The Power of Poverty

The world has to put “Everyone First”.

Modern communications makes inequalities of wealth and income too obvious.  Technology makes weapons of mass destruction too inexpensive and easy.

The conflicts of politics and religion are at their roots struggles of poverty.

People in poverty can see and can be armed and have nothing to lose.

We should watch the global economic slowdown and how it affects China.  If the population demands too much increased prosperity and becomes to restless… the Chinese governments easiest option is to blame  the West and increase military tensions.

Incidents like this navel misstep reported in the Japan Times (1) and publications around the world may increase in seriousness and frequency.

japan times

The article says: Experts said a near-miss between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a Chinese warship in the disputed South China Sea earlier this week could have dire implications for American allies and partners operating in the waterway and elsewhere — including Japan — after the U.S. confirmed that photos showing just how close the two vessels came to colliding were “legitimate.”

Economic tensions have always been a part of history but here’s a solid fact that is rarely reported in the doom and gloom news…  there is greater prosperity ahead, for the entire world.

The simple laws of supply and demand guarantee that a strong global economy will continue to add more and more wealth.

Technology is making people more productive.  Increased productivity increases supply.

There is a growing global population. Growing population increases demand.

Those are the basics.  We can’t really argue with that.

A recent Wall Street Journal article “World Poverty Falls Below 750 Million, Report Says” (2) supports this fact… More supply… more demand… more wealth.

The article says that population living in extreme conditions has declined by more than 1 billion people in last 25 years.  That’s great progress!

Here is an excerpt from the article: The global population living in extreme poverty has fallen below 750 million for the first time since the World Bank began collecting global statistics in 1990, a decline of more than 1 billion people in the past 25 years.

In a report released Wednesday, the World Bank said the extreme poverty rate had dropped to 10% as of 2015, the latest comprehensive data, and they estimate that the decline has continued over the past three years.

Expect that the World Will Remain Standing!

The press always focuses on doom and gloom.  Current news always makes the world seem about to end.

Yet despite all the negative headlines, we have lived through the Cold War and MAD, Y2K, GridX II, the Peak Oil Crisis. etc. etc. etc.  Chicken Little is always out there, selling the sky is falling.  Don’t buy into this story!

History suggests that there will always be opportunity.  The sun always shines somewhere.

We can cash in on this fact by simply looking for top value markets and investing for the long term.


Profitable Investing Made EZ

There are only three steps to sustained, safe profits in investing.   Seek value.  Cut losses.  Take profits.

Quotes from three great value professional investors support this thought.

Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” Warren Buffett

“In the short run, the market is a voting machine, but in the long run it is a weighing machine.” Ben Graham

We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest.” Charlie Munger

We do not have to be brilliant to preserve our wealth.  When it comes to investing, discipline can make professional investing EZ because you become smarter than the smartest man in the world.


Sir Issac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time.  His role was key in the scientific revolution.

His book “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy” laid the foundations for mechanics.

He supplied a foundation to optics.

He helped develop modern calculus.

Newton formulated the laws of motion and gravitation and confirmed the heliocentric model of the cosmos.

Newton built the first practical reflecting telescope.

His theories about color and cooling and the speed of sound were spring boards in physics.

In math, Newton contributed to the study of power series, the binomial theorem to non-integer exponents, and a method for approximating the roots of a function.

He is said to have been the greatest genius who ever lived!

But Sir Issac Newton also lost his shirt in the stock market. 

Newton said: “I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies but not the madness of the people.”

Sir Issac forgot the intelligence in seeking value. He ignored the fact that buying and selling discipline is more important than being smart.

How can we gain this discipline?  Discipline comes from simple math which is why two of the three exports I use in my Purposeful investing course (Pi) and mathematicians not economists.  I am happy to introduce an investing math program that instills investment discipline in our Pi course.

Use math and time, not emotion and timing to protect your wealth.

We need a strategy so our savings, investments & income are sufficient for a full lifetime which can be much longer than statistics suggest.  That’s really good to know but longer life expectancy is expected to worsen the shortfall in Social Security by 11 percent over the next 75 years.

What will a longer, active life do to our savings and budgets?

During nearly five decades of global investing I have noticed that some people, such as Warren Buffett, have a good value strategy that makes sure they do not lose, but increase their wealth again and again.

What is this strategy?  It is a good value strategy based on three tactics.

The first tactic is to seek safety before profit.

A research paper that studied Warren Buffet’s investing strategy was published at Yale University’s website. This research shows that the stocks he chooses are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price – to – book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios).

The second tactic is to maintain staying power so you can let time do its work.  At times Buffet’s portfolio has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

keppler asset management chart

This chart based on a 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of outperformance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.  Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio the better the odds of outstanding success.

