Recent high-profile cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee have pushed cybersecurity into “6 o’clock news” territory.
But the problem goes so much deeper than the media is reporting. This country is embroiled in nothing less than a full-scale global cyberwar right now. There may not be any casualties (yet), but everything is up for grabs -and the stakes are very high.
For instance, the cost of fighting this war is set to eclipse $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021, making the battlefield one of the largest new markets on Earth.
Today I’m going to show you how you can profit from our efforts to win this war.
The late-April quarterly report from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) was pretty brutal.
Apple missed analysts’ estimates on sales and earnings and posted its first quarterly decline in revenue since 2003. Predictably – and shortsightedly, as I’ll fill you in on in an upcoming report – Wall Street hit the panic button pushing the stock down by more than 6%.
But there was a very bright spot in Apple’s first-quarter report. And in all the hundreds of Schadenfreude-filled stories that I read following the report’s release, hardly any highlighted it.
Apple may be missing on analysts’ estimates – but it’s still producing massive amounts of profit… $10.52 billion, or $1.90 a share, in the quarter.
And with those piles of cash, Apple boosted its dividend by a stunning 10%. Not all the data is in yet, but I believe this will be one of the tech sector’s biggest dividend increases this quarter.
Finding good dividend stocks is the most stable way to make money in volatile markets like the one we’re seeing now. Stocks that pay a dividend allow you to earn steady, passive income – on top of any gains the stock provides.
Moreover, as Silicon Valley’s leaders like Apple and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) mature from fast-growing highflyers to cash-producing giants, they’ve taken to using those profits for share buybacks dividends.
While I still like Apple for the long haul (and for its dividend), there’s no reason to pick and choose among tech dividend stocks.
That’s because there’s a simple way to get in on just about all of Silicon Valley’s dividend payers.
Yesterday, Michael appeared on Fox Business’ Varney & Co. to talk Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).
Suppliers in China are set to start producing iPhones with bigger screens in July. Prior to 2011, all iPhones had a 3.5-inch screen. Then, Apple launched the iPhone 5 and 5s, which sported 4-inch displays. But the newest offerings are reported to have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.
Watch the video to see how high Michael predicts Apple stock will climb from the larger iPhone display offering.
Early last year, I saw a research study that said nearly 60% of all U.S. workers have a net worth of less than $25,000.
And that means they have no retirement.
From the moment that I saw that research, I knew I had a mission – to help folks reclaim their financial futures by breaking free of Wall Street’s self-serving shackles … and creating wealth all on their own.
And I knew there was one avenue to travel – the high-tech highway.
So I developed a roadmap – a set of five rules – that would serve as a kind of “Tech-Investing GPS.“ My goal was to help investors identify “double-your-money” tech stocks – and navigate their way to massive high-tech wealth.
Today I’m going to walk you through those rules again, and also give you a bonus – a biotech stock with double-your-money potential.
During the Depression-ridden 1930s, with United States circling the financial abyss, an American industrialist named Thomas J. Watson Jr. gambled the future of his business-equipment company on an expansion plan that included wholesale hiring, investments in technology, and the construction of new factories.
For six years, Watson had his factories at full bore – churning out tabulating equipment there were no buyers for. But he believed in his plan and stayed with his strategy.
When the Social Security Act of 1935 came up for bid – billed as “the biggest accounting operation of all time” – Watson’s company was the only firm able to supply the equipment needed to maintain the employment records of 26 million people.
The successful execution on this contract led to other government pacts. Not only did this allow Watson’s company to navigate the Depression; it set it up for long-term success.
That company went on to become one of the most-successful computer firms in history – the venture we now know as International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM).
“Big Blue,” as the company is also known, has been experiencing some tough problems in recent months. But its successful years made fortunes for many investors.
We believe investors can reap the same windfall from the company that’s poised to replace IBM as the new dean of the computer industry.
In the Aug. 2 Strategic Tech Investor, we introduced you to a Silicon Valley semiconductor company that is leading the charge into ultra-high-definition (UHD) video.
And we predicted the stock – which Wall Street had yet to discover – would double in less than three years.
It only took five months.
If you didn’t pull the trigger on this under-the-radar stock, don’t fret: The Wall Street pros are now interested and are saying this stock could double or triple from here.
And we agree.
This microchip player’s existing businesses are zooming along at 40% and 50% annual rates. And the firm just announced a pact with Internet-search giant heavyweight Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG), which we’ll find out more about at the massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that opens in Las Vegas today.
There’s an old adage that says you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
And there’s an investing parallel: You never get a second chance to get in on a “ground-floor” profit play.
With our UHD-video semiconductor company, you’re looking at an all-too-infrequent exception to that rule. We’re talking here about a company that’s about to become a high-tech star – one of those rare “ground-floor” profit opportunities that can become an honest-to-goodness difference-maker in your life.
The Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney is one of my favorite financial-market commentators.
And not just because he keeps inviting me back as a guest on his popular Varney & Co. segment.
I like and respect the iconic Varney for his no-nonsense demeanor, his ability to quickly cut to the heart of a story, and because he welcomes strong opinions – as long as they’re backed by sound arguments.
So I was as surprised as anyone back on Dec. 5 when a stock-price prediction I made during an interview rendered the polished TV host momentarily speechless.
My prediction had to do with Apple Inc. (NasdaqGS: AAPL).