This Latin path has led to some great profits. See where this path is below.
Yesterday’s message looked at the seven places where I am investing now that we reviewed at our June Quantum Wealth course.
#1: Multi Currency Spreads Increase Cash
#2: Value Markets
#3: Emerging Markets
#5: Water Alternate Energy
#6: Truth & Cohesion
#7: Real Estate
And we saw why Emerging Markets especially make sense.
A recent 10 year comparison of major versus emerging markets show some of the reasons that emerging markets are one of the seven places I like to invest in now.
A comparison of the Morgan Stanley Capital index Emerging Market versus Morgan Stanley Capital Index Emerging Market Index.
Annual Return Emerging Markets 19.81% Major Markets 10%
Emerging Markets Longest Down period 6 months – Major Markets Longest Down 6 mos.
Emerging Markets biggest downward drop 55% – Major Markets biggest downward drop 53%.
Emerging Markets PE ratio 12.9 Major Markets PE Ratio 15.2.
Major Markets yield 3.70%.
Emerging Markets yield 3.22%.
In other words in a decade… Emerging Markets have appreciated nearly twice as much as Major Markets. There has been little difference in the lengths or size of drops and Emerging Markets offer much better PE ratios. The only area where Major Markets have excelled is yield.
Yesterday’s message also reviewed the current best value Emerging Markets (according to Keppler Asset Mangement): Brazil, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.
Now let’s look at the Hot Emerging Market region… LATIN AMERICA.
Here is an excerpt from today’s www.Ecuadorliving.com article that explains why.
“In the first book I wrote back in the early 1970’s I wrote that ‘the sun always shines somewhere”. This has been the motto of our publishing company since.
“On the eve of the 4th of July… a celebration of Independence, it may be fitting to remember this fact and that this celebration is about an attitude and way of life, not a place.
“The only source of real freedom comes from a strong economic base where everyone has a chance to live well.
“The history has been that industrialized countries provided this economic base of freedom and emerging countries did not. So great fences have been built to keep the poor from moving to places where most are rich. However as the tide changes we have to wonder… will the walls built to keep people out start keeping citizens in… like a Berlin Wall?
“Readers often ask me about Nationalization in South America.
Photo from May 6 Economist article on Bolivia nationalization.
“I often receive notes from unsettled readers writing with worries about Correa nationalizing all of Ecuador whenever politicians in Venezuela or Bolivia or Peru act up.
“These really are different countries… different people…. different political histories and Correa is quite different having risen from poverty via the educational route not military.
Photo I took of Correa in Cotacachi.
“Yet the economic prosperity is growing in Latin America… as excerpts from the New York Times below explains.
“We can see the future in the here and now. Plus our imagination is a value tool if we use it realistically and see ahead with an open mind. Our forward vision is always blurred by the haze of quantum uncertainty that creates this world.
“We should hedge our bets.
“One chapter there was about the ‘Concept Conversion Trick’ and says:
“The Concept Conversion Trick begins when people agree on a good concept for working and living together. The people go to work and if the concept is good they will create a paradise. The government gives them a flag and a song. Then the government pulls the trick. The government convinces the people that the flag and song are important. Then while the people are busy watching the flag and singing the song, the government replaces the concept with a set of ever increasing written rules and regulations administered by bureaucrats and backed up by a police force.
“This trick trades people’s individual freedoms for a shiver up the spine when the song is played and the piece of cloth is waved. The Concept Conversion Trick turns spirit into matter. Like trading love for a beautiful plastic doll. When the trick has been pulled and the dust settles, the people realize too late what has happened. Anyone who steps out of line is called unpatriotic or even criminal. He is swatted down by the bureaucracy or police force, crushed with overwhelming power or made an example of so others will tow the mark ‘for the good of society’. All this is done in the name of public interest.
“If this writing sounds prophetic having been written 25 + years ago, it was not. Any simple review of any previous great society shows this trick and evolution. Like the Roman Empire, things may get better for a while, then worse and then better again. In the long term, as societies age, they can lose their original vibrancy and life.
“Should we be surprised? Does not every single thing in this universal existence develop in the same way, vibrant and flexible while young and growing thicker and more brittle with age?
“My father loved animals and worked at the Portland City Zoological Gardens. He was a really kind, gentle, fair and scrupulously honest man. Yet one of his jobs was doing the zoo’s annual budget. I recall him spending weeks late at night (on his own time) working over these budgets each year. I also remember his telling me that every year they had to ask for more money because otherwise the city government would give them less. ‘If we do a good job with their funds, they penalize us,’ he told me.
“This is how the bureaucracy and society works, millions of small units each trying to grow and spend a little more, until the whole thing swells into an unstoppable mass of self-interest. This is the universal nature to grow until the growth becomes so excessive that balance is lost!
