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Why 2018 Will Be Defense’s Biggest Year Since 1981

4 | By Michael A. Robinson

My childhood family dinner conversations were a bit different than most folks’.

Sure, we talked about school, sports, neighborhood gossip, movies – normal stuff. But we also talked about military contractors, weapons systems, and defense budgets.

That’s because my father was the award-winning senior military editor for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, the bible of that industry. And that gave me a front-row seat for the military de-escalations and escalations of the 1970s and 1980s.

Therefore, when last year President Donald Trump called for raising the fiscal 2018 defense budget by 10%, I took notice.

Without doing the math – thanks to those long-ago family dinners – I knew immediately that this would represent the biggest defense budget increase since the Ronald Reagan years.

But that’s just trivia. Here’s the “meat”…

President Trump wants more airplanes, tanks, and troops as well as technology for missile defense and a wide range of other platforms. And that means 2018 is stacking up to be the best year for the defense industry – and its investors – since 1981.

That gives us a target-rich profit opportunity for this New Year.

We’ve made a lot of money on defense over the years on stocks like Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) and Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN).

But there’s more to come.

A lot more.

That’s because, even beyond President Trump’s historic budget increase, I see multiple catalysts – “triggers” – that will power the defense industry to continued new highs.

So today, let’s look at those 2018 defense catalysts.

Then I’ll show you how to play them with an innovative market-crushing investment…

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

2 | 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…

Legal Marijuana ETF Is Up 36% in First 8 Months – but You Can Do a Lot Better Than That

2 | By Michael A. Robinson

In 2013, the market for medically “sanctioned’ marijuana was worth about $1.5 billion.

It’s expected to reach $6.7 billion this year – and $35 billion by 2020. And by 2029: The market is projected to reach $100 billion.

Those are hefty numbers.

So no wonder we got so excited when legal marijuana joined the ETF game about eight months back.

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They Own 6% of the Stock Market

2 | By Michael A. Robinson

There’s an under-the-radar reason why the stock market keeps rallying despite some mediocre economic numbers, constant “noise” out of Washington, and plenty of overheated valuations.

And while it’s a bit hidden, it’s huge.

In fact, it owned 6% of the U.S. stock market in the first quarter.

And it keeps gobbling things up.

It bought $98 billion in U.S. stocks during the first three months of the year – and that puts it on pace to surpass its total purchases for 2015 and ’16 combined.

I’m talking about exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and Main Street investors’ big appetite for passive investments.

Those investors keep putting more money into funds they can then forget about – and the market keeps rising.

Now you could join them and buy some passive index funds.

But that’s not what we do here. We’re in search of investments on the Frontier – ones that will double, triple… even quadruple our money.

So let’s get active and go in search of three ETFs that will get us to that Frontier.

All three will continue to double the market’s return – and line your pockets – for years to come…

The Real Winner in the AT&T Merger Is Beating the Market by Nearly Threefold in 2016

2 | By Michael A. Robinson

This weekend, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign put out a 312-word press release.

In it, Trump economic advisor Peter Navarro says that major media organizations are becoming Standard Oil-style “trusts.” Further, Navarro says that Trump would “break up the new media conglomerate oligopolies that have gained enormous control over our information, intrude into our personal lives, and in this election, are attempting to unduly influence America’s political process.”

Trump sent out this message as a response to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announcing plans to buy Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) for more than $85 billion. He doesn’t like that deal much.

“AT&T, the original and abusive ‘Ma Bell’ telephone monopoly, is now trying to buy Time Warner,” Navarro wrote. “Donald Trump would never approve such a deal because it concentrates too much power in the hands of the too and powerful few.”

It’s a somewhat surprising anti-business stance, as it puts Trump in company with the likes of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

But that’s where we find ourselves this year…

Whether you’re in favor of this deal or not, I know you’re looking at it as a possible profit opportunity. You’re a tech investor – that’s how you think.

I want you to stop right there.

M&A deals like the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger can help these companies beat their competition – and boost their share prices.

That’s obviously good news for investors – if they’re already “in.” However, you’re likely not “in” this one.

But I have a “workaround” around this problem. It will help you boost your earnings via tech-sector M&A… and you won’t have to get “in” early.

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Introducing “Wearapeutics” – and the Best Way to Get the Most Profits Out of It

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

The Internet of Everything, a vast network of devices like phones, watches, clothing and even toothbrushes – all communicating, all collecting and returning data – has been one of the biggest tech stories of the past five years.

But I’m here to tell you that it’s about to get even bigger, even more profitable, by an order of magnitude. That’s because the Internet of Everything is about to crack open the healthcare market, with small networked wearable medical, prosthetic, and therapeutic devices set to explode onto the market.

I’m talking about wearable therapeutics – or “wearapeutics.” It’s going to be a healthcare game changer.

Today, I’m showing you just how big the wearapeutics market is going to get – and the one investment you need to hold long term to get the most profits out of this exciting development.

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Record Highs Don’t Mean Smooth Sailing

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

Veteran sailors and tech investors have one important quality in common.

They understand how to navigate choppy conditions.

That shared insight is something I know about firsthand. You see, I’ve been racing sailboats and covering Silicon Valley for close to 35 years.

eletter-boatIn recent years, I even found a way to combine those two loves: Though I eventually traded the rigors of racing for the simple joys of cruising, I now manage to go sailing on a regular basis with a couple of tech-investing pros – including one who’s a daily denizen of “the Valley.”

During one outing, we traded stories about battling whipping winds and four-foot-and-higher waves. And we talked about the market.

And here’s what we all agreed on: Despite the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index reaching record highs last week, the choppy seas we’ve seen in the markets for the past 18 months will continue for at least the near future.

But that doesn’t mean you should stay tied up at the dock.

Our goal here is to show you how to build wealth using tech investments.

Today I’m going to show you how to keep it…

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