Archive for 2017

Legal Marijuana’s Western Frontier Is Primed for Business

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

The hottest sector in the stock market is about to undergo an incredibly unique “trigger.”

As you know, legal marijuana is already booming in the 29 U.S. states where recreational and/or medical cannabis is legal.

Now comes the full legalization of weed in the nation’s most populous state.

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These Three Stocks Are Where Marijuana and Dividends Intersect

3 | By Michael A. Robinson

I love when you folks send me questions.

I love it even more when your questions lead me to an investing idea I can then share with you.

A lot of you ask me about tech dividend stocks. You’re looking for the growth of tech stocks – along with the income dividend payers provide.

That makes a lot of sense to me.

Even more of you ask me about pot stocks – and how to invest in them.

And just recently one of you asked me about dividend-paying legal cannabis stocks – about whether they even exist.

Well, they do.

After all, every Venn diagram has its union.

Of course, most cannabis growers and dispensaries haven’t been established long enough to make a profit, let alone pay a portion of their profits to shareholders in the form of dividends.

However, there are marijuana “pick-and-shovel” plays that offer hefty dividends.

Here are three of my favorite marijuana dividend stock plays now, plus one that is set to soar in the coming weeks…

This Pick Is Just What the Software Engineer Ordered

1 | By Michael A. Robinson

I’m not average.

For one, I’m a bit taller than the average guy. My hair went silver earlier than I expected. And I’m fortunate that it’s easier for me to keep trim than a lot of people I know.

On the downside, I’ve got various allergies and genetic maladies that most folks don’t.

My environment isn’t average either. Here in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, I spend my days in some of the most polluted cities in the United States. Of course, in other ways, this region rates much higher than most of America.

Then there are my habits. For example, I eat well, but don’t get to the gym enough.

I bet you’re the same way – but different.

No one is average.

And that’s why it often seems like maintaining a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, and regular checkups just aren’t enough to keep us healthy. If it were, no one would gain too much weight, go bald at 30, or get cancer.

By our very nature, each of us is so unique that this one-size-fits-all approach just isn’t enough.

That’s what opened the door for an emerging field known as precision medicine. The idea here is to set up disease prevention and treatment measures for each and every individual, accounting for your genes, environment, and lifestyle… for my genes, environment, and lifestyle.

Think of it as a partnership – a “convergence” – among traditional medicine, molecular biology, data analysis, and cloud computing.

Doctors and other medical diagnosticians collect our info, and then feed it to the cloud. There software and data scientists can crunch through all that data – and then use what they turn up to prescribe precise disease treatments and preventative measures for each individual.

Mordor Intelligence has run the numbers – and says precision medicine will be worth $59.2 billion by 2021

And I’ve spotted a hidden way to play this hot new field with a stock with which you’ll soon be quadrupling the market’s return

This Cannabis-Friendly Cloud Just Grew 93%

1 | By Michael A. Robinson

The legal cannabis sector is no longer the “Wild West”-style marketplace it was back in, say, 2013, but there’s still plenty of volatility compared with the placid broader markets.

Then again, that’s why the right pot stocks reward forward-thinking investors with triple- and quadruple-digit gains. In fact, there’s a bevy of micro- and small-cap companies, any one of which could be the next mega-cap blockbuster – the long-sought-after “Starbucks of weed” or “Facebook of pot.”

My Nova-X Report’s Roadmap to Marijuana Millions model portfolio is chock-full of that kind of stocks. Right now my paid-up members are sitting on gains of 915%… 520.6%… 442.7%… and five more triple-digit winners. If you’d like to find out how to take advantage of this green revolution and get in on gains like those, click here.

But I don’t want to leave anyone with the impression that the only way to make a killing on pot stocks is to buy small, volatile companies. The gains from my Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. (NYSE: SMG) and GW Pharmaceuticals PLC (Nasdaq: GWPH) recommendations prove that just isn’t the case.

Then there’s the company I want to tell you about today.

It isn’t likely to quadruple your money quickly, but you’ll likely smash the market with double- and even triple-digit gains, and it pays a dividend that puts you way out ahead of inflation and low interest rates, too.

What’s more, all kinds of small legal cannabis companies are beating a path to its door for help with a very tricky problem…

This Guy With a Beard Was Behind 12% One-Day Rally

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

Let me tell you about Frank Frankovsky.

As the hardware chief at Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), Frankovsky’s team invented a way to use Blu-ray discs to save the oodles of photos that we all upload on that site every day. While Facebook still keeps its frequently accessed data on hard or flash drives, its deeper archives now reside on thousands of Blu-rays.

Frankovsky’s system – which involves robotic arms, thousands of discs, and hundreds of racks – turned out to be tremendously successful for the social-media giant. Facebook says the system cut costs by 50% and energy use by 80% compared to the hard disk drive system it was using.

So it’s no surprise that Frankovsky broke off from his “corporate overlords” back in 2014, opened up his own shop – Optical Archive Inc. – and started selling his system to other companies with Big Data storage needs.

If you’ve never heard of Frankovsky, that’s okay.

His beard may be a bit flamboyant – but he and Optical Archive operated in what I like to call “stealth mode”… quiet and under the radar.

But one once-struggling tech giant saw what was going on – and bought Frankovsky’s company in 2015.

That company was also operating in stealth mode at the time. After years of decline, it needed to stay quiet in order to rebuild.

