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Emerging Versus Developed Markets Spring 2019


Where will the best investing opportunities be next?

I have a mental and emotional bias about emerging markets. They may not be what you would imagine because the ideas were created by impressions of stock market growth in the 1960s and 1970s.

I was in the midst of things, living in Hong Kong as that market led the way when emerging markets first emerged with explosive growth.

Starting in the late 1960s the Hang Seng Share Index rose from 100 into 2,700 range over the next 20 years, while the Dow, representing the US stock market, went from the 7,000 range down into the 5,000 range.

Since then Hong Kong has rised from 2,700 to over 32,000 (a nearly 12 times increase) while the Dow rose about five times.

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Hong Kong’s Hang Seng stock Index 1987 to April 2019.

That incredible growth in the past influences my thoughts and feelings about future investing in emerging markets today, but experiences of the past are now pretty irrelevant.

The influence of markets past is a weakness so I try to ignore trends and look at value because value is the key… not past and current performance.

For example, the Hang Seng Index rose just 11% from 29,438 in November 2007 to 32,930 in April 2018.  11% in 11 years works out to a lousy 1% per annum.  The Dow rose around 75% in those same 11 years.

What’s next?

Will the trend reverse again and Hong Kong and emerging market rise faster than the US and developed markets?

First Hong Kong is no longer considered and emerging market.  Second, most emerging markets are at very different stages of maturity, in completely different positions in a global economy that did not exist in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Third, no one knows which sector will perform the best.

To overcome our inability to see the future, and to ignore my prejudices, I stick to facts relating to value.

There are only two financial reasons to own shares in a company… the dividends received… or the expectation of a rising share price.

Last week we sent Purposeful Investing Course subscribers the 79 page Keppler Asset Management Developed market analysis and the 52 page Emerging market analysis.

One powerful aspect of these studies is that they deal only with facts relating to value… not projections.

The tables below shows how the Developed and Emerging Market Top Value Model Portfolios compare to selected indices as of the end of March 2019, based on important variables (current numbers for book value, 12-months trailing numbers for price-to-earnings and dividend yields.  There are no forecasts… just facts.

The first table below shows that Emerging Top Value Markets are selling at 1.37 times book value and taht Developed Top Value Markets are selling at 1.40 times book.

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Keppler says:  According to our analyses, the asset class Emerging Markets Equities is now undervalued by 23 % compared with the MSCI World Index of the developed markets.

Moreover, the Emerging Markets Top Value ModelPortfolio is undervalued by 17 % compared to the MSCI Emerging Markets (Standard) Index, by 37 % versus the MSCI World Index and by a whopping 47 % compared to the MSCI EM Growth Index.

A 47% under valuation is pretty dramatic, but the stats below for developed markets show that they are undervalued even more (56%).

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The analysis shows that the all time high price-to-book of the MSCI World Index was at the end of 1999.  That all time high was 4.23 times book value.  The World Growth Index dividend yield is near an all time low.

The current MSCI World Growth Index was selling at 4.21 times book… just a fraction below the all time high.

Here are some facts we can derive from this analysis.

* Growth shares around the world are selling at near all time highs.

* Growth shares around the world are paying all time low average dividends.

* The sector with the best price-to-book value is the “Emerging Market Value Sector”.

* Top Value Emerging Markets and Top Value Developed Markets have very similar price-to- book, but the top value developed markets have a higher average dividend payout.

* All the value sectors in both developed and emerging sectors are dramatically more attractive that their growth counterparts.

Keppler says: Current annual earnings growth of the MSCI World Value Index of 19.0 % beats the earnings growth of the MSCI World Growth Index of 13.1 % by 5.9 percentage points.

This does not make sense considering that the MSCI World Growth Index now sells at a premium of 115 % to the MSCI World Value Index based on key fundamentals, e.g. book value, cash flow, earnings and dividends.

The change in favor of value strategies is now long overdue: There is no reason left to buy growth stocks!

While the average developed market—as measured by the KAM Equally Weighted World Index—is now under-valued by 23 % vs. the cap-weighted MSCI World Index based on traditional valuation measures, the Top Value Markets are undervalued by 34 % compared to the cap-weighted MSCI World Index and by a whopping 56 % compared to the MSCI World Growth Index.

