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The Art of Finding Low Hanging Fruit


If you know how to find, and pick low hanging fruit, you’ll always be free.

And you’ll be rich.

Plus you’ll be having fun!

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These are benefits gained when you combine writing as a fulfilling, profitable career with low hanging fruit.

You don’t really have to write.  The low hanging fruit fundamentals apply to almost anything.  For example. this week’s Wall Street article “Will Bitcoin Save Us From Google?” (1) applies the idea of reaping low hanging fruit to investing.

The article says: Investing is simple but not easy.  You should buy a company’s stock when everything is going wrong and you can figure out what might go right. Then when everything has gone right,  figure out before others what can go wrong—from the seeds of destruction, you see germinating—and start the harvest.

Learn the basics of finding low hanging fruit, as a writer below.  You’ll have to refine these basics to suit yourself… but the rewards will be great if you do.

I promise.

And I know what I am talking about.   I have done this again and again for 50 years.

There is always some fruit hanging around… low,  of course.

Change is like the seasons, an ever revolving process that keeps bearing new, low hanging fruit.

The Forbes article “Why Aren’t Companies Like Facebook, Amazon, And Google Doing More with Blockchain Technology?” (2) (bolds are mine) gives us a clue to this fact when it says:  At the NASSCOM Product Conclave in Bangalore recently, Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani was asked what the one thing is that keeps him up at night.

He responded that it was “The fear of missing a trend.

I suspect the leadership at great technology companies are similarly vigilant; the last thing they want is some new kid on the block disrupting their business models.

Spotting trends is a way of finding low hanging fruit!

Writing about trends that you are passionate about is the picking.   The royalties from the words, and the satisfaction is the harvest.

The Wall Street Journal article above provides a glimpse of  how change never ends as it examines weak points in this era’s largest benefactors of change;  Apple, Facebook, Amazon.com and Google.

These are huge companies today.  They have changed the world and have usurped the power of retail and broadcast media.  Shares in these companies have made many investors rich.

Yet each of these successes is based on basic underlying advantages that are being crumbled by change.  The “Will Bitcoin Save Us From Google?” article gives us a couple of clues.

The article says:  Let’s probe Apple, Facebook , Amazon and Google, because they make up about 12% of the S&P 500—while representing almost all of the stock-market’s gains this year.

Apple’s problems already have become visible. Smartphones are now like radial tires.  Everyone has one, and they don’t wear out.

Facebook’s bad seed is population. The site has 2.2 billion monthly active users, a number that has roughly doubled in the past five years. Yet the growth rate is necessarily slowing. User count probably won’t double again, and most growth comes from the less wealthy developing world.  Investors won’t like it when growth stalls.

This point was a bit prophetic as it was written just before Safebook saw $120 of stock market value wiped from its shares in one day!

The article went on to say: Amazon’s biggest benefit, and problem, is its hall pass from Wall Street. It’s allowed to show very little in profits while inventing the future. That’s great, but the business of selling stuff—that is, the company’s main business—is notoriously low-margin.

Here are the basics for finding low hanging fruit to write about:

#1: Write something useful and interesting, about a subject that you are passionate about.

#2: Offer it (using social media is one easy way) free to build a list.

#3: Send free updated, useful, interesting information about the subject, regularly, to the list.

#4: Write something more about the same subject that you sell for a price.

#5: Offer the for-sale-writing to the list you build.

#6: Keep creating new advertisements for the for-sale-writing and include them with the free updated, useful, interesting information you send the list.

#7: Keep watching the response to the advertising for hot trends.

The response from readers on your list will help you spot new trends.

Spotting trends is and art that will refine itself if you follow the seven steps above. You should look for trends where everything seems wrong but you can see what might be right.  When everything goes right, you’ll be a leader, with a list and ideas on who your potential readers might be.  This puts you ahead of the competition and starts the harvest of low hanging fruit.

Gary

Live Better and Be Free – 5 Global Earning Experiences

Here are 5 global income experiences and 7 business secrets that can help you live well and free anywhere despite the pandemic.

I began my international business over 50 years ago and have been creating and running international micro businesses since.

During that time my wife, Merri, and I have been able to live, work and earn all over the world… literally anywhere we wanted because of seven secrets we gained which we share here with you.  We have been blessed with global earning experiences that helped us make millions… but were also fun, such as with British Lordships.

See how this one micro business helped us rub elbows with British Royalty.

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One of Merri’s businesses that worked with British Royalty was featured in Doonesbury.

Global Earning Experience #1:  Lepers.  Our micro businesses have been fulfilling.  Merri started her international business in her 20s (long before she knew me) importing Italian clocks to the USA.  This earned so much ($80,000 in the first year) that she created other micro businesses helping orphans in the Yucatan and Haitian lepers (at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital) produce crafts she sold for them in the USA.

Excellent income ($80,000 in the 1970s was a lot of cash)…  incredible contacts… working with Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon who created the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti… and enormous satisfaction.  Merri still cries over 40 years later when she tries to speak of the gratitude of the lepers and her time and life in Haiti.

Plus she gained lessons that allowed her to live and earn… in many places and many ways.

Then we got together.

Global Earning Experience #2:  Lords.  Another of Merri’s ideas (in the mid 1980s) was to broker British titles to wealthy Americans.  We made a ton from that… even gained 15 minutes of fame when Gary Trudeau learned about this business and immortalized it by having B.D. Zonker buy a title!

What fun… profitable, plus stimulating, meeting and working with the Blue Bloods of Britain… visiting their castles… invited to their events and affairs.

Before I get ahead of myself, may I ask you a question?

 

Would you enjoy living in two or even more places wherever and whenever you choose?  Would you be happier with more freedom, lack of debt, and a life of riches, adventure and fulfillment?  Would you be glad to feel confident that you can discover interesting and fun business ideas again and again that not only bring in extra income but also help the poor and improve the environment?

If so then read on… because… Merri and I have led that lifestyle for decades and can show you how to live it too.

The key is to earn from home offices.   They are part of a micro business secret and you’ll see why have two home offices (and using two cars in business) can save thousands in taxes.

You can also enjoy such a lifestyle because after years of search, I found business secrets that you can use and enjoy.

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Waterfall at our North Carolina Farm.  See enjoyable benefits of a micro business in water.

Global Earning Experience #3: Hospitality.  Here’s a hotel we owned and operated in Ecuador.  Once we sold this we joined the sharing economy and began offering rentals in our North Carolina cabins through AIRBNB and houses in Florida.  We became designated super hosts within months and added thousands of extra dollars to our income every month.

Caring is just one example of how to live anywhere and earn, especially now that the pandemic will change how people vacation.

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Having a variety of places to live is part of one of the secrets on how to earn more, have a better life with more fun, adventure and greater freedom.

Global Earning Experience #4:  Import-Export.   Here I am at our Florida house showing clients how to import.

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I was wearing a hand tailored, made to order, high quality wool suit from Ecuador that could be imported into the US for as little as $135 .  Plus that Panama hat was made in Ecuador.  This is odd but true, all genuine Panama hats are made in Ecuador.  We imported Ecuador roses year round as well, all from one of our tax deductible US home office.

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The secrets we’ll share below are not about how to buy suits or flowers though.   The secrets show ways to make money (while helping others) marketing products and services wherever you are and much more…. globally.

Global Earning Experience #5:  Green Produce.   We have an orange grove and lake at our Florida home and

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are among the first to test new organic ways to make citrus farming better for the environment and the consumer.  In North Carolina we cultivate Wild American Ginseng as well as aquafarm.

