Inflation & the Falling US Dollar

by | Apr 20, 2011 | Archives, DO NOT USE - MC

Inflation & the Falling US dollar can ruin the Greenback’s purchasing power.

The US dollar is falling right now.  As you will read below it recently hit a 16 month low versus the Euro. This chart at shows the euro’s climb versus the dollar.


The euro is not much of a bellwether either! See how it has fallen versus the Swiss franc.


This forces each of us to think about multi currency diversification to protect against inflation and the dollar’s loss of purchasing power.

In the past the easiest way to diversify abroad was with an overseas bank.   Nowadays this is not as easy.

Since the late 1990s, especially following September 11, 2001, there have been many new laws to regulate banking.

These compliance laws have added so many costs to the banking industry that many investment banks have had to increase their fees or the minimum size of their accounts.

Anti-money laundering regulations globally in many countries requires bankers to know their customers and to report suspicious transactions that appear to be money laundering.

US regulations allowed the IRS to introduce qualifying intermediary requirements, which means that the names of the recipients of US-source investment income are passed to the IRS by any bank that has US customers.

After 9/11 the USA PATRIOT Act, authorizes authorities to seize assets of a bank, if it is believed that the bank holds assets for a suspected criminal and similar measures have been introduced in some other countries.

The words believe and suspected are terrifying because they force banks to overcompensate to make sure they do not have customers who are criminals.   The US jailed employees of a Swiss Bank and fined the bank heavily which reinforced the seriousness of this issue.

The European Union also introduced regulations so its member nations share of information between jurisdictions.

All of this added together requires so much compliance on the part of banks that most overseas banks dramatically increased the size of  a minimum account they would accept… especially from US investors.

Many non US banks simply refuse to accept US customers. There are numerous horror stories of large British banks shutting down accounts of long term US customers who have lived in England for decades simply because they were from the USA.

Fortunately my personal overseas banker, Jyske Bank in Denmark, decided to help their US customers and spent millions creating a wholly owned but independent division (Jyske Global Asset Management) that could serve US customers in an efficient way.

JGAM maintains a global view and manages multi currency and forex portfolios for their clients.

Jyske and JGAM are watching inflation and the falling US dollar. They just sent this note:

Inflation has been the theme of the week and has challenged Central Banks and the investor optimism on the global economy.

United Kingdom’s CPI inflation year-over-year fell from 4.4% to 4.0%. The fall was driven primarily by food and by recreation and culture. Morgan Stanley expects that CPI inflation will slow sharply in early 2012 but not below Bank of England’s 2% target. Bank of England kept the benchmark interest rate at 0.5% at last week’s meeting.

China’s inflation came out unchanged from previous month at 4.9% which is a bit higher than market consensus of 4.8%. The Chinese government is trying to downstream sectors through price controls and fiscal subsidies. Morgan Stanley expect China’s inflation to reach its peak this summer, where after they anticipate a downward trend. This could mean that additional monetary tightening can be expected till then.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has this week tightened its monetary policy in order to damp down inflationary pressure. They will allow faster appreciation of the Singapore dollar (SGD) to fight inflation as the Singapore’s economy are growing faster than forecasted. The economy grew at an annualized rate of 23.5% in the first quarter of 2011 which is double the 11.4% pace forecast in the Bloomberg survey of economists. The inflation has risen from 3.4% in the third quarter of 2010 to 5.3% in the first quarter of 2011.

The US dollar (USD) fell to a 16 month low on Thursday against euro (EUR) 1.4520 while Asian currencies gained. The Asian central banks are these days buying large amounts of euro (EUR) and selling US dollars (USD). According to Jyske Bank they sell the USD they accumulated through the latest interventions pushing down the Asian currencies. This week, Jyske Bank sees a lot of transactions (selling USD and buying EUR) in the range of 1.4400 -1.4430, additionally a large number of stop-losses are being executed.

On 5 June 2010 yields on the 2 year Greek government bond spiked at a record 17.43% skyrocketing from the low 5.7%. The European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) immediately took action and bought Greek government bonds and the yield returned to 7.5% during the next few weeks. Since then the Greek economy has been in the ECB and IMF’s focus, however the debt problem is definitely not solved. During this week, remarks from the Greek and German finance ministers and as well from the ECB’s executive board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, has increased speculations on a Greek debt restructuring. On top of this, Standard and Poor’s European debt-evaluation group warned that investors might suffer a “haircut” of 50-70% on their Greek holdings if a restructuring took place. Today, the Greek 2 year yield, is again at extreme highs at an un-payable 17.40% – it is expensive to be Greek!

