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A Silver Tip

In 2015, when silver prices were ideal and the British pound dropped in value against the US dollar, many of our readers made some  great profits investing in the Silver Dip.

Now ideal silver conditions have returned.  See how to profit from these conditions below.


Our Silver Dip 2015 report told how to borrow British pounds to invest in the silver ETF SLV.

Mid October 2015, a 10,000 pound loan resulted in appx. $16,000 to invest in SLV at $15.51 per share.  That $16,000 purchased about a thousand shares.

Those shares were worth $19 a share a year later or $19,000.  The pound had fallen to from $1.60 per pound to $1.38, so it only took $13,800 to pay off the loan. That turned the idea into a really nice profit!

This was not the first time we had helped readers cash in on currency and precious metal price distortions.

I first spotted these distortion opportunities in 1986.   Two short term distortions (in the price of silver and the strength of the British pound) created potential for huge profits.  I wrote in a report (called the “Silver Dip”) that told how to borrow British pounds to speculate in silver and earn over $50,000 profit.  That’s the headline I used then in 1986, “Turn $250 into $51,888… in Four Years or Less”.

The report showed how to take borrow overpriced British pounds and invest the loan in under priced silver.   $250 was required to set up the loan.  No other cash was needed to borrow the pounds.

Readers who followed the 1986 report made $46,299 on the no cash investment in only one year

The strategy behind the Silver Dip is to invest in a silver ETF (we use the iShares Silver Trust ETV (symbol SLV).

The conditions we look for are gold at a good value price ($1,350 or below).  The gold silver price ratio at 80 or higher (price of gold is 80 times higher than the price of silver).   Plus a distorted currency market.

Gold’s price has been rising but is still at the good value threshold.

With gold prices rising, silver is likely to follow suit, but it has not yet so the Silver Dip tactic is more attractive right now.

The silver ETF SLV has fallen from $19 per share to $14 per share over the last year.

The gold price to silver price ratio has risen to an unprecedented 90!

Plus the US dollar index is near a decade’s long high.


Since the beginning of the year we have seen further strength in the US dollar and this month foreign exchange markets erupted with fresh volatility as the British pound, Swedish krona, Mexican peso and Chinese yuan have all weakened recently. The peso dropped 2.5% in a single day last week following President Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexico.

Why has silver prices remained low?

The iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV)

The article at ETFdialynews.com “What’s preventing silver from breaking out to the upside?” (1) explains one reason why silver prcies have been lagging.

The article says: Why is silver doing this? Well, the correct answer is probably closely related to all the currency manipulation going on. In Europe the ECB is seen as parading it’s “policy weapons” while the US Fed is trying to decide whether to goose the market sooner rather than later. The interesting bit there is that they apparently aren’t fond of the whole free-market idea anymore, it’s all about when to push on which pedal, especially currency-related pedals. Which creates havoc for precious metals – Are they doing this because the economy is really that bad? Or because they’ve simply become power-crazed lunatics, convinced they are smarter than thousands of years of historical evidence that gov’t interventions blow up markets?

All these point to distortions that suggest… the price of gold will rise.  Silver’s price will rise faster than gold’s price. The US dollar will weaken and accelerate gold and silver’s price rise.

The “Silver Dip 2019” report shows what to do to cash in on these distortions.  I continuously watch for aberrations in currency and precious metal markets.   Sometimes a rare quirk, such as the currency distortions, low cost loans and low silver price  offer potential for profit, with very little risk of long term loss.

Investors who speculate on these aberrations at the correct time can make fortunes.

The time is now.

Success is almost guaranteed.  In fact an 89 year study showed a 99% change of success when sequence distortions are worked in a certain way.

We are stalking precious metal opportunity now.

The trap is set. We are waiting…

This opportunity is explained in the report “Silver Dip 2019”.

Here is why there is no risk for you.  The report is 100% guaranteed.

I do not sell book, reports and courses.  I offer benefits.  If  the Silver Dip 2019 does not bring you the benefits you expect, just let me know any time in 2019 and I’ll send you a quick, no questions asked, full refund.

I can’t promise that silver’s price will rise in 2019 but  I can guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied with the report or… you can have your money back in full.

You can order the Silver Dip 2019 here for $39.95


Or get the Silver Dip 2019 FREE when you subscribe to our Purposeful Investing Course described below.

The Only 3 Reasons to Invest


The stock market has always been the best place of places to protect and increase wealth over the long haul.   Yet it’s also been the worst place to lose money, a lot of it, quickly.

There are only three reasons why we should invest.  We invest for income.  We invest to resell our investments for more than we had invested.  We invest to make our world a better place.

The goal of investing should be to stabilize our security, bring feelings of comfort and elimination of stress!

We should not invest for fun, excitement or to get rich quickly. We should not divest in a panic due to market corrections.

This is why my core stock portfolio consists of 19 shares and this position has hardly changed in three years.  During this time we have been steadily accumulating the same 19 shares and have traded only three times.


This portfolio is built around a strategy that’s taught in my Purposeful Investing Course (Pi).  I call these shares my Pifolio.

This portfolio more or less matched the S&P 500 until May 2018.  Then a stronger US dollar made the portfolio look like it was falling behind.   This currency illusion creates a special opportunity we’ll view in a moment.

This portfolio above is based on stock price to value analysis built around 91 years of stock market data.

The value analysis is used to create a portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover  stock markets that are undervalued.  I have combined my 50 years of investing experience with the study of the mathematical market value analysis of Michael Keppler, CEO of Keppler Asset Management.

In my opinion, Keppler is one of the best market statisticians in the world.  Numerous very large fund managers use his analysis to manage over $2.5 billion of funds.  However because Keppler’s roots are in Germany (though he lives and operates from New York) and most of his funds registered for the European Union, Americans cannot normally access his data.

I was lucky to have crossed paths with Michael about 25 years ago, so I am one of the few Americans who receive this data and you will not find his information readily available in the US.

In a moment you’ll see how to remedy this fact.

The Pifolio analysis begins with Keppler’s research that continually monitors 46 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.  Then Keppler takes market’s history into account.

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Michael Kepler CEO Keppler Asset Management.

Michael’s analysis is rational, mathematical and does not cause worry about short term ups and downs.  Keppler’s strategy is to diversify into an equally weighted portfolio of the MSCI Indices of each good value (BUY) market.

This is 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.

A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any one stock in that country is an attractive investment.  This eliminates the need for hours of research aimed at picking specific shares.  It is not appropriate or enough to instruct a stockbroker to simply select stocks in the BUY rated countries.  Investing in the index is like investing in all the shares in the index.  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 Pifolio 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.

70% is diversified into Keppler’s good value (BUY rated) developed markets: Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom.

30% of the Pifolio is invested in Keppler’s good value (BUY rated) 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 MSCI indicies of the good value BUY markets.

