Let the month of August be a reminder… to beware.
Is the year 2020 the beginning of the Roaring 20s? Or is it the end. The answer could have a huge and prolonged impact on your finances.
For example in August 1929 (91 years ago) the Dow Jones Industrial average soared to 5696. Then the boom ended and that level was not reached again for nearly 30 years. By August 1959, the Dow was 5895.
The red Xs on this www.microtrends.net chart show the Dow fro 1929 to 1959
The Roaring 20s have a lot of similarities to recent years. The President (Warren G. Harding) came into office with a slogan much like “Make America Great Again” ( the slogan was “bring back normalcy”).
The 20s (then) had seen huge technological advancement made available to the public (automobiles, telephones, movies, radio, and electrical appliances and the beginning of aviation as a business). There was rapid industrial and economic growth, creating jobs and raising wages so a much lager public had money to save and invest.
The public decided to put a lot of that savings in the stock market because the 1920s was also the first time the public began to believe that US dollar, which had been losing purchasing power, would not gain back its value.
The consumer price index was used for the first time in 1919, to track big inflation of the previous several years after WWI. Since 1913 the cost of ordinary things had more than doubled. The dollar had recovered from previous inflations after previous wars but this time the reduction in purchasing power stuck.
This was the first time that the dollar had not held its value in the long term. The public saw that the greenback had and would continue to lose a substantial part of its purchasing power forever.
This led to the public’s participation in stocks in the 1920s and reduced traditional forms of saving cash and coin.
Credit for the Model T, priced at $260, was a stimulus in the roaring 20s.
The low interest rates created by the Great Recession of 2007 has created a similar push on investors to get into the stock market or other inflation fighting investments.
That stimulus has certainly been good for Merri and me.
Our hands off value stock portfolio has produced better dividends than the bank and given some great capital gains.
Our real estate investments which are more hands on have done even better. Years ago I published the first edition of “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” that recommended investing in Lake County Florida and Ashe County North Carolina.
We did as we recommended and this has turned out especially well. In some cases the price of property we purchased has doubled. The real estate markets in both counties are super hot!
The success creates a big question. Are we at the beginning or end of the roaring 20s?
A lot of the property we have invested in no longer has a rent-price relationship that makes any sense. Property prices have shot up much faster than rents can rise.
Everything I understand about economics… the deficits, debt, unemployment, suggests an economic downturn and inflation, but everything is so unpredictable, it is hard to answer the question, “should I buy or should I sell”.
I imagine this is how Precious Metals dealers felt during the 1970s price run up. I recall a $10 spread on the price of silver, $48 and ounce to buy and $38 an ounce to sell. The dealers could not trust conditions then no more than I trust conditions now.
On the subject of precious metals, If you have been buying or holding gold and silver, you have some tidy profits as well. This leads to the same question “should I buy or should I sell” so I asked Rich Checkan, at Asset Strategies International, (1) my goto precious metals dealer what he thought.
Rich sent this reply.
Correction, or End of the Bull?
By Rich Checkan, President, Asset Strategies International
Recently we shared a Market Update with you to catch you up to speed on the emergence of this current bull market in gold and silver and why we believe it will continue for some time.
Since then, gold and silver dipped in price. Which right away leads investors to ask… “Is that the end of the bull?”
Today, I’d like to give you an update on that dip, and share with you some sage advice from Bernard Baruch… and how I use that advice to ensure I never miss the top of a gold and silver bull market.
This is why I never fear bull market dips. I always embrace them.
First, the update…
Gold is up roughly 30% this year. Silver is up roughly 55% on the year. Much of both occurred over the past couple months… and actually higher percentages at the recent peaks.
Fueled by Covid-19 fears… It was too much, too fast.
Like any market, when it gets overheated, profit-taking brought the euphoria down a notch or two.
Remember, precious metals bull markets tend to last about a decade. We are either 1 year in or 4 years in, depending upon whom you ask. In both cases, we have a long way to go.
Also, the past bull market saw 650% gold appreciation, and 1,000% silver appreciation in 10 years. We are nowhere near those numbers. We still have a long way to go.
The pull-back needed to happen for the market to be healthy. Dips should be embraced, not feared. They are opportunities to buy well in this rising bull market.
Even after the pullback, gold is up 30% this year, and silver is up 55% this year. Both are just fractions of what they are expected to achieve in the end.