The Buffet strategy integrates time and value for safety and profit.

A third, limited leveraging, tactic in the strategy boosts profit.  Buffett leverages his portfolio at a ratio of approximately 1.6 to 1.   The Yale published research paper shows the leveraging methods used by Warren Buffett to amass his $50 billion fortune.  The researchers found that the returns from Buffett’s investment company, Berkshire Hathaway, far outweighed those achieved by any rival that has operated for 30 years or more.  The research shows that neither luck nor magic are involved.  Instead, the paper shows that Buffet’s success hinges on using leverage at the rate of 1.6.

To sum up the strategy, Buffet uses value, time and leverage to buy and hold “cheap, safe, quality stocks”.  He uses limits leverage so he can hold on for very long periods of time, surviving rough periods where others might have been forced into a fire sale or a career shift.

You can learn how to use this type of three point strategy with the Purposeful investing Course (Pi).  This course is based on my 50 (almost) years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

Pi reveals investing secrets and the sciences that make investing easy, safer, less time consuming and increases the chances of profit.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of a Primary Pi Model Portfolio, called the Pifolio.  There are no secrets about this portfolio except that it is based entirely on good math and uses to time to take advantage of value.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my (almost) 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends): Michael Keppler, Eric Roseman, Thomas Fischer (for currency positions) and Richard Smith, PhD (for trailing stop alerts).

The Pifolio analysis begins with Keppler who continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.  He compares each major stock market’s history.

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Michael is a brilliant mathematician.  We have tracked his analysis for over 20 years.   He continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.  He compares each stock market’s history.  From this, he develops his Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  His analysis is rational, mathematical and does not cause worry about short term ups and downs.   To invest according to the Country Selection Strategy, it is necessary to construct diversified, risk-controlled, representative country portfolios in every BUY rated country, weighting each country approximately equally in the overall portfolio.  It is not appropriate or enough to instruct a stockbroker to simply select stocks in the BUY rated countries.

To achieve this goal of diversification the Pifolio consists of Country Index ETFs that are similar to index mutual fund but are shares normally traded on a major stock exchange that tracks an index of shares in a specific country. ETFs do not try to beat the index they represent. The management is passive and tries to emulate the performance of the index.

A country ETF provides diversification into a basket of equities in the country covered.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to pick and choose shares.  You can invest in the index which is like investing in all the shares in the index.  All you have to do is invest in an ETF that in turn invests passively in all the shares of the index.

Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These are major foundations of the Behavior Gap, a trait exhibited by most investors, that causes them to underperform any market they choose.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  The losses created by this gap grow when investors trade short term under stress.  More about the gap in a moment.

Learn how to create profitable strategies that combine good value investments with unique, personal goals.

Spanning the Behavior Gap

Behavior gaps are among the biggest reasons why so many investors fail.  Human evolution makes fear the second most powerful motivator.  (Greed is the third.)  Fear creates investment losses due to behavior gaps.  Fear motivates us more strongly than desire. By nature investors are risk adverse, when they should embrace risk.  Purpose is the most powerful motivator,  stronger than fear and greed.  One powerful way to overcome the behavior gap is to invest with a purpose.

To help overcome this gap, we continually test the Pifolio, created with Keppler’s value analysis  with a unique trailing stop system created by our friend, Dr. Richard Smith.  His Smart Trailing Stops 2.0 alerts us to any of the shares which deviate from their good value status.

Richard Smith received a PhD in Mathematical Systems Theory from New York State University, Binghamton, after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has spent the last 10 years researching and developing algorithms and services that give individual investors the tools they need to remain in their personal investing comfort zone, and to succeed!

Third, we test the portfolio again using a contrarian, protection oriented analysis of ENR Asset Management.

The nature of value investing is to be contrary.  Markets rise and fall, long term, guided by forces of nature.  Markets jump up and down, short term, based on the human whims of fear and greed.  Hot markets are almost always overbought and severely corrected markets are almost always oversold.  This makes contrarian investing really simple.  All you need to do is what most investors are not.  Right?

Nothing in investing is ever simple.  Doing whatever the majority of the market is not doing may expose you to good value stocks, but this process also reveals troubled companies.  Good value selectivity is also required to create an effective contrarian strategy.  Contrarian investors need tactics that weed out the dogs from the good value.

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Eric Roseman manages ENR Global Contrarian Accounts.

ENR’s Contrarian Value Account buys distressed global, dividend-paying equities at near low prices.

The margins of safety the fund seeks is low price, low debt,  high cash-flow, strong global brands and strong management.

