First, here is Ecuador health tip #2. Yesterday’s tip was be true to yourself. Do what you love…a tip of consciousness. Today’s tip relates to the next most important aspect of life …nutrition. The shamanic approach to nutrition is very multifaceted, but I once asked a Taita Yatcahk the one most important nutritional tip. His reply was, “Eat only on an empty stomach. Always wait four hours between meals.”
In a way this means to have a fast between every meal. This makes sense at many levels of existence. See why
The lack of economic, financial and fiscal fasting is why we have economic downturns like in 2008 as well. Fiscal gorging is why currencies fall. An excerpt from yesterday’s multi currency investing course clarifies this. Here is the excerpt:
“Multi currency investing now requires more than just investing in various currencies. I am on the Board of Advisers for the Liberty Street Letter which launches February 11 and occasionally am asked a question. Here is an interesting one received.
Question: What currency do you think will become the ‘currency of choice’ when the current economic situation subsides?
The answer ties in with our lesson today: This is a million dollar question and I do not see any clear winner because every option has a potential problem.
Currently the yen is winning this role having already reached an almost high versus the dollar ever. This strength has come at a time when the euro has weakened considerably.
The only practical choices are the yen and the euro… These are the two economies big enough to handle this role. Each has its own set of problems. The euro is strained due to internal difficulties between the various EC nations. Japan’s debt is high also. Both Europe and Japan have aging populations that will also pressure the currencies.
The Swiss franc would be a choice except Switzerland is too small an economy to provide the world with a reserve currency. The last time investors flooded into the Swiss franc Switzerland created a negative interest of 12% per quarter on all non resident Swiss franc deposits over 100,000 SFR. We have warned about investing too much in the Swiss franc for at least a decade.
The British pound is popular still since it was the reserve currency of the world before the dollar…but Britain’s debt is high also.
The Chinese yuan would be a good bet if China’s production per person were a bit higher.
So the US dollar is likely to remain the contender for awhile.
I do not see any clear fundamental currency winner and expect some degree of currency turmoil.
In the “good old days” (1970s-80s) choosing a stronger currency was easy. The US government was conducting a “Guns and Butter” policy that cost more than the government’s income. The political idea was great…spend now…let the next government worry about the payback…if you are a short term thinker.
Good or not, politically it was bad economically and the deficit spending caused the US dollar to fall versus industrialized currencies where governments (especially Germany and Japan) were more fiscally prudent.
Then the prudent governments learned deficit spending as well…Germany to finance the buy back of East Germany….Japan to bail out an economic meltdown.
Other (most in fact) governments hopped on the deficit spending band wagon as well.
So today, one great social economic problem everyone faces is the destruction of purchasing power of many currencies, all over the world, all at the same time.
Investing in the playground of currencies now is like trying to choose the rising end of the teeter totter, when all the teeter totters are going downhill on a slide.
Since the yen is so up and the euro low, in the medium term, I am betting on European currency gains. Our tactic has been and remains to invest mainly in European currencies but not much the euro.
I am currently not leveraged but am looking at borrowing yen to invest in higher yield European bonds. Our current personal currency breakdown in my personal liquid portfolio is:
You can see the rest of this lesson and my personal currency breakdown as a Multi Currency Investing subscriber
My portfolio is aimed at fighting inflation and Ecuador real estate is a part of my armory. Here is an excerpt from yesterday’s Ecuador Living update that outlines why. Here is the excerpt:
“In Ecuador’s past when the old sucre fell, Ecuador real estate prices rose even more.
“First, Ecuadorians view property as real money. They have not trusted the sucre for centuries so if Ecuador returns to the sucre…more Ecuadorians are likely to buy real estate and push property prices higher.
“Second, I like Ecuador real estate because it has a growing gringo market. Some Ecuador real estate markets are better than others. For example real estate that attracts both Ecuadorians and North Americans will fare best.
“If Ecuador adapts the sucre and the sucre falls, Ecuador’s cost of living (for gringos who hold dollars and other currencies) will fall. See more about this at Ecuador’s dedollarization.
“This will push up demand for real estate that appeals to gringos which will cause some Ecuador real estate prices to rise even faster.”
You can read this entire update as an Ecuador Living subscriber.
Yesterday’s first Ecuador health tip also mentioned the importance of exercise and how Merri and I walk every day when we are in Ecuador.
Our walks are also useful and help us spot the best properties the minute they go up for sale.
Yesterday’s message looked at how a recent area, just outside the village of Cotacachi was recently cleared for development and showed this picture.
Wow! This area is really heating up! We walked there again today. Look at all the new stuff going on.
We walked there about 6:45 am yesterday and the same time today. All this has arrived since then.
And construction was already underway when we passed… at that early hour.
How nice to be in the path of progress. Our neighbors by our farm in North Carolina have been trying to get the roads paved there for ten years. To date… “nada”.
Until next message, may progress be in your path!
Join us for our upcoming international investing and business course or our import export course. Here is what one of our previous delegates wrote:
It is with great warmth that I wish you and Merri a Happy New Year! It sounds as though your holidays were filled with family and fun. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
I want to take this opportunity to tell you how thankful I am to you and Merri for all that you do. The first course I took (import/export) was so exciting and ignited an excitement in me that I had not felt in ages. I have been back several times since last February and have been doing some shows and just selling things to friends and friends of friends. I am getting more serious in my business now and am planning to work on several specific home décor items in the next couple of months. Hopefully we will get the chance to visit at El Meson if you are there when I visit.
I went to Ecuador, originally, on a whim and have just fallen in love with the country and its beautiful people. I thank you and Merri for your charitable work and for the love, support, and encouragement that you show your subscribers and course attendees.
I will soon be planning another trip and would like to focus specifically on home décor, such as bowls, candlesticks, pillows, linens, etc.
Again, MANY THANKS for opening my eyes to so many new opportunities and ways to help others while benefitting through business ideas.
I wish you and Merri all the best in 2009.
We invite you to join us in Cotacachi where the real estate and import export opportunities are great (but entirely different) as well.
Here is Cotacachi’s main shopping street which is filled wth leather goods.
Otavalo, the largest indigenous market in the Americas is just minutes away as well.
Join us in Cotacachi this February for a shamanic experience and Ecuador health tips.
Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic
We’ll visit these sacred springs.
Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ
Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Or join us on the coast.
See Ecuador’s incredible scenery.
March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.
Date Course Couples Fee
May 21-26 Ecuador Spanish Course ($999)
May 27-28 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
June 12-15 Shamanic Mingo Tour ($999)
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
June 18-21 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
July 2-7 Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
July 10-13 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
Sept. 17-22 Ecuador Spanish Course ($999)
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
Sept. 25-28 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
Oct. 21-26 Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
Nov. 6-8 International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
Nov. 11-14 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 27 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009 and how to attend as many of them as you like FREE.
The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the
course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito.
Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual transportation.