For example, the iShares MSCI Australia (symbol EWA) is a Country Index ETF that tracks the investment results the Morgan Stanley Capital Index MSCI Australia Index which is composed mainly of large cap and small cap stocks traded primarily on the Australian Stock Exchange mainly of companies in consumer staples, financials and materials. This ETF is non-diversified outside of Australia.

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 every market.

How you can create your own good value strategy.

I would like to send you, on a no risk basis, a 130 page basic training course that teaches the good value strategy I use.   I call this strategy Purposeful Investing (PI).  You learn all the Pi strategies, what they are, how to use them and what each can do for you, your lifestyle and investing.

You get this course when you enroll in our Purposeful Investing program (Pi) with a triple guarantee.

Triple Guarantee

Enroll in Pi.  Get the 130 page basic training, a 46 stock market value report, access to all the updates I have sent in the past three years, two more reports on investing (described below) and an online Value Investing Seminar right away. 

#1:  I guarantee you’ll learn ideas about investing that are unique and can reduce stress as they help you enhance your profits through slow, worry free, easy diversified investing.

If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.

#2:  I guarantee you can cancel your subscription within 60 days and I’ll refund your subscription fee in full, no questions asked.

#3:  You can keep the two reports and Value Investing Seminar as my thanks for trying.

You have nothing to lose except the fear.   You gain the ultimate form of financial security as you reduce risk and increase profit potential.

When you subscribe to Pi, you immediately receive a 120 page basic training course that teaches the Pi Strategy.   You learn all the Pi strategies, what they are, how to use them and what each can do for you, your lifestyle and investing.

You also begin receiving regular emailed Pifiolio updates and online access to all the Pifolio updates of the last two years.  Each update examines the current activity in a Pifolio, how it is changing, why and how the changes might help your investing or not.

Included in the basic training is an additional 120 page PDF value analysis of 46 stock markets (23 developed markets and 23 emerging stock markets).  This analysis looks at the price to book, price to earnings, average yield and much more.

You also receive two special reports.

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!

30 years ago, the US 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.  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.

This report sells for $29.95 but in this special offer, you receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More” FREE when you subscribe to Pi.

Plus get the $39.95 report “The Silver Dip 2019” free.

With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events over the last two years.  The price of silver dipped below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV).   The second event is that the silver gold ratio hit 80, compared to a ratio of 230 only two years before.

In September 2015, I prepared a special report “Silver Dip 2015” about a silver speculation, leveraged with a British pound loan, that could increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The tactics described in that report generated 62.48% profit in just nine months.

I have updated this report and added how to use the Silver Dip Strategy with platinum.   The “Silver Dip 2019” report shares the latest in a series of long term lessons gained through 40 years of speculating and investing in precious metals.  I released the 2015 report, when the gold silver ratio slipped to 80.  The ratio has corrected and that profit has been taken and now a new precious metals dip has emerged.

I have prepared a new special report “Silver Dip 2019” about a leveraged speculation that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.

You also learn from the Value Investing Seminar, our premier course, that we have been conducting for over 30 years.  Tens of thousands of delegates have paid up to $999 to attend.  Now you can join the seminar online FREE in this special offer.

This three day course is available in sessions that are 10 to 20 minutes long for easy, convenient learning.   You can listen to each session any time and as often as you desire.

The sooner you hear what I have to say about current markets, the better you’ll be able to cash in on perhaps the best investing opportunity since 1982.


Tens of thousands have paid up to $999 to attend.

This year I celebrated my 51st anniversary of 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.

Stock and currency markets are cyclical.  These cycles create extra profit for value investors who invest when everyone else has the markets wrong.  One special seminar session looks at how to spot value from cycles.  Stocks rise from the cycle of war, productivity and demographics.  Cycles create recurring profits.  Economies and stock markets cycle up and down around every 15 to 20 years as shown in this graph.


The effect of war cycles on the US Stock Market since 1906.

Bull and bear cycles are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.  Economic downturns can create war.

The chart above shows the war – stock market cycle.  Military struggles (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War: WW III) super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.  The military technology shifts to domestic use.  A boom is created that leads to excess.  Excess leads to correction. Correction creates an economic downturn and again to war.

Details in the online seminar include:

* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.

* Trading down and the benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA.  We will share why this breakout value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.

* What’s up with gold and silver?  One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection.  We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars.  Learn how low interest rates eliminate  opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.

* How to improve safety and increase profit with leverage and staying power.  The seminar reveals Warren Buffett’s value investing strategy from research published at Yale University’s website.  This research shows that the stocks Buffet 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). His big, extra profits come from leverage and staying power.  At times Buffet’s portfolio, as all value portfolios, has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

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%.

Learn how much leverage to use.  Leverage is like medicine, the key is dose.  The best ratio is normally 1.6 to 1.  We’ll sum up the strategy; how to leverage cheap, safe, quality stocks and for what period of time based on the times and each individual’s circumstances.

Learn to plan in a way so you never run out of money.  The seminar also has a session on the importance of having and sticking to a plan.  See how success is dependent on conviction, wherewithal, and skill to operate with leverage and significant risk.  Learn a three point strategy based on my 50 years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

The online seminar also reveals  the results of a $80,000 share purchase cost test that found the least expensive way to invest in good value.  The keys to this portfolio are good value, low cost, minimal fuss and bother.  Plus a great savings of time.  Trading is minimal, usually not more than one or two shares are bought or sold in a year.  I wanted to find the very least expensive way to create and hold this portfolio so I performed this test.

I have good news about the cost of the seminar as well.   For almost three decades the seminar fee has been $799 for one or $999 for a couple. Tens of thousands paid this price, but online the seminar is $297.

In this special offer, you can get this online seminar FREE when you subscribe to our Personal investing Course.

Save $468.90 If You Act Now

Subscribe to the first year of The Personal investing Course (Pi).  The annual fee is $299, but to introduce you to this online, course that is based on real time investing, I am knocking $102 off the subscription.  Plus you receive FREE the $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More”, the $39.95 report “Silver Dip 2019” and our latest $297 online seminar for a total savings of $468.90.


Triple Guarantee

Enroll in Pi.  Get the basic training, the 46 market value report, access to all the updates of the past two years, the two reports and the Value Investing Seminar right away. 

#1:  I guarantee you’ll learn ideas about investing that are unique and can reduce stress as they help you enhance your profits through slow, worry free, easy diversified investing.

If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.

#2:  I guarantee you can cancel your subscription within 60 days and I’ll refund your subscription fee in full, no questions asked.

#3:  You can keep the two reports and Value Investing Seminar as my thanks for trying.

You have nothing to lose except the fear.   You gain the ultimate form of financial security as you reduce risk and increase profit potential.

Subscribe to Pi now, get the 130 page basic training, the 120 page 46 market value analysis, access to over 100 previous Pifolio updates, the “Silver Dip 2018” and “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” reports, and value investment seminar, plus begin receiving regular Pifolio updates throughout the year.

