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A minute of silence can be more productive than an hour of debate.
~Terry Braverman

Arrest yourself when under the influence of a negative thought.
~Terry Braverman

Give me levity, or give me death!
~Terry Braverman

An intimate relationship is the ultimate training.
~Terry Braverman

Clarity of purpose is the ultimate decongestant.
~Terry Braverman

Faith keeps the voice of fear out of your ear.
~Terry Braverman

Peace begins between your ears.
~Terry Braverman

Peace begins between your ears.
~Terry Braverman

Be patient, before you become a patient.
~Terry Braverman

Over-analysis causes paralysis.
~Terry Braverman

May the 'farce' be with you.
~Terry Braverman

Plan some time to be spontaneous.
~Terry Braverman

Laugh at yourself, and you will always be amused.
~Terry Braverman

Imagination sharpens the dull blade of routine.
~Terry Braverman

Inquisitiveness cures boredom; nothing cures inquisitiveness.
~Terry Braverman

Feed your soul, starve your worries.
~Terry Braverman

Avoid time in the Tower of Babble.
~Terry Braverman

Release any false sense of insecurity.
~Terry Braverman

Life is a fantasy, made real by our thoughts.
~Terry Braverman

An Investment That Bears Fruit

Later this year, Google will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a publicly-traded company. And the conventional wisdom is that GOOG has been one of the best performing investments of the last decade. If you had invested $85 in the Google IPO back in 2004, your investment would be worth over $1,100 today... a 13x return. Over the same period, the S&P 500 has returned just 66%. And if you had taken the plunge into US Treasuries back in 2004, you would have been paid 4.15% per annum for the last ten years.

 

In light of all this, Google's stock performance has been undoubtedly stellar. But there's an entirely different asset class that few people ever consider which has beaten the pants off of Google's long-term performance. It's agriculture. I thought about this yesterday as I was walking around the orchard here picking fresh, ripe plums off the tree. We'll be starting our harvest soon, and the workers are getting everything ready.

 

The average plum tree can easily produce over 100 pounds of fruit, starting a few years after you put a well-developed seedling in the ground. And even on a standard-sized residential lot, you can plant 20+ fruit trees. Assuming a long-term average price of just $0.50 per pound and a 2004 plant price of $4, investing $85 in plum trees 10-years ago instead of Google stock would have yielded well over $6,000 so far. Even if you're not a do-it-yourselfer and allow for harvest costs, loss, pruning, water, and other expenses, you'd still be up more than GOOG. Plus you'd still be grossing $1,000 per year... not to mention the increase in your home's market value. More importantly, you would be owning (and producing) REAL assets instead of paper assets-- something that can be traded, sold, stored, or if need be, eaten.

 

It's not just plums, either. Or even fruit trees for that matter. You could have bought $85 worth of organic tomato seeds in 2004 and grown thousands of dollars’ worth of organic tomatoes over the last decade from your backyard. Of course, this sort of notion makes most serious investors laugh. They can't think past their own noses and only know how to follow the investment herd off the proverbial cliff.

 

And while this missive isn't intended to convince astute readers to rush out and plant trees, it's at least worth pointing out that there are always profitable options far from the mainstream investment mentality.  (Reprinted from the newsletter “Sovereign Man”)

 

DEFINING THE MARKET

Bull Market: a random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

Bear Market: a 6 to 24 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry and the husband gets no sex.

Bull: what your broker uses to explain why your mutual funds tanked during the last quarter. 

 

 

 

 

 

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