By any measure, 2016 was a great year – a watershed, in fact – for the tech- and pharma-heavy cannabis niche.
For instance, ever since Sept. 2, when I sent my Nova-X Report subscribers the 30 pot stock recommendations in my “weed investors’ bible,” The Roadmap to Marijuana Millions, we’ve seen incredible gains all across the market sector.
And what had been a phenomenal year got even better with a massive victory: On Nov. 8, voters in five states (five juicy untapped markets) voted to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. That boosted the cannabis niche’s growth prospects immensely. Remember, this is an investing arena that was already expected to grow by more than 31% a year until at least the early 2020s.
But… the buoyant marijuana markets took notice when President-elect Donald Trump tapped U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be the next U.S. Attorney General. The nation’s would-be top cop is known for his, shall we say, “retrograde” views on marijuana – legal and otherwise.
That news cast a great deal of uncertainty on investments with an otherwise vertical trajectory.
So, naturally, pot stock investors – and those considering it – are wondering what the future might hold for this high-growth, immensely profitable investing niche.
Well, I’m going to show you a glimpse of that future right now…
The market has had a blistering run since Nov. 8 – with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 9% — but plenty of the “experts” on Wall Street are pessimistic about Donald Trump’s effect on tech stocks.
These folks believe that Trump’s tough trade stance will hurt tech because the big global players manufacture many of their products overseas.
“I would avoid [big tech stocks] in a big way,” DoubleLine Capital CEO Jeffrey Gundlach said a week after the election. “The basic fundamental underpinnings of [big tech stocks] disappeared one week ago today.”
Gundlach may be the “Bond King” – but he’s wrong here about tech stocks.
Technology will be the one sector of the economy you can count on for high growth in 2017.
That may sound hard to believe, because tech slightly lagged the broader stock market through the first 11.5 months of 2016. But that was largely because life sciences fizzled.
But tech stocks are going to resume their leadership position in 2017.
Therefore, if you’re one of the millions of Americans trying to put together enough money for a stress-free retirement, technology is where your focus should be.
In this wide-randing interview with Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III, I lay out my “case” for tech’s resurgence, talk about the surprising benefits incoming U.S. President Donald Trump will have on American innovators, and outline a strategy for maximizing high-tech profits in 2017.
We’ve been talking a lot about artificial intelligence (AI) over the past few weeks.
About how the big brains at Google’s DeepMind AI system say they may have developed a memory system they’re calling a “differentiable neural computer” (DNC) and possibly unlocked the path to truly intelligent deep learning.
About how many of FacebookMessenger’s 1 billion users are using AI-enhanced “chatbots” for their customer-service needs – chatbots that may soon be handling bill paying, shopping, delivery, and a range of other tasks.
Trump has said he plans to act more like a chairman of the board, while Vice President-elect Mike Pence and the Cabinet handle the nitty-gritty of government.
So maybe we should be talking about “Elaine Chao Stocks”…
After all, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Transportation will head up much of the president-elect’s $1 trillion infrastructure improvement plan.
But more importantly to our interests here, she’ll be in charge of regulating self-driving vehicle technology.
If Chao’s history as Deputy Secretary of Transportation under George H.W. Bush and Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush repeats itself, that’s good use, because she’s known for a light regulatory hand.
To us, that means public companies in the self-driving space are likely to see a big boost in share price over the next four years.
Especially the one we’re looking at today.
You can already find its “pre”-autonomous driving technology in many of the most prestigious nameplates.
Its technology is the force behind two of the most “public” driverless car tests over the past couple of years.
And its shares are primed to soar as much as 40% in the next year alone.
There’s a tech “play” out there that gives us access to just about everything: solar panels, data storage devices, tablets, smartphones, cars and trucks, and even high-definition TV sets.
But that’s just the beginning.
It also puts us in antibiotics… water purification systems… and even NASA spacecraft.
And I bet that most of you have a piece of this “Universal Tech Play” on you as we speak.
I’m talking about silver.
Most investors think of it as a precious metal – a way to store value.
But you’re not “most investors,” and you now know that silver – this Miracle Material – has a special set of properties you won’t find in other commodities. It’s an excellent electrical and thermal conductor; it provides a durable and smooth coating for many tech components that can’t have imperfections; and it has anti-microbial properties that help medical devices stay germ-free.
Washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, air purifiers, and vacuum cleaners all rely on silver nanoparticles to sterilize up to 650 types of bacteria.
And right now, another hot growth area is just starting to develop for silver – nanotechnology.
Engineers have begun tinkering with this metal, looking for ways to apply wafer-thin layers of silver to a range of industrial and medical products.
While silver prices have been weighed down by strong economic figures lately, this shouldn’t deter you long term. In fact, the best time to find great bargains in silver is before another price surge.
Rats have long been one of humanity’s worst enemies.
Flea-invested rats were carriers of the bubonic plague that killed between 75 million and 200 million Europeans in the mid-14th century.
Today, rats still carry and spread many diseases – some fatal – including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, murine typhus, and rat-bite fever.
But I love rats – specifically, OmniRats.
These rodents – developed by biotech researchers – contain disease-fighting antibodies that are remarkably similar to the ones found in us humans. And those researchers believe they’ll be the key to dozens of successful drugs.
When it comes to mining – of both precious and strategic metals – most of the “low-hanging fruit” has been both discovered and mined out.
That’s even with the sophisticated power, equipment, and transportation technologies we discuss every week here.
And that leaves us with much lower grade deposits… at least on land.
One of the biggest tech advancements in recent years, however, has made those lower grade deposits – i.e., lower metal concentration per ton of rock – economic to mine. I’m talking about the ability to move, crush, and process massive amounts of rock from open-pit deposits.