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Dollar Diversified Breakout Portfolio Up 490.65%

Most investors need dollar diversification.

We’ll review and update a breakout portfolio at our upcoming investing course in Montreal.   This is a portfolio of seven shares we have reviewed at our website and seminars over the past 21 months (since the end of 2012).

See why this portfolio turned a 490.65% profit in 21 months.

Beyond Water


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One reason we bought our farm because it has so much water.   We have been recommending investing in water for over 20 years.

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Let me hastily add that the last 21 months has been an easy time to make money in stocks.

As the chart above shows if you simply invested in the Dow Jones Industrial Index, you earned a 31.01% profit since the end of 2012.

Even better if you invested in the MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital Index) World Index, your profits were 50.60% in that same period.

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Yet this breakout portfolio rose 490.65%.  What is the difference?

The difference is created by leveraging breakout value.

There are numerous ways to spot breakouts.  One method is to see a need so great, that the value of its fulfillment has to rise.  Investments in water infrastructure are an example.   A glance at the aging of the western world’s water infrastructure shows that investments in pipes, values and such make a great deal of sense.

This is why we wrote about Aegion Corp (AEGN) (1), a water investment that was first reviewed at this site in 2007 when it was named Instutiform.  This company made sense to me because it is a leader in trenchless water line replacement.  Their process is the most widely used trench less method for restoring structural integrity to and removing infiltration from sewers.  Their technology allows their customers to avoid the extraordinary expense and extreme disruption that can result from traditional “dig and replace” method of replacing water lines.  Since its formation in 1971, the company has rehabilitated enough pipe to circle the globe.

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Aegion shares up 24.10% since 2012.  Click on image to enlarge.

The New York Times article “Infrastructure Cracks as Los Angeles Defers Repairs” (2) confirms the value in this type of business.

That article tells how a torrent of water from a ruptured pipe valve on a 90-year-old water main, under Sunset Boulevard, hurled chunks of asphalt 40 feet into the air and spilled 20 million gallons during this region’s historic drought.

The story quoted a utility official as saying, “People don’t think about the fact that there are pipes under the ground that are 100 years old until one blows.” and points out the enormous water problems of delayed maintenance.

The article points out that:

* City officials estimate that it would cost at least $3.6 billion to fix the worst roads, $1.5 billion to repair the sidewalks and $3 billion to replace aging water pipes.

* More than 10 percent of the 7,200 miles of water pipes were built 90 years ago. The average age of a city pipe is 58, compared with an optimal life span of 100 years. While that may not sound so bad, at the current level of funding it would take the Department of Water and Power 315 years to replace them.

* Marcie L. Edwards, the general manager of the department, said that the pipes were not in as dire shape as those in some other cities.

Investing in water as an asset class is a no brainer.

The next way to spot value is when fear has driven prices too low.

One theme I invested in since 2012 is based on my belief that investors typically oversell bad news and that Europe has been oversold.  I wrote near the end of 2012 in a post at this site entitled “Great Global Investing Adventure” (3):  I stuck with some northern European companies (Jyske Bank and German TV company Sky Deutsch) because these companies mainly earn in Northern Europe.  I believe that Europe and the euro will either recover or the EU will create two euros… the Euro Hard and Euro Soft.  Jyske (Jysk.co) and Sky Deutsch (SkyD.DE) are companies with a big share of their earnings  in areas that would be in the hard euro (Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland).

You can see from the stock charts of these companies at finance.yahoo.com how the European pick up helped these shares.

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Sky Deutsche up 147.6% since 2012.

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Germany remains the powerhouse in Europe and people there  watch TV.

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Jyske Bank shares up  86.17% since 2102.

I have always liked the people in Jyske’s management.  Their budgets  are modest (no limos for the CEO here).  There is no bonus pay plan for staff and equal responsibility philosophy to look after employee – shareholder and customer make good sense to me.

Another way top spot value is to look for silver linings in bad news.

Take for example… the ammunition makers… Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK).  The shares in this company offered good value.

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Chart of ATK shares up 154.46% since 2012.

I stumbled across ATK when numerous readers began sending me copies of websites headlines like this: Fears that federal authorities are preparing for mass civil unrest have increased after it was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security is planning to buy a further 750 million rounds of ammo in addition to the 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets already purchased earlier this year.

The buzz is that the current administration is afraid of civil unrest in the USA and is arming up.

Perhaps so but my thinking focused on value instead of anarchy.  Instead of asking… is this true or not… what is the government’s intentions… I asked… who will make all that money?

For a fact… there is very little I can do about the government or its expenditures.  There is a lot I can do in my own actions and investing.

So I looked and found this news at fiance.yahoo.com:   ATK Delivers 2 Billion 7.62mm Rounds to the U.S. Army from the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP)ATK Delivers More than 350 Million 5.56mm Enhanced Performance Rounds Using Modernized Production Line Equipment
.   ATK Receives $131 Million in Small-Caliber Ammunition Orders

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (ATK) recently achieved a world-class production milestone by delivering the 2 billionth 7.62mm round of ammunition manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Independence, Mo.  Since assumption of LCAAP manufacturing operations in 2000, ATK has increased the production rate for 7.62mm ammunition five-fold in direct support of U.S. Army requirements.