These are just a few of the business experiences that can help you have the freedom to earn globally.  They are shared in our emailed correspondence course that you can now have FREE.

The course teaches a system based on seven secrets so powerful that it creates money for you regardless of where you are:  in town, out of the country, traveling or even in places as remote as we live.

These secrets have worked for us in real estate… titles… tours… agriculture… clothing… hospitality… alternative health…  spirituality… printing… publishing and art businesses for Merri and me all over the world.

Merri and I have created a special program we call “Live Well and Free Anywhere” that makes it possible for you to enjoy extra income doing something you love.  You can gain full or part time and enjoy excellent profits as you have fun and do something good in the world.

My search stumbled on the fact that most millionaires make their money in business.  This discovery led to a study of rich businesses, ones that generate everlasting wealth.  Here are three of seven secrets we share in our program that we learned and have used in our  micro businesses:

Secret #1: They must enjoy the multiple effect.  A product once created must produce profits again and again, almost on a never-ending basis.  Each investment made needs to make huge returns.

Secret #2: They need to be greater than their owner’s time.  They must produce income even when the owner doesn’t put in day-to-day effort. You may already be wealthy or earning a high income.  You may not even need another business or extra income, but some day you might.  One surgeon explained it this way.  “I am making a fortune because peoples’ lives are in my hands.  Once my hands are no longer steady, my income stops.   My entire financial well being will then be in someone else’s hands!”

Secret #3: These money making systems should be enjoyable and fun.  Sadly most people make money for the sake of making money.  Many spend their lives working, just to have a few precious hours having fun.  The most important fact about making and keeping wealth is that those who were richest absolutely love what they were doing.  Money is of secondary importance to their effort.  And as things are, this means they actually ended up making more money.

These secrets created a fantastic way to make money with my own international micro business doing what I love!

You too can have everlasting wealth by turning your passion into profit.

You too can have the freedom to do what you love from any place you like, even operating (actually preferably) from your bedroom, dining room or den if you wish.

What do you love? Rare cars?  You can make a fortune creating a business around them.  Do you prefer fine art? Or do you love beautiful jewelry, coins, gems, real estate, furs, model railways, dolls, scientific equipment, war memorabilia, old and rare books, or whatever?  Do you prefer social subjects rather than objects?

Are you concerned with the environment or humanitarian problems, with crimes, war or poverty?  Would you like to help wipe these social problems out in the course of your business?

Are you a golfer? Do you love to travel? Why not make all kinds of money in a global business related to golf?

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place, help people get along better together?  You can do something good for the world, increase your income and live wherever you please in the process!

Whatever your passion you can learn how to earn by creating a micro business based on it.

Take fishing, for example.

I am no great aquafarmer, but the numbers and lifestyle work on a small scale.  We pay about $3.50 a pound to stock the fish, they double, triple, even quadruple in size and we sell them at a local butcher shoppe for a modest profit.   This is not a big deal, but does generate income, helps attract guests to stay in our rental cabins, puts some great trout dinners on our table and is a thoroughly enjoyable part of my daily labor.  I need this to counter balance sitting in front of a computer.

Over a couple of months the fish grow… a lot.

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Millions of people love fishing but don’t have a pond.  This does not mean they cannot be involved in fishing.  Here are just a few of many ways that others have profitably matched this passion with profit.

Two of my friends, John and Lou, grew up near me in the Oregon mountains.  They were outdoor adventure types and moved to Canada, where they homesteaded 1,200 acres on a trout-filled lake in mid British Columbia.  They built a fishing camp that attracts fisherman from around the world.

Duncan Kinderman on the other hand loved fishing and castles.  He bought a castle on the River Tay, a great Scottish salmon river, and offered time shares for fisherman from Britain, Europe and the US.

Another entrepreneur I know was from Montana.  His skills were in marketing so he sold fishing trips for fishing camps.  He attended rod and gun exhibitions, met owners of these camps and arranged to sell their fishing trips to the US, Argentina and even in Russia to fisherman around the world.

Ralph Kylloe on the other hand loved fishing and photography so he created the book, “Fishing Camps”, which was published by Gibbs Smith publisher. This allowed Ralph to travel across the country enjoying fishing camps as he photographed and wrote.

Steve Ambrose, another friend of ours, had family commitments at home so he set up a bass fishing business in Florida that served Americans, Germans, Canadian, Dutch and Belgians.  Later as his children grew, he used his client base to arrange fishing trips in Argentina.

Each of these people had provincial backgrounds and differed in age, situation and skills.  Their common link, the love of fishing, led each to a global micro business.  Each was able to blend a unique nature and set of skills to develop a global business that surrounded them with fun, like minded fishing souls.

There is such an abundance of opportunity that Merri and I have created this program to help you have your own micro business that can be managed almost anywhere.  This program is unique because Merri and I are unique.  We started our global business together.  Since we’re almost recluses, we decided to do the whole business by ourselves… thus we create micro businesses that do not require large staffs.

We began working at home.  Today, though we have tens of thousands of buyers and have made millions, we still work at home on our remote farms and employ only a few people to help.

You’ll learn how to turn advertising dollars into a fortune.  You’ll learn how to create your own ads and when to use the internet… search engines… pay per click… classifieds, space ads, direct mail or word of mouth… even flea markets and roadside stands in some cases.

See how to build a PR list and social business network on the World Wide Web to gain thousands of dollars in free publicity.  I even share my most secret results on my marketing so you will know why sometimes you sell more units of a product at $49 instead of $29.

Learn how one couple used ads about retirement to supplement their retirement income and received free trips all over the world.

Learn how we have made money over the Internet (specific details, specific experiences, hard earned knowledge over the last 13 years!)  With an inexpensive computer you can easily run a business from home and still have tons of time left over – even if you are computer challenged.  Merri and I have certainly proven this.  We were one of the first to run a successful website and still rank high today even with millions of competitors.  The secrets in the course include a step-by-step approach.

Merri and I with our webmaster, David Cross, were leaders in beginning internet micros businesses and have sold millions over the web.  You gain ways to earn global income over the net from that experience as well.

Business people or professionals who want to add an extra profit center to their business or who want to change their business entirely will benefit.  Those who want more control over their career can profit.  Plus those who love global travel and want to turn their trips into profitable tax deductions!

Even older entrepreneurs are taking advantage of technology.  One of our friends and clients, Mickey E., was a 72 year old real estate broker, when she began a small global business.  With just a computer and internet, she created publications that attracted English real estate buyers.  This allowed her to become a top sales person in the biggest real estate firm (selling over a billion dollars of real estate a year) in town.  She later used the tactics she learned to move to Ecuador (in here late 70s) and start a micro business there.

This course is also for couples who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.

This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through an International Business.

The course is so complete Merri and I extend our “no fooling around-complete satisfaction guarantee”.

If you are not fully satisfied in any way,  just tell us within 60 days and we’ll send you a 100% full refund with no questions asked.

Normally to order our entire “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program would cost $299.

Right now you can get this program FREE.

Currently you can join The International Club with a 50% pandemic discount.  Save $598.23 because part of club membership is the $299 Self Publishing course FREE.

I want to help you gain the experiences that Merri and I have gained living,working, investing globally and loving every minute of it.    That’s why decades ago we created the International Club so we can share everything we learn and write about.

Club members start by receiving seven workshops and courses on how to earn everywhere with home micro businesses.  We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.   The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:

  • The course “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Self Publish”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”
  • The course “International Business Made EZ”
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”

The fee for this package is normally $299.

