings in Israeli or non-U.S….


The Repatriation Tax, Some Guidance at Last…..

The IRS recently published a news release in Q&A format on the Section 965 Repatriation Tax which was introduced as part of the new federal tax reform. In short, this…


The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program: March 2009 – September 2018-RIP

On March 13th the IRS announced the end of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), which enabled U.S. residents living abroad avoid criminal penalties and secure fixed terms when resolving…

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Surviving the 10 Plagues of the Trump Tax Reform

I have been thinking a lot about survival lately, ever since I attended the conclusion of my youngest daughter’s “Survival Week” in the Ramon Crater as part of her pre-army…

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Stocks Anyone?

Join us while we talk to Robert Weiss, an attorney specializing in international transactions, about the main mistakes you should avoid when hiring your investment advisor,  choosing stock investments for…

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Paying Tax On Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies In The US and Israel

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been talked about over the past couple of years, however, with a recent explosion in value, people are becoming more curious. We have some clients…

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How Will The New Repatriation Tax Affect You?

One of the changes included in the Trump tax reform, that will affect many U.S. taxpayers living abroad, including in Israel, is the amendment of Section 965, otherwise known as…


Disregarded No Longer – The Resurgence Of The LLC

Whether you are an entrepreneur looking to open an American company, investor in US real estate, or the owner of a virtual store on Amazon, forming a Limited Liability Company…

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What has changed in sales tax collection

At the end of 2017, online retailers accounted for more than nine percent of all retail sales in the US. Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone generated above $12 billion…

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The Medical Device Excise Tax: Suspended Animation

Israel’s medical device scene is flourishing these days. A report published last year by the IATI organization indicates that in 2016 alone, local medical device companies raised a total of…

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Have your cake…

Tune in to this week’s episode as we talk to Immigration lawyer – Michael Davis from his home in Minnesota. Michael answers our questions regarding US visa waivers, work visas…

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The Pros And Cons Of Giving Up Your American citizenship

Over the past three years the number of US citizens living abroad who have expatriated has increased substantially. Statistics provided by the Treasury Department indicate that in 2016 alone a…

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American families stand to benefit from increased child tax refunds in wake of US tax reform

An average family with five kids may be entitled to receive an additional $2,000 a year, or even more. The new US tax-reform legislation includes some changes which promise to…

Your Bank Account Information is Shared by the IRS with Israel’s Income Tax Authority

It has recently been reported that the United States has disclosed to the Israel Income Tax Authority the names of 40,000 Israelis who hold bank accounts in the US. This…

Israeli Start-Ups Are Not Going Anywhere Yet, Despite US Tax Reform

Judging by the headlines of Hebrew newspapers the day following the US Senate’s approval of the Trump administration’s tax reform, one could assume that Israeli entrepreneurs would now leave the…


2017 End Of Year Tax Planning

The end of the year is a perfect time to assess our financial activities and start planning our next moves. It is also the right time to examine tax strategies…


Walking (or Sitting) in the Footsteps of My Forefathers

Very often when I meet tourists or new immigrants to Israel, one of their first comments goes something like this: “Today, I walked in the exact footsteps of Avraham Avinu…

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Quality Over Quantity?

It seems to me that two expressions came into popular western culture during the 80’s, “No pain, No gain” probably thanks to Jane Fonda and her exercise video tapes and…

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Tech Trends 2018 with Hanan Brand

Tune in to our latest episode as we discuss the venture capital world with Hanan Brand, partner at Cornerstone Venture Partners, an early stage NY based VC fund. Hanan shares…

Financial workshop – The 10 year tax exemption on foreign income

In partnership with Nefesh B’Nefesh, we present the following workshop : As the saying goes, “all good things come to an end”, and so for the first group of people…

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High Tech Around the Globe

Paul Berwin, a tech and commercial lawyer based in Leeds, travels to Israel from time to time and we were lucky enough to have him take a few minutes and…


All about VR

Eran Orr needed physical therapy, but he found out the hard way that it wasn’t easy to do. It’s always a big part of rehabilitation, but no one wants to…

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Trump Presidency Predictions with Michael Oren

Join us on this week’s compelling conversation with MK and Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office, Michael Oren as we discuss Kerry’s recent speech, Obama and the…

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Moving From The Back Seat To The Front Seat

Most of my generation spent our childhoods in the back seat of an automobile, being driven around by parents, grandparents and older siblings. At some point, as you become a preteen, you get the right to sit up front and begin to see up close the mechanics of driving.