Stay the course…
Some Sage Advice
But, how will you know when it is the end? How will you know when it isn’t just a bull market dip?
Truth be told, you probably can’t know for sure. But, you don’t need to know either… if you take heed of the advice of sage investor, Bernard Baruch.
One of Bernard Baruch’s most inspirational quotes for me, led me to my technique for not missing the top. He said, and I paraphrase, “I don’t want the first 20% or last 20% of profits from any investment. All I want is my 60% in the middle.”
In other words, he did not invest until a trend was established, and he didn’t wait until the bitter end to sell… hoping to catch a top.
Here’s how I put that proven wisdom into action for myself…
Time for Action
I buy gold and silver for two reasons – wealth insurance and profit.
After 25 years of speaking with investors, I believe most fall into these two buying categories. (There are traders as well, but perhaps I can address that in the future.)
I’ve found that whether or not investors say they want wealth insurance or profit, they tend to all want both… just weighted toward their stated preference.
Wealth insurance is…
The store of purchasing power, with high liquidity, for a potential financial crisis they hope to never have.
Therefore, I treat my gold for wealth insurance a certain way. I keep my 10% allocation at that level at all times. I never sell it regardless of the gold price hitting new all-time highs or new short-term lows, unless I have a financial emergency. If I have one, I sell immediately to meet the need. Then, as soon as possible afterwards, I replenish to my 10% for the next potential crisis I hope I never have… at any price.
As you can see, my gold purchased for wealth insurance has no care at all about tops or bottoms. I need it always. I have it always. Period.
But, gold and silver for profit is a different story. For me, that’s another 10% to 15% of investible assets – but only in gold and silver bull markets.
Here is where I follow the wisdom of Mr. Baruch.
I wait for the trend to establish itself. This occurred in May of 2019 with gold’s break-out. Then, I buy.
As gold and silver climb in price in the bull market, I rebalance my position all along the way… along with all my other for-profit investments.
If gold or silver doubles, I sell half. No emotion. I just do it.
If I see dips, I add. No emotion. I just do it.
And, as you can imagine, if I do this all along the way, I am taking profits while I continue to participate in the bull market. As one of my mentors, Glen O. Kirsch, used to say, “Nobody ever went broke by taking a profit.”
The only tricky part of this strategy is recognizing the beginning of the bear market as opposed to another bull market dip.
I do this with the convergence of a few key signals…
1) I look for a bull market to end around the 10-year mark.
2) I look for gold to appreciate around 2 to 3 times it’s previous bull market high.
3) I look for a Gold to Silver Ratio (GSR) of 35-50. In other words, I look for it to take 35 to 50 ounces of silver to buy 1 ounce of gold.
4) I play close attention to sentiment. When everyone is talking about the money they are making in gold, you might want to locate the exit.
If we catch the top exactly, great.
If sell a little early, great.
If we sell a little late, great.
In any of those cases, I am pretty certain we would have already taken our 60% profits out of the middle.
This is how you can Keep What’s Yours in a gold and silver bull market, and never miss the top… or at least not miss it by enough to matter!
That’s good advice from Rich and I take a similar strategy with real estate.
Over the last two decades, Merri and I have invested in good value areas where the rent return ratio made sense. Whenever we looked at a perspective purchase, our biggest question was, “how much can we rent it for”.
The way we take profits, but keep the money in the real estate market, is when a property has appreciated so much we can rent it for a reasonable return, we sell it and invest the proceeds in another property in an area we feel is undervalued where there is a reasonable rent return ratio.
In this way we keep our income flowing and continually build our capital gains potential.
We use the same strategy in our easy, low trade, slow trade, good value strategy explained below. We monitor 46 stock markets around the world. When a stock market (based on price to book, price earnings and average dividend yield) is a good value we invest in its MSCI Index through a country ETF. When it falls in neutral or poor value territory (again based on based on price to book, price earnings and average dividend yield) we sell and reinvest in good value markets. This strategy provides maximum safety, the least in time and trading fees spent, and statistically yields the highest long term profit.
The Roaring Twenties introduced some great new products, Jazz and dancing for instance became popular. There were many wonderful social and cultural advancements, cars, movies, the idea of broadcast. These advances brought “modernity” to a large part of the population.
Everyone enjoyed the party… while it lasted. The Great Depression that followed diminished that joy and pushed a ugh part of the population onto the bread lines into the soup kitchen.