ENR looks for ‘event-driven’ change; spinoffs and macro catalysts that lead to change and revaluation.  For example shares in oil companies are being revalued now.

The fund only invests in stocks that pay dividends, have growth greater than inflation and are near or at 52-week low prices.

ENR’s flagship managed accounts in 2008 lost just under 5% versus losses of more than 40% for global benchmarks.

ENR accounts actually gained 3.6% in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to a 22% crash for the MSCI World Index.

Then I add my fifty years of experience.

For example in the 1980s, I spotted a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich.  Some of my readers made enough to retire.  Others picked up 50% currency gains.  Then the cycle ended.  Warren Buffett 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!

I did well then, but always thought, “I should have invested more!”  Now those circumstances have come together and I am investing in them again.

The circumstances that created fortunes 30 years ago were an overvalued US market (compared to global markets) and an overvalued US dollar.

The two conditions are in place again!  There are currently ten good value non US developed markets,  plus 10 good value emerging markets.

Pi shows how to easily create a diversified, worry free portfolio that includes each or all of these countries with Country Index ETFs.

The current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago.  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 is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.

This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  There is so much more to write and the trends are so clear that I have created a powerful report “Silver Dip 2018”.  

The best way to protect and increase your savings and wealth is with a good value portfolio of equities.

Once this type of portfolio is in place, it can be enhanced with select speculations in precious metals when the price of these metals are in ideal conditions for speculation (as they are now).

No Cash is Required

The good value equity portfolio is used as collateral to make a conservative margin investment in precious metals ETFs.

Such leveraged speculations make the most sense when metals are at good value prices as gold is now.

I have spent substantial time researching to determine a fundamental real value for gold based on genuine purchasing power.  The math I use suggests that gold should be priced at about $1,350 and ounce at this time.  I work on the premise that above $1,350 an ounce, buying gold is a speculation that is not supported fundamentally.

I work on the theory that when gold is priced at $1,350, or below, it’s a good value for long term investing and thus for speculation.

Then I look at silver and platinum also to see if they are better value than gold (they both are better value now).

Next I check our trend advisors at

The Tradestops analysis shows that gold is in an upwards trend and has been for five months.

There are three main factors we watch at Tradestops.  First we look at the Stock State Indicator (SSI) of the share.  In the case of GLD below, the SSI is in the green zone.

The SSI is based on a mathematical analysis of a share’s price for the past 521 trading days.  An SSI in the green zone indicates that the stock is performing well and has not corrected below its recent high.  If a stock has not yet hit this price, it is still on an uptrend and safe to keep holding it.


Tradestops analysis for the gold ETF symbol GLD.

The Tradestops analysis of SLV shows that this silver ETF is in a downwards trend and has been for the past one year.

An SSI in the red zone indicates that the stock has corrected more than its VQ% below a recent high. The stock is not behaving in a way that is usual based on its historical market trend.


Tradestops analysis for the silver ETF symbol SLV.

This analysis suggests that this is a good time to speculate in gold, but not in silver.

However when the gold-silver price ratio is at 80 or above, history suggests that the price of silver will rise faster than the price of gold.

This means that right now the price of gold is a good value,  but silver may be an even better investment than gold.

The threshold we watch for is a spread of 80. When the price of gold is 80 times (or more) higher than the price of silver history this suggests that silver is undervalued to gold and will rise faster than gold.

Rarely has the gold-silver price ratio been as high as 80, only three times in the past 36 years.

Last month the ratio shot up to 81!

However the May 21, 2018, 30 Day Gold-Silver Ratio chart from below shows that the gold-silver price ratio dropped back below 80 around May 1, 2018.   The chart shows that silver’s price has been rising faster than gold’s prcie and this is an early indicator that silver’s trend may be ready to reverse.

gold silver ratio

The next indicator we’ll look for is the Tradestops entry alert that shows the silver ETF’s price is on the rise.  Momentum is a key component of Tradestops Stock State Indicator (SSI) system.  The TradeStops Stock State Indicator (SSI) entry signal is a very conservative signal. It requires a stock to have made a bounce off the bottom of at least one Volatility Quotient (VQ) percentage and the stock’s trend must be strongly positive.

That entry signal will be strong suggestion that silver’s price is on the rise.

Good and Bad News When No Cash is Required

The big benefit to an overall portfolio’s return is that any profits created on margin purchases are pure profit that come with with no extra invested money.

Of course there is always something we do not know, and any losses are also pure losses so protective devices are also wise, especially stop losses which are explained in our report “The Silver Dip 2018.

Conditions for the silver dip have returned.  The availability of low cost loans and silver are at an all time low.

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(1) US says photos near collision Chinese warship legitimate

(2) world poverty falls below 750 million

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