This note from a reader stimulates thoughts about value. Gary… brutal negative metals action taking place. crude as well to some extent. silver just broke 23.50 and gold dropped 9% down to 1360 the sharpest drop since 1983. This begs the question: is this an indication that something major is about to happen?
My reply: One of our investment foundations is that periods of high performance are followed by periods of low performance.
I was a huge gold and silver bug in the 1970s and learned many lessons… luckily to the positive. The biggest lesson was that gold’s price is pretty unpredictable in the short and medium term. Based on that I sopped investing in gold. The activity in gold appears to me to be similar to the metals action in the 1970s-early 80s and could just well be a pattern where human nature pushes a price way too high and then way too low.
Take a look at the Kitco long term chart of gold chart above and see how the run up, the double peak at a high and the peak down from the 80s crash is somewhat similar to the 1970s run up, peak and crash. If this theory holds true… then we should expect a deep correction on gold and for gold’s price to remain extended. Since this is such an extended cycle and because US price controls mask the previous cycle we might not know better for 30 years. So I accumulate my gold as insurance and hope I’ll never need it and will be lucky enough to pass it onto my children.
Having tracked gold for over 40 years I have seen and heard it all. My conclusion is that gold should be held as insurance and as a store of long term purchasing power protection.
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Stocks Have a More Predictable Value
Share prices can be compared to their history as can gold… but then one can also examine share prices versus return on investment, yield, price earnings and price to cash flow.
This is why we track the global share analysis of Keppler Asset management.
Here is the spring 2013 value update for developed equity markets around the world.
The best way to invest globally is to invest in countries that offer the best equity value. This is why once a quarter we look at a major and emerging equity market valuation analysis by Michael Keppler. Michael’s firms are the best when it comes to value analysis of stock markets.
Here is an update on the values of major stock markets as of April 2013 by Keppler Asset Management.
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Recent Developments & Outlook
The above-average total returns in Global Equities from 2012 carried over into the New Year. The MSCI World Total Return Index (with net dividends reinvested, December 1969 = 100) finished the first quarter up +9.8 % in local currencies), up +7.7 % in dollars and up +10.6 % in euro respectively.
Over the last 15 months, the MSCI World Index was up 27.0 % in local currencies, 24.8 % in US dollars and 26.1 % in Euros.
The Euro lost 2.6 % versus the US dollar in the first quarter and, at the end of March, stood at 1.2841 (USD/EUR), down 1.1 % compared with its level of 1.2982 at year-end 2011.
Twenty-one markets advanced in the first quarter, three markets declined. Japan (+21.4 %) had the highest return, followed by Greece (+17.1 %) and Ireland (+15.6 %). Italy (-7.4 %), Spain (-3.1 %) and Austria (-2.1 %) – the only three developed markets with negative returns – performed worst last quarter.
Over the last 15 months, Belgium (+53.6 %), Japan (+47.6 %) and Denmark (+38.4 %) performed best, while Israel (-3.1 %), Spain (-1.7 %) and Italy (+2.6 %) came in last.
Performance is in local currencies, unless mentioned otherwise.
There were no changes in our performance ratings last quarter. The Top Value Model Portfolio now holds the ten “Buy”-rated markets Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom at equal weights. According to our analyses, a combination of these markets offers the highest expectation of long-term risk-adjusted performance.
The table below shows how the Developed Markets Top Value Model Portfolio compares to the MSCI World Index, the Equally Weighted World Index, the MSCI Europe Index and the MSCI US Index as of March 31, 2013 based on selected variables (current numbers for book value; 12-month trailing numbers for the other variables – no forecasts).
Global equities continue to be attractively valued compared with current and historic valuation ratios and rates of return.
The chart below shows the entire real-time forecasting history of Keppler Asset Management Inc. for the Equally Weighted World Index.
Our numbers are based on relationships between price and value over the previous 15 years. The chart includes two remarkable episodes: the five-year period (1997-2001) during which the Equally Weighted World Index stayed above the upper valuation band and the period starting in October 2008, when the Equally Weighted World Index fell below the lower valuation band, where it has stayed ever since.
Our implicit three-to-five-year projection indicates that the Equally Weighted World Index is expected to rise to 12,112 from its current level of 7,483 in three to five years for a compound annual total return of 12.8 % in local currencies – down from 13.6 % last quarter.
The upper-band estimate of 14,535 by March 31, 2016 implies a compound annual total return of 18.1 %, while the lower-band estimate of 9,690 corresponds to a compound total return of 6.4 % p.a.
Growth rates of important fundamentals have stabilized last quarter. Annual book value growth for the Equally Weighted World Index in local currencies is up from 6.8 % at year-end 2012 to 8.5 % as of the end of March. Earnings growth went from 1.3 % at the end of last year to 2.1 % and annual Cash Flow and Dividend growth at the end of March stood at 4.8 and 2.8 %, respectively. With fiscal policies becoming more restrictive in many countries, the arguments for rising stock prices have not changed lately. They focus on (1) a continuation of monetary easing, (2) opportunity costs, i.e. the lack of investment alternatives – basically all major asset classes (commodities, precious metals, real estate and, most of all, bonds) have seen major bull markets since the beginning of this century, and (3) an expansion of valuation multiples for common stocks. In January (Developed Markets Country Selection, Winter 2013) I pointed out that the process of multiple expansion is underway. This trend has now continued in the first quarter 2013. The price/earnings ratio of the Equally Weighted World Index bottomed in September 2011 at 10.8 and had moved up to 14.2 by December 2012. Its latest reading at the end of March was 15.5.
