International Investments Portfolio Review

by | Sep 16, 2006 | Archives

International investments take many forms. To help everyone see what can be done we periodically look at Merri’s and my international investments portfolio. We do not suggest that this should be your international investments portfolio. We only hope that sharing why and how we make changes can help you direct your financial planner and affairs.

Natural Health Tip – Bach Flower
Ecuador Real Estate – Ecuador Real estate for Sale on the Pacific Coast

First let’s look at our international investments. We have made numerous changes in our portfolio since our last review.

We have added shares in the Jyske Invest Turkish Equity Fund.
We have added shares in the Jyske Invest Market Neutral Hedge Fund.
We have swapped half our Swiss franc debt for Czech koruna debt.
We sold our Singapore shares in Hyflux Water.
We liquidated a portion of our Jyske Bank Shares.
Australian bonds matured.

So here is the portfolio breakdown now.

Investment Description Currency Int. Rate Maturity % of Portfolio
Current account   US$ 4.500%    
Current account   Brit Pds. 4.000%    
Current account   NOK 2.000%    
Current account   AUD 5.125%    
Cert. Deposit   US$ 5.110%    
3 Month Money Mkt.   US$ 5.205%    
Cash Total         12%
Shares Bank of Florida US$      
Shares Jyske Bank DKK      
Shares Total         5%
Mutual Fund Jyske Invest Latin America Fund USD      
Mutual Fund Jyske Invest Eastern Europe Fund EUR      
Mutual Fund Jyske Invest German Equity Fund EUR      
Mutual Fund Jyske Japanese Stocks        
Mutual Fund Jyske Invest CHINA        
Mutual Fund Jyske Invest INDIA        
Mutual Fund Jyske Invest FAR EAST        
Mutual Fund Jyske Invest Favorite Stocks        
Mustual Fund Jyske Invest Market Neutral Fund        
Mutual Fund Jyske Invest Turkey Equity Fund        
Mutual Fund Total         13%
Bond Great Belt Bonds DKK 4.000% 20.12.2006  
Bond British Telecom GBP 7.125% 07.12.2006  
Bond Landwirt. Rentbank AUD 4.500% 28.12.2006  
Bond Norway S467 NOK 6.750% 15.01.2007  
Bond Rabobank NL USD 4.875% 23.01.2007  
Bond Council of Europe USD 4.875% 23.01.2007  
Bond Westpac Trust NZ NZD 6.000% 05.03.2007  
Bond Nederl. Gemeenten USD 5.000% 22.03.2007  
Bond Ford Credit Canada GBP 7.250% 07.12.2007  
Bond Swedish Export Credit NZD 6.250% 19.12.2007  
Bond Dresdner Bank EUR 4.000% 19.01.2007  
Bond Landwirt. Rentenbank AUD 5.500% 16.04.2007  
Bond Hungary Governm. HUF 6.250% 12.06.2007  
Bond Scandinavian Airlines EUR 6.000% 20.06.2008  
Bond Spintab SWE SEK 5.000% 18.06.2008  
Bond Deutsche Telekom USD 3.875% 22.07.2008  
Bond NRW Bank NZD 6.500% 26.08.2008  
Bond Volkswagen Intl. Finance NOK 5.000% 10.11.2008  
Bond Rabobank NL CAD 4.250% 05.01.2009  
Bond European Investment BK TRY 10.000% 28.01.2011  
Bond Hungary Govern. HUF 6.750% 12.02.2013  
Bond Brazil GVT BRL 12.500% 05.01.2016  
Bond Total         31%
Leverage Invest Loan Swiss Franc 2.750%   -5%
  Invest Loan Czech Koruna 3.125%   -5%
Metal Total         3%
Farm & Commercial Properties         46%

Breakdown by Investment Type

  Last Review Now
Current and CDS 15% 12%
Stocks 8% 5%
Mutual Funds 1% 13%
Bonds 33% 31%
Metals 4% 3%
Real Estate 45% 45%
Loan -12% -10%

Breakdown by Currency

US$ 49%
Brit. Pd. 10%
Emerging 12%
Euro 9%
Danish kroner 7%
NZ$ 4%
Norway kroner 3%
Aust. $ 2%
Japan yen 2%
Swede kroner 1%
Canada $ 1%
Swiss franc -5.0%
Czech Koruna -5.0%

We continue to add equities and emerging market investments as our bond portfolio matures.

Join Merri and me this November 9-12 in Ecuador . Meet economic experts from Jyske Bank. Meet Steve, our man in Ecuador, and learn about products to export. Meet our Ecuadorian attorney, Dr. Andres Cordova, and learn how to own real estate in Galapagos and the cloud forests. Meet our tour operator, Santiago Guamani, and learn how to create your own tour business. Review where to invest and do business now and learn which markets and currencies may be strong in the year ahead. International Business Made EZ.

See tomorrow’s message to learn what makes this deal even better! Learn how to join our Borrow Low – Deposit High Tracking Service

This portfolio may seem an unusual way to store wealth that diverges from the norm. I believe that the leading edge is good and that by following logic and our hearts instead of blindly and unquestionably tracking the path (and hidden agendas) of the establishment, our lives and good fortunes have been enhanced.

Natural Health Tip – Bach Flower

We do the same for our health and use natural forms of illness avoiders such as Musical therapy and Bach Flower remedies. It is my belief that this has paid off as well. We feel good, look younger than our years, have tons of energy, no medical bills and no illness. Readers have been sharing their joys gained from these ancient techniques of good health as well.