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes with your Social Security Benefits

Join us on this week’s brand new episode as we talk with Attorney Avram Sacks about the best way for you to apply for your benefits; how and when to…

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Trump and Investing 2017

As we enter 2017, we took some time to speak to Yigal Marcus from Alliance Bernstein about Trump’s election, Brexit, interest rates and the recent movement of refugees to Europe, getting…

Confessions of a White Sox Fan

Despite all the hype this spring, I, a die-hard South Sider and Chicago White Sox fan, had no interest in the Cubs back on opening day. In fact, I could…

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Ladies and Gents- the H word

Join us on this happy episode as we talk with Tal Ben Shahar about what makes us happy and unhappy. It’s not that difficult in our opinion. What are your thoughts?

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Investing in Israel

Tune in to our latest episode interviewing Lenny Roth from Ourcrowd on wall street, the Israeli start up scene and what you need to know about investing in Israel.

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Goldstein on Gelt

We are glad to introduce Doug Goldstein, Financial planner to U.S. expats mainly helping those living in Israel with their U.S. brokerage, IRA and investment accounts. We discuss the latest…

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The one thing CEO of WalkMe- hottest start up in town would change about life in Israel

We’re excited to talk to Raffi Sweary, CEO and co founder at WalkMe this week. Raffi shares his latest success on the hottest start up out there and lets us in on…

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Stockholm-Silicon Valley-Modiin

In this episode we speak with serial entrepreneur Net Jacobsson. From SonyEricsson to Facebook to Sparklabs, Net shares his experiences from Sweden, Silicon Valley and Israel. Enjoy!

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3D Printing Anyone?

Tune in to our latest on Nano Dimension, an Israeli startup researching and developing advanced 3D printed electronics. We spoke to Simon Fried to better understand the world of 3D printing…

BREXIT-Independence Day-And 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

Whether or not you were aware of Brexit before the UK referendum, it seems to have become one of the most popular topics of conversation these past few days. Today…

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Touring in China

We are proud to have a special, different kind of guest on this weeks podcast. Tune into this interview with Judy Stein- Chinese Medicinal Practitioner, discussing acupuncture, herbs, massage, her 4th…

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Entrepreneurship anyone?

Tune into our latest episode interviewing a dear person and friend, Dr. Alan Joseph Bauer, author and inventor of over 150 patent applications, talk about his entrepreneurial journey and his…

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Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali

In these days of social media and paparazzi, celebrity sightings are few and far between, even though the public has an insatiable thirst to catch a glimpse of a famous…

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Ladies and Gentlemen – Introducing Professor Dan Ben David

Tune into our latest episode interviewing Professor Dan Ben-David, founder and President of the new independent, non-partisan, Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research and learn about Shoresh’s current insights on Israel’s elections,…

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The Future of Virtual Reality

Tune into our latest podcast interviewing Shahar Bin Nun, CEO of Vuze, the world’s first consumer, portable 360° 3D Virtual Reality camera and software studio. Shahar tell us about Vuze’s latest VR…

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Celebrating Israel with Mass Challenge

In honor of Israel turning 68, we thought what better way to celebrate than to share Mass Challenge’s story and celebration of opening a brand new branch in Jerusalem with…


A Bet and a Debt

One thing in common between a bet and a debt is that someone has to pay up and the other side gets paid. Generally, bets are paid after the results…

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An Israeli Startup Story

This episode is a little bit different. We loved talking to Ziv Lautman, Co-Founder of one of the hottest startups out there, Breezometer. Check out what he has to say…

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Life of Hope

We loved speaking with our dear friend Ben Corn, Professor of Oncology at Tel Aviv University about his work at Life’s Door, an NGO that develops innovative approaches to facing illness and loss…

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It’s All About Service!

Shopping is not my favorite activity, but when I do shop, it is generally during one of my business trips to the U.S. I have established my own spectrum of…

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Israeli Biomed in Morocco

Tune in to our latest episode interviewing Amin Ayoub, Director of KKB Partners. Learn about opportunities for Israeli Biomed and Agricultural businesses in Morocco and how you can grow your…

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Giving Back

Tune in to our latest episode where we get to talk to our firms Hi Tech and Corporate Tax Director, Miriam Konstam about our giving back initiative called 1/1/1. Learn…

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My Life

One of my favorite Beatles songs is called “ In my Life” It speaks of people and places we knew and loved, who are no longer with us or…

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When Science Meets Nature

We are thrilled to start out 2016 with a long time friend and colleague- Dr. Billy Levine, who also happens to be the Co-founder of a fascinating startup. Tune in…

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An Innovative Startup Improving Lives

As 2015 comes to a close, we are thrilled to talk to CEO and Founder of Telesofia Medical, Dr. Rami Cohen. Tune in to hear how this startup got mentioned as one…

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2015, It’s been a blast!

