If you’re like most Americans, you’re locked in a nightmarish cycle.
You work. You spend. You work some more. You earn enough to cover most of your bills – pretty much.
You fear those financial emergencies that show up at the worst time.
And the private pangs of terror you experience anytime you think about your hazy retirement years are probably not much different than the wrenching internal fears early explorers used to experience whenever they thought about the proverbial “edge of the earth.”
If I’ve just described your life, don’t feel bad. You’ve got plenty of company.
While the top 16,000 U.S. households own 12% of this country’s wealth, about half of American families have no net worth at all.
And forget about retirement. At a time when most experts will tell you that $1 million is the starting sticker price for a decent retirement, millions of working Americans – more than one-third of us – have nothing at all put away for those “Golden Years.”
Even the folks who are putting something away face a huge shortfall from what they’ll really need: A year ago, the median retirement nest egg among those aged 55 to 64 was a paltry $14,500.
And that shortfall just keeps getting worse.
For most of us, the first inclination to “fix” that problem is to work harder, earn and save a bit more, hoping this bit of “financial catch-up” will be enough to bridge the gap.
But this “earn-more” mentality is destined to fail. Instead, most of us will end up working longer – well into our retirement years, in fact. As author and motivational speaker Tony Robbins recently said, this failure to save means big groups of working retirees will end up serving as “the best-dressed greeters at Walmart.”
Fortunately, there is a solution – a real and workable “catch-up” strategy that any Main Street investor can employ to save themselves from a pauper-like future.
It’s a strategy that can deliver yearly returns 50% greater than conventional investments.
Starting today – with this special report in Strategic Tech Investor – I’m making it my personal mission to deliver these high-return investments to you.
And to underscore our commitment, I’m even presenting you with “The Million Dollar Tech Portfolio” – a group of investments that I personally selected for their high-return potential.
In the months to come, I’ll spend each of our visits here showing you why my personal mantra has been – and will continue to be – that “The road to wealth is paved by tech”…
You Can Do Better
Let me share some statistics with you.
According to a recent Bankrate.com poll, 36% of Americans haven’t even started to save for retirement… not at all.
Even more stunning, 25% of people aged 50-64 have yet to start saving.
The backdrop to that distressing figure is that more than two-thirds of American families, not just those near retirement age, are in a very precarious position.
According to a recent report from the Pew Charitable Trusts nonprofit group, 70% of U.S. households face at least moderate “financial strains.” And 55% of families are “savings-limited,” meaning they have less than one month’s income in “liquid” assets. (Financial planners recommend you have an “emergency fund” – easy access, through bank accounts or cash, to at least two months’ worth of income at all times.)
Moreover, wages continue to stagnate.
According to recent findings from the Economic Policy Institute, U.S. wages have been almost entirely flat since 2003.
If you want to make the kind of massive outsize gains you’ll need to reach that goal, then you need to start looking at the greatest wealth-creation machine the world has ever known – the U.S. technology sector.
From Eli Whitney‘s cotton gin and Thomas Alva Edison‘s phonograph through to Henry Ford‘s assembly line and William Shockley‘s transistor – and now Apple‘s smartphone and Google‘s search engine – these are the technologies that have enriched our lives and investors’ pockets.
And they keep U.S. stocks on one giant long-range bull market (with, admittedly, some big dips along the way).
Here’s how we know that tech stocks have led that charge.
Over the past 20 years, the tech-centric Nasdaq Composite Index has made incredible gains of nearly 518% – handily beating the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (326%) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (347%).
In other words, general technology stocks offer returns that are more than 1.5 times greater – that’s 50% more – than blue-chip stocks.
But individual technology stocks – the opportunities I intend to bring you on this new “mission” I’ve embarked on – can do even better.
Over a period of years, when the power of compounding gets to work its magic, that performance differential can give you a meaningful edge over market-tracking “index” investments.
Just take a look at recent stock-market history.
From 1990 to 1999, booming PC and software sales launched rallies of 9,000% in Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), 10,000% in Intel and 66,000% in Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) – and turned early investors into multimillionaires.
And with the maturation of the Internet and the rise of smartphones, e-commerce and social networking, just think about all the wealth that’s been created since the early 2000s by companies like Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB).
Something very similar is happening now.
Today Is the Day
The emergence of biotechnology, high-speed networks, e-commerce and mobile communications have delivered a whole suite of new tech sectors that are making millionaires out of ground-floor investors.
Innovations such as genomics, Big Data, cloud computing and the Internet of Everything are doing more than just emerging – they’re “interlocking.” That means they’re meshing to create a ubiquitous tech “ecosystem” unlike anything we’ve seen before.