Club members also learn ways to be be healthier and have more energy.  

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Here I am in the deep Amazon studying with a shaman.

I have created three natural health reports based on 50 years of study with healers around the world about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Recent news about Social Security, pensions and health care shows that the US government has excessive debt today and that we as individuals need tactics to make sure, when governments, pensions and insurers weasel out of their promises, that we can take care of ourselves.

One big broken promise is Social Security and Medicare.  The most recent Social Security trustee report shows that the programs will begin to spend more than they earn within just three or four years.   The Medicare hospital-insurance trust fund, could use all its reserves by 2028.  They face insolvency over the next 20 years because Social Security runs totally out of money by 2034.

My three natural health reports help learn ways to be happier, healthier and avoid much of the Western disease management (aka healthcare) expense.

Each report is available for $19.95.  However you’ll receive all three FREE as club member and save $59.85.

Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful Investing Course (Pi).  The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit.  Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad. The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

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

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

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Learn how the Fibonacci Spiral impacts stock markets when the are 60% up or 30% down.

There are no secrets about this portfolio except that these mathematicians ignore the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.

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

The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.  Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

The Pi subscription is normally $299 per annum but as a club member you receive Pi at no charge and save an additional $299.

There are two more reports I’ll send about the most exciting opportunities 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 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 when you become an International Club member you’ll receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” FREE.

Plus get the $39.99 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 past 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 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.

These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.

I prepared a special report “Silver Dip” updated in late 2018.   The report explained the exact conditions you need to make leveraged silver & gold speculations that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.  Now with the stock market crash this report is more valid than ever.

Save $598.23… when you become a club member.

Join the International Club and receive:

#1: The $299 “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program including our Self Publishing Course”.  Free.

#2: The $299 Purposeful investing Course (Pi).   Free.

#3: The $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More”.  Free.

#4: The $39.99 report “Silver Dip 2019”.  Free

#5: The three $19.99 reports “Shamanic Natural Health”.   All three free.

#6: The $39.99 “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” report.  Free.

#7: Plus updates and other report I release in the year ahead.

These reports, courses and programs would cost $767.73.

The International Club membership is $349 so the 2020 membership normally saves $418.78.

However due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we have cut membership in half and are currently accepting the discounted membership of $174.50 today.  You save $598.23 instead!

Then because this global recovery is going to take years, we’ll maintain your membership at just $99 a year rather than $349.  Your membership will be autorenewed in 2021 at $99, though you can cancel membership at any time.

Save $598.23.  Join the International Club for just $174.5o.   Receive all the above online now, plus all reports, course updates and Pi lessons through the rest of 2020 and into of 2021  at no additional fee.

Don’t miss this opportunity.  Sign up with this special offer.

Click here to become a member at the discounted rate of $174.50

Gary

 

(1) www.wsj.com/articles/will-bitcoin-save-us-from-google-1531680720

(2) www.forbes.com: Why arent companies like Facebook Amazon and Google doing more with blockchain technology

3) www.nytimes.com: Technology Ggoogle’s EU Android fine

The One Word for Profit


I just want to say one word to you… just one word. 

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From the movie, The Graduate 1967:  Mr. McGuire: “I just want to say one word to you.  Just one word.”

Benjamin: “Yes, sir.” Mr. McGuire: “Are you listening?” Benjamin: “Yes, I am.”  Mr. McGuire: “Plastics.”

That was the word 50 years ago… in the movie.

There was probably a better one word such as…”Computers” .  But 1967 was just a little early and computers do use a lot of plastic.

But let’s focus now on  just one NEW word.

Are you reading?

Just one word.

“Batteries”

Plastics and computers were great places to begin careers in 1967.  Batteries have this type of potential now.

This is a trend to watch.  Here are just three of many reasons why:

First, the batteries are getting bigger.  Again and again the biggest battery in the world has been outpaced by one even bigger.  You can see a claim of the biggest at cleantechnica.com (1) in 2012.   This said the biggest battery was in China, energized by 140 Mega-Watts of renewable wind & solar energy and storing 36 Mega-Watt-Hours (MWh) of energy distributed by a smart power transmission system.

By 2014, according to extremetech.com (2) a contract in Southern California called for a battery ten times larger than China’s, a 400MW lithium ion battery capable of providing 100MW of power for a total of four hours.

Tesla built. The business insider article said: Tesla’s new Powerpack battery storage project in Southern California is the largest on Earth.

Each new big battery is claimed to be bigger.

Second, batteries are becoming easier and faster to build.

A USA today article “Tesla builds world’s biggest battery in Australian Outback” (3) refutes the claim that California’s battery is biggest.

Setting aside the who’s bigger argument, the more important point is that Tesla built this Australian battery, in the outback where there was little infrastructure, in just over two months.

The article says:  “The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery has plugged into an Australian state grid, an official said Friday, easily delivering on Tesla Inc. chief executive Elon Musk’s 100-day guarantee.”

Musk promised to build the 100-megawatt battery within 100 days of the contracts being signed at the end of September or hand it over to the South Australia state government for free.

The official launch came a little over 60 days after the deal was signed. But crucially, it came on the first day of the Australian summer — the season when power usage soars due to air conditioning use.

Tesla says the battery has the capacity to power 30,000 homes for up to an hour in the event of a severe blackout, but is more likely to be called into action to boost supply during peak demand periods.

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The Australian battery at USAToday (3).

Third, battery technology is advancing at an exponential rate.

Another article about the biggest California battery at businessinsider.com (4) says: “This type of technology was not possible five or 10 years ago and the amount of storage the battery provides is unprecedented considering its relatively small footprint.”

What do advances in batteries mean?

Energy will be more dependable, more accessible everywhere and will cost less.

The article “Power Prices Go Negative in Germany, a Positive for Energy Users”(6)  tells how “Germany has spent $200 billion over the past two decades to promote cleaner sources of electricity.  That enormous investment is now having an unexpected impact — consumers are now actually paid to use power on occasion, as was the case numerous times last year.”

On Christmas Eve and on Christmas 2017 power prices plunged below zero on the EPEX Spot, a large European power trading exchange.

Low industrial demand due to the holiday, unseasonably warm weather and strong breezes that generated extra wind power on the grid, pushed energy prices into the negative.  That was not the first time. Prices for electricity in Germany dipped below zero-more than 100 times in 2017.

On Christmas Eve, German factory owners and other major consumers were at times paid over $60, per megawatt-hour they used.

Wouldn’t that be nice, getting a check rather than a bill from the electric company?

Negative energy prices come when available power outstrips demand.

The importance of batteries is based on the fact that the supply of electricity in a grid must be perfectly balanced with demand… every second.  Supply needs to match demand instantly, reliably, all the time.

Solar and wind power are dependent on weather.  At times these energy sources spin out too much electricity.  At times these sources do not produce enough.  Other suppliers of electricity cannot stop or start producing quickly.  Someone has to mop up an energy flood or throw buckets of power into the grid when it’s parched.

Batteries can meet this challenge.  Batteries and smart distribution have the ability to produce and absorb power instantly.  Batteries makes a true transition to renewable power possible.

There is opportunity beyond the big battery as well.  Many small batteries hooked up together by a business called an “aggregator”, often make much more sense.

Imagine placing a small battery in many homes or businesses and linking them all into the grid.   This aggregation solves power imbalances.  The consumers store energy when it is plentiful and cheap.  They use the stored energy at times when it is expensive, or even better sell it back when there is extra demand on the grid.

The many aggregated batteries are linked and coordinated by computers so they act like one big battery.

