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Time to Preserve your Wealth…Featuring Michael Douville

Posted in Uncategorized, Michael Douville with tags , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by paulthepoke

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Ecclesiastes 3:12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live…

“Timing; it is all about Timing!” “ Know when to get off!” “There are times to be aggressive and times to be cautious!” “It is not what you make, but what you keep that Counts” “Trees do not grow to the sky!”

These adages are especially true today regarding the Historic levels of both the Stock and Bond Markets. These sayings mimic real life experience and explain that Life is a series of Cycles that ebb and flow throughout History. It is Wisdom that allows one the courage to ACT! Courage will be needed to recognize danger and courage will be needed to Preserve your Wealth for the Future!

Stock Market Cycles have characteristics of a Wave Pattern that peaks about every 7 years; examples of the latest bubbles are March 2000, then December 2007 (7.5 years), and now almost 10 years from the last Stock Market Peak; courtesy of the World’s Central Banks. The final push to the top often is exaggerated with huge gains associated with the Peaking Process.; a vertical price appreciation spike often develops near the cycle end, adding to the Mania. The Mantra of “This Time is Different” is almost universal in the topping process as no one wants to believe the “Good Times” are ending. The Federal Reserve has announced it will no longer support the markets; rather, the Fed is withdrawing liquidity at a scheduled rate of $510 Billion for 2018. The “Good Times” are over! The Central Banks of the World have also declared their intention to bring Central Bank purchases to a screeching halt from $2 Trillion to ZERO by April of 2018. Beware, the Party IS OVER!! “What goes up, must come down.

If the Cycle has been artificially stretched by Central Bank intervention and the Banks have declared their intentions to end this intervention in BOTH the Stock and Bond Markets, it is time to “Jump Ship”. One does not need to be fully invested at all times. Numerous Private and Institutional Clients have already begun to take profits. Perhaps removing the original investment from any Risk or “Harm’s Way” would be prudent; parking the proceeds in Cash. Preserving Wealth will allow one to participate in different Investment Cycles such as the Commodity Cycle that appears to be in the bottoming process. Much of the Price Risk has been “Drained” from that Asset class as the demand for Raw Materials has “fallen off a cliff” and is beginning to show some signs of improvement. The Commodity Cycle, once it starts to rise, often completes in 7.5 years; plenty of time to season more true Wealth. Consider this, the Housing Cycle is a much longer cycle of 18.5 years that should Peak and Possibly Spike in the 2023/24 time frame. Investing in Housing now will allow participation in the Commodity Cycle as well as the Real Estate Cycle. Raw Materials are necessary for Construction, as they inflate, housing will follow; thus benefiting from two powerful trends.

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The Other Side of the Peak…Featuring Michael Douville

Posted in Michael Douville, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2017 by paulthepoke

MichaelProverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel…

From the lows in March of 2009 to the lofty levels of today, by any metric, the Stock Market has done extremely well. Hardly anyone caught the very bottom, but even those that came close have doubled or tripled their investment; very well done! Lucky Investors have ridden the S&P and The Dow up to 2582 and 23,517 respectively and the ride UP has been FUN! Please pay very close attention to this chart, the Other Side is a completely different World. The higher the Peak becomes, the steeper the Other Side! There is no Plateau!

In order to preserve the Gains, a Courageous decision MUST be made; when to EXIT! Greed dictates grabbing every extra dollar one can; Prudence cautions that it is not what you make, but what you keep that counts! The climb to the Peak is exhilarating, even intoxicating. The Fall is depressing. Unfortunately, typical Human fashion,  the average Investor believes that the “Peak” will be recognized and they will escape in plenty of time to capture the Maximum gains. This “Time is Different” always becomes the Mantra! The brutal lessons of History teach that most Investors ride the wave up and then ride the wave down; this time the Fall may be devastating. The Central Banks of the World have exaggerated the Bubble with their Trillions of Dollars of Liquidity. The Federal Reserve has stated they will begin removing liquidity the 4th Quarter of 2017 at the rate of $10 Billion a month growing to $510 Billion withdrawn in 2018. The World Central Banks have pledged to reduce their liquidity injections from $2 Trillion annually to ZERO by April 2018.