Alliant Techsystems manufacture everything from rockets for NASA to bullets.  In fact it is the world’s largest manufacturer of bullets and much more.  So ATK shares are in the breakout portfolio.

Another way to spot value is by seeking high paying dividends.

This led me to Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust and Brookfield Renewable Energy shares (4).

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Suntec REIT shares rose 25.77% since 2012 and paid 5% dividend per annum so the real return was appx. 35.77%

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Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners shares (BEP) (5) appear to have dropped 2.22% over two years but paid a 5% dividend each year, plus in April 2013 issued a bonus share for each 17.42 shares held or appx 5.75% so the real return was +13.35%

Another way to find value is to spot a severe shortage in a commodity that has expanding demand.

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TFS Corp. (TFS.AX) has risen 523.19% since 2012

Wall Street Journal article alerted me to sandalwood smuggling problems  and a post at our site “An Investment to Kill For” (6) said:   Trade in sandalwood dates back to the beginning of trading in India.  The trees are so valuable that no individual may own a sandalwood tree.   Sandalwood prices have skyrocketed and there is growing demand as the use of aromatheraphy and non chemical trends in the cosmetic industry toward natural products.  Plus there is ongoing research for new ways to use the bio active agents in sandalwood for modern medicine.  A vial of the oil extract costs between $400 and $1,000.

Many people, including our friends in the essential oil business, keep their sandalwood in safes just like jewelry and precious metals, after all it IS precious.  Although trade in Indian sandalwood is official restricted, smuggling remains a serious threat to the tree.  Thus it is no surprise that the only public company… listed on a stock exchange… anywhere in the world, that legally grows thousands of acres of Indian Sandalwood, has enormous profit potential.

These are the seven shares we have been tracking and will review at the investment seminar in Montreal, October 10-11-12.

Now let’s look at the performance of a portfolio built around these seven shares.

TFS Corp. an investment in Australian dollars  is up 523.19% in 21 months.

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners  an investment in the Canadian dollar is up 13.35%.

Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust, an investment in the Singapore dollar, is up 35.77%.

ATK Corp., an investment in US dollars, is up 154.46%.

Jyske Bank, an investment in Danish Kroner, is up  86.17%.

Sky Deutsche, an investment in Euro, is up 147.60%.

Aegion Corp.,  an investment in US dollar, is up 24.10%

Average return before currency adjustment 135.55%

135.55% in two years is pretty good, but we are looking for 280%.  Where is the extra profit?

The Japanese yen

The added profit comes from leverage and the fall of the Japanese yen.  On December 12, 2012 a message entitled “Multi Currency Sandwich” (6) at this site said:   If I am correct, this is a good time to short the Japanese yen.  The way to short the yen is to borrow yen and use the loan to make investments that earn more than 3% in currencies that are likely to rise against the yen.

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The US dollar/yen chart shows that the greenback has risen 34.34% versus the yen since since 2102.

If you invested $100,000 and borrowed $200,000 yen (using the shares as collateral) and invested the $300,000 equally into these seven shares, the loan cost would have been slightly below 4%.  Here is your return.

Investment ($100,000 + $200,000 loan)      $300,000

Profit at 135.55% growth on $300,000            $406,650

Loan cost  on $200,000 loan 4% PA 2 years  -$ 16,000

Loan payoff                                                            – $200,000

Portfolio Value:  $490,650 or 490.65% increase in 21 months on $100,000 invested.  That’s a 280.37% annualized rate.

Actually the profit would be slightly less, by 2% or 3% because this portfolio is diversified in six currencies, the US dollar, Canadian dollar, Australian dollar, Singapore dollar, Euro and Danish kroner.

US dollar has lost 4.18% to the Danish kroner and 4.33% to the Euro since 2012 which would push up the profits a bit in US dollar terms.  The Singapore dollar has moved less than 1% versus the US dollar over these last 21 months.   However the US dollar has gained 10.33% to the Canadian dollar and 9.44% to the Australian dollar in the last 21 months which would reduce the return in US dollars terms by about 5%.

This portfolio also offers a good diversification in regions of the world, small cap to large cap and sectors.

Learn how to use “Borrow Low-Deposit High” to enhance profits and how to work more efficiently with your portfolio manager through our study of the breakout portfolio in Montreal.

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Gain From Pandemics – Riots & Election Volatility

On top of the pandemic… and the riots, another election on its way… all the robo calls from politicians… the dirty tricks and the innumerable amounts of nonsense this vital process brings.

However America’s politics turn out, one thing is sure, there will be volatility in stock markets during the election process.

The first reason markets will bounce has nothing to do with politics or policies.   A market correction was due regardless of the party or the person in office and COVID-19 was a pretty good excuse for it to suddenly drop.  Expect plenty more volatility.  Whether the economy recovers slowly or quickly, history suggests that the US market will do a lot of moving up and down.