“This truth shows us the nature of mankind and every underlying force that goes from birth to continuity and then transformation. This is the way of life and if we are smart investors we recognize this and adapt.
“This is why I have almost always bet against the US dollar.
“This is why my business has been global for more nearly 40 years.
“This is why I have been so involved in Ecuador.
“My experience is that Ecuador is a very democratic free country filled with sweet friendly people. My bet is that the flag waving focus on drugs and terrorists and anti US sentiment will mislead a lot of potential investors and create bargains here now. That’s where I have been putting my money.
“An article in yesterday’s New York Times entitled Economies in Latin America Surge Forward by Moises Saman shows how correct this decision has been. Here is an excerpt:
“LIMA, Peru — While the United States and Europe fret over huge deficits and threats to a fragile recovery, this region has a surprise in store. Latin America, beset in the past by debt defaults, currency devaluations and the need for bailouts from rich countries, is experiencing robust economic growth that is the envy of its northern counterparts.
“Copper awaiting delivery in Valparaíso, Chile. Latin America has benefited from strong Asian demand for commodities.
“Strong demand in Asia for commodities like iron ore, tin and gold, combined with policies in several Latin American economies that help control deficits and keep inflation low, are encouraging investment and fueling much of the growth. The World Bank forecasts that the region’s economy will grow 4.5 percent this year.
“Recent growth spurts around Latin America have surpassed the expectations of many governments themselves. Brazil, the region’s rising power, is leading the regional recovery from the downturn of 2009, growing 9 percent in the first quarter from the same period last year. Brazil’s central bank said Wednesday that growth for 2010 could reach 7.3 percent, the nation’s fastest expansion in 24 years.
“After a sharp contraction last year, Mexico’s economy grew 4.3 percent in the first quarter and may reach 5 percent this year, the Mexican government has said, possibly outpacing the economy in the United States.
“Smaller countries are also growing fast. Here in Peru, where memories are still raw of an economy in tatters from hyperinflation and a brutal, two-decade war against Maoist rebels that left almost 70,000 people dead, gross domestic product surged 9.3 percent in April from the same month of last year.
“We’re witnessing what are probably the best economic conditions in Peru in my lifetime,” said Mario Zamora, 70, who owns six pharmacies in Los Olivos, a bustling working-class district of northern Lima where thousands of poor migrants from Peru’s highlands have settled.
“Vibrancy mixes with grit around his pharmacies. A Domino’s Pizza vies for customers with Peruvian-Chinese restaurants called chifas. Motorcycle taxis deliver passengers to nightclubs. Competition, in the form of a newly arrived Chilean pharmacy chain, looms around the corner from his main store.
Los Olivos offers a glimpse into the growth lifting parts of Latin America out of poverty, but big exceptions persist. In Venezuela, electricity shortages and fears of expropriations caused gross domestic product to shrink 5.8 percent in the first quarter.”
The path below is right outside of Cotacachi, Ecuador. See the rest of this article at today’s Ecuador Living message that shows why Latin America is a “Growing Place to Be”.
This is why I have invested heavily in Ecuador.
This is also why I have borrowed US dollars and invested the loan into Mexican pesos and Brazilian real. Learn about this tactic in my report Borrow Low Deposit High.
For example at our June Quantum Wealth course we looked at how the position I took with a$100,000 investment matched with a $100,000 US dollar loan at three percent returns 17% (before fees and forex gain or loss).
$200,000 Brazil bonds due 2016 that pays 10.00%
That’s $20,000 income per annum.
$100,000 dollar loan at 3% costs $3,000 per year
My return on the $100,000 invested is $17,000 or 17% per annum.
Another one of my borrow low positions is an investment of
$100,000 Mexican government binds due Due 2024 that pays 8%
$100,000 AAA European Investment Bank Australian dollar 2013 bond that pays 5.56%
$100,000 AAA rated European Investment Bank New Zealand dollar 2014 bond that pays 5.38%
My average income on the three bonds is 6.31% or $18,930 a year.
My loan cost on the $300,000 loan is $9,000.
My return on the $300,000 loan is $9,930.
New global bank regulations mean that it requires increasingly larger amounts to make this kind of investment… especially for Americans. However new forex managed portfolios allow small investors to take advantage of this type of tactic.
For more details Americans should contact Thomas Fischer at Jyske Global Asset Management firstname.lastname@example.org
Non US investors contact Rene Mathys at Jyske Private Bank email@example.com
Merri and I hike the harbor every day when we are in Copenhagen. We love…
the sights, the…
open air and…
waterfront dining. Summer is the best time to visit Copenhagen.
Peter Berezin, Managing Editor of Bank Credit Analyst Researech (BCA) will be one of the speakers at the August Jyske Bnak’s Global Wealth Management Seminar, August 25 to 29, 2010 in Copenhagen.
I love attending these Jyske seminars not just as a speaker but because I get to hear all the other speakers, whom I consider world class.
One speaker who may provide some special emerging market insights is James Ellert, Professor of Finance and Strategy, International Institute for Management Development, a global business school in Switzerland. This school offers and MBA program for corporations,firms, institutions, and private and business clients worldwide. This elite school located on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland offers pioneering solutions that encourages open attitudes and provides relevant, innovative and rigorous research for a unique real world, real learning approach to apply new insights. The school challenges boundaries for redefining ambitions and realizing performance breakthroughs. This is one of the world’s top ranked business schools and the ideas from Professor Ellert can help understand emerging opportunities.
Other speakers include will be Bjorn Lomborg known as the “Skeptical Environmentalist.” See more on Lomborg here.
Another speaker will be Jeff Rubin. Rubin was the Chief Economist for CIBC, a North American investment bank for 20 years. See more about Rubin here.
Kenneth Rogoff the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University and former Chief Economist for the International Monetary Fund is also a speaker. See more at Rogoff.
Another speaker is Daniel Brehon, the foreign exchange strategist, for Deutsche Bank AG. See more about Daniel Brehon and Deutche Bank here.
Another speaker is Peter Berezin, Managing Editor Bank Credit Analyst Research.
The strong US dollar makes this the year to enjoy Europe and Thomas Fischer at Jyske just sent me this note: Gary due to the increasing US dollar, the cost for our August seminar in Copenhagen for Americans has dropped from about $2,050 to $1,700, a 15% discount. (THE COST INCLUDES MOST OF THE FOOD, TRIPS, MAKING THE CONFERENCE A GREAT BARGAIN.)
Some great things about the Copenhagen conference are the seminar of course…then there’s the stunning food and the wonderful visits included…This package includes: accommodation at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel for four nights, (25-28 August) including breakfast, Reception and dinner at the bank’s Copenhagen offices, seminar fee and materials for the seminar sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. full lunches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, canal & harbour tour on Friday in the late afternoon, four-course gala dinner with entertainment and dancing on Saturday evening, and a Sunday excursion including lunch.
Merri and I always go on the excursion also to Silkebord with a drive out into the country, lovely food, picnic cruise and a chance to see the main office and the trading center. This is always our most interesting, favorite and delightful conference…and we hope you will join us there! We love the stroll along the harbor, the fresh air, wonderful meals and interesting people from all over the world.
See details on how to join Merri and me at Jyske’s bi annual Copenhagen seminar here Global Wealth Management Seminar.
We also really enjoy the restaurants and coffee shops along Nyhavn.
How We Can Serve You
How to Have Real Safety
Regain Real Security
There is a path to true security.
I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake. Almost!
The supposed error? Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.
Learn from this near disaster, seven most powerful sources of wealth, health, security and fulfillment in this era.
The girl was pretty and blond. Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.
We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school. Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end. Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California. I started traveling the world. Never saw her again. I hope her life has gone well. But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.
What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart. Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.
We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path. Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road. Traffic was no problem, not many cars. Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd. There we passed an old clapboard candy store. I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees. Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile. There was Terry’s house.
I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost. There were dozens of paths made by who knows what. Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school. I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir. Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans). I was home!
Sweet simplicity, that dream. Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky. Pure innocence.
My tragic error was looking back. I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots. Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.
Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage. McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers. The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys. Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun. Good bye memories, good bye.
How can our kids walk in places like this? How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?
How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast? Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.
How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines? Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends? How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?
“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought. “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.
This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades. This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.
By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now. That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.
This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world. It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.
That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.
I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun. Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.
We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.
“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”
This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”. This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness. Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions. If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.
Bring Value and Purposeful Investing Together
Join us to learn how to make safety and profit easier and less time consuming so we can focus on our individual purposes in life.
Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments. Share ideas on how to add value to everything and make 2016 -2017 your best years yet.
In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.
To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online including the seminar “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.
Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.
- Three common sense ideas: Avoid lines. Go where you are a name not a number. Decide who you are and what matters to you.
- Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
- How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
- Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
- How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
- The value of time in investing and life.
- The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
- Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
- The next great fuel.
- Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
- Investing in Demographics.
- Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
- Hidden Inflation .
- How to protect against pension loss.
- The Silver Dip 2016. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
- How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
- How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.
Club membership is for an entire year and the recorded seminar is just one high point.
In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to write to sell.
International Club members receive all the online seminars free.
In addition club membership includes:
- Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
- Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
- Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
- International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
- Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
- Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
- Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
- One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
- One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE
Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles for over 30 years. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club.
Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? Join us online.
Club members receive everything we offer in 2016 and 2017.