Investment Sea Change

by | May 4, 2020 | Archives

Sideways motion kills the average investor, leading them to buy at the top, sell at the bottom, again and again.   The greatest protection is value.

Now can be a good time to invest, but for the long term.  Expect a lot of ups and downs along the way.  The recovery could be for the long haul so sticking to the best values will be key.

We can see what I mean from looking at the chart below at which shows the S&P 500 Index at its bottom of the 2008 crash.


The S&P 500 took about five years from 2008 to 2013 to return to its previous high.

Even after the first big drop from over 15,000 down into the 12,000 range in September, 2008, the S&P did not reach the 12,000 range again until January of 2011.  Prices rose and fell, rose and fell.

We are seeing this pattern again. March was one of the worst months for the US market ever.  April was one of the best ever.  Then the market began to slide away again in May.

Expect volatility in all equity markets, but of the 46 markets we track, many of these markets are at their best prices in decades.

Last week we sent our Purposeful Investing Course subscribers the 52 page Keppler Asset Management Quarterly Emerging-Markets Analysis for this spring and included this chart.


The price-to-book of the Top Value Emerging Markets Index is just 1.07 and the average dividend yield 4.79%.

The price-to-book of the top value developed markets is even lower, 1.00 with a higher dividend yield of 5.23%.

These are historic low prices that suggest extreme good value for investors who can steadily accumulate through market volatility that may last for several years.

How much the pandemic and its interference in the global economy will change markets is still unknown.

How much volatility we will see in the next year or two is also unknown, but what we do know is that top value the top value  stock markets globally now offer incredible value.  Keppler Asset Management’s value analysis projects that a $10,000 investment portfolio, equally weighted, in top value equity markets (based on his analysis) will be worth between $13,394 and $20,462 in four years.

Look for good value equity investments for the long term now, but base your investments on your liquidity needs and do not hurry.  Plenty of bargains will abound for quite some time.

I cut my investing teeth on bear markets, when I started investing, writing and talking about stock investments in May 1968.  At that time the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 6721.

The Dow dropped to 2158 by June 1982, so I learned about the dark side of the market from the get-go.

I was right there in December 1999 as well when the DJIA was 17625 and dropped to 9229 over the next ten years till January 2009.

Then it began this last meteoric rise up through December 2019 and hit 28262. Now in just three months it has fallen to 23,700 range as of yesterday.

In the chart below, I have marked the high and low points I have lived through in the historical chart below to show that we could expect a low of 15,000.  This means that a correction could have plenty of room to go.

This is not a prediction… just a possibility we should plan for.   Always ask yourself… “when will I have to liquidate?”

If your liquidity needs are near term, you do not want to liquidate when the Dow is at 15,000!

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The key to maintaining discipline is to create a logical math based plan to be able to hold on through a downturn.  Then stick to the plan!


I would like to help you learn an easy way to invest in the best value investment during this special time of opportunity.  See how to become an International Club member, save $598.23 and obtain a 130 page report on how to invest in good value shares now.

Coronavirus and the Stock Market Round Two

Coronavirus and the stock market.  Round Two is coming.

This virus and the market faced off in the spring.  The market won.  As the chart below shows, after a huge March 2020 collapse,the DJIA is almost back to its December 2019 level.


The market’s back up, but history suggests that we’ll see volatility in the ten years ahead.

Here is a chart of the Dow Jones Index for the past three decades.  The .dotcom bubble burst just before the beginning of the 2000 decade.

The market then went nowhere from 2000 to 2014.   Finally it started reaching new high levels.

Such decades long sideways movement after a severe correction is nothing new in the stock market.

So everything’s in order… except the pandemic.  The ravages of the coronavirus dramatically increase the unknown and this uncertainty is the greatest purveyor  of weakness that a stock market can have.

Such delays have profound implications for older generations who may need to cash in equities for income.  How do we maximize the return on your savings and investments during this extremely dangerous time?

For the past five years, my strategy, to protect against the next stock market crash and yet gain income and appreciation from rising share prices is to invest in an equally weighted portfolio of the value based country ETFs.

We track 46 stock markets around the world in our Purposeful Investing Course (Pi) to determine which markets offer the best value so we can be in a perfect position to take advantage of stock market corrections all over the world.

Since no one knows what the future will bring, investing in value makes the most long term sense.

Our Purposeful Investing Course (Pi) teaches an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little time, management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.

Sticking to math based stock market value and country ETFs eliminates the need for hours of research aimed at picking specific shares.   Investing in an index is like investing in all the major shares of the market.  You save time because all you have to do is invest in the ETF to gain the profit potential of the entire market.

To achieve this goal of diversification the Pi portfolio consists of Country Index ETFs.

Country Index ETFs are similar to an index mutual fund but are shares normally traded on a major stock exchange that tracks an index of shares in a specific country.  ETFs do not try to beat the index they represent.  The management is passive and tries to emulate the performance of the index.

A country ETF provides diversification into a basket of equities in the country covered.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

Here is the Pifolio I personally held at the beginning of 2019.  Now I am updating my plan to decide when it’s best to invest more.

70% is diversified into developed markets: Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom.

30% of the Pifolio is invested in emerging markets: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan.

iShares Country ETFs make it easy to invest in each of the good value markets.

The ETFs provide incredible diversification for safety.  For example, the iShares MSCI  Japan (symbol EWJ) is a Country Index ETF that tracks the investment results the Morgan Stanley Capital Index MSCI Japan Index which is composed mainly of large cap and small cap stocks traded primarily on the Tokyo Stock Exchange mainly of companies in consumer staples, financials and materials. This ETF is non-diversified outside of Japan so an investment in the ETF is an investment in hundreds of different Japanese shares.

iShares is owned by Black Rock, Inc. the world’s largest asset manager with over $4 trillion in assets under management.

There is an iShares country ETF for almost every market.

You can create your own good value strategy.

I would like to send you, on a no risk basis, a 130 page basic training course that teaches the good value strategy I use.   I call this strategy Purposeful Investing (Pi).  You learn all the Pi strategies, what they are, how to use them and what each can do for you, your lifestyle and investing.

When you subscribe to Pi, you immediately receive a 120 page basic training course that teaches the Pi Strategy.   You learn all the Pi strategies, what they are, how to use them and what each can do for you, your lifestyle and investing.

You also begin receiving regular emailed Pifiolio updates and online access to all the Pifolio updates of the last two years.  Each update examines the current activity in a Pifolio, how it is changing, why and how the changes might help your investing or not.

You also receive a 100+ page PDF value analysis of 46 stock markets (23 developed markets and 23 emerging stock markets).  This analysis looks at the price to book, price to earnings, average yield and much more.

This year I will celebrate my 52nd anniversary of global investing and writing about global investing.  Our reports and seminars have helped readers have better lives, with less stress yet make fortunes during up and down markets for decades.  This information is invaluable to investors large and small because even small amounts can easily be invested in the good value shares we cover in our seminar.

Those five decades of experience have taught me several incredibly valuable lessons.

The first lesson is that there is always something we do not know.

The second lesson is that stock market booms and busts always eventually return to value.

Third, the only sure way to succeed is to use time not timing.

Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio, the better the odds of outstanding success.

A 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of out performance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.

Subscribe to the first year of The Personal investing Course (Pi).  The annual fee is $299, but during the pandemic to introduce you to this online course  I am knocking $124.50 off the subscription.


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You have nothing to lose except the fear.   You gain the ultimate form of financial security as you reduce risk and increase profit potential. 

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