Growing Loss of Freedom


Here are three ways to overcome an insidious trick and growing loss of freedom.

The trick is called extraterritorial jurisdiction.

This approach law enforcement first came into my awareness in the 1970s.  They started using  extraterritorial jurisdiction to turn global financial institutions into unwilling government agents.  The initial case I observed was an attack on a Swiss Franc based mutual fund run by a conservative businessman (I recall his name was Harwood).   Harwood had created a Swiss mutual fund denominated in Swiss francs.  The fund was a good idea.  The only problem was that the SEC objected to Americans investing in the fund.  They told Harwood to cease and desist and turn over the funds to them.  He declined so the SEC told the Swiss Bank to turn over the funds in the fund.  The Swiss explained they had no legal authority to do so.

The SEC’s response was to get a US court order and seize funds held by the Swiss Bank in America.  They used the US legal system to exert control in other territory outside the US.  The idea has expanded since and to such a degree that now most banks outside the USA won’t accept (or even retain)  US customers.

The fact that overseas banks are shedding US customers caused a friend to send this note after reading the message Bad Banking News.

Hi Gary, after reading about bad banks and how good Jyske Bank is, it ironic that I have been told that Jyske bank does not want my business any longer because of I presume FATCA regulations.

Here is my reply and a list of ways to grapple with the problems created by extraterritorial jurisdiction.

I wrote:  It is shameful that we, the public, have let our leaders do this to us.  I have had two 25 year + banking relationships Jyske and my London stock broker both closed my account in the last year.

The problem is worse.  My children who were born in England, live in England (one is in Africa) have had many of their accounts closed… just because they inherited a US citizenship from me.  My youngest daughter never lived, never schooled and has never worked in the US… yet she has to pay US tax.   Many English banks will not allow her to have an account, even though she is also English.

This is because the US says that if an overseas bank accepts a client who is a US person, the bank must comply with various US laws, FACTA being one of them. 

There are even more problems that this law enforcement tactic creates. 

Many banks and brokers now restrict US non residents (such as Americans living in Ecuador) from having accounts or from buying certain types of securities such as mutual funds in the US.  For example Wall Street Journal reported that “Fidelity Investments and other asset managers are telling U.S. clients who live outside the country that they can no longer buy or trade mutual funds in their brokerage accounts”.  (1)

The big firms find the compliance too expensive and the number of overseas US clients too small. For example Fidelity’s change will affect about 50,000 accounts, or less than 0.3% of Fidelity’s 20 million accounts.

Americans abroad are being informed by many U.S. banks and brokerage firms that their accounts have been restricted or even closed simply because they live outside the U.S.  Banks and brokers include Morgan Stanley, Fidelity, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo.

This can put Americans abroad between a rock and a hard spot.   US banks won’t open accounts for them but neither will banks in the country where they live.

To make matters even worse, many US banks even restrict US customers with many types of transactions due to excessive federal regulations.  This fear extends even to escrow agents who process real estate sales.  The federal government has made so many financial transactions felonies that everyone is afraid to act except exactly by the book even if an action makes sense and the regulations do not.

This slow loss of our financial freedom has been taking place at least since the 1970s and is not likely to end soon due to the Pareto Principle, or 20/80 rule.  20% of the population have 80% of the money.  These restrictions do not apply to the bulk of voters so no one in Congress will pay attention to a resolution, leaving Americans who live abroad having taxation without representation.

Here are a few steps you can take.

#1: Keep a US address and a US phone.  Even though you may be resident elsewhere a US address and utility bill will help you open or keep numerous accounts.  Have your mail forwarded.

#2: Use an overseas bank and broker who are willing to deal with all the compliance difficulties.  ENR Asset Management in Canada  who helps resident and non Americans bank in the US, Switzerland and Austria as well as buy and sell securities through these banks and brokers.

See details about ENR Asset Management here

or contact Thomas Fischer at  Thomas@enrasset.com

#3: If you have substantial assets (well into seven figures), many overseas banks and brokers that will not accept non resident Americans will open accounts for overseas companies and trusts owned by Americans.  The reason for the substantial assets is that the cost of setting up and maintaining such structures is prohibitive for smaller amounts.

The use of extraterritorial jurisdiction is restricting the freedom of all Americans who live and/or bank and invest aboard.  The trend is not likely to change soon so become aware of your options if you plan to fall into this category.