Based on these fundamental relationships, our total return expectations for the Top Value Markets over the next three to five years stand at 7.7 % p.a. or 2.9 percentage points above the 4.8 % we expect for the (cap-weighted) MSCI World Index.

Based on Keppler’s statistics I have not changed the weighting calculations I use in my portfolio.  I invest equally (via country ETFs) in top value markets, giving 70% weighting to developed markets and 30% to emerging markets.  I however treat China as a developed market and, as does Keppler, have smaller positions in some of the smaller emerging markets (such as Malaysia) due to liquidity and political concerns.

Every person has beliefs based on experience.   These thoughts can be useful or not, but a common emotion is one that feels good when stock markets are up and feels bad when markets are down.

Warren Buffett wrote this about this type of thinking applied to the stock market:

“To refer to a personal taste of mine, I’m going to buy hamburgers the rest of my life. When hamburgers go down in price, we sing the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ in the Buffett household. When hamburgers go up in price, we weep. For most people, it’s the same with everything in life they will be buying — except stocks. When stocks go down and you can get more for your money, people don’t like them anymore.”

When the price of a good company or a stock market falls, the value usually goes up.  Ultimately the rising value creates opportunity for value investors and creates loss for most investors who ride share prices tides in boats of emotion rather than sturdy ships of fact.

Gary

Investing Beyond the Boom

Warren Buffet once warned against the Cinderella effect.

He said “Don’t be fooled by that Cinderella feeling you get from great returns.  Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money.  After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball.  They know the party must end but nevertheless hate to miss a single minute of what is one helluva party.  Therefore, the giddy participants all plan to leave just seconds before midnight. There’s a problem, though: They are dancing in a room in which the clocks have no hands.”

Cinderella may have lost a shoe when she fled the party to meet a midnight curfew.  We can lose much more when we rush from a crashing stock market.

Most investors face emotional dangers that build in rising markets.

Almost everyone feels good.

But the clock of economic reckoning is ticking.

No wants to see it.  Nothing rises forever and especially… not everything at the same time.

Yet no one wants to leave the party until the end.

But many edge closer to the door.

When the clock chimes there could be a stampede even though leaving in a hurry may be the worst way to go.

Here are seven steps that can help avoid this risk.

  • Choose investments based on markets instead of shares.
  • Diversify based on value.
  • Rely on financial information rather than economic news.
  • Keep investing simple.
  • Keep investing costs low.
  • Trade as little as possible.
  • Make the decision process during panics automatic.

One strategy is to invest in country ETFs that easily provide diversified, risk-controlled investments in countries with stock markets of good value.  These ETFs provide an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value.  Little management and less guesswork is required.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual funds.  Plus a single country ETF provides diversification equal to investing in dozens, even hundreds of shares.

A minimum of knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.

The importance of…

easy…

transparent…

and inexpensive. 

Keeping investing simple is one of the most valuable, but least looked at, ways to avoid disaster.  Simple and easy investing saves time.  How much is your time worth?  Simple investing costs less and avoids fast decisions during stressful times in complex situations where we are most likely to get it wrong.

Fear, regret and greed are an investor’s chief problem.  Human nature causes  investors to sell winners too soon, and hold losers too long.

Easy to use, low cost, mathematically based habits and routines help protect against negative emotions and impulse investing.

Take control of your investing.  Make decisions based on data and discipline, not gut feelings.  The Purposeful investing Course (Pi) teaches math based, low cost ways to diversify in good value markets and in ETFs  that cover these markets.  This course is 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.

Enjoy Repeated Wealth With Pi

Pi’s mission is to make it easy for anyone to have a strategy and tactics that continually maintain safety and turn market turmoil into extra profit.

One secret is to invest with a purpose beyond the immediate returns.  This helps create faith in a strategy that adds stickiness to the plan.

Another tactic is to invest with enough staying power so you’re never caught short.

Never have to sell depressed assets during periods of loss.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of Model Portfolios, called Pifolios.

The success of Pifolios is based on ignoring economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and using financial math that reveals deeper economic truths.

