Euro and Value


A weaker US dollar could reduce our standard of living.  As the greenback falters, prices for imported goods  and essentials like energy rise.

The Euro is likely to rise over coming days as there have been four elections in Europe where centerist politicians who strongly support the EU have easily won their elections.   First national elections in Austria, the Netherlands and France supported the EU.  Now Angela Merkel’s party has won an important German state election in the rival’s heartland.  All these election results support the EU and euro.

There are numerous other strong indicators that the US dollar is overvalued.

The Economist Big Mac Index is one example.  The index compares the cost of the Big Mac at McDonald’s outlets in different countries by converting local prices into dollars using market exchange rates (as of January 6th).  The idea is that long term, parities will adjust so that a Big Mac costs the same everywhere.  If a Big Mac looks like a bargain in one currency, that currency could be undervalued.

The Economist recently wrote (1):  Americans hunting for cut-price burgers abroad are spoilt for choice: the index shows most currencies to be cheap relative to the greenback. This is partly owing to the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates when the central banks of the euro zone and Japan are loosening monetary policy. The euro is 19% undervalued against the dollar, according to the index, and the yen 37%.

Here is the FT’s chart showing the

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We can also see euro (versus dollar) strength by looking at the Trade, exchange rates, budget balances and interest rates section of the Economist (2).

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Trade balances and Current-account balances are major factors unpinning currency strength.   Currently the euro area has a $398 billion current account surplus which represents 3.1% of GDP.  The US has a $481 deficit (-2.7% of GDP).    That’s nearly a trillion dollar gap in Current-account balances between the euro area and US.  This exerts a huge downwards pressure on the greenback.

Budget balances also impact currency strength and once again the euro area has a far stronger position with a 1.5% of GDP deficit versus the US deficit of 3.5%.

Finally, and perhaps the most important factor in currency strength, is its interest rate.

The US dollar interest rate is currently eight times higher than the euro.   The euro interest can double, triple or even quadruple and still be way below the US dollar’s rate.   Such a rise would create an upwards pressure on the euro versus the dollar.

Since the US administration wants a weaker US dollar, it is doubtful that the US would raise rates to protect dollar strength.  This is especially true since the US debt is at an astounding 20 trillion dollars and only serviceable with low interest rates.  A rising US dollar interest rate will be a disaster  for the US budget.

All these factors bode well for the Good Value Keppler Developed Market Pifolio we track in the Purposeful investing Course as six of the 10 good value markets are denominated in euro.

Inflation has been slow for many years, but started to heat up in the second half of 2016 as gasoline prices rebounded from a steep downturn. The consumer-price index increased 2.2% in April 2017 from a year earlier.

Wages have been rising a little better than 2% annual raises, on average, for the past three years so when factoring in inflation, the pace of pay increases, even with a strong US dollar, are near zero or losing purchasing power.

As the dollar declines, those on fixed income should expect their dollars to buy even less.

One way to protect against this loss is with good value non-dollar investments such as those described below.

Gary

(1)  www.economist.com/news/economic-and-financial-indicators/21721684-trade-exchange-rates-budget-balances-and-interest-rates

(2)  www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21685489-big-currency-devaluations-are-not-boosting-exports-much-they-used-after

When Too Big To Fail Is Too Small

Our world turned upside down when, starting in late 2007, the real estate bubble popped.  Many Americans saw their homes slide underwater, their stock prices plummet and the earnings on their safe savings collapse to zero return.  That  financial ruin was created very much in part by banks that were “Too Big to Fail”.

Now as stock markets reach all time highs, another debacle is rising.  The tremors have already started, aftershocks from 2009, that can create a greater economic landslide.  There are numerous scandals at US and overseas big banks.  These calamities can make the safety net of “Too Big to Fail”, too small.  The disintegration that ensues could ruin average investors in three ways.

The risk is systemic because the bigger the bank, the more corrupt it seems to be.  This makes sense.  These banks have little to lose.  Why not cheat and take risks?  When fraud and speculation fail, the bank is bailed out by taxpayers.  No one, except the customer, gets too badly harmed.

Wells Fargo is an example.  Even after new regulations and backups were put in place after 2009, this entire organization continued to treat clients with complete disdain.

Here are some of the risks.

First, banks will have more opportunity to cheat because of increased stock market turmoil.  Every part of the US stock market has reached an all time high.  Global stock market volatility has also picked up.  The world is in a period of technological, political and economic transformation.  None of the old rules are as certain as they used to be.  Nothing makes markets shakier than the unknown.

Second, the new administration will reduce bank regulations.  Reduced regulations are good for business but big overseas banks have especially taken advantage of investors and home owners.  Foreign big banks have acted with impunity and need to be regulated.

Third, we’ll see rising interest rates.  Banks will raise interest rates as fast as they can.  The key to bank profitability is “Net Interest Margin”, the difference between the rate banks pay for deposits and money and what they charge for loans.   When interest rates collapsed in the late 2000s, banks made extra profit one time.  Their securities portfolios rose, loan defaults slowed and the cost of deposits fell.  Yet over time as new loans brought lower yields and the one-time boosts were gone, the lower interest rates squeezed bank profit margins.

The government and the Fed will want higher rates to avoid runaway inflation.  This will strengthen the US dollar short term but hurt the US stock market and the dollar in the long run.