One reader shared: “Dear Gary, Thanks so much for writing about Bach’s remedies today…For years and years during my son’s illness, I used Rescue Remedy and Star of Bethlehem among others. I have fond memories of taking my daughter, Christina, to the store with me to get them and how we would spend so much time talking about the different flowers and how they could help us. I hope others try Bach’s remedies, as well. Again, loved the piece on Bach’s remedies! Have a great day!”

Others wrote about the healing qualities of music.

“Gary, good article on music. The healing benefits can be amazing. Music can even work with pets. My dogs are a lot happier when we are listening to Bach than when we listen to rock-n-roll, e.g. And I’m really into the Bach remedies and flower essences. (By the way, the names are not the same. Edward Bach’s last name is pronounced “baysh”…). Looking forward to taking your superlearning class sometime soon.”

Merri and I have found this to be true. Our pumpkin patch hound hates having baths. When she hears the water running she begins to shiver. When we open the bathing tap, Ma begins to shiver until we turn on the Bach Largo. Then she calms right down.

Here is an insight from a radio broadcaster: Gary I love your insights into music. I work at WUSF Public Broadcasting (, where the format is classical music, jazz and NPR programming. It’s a great place to work and I’m inspired daily through the music and the positive experience we’re able to offer the community. Thanks for your inspiration!

Merri and I thank all of you for sharing and include another article about Bach Flower Remedies from our good friend, Jeanette Henning of Copenhagen.

How Edward Bach Discovered the 38 Flower Remedies
Jeanette Henning
Registered Bach Practitioner

I find the story of how Dr. Bach discovered the 38 Bach Flower Remedies TM, deeply touching, in the way he thought it as his life mission to help his fellow human beings. He also generously spread his experience and discoveries around both to colleagues and doctors in order to inform about the way to self help and cure.

Dr. Bach’s philosophy that “real” curing was to treat the patient and not the illness or disease. This shows a perception of health and illness in an overall system of connections. He saw that the patient’s temperament was the most important indication of the necessary treatment.

Edward Bach was born in England in 1886. At 19 years of age he started studying medicine, a study he completed in 1912. He became an acknowledged – at that time – and successful and very skillful doctor and scientist.

In his work he discovered that the seeds of many chronic diseases were in the enteritis. So he developed a vaccine produced from enteritis germs, which by injection could help certain chronic illnesses.

But he wasn’t quite satisfied with just using vaccines, they were produced from weakened microorganisms and had to be injected, which caused pain.

After having tried several methods, including production of homoeopathic preparations, Dr. Bach finally realized, that he had to leave London. He went to Wales to find what he felt was his inner mission. That seeking led to the discovery of the first three plants: Mimulus, Clematis and Impatiens, later known as a part of the 38 Bach’s Flower Remedies TM.

For some time Bach treated his patients exclusively with these three plants. They worked surprisingly well and this helped him know, that this was what he was looking for. In the thirties he gave up his lucrative clinic in London’s famed Harley Street. He moved to Wales and devoted himself to the task of finding the rest of the plants for a natural method of curing without damage.

Jeanette offers a Bach analysis program that includes an email or telephone interview and creation of a personalized Bach formula. These simple, all natural Bach Flower Remedies can provide relief and balance. For more details, write to Jeanette at

You can read Jeanette’s previous article about Bach Flower remedies at The Ways of Bach

Would you like to be involved in the health industry but can’t figure out how? Join Merri and me for the Blue Ridge leaf change – Self Publishers – Writer’s Camp October 2-6.

Take Dr. Joe Culbertson, DC as an example. Last year when he signed up for the course he wrote: “I am not sure why I am coming because I do not know how to write. Now he has a completed a remarkable 200+ page book and an active health business. Soon his report will come and help increases the sales of his product. See

Learn to create books, reports and courses on healing! Learn how to increase sales of existing products and services through publishing. Learn how to create published products to sell. Walk through our eleven step business development program that helps you create and sell products. See Writing and Publishing Courses for Self Publishing

Ecuador Real Estate – Roses and Roses and Roses

Today as we start our International Business and Investing Course in the Blue Ridge, the room is adorned with 200 glorious, fresh cut, long stem roses…really fresh. Three days ago they were cut in Ecuador. The cost was a mere $168 or about 80 cents a rose including shipping!

I have longed for years to help readers get in the fresh rose business. To see why go to A Rose by Any Other Name is a Profit Opportunity … and More

Now a new service is available to help you buy Ecuadorian roses and other flowers and get them shipped immediately at a low cost is now available. You can call 1-866-978-0582 (this redirects straight to Ecuador ) or go to

Until next message, may everything in your life be coming up roses! Merri’s and mine are. We just sent four dozen fresh pink roses ($42 plus $30 shipping) to our new granddaughter Sequoia Narayani Cross. Here she is with my mom, both ends of four generations.

P.S. Enjoy the following services and courses in Ecuador in the autumn and winter of 2006-2007.

October 12-16, 2006 – Learn how to learn, retain and process information better + Spanish. Super Thinking + Super Memory + Spanish

November 9-12, 2006 – International Business and Investing Made EZ – Ecuador

November 13-15, 2006 – High Andes Tour. Discover the Mystical Andes

January 5-7, 2007 – Inspired Investing beyond Logic. Vedic Astrology in Ecuador

January 8-10, 2007 – Ayurvedic Cleanse.

Jan 12-14, 2007 – Todd Smith Photography Course

February 2-8, 2007 – Learn how to Earn anywhere through Import – Export. Gary & Merri Scott’s Import/Export Expedition in Ecuador

Any time that space is available. Rejuvenate your health with a week’s R & R at El Meson. See R&R at El Meson

Any time that space is available. Stay a month in El Meson and enjoy the full winter sun. El Meson de las Flores Hometel