Like it or not, the financial transaction tax is inevitable. Yes, it will cripple U.S. financial markets, drive capital to other countries, and throw tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of people out of work. But that won't stop this country from having a very unfortunate do-si-do with this terrible idea. Record profits enjoyed by TARP recipients make it too hard to refuse. So it seems prudent to plan for the future. If that ugly future doesn't come to pass -- great! But, like Boy Scouts say, "Be prepared." Let's start a discussion on our options ... 1) what countries offer liquid, transparent futures markets -- as we've come to take for granted here in the U.S.? 2) what are the obstacles to participation by u.s. citizens in those markets? 3) would these markets be tradable from within the U.S.? Or would overseas residency be advisable/necessary? Ok, so who wants to go first?