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The Investment Club of America
April 22, 2019
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A Libertarian Take on Making Money Beyond the Financial Services Industry

It’s a given. We all want to make more money on our investments. But did you know that more than ninety percent of traditional money managers in the United States underperform the stock market in relation to the market index?

Here are the facts regarding money managers in America… Over the last 15 years, 92.33% of large cap managers, 94.81% of mid cap managers, and 95.73% of small cap managers failed to outperform the market index (Source: SPIVA US Year End Report. SPIVA means S&P Indexes versus active management). Stated a different way, over the last 15 years, only one in 13 large-cap managers, only one in 19 mid-cap managers, and one in 23 small-cap managers, were able to outperform their benchmark index.

What’s more alarming is that these chronically underperforming money managers are the highest paid individuals in any profession. For those of you with managed IRAs and 401ks, the results are even more dismal.

In contrast, the Investment Club of America encourages its members to look beyond the financial services industry for guidance on their investments and the Club has a solid track record of proven success. Much of our success is due to the fact that we take an active role in the companies in which we invest and often serve in an advisory capacity or on the Board. Collectively, members bring expertise in both the vetting process and/or at the management level. Several members have skill sets that directly relate to the companies in which we invest.

From a Libertarian perspective, we are pleased with President Trump’s determination to cut many regulations out of our system and shrink the size of big government. Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be allowed to make sweeping decisions that impact the pocketbooks of millions of Americans.

Of course, as Libertarians, we agree on decreasing the overreaching power of the Government and bringing the power back to the states and to the people where it belongs and where our forefathers intended it to be. However, we believe it’s short-sighted that Libertarians who are concerned about government interference in their lives don’t consider that in many instances the financial services industry has a considerably greater negative impact on their lives than policy does. The way money managers currently operate in the United States limits how much money we can all make.

As Libertarians, we must insist that money managers should not be able to take away our wealth by chronic underperformance. Left unchecked, these money managers are enhancing their own lifestyles at the expense of the American people.

The Investment Club of America is the alternative to dependence on the financial services industry. We have a solid track record of success with over 200 members and more than $24 million invested in deals over the last seven years that have all met or exceeded expectations. Our performance far exceeds market indexes. FreedomFest Founder (world’s largest Libertarian Conference)  and Economist, Mark Skousen is a proud member of the Club.

Here is what Mark recently wrote about the Club:

“It’s been a pleasure working with The Investment Club of America over the years. Those managing the investments I’ve made through the Club are a wise steward of my funds. They have always been available, forthright, and willing to answer my questions, and to work with my subscribers to fulfill their needs. Investing with the Club has been extremely profitable so far, and speaking at their EconoSummit has been a real joy. I’ve been an investor for several years and have made considerable profits as a partner in several gyms in Southern California.”
(Mark Skousen)

In terms of the process, Club members can opt in or opt out of any deal. Ninety percent of the Club members are considered accredited investors by securities definition ($1 million in net worth, not including their principal residence). In addition to offering access to investment opportunities, the Club focuses on providing high-level education with world-class speakers on a monthly basis, and offers unparalleled networking opportunities.

Some of our speakers over the last several years have included: Mark Skousen. William Strauss, Praveen Varshney, Jeff Clark, Jay Adkisson, Sean Flynn, Paul Wendee, Travis Krauss, Thomas Lake, Marcus Mumford, David Damore PhD, Dr. Bo Bernard, Josh Effron, Steve Hawks, Keith Smith, Dr. Michael Gunter, Johnathan Galaviz, Richard Lee, Wayne Root, Renee West, and Mike Lathigee. See the impressive biographies at www.investmentclubofamerica.com

The Club also supports the Convention of States in its mission to limit the power of the U.S. Federal Government.  www.conventionofstates.com

The Investment Club of America is truly a club for THE SERIOUS INVESTOR

Testimonials
Brandon Schnuelle
April 12, 2019
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I am a brand new member. I definitely look forward to future opportunities working with Mike Lathigee and being part of the Club. When talking with other members during EconoSummit 2019, it was clear that they hold Mike in high regard. I am very impressed with Mike’s knowledge, experience, and professionalism.

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Rich Durepos
April 12, 2019
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I have been involved with Mike Lathigee in investment clubs for 12 years. Mike’s micro and macro economics teachings have empowered me in my investment portfolios, personal development, and career opportunities. The experience has led me to multiple streams of income and financial independence. The Club keeps me on track. I like what was said at the recent EconoSummit… “Alone you can go fast. Together, we can go far.” That’s so true!

