São Paulo, Brazil
Brazilians are the luckiest people on the planet.
Aside from being blessed with great weather, gorgeous beaches, and beautiful people, their country is one of the few that can exist in a state of complete independence from the rest of the world.
They have their own energy supplies, food production, manufacturing capacity… and a population of 200 million high-propensity consumers, one that is more than sufficient to sustain the economy (which generates over 1 million new jobs annually).
They have their own movies, their own music, their own celebrity obsessions.
Simply put, these people don’t need anyone else. And I’ll tell you why this is important–
The entire global financial system is based on the idea that the US can and should be the center of the economic universe. The dollar is used extensively in cross-border trade; US banks are the cornerstone of the global banking system; and US government debt is the foundation of nearly all financial markets around the world.