Michael Keppler New York, April 12, 2013
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The best way to protect purchasing power is to have the ability to earn. Learn how to earn by writing to sell.
Seven P Secrets of Self PublishingHere are seven secrets that can help you earn as a writer and self publisher.
When you write, you can work anywhere. Here I am working in my greenhouse.
Gain the freedom to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.
These seven secrets are important because growing numbers of unknown writers have become famous writers and rich by self publishing over the internet.
Take for example Amanda Hocking. After self publishing her first book at Amazon.com in the spring of 2010 she became one of the the best-selling e-authors. In the next year her book sales grossed approximately $2 million.
In 2011, St. Martin’s press paid Hocking more than $2 million for the world English rights of a four book series. In 2013 she sold another series to St. Martin’s Press.
E.L. James is another such story. She sold 250,000 copies of “50 Shades” via Createspace and Amazon.com before publishers noticed her and published the erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed which sold over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time.
Hugh Howey is a third example. He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks. Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon. This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.
I know Hugh. Sometimes we get together at my farm and play chess (he beats me badly).
These writers are great inspirations.
Hugh’s success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person. He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.
Neither you or I are likely to have this type of success. The good news is… we do not need this type of success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle. Self Publishing offers so many opportunities that one can have a life that most people only dream of as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.
May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.
What most success stories like those of Hugh Howey or E.L James or Amanda Hocking rarely explain how many hours of writing each devoted before their self published book sales soared. They were journeymen first… stars second.
The sevens secrets are the journeyman secrets… call them a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income and fulfillment.
Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.
Merri and I are not writing stars. We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in a year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.
Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars. Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.
In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably for you too. First some history.
Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts” about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in. This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.
My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.
That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.
Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.
Self Publishing has become a new business art form and the seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.
Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing. Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology. Everything seems new… except the seven secrets. Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many. We love it due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps. The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.
The First P is Passion.
Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing. This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted in life. Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all, you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets on writing to sell.
You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget. Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.
So the question is… What do you love to do?
What’s Your Passion: An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain? He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms. For example: “What Is Whip Lash?”
The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read. These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.
There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business. It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.
Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.
I’m passionate about investing, so I write and self publish ideas about investing. Merri and I love Ecuador… so we wrote about Ecuador.
What do you love? If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf. Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art? Write and sell publications in these fields.
Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues? You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.
Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place? Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.
Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.
This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers. To be immersed in our passion and get paid well for it. That usually enough.
The seven Ps are:
#4: Profitably Priced Product
#5: Prospecting Pathway
In 1974, I had a business that never got ahead. I was almost penniless, in debt and living from hand to mouth. Then I discovered these seven secrets. They helped me write and sell book after book and report after report. Since then, our self publishing business has brought in millions.
One key to building a successful self publishing business is to use the Golden Rule of Simplicity and the 7Ps to create your publication. The premise behind the Golden Rule is that if you have a passion… you have a problem. Your problem is a desire to fill.
The Golden rule of writing uses a writer’s desire as a compass to direct the creation and sale of the publication.
Here is the Golden Rule of Simplicity: Your Desires Are in Others. Your Desires ID Markets. Your Habits Reveals Pathways. Your Emotions Create Stories. Your Demands Create Publications.
This creative pathway works whether your publication is written by hand and sold on the street corner or published for Kindle at Amazon.com. These simple but basic fundamentals guide the creation of your works whether you use the most sophisticated equipment and algorithms or are totally low tech.
The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar. We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled. People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.
Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience. We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.” Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.
Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.
You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you. The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop. I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299. You save $598.
We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .
These courses are not theoretical. They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now. We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.
This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course. The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business. This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.
Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business. Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.
Here is a special offer. We provide two emailed courses “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.
We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell. In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process.
Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product.
You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).
David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s. He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.
You can learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.
For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners. He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.
David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small. From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.
David is an essential part of our web based business and Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc. wrote: “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”
As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.
David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use. In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.
There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding. Expand your borders now! Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.
If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days. You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.
You also receive a report “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.
Plus you get more in the program.
You receive the Report, “How to Finance a Small Business Overseas” (no extra fee).
Merri and I have always preferred to start our micro businesses through cash flow. However in the early the days of our business I found myself raising extra capital several times. I have also helped numerous businesses raise money to get started. This report shares several experiences to give a thumbnail sketch of how to raise money abroad.
In addition you receive any updates we make on any of these courses reports or recordings, free for a year. Businesses usually need to evolve. Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses. Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year. We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.
My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:
- “International Business Made EZ” course
- “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
- Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
- The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
- The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
- Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
- Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.
We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .
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