Where Bill Bonner Invests His Money

Even the houses of disrepute are feeling a little abandoned. According to an item in the European press, “Credit Crunch Pinches Prostitutes.” Brothels in Nevada say their revenues have been cut in half as truckers can’t afford the gasoline to make a detour.

What is this country coming to? We don’t know. But we don’t like the looks of it.

Still, what can we do? The subject came up this weekend. School has finally ended for summer. One son is back from Boston. Two others have finished their tests in France. We took them with us to Normandy for the weekend, so we could all work at painting the windows and doors of our old house, barns and stables. The nice thing about painting is that it is an invitation to conversation.

“Dad, what are you investing in?” one of the boys wanted to know.

We explained that we had put the family money in a variety of things.

“I’m not really an investor – except in the business,” we began our explanation. “But I know some people who are good at it. They do research on individual companies – like Warren Buffett. And if they’re good, and if they’re lucky, they do a bit better than the market itself. In a single year, it wouldn’t matter very much. But over a very long time, it adds up. So, I gave them some of the family money.

“Emerging markets, for example. I don’t know about next year. Or even 5 years out, but it seems a reasonable bet that 10 or 20 years from now, those investments in emerging markets will have done better than putting the money into U.S. stocks. And if you have someone you trust on the case, you can take a long view, spread out among several different markets, and not worry about it.”

“You mean, you put all the money into emerging markets?”

“No…no… only about a quarter of it. The rest is in gold, natural resources, and European stocks – same thing there, I have someone I trust making very long-term investments. I don’t know if gold is going up in the short run. But over the very long run, there’s never been anything better as a way to store wealth. And I think also that over the long run natural resources will be a good place to be – if you’ve got someone you trust making the choices. I’m in a very privileged position in that I get to see so many different people trying so many different ways to make money. In my business, I see them…I meet them…I study their theories and see their results. Most of them are a waste of time. Worse than that, they’re a danger to your money. But a few are real pros…people you can trust…and people who will do a good job for you.”

“Yeah Dad, I’ve been reading Markets and Money. My thinking is probably getting warped by it. Because I’m putting the money I save this summer into gold too. But Dad, what if gold goes down like it did in the ’90s…and what if those managers lose the money? What are you going to do? Shouldn’t you have a lot of money in the bank to retire on?”

“Nah…I’m not going to retire. And when I get too old to work…just ship me out to the ranch and let me dry up and blow away.”

“Okay Dad…sounds like a plan.”

Until tomorrow,

Bill Bonner
Markets and Money

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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Thanks heaps, your advice is excellent! And don’t worry, all the successful old people I’ve asked reckon when you get old, you don’t slow down or stop, you just “change gears” and you still have fun. (even though the idea of fun changes from wild parties say, to “having a cup of tea at your friends house)

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