Gary

(1) www.wsj.com Fidelity bans overseas US investors

The Ultimate Investing Secret

The ultimate investing secret is the simple fact that investment opportunities come and go in cycles.  

Because we have been watching the trends for decades, we spot many distortions  we saw decades ago as they create repeat opportunities.  For example, our 1986 report “The Silver Dip” showed readers how to turn $250 into over $45,000 in a year.   When we spotted the same repeat distortion in silver’s price in 2015, we issued our report “Silver Dip 2015”.   Those who acted on the report made as much as 200% in 2016.

There is another phenomenal distortion that has been building for a number of years.   Here is how I (and you can as well) am cashing in on this trend.

“If I Live Long Enough, I’ll really cash in next time”.    I made this promise to myself in the 1980s.   A remarkable set of economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich.  Some of my readers made enough to retire.  Others picked up 50% currency gains.  I invested as much as I could handle then as the profits rolled in for about 17 years.

Then the cycle ended.  Warren Buffet explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview.  He said: Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!

Now I see those circumstances headed our way again.

The Dow Jones Industrial recently soared past 20,000 and reached an all time high.   So why aren’t average investors all rich?   There are several answers.  First, even though the Dow has peaked, for the last 17 years the US stock market has been in a bear trend.  You’ll see why in a moment.  Another reason why the investors have not done so well is because of currency loss.

One final reason why profits have not been so good.  Someone, probably someone you trust, has been stealing from you.

One of the biggest obstacles in profiting from the upcoming circumstances has been and remains the financial system.  The reality is that banks and brokers have been structuring investments that are sure to lose.  They sell you on these investments and then another division of the very same bank (or broker) that recommended the investment, bets against you.   The bank knows that the investment is toxic.  To add insult to injury, many of these same institutions cheat you on the way in and the way out (when you buy and sell a share) of the bad investment.  Most brokers and bankers are interested in your money making them rich, not in helping increase your wealth.

Three Patterns Create 50% profits.

Despite the predators on Wall Street who are waiting to take big gouges out of your savings and wealth, equities are still the best place to invest for the long term.  This chart from the 24 page Keppler Asset Management Asset Allocation Review shows that over the past 80+ years equities have dramatically outperformed other types of investments.

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Good investments require a relentless search for value.   Your investments have to be good enough to reap an outstanding profit even after the parasites siphon off their part.

To take advantage of the once every 17 year circumstances, I chose to track Keppler Asset Management who continually researches developed and emerging markets globally.  Keppler is one of the best market statisticians in the world and numerous very large fund managers use his analysis to manage funds such as State Street Global Advisors.  Keppler compares the value of each share in each market based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.  From this study of monumental amounts of data Keppler develops a Good Value Stock Market Strategies.  The analysis is based on long term, rational, mathematical facts and does not worry about short term ups and downs.

From Keppler I learned that market timing is not the way to get these high profits.  Another graphic from the Keppler Asset Allocation Review explains why.

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A dollar invested 88 years ago in Treasury bills rose to $20.58.  The same dollar invested in U.S. stocks over the 88 years grew to be was worth $4,677, UNLESS you missed the best 43 months.  Literally all of the the Dow’s growth in 1,056 months came in 43 of those months.   Your odds have been one in 24, better than roulette perhaps, but not good enough.  Plus even after these odds, the predators are going to take their cut.  You have to ask, “Am I that good at timing?”

The better alternative to timing is to invest in long term indexing based on value.  Long term strategic investing in market indices reduces the amount of trading.  Low trading activity is important because trades are where investors are most vulnerable to predatory tactics.

A part of the long term strategic trading is to invest in low fee diversified Country Index ETFs.  This simplifies the search for value because it focuses research into lumps.

A comparison of US versus German stock market indexes gives an example of lump research and you can create good value, low cost, diversified portfolios that offer maximum potential for profit as they reduce risk.

Keppler’s research shows that Germany’s stock market is a good value market.  Keppler lumps all the shares (or at least 85% of the shares) into the calculations.  There is no attempt to select any one specific share.  Keppler’s research shows that the US stock market index (a lump of about 85% of all the US shares) is now a poor value.

Germany has the world’s fourth largest economy.  The country is the third largest exporter in the world and has recorded some of the highest trade surplus in the world making it the biggest capital exporter globally.  Yet German shares have been overlooked.  German share prices are good value.