The rising interest rates will be accompanied by inflation.  The government and the Fed do not want inflation but they will create it anyway.  They will spend more and reduce tax that increases US debt financed by savings from Europe, China and Japan.  Currently, America’s gross debt is more than $19 trillion, or 105 percent of GDP.  This has been sustainable in recent years because interest rates have been at historic lows.  As rates rise from slightly over 2 percent today to over 4 percent by 2019, government interest payments will more than triple from $250 billion in 2016 to more than $800 billion in 2026.  By 2030, interest alone will represent over 14 percent of the federal budget.  If interest rates rise even higher,  Federal payments will be even greater—a one percentage point increase costs the country an additional staggering $1.6 trillion over a decade.  If interest rates returned to the record-high levels of the 1980s, the country would pay $6 trillion more in interest alone.

This debt will cause the US dollar to fall.

Here are three steps to take that can protect your investments in this scenario. 

Protection #1: Avoid Too Big to Fail Banks.  When you use a global bank, you are not using just one institution.  You are dealing with a big business that owns multiple banks in different regions.  This has costly implications for how far the bank’s equity goes, and how small safe the particular bank you choose really is.  Plus banks with two or more sub banks have more ways to take advantage of investors.  For example, one division of a bank can be recommending an investment to customers while having another unit in another country sell the investment short.  The bank makes money in three ways: creating the investment, selling the investment to customers and selling it short when the investment implodes.

Use local community banks where you can know your bankers, what they are doing and where their reputations are their most important asset.

Protection #2:  Use Math to Spot Value. 

Whether you like to trade or invest and hold, math based financial information works better than the spin, rumor and conjecture of the daily economic news.   Invest in a diversified portfolio based on fundamental value.  When you do, you’ll be on a solid path to everlasting wealth that is not so easily diverted by the daily drama that seems to be unfolding in the modern world.

For example, our Purposeful investing Course teaches  three mathematically based routines that have been proven to out perform the market over time .

The first routine in the course is the quarterly examination by Keppler Asset Management of 43 equity markets and analysis of their value.  This makes it possible to create a base portfolio of Country ETFs based on basic value.  This passive approach to investing in ETFs is simply to invest in Country ETFs of good value equity markets.

For example, the January 2017 Keppler analysis shows that the “Good Value Developed Market” Portfolio is twice the value of a US market index fund and a much better value than any of the other indices shown.  These are based on the cornerstones of value, price to book, price to earnings and dividend yield (except the European dividend yield).

The Good Value Developed Market Portfolio offers even better value than the Morgan Stanley Capital Index  Emerging Market Index.

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The Spring 2017 Keppler analysis shows that the “Good Value Emerging Markets”

Investing in this broad spectrum of good value does not mean that profits will come over night.  Often markets remain distorted for extended periods of time.

History shows, though, that over the long run, math and value drive the price of markets.

This tactic is a simple, easy and low cost way to diversify in the predictability of good value.

The second tool Pi provides is a way to actively monitor and shift the good value markets using trending and volatility algorithms.  These algorithms allow us to trade good value markets through downtrends and upticks to increase profits in a diversified even more.

The third tool Pi provides is a way to spot ideal position speculations to use sparingly to enhance performance with greater risk.

Protection #3:   Spot Distortions that Create Ideal Condition for Speculation.

Pi teaches the strategy of speculating in metals when when speculative conditions are absolutely ideal.  The Silver Dip relies ion a really simple theory… gold should rise about the same rate as other basic goods and the rise and fall of silver’s and platinum’s price should maintain a parity with gold.

In 2015 Pi recommended speculating in silver because of a dip in the price of silver.   We sent Pi subscribers a report entitled Silver Dip 2015.   That tactic returned 62.48% profit in just nine months.

In 2017 Platinum speculation is even better.

“Silver Dip 2017” has been written and is available to Pi subscribers to show how to determine good value in precious metals and ways to use gold, silver, platinum or other precious metals to spice up returns in safe, diversified stock portfolios.

Here is some history of the Silver Dip strategy.   “The Silver Dip” report of 1986 was the first specific investment report I ever published.  Silver had crashed in 1986, I mean really crashed, from $48 per ounce to $4.85 an ounce.  After I wrote that 1986 report, silver’s price skyrocketed to over $11 an ounce within a year.  The 1986 Silver Dip described how to turn a $12,000 ($18,600) British pound loan (investors only had to put up $250 and no other collateral) into $42,185.

Circumstances relating to precious metals in 2015 were similar to those of 1986.  In May 1986, the dollar pound rate was 1.55 dollars per pound.  The pound then crashed to 1.40 dollars per pound.   The loan could be paid off for $13,285 immediately creating an extra $5,314 profit or total profit of $47,499 in just a year.

Platinum conditions are ideal

Since 2014 the price of platinum has fallen below the price of gold and at the beginning of this year reached a historical low.  The distorted gold platinum spread suggests that platinum is a very good value.

The “Silver Dip 2017” explains how to speculate in platinum plus outlines the following:

  • How to use the Silver Dip strategy in platinum without adding a penny of cash if you already have investments.
  • How to invest as little as a thousand dollars in platinum if you do not have a current investment portfolio.
  • Why this is a speculation, not an investment and who should and should not speculate and how to limit losses and take profits.
  • Three reasons conditions are better for a Platinum Dip now.
  • Three different ways to invest and speculate in gold, silver or platinum in the US or abroad.
  • How to buy gold and silver or platinum with or without dollar leverage margin accounts.

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The report includes a complex comparison of gold and silver with other costs of living from 1942 to today to help determine the real value of gold, silver and platinum.

Finally, learn why and how to use advisers to manage profits from the gold and silver dips.

Current circumstances could cause the price of platinum to rise rapidly at any time.  Do not delay reading this report.

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