One Pifolio covers all the good value developed markets.  Another covers the emerging good value markets.

The Pifolio analysis begins with a continual research of 46 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

This is a complete and continual study of almost all the developed major and emerging stock markets.

This mathematical 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.

Learn how to invest like a pro from the inside out.

At the beginning of 2019 my personal Pifolio is based on select ETFs in the Keppler Developed and Emerging markets.  My Pifolio is invested in Country ETFs that cover seven developed and three emerging markets:

Norway
Australia
Hong Kong
Germany
Japan
Singapore
United Kingdom
Taiwan
South Korea
China

Don’t give up profit to gain ease and safety!

Regardless of economic news, these markets represent good value and have been chosen based on four pillars of valuation.

  • Absolute Valuation
  • Relative Valuation
  • Current versus Historic Valuation
  • Current Relative versus Relative Historic Valuation

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” 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” 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” 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.

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

This year I celebrated my 52nd 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.

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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.

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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” and our latest $297 online seminar for a total savings of $468.90.

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#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.

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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” and “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” reports, and value investment seminar, plus begin receiving regular Pifolio updates throughout the year.

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Emerging Market Value Analysis – Spring 2015


Maturity is an important reason to invest in value so here is the Spring 2015 Keppler value analysis of emerging markets.

Before we start remember the great value of your mother and Ecuador roses!

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Value, Maturity and Wealth

As we mature, our financial abilities and objectives shift.

First, we can lose some of our financial skills.  A New York Times article “Cognition Slips, Financial Skills Are Often the First to Go” (1) says that “studies show that the ability to perform simple math problems, as well as handling financial matters, are typically one of the first set of skills to decline in diseases of the mind, like Alzheimer’s.  Research has also shown that even cognitively normal people may reach a point where financial decision-making becomes more challenging.”

The article tells of one 80 year old, who losing these skills married a much younger woman who cashed $40,000 in blank checks sent by his credit-card issuer and emptied the contents of his $123,000 annuity, leaving the man with little more than a giant tax bill.

The truth however is that our metal powers do not have to diminish with age.  They can grow better.   Gene Cohen MD, PhD, a world authority on mental aging as director of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University has written a book “The Mature Mind” (1).  The book shows that lost of mental skills with age is a myth. The book shows how, as we get older we actually get better at thinking.

Cohen shows five activities to sustain power, clarity and subtlety of mind:

* Exercise mentally
* Exercise physically
* Pick challenging leisure activities
* Achieve mastery
* Establish strong social networks

This is one reason Bob Gandt and I have written a book on how to achieve mastery. Watch for its release.

Cohen’s book describes how intelligence improves in four “age stages”.

(1) Re-evaluation, from mid-thirties to mid-sixties, where we realize our mortality and reconsider our lives.

(2) Liberation, from mid-fifties to mid-seventies, where the question is ‘If not now, when?’ as people experiment with new ways.

(3) Summing up, from late sixties through eighties, where people seek to share, give something back and complete unfinished business.

(4) Encore, from late seventies onwards, where major life themes are re-stated and re-affirmed.

In other words, as we mature, “age stage advancements” allow us to see the forest as well as the trees and understand bigger pictures so we are not trapped in personal and petty issues, like whether a particular stock will move up or down today, tomorrow and the next day.

As our thinking matures, our horizons expand and long term strategies that trust in value allow us to protect our finances but spend our time on bigger issues than the day to day movements of our portfolio.   

This is one reason why once a quarter we review all developed and emerging equity markets that Keppler Asset Management’s Global Market Value analyses.  If you are a new reader, you can learn more about Keppler Asset Management by clicking here.  Keppler Asset Management

Once you have determined how to find value investments, one of the more important parts of your strategy is to determine what portion is investment is in developed markets and what portion in emerging markets.

Currently emerging markets (based on the MSCI emerging market index) are selling at 1.33 price to book value and at a 13.9 price earnings ration.  The average dividend yield is 3.2%

Developed markets (based on the MSCI market index) are selling at 2.28 times price to book value and at a 19.3 times price earnings ratio. The average dividend yield is 2.37%.

