It’s 1938.

Europe is on the brink of war.

 The nations of Western Europe – Britain prominent amongst them – are pursuing a policy of “appeasement” towards fascist Germany and Italy.

But not everyone believes appeasing the fascists will result in “peace in our time”.

Winston Churchill is one.

Another is a man named Patrick Maitland.

Unlike Churchill, Maitland wasn’t a politician. He didn’t work for any government or intelligence agency. He was a private citizen. But in late 1938 Maitland made a discreet trip to fascist Rome on a secretive fact finding mission.

His purpose was to gather “higher quality information” on the situation in Europe, and report back to a small group of private citizens in Britain.

Upon his return he wrote each and every one of his followers a letter. A simple and direct message stood out in his analysis:

Appeasement will not work. War is coming to Europe, but not until September at the earliest.

On the 1st of September 1939, Hitler invaded Poland and the Second World War began, exactly as Maitland had foretold.

It was the first major world event Maitland correctly anticipated.

It wasn’t the last.

In fact it began our tradition of providing “private intelligence” to the handful of like-minded investors, entrepreneurs and businessmen who read The Fleet Street Letter. It’s a rich tradition that we have upheld – and added to – over the last eight decades.

Remember “Black Monday” in October 1987, when thousands of investors saw their savings wiped out?

It was one of the worst crashes in history. But it was no surprise for our followers. They’d been put ‘on guard’ over 5 months earlier – in a discreet and timely warning.

In his 1988 book, The Great Reckoning, our former Editor in Chief, the late Lord William Rees Mogg, identified that New York – particularly the financial markets there – was almost unguarded and open to attack. He based this on a detailed study of the infrastructure, arms movements inside the USA, plus the political situation in the Middle East.

He was right. Twice. The World Trade Centres were attacked in 1994… and 2001.

In September 1999, while the rest of the world was piling into tech stocks, they received another warning: ‘CRASH IMMINENT’.

The FTSE 100 peaked four months later, falling into a three year bear market.

I could go on.

But my point is this: The Fleet Street Letter is the oldest English language investment newsletter in the world. And there’s a very good reason for that.

Quite simply, our track record of helping private investors invest successfully and live freer, wealthier lives is unparalelled.

In the past, The Fleet Street Letter has been led by independent minded MPs, members of the House of Lords, ex MI5 and Soviet spies and former City fund managers.

Throughout history, we have existed for one reason: To study the financial, political and economic world, understand the deep changes that are going to affect private investors, share our insight with people like you.

This last point is vital. We exist with the sole aim of sharing our insight with private investors. We do not publish our work in the City. Nor do we want to.

And, since its foundation in 1935, The Fleet Street Letter has established an incredible track record in pinpointing the big ‘turning points’… and helping readers profit from them.

Let me share a little about our methods.

Here at The Fleet Street Letter, we focus on something I like to call deep change.

This is very different to the way most so called ‘experts’ look at the world. Read most mainstream financial commentator’s work, and you’ll see it’s packed with superficial – and often downright wrong– analysis.

I’m sure you know the kind of thing I’m talking about: “The markets will go up in September. Get out of gold – it’s going down this week.”

It’s all nonsense. It’s all superficial change. And it’s all entirely impossible, and therefore futile, to try and predict.

Deep change is different.

It’s shaped by the big, powerful forces or trends that nobody can control and 999 out of 1,000 people don’t even see. It’s based on demographic, political, economic and environmental trends… the slow moving but intensely powerful forces that impact everything and everyone.

I’ve already shared several examples from our history – Patrick Maitland’s warning about war in Europe, and Lord Rees-Moggs’ pre 9/11 terrorist alert.

But that was just the start of Lord Rees Mogg’s deep change analysis. After 9/11, he showed Fleet Street Letter readers how American intervention in the Middle East would soon step up, pushing the price of oil through the roof.

He also correctly forecast that US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan would use the attack as an excuse to cut rates and create a housing bubble. He even shared specific recommendations on how to use these trends to profit.

Again, none of this involves crystal ball gazing. That’s impossible. We prefer to call it professional forecasting. Put simply, understanding that markets don’t move at random. They respond to deep changes in the world.

A deep knowledge of history is vital. So is a wide network of contacts. And the willingness to think beyond the present and extrapolate today’s trends into the future.