Without Global Central Banks participation Risk will rise substantially. The Doctrine of Enough (or How Much do I Need?) prescribes taking the profits gained and moving to another Asset Class; reducing risk. Bonds have traditionally been the choice of risk adverse Investors. However, the Debt Binge of most Government Entities as well as many Corporate Entities make Bonds as risky or maybe even more so than Equities; this Asset Class should also be avoided.  Precious Metals and the larger class of Real Assets and Commodities are just starting to bottom after years of decline; the process has not yet completed. They are at or near the lowest values in decades.

Recognizing the coming shift in Cycles is not easy. However, the basic industrial components such as Iron Ore, Copper, Lumber, Oil,  and Aluminum will soon cycle off their bottoms. These are the components of Single Family homes which as the raw materials rise, house prices will also rise. Housing unlike Gold has a “Use Factor” of “Shelter” and is a necessary component of Life. Accumulating Single Family homes and providing “Shelter” by leasing them to families may not only transfer profits from an aging, riskier asset class to an emerging class, but also provide conservative, consistent, and monthly Income to weather an Economic Storm.

Maricopa County in Arizona is still ranked as one of the best long term Real Estate Markets in the Nation. Your Core Real Estate Lifeboat may provide Generations of Wealth and Income.  Our website is https://michaeldouville.com and our first consultation is always free.

 

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Good Times Do Not Last Forever…Featuring Michael Douville

Posted in Michael Douville with tags , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2017 by paulthepoke

MichaelLuke 12:15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”

A Tourist on vacation in Las Vegas can pick up the dice at the Craps Table and start a winning streak. Throwing the dice to win 5 times in a row and the casual gambler is becoming convinced the “House” will be paying for a Steak Dinner and a nice bottle of wine. Win 7 times and the Vacation is paid, 9 times and the Kids’ College can be funded, and in just a little more time, the casual gambler is now a “Pro” on his way to “breaking the House”. Just one more throw of the dice to complete “Financial Freedom”. A great Plan until it no longer works; disaster, catastrophe, an unforeseen calamity! All of the Cocktail Waitresses, Dealers, and Pit Bosses knew the streak would end; they had seen it many times before. In the Casino on Wall Street, the Dealers have seen this before; three Stock Bubbles in 20 years. Just like in Vegas, you have to know when to quit!

The signs have been there for quite a while; P/E’s over 30, Historic Margin Debt, declining Commercial and Industrial Loans, Technicals of Advance-Decline and 200 day Moving Average deterioration are signaling a tired and aging Stock Market. Further, historically, Stock Markets last about 85-90 months; this one is very old at 103 months. Just a little longer; everything is Awesome! Until it’s NOT! Greed can overcome Prudence and it is Prudent to pay attention and maybe take some Profits! The Pit Bosses and Dealers will not tell you when it is time to leave; they want your money to remain in the Casino. The true Winners know to walkaway when you are up.

The cycle for the Stocks is historically about 7.5 years; the best gains are often at the very end. Is the Trump rally signaling a potential End? Since Election Night, the Stock Market has gained 15%; almost straight up without even a pullback. Perhaps simply re-arranging assets could protect the portfolio. Accumulating assets with Cash Flow components that mitigate Economic Stress and transitioning into asset classes with longer cycles can be safer from catastrophic declines. Conservative entry level single family homes rented to credit worthy families can be a careful Strategy with consistent Income to mitigate any Economic downturn and allow one to sleep well at night (SWAN). Charts for US Real Estate project 7-9 years before the start of the cycle’s completion. Plenty of time to accumulate a strong portfolio for future profits while providing monthly Income to fund Cruises to the South Pacific or pay bills if the Business Cycle slows. Residential Rentals have a Use Factor; they are a necessity like Food, Water, and Shelter and may be a Lifeboat in an Economic Storm.

Check out our website michaeldouville.com for more blogs, videos and Michael’s new book – How To Create A Real Estate Money Machine and Retire with Income.  The first consultation is always free!

How to Make HUGE Profits without even Trying!…Featuring Michael Douville

Posted in Michael Douville with tags , , , , , , , on October 4, 2017 by paulthepoke

MichaelMatthew 16:2-3 He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. -Jesus