This aggregation lowers energy costs for everyone and reduces the need for burning fossil fuels or creating nuclear power plants.

On the other side of size, almost a decade ago research began on batteries so small they were built inside an electron microscope.

One group of researchers have built a battery that’s six times thinner than a bacterium, so small it could run sensors that monitor a single cell.

In 2017 researchers at the University of Maryland announced a battery called a “nanopore”, so small that several million nanopores can make up a battery the size of a postage stamp.

Batteries.  That’s the word.  They will change the way the world works.

What to do?

First, let’s imagine the potential.  If “plastics” made computers possible and computers made the internet possible and the internet made smart phones what they are… what can “batteries” do?

Advances in batteries will change everything.  The internet and smart phones changed so much in our daily lives.  Batteries have the power to make changes of this magnitude.

I don’t know much about batteries.  Most of us don’t, but we can grasp the implications of a battery balanced world.  Each of us has some unique knowledge that can help us peak into a window of battery powered opportunity.

For example, the ability to use renewable energy in remote rural areas can make real estate more valuable in Smalltown USA.

People are already migrating from high-cost states to lower-cost areas as home prices and rents in large urban centers skyrocket, and it becomes easier for people to work remotely.  Batteries can help accelerate this trend.

That’s good for our living in Smalltown USA.  At our North Carolina farm hydro power now makes more sense.   At our Florida grove, solar power works better as the cost of solar panels has plummeted.

“Battery”

That’s the one word for profit.   Few of us really understand batteries, but we can each imagine one way that changes in batteries will make something worth more.  Look to your imagination… your experience and how you live.  How will batteries change your life?  Seek these ideas because they contain the seeds that can grow into profit for you.

Gary

Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere

How to Gain Extra Freedom – While Almost Everyone Loses Theirs.  Profit from post COVID-19 trends.

I invite you to join Merri and me in expecting the world to get better… to live and earn based on that expectation but…  to also prepare for bad times as well as good.

Just in case… the world goes sideways… we will still survive and prosper.

We do not give up anything much.  We can enjoy the good parts of the new economy, as we protect ourselves from what can be bad.

For example in my report “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere”,  you’ll see how to make your dining room table bring you more control, more time, more income and more freedom.  After all, what can be more accessible than a dining room table?

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Dining room tables we worked from (and we also sold the tables for a profit).

You’ll even learn how to turn dining room tables into income and tax deductions as we have with these dining room tables we build out of local wood.

Let me be clear.  I expect that the world will get better, at least for the few who adapt and avoid the dangers that the changes from the COVID pandemic will bring. 

The wealth of the world, albeit with inequality, will continue to grow.  This collapse of the global economy will bring an incredible new opportunity for those who know what to do.  Thes profit making avenues offer enormous income potential and even work well in disaster scenarios.

Let me provide one simple, concrete example.  Ginseng.

This is a great health root.  The demand is growing especially in China.  At times good dried Ginseng sells for $1,000 a pound!  This is an incredible and easy crop to grow.   The less care you give it, the more valuable it can become.  Yet if everything goes south, the health qualities will be good to have and make it an excellent barter item.  Once you know what to do with ginseng, it’s easy to grow in your back yard.

Even better one of the best kept secrets is that ginseng and 125 other medicinal crops that are currently unsustainable but can be grown on land  that is extraordinarily cheap.

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Ginseng we grew in our back yard.  I know about growing ginseng through experience and explain why and how in the report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”.

Loquats are another example of an easy to grow crop that help promote natural health.

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Here I am by one of the many loquat trees at our Florida farm.

Loquats are a great fruit for making jam and such, but the loquat leaf has amazing medicinal qualities.  Its is a registered medicine in China and due to its anti viral and respiratory system enhancing qualities has an especially  growing demand right now.   The images below from Amazon.com show that the leaves sell for about a dollar per leaf!

I have many trees on the farm but started growing loquat seedlings last year.

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Loquat leaf tea has become really important during the pandemic due to its respiratory strengthening qualities.

I have been drinking a lot of home made loquat leaf tea during the pandemic.

The report “Live Anywere-Earn Everywhere” shows specific places that reduce your living expenses, easily increases your income, makes you smarter, healthier and provides tax benefits as well. 

There are specific places where property is especially inexpensive, now because previous owners do not know about the special qualities created by the pandemic.

Learn about these specific places.  More important learn what makes these places special and seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find other similar spots of opportunity.

Here are some of the experiences this report shares:

The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire.  (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not).

The report is very specific because it is about what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing.

Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning globally.

  • Learn about the magic of the north facing slope.   This is where Merri and I live almost half of our time.  North facing mountain land is some of the least expensive in the world but has hidden values that the report reveals.  There is a lot of this land and a lot of hidden value that you can tap.   When we bought our Blue Ridge farm (252 acres) I mentioned this to my Swiss banking friend.  “That’s bigger than the entire village where I live!” was his response.  Smalltown USA offers a last chance at having a lot of space.  By living in two Smalltown places there are enormous tax advantages as well.  One step in the system saves Merri and me over $28,345 in taxes a year.

The report shows how to buy cheap north facing slopes and create an income producing tiny home for $29,000 or less.

If you lack the $29,000 to invest, a start up using tents is even less.  These are tipis we put up at our farm before we built our first tiny home.  Learn how they can create tens of thousands of dollars in income for you.

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  • See ways that small businesses like Tipi rentals can be enhanced by the pandemic but also create BIG tax savings as well as extra income.  For more than 30 years Merri and I have enjoyed a strong six figure income, some years more, in the millions.  Yet there have been very few years when we had to pay federal income tax.  The report lays out a three structure program and how it is used when you are in school (up to age 30), then from 25 to 50, 50 to 70  and beyond 70.   Learn why Chapter C corporations and pensions can be better than the normally recommended Chapter S.  See how new mileage log rules gives you a possible opportunity to increase your tax deductions using IRS Form 4562.  Using a two-vehicle strategy you can gain $12,976 in new deductions even if you do not have to drive one mile further or spend one additional penny on your car.
  • See how a greenhouse can help you eat better and be healthier, plus provide income and a tax deduction and be funded by a government grant.

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Our North Carolina greenhouse.

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Our Florida greenhouse.

  • There are similar benefits from having a second home office defined in IRS publication 463 and IRS publication 587, even if your desk is a dining room table.  The report also shows how your dining room table can become an actual income producer as its creates a huge tax deduction at the same time, not to mention a great place to eat, work and lay out plans for a brighter, safer more lucrative and enjoyable future.
  • Living in this environment is also healthier, economically as well as physically.  You’ll see in the report how researchers at Harvard found an amazing correlation between living in conditions found on north facing slopes, longevity and mental health.  The researchers were quite surprised by this strong correlation that also extended into mental health.  In addition to feeling better, reducing stress and having more Joie de Vivre the places outlined in “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” can help you avoid hospitals, high cost disease management (aka health care) and BIG pharma while providing an investment opportunity in three plants that have some of the fastest growing demand in natural health care.  These three plants are just one of seven business opportunities that can create multiple streams of income.
  • How changes in cell phone and internet technology eliminated the need to be in one place.   An old law that creates new opportunity for small business in small towns is available to everyone.
  • Use the specific search and purchase guide.  Construction plans are included that show how to generate first tier income that leads to five, second tier avenues of earnings.
  • How to pay off old debt and avoid new debt by avoiding spurts and embracing value. 
  • Learn seven skills that will always have value.  See how to turn First Aid, medicinal plants, hospitality, food, trees, alternate energy and writing to sell into everlasting, low stress wealth.