US investors can get more information from Thomas Fsicher at Jyske Global Asset Managers at

Non US investors should contact Rene Mathys at René Mathys

However even Jyske has had to raise their account minimums to US$100,000.

So I have been looking for ways to help US investors who cannot diversify abroad or want to leave their money in the US.

Fortunately my neighbor works for Ruggie Wealth Management here in Central Florida.

Ruggie is a small firm (which I like) but is listed as one of the top 100 Independent Advisers of 2010 for Registered Rep Magazine (August 2010), plus…

#2: One of the top Wealth Managers of 2010 (Wealth Manager Web July 2010)
#3: One of the top RIA’s (Financial Advisor Magazine June 2010)
#4: One of the top wealth advisors in the country 2006, 2007, 2008 (Worth Magazine)
#5: Barron’s Top 1000 Advisors (Barron’s February 2009)

So I pay attention to the data they send including these three US shares below that can provide multi currency diversification like these:

Ruggie wrote (bolds are mine):

Columbia Recovery and Infrastructure (CRIZX, RRIAX) We are strong believers that infrastructure will play a very important part in both the domestic and global recovery.    This fund focuses on firms with direct investment in infrastructure companies and in companies that operate or use infrastructure assets.  CRIZX looks for companies that appear to be undervalued or that may temporarily be out of favor, but are entering a period of recovery.   Along with the ongoing infrastructure build out taking place in the emerging markets, we believe the infrastructure companies will benefit from the recent disaster and resultant reconstruction efforts in Japan. As a long term growth play, we are buyers of  this fund.

SPDR Industrial Select Sector (XLI) As part of our move into infrastructure recovery, we find this industrial-sector exposure a good candidate as a satellite fund in certain growth portfolios.  The main subsectors covered in this ETF are aerospace and defense firms, machinery companies, industrial conglomerates and transportation companies.  A few of the top 10 holdings, which comprise slightly less than 50% of the portfolio,  are major global players – General Electric, United Technologies, UPS and 3M.    As an industrial sector play, XLI , much like the stock market, is a leading indicator of the economy. Additionally, the companies in this portfolio have significant sales outside the US, giving XLI exposure to global growth trends. One thing missing is exposure to foreign-domiciled companies and therefore, misses out on smaller-cap industrial names.   XLI is the most liquid in its peer group, and has the lowest expense ratio of all industrial ETF’s.

IShares Global Industries (EXI) Another sector-specific fund, EXI also holds large global industrial names in its portfolio.  The big difference with EXI compared to XLI, is that it invests in both US and non-US stocks; the split being nearly 50/50. Although EXI and XLI have a tendency to complete with each other in certain markets around the world, EXI offers some diversification through currency effects and a slightly different geographic reach.  In addition to the GE, 3M, United Technologies and UPS that XLI holds, EXI holds non-US stocks from Japan, France, Germany and Switzerland, just to name a few.  EXI, as a sector-specific fund, would also be suitable for a satellite position of a diversified portfolio.   Some may think industrials are experiencing a rough patch; we think this is a temporary position.  It is our opinion a significant pent-up demand will be released globally over the next several years.  By having a more diverse portfolio, EXI is positioned well for broad trends in the global industrials market and should do well if U.S. industrial companies lose market share to their foreign competitors.

For more information contact Morgan Hatfield at Ruggie Wealth Management/RW Direct

Multi currency investing is one of the five ways this site focuses on helping readers. The others include living in good value countries… investing in real estate and commodities and having your own micro business.

Until governments are able to create sustainable budgets… most currencies will lose purchasing value. The key to currency diversification is to hold currencies that currently provide the greatest strength. The contacts above are good ones to help you choose the correct economic trends and currencies as well.

See how to make a boatload (or canoe load) of profit with micro business in Ecuador.


Learn more about global investing… all five ways to fight inflation as you update economic trends over the next year.  Join Merri and me at all our seminars in 2011 and into the Spring of 2012.