Celebrating the December 15th deadline and 2015 coming to an end by providing you with our first studio recording podcast episode! We put together a summary of all we learned so far since…

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Wealth Management with Ben Maimon

Are you a US tax payer? Tune in to our podcast and find out why wealth management is so important these days. Philip Stein discusses the current financial state with Ben Maimon of…

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A Jerusalem Cab Ride & Chanukah

I have taken cab rides all over Israel and in as exotic places as Cairo, Egypt, LiJiang​,​ China and Tijuana, Mexico. I had not thought of my Mexican cab ride in…

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Pension Counseling Tips

Most of us want to live a long life, but do we all want to work that long? Tune in to this week’s podcast to learn the best way to…

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The Gift of Quality Time

I just got off the phone with my 89 year old father-in-law as​ he was rushing off to work (yes, he’s still working daily ​as a psychologist)​.​ He​ wanted to let me know about an article…

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From Israeli Startups to Investing in US Real Estate

What is the most common mistake entrepreneurs make when starting their companies, with regard to patents? How can they protect their IP and where should they register their patent? Get a…

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Currency Exchange Pricing Made Easy and Transparent

Tune into our latest podcast interviewing Ari Dobner, CEO of Clearshift on the newest exchange pricing. What is it that you are missing when converting a foreign currency to or…

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What Is The Connection Between Houston and Kathmandu?

What is the connection between Houston and Kathmandu , you may ask ? I spent a few days this week visiting my sister, a long time resident of Houston, and…

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Investing in an Uncertain World

What is the best investment strategy to follow given this macro-economy in Europe, US and Israel? In this episode we interview a dear and charismatic colleague of ours, founding partner…

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Passover 5775

One year ago today, my late father fell and broke his hip. That fall ultimately led to his demise 3 months later at the age of 90 1/2. My father was…

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The Israeli startup that acquired Serbian Games Development Studio

Tune in to this week’s podcast interviewing Vic Boaron – head of business development at TabTale– The Israeli start up that acquired Serbian games development studio. Learn about your kids mobile playing habits…

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The power of electric vehicles

What car will you be driving next? It is estimated that by 2020, more than 20 percent of all new vehicles sold will be electric and that almost 20 million EVs…

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Go East Young Man

When I was a young boy growing up in Chicago, going to the East Side meant you ended up in Lake Michigan. In fact, until I was in my teens, I had never…

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Outlook on Financial Market

Tune into this weeks podcast interviewing Daniel Fink, senior analyst at Sweetwood Capital. 2015 has started with much volatility, a soaring dollar, weakening euro, oil prices 50% below last summer’s prices…

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Valens- 3rd place in FAST 50 in Israel

We are excited to launch our new podcast series for 2015. Our first episode begins with Zvika Lifschitz, CFO of one of Israel’s fastest growing technology companies- Valens. Tune in and…

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SOS Israel App

NowForce offers personal safety apps, cloud-based computer aided dispatch, and mobile response tools for campus security, private security, and public safety organizations, enabling reduced response times. Tune in to this week’s podcast to learn about the SOS…

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Solar energy, Israeli Presidency and lots of in between

Tune into this week’s podcast interviewing Yosef Abromowitz to learn more about solar energy and the impact investor, activist and former candidate for the Israeli Presidency. Enjoy.

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The Climb-Rosh Hashana 5775

When I was a kid,​ my late grandmother used to watch a soap opera ​called “The ​Days​ of Our Lives”. The show would open with some dramatic music and a narrator…

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The Future of the Water Industry

What do high-tech, water and professional basket-ball have in common? Tune in to this week’s podcast interviewing our dear friend Assaf Barnea- CEO of Kinrot Ventures and learn why Israel is…

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From Dream to Reality

This week Philip interviews 4 out of the 5 hottest startups in Jerusalem: What their products are about, how they got motivated and why Jerusalem is THE city for Start…

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OVDI – a term you should know more about

How to avoid a serious tax penalty with the new offshore voluntary disclosure initiative? As you might know, foreign bank accounts will start reporting to the IRS providing data about…

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Great Time to be Alive

Tune in to this weeks podcast and get to know Bob Rosenschein- one of Israel’s leading entrepreneurs. We enjoyed hearing his positive take on working hard, having fun and what…

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Businesses Saving in Currency Exchange

Join us on this week’s podcast interviewing veteran banker, Jeff Balsam to find out about the most common mistakes businesses make when having cash flow problems, where you should turn to when making that…

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Joseph Gitler on Leket Israel

Statistics reveal that a quarter of Israelis are living in poverty; among them are 850,000 hungry children. Yet, at the same time, literally hundreds of thousands of tons of perfectly…

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Major Changes in Residential Real Estate

Israel has recently introduced major changes on how gains from residential real estate will be taxed. Were you mistaken to think you needed to sell your property before January 1st?…

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Breaking News | Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

Is the window starting to close for those foreign residents that have not yet entered into the IRS offshore voluntary disclosure program? The U.S. government is in the process of…

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All about BitCoin

Join Philip and Dave Wolf, partner at Hacohen Wolf  Law Offices discuss  BitCoin and it’s tax ramifications. Enjoy!