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This pond we created at our farm brought us pleasure but also helped create a safe, healthy food supply, extra income and a tax deduction as well.

My Guarantee

This may be the most important report I have written in 50 years.  The information is certainly the most urgent.  Do not delay.  The risks are upon us right now and you’ll understand how the final steps of the alliance are taking place as you read the current news.

To take any risk out of gaining this urgent information with my full satisfaction or money back guarantee.  If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.  I guarantee you can ask for a full refund any time within 60 days and I’ll refund your payment in full, no questions asked.

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(1) cleantechnica.com/2012/01/03/china-byd-launch-largest-battery-energy-storage-station/

(2) www.extremetech.com/extreme/194552-worlds-largest-lithium-ion-battery-to-be-built-in-southern-california-dwarfs-previous-installations

(3) www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/12/01/tesla-builds-world-biggest-battery-australian-outback/912480001/

(4) www.businessinsider.com/tesla-powerpack-southern-california-edison-battery-storage-mira-loma-2017-1

(5) lifeboat.com/blog/2017/12/power-prices-go-negative-in-germany-a-positive-for-energy-users

 

Prosper from Change


Prosper from change by spotting trends.

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As the world’s faster and faster pace is stimulated by the introduction and advancement of new technologies, we are swamped by many types of inflation that we will be looking at in a series ahead.

* Money Inflation

* Choice Inflation

* Opportunity Inflation

* Information Inflation

* Natural Resource Inflation

* Energy Inflation

* Technology Inflation.

Each of these inflation forms creates its own problems AND opportunities.

Parts of Florida benefit from natural resource inflation as water become scarce.

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Lake Dora shot from Lakeside Inn pool.  Lake County, Florida has approximately 1,400 named lakes. Near our home is Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest point in peninsular Florida, at 312 feet (95 m) above sea level.

Florida’s problems create some extra special benefits. Take for example how Florida was impacted by money inflation (causing a real estate bubble) and how today it appears to suffer today from a resource inflation… too many homes, too few people.

Excerpts from a March 18, 2011 CNNmoney.com article entitled “Nearly 20% of Florida homes are vacant” shows why when it says: On Thursday, the Census Bureau revealed that 18% — or 1.6 million — of the Sunshine State’s homes are sitting vacant. That’s a rise of more than 63% over the past 10 years.

Having this amount of oversupply on the market will keep home prices depressed and slow any recovery.

The vacancy problem is more dire in Florida than in any other bubble market: In California, only 8% of units were vacant, while Nevada, the state with the nation’s highest foreclosure rate, had about 14% sitting empty. Arizona had a vacancy rate of about 16%.

In Florida, the worst-hit county is Collier — home of Naples — with a whopping 32% of homes empty.  In Sarasota County, 23% of the housing stock sits vacant, while Lee County (Cape Coral) has a 30% vacancy rate. And Miami-Dade County has a vacancy rate of about 12%.

The housing recovery will take years, perhaps many years, to complete, according to Ingo Winzer, a housing market analyst and founder of Local Market Monitor.

Still, the 2000s saw the state population grow overall by nearly 18%, the Census Bureau reported. I

“It will take about eight years just to put the vacancy numbers back into the single digits,” said DeKaser.

The inventory overhang has sent home prices plunging. The median price for homes sold in January was just $122,000, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. That was down 7% from 12 months earlier and less than half the price at the peak of the market.

Winzer thinks prices in Florida will drop even more, another 5% in 2011 and 3% in 2012. “Even after that, they’re not going to rebound, they’ll just sit on the bottom,” he said.

Celia Chen, a housing market analyst for Moody’s Analytics, is also downbeat in her forecasts for Florida. Not only will prices fall another 11%, she said, but the bottom won’t hit until mid-2012, about a year later than the nation as a whole. Some metro areas won’t get back to their pre-recession peaks until long after the present owners are old and gray.

Here is why this problem creates opportunity.

First, most people think of Florida. I see Florida as two places… South Florida and agricultural Florida.  Note all the counties above where the big vacancy numbers are shown are southern Florida states where retirement and second home residences were the big industries. These areas along the coast attracted much more speculation than agricultural Florida (where Merri and I invested in).  Real estate prices did not fall anywhere as much nor are vacancies anywhere as high.

Plus the economy here is based on global tourism (Disney et al in and around Orlando) and agriculture.

Despite the slowdown and high vacancy rates in some parts of Florida… excerpts from a recent USA Today article entitled: “Florida’s 70-year growth streak could not be broken despite a dramatic downturn in recent years” shows that there may be pockets of special opportunity.  The article says:  Most of Florida’s largest counties and cities grew more rapidly than the nation since 2000, according to 2010 Census data released Thursday.

“It’s a story of two different half-decades,” said Stanley Smith, director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida. “The first half was so great that it made up for any decline of the past few years.”

Despite record foreclosures and high unemployment, Florida still grew 17.6 percent to 18.8 million, well above the 9.7 percent national rate.

It’s a testament to the runaway growth the state enjoyed in the early 2000s, which slowed in 2007 and came to a screeching halt in 2008. Annual growth that had peaked at 2.3 percent in 2005 fell to 0.5 percent in 2009 and 0.7 percent in 2010.

Flagler County, north of Daytona Beach, was the fastest-growing county, up 92 percent to 95,696. Sumter County, home of The Villages retirement community in central Florida, grew 75 percent to 93,420, and Osceola County, just south of Orlando, grew 56 percent to 268,685.

Lake County, where we invested, is surrounded by these fastest growing counties and has several added advantages.

One advantage is Lake County’s agricultural economy. A March 21 USA Today article entitled “Economic expert sees trouble ahead; Housing market municipalities may be in for a rough ride” by Maria Bartiromo shows how agricultural land has already become increasingly profitable.  Here is an excerpt from this article: Meredith Whitney seems to be softening her concerns about a looming muni meltdown as politicians across the country address fiscal challenges more aggressively.  She says a new area of strength is emerging in one part of the country where debt was not an issue: the agricultural belt.

There are parts of the economy that are doing very well. As a food producer, the economy in the middle part of the country’s doing well.

The ag-rich states are going to be Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Texas to a certain extent because it is a massive beneficiary of the price of oil.  It’s the central part of the U.S., you can almost draw a triangle around it, what I call the emerging markets of the U.S. It speaks to how dynamic and strong the U.S. economy really is. It’s just shifting. The U.S. is a composite of many different economies.

Indeed and Florida is a composite of many different economies as well.

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Map from plant medicine program at University of Florida (linked below). This map shows Lake County’s economy enriched by citrus, plants, grapes and vegetables.

The citrus economy in central Florida has a special problem that may create even more opportunity.

Excerpts from a January 19, 2011 NPR.org article entitled “Abandoned Citrus Groves Produce Problems In Fla.” by Greg Allen show another reason why there is special opportunity now. Here is an excerpt: Florida is a national leader in orange and grapefruit production.

But in the past few years, landowners have given up on more than 100,000 acres of citrus groves, which have become a threat to producers of the state’s signature crop.

The abandoned groves are breeding grounds for pests and diseases.

Dying Citrus Groves

Indian River, on Florida’s Atlantic coast, is known for its world-class grapefruits, oranges and tangelos. This time of year, many trees are still heavy with fruit.  But there are also many groves that aren’t doing so well.

Citrus growers have always had to fight disease. But in recent years, here in Florida, it has seemed that disease is getting the upper hand. Most recently, two diseases — canker and citrus greening — have been very difficult to control, requiring more care and nearly constant spraying.

