- Written by Andrew Snyder, Editorial Director, Inside Investing Daily
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I have a challenge for you. Tell me how you would handle the following situation.
You're the public works manager of a coastal beach town. Suddenly, you get slammed with calls from irate and itchy citizens. It turns out the town's park has been infiltrated by poison ivy.
It's everywhere... the park is covered in the stuff.
What do you do?
You can't burn the stuff... you'd infect the whole town.
You can't spray it with herbicides... the EPA would fine the life out of you. The park sits beside a protected waterway.
What's the answer?
You think differently. You buy goats.
At least that's what the folks in Ocean County, N.J., have turned to.
It's unconventional, sure... but it's cheap and effective. Within a couple of weeks, a duo of goats (they aren't affected by poison ivy) will eradicate the plants, and the park will once again be safe for Frisbee-tossing hippies and sun worshippers.
Using similar logic, let's tweak our scenario.
This time, you are an ordinary investor trapped in a poisonous market. Unemployment is high. The equities market won't budge. The risk spectrum is loaded with traps... politics, interest rates, rising taxes, etc.
What do you do?
Again... you follow the path of the folks in Jersey. You think unconventionally.
We're in a New America, folks. Read the headlines. It's time for the investor's version of eat-anything goats.
It's just as Bill points out above -- what used to work won't cut it anymore.
We've passed the point of marginally utility. Dumping more money into outdated ideas won't buy you financial progress. Not with political risk and monetary manipulation like this.
In the New America, we've got to think differently.
Where we used to "slash and burn," we now turn to goats. Where a traditional equity and bond portfolio would once suffice, now so many folks have turned to burying gold just to keep from getting robbed by greedy rats.
I say it is time for a new strategy.
On Friday, I sent Unconventional Wealth subscribers a note detailing what I call the portfolio for the New America. A key part of it is the ultimate model of asset allocation.
Of course... stocks and bonds are only a small piece of the puzzle of my plan. Bill hints at what makes up the rest. Commodities like corn have been incredible investments over the past few years.
In my next issue of Unconventional Wealth, I dive into the idea that salt has been one of the greatest inflation hedges ever...
Better than gold, even.
And when we get to Vegas next month for our annual member gathering -- this year, we've rightfully dubbed it the "Roadmap of the New America" conference -- I will break down the situation in full detail.
I will show what my research proves comes next... what it means for you... how you must change your strategy to match the opportunities and challenges ahead.
I am most excited to detail my three must-use strategies for our "deflation now, inflation later" economy. They are not quite as simple as buying a couple of poison-munching goats, but they're far from complicated.
And they're damn effective.
I'll promise you this... what I outline is something you will never have access to through conventional outlets.
In other words, the "shepherds of Wall Street" who guide the herd from one sucker's bet to the next... they hate this stuff. It flies in the face of their sales pitches. It cuts the blood-sucking middleman out of the game.
The way I see it, you have three choices.
You can stick with the herd and change nothing. But you know where that path ends. This is where I'm obligated to remind you that the stock market is still worth less today than it was 12 years ago. Add inflation to the equation and... well, I'll spare you a tingling left arm.
The second option is to run and hide. Really, it's not all that bad of an idea these days. At least you'll be spared the ravage effects of deflation.
But miss that little notion of "inflation later," and you'll get buried.
The third option is to use a simple technique taught in every self-defense class. Use the bastard's momentum against him.
The harder he charges... the harder he falls.
In the investing world, it's easy as long as you understand your attacker and know which way to step when he charges.
That's what our "Roadmap of the New America" is all about. Our sole goal is to put the crosshairs on your enemies... and give you the strategies you need to effectively overcome their onslaught.
Above all, it is vital to understand that we're in fresh territory. What worked yesterday won't work today.
For the who, what, when and where of our conference... click here.
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