I’m talking about such burgeoning developments as:
- Mobile payments, which researcher Gartner says will nearly triple from $235 billion in 2013 to 720 billion by 2017.
- The Internet of Everything (IoE), which is projected to soar from $255.87 billion in 2014 to $947.29 billion in 2019.
- Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) chips – known more colloquially as “sensors” – which the MEMS Executive Congress says will grow from about $12 billion last year to over $22 billion by 2018.
- Cloud computing, which Market Research Media says will grow at a 30% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $270 billion in 2020.
- Big Data, which researcher IDC predicts will grow at a 27% CAGR to reach $32 billion by 2017.
- Software-as-as-service (SaaS), which IDC says will grow at a 23.5% annual pace – creating a $30 billion market by 2017.
- And wearable technology, which TechNavio has predicted will soar at a 54.11% CAGR through 2018.
There’s also the memory market, which is benefitting from such innovations as solid-state memory and the Hybrid Memory Cube; “Miracle Materials,” which includes such revolutionary developments as graphene and carbon nanotubes; the next-generation auto, which includes the “connected car,” the driverless auto and the electric vehicle (EV); new semiconductor architectures; unmanned aerial and undersea vehicles (drones) and other forms of robotics; cybersecurity; and biotechnology and medical devices, which are being developed both to cure diseases and increase human longevity.
As I’ve been saying, investing in innovation can be stunningly lucrative.
Take biotech: Since January 2010, the Nasdaq Biotech Index has generated returns of 338% – more than three times the still-hefty return of 88% from the S&P 500.
Take wearables, a market that will get a big boost when the Apple Watch debuts in April. Forrester Research predicts that smart watches will pull in 10 million users – or more – this year.
And that’s just one device.
The wearable market exemplifies this emerging tech ecosystem.
Because of the seamless relationships between devices, the smart watches that are now hitting store shelves can “talk” to your smartphone, your “cloud,” your PC, the smart devices in your home – even your doctor.
With all of these devices – from smart watches and virtual-reality headsets to “smart cars” and IoE-connected warehouses – the demand for increasingly better semiconductors will be unlimited. And that’s even after a record year in 2014.
Global chip sales hit $87 billion during 2014’s third quarter, the last period for full data. That’s an all-time quarterly record, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Expect the chip sector to keep flexing its muscle. Research and Markets is forecasting global chip sales will close 2014 up 4.4%. Gartner is even more bullish: It expects worldwide semiconductor revenue will come in at $336 billion for 2014, up 6.7% from 2013.
That momentum will continue throughout this year and beyond.
Your neighbors and colleagues will soon be talking about Big Data, the cloud and the IoE like we now talk about the Internet, smartphones and social media – it’s fait accompli.
And that makes today the greatest tech investing opportunity since at least the early 2000s.
Let’s Get Started
I want to help folks like you learn the nuts and bolts of investing, and then make the gains you need to significantly impact you net worth – to make your retirement dreams into reality.
And we’re taking a first big step toward that goal today.
We’re doing that by delivering to you “The Million Dollar Tech Portfolio” – seven investments whose shares have the potential to double in value several times over in the coming years.
These opportunities are all over the growing tech “ecosystem” I’ve just been telling you about.
One company is making the chips that are powering some of the biggest innovations in video technology – Internet-connected security cameras, ultra-high-definition televisions (UHDTVs), cameras for the connected car, advanced TV broadcast systems, and flying and wearable cameras.
Another company is taking advantage of one of the biggest trends in biotechnology -drugs that are obtained from living sources rather than chemical reactions in the lab, known as “biologics.” And this firm is making its profits the “pick-and-shovel” way – by acting as a supplier of materials rather than making drugs itself – thereby end-running around the laborious and expensive federal approval process.
This company is an integral part of the blockbuster-drug-development cycle, meaning the growth cycle I see will continue… for years to come.
Like I said, you just need to compare those sorts of gains to the overall stock market to see that “handpicked” tech investments are truly the best way to reach your financial goals and dreams.
To get started, give “The Million Dollar Tech Portfolio” a thorough reading. And start using it to make your investment decisions.
Then, come back and read Strategic Tech Investor each and every week.
If you believe, like I do, that “The road to wealth is paved by tech,” then let these be your vehicles.
With them, you’ll soon reach your desired destination.
Let’s make this journey together.
A Note From Michael: To download “The Million Dollar Tech Portfolio,” just click here. I’ve also put together two new bonus reports for all Strategic Tech Investor subscribers. The first is Your Tech Wealth Blueprint – five “rules” that I always use when selecting new investments to recommend to my readers (click here). And the second is all about the five best ways I’ve found to turn choppy markets to your advantage – and make money (click here).
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