Archive for March, 2020
The Federal Reserve’s recent decision to push interest all the way to zero has millions of investors scrambling.
Clearly, now is not a good time to be buying bonds for retirement income. Their rates also have plummeted.
And the chances that bond prices will fall when the economy recovers have shot up overnight, greatly increasing the risk of losses if you have to sell.
That leaves many investors looking for good dividend yields at a time when the economy is weakening.
Fortunately for tech investors, the sector has quietly come to dominate corporate balance sheets in terms of cash on hand.
That means two things. Firstly, tech is a great place to find yields. Secondly, these cash-rich firms are least likely to cut their dividends in a recession.
Indeed, nine tech companies in the S&P 500 alone hold more than $350 billion in net cash.
With that in mind, today I’m going to reveal three tech leaders that currently offer the safest dividend plays…
With all the saturation coverage for the spreading coronavirus from China, the plight of Frank Krasovec got very little traction.
Then again, he is hardly a household name. Krasovec serves as the chairman of Dash Brands Ltd. The privately held firm owns Domino’s Pizza franchises in China.
He did not succumb to the coronavirus. Instead, he was the victim of financial fraud costing him at least $450,000.
It all started when hackers gained access to his email address and used that to commit wire fraud against him.
I’m bringing this up now because I fear that with so much worry about the new pandemic, many people may let their guard down.
Even worse, we may see hackers coming at us with phishing emails seeking donations to help those stricken with the virus when in reality they want to rob us blind.
So, there are two points I want to make here. First, be extra cautious regarding emails and access to your credit card accounts.
Second, there is a great way to cover the entire waterfront of cybersecurity in one single investment set to outperform the market for years to come…
When we spoke on Tuesday, I made a bold prediction: the Covid-19 outbreak, while serious, will not be as bad as the worst-case predictions would have it.
For one, much of the country is already on lock-down, cutting off the spread of the disease. That is buying us some valuable time as researchers race to find a cure or at least a good treatment option.
And I’m happy to report there have been some exciting developments in the search for treatments and vaccines against Covid-19
Last week, I noted that most vaccine research remains rooted in 1950s technology.
Despite mapping the entire human genome back in April 2004, drug firms and scientists still rely on slowly growing viruses inside chicken eggs to create a vaccine.
This takes a lot of time – and a lot of eggs.
But the Covid-19 pandemic has them racing to find a treatment using novel and fascinating science.
With that in mind, today I want to take a closer look at some of the promising 21st Century research pushing the boundaries of this field
Millions of Americans found yesterday’s headlines about the coronavirus more than a little disturbing.
After all, the number of U.S. cases has climbed above 10,000. And while that sounds like a lot from the standpoint of raw numbers, I believe at a time like this, it’s important to keep this kind of news in context.
In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that the total number of infected Americans will be much less than what Big Media would have you believe.
I realize that many folks are scared and frustrated because the $1.2 trillion life sciences sector has not yet released a vaccine.
With that in mind, I am starting the first of a two-part series on that very subject.
Today, I will walk you through why we still use 1950s technology in the search for a vaccine.
And on Tuesday, I will reveal some of the fascinating breakthroughs, including drug treatments that President Trump has touted, that are almost within reach…
I want to share an anecdote with you today that may seem a bit sarcastic at first.
Please don’t let me be misunderstood. I’m in no way making light of the coronavirus correction that has slammed the stock market.
It’s just that this story speaks volumes about the need for investors to take these things in stride and focus on the long haul.
It has to do with the day the stock market crashed back in October 1987.
Known as “Black Monday,” October 19th saw the bellwether Dow lose 22.6% of its value in a single day.
At the time, I was a banking-technology analyst working in San Francisco’s financial district. My boss called me from New York after the market closed to talk about the impact of the Dow’s plunge.
“This is huge,” he told me. “It’s Kaboom…”
I said to him, “Hey, this is great news. They’re having a sale on Wall Street.”
Yes I know the current panic is bound to slow the economy as we see travel restricted, events canceled and businesses temporarily closing.
But as I look out over the horizon, I see reasons to be optimistic.
And today I want to walk you through why I say that and share 10 tips and tricks to get you through the current crisis…
When we spoke on Tuesday, I told you how to profit from the Corona Correction with a long-term play on China’s massive Web sector.
I noted that with the market in a correction, now is a good time to begin building a position in the Emerging Markets Internet and Ecommerce ETF (EMQQ).
In other words, I’m suggesting that investors turn the market’s weakness to their advantage by investing in the massive Web sector covering emerging economies.
Today, I want to address some of the concerns investors may have about how to deal with the overall market.
It’s easy to see why. With the global coronavirus panic hitting investments across the board, investors clearly need a set of tools to help them deal with this new volatility.
Last Monday, the market’s circuit breaker kicked in to halt trading for the first time since 1997. The very next day the S&P 500 rocked it with a roughly 5% gain.
And then on Wednesday, we entered a bear market, which is a 20% decline from the previous high.
With that in mind, today I want to reveal three tools every investor can use to manage the corona correction’s volatility…
To hear Big Media tell it, only a fool would bet on China right now.
After all, China is the source of the coronavirus that has spooked investors around the world.
Here in the U.S., the outbreak is receiving nonstop media coverage. It’s all over the TV and radio, newspapers and magazines as well as online news sites.
But for savvy tech investors focused on the long-haul, this could prove to be a great time to invest in China’s burgeoning e-commerce sector. This is a country with more than 893 million people online, according to Statista.
Even better if our investment goes beyond the world’s most populous nation and gives us access to other emerging markets.
With that in mind, today I’m going to show you how to turn the media’s coronavirus obsession to your profitable advantage…
Tuesday was a very big day for the Democrats with Super Tuesday putting hundreds of delegates up for grabs.
That makes this an ideal time for a fiscal conservative like me to make a very important point.
If presidential candidate Bernie Sanders bounces back from his second-place finish and is elected in November, rich tech leaders like cloud pioneer Mark Benioff won’t be able to help save the lives of kids.
Here’s the thing. Sanders has been an outspoken opponent of wealth for many years. And if elected, he pledges to slap the wealthy with punitive taxes.
I believe that Sanders and his supporters are flunking the cosmic IQ test. Simply stated, without rich people, America would lose a huge chunk of funding for the arts as well as scientific and medical research.
With that in mind, today I am going to reveal five reasons why Benioff’s high-octane firm, Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM), is a great investment.
Not only is it run by a generous billionaire but it is set to double in the next 2.5 years…
As you are no doubt aware, the markets have come under extreme pressure of late.
It’s all about the fears we see regarding a new virus, Covid-19, better known as the coronavirus. Overall we are coming through the selloff in pretty good shape.
But there’s no doubt we have given up a lot of gains as have millions of others. In fact, I have been getting a number of questions from concerned investors.
With that in mind, I want to take some time today to address some of the ones I have been receiving. So, let’s get started…
With the coronavirus pushing down the market, big leaders and some of the most promising names in tech are on sale for a bargain, but this is no time to jump in headfirst. The market is panicking, whether the virus is severe enough to justify it or not, and it’s too soon to tell where the bottom might be. This is the time for cautious plays and keeping an eye on the best stocks in tech and semiconductors, as leading chipmakers are still managing to make some daily gains. Excellent tech products still have a solid case for upside once this market pressure has passed. Click here to watch.