Second the new politics has created an uncertain era.  Everyone has been shaken over the past three years whether they are pleased with the government or not.

Nothing frightens markets like uncertainty. 

What more could we ask for… an uncertain COVID-19 future and riots in 30 major cities.

Well interest rates could be a dark horse.  I the massive government handouts create inflation, interest rates will rise and rising interest rates will push stock market prices down.

Despite these pitfalls, there is a way to profit using the strong US dollar and undervalued non dollar stock markets to pick up good value shares.

During nearly five decades of global investing I have noticed found that good value strategies are the best way to profit long term, through good politics and bad.  The steps to take are simple.

The first tactic is to seek safety before profit.

We can look at Warren Buffett’s investing strategy as an example.  Buffett success is talked about a lot, but rarely does anyone explain how he make so much money.  That was the fact until some researchers really stripped his operation bare.  They looked at everything and learned the deepest of Buffett’s wealth management secrets.  Fortunately they published all in a research paper at Yale University’s website. that reveals important truths about extending wealth.

This research shows that the stocks Buffett 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.  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.

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 Buffett strategy integrates time and value for safety and profit.

A third tactic is using 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 limited leverage to invest in large purchases of “cheap, safe, quality stocks”.  He 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.

Stated in another way buffet uses logic (buy good value) to have the conviction, wherewithal, and skill to invest with leverage over many decades.

What do we do when we are not Warren Buffett?

May I introduce the Purposeful Investing Course (Pi) for those who want to invest like Warren Buffet, but know they are not.  This course is based on my 50 plus years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

Enjoy Extending Wealth

Pi’s mission is to make it easy for anyone to create a three point strategy, like Buffett’s even though they do not have a lot of time for or knowledge about investing.

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

One secret is to invest with a purpose beyond the cash.  One tactic as mentioned is staying power.  This means not being caught short and having to sell during a period of loss.  This also means having enough faith in a strategy that we stick to the plan.  When we invest with purpose, doing what we love, we enjoy the process more and are more likely to hold on during down times, when most poor investors panic and sell.

Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  They create the Behavior Gap, a trait exhibited by most investors, that causes them to underperform any market sector they choose.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.   Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

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.

Winning investors though embrace risk because they have a plan based on good value.

Purpose is the most powerful motivator,  stronger than fear and greed, so a strategy with purpose is the most powerful of all.

Combine your needs and capabilities with good value secrets and the math to back up your value selections through the Pifolio – The Pi Model Portfolio

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 ignores the stories (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based entirely on good math.

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).

The Pifolio analysis begins with a continual research of international major stock markets that compares their value based on:

#1:  Current book to price

#2: Cash flow to price

#3: Earnings to price

#4: Average dividend yield

#5: Return on equity

#6: Cash flow return.

#7: Market history

We follow this research of a brilliant mathematician and have tracked this analysis for over 20 years.    This is a complete and continual study of international major and emerging stock markets.

This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy.   The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.   This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use.  Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.

A country ETF provides diversification and cost efficiency by spreading one simple, even small investment into a basket of equities in a good value stock market.  The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.

Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi matches this mathematical certainty with my fifty years of experience. This opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

For example in the 1980s, 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 in some of these good value markets using 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 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 included links to 153 pages of  Good Value Stock Market research and Asset Allocation Analysis.

The report shows 20 good value investments and a really powerful tactic that shows the most effective and least expensive way to accumulate these bargains in large or even very small amounts (less than $5,000).  There is extra profit potential of at least 50% so the report is worth a lot.

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Pi also explains when leverage provides extra potential without undo risk.  For example in 1986 I issued a report called “The Silver Dip” that showed how to borrow 12,000 British pounds (at almost 1.6 to 1 dollars per pound the loan created US$18,600) and use the loan to buy 3835 ounces of silver at around US$4.85 an ounce.

Silver had crashed, I mean really crashed from $48 per ounce.  As prices decreased from early 1983 into 1986, total supply had fallen to 449.7 million ounces in 1986.  Mine production was restricted by the low prices at this time, with silver reaching a low for this period of $4.85 in May 1986.  Secondary recovery also was constricted by these low prices.

Then silver’s price skyrocketed to over $11 an ounce within a year.  The $18,600 loan was now worth $42,185.

The loan was in pounds and in May 1986 the dollar pound rate was 1.55 dollars per pound.  So the 12,000 pound loan purchased $18,600 of silver.  The pound then crashed to 1.40 dollars per silver.  The loan could be paid off for $13,285 immediately creating an extra $5,314 profit.  The profit grew to $47,499 in just a year.

Here’s how 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 the Pi course.

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) www.nyti


(1) Aegion

(2) The New York Times article “Infrastructure Cracks as Los Angeles Defers Repairs

(3)  Great Global Investing Adventure Jyske and Sky Deutsche

(3)  ATK shares

(4)  TFS. Corp.

(5) Brookfield Power

(6) An Investment to Kill For

(7) Borrow the Japanese yen