The Voluntary Life: Investing In Europe: An Interview With Marc De Mesel

13 February 2012

Investing In Europe: An Interview With Marc De Mesel

This episode is about investing inside the Euro zone as an independent individual investor. It is an interview with Marc de Mesel, who runs a blog on investing in Europe in dutch and also an investing blog in english. Marc talks about his experience applying the Permanent Portfolio strategy in a European context. He also provides his thoughts on speculating in gold and other precious metals. The episode is provided as food for thought to encourage critical thinking and independent decision-making in regard to investment: it is opinion only and should not be considered any kind of financial advice.

For more information about the concept of the permanent portfolio see Harry Browne's book "Fail-Safe Investing". You can also hear more about the Permanent Portfolio concept in this previous episode. The book that Marc mentions in the episode is "Tomorrow's Gold" by Mark Farber.

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  1. I do not understand the Iceland case.

    In 2008 gold price stayed much the same in Euros but rose in Iceland. Stocks, bonds, cash lost nearly all value. Permanent Portfolio gold did not save an Icelander's portfolio purchase power, just the 25% of it that was invested in gold (which could still be exchanged for a similar number of Euros).

    25% remaining is better than nothing remaining. But had foreign currency or investments been held the loss of purchase power might have been less.

  2. I also have a Permanent Portfolio since the beginning of 2015 and I would like to recommend the blog, (in spanish) where I found all the needed information to build your portfolio if you live in Europe. Moreover, thanks to that page I found your blog, Jake, so I'm doubly grateful.


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