Those diseases helped push many producers out of citrus. But Christine Kelly-Begazo says there’s another compelling factor: falling land prices.

Post-Housing Boom

Kelly-Begazo is an agriculture extension agent with the University of Florida in Indian River County. She says during the housing boom, speculators paid top dollar for citrus groves.

“Now, if you bought acreage at that time speculating that you were going to be able to make some money off of agriculture or development  or whatever, and the development boom busted, there’s no incentive now,” she says. “And that acreage is actually costing you money now. So they’ve abandoned the groves, but they’re not building on them either.”

Citrus producers in Indian River have begun a program to bulldoze and burn trees in abandoned groves. But it’s costly and depends on the cooperation of sometimes absentee owners.

This is the latest of many challenges for an industry that has long grown one of Florida’s most lucrative crops.

Consider this. Most investors think Florida real estate is in trouble. It is… some of it.  Yet this broad paint brush thinking masks over the fact that ag rich areas have extra potential. Ag economies are growing rich and parts of Florida are very different… because they are mainly agricultural.  Some parts of Florida have abundant water… great agricultural potential and offer extra opportunity because developers who planned to shift ag land to residential property cannot now do so.

See how I followed this advice myself and how my income on oranges doubled in two years in the story of How to Add Goodness AND Make a Profit.

This is the type of property that Merri and I invested in and now another.potential demand is on its way… German buyers.  But that’s another story for another message. Until then, good investing.

Gary

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See details about Ecuador real estate prices here.

Read Abandoned Citrus Groves Produce Problems In Fla.

Plant Medicine Program

Spot Future Trends & Archives


You can see the whole message “Spot Future Trends” in the archives.

Aghhhh!  Please forgive my delayed replies this last week. My MacBookPro crashed just one day before we started our most recent Super Thinking + Spanish course. I had complete backup… but no computer to put it on.  This left me without a Powerpoint presentation and all thumbs trying to keep up with the steady onslaught of incoming email via GMail and stolen moments on Merri’s PC.  Aghhhh!

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I may look relaxed in my office but I can tell you I WAS NOT.

All this led me to spending some time at the Altamonte Springs Apple Store.  What an interesting place for investors to view.  So many ideas. So beyond…. computer.

Now I have two MacBookPros.  I’ll keep them synchronized so this never happens again.  The new computer… and Moore’s Law and watching all these so young, Apple geniuses really started me thinking about future investment trends.    My new Mac has 8 gigs of processing power… 500 gigs of memory and a high speed hard disk that chews up the graphics files I move around like the wind moves dust… all including three year service a one on one program high res, no glare screen… and a remote… $3,500.    I look back at my first fridge sized Data General Eclipse 32 bit machine.  I recall paying about $75,000 in the 1980s.  What a difference 25 or so years have made.

We can learn a lot  (not everything, but quite a bit) about investing in the future by looking in the past… so I often check back to see what I wrote and how the ideas turned out.  Talk about 3H… “Humbling”…. “Humorous” and “Honesty Evoking”.

The excerpts here are from a message posted at www.garyascott.com June 10, 2000, almost 11 years ago: I recently spoke at Jyske Bank’s international investment seminar which Merri and I always enjoy. We began at their Copenhagen headquarters in a grand old building in the center of town where they always speak a little and feed us a lot in their company dining room. Also, I am always impressed that the bankers themselves wait on tables and serve us. The building’s history gives us a bit of architectural awe and since Jyske are not normal bankers they really do work hard to entertain. 70 delegates came from all over the world, five Australians, a handful of Ecuadorians, Swiss, Germans, Danes and Swedes, two Taiwanese, Canadians, French, Austrians, one man from the Ukraine and one from Ghana, plus some more and we had a genuinely fun time as well as learned a lot.

The bank lined up a host of really good speakers including Ian Pierson, the head futurist for British Telecom spoke. He is really a bright guy!  If he is to be believed, we won’t pay for telephone calls in a decade and we’ll have computers that can almost create Star Trek style holodecks. We’ll have computerized skin of chips so small they’ll sink below the skin and connect with neural networks. We can put these on so we’ll feel and taste as well as see and hear digital experiences.

The idea is that TV and phone will drag the world into cyberspace! We will use increasingly powerful, smaller (and smarter) chips in phones and TVs. We will make them interactive with voice and gesture and the computers will even give vocal replies.

Their will be two steps that take place.   First we will move from using computers to using interactive TV and the phone. Too many people are afraid of computers because they are too user unfriendly. But everyone knows how to use the TV and phone.

Second we will shift from the typed word to voice. Not everyone can type but most of us can talk.

These voice and gesture activated devices will be powerful in assessing your needs, sorting out data available and giving you a short list of useable information. You will no longer go to the net and ask a general question which may result in thousands of possible answers. You’ll be able to ask specific, personal questions and get personal, specific answers.

This simple idea could change our entire social, economical, religious, political and economic structure. How?

One change will be the functional decomposition of companies. Many of the aspects of business that currently make companies a powerful social tool, such as human resources, information sharing, clerical, accounting, distribution, procurement, legal, sales, even R&D will be capable of being automated. Companies will simply not be needed. Computers will give the services to workers that companies previously provided.

Another change will be speed of change. In this scenario change becomes so rapid that experience becomes a liability instead of an asset! Businesses are a pool of experience commonly guided by a plan. As computers eliminate the current dynamics of time and space the inflexibility of plans will reduce the effectiveness of companies. Instead we will see highly flexible, loose knit, networks, linked by the net, that take on short term tasks.

This organizational shift will alter the dynamics of everything. Imagine the shift in political power for example. Imagine how a network of a thousand people can gain instantaneous and strong power. If each member in such a network can pass an idea to only ten people, three deep that small network can move a million people (buyers, votes, etc.) overnight. Small networks will be able to apply considerable pressure in very direct places at incredibly specific times, all at low cost.

Interactive TV and cell phones can also reverse the “Cycle of Knowledge”. For the past two hundred years this cycle has shifted from the individual as a general knower of many subjects to the individual as a specialist in just a few areas.

We can presume from this that those who are wealthiest spend the most of their time on a speciality which makes money for them.

But the vocal use of interactive, intelligent cell phones and TVs means that individuals will return to having more general knowledge. Specialists will not be so much in demand because up to date, relevant, less biased, specialized knowledge requirements will be filled on demand by computers.

So look for the cuddly home interface. This could be where the next big action is.

So, her I am Jan. 21, 2011 and I am thinking…..well, Pierson and that message really banged that nail on the head.  But how have the share prices of the cuddly interface companies played out?

Let’s take a look and see how the share price of some businesses that should have profited from these trends have played out.

How about British Telcom?  I mean they hired the guy… Pierson.  Here is the share price since the year 2000.

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So the telephone company employing Pierson didn’t do all that well in this decade of the cuddle interface.

How about Vonage the company that let’s us talk on the phone free?

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Nope, no great long term profits there.

Noika… the Finnish cell phone maker.  Are they in the race?

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Evidently investors in 2000 thought Noika was the company that would excel.  They may still be thinking that and waiting. If so… I hope they had other investments as well.

Apple?  The company that started me thinking about this.  I am sure the IPod… the King of the phone cuddly interface played a big part in its recently rocketing share price, so this is the one share of a company heavily involved in the cuddly interface that has really moved up.

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Why has Apple share prices shined and not the others?

One reason behond Apples success may be its lack of debt.

A recent article at www.garyascott.com “No Debt Shares” showed the share appreciation of top performing, debt free, companies. Apple was number two.

