International Investing Clues

by | Aug 14, 2009 | Archives

Here’s a way to find clues for better international investing and business by thinking outside the box.

This message has two ideas about how to gain clues for health and wealth in an uncertain world:

#1:  More thought on international investing and business outside the box.

#2: Ecuador health clues for flu protection.

International Investing Clues Outside the Box

Yesterday’s message Investing Internationally looked at the thoughts of George Soros and how as part of the market we can never truly know the whole of the market. Our connection to the whole blinds at least part of our view.  Think of this being a bit like how our optic nerve creates a blind spot.

We have to invest internationally or run our businesses without knowing it all.

Yet we can use this same connection to get outside the box where there are new, more profitable international investment and business ideas.

The way to use our connection with the whole is to look at our own wants, needs and desires.

We each represent a market.

We can use our emotions as keys to unlock information about markets.

As we change…so too do markets.

Once we know what we want and like,  we can fine tune this understanding with detective work that spotlights the public’s buying mood.

I call this mood the National Psyche.

Let me give you an example of what  mean.

I recently let a detective help me do detective work on the national psyche.

The detective is Adrian Monk.  We do not have TV but sometimes we get Monk sent to me via Netflix.

We like watching Monk because one imbalance I continually fight is not turning off my mind.  I go to sleep focusing on ideas for articles. I wake up thinking about ideas for articles and when I talk to someone, I really have to focus. Otherwise something they say will spark an idea for an article and I drift away.

Monk is pretty mindless… a real brain turnoff but recently an article about Monk asked me to re think, “Why do I like this reasonably stupid show?”

“The show may be a bull’s eye, but the entire target is a market” I thought,… so I looked beyond my interest in Monk to see why this is such a popular series.

A USA Today article Departing ‘Monk’ crafted USA Network into cable powerhouse by Gary Levin started me thinking this way.

Here is an excerpt from that article:  Adrian Monk, the USA’s (and the USA Network’s) favorite obsessive-compulsive detective, is looking to get his badge back from the San Francisco police — and then hang it up.

Monk begins its eighth and final season tonight (9 ET/PT) after a trailblazing run that helped vault USA Network to cable’s top spot for three years running. Beyond its own striking success, the series helped usher in a new wave of escapist, throwback TV to challenge broadcast fare.

In the process, Monk snared three Emmys and four more nominations (including this year) for star Tony Shalhoub, who at first was warned against slumming on basic cable.

“I said, ‘I don’t think the venue is the most important thing here.’ I figured why not be a bigger fish in a smaller pond and turn it into a bigger pond?” Shalhoub says.

That pond has spawned several more shows, each a hit in its own right —Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Psych and new hit Royal Pains. Those shows have put USA on a torrid pace this summer, built their own fan bases and will all return for new seasons. That’s an unusual track record for a business accustomed to failing more than it succeeds.

The common element: All focus on one or two lead characters rather than ensembles, have a lighter, often comic touch and are twists on old genres that have been mostly absent from TV.

By design, Monk’s bumbling but effective detective harkens back to Columbo, Burn Notice’s crafty renegade spy to MacGyver, Royal Pains’ housecall-making doctor to Marcus Welby, M.D.

These shows “deliver the same sensibility,” says NBC Universal’s cable-entertainment chief, Bonnie Hammer: “Escapism that wasn’t dark.” Viewers “can go to sleep at 11:00 without taking out a razor blade, and with a smile on their face.”

And her boss, NBC Universal TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin, says that sensibility “goes perfectly with the economy and the psyche of the country. So many people we know are living in a very difficult time period … and it’s hard to find escape when the television shows you’re watching are more depressing than the life you’re living.”

What made this improbable quirky detective series, which languished at ABC for years before finally finding a home on cable, resonate with viewers? “There’s something about people wanting to see this character survive and do well, overcome his problems and his obstacles,” Shalhoub says, including Monk’s fear of germs, crowds, even milk. For all that, his detective skills are top-notch.

TNT, which started its original programming more recently, favors darker dramas, and its top-rated The Closer has begun to slip behind Burn and Pains.