Subscribe to a Pi annual subscription for $197 and receive all the above.

Your subscription will be charged $299 a year from now, but you can cancel at any time.


(1) etfdailynews.com: What’s preventing silver from breaking out to the upside


More ETF Risk

There are pros and cons to investing in ETFs.

After almost 50 years of tracking global investments and currencies, I was fed up with the process of finding good investments.  I had made some small fortunes, yes.  And I had some disasters too, but I was pretty good at it.  I was pretty good at the process.  Investors all around the world depended on my decisions.  I had even managed a portfolio of millions for a European bank.

Some facts, however, had become clear.  First, I realized I was spending too much of my time sitting in front of a computer analyzing numbers.  Second, the process was no longer fulfilling, satisfying or fun. Third, the process took a lot of time.

When those who reach 70, time becomes more valuable.  At least that is how it seems.

I started looking for a better way to look after my savings and wealth and came to the conclusion that investing in Country ETFs in stock markets that were undervalued gave me as good a chance of making profit as anything, but took far less time and cost much less in fees.

That’s when I created the Purposeful investing Course (Pi).  I approached three colleagues, who were brilliant mathematicians and equity and market analysts.  They had passed the test of time and proven their investing skills.  I asked them for help putting together a course that would help me and others gain diversification and extra profit potential without spending too much time in the process.

The course is built around the idea that Country ETFs can be the core of a portfolio because they offer an easy way to diversify in good value markets.  Little management and less guesswork is required.  The expense ratios for most ETFs is lower than those of the average mutual funds.  Plus a single country ETF provides diversification equal to investing in dozens, even hundreds of shares.

We have had good response to this course but recently a Pi subscriber sent this note.

There is a potential ETF risk and a subscriber of Pi sent this question.

“Gary, Here’s another newsletter which may be of interest.  The author has recently been writing about his concern regarding ETF’s and “passive investing”.  Would be interested to hear your thoughts.”

That other newsletter said.  “When ETFs sell, who will buy?”  The ETFs of the world may quickly begin trading below their actual net asset values (NAV).  This is called price discovery, and the arbitrageurs will not be slow to take advantage of that difference.  This means the indexes will drop much faster than they have gone up.

Here is my reply:  First, we should look at a slightly bigger picture.  All mutual funds face a couple of problems in collapsing markets.  In fact, regular mutual funds have more problems than ETFs.

The first problem is liquidity.  Typical mutual funds must redeem shares from their own cash reserves or the sale of investments.  If a market crashes and a mutual fund is hit with overwhelming redemptions, they either have adequate cash, must borrow to redeem or must sell shares.   If a manager is any good, he or she will normally not want to sell assets during a panic crash.  Market dips are the time when value investors buy not sell!

In other words, a normal mutual fund’s ability to invest may be inhibited at the very time it’s best to buy.

ETFs are not open ended funds so they do not have to redeem shares during bad times.  The shares are bought and sold on the stock market.  This means that ETFs normally have greater liquidity than normal mutual funds in the most difficult times.  They can be sold anytime the market is working.  Plus the fund managers have more ability to invest in bad times because they simply track the related index, whether it is falling or not.

ETFs, like all shares sold on a market, are likely to drop in a market collapse, especially if the correction is systemic.

However, I personally stick to ETFs as my equity of choice because they are so easy and so diversified.  This allows me to spend my time doing other things I enjoy to have a more fulfilled life.

My experience of investing from London many decades ago, suggests that the theory behind this ETF problem does not prove out in reality.

Long before the words ETF or the idea ETF were even thought, the English have had Closed-end Mutual Funds (called unit trusts).  These funds are remarkably similar to ETFs as they have a fixed number of issued shares traded on an exchange.  They generally do not issue new shares after the close of the subscription period.

Because the supply of shares is limited, the traded price of the closed-end fund will rise and fall depending on supply and demand, just like shares of other companies traded on an exchange.  Closed-end funds often trade at a discount to their Net Asset Value.  Other times they trade at a premium.

Value investors look for these trusts that trade at a discount.  Warren Buffet explained the reason when he compared the difference in a market’s reaction to what consumers do when McDonalds lowers the price of its burgers.  Consumers buy more good value burgers.  Yet when stock markets lower the price of  good shares, the market panics and sells.

Here is what almost always happens when closed end unit trusts sell at too great a discount.  Value investors step in and buy the closed ended fund, either in recognition of the extra value or to wind it up and sell the assets for a profit.

The question we should ask is not whether ETFs will remain stable in difficult times.  No share remains immune to crashing prices if a market is fearful enough.

The more important question is how do we regulate our investments so we are liquid enough to invest, not sell, when markets are down.  If we have prepared our positions correctly the question of getting a good price during a downturn never comes up because we will be buying, not selling.

The best time to invest is when shares or a market are in trouble.  Here are some quotes by Warren Buffet that address this issue:

“The best time to buy a company is when it’s in trouble. – The best thing that happens to us is when a great company gets into temporary trouble…We want to buy them when they’re on the operating table.”

“Be greedy when others are fearful.  – Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful.”

“Stocks have always come out of crises. – Over the long term, the stock market news will be good.  In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.”

“Your goal as an investor should simply be to purchase, at a rational price, a part interest in an easily-understandable business whose earnings are virtually certain to be materially higher five, ten and twenty years from now. Over time, you will find only a few companies that meet these standards – so when you see one that qualifies, you should buy a meaningful amount of stock. You must also resist the temptation to stray from your guidelines: If you aren’t willing to own a stock for ten years, don’t even think about owning it for ten minutes. Put together a portfolio of companies whose aggregate earnings march upward over the years, and so also will the portfolio’s market value.”

We should be aware of the pros and cons of our investments, but it is more important to create resilience in our portfolios and investing habits so we can hang on and even increase positions in down times.

If we have good value shares, the only time to sell is when we find better investments or need cash.

If you are spending too much of your time sitting in front of a computer and the process is no longer fulfilling, satisfying or fun, I recommend that you read below how to save time as you increase the safety of your investments as expand profit potential at the same time.


How Investments Get All Wet

Since Earth Day this week, it’s a good time to take a look at investments in natural resources, like water.  This is a resource that is becoming increasingly more valuable.  Investing in water is a no brainer.  Right?

Such was my thinking when I first started writing about the Singapore water purification company, Hyflux, in 2004.   I invested myself.  The chart below shows how the share has performed since 2004.


Hyflux shares did really well… for a while.

A reader sent this note:  “I know you’ve been investing in water companies for several years now, so I wanted to pass along this email update where I receive weekly roundups.  Today’s message addresses the growing need for potable water.

When time permits, please scroll down and read the article entitled  “More Precious Than Gold: Why You Should Invest in Water Now”.

