International Investments – May Major Market Update

by | Jun 19, 2006 | Archives

* International Investments – May 2006 Major Value Analysis
* Natural Health Tip – Sweet Health
* Ecuador – Be Thankful for Good Food Too

Our friend, statistical expert, Michael Keppler, continually researches all major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return. He compares each major stock market’s history and from this develops his good value emerging stock markets strategy.

Here is a condensation of his May 2006 review of major market developments & outlook.

Last month the Major Equity Markets suffered their first monthly decline since October 2005 and their worst loss in more than three years. The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) World Total Return Index for the month declined 4.4 % in local currencies, 3.4 % in US dollars and 5.3 % in euros.

For the year, the MSCI World Total Return Index finished the month of May up 2.3 % in local currencies and 6.1 % in US dollars. However, due to the renewed weakness of the US dollar, the benchmark lost 2.6 % in euros in the first five months.

There were no places to hide in the Major Markets universe: All eighteen markets covered here lost ground in May. Sweden (-8.7 %), Singapore (-8.4 %) and Japan (-7.9 %) were the worst monthly performers, while Italy (-2.3 %), the USA (-3 %) and France (-3.8 %) lost least.

Year-to-date, seventeen markets advanced and only one market (Japan) declined. During the last five months, the best performing markets have been Norway (+14.3 %), Hong Kong (+6.8 %) and Australia (+6.2 %), while Japan (-2.1 %), Sweden (+1.1 %) and Switzerland (+1.5 %) have performed worst. All performance numbers are in local currencies unless mentioned otherwise.

The table below shows how the Major Markets Top Value Model Portfolio compares to the MSCI World Index as of the end of May:

There are no changes in Keppler’s performance ratings this month. The Top Value Model Portfolio contains Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands and Singapore at equal weights. Keppler’s current ratings suggest that these markets offer the highest expectation of risk adjusted returns.

You can get ideas on shares in these top value major global stock markets from Thomas Fischer at

For more details on Keppler’s analysis, contact Roderick Cameron at 1-212-245-4304 or at

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Natural Health Tip – Sweet Health

Keeping your caloric intake down is one of the most important things you can do for good health and longevity. This has been scientifically proven. Insulin is one of nature’s great balancers. Insulin is created by high amounts of blood sugar levels in the body. Lots of insulin is a signal that there is plenty of food supply and hence there will be plenty of population growing. Consequently insulin becomes an agent to decrease longevity, nature’s way of keeping the population in check.

Less insulin in the body signals that there is not so much food so the body may be needed to stay around longer to contribute to the gene pool! Hence those who consume less, live more.

However most of us are so hooked on sweets that we often shoot our insulin sky high!

Instead we need a protein balanced, low carbohydrate way to enjoy sweets without the traditional health drawback. One way is with the blackberry cobbler recipe below. This is a way to enjoy a treat and be healthier at the same time.

We use quinoa flour to fortify the protein balance. Simply buy bulk quinoa in a health food store. Throw it in a blender. Grind into powder. Pie is not so unhealthy when prepared in this way because its not overloaded with sugar and white refined flower.

An even better way to gain health benefits from this treat is to have a nice piece of this cobbler instead of dinner.

If you use half quinoa powder and half rice or tapioca powder for the crust and stevia (go to as a sweetener, you have a delicious, protein balanced, low calorie meal.

Here is the recipe.

Take fresh cleaned blackberries and add just a bit of stevia (which sweetens yet does not raise the blood sugar level). If stevia is not available use organic brown sugar, just enough to make the taste enjoyable. You can squeeze in a bit of lime.

Then add a low carb low calorie crumble top.

The crumble is made from equal parts of rice or tapioca flour and quinoa protein powder with some organic milk to moisten. Cover the top of the blackberries with this mixture, then add just a smidgen of clarified butter. Bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly.

We enjoy a cup of mint tea (from the mint that grows wild on the banks of Little Horse Creek) with this at day’s end.