Fortune 500 firms have had a few very good Quarters: sell product in Euro’s, Pounds, Yuans, Kronas, Swiss Francs, and even Rubles then convert them to US Dollars! Sheer Genius! An explosion in profitability without any improvements in Productivity, Innovation, or the time honored increases in Plants and Equipment! No additional employees are needed that would affect the profits; just devalue the US Dollar. Consider the fact that the beginning of the year, the US Dollar Index fluctuated between 102 and 103 and now is hovering around 93; a decline or devalue of 9.7% The Euro stood at 105 January 1st of this year and as of Oct 1, 2017 it is 118; a gain or strengthening of 12.3%.   What this means is Ford can sell a car for $30,000 Euros and convert to US Dollars with a Year-Over-Year gain of better than 12%: Genius! All of the multinational firms which are most if not all of them are experiencing this phenomenon! The Equity Markets are up 15% YTD, the US Dollar has devalued 12%. Could there be a Correlation? Could the decline of the dollar force the Stock Market higher? Further, Economies outside of the US receive the added bonus of Loan Repayments repaid in much cheaper Dollars discounting the Debt! Everyone wins! However, everything cycles! The US Dollar cycle IS forecast to go much lower, but buckle up and hold on, not necessarily in a straight line and not necessarily for just a few months!

The Business Cycle is getting tired and the accumulation of Debt has been Historic. In tough times or perilous times, the US Dollar becomes the currency of choice creating demand; demand will raise the price which will have the opposite affect of a declining Dollar: Markets will drop and Economies stall. The Globe would be vulnerable to a Recession, which would enhance the race to the US Dollar. Debt would become more expensive and much more difficult to service, possibly precipitating defaults of weaker entities. Once started, the completion to the Business Cycle will finish; a brutal cleansing will take place. Those that recognize the Portends and Prepare will not only survive, but have intact resources to purchase Assets that may be discounted to levels that will not be available for Generations, possibly never again.

The completion of this Business Cycle could be very scary. It could affect millions of families. Business revenues could decline precipitously; many will fail. We have been through this before and will go though it again in our lifetimes; in each case Income was paramount to survival. Further, over-leveraged, debt burdened entities were the greatest at risk; there is still time to pay debt. Although there are no guarantees in Life, Good Times do not last nor do Bad Times; this cleansing cycle will give way to incredibly better times. There are many Top Analysts that expect the Dollar to eventually cycle to new lows over the coming years, which might cause the Stock Market to explode to much higher levels and Real Assets skyrocket to new levels creating Generational Wealth.

In the Great Recession, the rental portfolio was a Lifeboat providing consistent cash flow month after month even though the general Business climate was very poor. The paper cash value declined, but the Income fluctuated well less than 10% and the vacancy factor dropped, the maintenance factor dropped, the taxes and insurance all dropped mitigating the slight decline in Rental Revenue. The current Investment Horizon is a minimum of 7 years which should be well beyond any crisis and the goal is to catch the bottom of the Dollar decline and the peak of the current Real Estate Cycle. Please consult with your advisor, but please consider re-allocating a portion of your portfolio to very conservative, residential rentals for consistent monthly Income.

Contact us at 480.948.5554 or michaeldouville0@gmail.com.  Your first consultation is always free and check out our website for more information at michaeldouville.com. Michael’s book “How to Create a Real Estate Money Machine and Retire with Income” is available on Amazon. Thank you.

 

Return OF Your Investment!…Featuring Michael Douville

Posted in Michael Douville with tags , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2017 by paulthepoke

MichaelProverbs 27:12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

There are times to be Bold and times to be Cautious. Everything associated with the US Stock Market is distorted! The Stock Market has reached all time record highs, but valuations seem to be overly stretched with historically precarious P/E ratios of over 30+. Current Corporate Profits are suspect due to the liberal use of Non-GAAP accounting procedures which give enormous flexibility to Earnings. In addition, Dividends have been paid with Debt rather than Profits and the use of debt is so pervasive that Margin Debt used to leverage stock purchases is now also at Historic all-time levels and will compound and multiply any downturn in prices. Further, Central Banks have for 10 years, relentlessly pushed the Global Stock and Bond Markets higher, but now are attempting to shrink their balance sheets. The Fed is starting to sell $10 Billion a month for the 4th Quarter of 2017 and will be increasing every quarter through 2018 resulting in $510 Billion of liquidity withdrawal. Removing the constant purchasing of Equities may introduce Selling Pressure creating the unwanted opposite effect.
Trees do not grow to the sky and cycles eventually turn. There comes a time to take profits and re-distribute assets to safer allocations. In December of 2007, Charles Nenner recommended cashing out of the Stock Market and remained out until after March of 2009 avoiding the horrific sell off. He has again recommended to be out of Equities since July 1, 2017 and recommends only “Small Units” that can be rented for a portion of assets. Bill Gross who was known as the Bond King because of his stature with PIMCO, has stated he does not like Stocks and does not like Bonds believing both asset classes are extremely overvalued and risky. Mr Gross recommended Real Assets such as Gold and Real Estate in August of 2016. Real Assets versus Financial Assets are now inverse to Financials having declined for several years; they now appear to have bottomed, but have not yet turned up.
 

