International Investments – Summer is Here

by | Jun 20, 2006 | Archives

* Ecuador Real Estate – Summer’s Way to Fight Inflation
* Natural Health Tip – Get it Off!
* International Investments – Invest in Simplicty

Welcome to summer! As the heat rises, so do prices. Inflation is here and the trend of rising prices may not change as fast as the seasons.

We saw in yesterdays message’s that major stock markets dropped everywhere last month. We saw in the message before that almost every emerging market dropped last month as well. Plus we saw earlier last week that emerging currencies are dropping and bond markets are volatile as interest rates rise. So where can one invest? The only place left to invest, if bonds and stocks are out, is cash. Yet inflation eats cash like a summer sun eats morning mists!

Here is a summer tool that beats the heat. Hammocks. Now hammocks can help you beat inflation as well. The picture below shows that one answer to fighting inflation could be your own hammock export business. See what our man in Ecuador, Steve, writes:

“Gary, I discovered some interesting places today. One of our delegates was up here looking for saddles and he stayed with us at El Meson.

“After he’d made some initial enquiries over the weekend and after a circuitous taxi tour, we found a great Otavalan couple only 26 years old who have a small factory making acryllic shawls that the indigenous wear. They also export large quantities to Mexico and Brazil. They are very cheap if you buy in the hundreds, they are only $1 or $1.50 each. I will put this place on our next export tour and will also mention opportunity that this represents at the Business Made EZ course when I come up in September. We also found a couple who have a workshop that manufacture hammocks to design. As we got out of Roberto and Gladis’ (the young couple) Chevrolet pickup, we heard the telltale clicking of looms at work.

“We entered the large yet dingy workspace to be confronted by an array of looms, old looms, electrical but with chains similar to those found on a motorbike. I noted that the manufacturer of the looms was Crompton and Knowles from Worcester, Massachusets.

“It seems that Crompton and Knowles were 2 separate family firms that merged in 1897 to form a formidable company that dominated loom manufacture until the second World War. They may now exist in another form but their original raison d’etre is captured in its essence here in tiny Otavalo, serving the local weavers and yet offering opportunity overseas and to your readers, too.

“As you can see from one of the pictures, on the roll of cloth being spun you can see the letter PUE down the side. What you can’t see from the photo but we could see from other examples that these hammocks were being designed for an entrepreneurial importer in Puerto Rico. But any design could be put on these hammocks, it could be the name of a hotel or a beach resort – think Club Mediterranean in Europe. The same material could be adapted for pool side chairs.

“The minimum order would be for one hundred hammocks.

“In a stroke of irony, the Crompton and Knowles machines in Ecuador now serve foreign entrepreneurs who eagerly await orders from Western business people. I believe there is a lot of opportunity here. Who can put these skilled weavers to work?”

Join Merri, me and Steve at El Meson this July for Super Spanish. Learn how to learn. Learn Spanish. See hammocks….and other things to export. See

Natural Health Tip – Get it Off

As you travel and perhaps work abroad, chances are you carry your lap top computer with you. We just finished Vaidya Mishra’s weekend marma course here at the farm. One of the biggest pollutions, we learned, is electro-magnetic pollution that imbalances the marma points. Upcoming messages will explain what how and why we have to avoid this type of pollution. Here is one really important point the Vaidya shared. Do not work with your laptop sitting on your lap! We have numerous marma points on our thighs and the laptop throws them into total imbalance.

International Investments – Invest in Sanctuaries

Beginning streaks of forest crimson, winked with orange and gold in a crystal dawn. This is our sanctuary here at Merrily Farms, beautiful in all seasons, but today, the summer solstice, of all days the mountains are a delight. They are cool, magnificent with their never ending change and so peaceful in the dawn.

This is why after thirty years of successful city living Merri and I moved here for a simpler life here at Merrily Farms. Because you may have similar desires we have created a sanctuary of peace, quiet and green that you can now share here on the farm.

Plus we have classes and many types of workshops and courses on health and wealth you can attend.

If you have been yearning for a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life day don’t be surprised. Simple living is a growing trend.

A USA Today front page article, entitled, “Tech’s tyranny provokes revolt” highlights this fact and points out that 108 million investors no longer desire to get onto the internet. 60% of consumers have stopped buying the latest high tech gadgets and devices. 42% of PC owners believe that technology is advancing too quickly. 40% of PC owners believe that technology is too complicated and that last year 29 million adults stopped using the net.

The article tells of one Silicon Valley executive who despite a big salary and Wharton MBA lives in a one bedroom apartment furnished only with history books and a used TV. This executive drives a ten year old Nova and he and his wife sleep on the floor on a comforter and two pillows. This family feels that technology is a tool to make things of lasting value, not something to enslave them. The article tells of another high tech employee who has cut back on T.V watching, stopped carrying his cell phone and shifted from auto commuting to riding his bike five miles to work each day. As the world’s pace quickens and multi-tasking overwhelms the majority, others are moving in the opposite way. All of us want to escape sometimes.

Simplicity is in. We all need a sanctuary where we can immerse ourselves in nature and recharge our batteries.

Here you can have it all. There is no TV and not even much radio. At night instead we watch the Milky Way and clear, bright stars. They replace the nonsense of the mass media. Their message is so much more clear!

But we do have broadband and free long distance calls!

Our water is pure, spring fed. No chlorine from these mountain springs guaranteed! Cell phones don’t work up here, unless you climb the highest ridge. The most high tech thing we see or hear is a distant tractor.

Join us while it’s hot down below. Take gentle hikes over the creek and through the library to the office in lieu of commuting and road rage. You might even scare up the Great Blue Heron that lives at the end of the creek.

Instead of waiting in long lines at the super market, stroll through the garden and pick up thick cucumbers, crisp, fresh lettuce and sweet ears of corn. We love this simplicity and bet (have bet and are betting) that you will too.

You want to spend some time with Merri and me, you are invited to join us at the courses we conduct here on the farm. If you can’t attend a course, but need to just get away and want to enjoy a peaceful, quiet of farm life, we have farm houses, cabins and a wonderfully converted guest barn where you can stay. Send Merri a note and ask her about our R&R at Merrily Farms. You can see beautiful images of Merrily Farms at

There is an investment benefit as well. As society shifts and the demand for simplicity grows so too do our land values around here. Come visit and look for real estate investments such as the bargains offered by real estate broker, Trey Morrison.

This gorgeous 2.3 acre lot is the perfect place for that cabin in the woods you’ve always wanted. Features include abundant wildlife, natural rock outcroppings, and breathtaking views! $70,000

Want an inexpensive getaway place? Just bring your furniture, all the work has been done on this tastefully decorated cottage. Only 4 miles from town. Beautifully landscaped lawn for easy care. Only $108,000!!

Try this 3BD 1 BA 1184 sq/ft home for $159,000…

Check out this rustic 2BD 2BA quaint Stonebridge cabin perfect for vacation home. Vaulted ceilings in greatroom with fireplace. Second bedroom is a loft bedroom. Partial basement with single car garage underneath. $229,000.

You can reach Trey Morrison at

Learn more about fighting inflation by investing in emerging currencies, gold, silver, Ecuador, import-export, overseas markets and more. Join Merri, Thomas Fischer from Copenhagen and Steve from Ecuador and me at our September 15-16-17, 2006 International Business and Investing Made EZ course in North Carolina. Review where to invest and do business now and learn which markets and currencies may be strong in the year ahead. Learn more about Ecuador import and export from Steve. Our May course was overbooked and the September update is coming along. Our free accommodations here on the farm are reserved on a first come first served basis so do not delay! Go to

Until next message, good investing and health to you.