Right now, the market can be a scary place, as choppy as it is. Just look at what happened earlier this week. Since February 24, the broader market is down by more than 2.5%.
The thing is, I’m here to tell you that these movements might seem troubling, the overall trend still holds true, the road to wealth is still paved with tech.
If you zoom out and have a look at the past year overall, the broader market is up by almost 30%.
And that’s in spite of the hit that the market took last march when the beginnings of the coronavirus pandemic caused sharp selloffs.
Because regardless of the turns the market might take because of any one day’s headlines, the point remains, that the innovation of the high-tech sector making new things possible is what adds wealth to the economy.
The tech sector will continue to be the economy’s wealth engine even if the market is choppy for a while,
Last month’s virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) featured all sorts of cutting-edge gadgets, but this year’s award for consumer high-tech innovation ended up going to a company that makes tractors.
It’s no joke. Looking at what they’ve brought to the table, it couldn’t be clearer that they deserve it. What they’ve created perfectly symbolizes the marriage of hardware, robotics, and software in the digital age.
More than that, it’s proof that the modern high-tech sector can transform and revolutionize any aspect of today’s economy, even something like agriculture, that’s almost literally “as old as dirt.”
After all, a field known as “precision agriculture” is making modern farming a very sophisticated and tech-driven enterprise.
This is a company pushing the boundaries of a sector worth $6 billion and growing at 15% a year.
Even better, it’s beating the broad market by more than 140%.
Of all the changes the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forced on us, the change in healthcare has got to be one of the most profound.
Whether we’re managing a chronic condition, like high blood pressure, say, or an acute illness like strep throat, the market demand for healthcare needs hasn’t decreased a bit, but COVID-19 has made getting in to see a primary or specialist physician a lot more complicated and, in some cases, a lot riskier.
That means telemedicine, and the broader field of digital healthcare, are the name of the game right now. The $20 billion Teledoc-Livongo merger is proof of that.
If you want to understand how tech saved the American economy in 2020, and will lead it forward in 2021 just remember that pretty much the entire economy runs on semiconductor chips. Back in April, chip firms were catching bad press, but next year, they’re expecting 8% growth. And at the same time, I’m expecting great things from standout leaders in the most promising sectors for the new year, like Keysight Technologies Inc. (KEYS) for 5G, Etsy Inc. (ETSY) for Ecommerce, and Square Inc. (SQ) for Fintech. I’ve been a fan of Apple Inc. (AAPL) for a long time, and I still think that they make a great safety play.
I’m not sure I could have survived this year without shopping online, and I have a feeling many of you are thinking the same thing. In fact, e-commerce is growing faster than ever before, jumping to 16.1% of total retail sales in Q2 2020 from 10.8% last year in the United States.
That equates to billions of dollars spent online from groceries to electronics and even cars. That’s why we have seen stocks like Shopify Inc. (NYSE: SHOP), Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA) skyrocket over 100% this year with everyone at home.
The best part about this is that it is not a trend that is going away anytime soon. According to a survey done by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Covid-19 pandemic has forever changed online shopping behaviors. Following the pandemic, more than half of the survey’s respondents will continue to shop online more frequently.
The pandemic has accelerated the shift towards a more digital world, and we have seen that everywhere. We talked about it with MercadoLibre Inc. (NASDAQ: MELI) in Latin America and with Sea Ltd. (NYSE: SE) in Southeast Asia.
Now I want to talk to you about an entirely different market with a recent IPO that is taking e-commerce head-on in Russia.
We have all heard of Amazon and Alibaba, but chances are you have not yet heard about Ozon Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: OZON), one of the top e-commerce companies in Russia, with a bright future ahead of it. Interestingly enough, just like Amazon, it was founded as an online bookstore in 1998.
They quickly expanded to sell clothing, music, movies, electronics, fresh food, and now offer more than 9 million products across 24 product categories.
Now you may be thinking, isn’t there a lot of risk to investing in a foreign country? Well, yes there is always some risk in investing in foreign companies. The same could be said for investing in China, where companies like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA), JD.com Inc. (NASDAQ: JD), and Nio Ltd. (NYSE: NIO) have all brought triple-digit returns.
As holiday shopping comes to a close, this year felt a bit different. There was no camping out overnight in front of stores to get that doorbuster TV. Instead, everyone was in front of their computer or cell phones to buy everything they needed this year.
Cyber Monday was projected to be the largest online shopping day in U.S. history and it not only delivered, it crushed last year’s spending, increasing 15.1%. That equates to $10.8 billion spent in a single day according to Adobe’s shopping data, which pulls its data from one trillion visits to U.S. retail sites.
After a period of troubled economic times, tech is what has allowed the country to keep on functioning. We’ve seen it from fields like e-commerce, cloud computing, and fintech and the numbers show it. Thanks to tech, America saw a 7.4% GDP increase in Q3 of 2020. Leading tech players are making good on that, with Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) in particular managing to boost earnings by 192%. Apple Inc. (AAPL) suffered a setback, thanks to delays in getting out its first 5G iPhone model, but that won’t change Apple’s status at the standard by which mobile phone technology is judged.
Once again, I was right, and nearly every so-called “pro” was wrong.
Leading up to this election, I claimed that the race was too close to call. Not only did the race turn out to be a nail-biter, but the fact that it did is great news for tech investors.
This outcome has spurred a massive rally for stocks, especially for high tech, in no small measure to the fact that thanks to the closeness of the race, the Republicans will likely hold the Senate.
You see, wall Street prefers divided government so that neither party can run the board on taxes and spending.
Not only that, but tech has been seeing a powerful growth trend across the past two administrations in general, regardless of party.
All in all, this remains a great time to be investing in tech as the sector helps America rebound from the recession.
You can expect tech to give Biden a big boost early in his presidency. It can do the same for you. Strategic Tech Investor is all about finding ways for you to make money no matter how the political winds turn.