Here is an excerpt from that “No Debt” message:

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Apple has great design and a very innovative leader. Even now, as well established and successful as Apple is, Steven Jobs’ medical leave brings the company’s future into question.

Big companies like British Telcom are hard to adapt quickly.  Vonage does not have such a cuddly interface yet.  Noika, I am not sure what went wrong.

The clear message though is “just catching the next big wave is not enough!”  Every new technology offers great opportunity but venture investments do not have an obvious value profile so speculation and hence extreme discipline and diversification are required.

The key to prosperity rests in the ability to adapt to accelerating change.   This requires a new form of investment thought.

Our upcoming International Investing Made EZ and our International Business Made EZ seminars include sessions on how to use FM Thinking (Frequency Modulation) to improve investing and business choices.

We dipped into the archives, saw the comparisions and can see that to adapt to think Beyond Logic.  Our FM course is designed to help you to see bigger pictures….

Gary

Spot Future Profits


I recently spoke at Jyske Bank’s international investment seminar which Merri and I always enjoy. We began at their Copenhagen headquarters in a grand old building in the center of town where they always speak a little and feed us a lot in their company dining room. Also, I am always impressed that the bankers themselves wait on tables and serve us. The building’s history gives us a bit of architectural awe and since Jyske are not normal bankers they really do work hard to entertain. 70 delegates came from all over the world, five Australians, a handful of Ecuadorians, Swiss, Germans, Danes and Swedes, two Taiwanese, Canadians, French, Austrians, one man from the Ukraine and one from Ghana, plus some more and we had a genuinely fun time as well as learned a lot.

The bank lined up a host of really good speakers including Ian Pierson, the head futurist for British Telecom spoke. He is really a bright guy! If he is to be believed, we won’t pay for telephone calls in a decade and we’ll have computers that can almost create Star Trek style holodecks. We’ll have computerized skin of chips so small they’ll sink below the skin and connect with neural networks. We can put these on so we’ll feel and taste as well as see and hear digital experiences.

The most important part of his speech however was that computers are growing in processing capacity so quickly that soon we will have artificial intelligence and computers will be smarter than humans. His prediction is that humans will turn all the thinking stuff over to machines and spend more time being…more human.

This may sound simplistic but may be the most profound statement made at the seminar. 300 years of technology have made humanity richer than ever before. Technology in business, farming, manufacturing, transportation, war and such has evolved incredibly. Yet mankind can envision this evolution bringing itself nearer to extinction because our social technology has lagged behind. Islam and Christianity have been having a go at one another for a thousand years. The Protestants and Catholics still simmer with hate. And there is war and strife in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, the Balkans to name a few.

Perhaps an increased focus on our humanity, our emotions, our compassion, can help overcome this shortfall. Let’s hope so.

Ian’s predictions also bode well for what we have studied about the Imagination Era at https://www.garyascott.com/archives/2001/08/29/359/ Predictions in that message are that markets for love, care, togetherness and convictions will be among the most important in the years ahead and of course wellness. This is why Merri and I have made a big investment in Natural Awakenings. For more on how this can bring you profits in your own publishing business go to https://www.garyascott.com/archives/2003/07/21/869/

This is also why you may gain from attending our Jan. 9-10-11, 2004 Florida International Business Made EZ course which has a focus on how to cash in on the Wellness Revolution through publishing and seminars. Details are at https://www.garyascott.com/courses/publishing.html

Perhaps this shift will also help us gain as we help troubled places such as Beirut. But that’s another amazing story you can read tomorrow. Until then, good investing.

Gary

Belong to the International Club

The Huge 2020 Risk

Here is a huge risk that could explode in 2020.

I hope I am wrong… but the numbers are clear.

According to Treasurydirect.com, (1) as of December 26, 2020 the total US public debt was 23 trillion and 845 billion dollars.

This is not a theoretical problem for the future.  This is not something that our children and grandchildren will have to deal with.  This is a problem in the here and now for you and me.

Rising interest rates create a massive problem for every American.

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Look at how the interest costs alone have risen to over a half trillion dollars a year.

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The bad news is that the (US federal debt) is getting bigger….harder to miss.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in 2010 (the debt then was a bit over 14 trillion) that, under law at that time, debt held by the public would exceed $16 trillion by 2020, reaching nearly 70 percent of GDP.

The $7 Trillion Error.

They sure goofed on that.  Here we are… only in 2020 and debt has shot past 23 trillion.

How could the CBO be so wrong? 

The CBO screwed up because they could never imagine that the Fed would push interest rates so low… and keep them there.  The interest rates are so low that the government has been able to borrow more than imagined and still afford the interest.

For example, US Federal government interest last year amounted to around $573 billion.  Yet in 2008 on debt of only $9 trillion +  the interest that year was $451 billion +.

Interest payments in 2017 were 27% higher than they were in 2008.  Yet the debt is over 250% higher.  

Very low interest rates have helped the government borrow.  Low interest has also helped the US stocks reach all time high prices.

The government will resist raising rates because it will ruin their budget, cause a collapse of the stock markets and destroy the US dollar.

Rising interest rates, will create an almost unimaginable debt crisis.  If government interest doubles it is like the $23+ trillion national debt  rising to 46 trillion!  Unless there are some huge tax increase the interest payments are not sustainable.

Learn how to have more freedom and time, less stress, better health care, extra income, greater safety and profit in your savings despite America’s deficits, debt and currency risk.

Fortunately there are secrets that will allow a few to live much better, free of debt and worry despite the decline in the dollar’s purchasing power.   My wife, Merri and I, have traveled, lived, worked and invested around the world for nearly 50 years to gain this information.

Let me share the basics of this data and how we can be of help through 2020.

The first fact behind this secret is that things are really good in the western world.  Despite many problems, we are surrounded by more abundance and greater opportunity than almost anyone has ever enjoyed, anywhere, ever.   To enjoy a fair share of this wealth, all we have to do is understand human nature and learn how to invest in the new economy, as it changes and becomes new, again and again.

Merri and I have made seven huge transitions in the 50 years.  Each has allowed us to always stay ahead of losses that the majority of Americans suffer.  We are in another transition right now and want to share why and what to do so you can stay ahead and live a richer, independent life through 2020 and beyond.

A falling US dollar is one of the greatest risks we have to our independence, safety, health, and wealth, but also brings a window of huge profit as I explain below.   Though the greenback has been strong for a number of years, its strength is in serious jeopardy.  The growing federal deficits increase the national debt and this with rising interest rates propels a growing debt service.

While the Dow Jones Industrial Average passed a record high, the U.S. national debt passed the $20 trillion mark.

The problem is that the Dow will come back down.  National debt will not fall.

The double shock of money fleeing Wall Street and US debt skyrocketing, will destroy the purchasing power of the greenback.

Go to the store even now.  Statistics say inflation is low, but buy some bread or, heaven forbid, some fresh vegetables like peppers or fruit.   Look at the cost of your prescription or hospital bills.  Do something simple like have your car serviced at an auto dealer.  Look at the dollars you spend and you’ll see what I mean.

The loss of the dollar’s purchasing power erodes our independence, our freedom and our savings and wealth as well. 

At the same time, low interest rates by big banks and higher health care costs soak up the ever diminishing income and savings we have left.  According to a Gallup poll, the most unpopular three institutions in America are big corporations & Wall Street banks, HMOs and Congress.

Yet there is little we can do because these institutions are in control.