Prosper From Forces of Inflation

Join Merri and me as we look at ways to prosper from the forces of inflation.

International Club 2011-12 Membership special until May 7, 2011 $1,499. Enroll here.

Inflation is here and the US dollar will fall. This fact is conformed in an April 12, 2011 Wall Street Journal article by Cynthia Lin “Inflation Concerns Weigh on Treasurys”. Here is an excerpt:  Worries that the central bank may be falling behind the curve on inflation weighed on U.S. Treasurys on Monday, even after a senior Federal Reserve official signaled that interest rates could stay low for longer.

The prospect of $66 billion of note and bond auctions also dragged prices lower, strategists said.

“The bottom line is that the current perception has subtly shifted toward the view that global central banks are in monetary tightening mode,” said Andrew Wilkinson, senior market analyst at Interactive Brokers. “Even though the Fed appears to be nowhere near that point, U.S. yields have been dragged higher by surrounding fears of inflation.”

Highlighting those fears, the 10-year breakeven rate—which measures the difference between 10-year Treasurys Inflation Protected Securities, or TIPs, and nominal rates—hit 2.655% on Monday, the highest since May 2006. That signals the market’s annual inflation expectation over the next decade.

As other central banks begin to tighten—including the European Central Bank, which raised rates by 0.25 percentage point Thursday—the fear that U.S. officials may be lowering their guard against global inflation has been a headache for bondholders. It has been especially  troubling for investors holding 30-year bonds, those most vulnerable to inflation eroding their value.

Government bonds were also under pressure from the prospect of supply.

The Treasury is scheduled to sell $66 billion in notes and bonds this week, comprising $32 billion in three-year notes, $21 billion in 10-year notes and $13 billion in 30-year bonds.

With a government shutdown averted, “the focus is back on how well these auctions will go and who will participate in the face of what appears to be future inflation,” said Kevin Giddis, president of fixed-income capital markets at Morgan Keegan.

Still, the policy debate underscores an increasing focus on inflation.

This means that while the US government continues to borrow to spend, other governments are cutting back… a sure sign of US inflation and a weakening greenback.

We consider this risk so high that we have taken the unusual step (the first time in our 43 years of business) of setting our 2012 Spring schedule.Then we created a new option so you can participate in all these seminars and course into 2012.

There are five ways to combat the destructive inflationary forces that will raise havoc with your purchasing power.

#1: Multi Currency Investing through US brokers and bankers abroad.

#2: Commodities.

#3:  Real estate.

#4:  Living in lower cost zones.

#5: Having your own micro business for extra earnings, freedom fulfillment and fun.

We have specialized for over four decades in helping our readers excel in these five inflation beating opportunities.

The big benefits of belonging to the International Club is the power of repetition, updates and international friendships.  As a club member you become friends with other members as you meet again and again.


International Club members are invited to our Florida home during the winter seminars.

Your first savings is $7,690 in 2011 and 2012 just on waived seminar fees.

As you will see below you can attend 11 Florida & North Carolina seminars that would otherwise cost $9,189.  The $1,499 membership saves you $7,690.

Join us and our International Club 2011 – Spring 2012 and enjoy this savings plus much more.

The International Club brings together experienced, like minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the a constructive…thoughtful way.

Merri and I are in our 43rd year of organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and quantum lifestyles. The importance of this sharing…by like minded souls…was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:

My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary.

Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. Thanks to you I am so ready to move to Ecuador and begin a new life. I just have to figure out what I am going to do and how to do it.

I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.

This delegate’s comments about “belonging and feeling like a brother” to the other delegates is a wonderful refrain we have heard from our readers, year after year.

21 years ago Merri and I created a way that readers can join us to be immersed in a year-long learning program through our International Club.

The ideas behind this program began all those years ago in Vienna, Austria while we were conducting a course there. One of our older delegates, had some sort of attack. The first fear was heart trouble. Several delegates took him to the hospital. Others stayed with him there. I don’t think that delegate was alone for a minute!

What impressed Merri and me was that no one asked the delegates to help this man.

The friendships of delegates sharing many courses had just grown so strong that it was a natural reaction, just as if a family member was ill. Fortunately, it was only travel fatigue and the delegate didn’t miss a session of the course!

