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How to Avoid a Repeat of the 2008 Wipeout

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Monday, April 25, 2011

On May 13, I'll be speaking about quite possibly the best investment strategy I've ever seen...
It's not a stock strategy, or a real estate strategy, or anything "traditional." But it's never lost money in a calendar year going back 31 years (as far back as I have data to test).
Best of all, this investment doesn't care about what happens in the stock market...
When stocks fell by 9%, 12%, and 22% from 2000 to 2002, this investment chugged along, safely earning a positive 9% in each of those three years. And when the stock market lost 37% in 2008, this investment rose 3%.
This particular idea is a simple currency strategy. I'll be presenting the details and how to easily invest in it at The Global Currency Expo in La Jolla, California on May 13.
Why a currency idea?
The most important reason is that currency strategies typically don't care what happens in other investments. This is important...
The stock market crash of 2008 was a real eye-opener to investors... Before 2008, people thought "diversification" equaled "safety." Investors thought that, by spreading their eggs around, they couldn't get hurt too badly. So they got diversified across a wide range of stocks, bonds, commodities, and real estate.
The lesson was brutal – everything went down. A lot. Diversification, as most people thought of it, simply didn't work.
A few things (that most people didn't own) actually performed just fine... Some simple currency strategies made money (like the one I'll share at the conference). Gold went up a bit. Tax-lien certificates that I recommended chugged along just fine. And guaranteed investments (like MarketSafe CDs from EverBank) of course didn't lose you any money.
Could we see another crash like 2008, where just about everything goes down? It's in the realm of possibility...
Stocks have doubled from their lows two years ago. Oil is up over $100 a barrel again. Silver is up hundreds of percent. Things are up. A lot. So a bear market in just about everything – like 2008 – is certainly possible.
Learn the lesson from 2008... Don't think you're diversified because you own stocks, bonds, and commodities.
Instead, add strategies to your investments that won't get clobbered when everything else does... safe currency strategies, tax-lien certificates, guaranteed investments, and others that shouldn't get hurt if we see a 2008-style fall.
You will have to read up on these unique investments... Chances are, most people you know won't know a darn thing about them.
But it'll be worth it. You'll avoid the pitfalls and maximize the opportunities. Get to it...
Good investing,

Further Reading:

Longtime readers know Steve specializes in investment ideas outside the mainstream. He's recently written about opportunities in tax-lien certificates, gold, and silver.
He's also done his homework on real estate. Be sure to check out his ideas here:

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