For example, recently the German Stock Market had a relative price to book value ratio of  .78,  a relative price earnings ratio of  0.87 and a relative dividend yield of 1.12.  The US Stock Market has a much higher relative price to book value ratio of 1.29, a relative price earnings ratio of 1.07 and a relative dividend yield of 0.81.  German shares cost much less, compared to the values and earnings.  German shares pay much higher dividends as well.

Keppler predicts that the US Stock Market (which is ranked as a sell market by Keppler) will have an annual index gain for the next five years of  3.1% and a total return (with dividends) or a total five year return of 21.7%.  The same calculations for the German Market predicts an average annual index gain over the next five years of 7.5% and a total return (with dividends) or a total five year return of 47.3%.

Which would you rather buy,  a 47.3% return sold for 78 cents on the dollar or a 21.7% return sold for $1.29 on the dollar?

You can forget about any specific share in the US or Germany and invest into an index (in this case the Morgan Stanley Capital Index) which represents about 85% of all the shares traded on the exchange.

You can invest in ETFs that passively invest in all the shares of the index in stock markets that offer good value.  iShares investment company for example has  an ETF that invests in 85% of the shares traded on Wall Street.

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This ETF is called the iShares USA (symbol EUSA) and in this example rose from $22.91 to $43.40 or 89% in the past five years.

iShares also offers an ETF that invests in about 85% of the stocks listed on the German Stock Exchange (Symbol EWG).  EWG rose  from $19.70 to $28.13  or 42% in the past five years.

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Keppler’s lump research shows that Germany is a good value market.   One simple (even very small) investment in iShares Germany MSCI Index ETF gives you a portfolio  of almost all the shares traded on Germany’s largest stock exchange in Frankfurt.  This ETF is a share traded on the New York Stock Exchange.  The ETF invests in 85% of the shares in Germany.  This ETF is a passive fund that does not try to outperform the growth of the German Stock Market.  The managers simply track the investment results of the MSCI Germany Index.  The MSCI Germany Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the German Index which is composed of the stocks of 54 different German companies and covers about 85% of all the German equities.  Germany’s ten largest companies compose about 60% of the index.  These ten companies are:  BAYER (Health Care) composes 9.91% of the index – SIEMENS (Industrials) 7.89% – DAIMLER (Consumer Discretionary) 7.04% – BASF (Materials)  6.81% – ALLIANZ (Financials) 6.65% – SAP STAMM (Info Tech) 5.69% – DEUTSCHE TELEKOM (Telecom Srvcs) 4.46% – DEUTSCHE BANK NAMEN  (Financials) 3.66%  – VOLKSWAGEN VORZUG (Consumer Discretionary) 3.18% – BMW STAM (Consumer Discretionary)  3.15%.

You lump your research.  You lump your investment.  This makes it easy to capture the powerful economic circumstances that are unfolding now.

Just investing in Germany is not enough.  There are currently ten good value developed markets, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom.   Plus there are 11 good value emerging markets.  With even a couple of thousand dollars you can easily create a diversified portfolio in each or all of these countries with Country Index ETFs.

Investing in many stock markets through ETFs gives you opportunity in the second pattern of the falling US dollar.  Preserving the purchasing power of your savings and wealth requires currency diversification.

The strength of the US dollar over recent years is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago.   In 1980, the dollar rose along with Wall Street.  Profits came quickly over three years.  Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51%  in just two years.  A repeat of this pattern has been growing, is seriously overdue and could create up to 50% extra profit if you start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.

For example because of fears about the euro, EWG, the German ETF dropped 9 percent in 12 months.  These declines are created by currency concerns.  When the euro regains strength, the shares have the potential to appreciate even more.

This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  The trends are so clear that I created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More.”  This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments.  I kept the report short and simple, but includes links to 153 pages of Keppler Asset Stock Market and Asset Allocation Analysis so you can keep this as simple or as complex as you desire.

The report shows 22 good value investments and a really powerful tactic to use that allows you to accumulate these bargains now even in very small amounts (even $5,000).  There is extra profit potential of at least 50% so the report is worth a lot.

Research shows that most people worry about having enough money if they live long enough.   I never thought of that.   I just wanted to live long enough to see the remarkable economic opportunity that started in 1980 come again so I could hot the jackpot.  This powerful profit wave has begun.  I have made the investment myself  suggest you investigate this in my report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More.”

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I look forward to the next 17 years and sharing how to have more than enough money for the rest of your life.

Gary