Be Like Ben – and Make This Move by Dec. 18

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

A friend of mine, Ben, did what many of us dream about a few years back.

He was in middle management, deeply ensconced in a big accounting firm in downtown San Francisco. It paid great, but Ben hated the job: long hours, a ridiculous commute, tons of boring meetings, eating lunch at the desk every day. You know the routine.

But unlike so many of us, Ben took action. He regained his freedom.

He quit his job, cashed out some of his investments, moved to the country, and became an independent trucker.

He loves it. He loves chatting with other truckers, eating at greasy spoons, listening to talk radio all day, being his own boss… pretty much.

But he also hates it, sometimes. That’s because Ben’s “boss,” such as it is, is a computer that tells him where to go, when to get there, when to pull over to fill up or for maintenance, even when to go to bed.

Yup, like I tell you so often, every business is a tech business – even trucking.

A few years back, I showed you folks one way to cash in on tech’s takeover of trucking by recommending FleetCor Technologies Inc. (NYSE: FLT), a commercial fleet-focused electronic payments company. And if you made that move, you’re sitting on some pretty big gains – 135.8%.

FleetCor still has plenty of room to run – up to 20% in just the next 12 months.

But there’s another trucking technology investment out there that I want to tell you about. And I need to tell you about it now – today.

That’s because midnight, Dec. 18, a little-known federal mandate will go into effect across the United States.

It requires the immediate deployment of a cutting-edge technology for the trucking industry. It’s “Ben’s boss.”

I call it an Augmented Digital Copilot – or ADC for short. (I can’t tell you what Ben calls it.)

And just one tiny company has meticulously developed the technology to dominate this market. Only it can fulfill the immense and imminent demand for these devices.

This small, under-the-radar firm is on the verge of earning a big chunk of the $2 billion windfall that this federal mandate is creating.

That will send its stock soaring and make its investors a fortune.

Now here’s how you can “be like Ben” – and regain your own freedom

Instead of Lamenting Cyber Monday’s “Retail Apocalypse,” Make This Move

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

Black Friday/Cyber Monday hit about two weeks ago – and all I’ve heard since is doom and gloom.

The “retail apocalypse” is here, and every “expert” out there is telling investors to “Short” brick-and-mortar retailers… wait, no, they should “Buy” retailers on the dip.

Then there are those who try to explain that this isn’t really an apocalypse, and that this specific retailer is going to survive (but this one or this one isn’t).

Over at Jim Cramer’s TheStreet, I saw one writer recommend an ETF – EMTY, as in “empty” stores – whose share price rises whenever a bricks-and-mortar retail stock index falls.

All this is ridiculous – and way more complicated than necessary.

Yes, Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD), and Office Depot Inc. (ODP) are plummeting. And, indeed, J. Crew Group Inc. and Toys “R” Us Inc. are heading toward insolvency.

But check out these numbers…    

Adobe Analytics tracked $5.03 billion in online sales on Black Friday – and an even more robust $6.59 billion on Cyber Monday. And the analysts there think the stage is now set for e-commerce sales to surpass $100 billion this holiday season, a new record.

In other words, technology is behind all the “apocalypse.” So instead of picking among retailers to “Buy” and/or “Short,” we should be investing in the technology that’s causing the “apocalypse.”

And though it’s a good start, we can do way more than “Buy” Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN).

In fact, we can get into an e-commerce-focused investment that’s been doubling the overall market’s return all year long.

And that shows no sign of slowing down…

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