“A lot of this stuff is more approachable and mainstream than some of their cable competitors,” and has made USA a “destination brand,” says Tom Weeks, a senior VP at ad-buyer affiliate Starcom Entertainment. With reruns of top-rated NCIS, House and Law & Order: SVU (and originals of Law & Order: Criminal Intent) mixed in, “they have a really strong scripted programming platform. They’re positioned very well for the future.”

So looking at Monk and the genre spawned by the USA Network gives us international investing and business clues.

When we see an investing or business idea… we ask these questions about the product or service.

Does it have the common element, a tight focus on individuals rather than groups, a lighter, often comic touch and nostalgia?

Plus the target is always moving so we keep testing the winds of change.

If the mood of our market changes and we do not keep up, our investment or business can go out of fashion.

Fortunately there is a really simple way to stay tuned to this national psyche.

A friend inadvertently taught me this trick years ago when he recommended a book entitled “How to Survive the Upcoming Crash of 1995”. That book was on the NY Times best seller list and it sacred me to death as it told about how the U.S. economy would melt down in 1995 because U.S. government debt was out of control.

The book offered no solution to this dilemma.

I wrote a marketing piece with a headline “Are we 23 Months to Disaster?” that mentioned the book, outlined this problem and gave readers a way to find solutions by ordering a course on international investing.

Over the next two years this marketing piece worked unbelievably well creating millions in sales and profits.

Yet the data in book was totally wrong! There was no bankruptcy of the US economy in 1995. Instead the greatest economic boom in the history of mankind began.

This taught a valuable and simple lesson on how to see the buying public as a whole…perhaps understanding the public persona better than the public understands itself. The trick is simply look at the best selling book lists…especially those of large newspapers.

The profits and sales from my 23 Months to Disaster piece did not because the product or marketing were in tune with economic markets. The disaster marketing piece was a success because it was tuned to how investors felt! In addition the piece was fortified because it related to a book that millions of investors had read.

That book had scared millions of investors and create a problem for them, just as it had me. My disaster marketing piece came along at just the right time…with a solution!

We can get clues about business trends by watching what everyone reads.

Best selling book lists are windows into a nation’s soul.  Here is a current example…  Stephanie Meyer… the vampire writer.

Previously two very successful authors offer clues about the mood of today’s customers.

J. K Rowling had three Harry Potter books on the best selling lists at one time. No author had every accomplished this before! Then Dan Brown did the same thing starting with the Da Vinci Code.

Then, she even topped her previous record on the NY Times Best Selling List!

What special element unites the Rowling and Brown books? Harry Potter is about magic.

The Da Vinci Code is about hidden codes that lead to the Holy Grail. The common link? Secrets! Both authors write about mysterious, hidden secrets.

The success of these books can help us understand that people seek magical secrets. The public feel deceived. The average person feels that life has become too complex with too much pressure…not enough satisfaction and fun. Yet this same overstressed underpaid public see a few people getting richer…and having great lifestyles. This leads the majority to believe in hidden secrets to a better life. They want to know these secrets!

How this ties with vampires, I do not know. I have not read one of these books yet. Frankly we are not interested… but I’ll  pick one up on my Kindle to see if I can spot any clues we can share that keep us in touch with the national psyche.

Fortunately there are many national psyches flowing in a stream of humanity all the time. If we spot a theme that many are jumping on… like vampires… but have no desire ourselves… we can understand but choose ignore it.   There are plenty of national psyches we can enjoy.

Investing and business are journeys into the unknown.  We never know exactly where we are headed but if we continually observe which of our wants needs and desires are popular with others… and ask why… we’ll have a handle on the national psyche. With this guide means we may not know where we are going… but we’ll never be lost.

Learn more about how to think better here.

Ecuador Health Clues

Paths to health and wealth are connected.  Knowledge of health and longevity are both ruled by the same reality… we cannot perceive everything.   Our health is a balance from  the whole.  Yet we cannot know the whole.  We are continually bombarded by pollutants ranging from solar radiation to carbon emissions, to TV (a lot of really bad stuff), to food preservatives, to negative human emotion.   These elements are not only often beyond our control, but are also beyond our comprehension.

This is one reason why Merri and I live in the mountains… away from cities… away from traffic…away from TV.

Yet we can get health clues from how we feel and balances any imbalances with mists.

