In my last post, I wanted to ensure people understood the Monetary and Fiscal policy tools that can be used to help us out of the Covid-19 recession (or probable depression).
Today, I want to turn my educational post to the definition of what it means to be in either a recession or a depression:
Recession: a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.
Depression: an extended recession that has years, not quarters, of economic contraction.
For context, there have been 33 recessions since 1854. But the more relevant period to look at are the 11 recessions since 1945, the end of the Second World War. The average contraction period for those 11 recessions was 11 months from peak to trough. And it took, on average, just under 5 years for the expansion phase to play out post-recession.
For additional context, there has only ever been one depression, The Great Depression of...
This past week, we published Part 1 of our Covid-19 Investor Update, focusing on our Pineapple Farm in Panama. In Part 2, we looked at multiple Agricultural investments in Colombia. Our Part 3 today is focused on a few of our Multifamily investments in the United States.
Multifamily (also known as Apartment Buildings of 5 or more units for newbies) investments are the foundation of our wealth from a Real Estate investment perspective. We believe value-add multifamily investments are the best asset class for medium-term cash flow AND long-term growth of our overall net worth. For those of you unfamiliar with this investment strategy....quick education:
Let’s break it down. A real estate syndication investment is a way for investors like us to pool our financial capital to invest in properties and projects much bigger than we could afford or manage on our own. I add my...
Karen and I have talked a lot over the last few years about our Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Investment Strategies, our thesis being that everyone needs healthy food and affordable shelter, no matter the market conditions:
And also the reasons why Investing in agriculture gives us a great hedge against the volatile stock market.
But this Covid-19 Black Swan is challenging all investor assumptions at the present time. Nobody can predict how much Helicopter Money will be dished out to soften the blow of the economic shutdown or what that means for the shape of the economic recovery.
So we decided to delve a little into the actual investments we hold and discuss any early indications as to the impact of Covid-19 on our portfolio. In Part 1, I’m going to be discussing our Panama Golden Pineapple investment in Panama, Part 2 is our agriculture investments in Colombia and then Part 3 will be a focus on our Multifamily investments in the US.
Let’s get to it. Starting in...
I hope you are all healthy and social distancing and staying safe.
Karen and I have been fairly silent over the last month or so, like many of you, responding to the events swirling around us while trying to maintain a healthy dose of optimism for the future. We know this period will pass, like many of the other bleak periods in human history. We just don't know what the new world looks like. It will definitely be different than the world we left in late 2019. And I'm sure different opportunities will abound for us all.
But the reason I’m writing this post is because I’ve received calls from a half dozen people over the last 10 days asking if they should start ‘buying on the dip’ or start to ‘invest against the herd’ etc.
Remembering that Free advice is not always worth the...