When you join our International Club 2011- Spring 2012 you become part of a special family. The very first member to join the club all those years ago wrote, Thank you for the enjoyable and informative courses. I am pleased to be part of your international family and look forward to continuing my education at the next course.

His feeling struck a familiar chord. It has always been one of my greatest satisfactions to see how much fun delegates have getting together, sharing information and making friendships.

These courses somehow draw together like-minded souls. For this reason some delegates come back again and again. They come to learn, but also to be with their many friends made at the courses. When like-minded souls get together again and again to discuss a common purpose, magic happens! I can’t explain it in any other way-but it is true.

In a way our meetings are almost like family reunions. Perhaps it is getting together and reflecting on what has been said and what has been happening.

Learning with those who are also interested in the world creates thoughts that multiply the value of what we gain. This is hard to describe but results are most powerful and wonderful! This is to me is as important as the great financial benefit of attending many of our courses.

See our 2011 – Spring 2012 schedule below.

We started and have continued this program for 21 years because there are wonderful benefits from having repeat delegates at courses. Having repeat delegates makes the whole course somehow more exciting for all. Being a repeat delegate makes it easier to make and keep wealth and to lock in the knowledge you gain. It’s an exciting lifestyle. We have fun, gain adventure, discovery and friendships and share ways to improve our health and wealth!

Normally we only accept membership at the end of each year… but due to the unusual risk we see now, we added this new option to club membership that entitles you to all US courses in 2011 and the Spring of 2012…  in the cool Blue Ridge of North Carolina and  in Historic Old Florida.

The next saving is Seminars via MP3 (or disc) and one Ecuador tour fee is waived as well.

You’ll see a very busy 12 month schedule below.  Very few club members actually attend every course and tour…  but certainly some attend almost all of them!

If you attend even a few of the courses, you gain considerable savings… PLUS we record the investing and business seminars so you can have the course downloaded on your computer to listen on MP3 or on disc when you cannot attend in person.

This means that you stay in touch with all the business and investing ideas we develop at each of the investing and business seminars you cannot attend.

Here are the courses and tours where your seminar or tour fee is waived.  Then see more savings below.

May 7-8  Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

May  9-10   Shamanic Mingo Tour  ($499 or couple $749)

May  12-13-14   Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)

May 17-18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)

June 24-25, 2011  International Investing Made EZ,  Jefferson NC. ($499 or couple $749)

June 25-26, 2011   International Business Made EZ,  Jefferson NC. ($499 or couple $749)


International Club members are invited to our farm during June, September and October seminars in North Carolina.

June 16-17-18   Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)

July 4-5-6      Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Aug 21-22-23   Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)
Aug  25-26-27 Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Aug. 31-Sept. 1-2-3-4  Ecuador Export Tour ($749 – $999)

Sept.  8-11 Learn Spanish in 4 Days, Seattle, Washington ($749 or couple $999)

Sept 15-16-17  Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)

Sept 19-20-21  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Oct 21 22 23 Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)

September 23-24-25, 2011  Investing & Business Beyond Logic, North Carolina with Blaine Watson ($499 or couple $699)


(Blaine Watson teaching delegates and International Club members at a previous seminar.)

Oct. 7-8, 2011  International Investing Made EZ,  Jefferson, NC. ($499 or couple $749)

Oct. 8-9, 2011  International Business Made EZ , Jefferson, NC. ($499 or couple $749)

Oct.  25-26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

November 3-6, 2011   Learn Spanish in 4 Days, Mt. Dora, Florida  ($749 or couple $999)

Nov. 9-10-11    Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 14-15-16   Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 18-19-20   Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec. 12-13-14   Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

January 12-15, 2012  Super Thinking + Spanish, Mt. Dora Florida ($749 or couple $999)

Feb. 10-11, 2012  International Investing Made EZ.  Mt. Dora FL ($499 or couple $749)

Feb.11-12, 2012   International Business Made EZ,  Mt. Dora FL ($499 or couple $749)

March 8-11, 2012  Super Thinking + Spanish, Mt. Dora Florida ($749 or couple $999)

Schedule subject to change. Always check final schedule at

International Club 2011 Membership $1,499. Enroll here

There is even a third saving:  $897 more!

