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International Investments - July 2006 Major Market Update

By Gary Scott

* International Investments – July 2006 Major Market Value Analysis

* Natural Health Tip - Buggin Hot Aint’ Cool

* International Investments - Ecuador and Latin America

Our friend, statistical expert, Michael Keppler, continually researches all major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return. He compares each major stock market’s history and from this develops his good value emerging stock markets strategy.

Here is a condensation of his latest 2006 review of major market developments & outlook.

After suffering a 4.4 % decline last month, the largest monthly drawdown since September 2002,

Major Markets equities rebounded this month.

The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) World Total Return Index gained 0.5 % in local currencies, was unchanged in US dollars and advanced 0.4 % in euros.

Year-to-date, the MSCI World TR Index advanced 2.9 % in local currencies and 6.1 % in US dollars. However, due to a 7.8 % decline of the dollar versus the euro, the Major Markets benchmark lost 2.2 % in euros year-to-date.

This last month twelve markets were up, five markets declined and one Market (Austria) was unchanged.

Performance measurements are based on total returns in local currencies, unless mentioned otherwise.

Singapore led the monthly winners with a 2.8 % gain, followed by the United Kingdom (+ 2.2 %) and Australia (+2.1 %).

Among the decliners, Norway (-1.4 %) stood out, followed by Belgium (-0.7 %), Canada and Denmark (both down 0.6 %).

Year-to-date, seventeen markets had positive returns and one market (Japan) declined. As in the previous year, Norway (+12.7 %), the only market with a double digit gain, continues to lead, followed by Australia (+8.4 %) and Spain (+7.5 %).

The worst performers year to date are Japan (-1.3 %), Sweden (+1.3 %), and Denmark (+1.4 %).

There are no changes in our performance ratings this month.

The Top Value Model Portfolio contains Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands and Singapore at equal weights.

Keppler’s current ratings suggest that these markets offer the highest expectation of superior performance.

You can get ideas on shares in these top value major global stock markets from Thomas Fischer at Fischer@jyskebank.dk

For more details on Keppler's analysis, contact Roderick Cameron at 1-212-245-4304 or at roderick.cameron@kamny.com

Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of Jyske Bank and me at our next International Business and Investing Made EZ course in North Carolina. Review where to invest and do business now and learn which markets and currencies may be strong in the year ahead. Meet Steve Marchant our man in Ecuador and learn about products to export. Go to http://www.garyascott.com/catalog/ibeznc.html

Natural Health Tip - Buggin Hot Aint’ Cool. Don’t miss tomorrow’s message that looks at who is trying you to soak your self in diethylbenzemide. Learn the health risks they won’t they won’t tell you and the natural health steps to do about it.

Until next message, good investing!

Gary

The Blue Ridge is lush and ripe this time of year, the clover so high we let our perpetual lawn mowers in to eat it down. Here is three of our herd, Harriet, Goliath and Flo chompin by our front porch. This photo was sent using Corel Photo Album 6. Visit
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P.S. Double your profit potential with the MultiCurrency Sandwich. Leverage investments in top value markets. See http://www.garyascott.com/catalog/bldh.html

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