The article featured shares in Hyflux, a water company, that just inked a long term deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide their citizens with water.

I replied that Hyflux may indeed be a good investment long term, (or not) but its share price failure over the past decade helped me shift totally to ETFs (except the sandalwood speculation I have).  I invested in Hyflux when it signed a similar deal with Libya before Gaddafi was removed.  The shares tanked.  A deal with Saudi Arabia may sound good, but the Middle East is a pretty volatile place.

I first wrote about Hyflux in 2004 when shares were in the .90 cent per share range.  The fundamentals were so good… the need for more water and Hyflux had a lot going on.  The price  shot to nearly $3.00 per share.  Wow, did I think I was smart! But, though the fundamentals for investing in water just keep getting better, here we are over a decade later with the Hyflux share price in the .40 cent range.

Only those who had a good stop loss in 2005 jumped out with a great profit.  But look at what happened next.  Even those investors who used a good stop loss had a hard time.  The pattern of the share price, the rapid rise, the fast decent and sideways motion from 2016 to 2012 was one that was mostly likely to create a Performance Gap.  Investors who were following this share reinvested in 2008 and were wiped out in 2009.  Then they reinvested in 2010 and were wiped out again in 2011.  This is the type of share movement where every type of investor (except those manipulating a market) lose.  This idea (investing in water) is right.  However, this specific share is an investor’s nightmare.

The current analysis at Tradestops.com  (1) shows that this share is in the SSI red zone (trending down) and it has a huge VQ of 39.6%.  This means that the share can rise and fall 39.6% without creating a trend.   This makes most stop losses meaningless.   These shares should only be viewed in the most highly speculative manner.



A recent article  in the Wall Street Journal “Indexes Beat Stock Pickers Even Over 15 Years” (1) backs up my decision to make life simple and invest in ETFs instead of specific shares.  The article reveals new data showing that 82% of all U.S. funds trailed their respective benchmarks over 15 years

It says, “Over the 15 years ended in December 2016, 82% of all U.S. funds trailed their respective benchmarks, according to the latest S&P Indices Versus Active funds scorecard. This was the first year that the analysis included 15 years of data, helping smooth out periods of volatility that can affect the performance of active managers.

“Among more than a dozen categories tracked, 95.4% of U.S. mid-cap funds, 93.2% of U.S. small-cap funds and 92.2% of U.S. large-cap funds trailed their respective benchmarks, according to the data.”


The article pointed out how even the top performing managers were unreliable and gave the Sequoia Fund as an example.   This was the top performing large-cap growth mutual fund tracked by Morningstar for 15 years.  Then in 2015 the fund was badly burned by a heavy position in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Valeant’s stock price has plunged 96% from its peak in August 2015.

This is why our course, Purposeful investment, focuses on the math nowadays rather than the fundamental ideas.

I still love the idea of investing in water, but if I were to do so, I would pick an ETF that tracks a water index.

For example, here is the five year share price chart for the Claymore Guggenheim S&P Global Water ETF (CGW) at www.finance.yahoo.com

water shares

Compare that performance to that of the Hyflux share chart at www.finance.yahoo.com

water shares

In addition the Claymore Guggenheim water ETF is in the green zone (trending up) and has a really low volatility quotient of  10.93% compared to the very high VQ 39.6% for Hyflux which is in the red zone (trending down).



One of our mantras is to invest in what we have a passion for.  Investing in water makes sense… if, water shares as a sector offer good value (and more so) if one has good diversification in the sector.

An ETF like this Guggenheim ETF provides the diversification, but its dividend in the last year was 1.52%.

Compared to the 3.27% dividend yield of the Keppler Asset Management Developed Market Top Value Portfolio we  track at our Purposeful investing Course shows that the value must be suspect.


Investing in water companies may not be much of a good value investment at this time.   This may be an idea with appeal that could leave our investments all wet!


(1) www.wsj.com: Indexes beat stock pickers even over 15 years

(2) Learn more on how to use the Tradestops.com “Magical Calculator” that shows how to improve investing discipline.

Borrow Low – Invest High

A special value investing tactic makes high risk, high profit speculations safer and more profitable.

For example in 2015, a 10,000 pound loan (in British pounds at $1.52 per pound) was used to purchase 1,091 shares of the silver ETF SLV.  Those shares rose to be worth $20,421 by 2016, a 34.34% additional profit.


From July 2015 to July 2016, the price of the silver ETF  iShares Silver Trust (Symbol SLV) rose from $13.92 and ounce to $18.71.  You can see the rise in the finance.yahoo.com chart below.


A 10,000 pound loan (the pound was $1.52 per pound) purchased 1,091 shares of the silver ETF SLV.   Those shares rose to be worth $20,421 by 2016,  a 34.34% additional profit.

The profit did not stop there!

From 2015 to 2016 the pound dropped from $1.52 dollars per pound to only $1.39 dollars.  The 10,000 pound loan that had worth $15,200 in 2015 only required $13,900 to pay it off in 2016.

yahoo pound chart

The falling pound had created an extra $1,300 profit.

Do the math: 

Silver worth $20,421

Loan payoff  $13,900

Profit             $6,521

Cash Required  Zero

All this profit was made on the 10,000 pound loan.  No cash was required on the investor’s part.

The entire $6,521 was pure… extra profit.

Some investors borrowed less… others borrowed much more so their profits were even higher.

This example came from our Purposeful investing Course (Pi) which studies three main layers of value investing tactics in real time.

Tactic #1: Diversify equally in good value developed and emerging stock markets.
Tactic #2:  Use trending algorithms to increase, reduce or hold positions in these markets.
Tactic #3:  Add spice to a portfolio speculating in precious metals, when their price is under “ideal conditions”, using leveraged, low value currency loans.

An “ideal condition” is a rare distortion in an economic fundamental that history has shown “almost always” corrects itself.

The words “almost always” indicates that there is risk.  There is risk that a basic fundamental has changed and the distortion will not correct in any targeted period of time.   Or a new fundamental has shifted dynamics to such an extent that the distortion never corrects.  There is always risk.

Profit is the reward for taking that risk, but there is always a chance of loss which is why the third layer speculation is to be used like a spice… sparingly.

Pi looks for several ideal conditions in precious metals using the price of gold based on over 40 years of speculation in precious metals.

The first condition is gold’s price to inflation.   Gold is the anchor of the strategy but its ricing is perhaps the most speculative since a meaningful inflation rate is hard to define.

Gaining a true perspective on gold’s value is difficult because the price of gold was fixed for many years.  The gold price was fixed at $35 an ounce at the end of WWII and this fixing did not take into account the huge inflation this conflict created.   This also impacts any accuracy in understanding what the real the price of gold should have been at the end of the war.

Statistics can be misleading.  In the report Platinum Dip 2018 there is an analysis of inflation.