We had such success with Dr. Mishra’s weekend health course that we asked Dr. Terry Hambrick to condense his one week August course to a long weekend instead. Terry’s course promises to be special because it will focus on balancing your pH balance while you are here and then show you how to keep it balanced! Balancing pH on a regular basis is vital because it is a really easy way to monitor our health and to optimize our health on a daily basis. Your pH balance is an index of the total health of the body. When the pH is too high or too low, it can lead to disease. At the course, you’ll learn about the life force energy that is the ultimate “balancing factor” of the body and how a balanced pH has far-reaching consequences on mental, emotional and spiritual health. To enroll or for more details contact Merri at

About Merrily Farms

Here is what a few of those who have joined us for retreats at the farm have said about the food.

“Hello Merri and Gary- I just wanted to thank you two for a relaxed time on your farm. The food was really wonderful and the atmosphere was gentle and disarming.” JB Texas

“Merri, your wonderful cooking deserves very special thanks. Everything was delicious. I’m now using close to your ingredients but I miss a lot in the result and long for a recipe or two.” NH Ireland

“We’ve decided to change our eating patterns since we came home because we so enjoyed our meals at the farm and how we felt physically. Thanks so much. With love” JJ, New Chicago

“After eating all that delicious food I gained 3 lbs but it must be in muscle weight as my pants fit loosely!” RV New Mexico

“The international flavor and attitude of the group was very stimulating, particularly when we split up into discussion groups. Those groups, taking walks together, eating such delicious healthy food outside in the fresh air, rooming together, allowed us to get to know each other on a personal level.” BR California

“A special warm “thank you” to Merri for the wonderful cooking and the “feel at home” atmosphere!” EV Florida

“The food was so delicious and I thought I ate a lot, but during the week I lost six pounds!” WB Australia.

Ecuador – Be Thankful for Good Food Too

Another great way to learn, improve your health and have fun is to visit our hotel El Meson de las Flores and eat at the Quinoa Cafe.

Fun? There can be no doubt that this place is a hoot. The horseman in the photo below proves it!

Good food? Here is what another delegate who just visited us wrote:

“Dear Gary: I would like to recommend Meson De Los Flores to anyone who visits Ecuador. I spent a breakfast and lunch in the court yard and it truly was a surreal experience. The decor and ambiance alone were worth the price of the meals. The atmosphere was very peaceful and healing. The music and the yellow and orange canaries made me want to stay and linger a bit more. The waiter and other people there radiated friendliness and made me feel at home. I also met Steve and found him very friendly and helpful. You truly chose a great place to live. Cotacachi is a clean and delightful city and the shopping for leather goods was a cost saving experience. I found three cities in Ecuador that I particularly would like to live in and Cotacachi is one of them. There is no better restaurant near the leather shops than the one at Meson De Las Flores !!! Brad”

You can save a bundle in Ecuador as well as have fun. Get your dental work done in Ecuador and be thankful costs are so low while quality is so high.

Here is what a delegate who is thankful just shared: “Gary, You may have helped save the life of my friend today, in Reno, NV. in the financial services business who makes a lot of money (notice I didn’t say successful, that would imply a balanced life). He is dying. What’s killing him is all his negativity, judgements, having much of his attention on himself and no attitude of gratitude. He’s only 58 years old, 5 years younger than me. I have more good health than I know what to do with because I am thankful for all the wonderful contribution to my life and fabulous wisdom you have dispensed my way over the past 10 years or so.

“I have serious dental work to be done and in my affirmations and visualizations I see myself sitting in your English speaking dentist’s chair in Ecuador right now having my dental work done at a fraction of the cost the good dentist down the street wants to charge me. I also see perfect timing so I can come to your Ecuador seminar down there and show off my new teeth. I am grateful beyond description. Thank you again. Best regards, Cam”

Wow that’s something I want to hear your story of what you are most grateful for but never thought the gratitude would be for me!

How about that! We can save lives sharing our thanks. Please remember to send me a note telling me the story of what you are most thankful for. Also join us for our Super Thinking – Super Spanish course. Enjoy Ecuador and the sun! See real estate for sale. Inspect the great markets as you learn how to learn better and also speak Spanish. For details go to

Until next message, good natural health, wealth and international investments!


P.S. Please tell me. Can a country that produces photos like this be anything but fun? I am thankful that life still has things that are strange and bizarre!