Speculation Opportunity in Norway

Last month I sent this lesson to Purposeful Investing Course (Pi) subscribers.

Now is a time, more than normal, to exercise caution in stock markets and maintain one’s value investing disciplines, but there are also seeds for value based speculation.

This chart of the S&P 500 performance for the past 30 years shows that the US market did exceptionally well in the 1990s, then was horrible in the 2000s and then did really well again in the 2010s.

No one knows what will happen in the 2020s, but chances are this will be a decade that ruins many investors.


However there will be investing  opportunities and good value discipline includes the courage to buy when a market or currency is out of sync with mathematical reality. 

The December Market Outlook (1), we share with Pi subscribers, reveals such a speculative opportunity (bolds are mine):

The NOK or Norwegian krone in October hit a record intraday low of 10.31 to the EUR. Its decline is hard to decipher. The krone is undervalued by many common measures. Norway’s economic performance is solid while budget and trade balances are in surplus.

The Norges Bank is the only European central bank hiking rates four times this year. The NOK should be strengthening, not declining. Though the NOK has long been correlated to oil prices, the export-dependency on salmon has increased markedly over the last decade. Having almost doubled since 2008, salmon prices have plunged 20% this year. Ten years ago, Norway exported about 15 times more oil than fish but that ratio has narrowed considerably to just 3.5 times, according to Nordea Bankin Oslo.

The chart below from www.finance.yahoo.com shows how the US dollar has risen continually against the Norwegian economy.


The chart below from Economist.com shows that Norway’s economic conditions are one of the strongest in the world.


Norway’s current account balance at +7.1% of GDP (versus -2.4% for the US) is among the highest of all developed markets.

The Norwegian government’s budget balance at a +6.6 (versus -4.7% for the US) is by far the strongest.

The kroner interest rate on ten year gvt bonds at 1.1% is below the US rate of 1.7%, but if the krone appreciates versus the US, the real return could be higher.

However beyond kroner bond investments, we can see speculative potential in the Norwegian stock market.

In 2019 all markets included in the MSCI World Index were up, but in the last month Norway was down -1.5%.

Yet we saw that Norway remains one of the good value developed markets.

The Good Value Developed Markets are: There is no change in our country ratings this month. The Top Value Model Portfolio holds the ten “Buy”-rated markets Australia, Austria, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom at equal weights.

This is where the special speculation opportunity comes in.  The Norwegian Krone is under priced and the Norwegian market  is a good value market.


The chart above from www.finance.yahoo.com shows how the Norwegian stock markets as evidenced via the iShares MSCI Norway ETF (symbol ENOR) performed in a similar pattern to the S&P500 from 2015 to 2018, but lagged seriously behind after.

Norwegian markets has overwhelming value stats compared with the US market.  Norway’s price to book is in the 1.8 range versus over 3 for the US.  The average dividend is 4.47% vs. 1.86%.

Long term, Keppler’s research suggests an equally weighted portfolio provides the best risk adjusted profit, but in instances of this nature, an overweighting in the Norwegian market is a healthy value oriented speculation.

I personally have an overweight position in ENOR.


Coronavirus and the Stock Market Round One is Done

Coronavirus and the stock market.  Round Two is coming.

This virus and the market faced off in the spring.  The market won.  As the chart below shows, after a huge March 2020 collapse, by early June, the DJIA was back to its December 2019 level.

stock chart

The market’s back up, but history suggests that we’ll see volatility in the ten years ahead.

Here is a chart of the Dow Jones Index for the past three decades.  The .dotcom bubble burst just before the beginning of the 2000 decade.


The market then went nowhere from 2000 to 2014.   Finally it started reaching new high levels.

Such decades long sideways movement after a severe correction is nothing new in the stock market.

So everything’s in order… except the pandemic.  The ravages of the coronavirus dramatically increase the unknown and this uncertainty is the greatest purveyor  of weakness that a stock market can have.

How do we maximize the return on your savings and investments during this extremely dangerous time?

For the past four and a half years, my strategy, to protect against the next stock market crash and yet gain income and appreciation from rising share prices is to invest in an equally weighted portfolio of the value based country ETFs.

We track 46 stock markets around the world in our Purposeful Investing Course to determine which markets offer the best value so we can be in a perfect position to take advantage of stock market corrections all over the world.

Since no one knows what the future will bring, investing in value makes the most long term sense.

Our Purposeful Investing Course (Pi) teaches an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little time, management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.

Sticking to math based stock market value and country ETFs eliminates the need for hours of research aimed at picking specific shares.   Investing in an index is like investing in all the major shares of the market.  You save time because all you have to do is invest in the ETF to gain the profit potential of the entire market.

To achieve this goal of diversification the Pi portfolio consists of Country Index ETFs.

Country Index ETFs are similar to an 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.

Here is the Pifolio I personally held at the beginning of 2019.  Now I am updating my plan to decide when it’s best to invest more.

70% is diversified into developed markets: Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom.

30% of the Pifolio is invested in emerging markets: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan.

iShares Country ETFs make it easy to invest in each of the good value markets.

The ETFs provide incredible diversification for safety.  For example, the iShares MSCI  Japan (symbol EWJ) is a Country Index ETF that tracks the investment results the Morgan Stanley Capital Index MSCI Japan Index which is composed mainly of large cap and small cap stocks traded primarily on the Tokyo Stock Exchange mainly of companies in consumer staples, financials and materials. This ETF is non-diversified outside of Japan so an investment in the ETF is an investment in hundreds of different Japanese shares.

iShares is owned by Black Rock, Inc. the world’s largest asset manager with over $4 trillion in assets under management.

There is an iShares country ETF for almost every market.

You can create your own good value strategy.

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This year I will celebrate my 52nd anniversary of global investing and writing about global investing.  Our reports and seminars have helped readers have better lives, with less stress yet make fortunes during up and down markets for decades.  This information is invaluable to investors large and small because even small amounts can easily be invested in the good value shares we cover in our seminar.

Those five decades of experience have taught me several incredibly valuable lessons.

The first lesson is that there is always something we do not know.

The second lesson is that stock market booms and busts always eventually return to value.

Third, the only sure way to succeed is to use time not timing.

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.

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 out performance 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%.

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(1) Read the entire December edition of ENR Asset Management’s Market Outlook here.

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