These factors distort the accuracy of the picture.  How much is gold really worth now?  What is its real value?  This is truly THE golden question.

At this time the magic number we sue for gold is $1,225 an ounce.  If gold’s price is much higher than $1,225, than the Silver Dip or Platinum Dip are not in an ideal condition.

When gold is priced ideally, then there are several ratios that can alert us to an ideal condition.

The first ratio is the gold to silver ratio.  When the gold silver ratio reaches 80 we consider speculation in silver to be ideal (if gold is ideally priced).

This value indicator is simple because the gold silver ratio is rarely as high as 80, only three times in 36 years as the chart below shows.

gold silver spread

Chart from www.goldprice.org/gold-silver-ratio.html#36_year_gold_price

The spread was over 80 when we issued the original Silver Dip in the 1980s.  30 years later ideal conditions coincided again. The chart above shows how the spread was shooting towards 80 when we issued the Silver Dip 2015 report.

The spread hit 80 in 2015 and again in March 2016, but we can see from the chart above that a drop in the spread was on its way. The trend was for a continued lowering of the spread as silver’s price rise was much stronger than gold’s throughout 2016.

This chart below from infomine.com shows the trend clearly.



Another ratio we watch is the gold to platinum ratio.   When the price of gold rises above the price of platinum, platinum’s price is at an ideal condition.

Platinum is a good value when it sells for less than gold and gold is close to our below its fair price ($1,225).   As the chart below shows, platinum costs more than gold more often than not.  The fundamental reasons for platinum’s high price, including platinum’s supply scarcity support this.

The chart below from Kitco.com shows the gold-platinum ratio.  The ratio is the red line and right axis.  The price of gold is the yellow line, left axis.  The price of platinum is the blue line, left axis, from 1975 to May 13, 2016.



Notice how each time the gold-platinum ratio (red) has spiked, 1975, 1982, 1985, 2002, 2009, shortly after the price of platinum (blue line) has skyrocketed shortly after.

The gold-platinum ratio was at an almost  historical low when this report was written and the “Silver Dip 2017” recommended a shift from speculating  in silver to speculating in platinum. The 2017 report recommended leveraging the platinum ETF “ETFS Physical Platinum Shares” (Symbol) PPLT.

The spice.  This type of speculating is not done on its own, but as an adjunct that enhances an existing equity portfolio.  The portfolio is used as collateral for a loan that is invested in the metal with an “ideal condition price”.

Let’s examine how a speculation in silver (based on a gold silver ratio’s ideal condition) increased the profits of a portfolio of good value developed and emerging market equity ETFs.

This study looks at the $100,000 invested in a portfolio we began tracking in our Pi course.  The portfolios were started September 2015 (591 days before this study or 17 months ago).  70% was invested in ten good value developed market ETFs and 30% in 10 good value emerging market ETFs.

This is a list of the shares in the Developed Market Portfolio.

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This is a list of the shares in the Emerging Market Portfolio.

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The good value portfolio was up 4.64% (a gain of $3,248) since inception and the emerging market portfolio is up 6.72% (a gain of $2,016).

A portfolio of these shares with an original investment of $100,000 invested 70%-30% after 591 days (February 2017) was worth $105,267, a 5.26% gain.

In this study we examine the change in performance when an additional $10,000 was risked on the iShares Silver ETF (Symbol SLV) beginning March 2016 when the gold silver ratio broached 80.

Image from www.macrotrends.net/1441/gold-to-silver-ratio

The price of SLV was $14.01 in March 2016 and is currently $17.06.

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Image from https://finance.yahoo.com/chart/slv?

Let’s examine profits under three different exit strategies.

Exit strategy #1:  No exit.  The $10,000 was worth $12,163 at the time of this study (February 2017).

Exit Strategy #2: Exit when Tradestops issued a Stop Loss signal November 2016 at a price of $16.07 per share.  The $10,000 was worth $11,457.

Exit Strategy #3: Exit when the Gold silver ratio dropped below 70 on January 2017.  The $10,000 was worth $11,365.

The overall portfolio performance was improved in each situation.

Exit strategy #1:  Profits increased from $5,267 to $7,430.  A 10% increase in the portfolio added a 41% increase in profit.

Exit Strategy #2: Profits increased from $5,267 to $6,724.  A 10% increase in the portfolio added a 27% increase in profit.

Exit Strategy #3: Profits increased from $5,267 to $6,632.  A 10% increase in the portfolio added a 26% increase in profit.

All of these additional profits were gained without a penny of extra investment.  All the profits came from loans that were invested in silver.

The other benefit beyond profit is safety from time.

When leveraging investments, time is most important.  Because leverage is secured by the entire portfolio rather than just the additional investment, the odds of a margin call are almost nil so the investor gets to determine how long the investment will have to mature.

Let’s take an example of the good value Pifolio above.

In this study the loan was $10,000.

The collateral is not the $10,000 investment in silver, but the entire portfolio which is now $115,267 ($105,267 plus the $10,000 in silver).

This means (if the rules of the lender requires a two to one loan ratio) that the portfolio would have to drop around 75% before there would be a margin call.  Such a loss is highly unlikely.

This margin has as much time as is needed to let fundamental forces work through the market.

Any profit gained comes without adding a penny to the portfolio.

The most important elements of making good investments are price and time.  There is always something about investments we won’t know, but the one thing we can trust is that investments purchased at the right price, and given time, have the highest odds that profits will flow.

Silver is falling. 


Chart from finance.yahoo.com/chart/SLV?

Recently the silver ETF iShares Silver Trust (symbol SLV)  was priced 18.62% below the highest close of $19.60 from last August.   The mathematical system we track created a stop loss price of $16.18, showing that this precious metal moved into selling territory.  Now the share price is in the $15 per ounce range.

We Use Math to Spot Value. 

Whether one likes to trade or invest and hold, math based financial information works better than the spin, rumor and conjecture of the daily economic news.   Mathematical based investing can put us on a solid path to everlasting wealth that is not 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, Keppler’s analysis in 2017 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.


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

Using math makes it simple, easy and inexpensive 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.

These trending algorithms use the math that spotted the current condition of silver.

Use math to spot distortions that create ideal conditions for speculation.

Pi teaches the strategy of speculating in metals when speculative conditions are absolutely ideal.  The Silver Dip relies on 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.

Our math based study has created an ideal price for gold and though its trending up it has passed the good value level we use.  Gold is still okay, but not a bargain any more.  Value investors only seek bargains.

When “Silver Dip 2017” was written profits on silver had been taken.

Platinum conditions are ideal for 2018.

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 so we are updating our dip report, and it will be the “Platinum Dip 2018”.

The report explains how to speculate in platinum plus outlines the following:

  • How to use theDip 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.

The “Platinum Dip 2018” also contains four matrices that calculate profits and losses so investors can determine cut off positions in advance to protect profits and/or losses.  The report also looks at how to switch time horizons for greater safety.