Emerging markets offer better value than developed markets.  This is because they tend to be more volatile and have greater short term risk.   Here is a three step approach to deciding which and how much emerging markets should be in your portfolio mix.

#1:  Select from the Top Value Markets.  They statistically offer the best opportunity of all.

#2: Determine how many emerging markets you’ll have in your portfolio.  Keppler’s analysis suggests equal weighting of the top value emerging markets.

#3:  Calculate the best percentage of emerging markets to developed markets in your portfolio.  The typical weighting is 70% in developed markets and 30% in emerging markets.  Review your goals and circumstances to determine the best weighting for you.

You can see Keppler’s Developed Market Analysis here

Here is the Keppler Developed Market Good Value Analysis – Spring 2015.

Recent Developments & Outlook

After a lackluster performance in 2014, emerging markets advanced strongly in the first quarter 2015.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Total Return (TR) Index advanced 4.9 % in local currencies, 2.2 % in US dollars and 15.2 % in Euros.

In the last fifteen months, the MSCI Emerging Markets TR Index was up 10.3 % in local currencies, flat in US dollars and up 28.3 % in Euros.

The MSCI Emerging Markets TR Index (December 1988 = 100) now stands at $ 1,334 and € 1,370.

The Euro accelerated its recent downtrend, dropping 11.2 % versus the US dollar in the first quarter 2015 and now stands at 1.0740 — down 22.1 % compared to its level of 1.3780 at the end of 2013.

Among the three regional indices, Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) both advanced 5.7 % in the first quarter 2015, while Latin America gained 1.2 %.  Compared with year-end 2013 levels, Asia gained 13.8 %, EMEA advanced 8.6 % and Latin America eked out a 0.2 % gain.  Performance is in local currencies unless mentioned otherwise.

Seventeen markets advanced in the first quarter and six markets declined.

The best performing markets were Hungary (+22.0 %), Russia (+15.7 %) and the Philippines (+9.8 %).

Greece (-20.4 %), Colombia (-11.6 %) and Turkey (-6.5 %) performed worst last quarter.

Over the last fifteen months, eighteen markets advanced and five markets declined.

Egypt (+43.9 %), Indonesia (+39.2 %) and the Philippines (+39.0 %) performed best, while Greece (-45.6 %), Colombia (-12.8 %) and Korea (-2.6 %) came in last.

The Top Value Model Portfolio based on the Top Value Strategy gained 5.4 % in local currencies, 0.7 % in US dollars and 13.4 % in Euros in the first quarter 2015.

In the last fifteen months, the Top Value Strategy gained 5.0 % in local currencies, lost 12.0 % in US dollars and advanced 12.9 % in Euros. The Top Value Model Portfolio (December 1988 = 100) now stands at $ 23,506 and € 24,126. For details on the recent performance of the national MSCI Emerging Markets indices, benchmarks and strategies, please see page 6.

There were no changes in our country ratings last quarter.

The Top Value Model Portfolio contains twelve markets — Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand — at equal weights. According to our analyses, an equally-weighted * combination of these markets offers the highest expectation of long-term risk-adjusted performance.

* Note: Due to high geopolitical risks, we have assigned lower than equal weights in the portfolios we advise to the four Eastern European markets Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia, which suffer most from the sanctions against Russia.

The table below shows how the Emerging Markets Top Value Model Portfolio compares to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and to the MSCI Developed Markets Index at the end of the first quarter 2015, based on selected assets and earnings valuation measures:

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Based on our valuation and return analyses, the asset class “Emerging Markets Equities” is now undervalued by 24 % versus the MSCI World Index.

Furthermore, our Emerging Markets Top Value Model Portfolio is now undervalued by 13 % versus the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and by 34 % compared to the MSCI World Index of the developed markets. This bodes well with regard to potential outperformance over the next three to five years for the emerging markets in general and for the Emerging Markets Top Value Model Portfolio in particular.

Michael Keppler
New York, April 22, 2015

 

Gary

(1) New York Times As Cognition Slips, Financial Skills Are Often the First to Go

(2) The Mature Mind

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The Ultimate Investing Secret

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

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

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

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

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

Now I see those circumstances headed our way again.

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

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

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

Three Patterns Create 50% profits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary