See how this wise old owl can help us be better at focus in global investing and business.
Last week’s article Micro Business & Global Investing Success looked at the importance of concentration… of concentration in business…. investing and life.
The article argued that focused experience and information… focused beliefs, focused values and focused determination are threads that weave happiness and success.
Then this article shared how modern media…. especially the internet… might be detracting from concentration and even retraining our thought process to a shallower level.
It asked, “What will be the global consequences be if today’s children globally are being trained to have shallower thought?”
A reader replied to this message and said:
“Wow, Gary, your latest posting about concentration really caught my attention and made me slow down long enough to read (not scan) your entire article. As a teacher, I often plan lessons on my computer. I use the Internet to research information in order to supplement my lessons. My problem has been that I often spend so much time scanning websites and jumping from link to link that I lose my focus and it can take hours to write a simple 30-minute lesson.
“I, too, have worried about becoming addicted to the Internet. I was bragging to my friends that I don’t watch television, when I realized that my addiction to the world wide web could be just as brain numbing, or cause even more withdrawal symptoms than watching television.
“One way I have helped myself is by taking my laptop to a place where I don’t have Internet access. First, I make a mind map of my ideas on paper, and then I start putting my ideas on MS Word, inserting bolded notes in areas that I want to research or confirm later.
“I have had the same intuitive feeling that something was changing in our brains from the effects of reading online ‘where portals lead us on from one text, image, or video to another while we’re being bombarded by messages, alerts, and feeds’. As a reading teacher who works with children struggling to read, I have noticed a profound difference in those students who spend a lot of time surfing the Internet from those who don’t spend much time on the computer. The students who are addicted to surfing the Internet, text messaging, and video gaming, cannot seem to slow down enough to focus and read words on a printed page. It is almost as if it is painful for them to read this way. I have suggested to the school administration that these students seem to have a different way of reading that makes concentration difficult for them. Now a book delves into this theory.
“I will read the book, and I continue to look forward to your intuitive and timely postings.”
Yet concentration needs to be woven with diversification because in this material world, there is always something we do not know… no matter how much we concentrate. The quantum aspects of our existence are so complex that our logic can only see them as chaotic.
This is because of “sensitive dependence on initial conditions.” Take the weather as an example. The outcome of the weather… despite all our advances in understanding is unpredictable because it is so susceptible to the initial circumstances. Investing and business… our lives are the same…. unpredictable.
Who knows exactly where an individual cloud will be in the sky ten years from now? Or where we will be or any particular economy or investment?
We had an example at our farm of the importance of matching concentration with diversification. We always have a lot of excitement at the farm when we are preparing for our courses on international business and investing as many of our speakers come and stay in our cabins. We often have a lot of rushing to get everything in order.
Our helpers were rushing around when they a screech owl in the barn and wanted us to come down and see it.
I took my camera along and these shots perfectly depict in pictures what this message is trying to explain in words.
This is a bird’s eye view. Can you see the owl?
Perhaps and you see the whole picture, the rafters the steps, the walls.
But a bird’s eye view requires a complete picture, many dots we can connect.
See the owl better now?
Our fine feathered friend is easier to see. We know him better now.
Can we creep closer?
Yes. This was one brave owl and now we feel like we really know him.
However I decided to take my chances and walk up the steps. This and a zoom lens let us really see “Mr. Wise One”.
We see the color of his eyes and can literally count his feathers. This is what we try to do with our international investing and our micro business… get into all the details.
This often causes the downfall of a business… having too much concentration on the small stuff.
When we get too close… can we see the walls? Remember those rafters and the steps? Where are they now?
Global investing requires a complete view seeing both the broad horizons as well as the narrow perspective.
If we are too caught up seeing the trees, we miss the forest and having taken a glopbal view, we have expanded our forest… a lot!
So this week we will review several global investment and business thoughts blended with the idea of attaining the correct blend of concentration and diversification.
Today’s review is on Jyske Global Asset management’s Medium Risk Portfolio.
JGAM’s management team use a lot of concentrated research. They collect data from Jyske Bank, Morgan Stanley, Bank Credit Analysts and many other sources. The members of their portfolio management then filter this concentrated data through their knowledge and experience. Then they meet regularly to further concentrate all this data into a group consensus.
Hundreds of years of investing experience concentrated into a decision making process.
Yet that process creates a very diversified portfolio.
Here is JGAM’s current medium risk portfolio for investors with $200,000.
Currency Investment Percent of Portfolio
USD 5.800% E.ON 30.04.18 4.53%
USD 8.000% Mobile Tele 28.01.2012 5.06%
USD 6.000% EIB 14.08.13 5.31%
EUR 7.250% Bombardier 2016 2.20%
EUR 5.030% Gaz Capital 25.02.2014 3.25%
BRL 12.500% Brazil rep. of 05.01.16 4.99%
AUD 5,125% EIB 30.05.17 4.88%
CAD CAD – No.1 Interest Account 5.15%
Fixed income Subtotal 35.36%
CHF Kuehne & Nagel Intl AG 3.19%
CHF Nestle SA 2.99%
CHF Novartis 3.07%
DKK Carlsberg B 5.49%
DKK Neurosearch A/S 0.56%
DKK Novo Nordisk B 4.47%
EUR Adidas AG 1.83%
EUR Bayer AG 1.75%
EUR Siemens AG 1.95%
HKD China Mobile 5.49%
JPY Toshiba Corp 6502 3.14%
SEK ABB Ltd 3.10%
USD Apple Computer Inc. Com 4.07%
USD Cisco Systems Inc 1.97%
USD Gazprom-ADR (E/C) 3.02%
USD Teva Pharmaceutical ADR 3.92%
USD iShares Msci Ac Far East XJP 2.21%
Equities Subtotal 52.22%
USD ETFS Metal Secs Physical Gold 6.71%
Subtotal Alternatives: 6.71%
Cash: USD 5.71%
This is concentration and diversification in global investing action.
Join Merri and me in Copenhagen to learn better ways to concentrate and diversify your global investing.
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.
We need concentration and diversification for good global investing and business because we live in chaos.
When we combine our logic… intuition and experience we dramatically enhance the chances for success. One way to integrate these three assets of logic… intuition and experience is with music.
This quote is about Chaos Theory
“A Brief Introduction confirms a relation between music and the quantum aspects of our existence.
“Music can be created using fractals as well. Using the Lorenz attractor, Diana S. Dabby, a graduate student in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has created variations of musical themes. (“Bach to Chaos: Chaotic Variations on a Classical Theme”, Science News, Dec. 24, 1994) By associating the musical notes of a piece of music like Bach’s Prelude in C with the x coordinates of the Lorenz attractor, and running a computer program, she has created variations of the theme of the song. Most musicians who hear the new sounds believe that the variations are very musical and creative.
See how music can help you learn to speak Spanish in just four days.
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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.
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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.