The first way the Dip adds extra performance is with leverage.

The second way to enhance performance is to maintain the leverage in poor value currencies.   Choosing which currencies to borrow is almost as important as choosing which metal to invest in.  The examples in this report have shown loans made in British pounds.  Other times it has been better to borrow Japanese yen, Swiss francs, once Mexican pesos.

Currently the best currency to borrow is US dollars.

The Platinum Dip 2018 report reviews each currency and which is best to borrow now and what to watch for.  Sometimes it is best to borrow a second currency and pay off the initial loan in mid stream.

Rising interest rates make the US stock market highly dangerous in the short term. “The Platinum Dip 2017” shows how to create a safe, diversified good value stock portfolio and use it to generate much higher returns with a little controlled speculation in platinum.

Learn how to get platinum loans for as low as 1.58%.  See why to beware of  certain brokers and trading platforms, how to choose a good bank or broker and how platinum profits are taxed.

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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The Best Investment

The best investment you can make is in yourself… in your intelligence. The second best is in value.

Learn how to “Get Smarter” at our Super Thinking + Spanish course. We have two places left in January. See more here.

Recently a reader asked me if I had read the latest edition of an investment newsletter produced by a well known economist.

My reply: Someone does send this to me but I never read this or any other newsletters. If I do I’ll find one really good evidence that shows why everything will go up and another why it’ll all go down and a final one that will say it will all stay the same.

I stick instead to the data flow I have developed over the past 40 years and consume the raw data thus coming to my own conclusions.   Then we try to to focus on how to helping ourselves and readers become more intelligent so they can prosper no matter which way the wind blows.

With just a quick glance it appears that this guy is looking at pretty much the same data I do and write about often.  His focus is on long term bull – bear trends and value.
Here is the most recent bull – bear chart I have sent readers.


The problem with depending too much on these charts is that small shifts in reference points leads to greatly different conclusions.

One can predict (and manage investments) of very small moves of equity and currency valuations in the very short term.  This is a massive industry… speculating on short tem volatility.  One can predict very long term trends.

What one cannot do is zero in on is the price of a currency, equity of commodity  in any one particular day, month or year.

One cannot depend on upticks in our investments always nicely coinciding with our financial needs.

There is little doubt that there have been major bull and bear cycles of about 15 years up and 15 years down since 1900 or even earlier.  The last bear cycle started quite clearly in 2000 and was less severe (probably  due to government tinkering) in its early stages than preceding bears.  Hence the more severe downturn now.

Previous bears last nine years (1906 to 1915) 13 years (1929 to 1942) 16 years (1966 to 1982).

Having said this, our research suggests the bear will end in 2013 to 2014…. but if each bear is lasting longer and this trend continues, we could see the bear going to 2018 before the next big upwards move.

The keys as I have written often could be war… the huge conflict or an effort on mankind that creates new waves of technology. The boom has always been fueled by this technology being shifted from military to domestic use… steam power… internal combustion power… jet power… internet, etc.

Watch for this struggle and the new technology.  They will be really important early indicators of the next bull indicator.

One of my key sources of analysis is Keppler Asset Management.

Once a quarter we look at a major and emerging equity market value analysis by Michael Keppler.

If you are a new subscriber learn about Keppler Asset Management here.

Keppler’s January issue will arrive shortly and we’ll be reviewing it at this site.

In the meantime, we also track the investment breakdown of the State Street Major and Emerging Market Global Advantage Funds because Keppler is adviser to these funds.

This review gives us a hint about good value shares in the good value markets.

The investment objective of the major market fund is to beat the Morgan Stanley Capital World Total Return Index and is described as described by State Street here.


The emerging market fund has a similar objective but with an emerging market index.


The performance of these funds shows how following value has beat the market long term.

Major Market


Emerging Market


This approch has proven itself to outperform the average.


Another of our data sources is the breakdown of these funds. If they outperform the market long term, it makes sense to understand where they are diversified.

Here is the latest major market fund allocation breakdown.


State Street Global Advantage Emerging Market Fund reveiw.


One simple way for non Americans to diversify in global stocks is to simply invest in this fund.


The fund is not registered for sale to US investors but we Yanks can learn where we may want to diversify by looking at where the fund invests.

One way Americans can duplicate global diversification of this nature is with Jyske Global Asset Management. Get details from Thomas Fischer at fischer@jgam.com . Non Americans should write Rene Mathys mathys@jbpb.dk

Another simple approach to finding global value is the MSCI EAFE Value ETF (symbol EFV).

This fund seeks investment results that correspond to the MSCI EAFE® Value Index and invests at least 90% of its assets in the securities of the index or in depositary receipts representing securities in the index.

The MSCI EAFE® Value Index  is composed of about 50% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization of the MSCI EAFE® Index… half that are classified by MSCI as most representing the value style.

Morgan Stanley Capital International Inc. (MSCI) is a leading provider of global indices and benchmark related products and services to investors worldwide.

The MSCI EAFE Index covers Europe, Australasia, Far East and is market capitalization index that measures the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the US & Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index consists of the following 22 developed market country indices: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Investing in EAFE is like investing in a spread of shares that compass all 22 indices.

MSCI then refines the indices into value and growth that cover the full range of MSCI Developed, Emerging and All Country Indices across large, mid and small cap size segmentations. They also cover large and mid cap size segments for the MSCI Frontier Markets Indices. The indices are constructed using an approach that provides a precise definition of style using eight historical and forward-looking fundamental data points for every security. Each security is placed into either the Value or Growth Indices, or may be partially allocated to both (with no double counting). The objective of this index design is to divide constituents of an underlying MSCI Equity Index into respective value and growth indices, each targeting 50% of the free float adjusted market capitalization of the underlying market index.

Investing in the MSCI EAFE® Value Index is like investing in half of the shares in these 22 indices that are considered good value by MSCI.

This chart from finance.yahoo.com shows how the fund has fared since inception. Value investments generally make most of their profit during recoveries and this chart confirms this fact.

EFV chart

Keppler’s value analysis suggests that shares are still historically undervalued and that over the next three years would rise 19.2% to stay in line with long term patterns.


However a global bond fund may have been a better way to store wealth in the last three decades.

Multi Currency portfolio subscribers can see a full report why bonds have been better for the past 3o years at their password protected site here.

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Join us at our February International Investment & Business Seminar where we focus on how to find investing value… buy better bonds and “Get Smarter” in investing and business.

Storing Wealth Made EZ

Storing Wealth Made EZ

mcsi indices

These charts from Bloomberg.com of the Morgan Stanley World Index and

mcsi indices

and the MSCI ALL World Index shows how risky the economic world has become.

The MSCI World is a stock market index of over 6,000 ‘world’ stocks. It is maintained by MSCI Inc., formerly Morgan Stanley Capital International, and is often used as a common benchmark for ‘world’ or ‘global’ stock funds.

The index includes a collection of stocks of all the developed markets in the world, as defined by MSCI. The index includes securities from 24 countries but excludes stocks from emerging and frontier economies making it less worldwide than the name suggests.

A broader index, the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI), incorporates both developed and emerging countries.

The volatility of these markets over the past five years shows how we have edged into an increasingly risky world.

Here are three ways to store wealth in this high risk world.

Over the past four decades global economic tensions in the USA and Europe have twisted like gigantic tectonic plates colliding at seismic faults.  Government and private debt, aging populations and huge, unfunded future obligations have slowly but relentlessly built and distorted fiscal reality while a younger emerging world grew bold and rich through low cost labor.

Finally this monetary stress unleashed an earthquake of financial reform that threatens every financial aspect of the modern world.  Banks, stocks, bonds, government debt and most currencies have all been thrown into stagflationary shock…where inflation rips purchasing power apart at the same time that wages and employment opportunities fall.

This shift has put almost every investment at risk and raises the question, “How can one store wealth in such an atmosphere?”

High Risk World

Most investments are now at risk because most savings and capital come in the form of a promise. Stocks are a promise of shared earnings and growth in business. Bonds are a promise of money used and returned with interest. Bank and savings accounts are a promise of money kept and cared for to be returned at the owners’ desire.

Currencies are promises of products and services delivered later from products and services given now.

We are in times when few promises… especially those made in terms of paper currency can be kept.

Traditionally Swiss francs and precious metals, especially gold and silver are the favored stores of wealth.  These investments should usually play a part in portfolios as insurance. 5% to 10% of a portfolio in metals and hard currencies is a general rule of thumb.

These hard assets were good ideas for speculation a year or two or even a few months ago.  Not when they are at all times highs though. History suggests that their high price puts their promise as a store of value at risk. In previous monetary corrections when the price of Swiss francs, gold and silver exploded upwards… the peak was followed by a harsh… extended downfall.

Storing Wealth Made EZ

Today investors and businesses need a new mindset for storing wealth…a thought pattern that leads in new ways to  make a relentless search for diversification, necessity and value.

Here are some tips that lead to professional investing who can help you make it easy to zero in on three ways to store of wealth in the high risk years ahead.

Diversification  –  Non Correlated Investments

The first way to store value is to look beyond stocks, bonds and certificates of deposit .

Stocks, bonds and certificates of deposit are the traditional ways that most investors and savers store wealth.

These three asset classes usually offer non synchronized opportunity. Their movements are connected.  When cash investments make sense… shares and bonds may not be such good buys.  When shares are rising… bonds are falling and vice versa.

When economic and fiscal problems create systemic risk… as they are now,  the entire system is shaken and all three asset classes… stocks, bonds and cash may be at risk.

One non correlated type of investment is a managed currency or forex speculation investment.  Such investments are aimed at profiting on currency parity fluctuations which have little to do with stock or bonds so these fluctuations are not correlated to any of these asset classes.

An example is the Managed Forex Account offered by Jyske Global Asset Management in Copenhagen. These accounts offer a fundamentally managed forex service where every investor has a separate account.  This is a very low leverage service with a maximum of four times leverage depending on each individual’s risk profile.

Experienced JGAM currency traders borrow currencies they believe will fall in value and invest the loans in currencies they believe will rise versus the borrowed currency.  Then they use 24 -7 overview and stop losses to cut losses short and to let profitable positions ride.

Borrowed Currencies

Current JGAM is leveraging the account with one third US Dollar, one third Japanese yen and one third euro loans.

The dollar is weak in JGAM’s opinion because the Federal Reserve (Fed) is under no pressure to normalize policy any time soon and will keep the interest at the very low level until mid-2013.  This announcement makes the US dollar (USD) attractive as a funding currency, which should have a negative effect on the USD.

They have borrowed euro because on the other side of the Atlantic the eurozone has many unsolved debt challenges, which create a distrust of the euro. This distrust make investors sell euro (EUR).  The challenge is that both currencies cannot weaken at the same time (verus each other).

As of mid August 2011 Morgan Stanley’s (MS’s) EUR/USD target for Q3 is 1.40 and Bank Credit Analysts (BCA) predict 1.55. It is currently trading at 1.4240.

The Japanese yen (JPY) is a borrowed currency because it has strengthened so much due to the turmoil in the global economy. MS and BCA are both arguing that JPY inflows will remain substantial as long the uncertainty is intact.

However, Bank of Japan (BoJ) has intervened several times (sold JPY) in order to stem the JPY rally. BoJ has announced that it has increased the amount of its asset purchase program, which creates plenty of ammunition for further interventions. BCA is bullish on the JPY while MS is neutral to bearish.

Because of the current situation with financial uncertainty and divided expectations, JGAM decided to continue with the current loan mix, consisting of three equally weighted funding currencies.

Diversification is JGAM’s strategy and their existing currency positions (August 20, 2011) are:

The Singapore dollar (SGD) which has retracted upward lately (weaker SGD) and broke the 1.2100 resistance level against USD. However, JGAM remains confident of the SGD fundamentals and maintains their long SGD and short USD position. They are keeping their stop loss order at USD/SGD 1.2740.

The Canadian dollar (CAD) has suffered the past month and moved from 0.9433 to 0.9850 against the USD.  The sudden change in sentiment happened on the back of softening economic data and in generally weaker commodity currencies. However, the Canadian economy is outperforming its southern neighbor and Bank of Canada (BoC) should gradually normalize fiscal policy while odds of additionally Fed easing are rising. The diverging monetary policies should over time push USD/CAD lower (stronger CAD). Therefore, JGAM has kept this position.

Learn more about JGAM’s forex account for Americans from Thomas Fischer at fischer@jgam.com

Learn about Jyske for non Americans from René Mathys at mathys@jbpb.dk

 (GRV) Mars Hill Global Relative Value ETF

Another non correlated investment is the Mars Hill Global Relative Value ETF (GRV).   The goal of this ETF is to generate consistent positive returns in excess of the average annual return of the MSCI World Index using  a “Relative Value” approach to identify long positions within the major global regions that they expect will outperform the Index and an equal amount of short positions within the major global regions that they expect will underperform the Index.

This core long/short portfolio construction is designed to mitigate the directional influence of the global equity markets and instead seeks to profit from the spread between its long and short positions, which are prevalent throughout flat, rising and falling market environments.

This ETF reduces market exposure as its investments are fully hedged like a hedge fund, but as a New York Stock Exchange traded share has an open book so investors can see the high degree of risk management. The short positions offer a hedge against a decline in global equity markets, while concurrently offering an opportunity to even generate positive returns in such an environment.

The Fund employs an equal amount of long and short positions regardless of market direction so can profit whether the market is on a rise or fall.

The Fund’s Relative Value approach looks for attractive positions that bring added return and liquidity for the risk.