Mountain mists, we were taught by an Ecuador yatchak, are important to health.   The hydrogen ions in the mists bond with free radicals on the skin to cleanse the body from the outside in.   So we try to breath clean air, drink pure water and eat fresh food.

Yet there is more…  we just do not know what all of it is.

We do know though that mists are frequency.

If we know the frequencies of mists that help balance in the body we can use them like a tuning fork.  If the body is out of balance… misting the imbalance with a balanced frequency helps restore a healthy balance.

This is why Ecuadorian healers use misting.   They realize we cannot know everything but we can know the frequencies of some things and what they do.


Ecuadorian healers use various mists to will balance physical, mental and emotional imbalances.  One type of mist used is floral water… a blend of essential oils and sometimes alcohol.  Here is a yatchak using this type of mist.

Other times healers use herbs.


Here is the Shamana of Zuleta speaking in the market to one of our groups about herbs with Merri and Mauricio translating.


Here she uses a batch of herbs to transmit balancing frequencies.


One balancing mist used throughout the Americas is the mist of tobacco.


Other times the healers blow alcohol over fire or over herbs to attain a different type of balancing frequency.


These traditions developed in the days when there was no such thing as a mister.

Now we can use essential oils mists in a modern way.

Our friend and essential oil expert, Candace Newman, explains how to use the frequencies of oil to balance the body.

Candace writes: Pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils are the basis of “True Aromatherapy”, which is the therapeutic use of pure essential oils. Nature provides us with these precious, highly concentrated, volatile liquids in the form of extractions from parts of plants and trees.

Since the beginning of time, mankind has relied on essential oils to assist in times of transition, celebrate the joys of life, and safeguard our overall health and sense of well being. With their liquid being naturally antibacterial and antiviral, essential oils help protect our physical health and relieve pain. Their profound aromas soothe mental and emotional stress and provide comfort. Essential oils are a microcosm of holistic health.

Things to do with essential oils:

#1. Keep a bottle of pure essential oil with you (in pocket or drawer at work etc.). Use it as an inhaler, and take 5 to 7 deep breaths to clear your head and emotions. Put one drop in your palm, rub hands together, cup nose, close eyes and breathe deeply. Good to relieve fatigue, stress, and boost immune system.

#2: Use the Lavender Mist as often as you like, making large sweeping circles around your head and face as you breathe deeply. Enjoy this fresh, light lift at home, in your car, at your office and when traveling. A breath of fresh air!

#3:  Keep a cotton ball in your pocket with 2 to 3 drops of the appropriate essential oil on it. This is a mini personal diffuser and is very soothing.

These mists and essential oils may be especially helpful during the flu season.

Pure organic  essential oils can also help the immune system fight viral infections.  Essential oils are composed of high frequency molecules that raise the body’s frequency.

A Chicago Examiner Family Health article by Jasmine Jafferali entitled The swine flu: How to keep your family healthy gives three clues to beat the Swine Flu in natural ways.

Excerpts of this article (bolds are mine) say:  Consider essential oils. Tea tree oil (TTO) is a natural antiseptic, germicide, antibacterial, and fungicide. You may be seeing its uses in shampoos, skin care products, but has many other beneficial uses. Tea tree oil is being used to help topical skin conditions including eczema, acne, staph infections such as MRSA and will help with fido’s fleas. Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed and is only meant to be used externally. Peppermint oil is known as the “world’s oldest medicine” and is used to treat any time of stomach or digestive ailment such as IBS and stomach flu. Peppermint oil is not meant for children’s use. Before you start any natural treatments, make sure you see a qualified herbalist and talk to your pharmacists about any drug interactions.

Limit sugar intake. All the vitamins and probiotics in the world are not going to help unless you limit the sugar intake. Excess sugar depresses immunity and depletes the body of vital minerals.

Wash your hands! According to the 43rd Annual Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) show that many people still aren’t washing their hands in public places, exposing others to the risk of infection, despite recent outbreaks of infectious diseases. This survey taken in 2003, during the SARS outbreak found as many as 30% of travelers do not wash their hands after using the bathroom. One out of three Americans don’t either. That is just flat out disgusting.

This is one reason why we offer essential oils available from Candace.