When you join the club, I’ll email you our online course “International Business Made EZ”, a $299 value, plus four bonuses.  You receive the bonus course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”. which also has a $299 value.

Plus I email you the bonus course “Tangled Web – How to Have Your Own Web Based Business” which also has a $299 value.  Because our self publishing business has become totally online, I am send you this extra course free as I think it will help you have greater success.

In addition you’ll receive the 52 lesson course on how to create your own website using sitesell and finally I include an internet video on how to set up a website presented by our webmaster David Cross.

These courses are valued at $897… in addition to all the US seminars you can attend.

You may well wonder why I would make such an offer and ask why the cost is so low?

Let me answer this question frankly and from the heart. First, it helps us do a better job for you. We feel greatly enriched when we can really help our clients improve their lives. We have learned through years of experience the best way to do this is to meet with you regularly. We can best help you learn how to improve your health and wealth through continual expansion of knowledge.

Second, we gain enormous fulfillment from the many friendships we form through the years. Our friends have enriched our lives tremendously. Let me explain this in more detail.

As a member, you will be part of our international family that meets intensively over the next year to examine ways we can make our lives better. Our goal is beyond just having money. Our goal is to have quantum wealth… good health… wealth and fulfillment through service.

Though we give all course delegates our very best, we cannot help but to do a better job for those who come again and again. As we meet often; your particular wants, needs and desires become clear, and it is easier for us to help you find the right direction.

Another phenomenon is that repeat delegates help each other! They get to know one another, help each other learn, share their insights, make contacts, become friends and gain more wealth.

The fourth savings: Lifestyle for Two.

There is still more!

We have learned at our courses that many repeat delegates were couples.

We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO!  You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.)

Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year?

We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!

The fifth savings:   You gain Ecuador tour savings as a member of the International Club.

International Club members can benefit in Ecuador in the mountains or…

Meson de las flores

on the sea.  Delegates and International Club members on tour at Land of the Sun Inn.

ecuador sea view

View shot by an International Club member of real estate for sale on an Ecuador Pacific real estate tour.

The International Club offers this benefit… as a gift in Ecuador from the organizers of  Ecuador Discovery Tours.

The International Club fee is normally $1,799 yet during this Spring offer which ends May 7,  I have reduce membership to $1,499.  You save $300 more.

Take for example if you plan to attend our Super Thinking + Spanish, $999 for a couple and one International Investing and Business program, the normal cost would be $1,998.   International Club members attending just these two programs would already save… plus could attend all the other  Florida and North Carolina seminars plus receive $897 worth of emailed courses.

Our seminars and the Ecuador tour schedule is shown above.  You can attend all the Florida and North Carolina seminars and choose to accept an Ecuador’s savings.  Morya Ecuador Discovery SA has agreed to let International Club members attend one Ecuador tour in the schedule above for just $40 per person per day internal transportation cost.

This is a savings of up to $599.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses and tours.

Savings #6:  YOU SAVE EVEN MORE if you take a Galapagos Cruise.

We work closely with Haugan Travel which have expanded their fleet so club members can enjoy a Galapagos cruise for as little as $509 per person.


Haugan Cruises has added three new vessels so they have a  broader range of cruises to suit all budgets. They now have 5 vessels and are offering several special introductory tours.  This creates special savings up to $1,000 for all our readers and provides club members an extra savings of up to $554 more…. a total of $1,554 saved.

Savings #7: Membership is normally $1,799 – save $300 more. International Club 2011-12  Membership $1,499 until May 7.

Add all the savings together!

You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2011 courses.

Florida & North Carolina seminars you can attend or receive in an MP3 file worth $9,189.

emailed courses sent to you worth $897.

Ecuador Tour Savings up to $599.

$300 membership discount until May 7, 2011.

Total Savings from your $1,499 club membership fee.

You Gain $10,985 of benefit for just $1,499.

Plus more if you take a Galapagos Cruise.

Lock in savings!

Here is one final benefit. When you enroll… we automatically lock in this low fee for next year so your savings are automatically renewed in 2012 and 2013 at $1,499. Of course if you choose not to renew, just simply cancel membership at no cost.

Let’s beat inflation.  Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!


International Club 2011-12 Membership $1,499. Enroll here.