As shown on the chart above, a new Commodity Cycle is due to appear. There are many reasons for an increase in prices; a declining US Dollar would be a good pick. Nonetheless, these cycles come with regularity and are inverse to the Stock and Bond Markets. As copper, iron ore, gold, lumber, and land increase, typically, stocks and bonds decline as higher commodity prices are the harbinger to higher interest rates and inflation.

To be Prudent, consider an exit strategy for any precipitous decline in the Markets or Economy. Should the Commodity Cycle begin, the building components of Single Family homes typically thrive causing Capital Appreciation in addition to the consistent monthly Cash Flow and Income. Due to the Hurricane damage in Houston and Florida, Maricopa County in Arizona should be considered as a prime market for investment.

Contact us at 480.948.5554.  Your first consultation is always free and check out our website for more information at

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You Cannot Save Your Way to Retirement!…Featuring Michael Douville

Posted in Michael Douville with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2017 by paulthepoke

MichaelProverbs 3:1-2 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.

Everyone looks forward to the day you stay home when everyone else is working. A lifetime of work obligations has finally come to an end; your time now belongs to you! Unfortunately, a new set on concerns emerges: how will the bills get paid when you quit working? Will the Nest Egg last 30 years? How much is enough?

It is always a surprise to realize just how expensive Life can be. Retirement is not necessarily cheap. This is the time when dreams are realized and Cruises are booked, Flights are booked, Motor Homes bought and travel plans are made. You and your spouse have planned for years to enjoy a trouble free and worry free life. Grandchildren are visited and taken to Disneyland or Lego Land, memories are made to last forever. However, very few will enjoy their “Golden Years”.

The average baby Boomer turning 66 today has earned a Social Security payment of approximately $1404 a month. This is for someone who has forgone “Early” payments and has waited to receive the “Full Retirement” benefit. Unfortunately, most Retirees take early retirement as soon as they qualify at 62 and the monthly revenue drops to $1077 per month. Either way, most working couples can count on Social Security for well less than $2800/month; for Life! Hardly riches to fund Cruises or Motor Homes! In addition, the average “Nest Egg” is $109,000. Sorry, it needs to last a long time and annuitized, results in a monthly payment of less than $400 per month. The Government Accounting Office tracks these statistics and it is even worse than this scenario: the average Baby boomer receives less than $19,000 a year and has a net worth of less than $35,000. Further, many retirees are 100% out of money within 10-20 years of retirement. This has resulted in a record labor participation rate of 62% for workers aged 75+; retired and back to work! Saving and conserving is woefully lacking in preparing for an American Retirement. Everyone MUST invest.

There are basically 4 asset classes for the average American: Stocks, Bonds, Commodities, and Real Estate. Stocks and Bonds have done incredibly well since 2009. So well, many believe a bubble exists in both asset classes. Stocks have enjoyed a Market with virtually no corrections or downturns for years and may be extremely overdue and overvalued. Risk in the Stock Market may be much higher than many realize. An average recession results in a 39.6% loss in most portfolios; at 66, there is not time to re-build. Bonds have been calculated by Martin Armstrong to be close to a 5,000 year high with interest rates below the ancient Sumerians! Any rise in rates devastates a Bond portfolio and with rates this low, yields are likely to rise more than fall.

Commodities have been devastated and although prices seem to have stopped falling, it may be after the next recession before they recover. Real Estate is also subject to Market Declines that devastate other Asset Classes, but the Cycle length is much longer while the Cash Flow component mitigates any market turbulence. The Cash Flow is a great help during Recessions when business is struggling.

Rental homes continue to consistently provide monthly cash flow even in down turns and historically have appreciated gaining in value and monthly rental cash flow. Rental homes are perfect for Retirement planning and can be held inside retirement vehicles like Self-Directed IRA’s or can be held personally where they often offer Tax Shelter to qualified owners. Cyclically, Real Estate enjoys a long 18.5 year average duration and although corrections in an ongoing Bull Market can occur, accumulation for a cycle review in 2023/2024 could be appropriate.

It is never too late to start an Investment Program. Please review with your financial Adviser. If I or my staff can help, the first step is just to ask and the first consultation is always FREE!

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