In fact, around that time, it made three big stealth moves that have now put it back on the map.

It’s no longer in stealth mode… it’s absolutely crushing the market… and it’s just getting restarted.

Today I’ll tell you about the three big moves it made.

And I’ll show you how you can join in – and ride along as reclaims its place as one of the world’s preeminent technology companies.

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Here’s How These Folks Beat the Market by 1,357.5%

1 | By Michael A. Robinson

We should all be shaking in our boots.

Right?

Tension in the Middle East and the South China Sea… a political mess at home… sky-high stock prices.

And here’s something else to worry about…

On Nov. 1, a Wall Street Journal headline warned about the “Consumer Confidence Conundrum.”

Here’s the worry: According to WSJ writer Chris Dieterich and the folks he talked, because consumer confidence is at its highest level since December 2000, it’s time to “add this to the list of reasons investors ought to be getting nervous.”

The reason: It may signal the bull market is coming to an end.

That’s garbage.

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The Opioid Crisis Is Now a National “Public Health Emergency” – and This One Company Could Help End It

2 | By Michael A. Robinson

Thanks to legal recreational use of marijuana about to launch in California and nationwide up in Canada, sometimes it’s easy to forget where we got started here.

Legal marijuana first came to my attention because of the “War on Pain.”

Let me explain…

In a study a year or so ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that about 11% of Americans suffered from debilitating pain. Other sources say the number of this country’s pain sufferers may run as high as 50 million.

But I don’t need statistics to know that millions of Americans suffer from serious pain problems.

I do so myself – and so do many of my friends and family members.

And that has turned the market for pain medication into a huge business. According to market researcher VisionGain, the worldwide business for pain drugs is worth about $68 billion right now.

Other studies say it’s even bigger.

Equally huge is the nation’s opioid crisis.

President Donald Trump has declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency,” and a White House commission has released its final report on the epidemic, calling for more drug courts, greater training for doctors, and penalties for insurers who do not cover addiction treatment.

The number of opioid-related deaths rose 75%, from roughly 20,000 in 2010 to 35,000 in 2015. In other words, opioid-based drugs kill more than 100 Americans every day.

This surge in the number of pain sufferers – coupled with the snapback against the prescription of opioid drugs – has opened the door to a wholly new approach to pain treatment.

I’m talking about medical marijuana and all its derivatives.

And there’s one company, in particular, that you should be watching…

“This Is Not Your Grandfather’s…”

1 | By Strategic Tech Investor Staff

It just reported nothing short of a blowout quarter. In fact, it’s on pace to have its best fiscal year profit in its 77-year history. It’s doing great in all its major markets, including sensors, mobile games, and video-game consoles. It’s got a topnotch facial ID platform for smartphones. And its 12-megapixel camera offers near-professional quality portraits and works with one of the world’s top augmented-reality systems.

No, I’m not talking about one of Silicon Valley’s shining stars – or any of the so-called FANG stocks. Instead, it’s one of the “granddaddies” of high tech. I just got through talking about this company, tech company earnings in general, and the Bitcoin Hard Fork on CNBC World.

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As the Market Hits Another Top, Here’s What Drives Me Nuts

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

As dry as they may be, let’s go over some numbers.

  1. On Oct. 23, the S&P 500 broke the record for the number of consecutive days without a 3% decline. The previous record was set back in 1996, when the S&P went 241 days without a meaningful decline.
  2. Since Jan. 1, the S&P has closed at a record high 66 times – the most since the mid-1990s.
  3. So far this year, the S&P has dropped by 1% or more in a single day only four times. That’s its longest stretch we’ve seen since 1964.

Sounds great – if a bit boring (volatility is also at record lows).

However, there is a huge problem with this generational bull market. It makes me nuts that many investors – too many of you folks reading this – are sitting on the sidelines.

It’s bonkers. I don’t get it.

While it sounds counterintuitive, many investors stay out of record markets because they fear the good times could come to an end any day now.

I know this describes many of you folks because you write and tell me that you’re afraid of this “peaky” market.

Fear no longer.

Here’s the thing. If you’ve got the right “toolkit,” you can stay in any sort of market – a high one poised for a dip, a low one about to soar, or anything in between – and make money.

A lot of money.

Here’s what you need for that toolkit

3.3: This One Tiny Number Can Double Your Money…

2 | By Michael A. Robinson

Let’s talk about a tiny number.

The sort of number that doesn’t show up on anyone’s radar.

Except mine.

And now yours.

I’m talking about a tech sector whose overall sales grew 3.3% in the third quarter. True, that sounds meaningless – like something you wouldn’t want to invest in.

But I drilled down below the surface, and I found a lot of money to be made from this meager bounce.

Here’s the thing. It’s a small tick on the information technology (IT) services sector’s massive $3.5 trillion base.

When I look closer, I see that most of that growth – billions and billions of dollars of growth – is thanks to global corporations and other huge enterprises moving their IT services to the cloud. Doing that allows them to cut back spending on computer networks and makes it easier to add new services on the fly.

And it gives tech investors a target-rich environment.

So while others ignore the billions of dollars moving around in this often-forgotten part of the tech ecosystem, let’s look what I think will be a hugely profitable way to invest in this massive market.

It’s a company the mainstream financial media virtually ignores.

And it’s going to double your money in two years.

Here are five reasons why…