Over the last 50 years the average income for 90 percent of the American population fell.  Our health system is restricted by a Kafka-esque maze of legislation and insurance regulations that delay, frustrate, and thwart attempts by patients and doctors from proper medical care.  Big banks and corporations restrict our freedom of choice.  The business customer relationships are no longer transactions between free equals.

Banks can trap us in indebtedness at every age from student loans to mortgages to health care costs.  They pay almost nothing on our savings.  They hide unexpected fees and payments in complex and unreadable documents.  Banks and big corporations routinely conceal vital information in small print and then cheat.  Weak regulations and lax enforcement leave consumers with few ways to fight back.  Many of these businesses ranging from cable TV to phone and internet service to health insurance have virtual monopolies that along with deceptive marketing destroys any form of free market.

These same companies control the credit-scoring agencies so if  we don’t pay unfair fees, our credit scores will plunge and we could lose the ability to borrow money, rent an apartment, even to get a job.  Many consumers are forced to accept “arbitration clauses” in lieu of  legal rights.  The alternative is to lose banking, power, and communication services.

Big business has also usurped our privacy.  Internet companies sell our personal data.  Personal information is pulled from WiFi and iPhones track and store our movements.  The government can access this information, sometimes without subpoenas.  There’s a lot that we don’t know, often withheld under the guise of “National Security.”

The glow on Western democratic capitalism has dimmed… or so it seems.  The US, leading the way, is still a superpower with economic, innovation and military might, but the institutions that should serve the people have become flawed or broken.

America’s infrastructure is in shambles.  The nation’s bridges are crumbling, many water systems are filled with toxins, yet instead of spending more to fix this, we build more prisons.  The 2.2 million people currently in  jail is a 500 percent increase over the past thirty years.  60% of the inmates belong to ethnic groups.  Not just non-white ethnic groups are suffering.  Annual death rates are falling for every group except for middle-aged white Americans.  Death rates are rising among this group driven by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse, alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.

America’s middle class is shrinking.  Nearly  half of America’s income goes to upper-income households now.  In 1970 only 29 percent went to this group.  How can we regain our freedom, our happiness and our well being in such a world?

What can we do?

Gain a better, freer life is to combine better health, higher income and greater savings for a happier, more resilient lifestyle. 

Merri and I will celebrate our 50th year of global living, working, investing and researching to find and share ideas on how to have simpler, low stress, healthier, more affluent lifestyles.  Our courses, reports and email messages look at ways to gain:

#1:  Global micro business income.

#2:  Low cost, natural health.

#3:  Safer, more profitable, investments that take little time or cost to buy and hold… so you can focus on earning more instead

Many readers use our services for just one of these three benefits.  They focus only on health or on earning more or on better, easier investing.

28 years ago Merri and I created the International Club as a way for readers to join us and be immersed in all three of these benefits.   The International Club is a year long learning program aimed at helping members earn worry free income, have better affordable good health and gain extra safety and profits with value investments.

Join us for all of 2020 NOW.

The three disciplines, earning, health and investing, work best when coordinated together.  Regretfully the attacks on our freedom are realities of life.  There is little we can do to change this big picture.  However we can change how we care for our health, how we earn and how we save so that we are among the few who live better despite the dollar’s fall.

We start with better lower cost health care.

Club membership begins by sharing ways to be free of the “Secret Hospital Charge Master”.   Just as governments hide truth behind “National Security”, big health care businesses hide medical truths behind “Charge masters”.  Most hospital charge masters are secret because big business does not want us to know how much hospital costs have risen.  Motivations beyond our good health, like corporate greed, want to keep us in the dark about health care cost.

Despite rising health care costs, a report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows that hospitals are the last place we want to be for good health.  One report shows that hospital-acquired infections alone kills 57% more Americans every year than all car accidents and falls put together.

Often, what patients catch in the hospital can be worse than what sent them there.  Governments and health care agencies agree  – antibiotic resistance is a “nightmare.”  An antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be spreading in more hospitals than patients know.  About one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection and a report from the Journal of Patient Safety showed that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country.

Along with the risk of hospital acquired illness and medical errors, the second huge threat to our well being… is health care costs, especially at hospitals.  This is why charge masters are so often secret.  There are few risks to our wealth that are greater than a hospital stay.

I have created three natural health reports are about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Each report is available for $19.95.  However you’ll receive this free as club member and save $59.85.

Club members also receive seven workshops and courses on how earn everywhere with at home micro businesses.  We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.   The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:

  • “International Business Made EZ”
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell”
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”

This program is offered at $299, but is available to you as a club member free.  You save $299 more.

Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful investing Course (Pi).  The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit.  Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of a Primary Pi Model Portfolio, called the Pifolio.  There are no secrets about this portfolio except that it ignores the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

There are seven layers of tactics in the Pi strategy.

Pi Tactic #1: Determine purpose and good value.

Pi Tactic #2: Diversify 70% to 80% of portfolio equally in good value developed markets.

Pi Tactic #3: Invest 20% to 30% equally in good value emerging markets.

Pi Tactic  #4:  Use trending algorithms to buy sell or hold these markets.

Pi Tactic  #5:  Add spice speculating with ideal conditions.

Pi Tactic  #6: Add spice speculating with leverage.

Pi Tactic  #7:  Add spice speculating with forex potential.

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

#1:  Current book to price

#2:  Cash flow to price

#3:  Earnings to price

#4:  Average dividend yield

#5:  Return on equity

#6:  Cash flow return

#7:  Market history

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.

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

The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.  Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

The Pi subscription is normally $299 per annum but as a club member you receive Pi at no charge and save an additional $2299.

Profit from the US dollar’s fall.

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!

Club members receive a report about opportunity in the  current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago.   The dollar rose along with Wall Street.  Profits came quickly over three years.  Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51%  in just two years.  A repeat of this pattern is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.

This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  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 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 when you become a club member you receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” FREE.

Plus get the $39.99 report, “The Platinum Dip 2019” free.

With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events.  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 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.

Now there is a new distortion ready to ripen in the year ahead.

These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.

I prepared a special report “Platinum Dip 2019”.   The report explains the exact conditions you need to make leveraged precious metal speculations that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.

The low price of silver offers special value now so I want to send you this report because the “Platinum Dip 2018” offers enormous profit potential in 2018.

The report “Platinum Dip 2019” sells for $39.95 but club members receive it free as well.

The $39.95 new “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere Report” is also free.

There is an incredible new economy that’s opening for those who know what to do.  There are great new opportunities and many of them offer enormous income potential but also work well in disaster scenarios.

There are are specific places where you can reduce your living expenses and easily increase your income.  Scientific research has shown that being in such places actually make you smarter and healthier.  Top this off with the fact that they provide tax benefits as well and you have to ask, “Where are these places?”.

Learn about these specific places.  More important learn what makes them special.  Discover seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find other similar places of opportunity.

The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire.  (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not!)

The report is very specific because it describes what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing, right now.

Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning locally and globally.

This report is available online for $39.99 but International Club members receive it free.

Save when you become a club member.

Join the International Club and receive:

#1: The $299 Personal investing Course (Pi).   Free.

#2: The $299 “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”. Free.

#3: The $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More”. Free.

#4: The $39.99 report “Platinum Dip 2019”. Free

#5: The three $19.99 reports “Shamanic Natural Health”.  All three free.

#6: The $39.99 “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” report. Free.

#7: A year’s follow up subscription to the Purposeful investing course… Plus more.

Join the International Club for $349 and receive all the above online now, plus all reports, course updates and Pi lessons 2019 at no additional fee.

Click here to become a member at the discounted rate of $349

Gary