I was thumbing through the Wall Street Journal a couple weeks ago and an ad caught my eye.
Usually the advertising in the Wall Street Journal doesn't interest me. A lot of their ads tend to be for investment opportunities. Go figure.
And if you have no money to invest -- that would be me -- or what you do have, you'd rather trust it in a nice secure Folgers can under your rose bush in your back yard -- that would be me as well -- then there's no reason to waste your energy reading about financial promotions you are never going to pursue.
This ad was one of those investment opportunity promotions, but it was different than the others I have breezed by in the Journal.
This ad was for investing in Macedonia.
And I'm not talking about the Macedonia in southern Illinois that is home to 51 people or even the Ohio town of the same name that has a whopping 10,000 folks.
No, the ad was for the country of Macedonia.
Now, if you happen to be aware that Macedonia -- the country -- still existed, you have one up on me. I thought Macedonia was one of those ancient places that you read about in the Bible, but was long lost to the sands of time and the power struggles of mankind.
How wrong I was.
Not only do they exist, they can afford to buy an almost quarter page ad in the Wall Street Journal, and in full color. That's not chump change.
Macedonia is located in southeastern Europe and was part of the former Yugoslavia until 1993 when it was officially admitted to the United Nations. I guess since it is officially 16 years old in it's current incarnation, the country of Macedonia is here to stay and ripe for investing.
Macedonia is not a particularly large nation. It's basically about half the size of the Missouri 8th Congressional District.
I guess since they are a pretty petite country, that would explain some of their very aggressive tax incentives. For instance, there are no corporate taxes for the first 10 years that your business is located there and personal income taxes range from 5 to 10 percent.
That sounds pretty good to me. I wonder if I could incorporate myself?
Now, granted relocating to Macedonia would not entirely be wine and roses.
I checked on Wikipedia and they speak 5 different languages, two of which I have never even heard of. And none of them are English so I would be in trouble.
I wonder how you say "Where may I deposit my Folgers can?" in Romany or Aromanian?