So keep this question in mind as you invest… “are we are the beginning or end of the 20 Roaring 20s?”
Invest in Value, Safety, Profit & Get Paid DoubleThe next four years will be a period of high overseas stock growth.
The chart below shows the last 26 years of real-time forecasting by the global equity analyst we track to make our portfolio decisions.
The analyst is Keppler Asset Management and the index they create The KAM Equally Weighted World Index is 15.4% below the value that the analyst forecast four years ago in September 2016.
The chart shows how in the past, two and a half decades there have been four opportunities (red Xs) when the entry levels in global markets were below or around the lower valuation band. In the previous three low points like this, there has always been the highest growth and positive returns three to five years later.
So it’s good to know that if you invest in global stock markets overall, now, you’ll make capital gains over the next four or five years.
More importantly you get paid more income now!
Current markets have turned economic history upside down. Normally bonds pay the highest interest rates and add safety to a portfolio. Not in 2020.
This year equities have been paying a higher yield than bonds.
As of November 2020, according to Ycharts.com, (1) AA bond yields are at 1.59%.
The US MSCI Index pays a modest 1.68% as of November 2020 . That’s a terrible yield, but better than the 1.59% you can get in AA rated corporate bonds.
Just because US stocks pay more than dollar denominated bonds, does not mean they offer the best income deal. In fact US shares pay one of the lousiest average yields of the 46 stock markets we, via Keppler, monitor around the world.
Eight solid, top value stock markets (shown below) not only add diversification and the best long term profit potential, they pay more than double the average US yield. They pay 3.57% compared to the US yield of 1.68%.
This is why my core stock portfolio consists of a handful of top value share ETFs and this position has hardly changed in five years.
Let me explain why this strategy adds safety, increases long term appreciation potential and pays almost double short term income right now.
During the past five years, I have been steadily accumulating the same good value ETFs. I have traded only five times, so my trading costs, my fuss, fiddle and time spent have been kept to an absolute minimum.
I have been investing in iShare country ETFs. Each one invests in the MSCI Index of one of the top value markets above.
My strategy protects against stock market volatility and yet has potential for the best gains long term from rising share prices by holding an equally weighted portfolio of the best value based country ETFs.
The Purposeful Investing Course uses Keppler analytics to track 46 stock markets around the world into determine which markets offer the best value.
Since no one knows what the future will bring, investing in value makes the most long term sense.
Plus Value ETFs are Safer
The people who dominate stock markets include a pack of thieves. This fact has always been true. We were recently reminded of this fact when Wirecard AG, one of Europe’s most prestigious companies, listed on Germany’s premier stock-market index, the Dax 30 fooled everyone including its top grade, longtime auditor, Ernst & Young GMBH.
The shares in German fintech company Wirecard AG (symbol WDI fell 63.74% as it filed for insolvency proceedings, after revealing that more than $2 billion in cash missing from its balance sheet was all a fraud. The company’s market value fell to less than €500 million from almost €13 billion in a week.
Investors have seen this type of rip off again and again, really big scams from Enron to Bernie Madoff and these are just the tip of the iceberg.
Shares in stock markets are manipulated all the time. Stock markets (in fact almost all types of markets) are led by sharks plain and simple. Count on this fact. This is the nature of the beast and the number one goal of many big businesses is to take as much of your money as they can to line their pockets.
In the Wirecard AG example many thousands of investors have seen their hard work, their thrift, their security and hopes for the future disappear, even though they seemingly did everything right by investing in a blue chip, new era, high tech company.
A study of 92 years of investment returns shows that, despite the fraud and cheating and deceit, stock markets are still a good way to make your money grow… if you invest long term and diversify.
Our Purposeful Investing Course (Pi) strategy makes it harder for cheaters to grab your wealth because it’s very hard to manipulate an entire stock market, much less a dozen or so stock markets around the world.
Manipulators have a hard time tricking an entire market, especially larger markets. If you get the best value country ETFs, your chances of long term profits improve.
Pi teaches an 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 iShare Country Index ETFs managed by Black Rock, Inc.
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.
My developed market portfolio has been diversified into eight developed markets: Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom.
iShares Country ETFs make it easy to invest in each of the good value markets.
The ETFs provide higher income and incredible diversification for safety, plus the highest long term profit potential.
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 most stock markets around the world.
Here’s how you can create your own good value strategy.
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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 higher 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%.
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