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Neil Bates
April 12, 2019
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The EconoSummit and the Club itself, are both very well run. I joined the Club after Mike Lathigee spoke at FreedomFest in July 2016. I understand the enormous amount of work (even in spite of future economic returns expected for the manager) it takes to keep an organization growing, functioning, and making money; organizing meetings and conferences; and keeping new deals flowing in and old deals performing. I really like and appreciate the club meeting videos so I can keep up on the education and deal reports.
The 2019 EconoSummit was even better than 2018! I appreciate the well rounded topic list covering the four club objectives: health, community, learning, and investing to make money. For a relatively small conference, the breadth of speakers and topics is very good. I especially appreciate the emphasis on taking action and the caliber of other members. This year was my first time to stay at The Orleans Hotel. I found the hotel and casino very well maintained, all staff polite and helpful, the rooms very well maintained, and the entire experience very positive. The special rates, the discounted resort fee, and the no parking fee made this stay a pleasant bargain.
I have invested in a number of projects through the Club. For example, I invested $25K in Eastlake in Oct. 2018, and although there was expectation of it maturing faster than Venture Fit, I was pleasantly surprised in Feb. 2019 to receive a 1% distribution/return of capital (and then another one in March 2019). I also invested $40K in the fitness acquisition fund in Jan. 2019 – and appreciate the Club’s and Jeff’s strategy of building a synergistic company in order to ensure a higher multiple cash-out in the future. I also appreciate the opportunity to be able to profit from previous forward-thinking Club work in building the gym concept. The fact that Mark Skousen was an investing member played into my “reassurance factor” in making these investments. I look forward to continuing to add to my investments through the Club. Well done, and mahalo!

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Gary Bates
April 12, 2019
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I have known Mike for eight years and appreciate access to investments through the Club that would not be available to me otherwise. It’s a great learning experience to be exposed to new ideas. The investments offered to Club members over the last several years have done very well. Through the Club, I’ve received an outstanding education not just on investing, but also on economics, politics, health, and community involvement.

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Robyn Bonk
April 12, 2019
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Mike is very knowledgeable, thorough, responsive, and professional. My investment results have far exceeded what I could have done on my own. Over the last five years, I’ve gained a valuable education in investing through the Club’s programs and activities.

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Jerry Perkins
April 12, 2019
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I’ve been involved with Mike and the Club for two years. Mike has been completely open about his history in business. Every deal Mike has presented has been great and has perfomed as proposed. Mike’s choice of speakers is also superb; they have been very knowledgeable and beneficial to me.

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Chris Yoshimura
April 12, 2019
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For five years, Mike has been instrumental in my investment decisions. He has inspired me to increase my educational and health experiences in a positive way. I now spend somewhere between 4 to 16 hours a week studying and reading about investments and the economy… I’m also very happy with my investments through the Club; there’s nothing like positive cash flow! Thank you, Mike, for your support.

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Stephen Murphy
April 12, 2019
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Mike Lathigee is passionate and honest, and working to garner the trust of the members in his vision of where the Club is going. Since joining the Club four months ago, I’m enjoying the journey and am taking part in the Club’s awesome investment opportunities. Mike is a capitalist in the best sense of the word. He wants us all to share the ride in building wealth and community.

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Bernarr Paroo
April 12, 2019
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My relationship with Mike pre-dates the formation of the Club. What I have found most valuable is the investment education and the exposure to investments that are not available to most people. I ‘m getting investment cash flow now and looking forward to being rewarded when we exit from these investments.

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John and Evee Wallin
April 12, 2019
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Having worked with him for a number of years, I’ve come to realize Mike as a true friend and compatriot. Mike offered me good advice and counsel when I discussed what needed to be done in a particular investment of mine. We thank him for all he has done for us.

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Joe Kafka
April 12, 2019
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I’ve been a Club member for only eight months, but I am very happy with the results so far. Mike sent me a video of the San Diego fitness centers… and I invested. I have already received dividend checks from that investment. I plan to invest more funds in the Club’s next project.

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Lawrence Westen
April 12, 2019
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I have known Mike Lathigee since January 2019. My experience with him has been very positive and favorable. I look forward to a long and profitable relationship.

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Loic Pillon
April 12, 2019
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Mike is straight to the point. He’s very knowledgeable on the stock market, the economy, and business in general.

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Angela Archer
April 12, 2019
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I am new to the Club, so my interaction with Mike is limited. However, I have attended one monthly meeting and one EconoSummit. I really appreciate the dedication Mike Lathigee has in educating members and looking out for their welfare. Being rather new to investing, it’s also great to be part of an investment community.