Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

We are on Twitter!

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Just to let you know, we have now joined the Twitter bandwagon. Follow us at down, but is UP!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

If you have been trying to go to to order our book and found that the web site is down (it is still down at time of writing), please accept our apologies. We have shifted the entire site to instead. The links have been updated.

Release of new book: “How to buy and invest in physical gold and silver bullion”

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Finally, our book, “How to buy and invest in physical gold and silver bullion,” is ready!

We know many of you want to invest in physical gold and silver bullion but do not know how to get started. So, this book is written to help you get started. It is written for the complete beginner in mind. There are two parts to the book:

  1. Background information on the history of money, inflation, deflation and a correct understanding of gold. Although most of the materials in this part of the book are available on this site (it frequently quotes this site), they are scattered throughout in bits and pieces. Therefore, this book will present them in a consolidated and organised manner, which is most useful for the beginner. However, there are also some new material not found on this site as well as ‘enhancements’ to what is already freely available here.
  2. The second part of the book gets you started in learning how to buy physical gold and silver bullion. It has information on storage, forms of bullion, how to avoid the fakes, bullion coin specifications, a section on silver and tax tricks used by the rich.

In total, this compact book has a total of 81 pages. Our feeling is that some (or many?) people will find that this book is written quite concisely (with a few examples for the more difficult concepts), which means that every word counts.

In addition, this web site complements the book. From time to time, as additional supplementary materials are available, we will post an update on that web site. Also, our list of recommended bullion dealers will also be updated from time to time. So, you can subscribe to the emailing list (at the right side of the web site) to be notified of updates.

Best of all, if you help us sell our book, we will share 50% of the profit! Click here for more details. So, if you have a blog, web site, Facebook group page and so on, you can join our affiliate program to earn extra cash.

Finally, if you encounter any problems buying that book (both the e-book and physical edition), please let us know. We don’t expect any problems, but in a world of Black Swans, who knows? Also, please give us any feedback, especially the physical edition of the book- this is the first time we’ve outsourced to to print, deliver and process the sales of the physical book and we need your feedback.

Remember, at a time when gold prices are trending up, if you are investing in physical gold and silver bullion, you are a still contrarian (see Is long gold mainstream?) because the crowd are investing in ‘gold.’ So, why wait? Buy the book now! 🙂

Reader’s question on Warren Buffett

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Recently, one of our readers asked this question at the forum:

So why is Warren Buffett’s net worth so much higher than Charlie Munger’s? And why Ben Graham, the founder of the idea, never really make it? It seems like value investing only works extraordinarily well with Buffett. I was hoping someone like Ed could give some insight.

We see that this is an excellent discussion topic. So, what do you think? Join in the forum discussion now!

Photos of Shanghai

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

If you are on Facebook, you may want to join our Facebook community here. It is a great place to interact, communicate, network, discuss and befriend other readers. Recently, we have uploaded several photos of some of our recent visit to Shanghai in that Facebook group.

What do you think of Shanghai?

We will be away for a few weeks

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Our dear readers, if you do not hear from us for the next couple of weeks, please be patient with us, for some of us will be away during this festive season. Therefore, our postings will be sparse during this period of time. But we will be back in full action some time after the 2nd week of January 2009.

Merry Christmas! (and join our Facebook Community)

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

We wish our readers a very Merry Christmas! Take a good rest, enjoy your holidays and recharge yourself for the coming 2009!

Also, if you are on Facebook, you may want to join our Facebook community here. It is a great place to interact, communicate, network, discuss and befriend other readers.

Join our Facebook community

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

We had just created a Facebook group called the Contrarian Investors’ Journal Community. This is a group for our growing community of readers to interact, communicate, network and befriend each other.

For those whose email addresses are in our emailing list and are not yet members of Facebook, an invitation to join this group had been sent. If you have received more than one invite, please accept our apologies because Facebook had been playing up on us with some unspecified errors.

For those who already have a Facebook account, please be part of our Facebook community by logging into Facebook and joining the group here.

“Property 2009: Crash, Boom or Stagnate?!” debate begins today!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Just a reminder to all our readers: the Property 2009: Crash, Boom or Stagnate?! forum debate is starting now.

Two of our special guest experts will be taking part in this debate. See Interviewing Steve Keen for the upcoming property forum debate and Interviewing Michael Yardney for the upcoming property forum debate.

Interviewing Michael Yardney for the upcoming property forum debate

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

In Upcoming forum debate: ?Property 2009: Crash, Boom or Stagnate?!?, we announced that for the upcoming property debate on 15 October 2008, we will be ?inviting the various high-profile experts to this debate.?

We had already introduced Associate Professor Steve Keen in Interviewing Steve Keen for the upcoming property forum debate. Today, we will introduce an expert who is on the opposite side of the fence- Michael Yardney. Michael is a successful property developer and property investor as well as director of Metropole Property Investment Strategist. To get to know more about Michael, today?s article feature our short interview with him.

Please note that we do NOT take responsibility nor endorse his views. Therefore, if you have any disagreement with what he says, please take them up to him at the debate on 15 October 2008.


What are you currently doing in your line of work?

I am CEO of Metropole Property Investment Strategists, which has offices in Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane. I am still an active property investor and developer and as a property commentator my thoughts are frequently quoted in the press.

I am an author of 3 books and also publisher of Property Update an e-magazine with 40,000 subscribers

So, can you share a bit about your life journey that brings you to what you are currently doing?

I bought my first investment property in my early 20?s without a deposit and not really understanding the rules of the game. Then I built a multi million dollar property portfolio – in my spare time – property by property. In the 1980?s I got involved in property development.

If you were to give a concise advice to budding property investors today, what will it be?

Educate yourself but be careful who?s advice you listen to. Have hey achieved what you want to achieve? Have they invested in more than one property cycle? Do they have a vested interest in the advice they are giving you?

How will the current state of the economy affect property as an investments?

My view of the property market could be summed up simply as follows:

  1. I have very strong positive views on the property markets in most capital cities in the medium to long term.
  2. I am certainly aware of potential short term problems related to the credit crisis and poor market sentiment which means that…..
  3. You should be looking for a property at the right price, in the right location, with the right rental income.

Remember…as a long term investor, and that?s the only way to look at property as an investor, you can buy a property at any time in the property cycle as long as the fundamentals of the deal are sound. This year may be a good time to buy property – I have always found it a good time to buy when everybody tells you that property is a bad investment. Now is the time to get set for the future.


Property 2009: Crash, Boom or Stagnate?!