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2014 Outlook for Financial Market

What are the questions every investor needs to ask their potential portfolio manager and what went wrong with the pridictions beginning of 2013 regarding the Euro going down the tubes? Get a better understanding of…

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Year- End and 2014

We took the time to summarize relevant tax issues for 2013, as well as sharing some insight on 2014. Wishing you all a very good secular new year!

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Start Ups- this one’s for you

We are very glad to interview Ben Wiener- entrepreneur-friendly venture enthusiast and founder of  Jumpspeed, a micro-fund and venture accelerator based in Jerusalem. Ben co-founded his first start up in 1999 and…

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Predictions in the Hedge Fund Industry

We are very pleased to interview Max Karpel- an Attorney with Kleinberg and Kaplan. Max advises Israeli hedge fund managers in connection with U.S. activities as well as represents U.S….

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Tax Exemptions for Olim and Returning Residents

Tune in to our podcast interviewing Gidi Bar Zakai to learn about the latest changes in tax legislations and exemptions for Olim and returning residents.

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The Latest on Israeli Hi-tech Scene

Join Philip and Barry Levenfeld- a dear colleague, Partner at Yigal Arnon & Co. Law firm and one of the veterans of the Israeli hi-tech scene. Hear his take on…

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Reimbursement & Product Commercialization Strategies

How will Obamacare affect your company? Get a better understanding of the reimbursement analysis for new and evolving technologies across public and private payers by tuning in to this weeks podcast…

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Meier on Rothschild Tower

Philip interviews Yigal Zemah-Head of the Israeli Office of Berggruen Holdings. Find out more about the ground breaking Meier on Rothschild project receiving nomination from Forbes top 10 leading towers in…

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The Latest Tech Trends

Tune in to “From the Midwest to the Middle East” and learn about the latest trends in the internet and mobile industry. Expert & tech blogger Hillel Fuld who contributes to sites such as…

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Exclusive WAZE interview

Philip’s Exclusive interview with WAZE Co Founder, Amir Shinar. Tune in to learn about the Israeli navigation app startup which was just acquired by Google for $1.03 billion.

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Labor and Employment Matters with Eric Savage

Learn about the most common mistakes non U.S. corporations make when in the process of setting up a U.S. operation, and how to prevent employment issues in the future. Find…

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The Story of VC Funds

Get a better understanding of the VC world by learning about the industry from the very first Israeli fund throughout the early 90’s, the growing years of the early 2000’s and now by tuning in to…

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Israeli Pride; The High Tech Scene 2012

In a world that’s becoming more and more competitive, you need to know what’s in and what’s out. This time on “From the Midwest to the Middle East” we are proud…

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Venture Capital- 2013

A window into the investing world- What lies ahead-Israel, Europe, US and China. Tune in to “From the Midwest to the Middle East” and hear Philip discuss the future and current…

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Doing Business in China

Tune in to our podcast on doing business in China interviewing Richard Cant- Regional Director of the Yangtze River Delta Region for Dezan Shira & Associates to learn about the challenges…

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The Fiscal Cliff

Two main events marked the end of December:  1) Congress and The Obama Administration were battling over the future of the “Bush Tax Cuts” and 2) I was following the…

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Obama, Bush and The Fiscal Cliff

This time on “From the Midwest” Philip talks about what you should be thinking about regarding the fiscal cliff, expiring tax cuts, 2013 tax changes and more. Tune in.

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The Individual Investor

US citizens living in Israel- tune in and learn why despite the global orientation your investment and asset management services are not up to speed. See what 2013’s forecast has to offer and get insight from…

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“Promises, Promises”

Many of you may have missed the passing of Hal David a few weeks ago, at the age of 91. Mr. David wrote some of the most famous songs that…

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The Israeli Tax Scene

This time on “From the Midwest to the Middle East” a glimpse into the Israeli tax system.  We enjoyed interviewing Iddan Dinai, a dear colleague and well known Israeli tax attorney….

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Israel’s Cleantech Industry

Taking advantage of Israel’s prominence as an innovative market leader in the Cleantech industry. Tune it to our podcast interviewing one of the premier players in the Cleantech industry, a dear…

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Investing in US Real Estate

Investors in U.S. real estate- this one’s for you. Listen to our podcast interviewing Jay Zwiebel, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Harbor Group Israel, to learn about what’s going on…