Essential oil mists offer a gentle Aroma therapeutic wash that can have immediate and profound benefits, calming the mind, balancing the emotions, nurturing the skin, cleansing the body and surrounding environment.

Merri and I especially use essential oil mists when we travel or are in public places. On the plane they freshen and purify the stale airline environment. We also use them to relieve the heat of the summer.

Essential oil mists also make great stress-free gifts.

Candace is offering a sample of four 1 oz essential oil mist blends each in amber plastic bottle with zipper carrying case at the price of $34.95. The Essential Oil Mist Chart is included free.

It contains:

* Lavender Mist
* Lavender-Peppermint Mist
* Lavender-Rose Mist
* Rejuvenation Mist

The Lavender Mist contains aloe vera, pure water, vegetable glycerin and pure Lavender essential oil. This mist cleanses and hydrates the face, calms the mind and body tissue, balances the emotions.  It is excellent for sunburn, itching or rashes.

Lavender-Peppermint Mist contains aloe vera, pure water, vegetable glycerin, Lavender and Peppermint pure essential oils. This mist is uplifting and refreshing. It comforts and soothes the emotions and provides a feeling of  “menthol lift” lightness.  Keep one in refrigerator for a cool refreshing mist.  Use whenever feeling sluggish, anxious, or out of balance.

Lavender-Rose Mist contains Aloe vera, pure water, vegetable glycerin and Lavender and Rose Otto pure essential oils.

Rejuvenation Mist contains Aloe vera, pure water, vegetable glycerin, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Frankincense, Geranium and Rose Otto pure essential oils. This mist cleanses and hydrates the face.


Essential Oil Mist Sampler $34.95

Candace offers three important antiviral essential oils.

The first is Lavender… the oil called the Balancer.   Lavender, the most versatile and useful essential oil, creates a general state of well being comes from the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash.”

Lavender is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, calmative and sedative. Lavender regulates the nervous system, helps high blood pressure, blood sugar levels and relieves stress, fatigue, and depression.


Lavender 10 ml   $16.45

Tea Tree Oil


Tea Tree 10 ml   $12.95


Peppermint 10 ml  $14.45


We live in an uncertain world that we can never truly know… that is filled with continual change… like a great, swirling river… we can never know what lays just beneath the surface.

Yet we can use clues to navigate the turbulence towards everlasting wealth.


Combining good international investing with the greatest asset of all, the ability to earn wherever you live, brings everlasting wealth.

This is why we offer our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

A clear mind and healthy body are also a vital assets… plus a second language is a powerful diversification tool.

This is why I am willing to pay you $300 to attend either our Ecuador Super Thinking plus Spanish seminar in September or our North Carolina International Business & Investing seminar in October.  Sign up for either seminar and I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free plus I’ll knock an extra dollar off your seminar fee…. to round up the $300 savings.

See details of the two seminar below.


Delegates at our Ecuador seminars and tours enjoy Ecuador music.

Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of JGAM, our webmaster David Cross and me in North Carolina this October and enroll in our emailed course on how to have a web business free.  Save $300.

Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business and diversification in Ecuador at the seminar.

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Here is an email for a recent seminar delegate: Hello Gary and Merri,  I have wanted to write to tell you how much we enjoyed your IBEZ seminar, and to thank you both for inviting us all into your lovely home for lunch last Sunday.  Merri, again, thank you for taking the time to prepare foods especially for me; they were delicious, and I appreciate your effort!  Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable, very well done, stimulating seminar.  I came away not only with all the notes provided, but also with many ideas which I plan to begin working on now that we are back home.  Wishing you all the best,

Or join us in Ecuador and learn more about living and retiring in Ecuador.


We take delegates on our Ecuador seminars to Otavalo markets.  Many buy enough goods to resell in North America to pay for their entire trip.  Ecuador textiles like these I photographed in Otavalo are popular.

Here are comments from one seminar delegate about the followup from our course:  Gary & Merri –
I know why I get a ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling when I see your two names in the ‘From’ column of my emails!  I sincerely hope that others are getting that same satisfaction.  Thank you both again for the help and assistance in getting to Ecuador.

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Super Thinking + Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador seminar or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Read the entire Chicago Examiner article: The swine flu: How to keep your family healthy