Because of the long/short strategy, the performance positions create a return stream that is expected to have a low correlation with both stocks and bonds.

This GRV ETF invests in many countries, sectors and industry groups to provide global diversification.

Necessity – Invest in Agriculture and Water

farm water

One reason Merri and I purchased our Blue Ridge farm is an abundance of…

farm water

spring fed water and dozens and dozens of artisian wells.

The second way to store wealth is in necessities.   No matter the state of the economy… basic necessities remain… food clothing and shelter.

Clothing perhaps can wait… but eating and drinking cannot.

Water is becoming a scarce resource yet investment in water treatment and infrastructure has been low due to artificially low prices.  This trend is changing as supply and demand realities  overwhelm political expediency.

Water is becoming a leading global commodity as the world population increases and increases the demand for clean water.  Global water demand has increased almost twice as fast as population growth in recent years.

Global population growth and water withdrawals that are already 275% higher now than 50 years ago add trillion dollar potential to this industry.

Modern farming creates the greatest demand on water for agricultural irrigation, so investments in water also are investments in food.

Investments in shares of water processing companies can provide multi currency diversification.

For example, holding just these three shares diversifies savings globally into dollars, euro and Singapore dollars!

American Water Works Co. – USA –US Dollar. This company  provides drinking water, wastewater and other water-related services in multiple states and Ontario, Canada. The Company’s primary business involves the ownership of regulated water and wastewater utilities that provide water and wastewater services to residential, commercial and industrial customers. Symbol NYSE: AWK.


Veolia Environnement S.A. – France – Euro.  This firm operates utility and public transportation businesses. The Company supplies drinking water, provides waste management services, manages and maintains heating and air conditioning systems, and operates rail and road passenger transportation systems.  Veolia ADRS symbol at NYSE:VE

Hyflux  – Singapore – Singapore Dollar. Hyflux is a leading provider of integrated water management and environmental solutions with operations and projects in Singapore, Southeast Asia, China India, Algeria, the Middle East and North Africa. Symbol OTC: HYFXF

water share chart

This finance.yahoo.com chart of the Water Shares Index shows that water shares are down… a short term fear based drop on a long term fundamentally sector.

For greater diversification several exchange traded funds are designed to give a diversified investment in water.

PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio (NYSEArca: PHO)

PowerShares Global Water Portfolio ETF (NYSEArca: PIO)

Guggenheim S&P Global Water Index (NYSEArca: CGW)

First Trust ISE Water Index Fund (NYSEArca: FIW)

Necessity – Shelter – Real Estate

The collapse of American real estate prices combined with rising construction costs and the fact that the USA is growing faster than any other industrialized country in the world creates an outstanding store of wealth.

Studies have shown that Americans today occupy almost 20% more developed land (housing, schools, stores, roads) than 20 years ago.  By the late 1990s, 1.7 acres — the equivalent of about 220 parking spaces or 16 basketball courts — were developed for every person added to the population.

As America’s population expands from 300 to 400 million people the next 100 million people will at present standards create 73 million new jobs, about 70 million new homes and 100 billion square feet of non-residential space.

The overhang from the overbuilding in the mid 2000s cannot supply this demand for long.

Extraordinarily low US property prices are already attracting increasing numbers of people from around the world.  For example, Visit Florida reported that visitor numbers for the second quarter of 2009 were up 6.9% over the same period as last year to about 21 million visitors.  Estimates show that US visitors increased 5.3%, overseas visitors increased 17.3% and Canadian visitors 18.4%.  About 82 million visitors spent 60 billion dollars in 2010.

One way to invest in US real estate is with a US real estate ETF.  An August 5, 2011  ETF Digest article entitled “Top 10 Real Estate ETFs” points out that: “There is currently an expanding list of nearly 20 ETFs oriented to primarily REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) with more on the way”.

Included in the list are:

Vanguard REIT ETF(VNQ_) follows the MSCI US REIT Index which covers about 2/3 of all REITs in the U.S. market.

iShares DJ U.S. Real Estate ETF(IYR_) follows the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index which measures the real estate industry primarily through REITs.

SPDR DJ Wilshire REIT ETF(RWR_) follows the Dow Jones U.S. Select REIT Index consists primarily of REITs in commercial real estate.

Good Value Equities

The third way to store value is with good value equities. This is traditionally the best long term investment.

A long term multi currency research project by asset allocation expert, Ibbotson Associates, looked at various returns over 95 years of differing assets classes under varied conditions.

The asset classes we bonds, T-bills. Equities, Housing and Silver. Over the entire 95 years the return was:

Equities: 11.9% per annum

Housing: 6.7% per annum

Bonds: 4.8% per annum

T-Bills: 4.6% per annum

Silver: 4.2% per annum

However the results were very different when the economy was split and viewed in five different conditions, Stable. Moderate Inflation, Rapid Inflation and Deflation.  Equities outperformed all asset classes except during rapid inflation when silver performed better and deflation when bonds were the best bet.

If stagflationary trends continue (inflation and recession) the economic slowdown will add a drag to the industrial and demand side of metals making them suspect as a dependable store of value.

The easiest way to diversify in equities globally is via an ETF  that tracks one of MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital Index) Indicies.

The MSCI World is a stock market index of over 6,000 ‘world’ stocks. It is maintained by MSCI Inc., formerly Morgan Stanley Capital International, and is often used as a common benchmark for ‘world’ or ‘global’ stock funds.

The index includes a collection of stocks of all the developed markets in the world, as defined by MSCI. The index includes securities from 24 countries but excludes stocks from emerging and frontier economies making it less worldwide than the name suggests.

A broader index, the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI), incorporates both developed and emerging countries.

Here are two US traded ETFs that give various global equity diversification.

The iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI All Country World Index.

The Rydex MSCI EAFE Equal Weight ETF seeks investment results generally corresponding to the price + yield performance of the MSCI EAFE Equal Weighted Index. The MSCI EAFE (Europe, Australasia, Far East) Equal Weighted Index equally weights the securities in the MSCI EAFE Index (MSCI EAFE Cap-Weighted Index), which is a free float-adjusted market cap index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the USA & Canada.

Having enjoyed global financial stability for almost 60 years, the mindset of most investors has become used to stocks bonds and CDs.  These investments have been considered as safe as the Western governments in an expanding industrialized work.

Not since the 1930s, when all financial institutions were questioned, has so much of the global economic system been shaken. This puts all stocks, bonds and cash instruments at greater risk.   The three ideas above and many professional money managers can help make the process of storing wealth in this risky world safer and easy.


Learn how to get my full  Multi Currency report here.

You can learn more about ETFs from Morgan Hatfield at Ruggie Wealth. Her email is mhatfield@ruggiewealth.com

Tom Ruggie of Ruggie Wealth was featured on the Flashpoint Talk Show last week.


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