There’s no doubt about it. We are living in a time of astounding financial opportunities.
Last year, was a great one year for the average retail investor, continuing the epic bull market that began in March 2009. As we move into 2020, it looks like it has the potential to keep right on going.
The terrific economy that we’ve had has helped propel stocks to record highs. Unemployment remains at 50-year lows as real income adjusted for inflation is moving up for millions of Americans.
In a case like this, you’d think all you have to do from here on out is just coast on autopilot. After all, the bellwether S&P 500 was up roughly 28.9% for the year as of the close on December 31.
But, as impressive as that sounds, you could do much better in 2020.
That’s because the S&P 500’s numbers for the year are nothing compared to the gains members of my monthly tech investing newsletter, the Nova-X Report, scored in 2019.
Indeed, our three best performers for the year more than doubled the S&P.
Imagine if all it took to treat a case of cancer was taking out the trash.
Now I want you to imagine that your body could do it all for you.
Hold that thought. Because a tech platform with that very task in mind is set to hit the market sooner than you think and will target a field set to be worth more than $160 billion.
Here’s the thing. Several life sciences firms are hard at work perfecting a new class of drugs known as “degraders.”
Let me explain. The root of many diseases lies in misguided proteins that bind together. So, the idea here is to come up with a new class of drugs that activate the body’s own molecular trash disposal systems.
This is one of the most exciting breakthroughs I’ve come across in many years. I believe it puts us close to the day when one pill can cure dozens, if not all, diseases.
You could forgive drug and biotech executives for having a bad case of target fixation.
After all, they do work in a field that is filled with time-consuming and expensive headaches.
Consider that the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the world’s largest biotech trade organization, looked at 7,400 drug programs by 1,103 companies. They were investigating drug-approval rates.
The news was not good -just 9.6% of drugs scientists discover ever get approved for sale. That’s a one-in-ten shot.
With such daunting data, it’s no wonder that, even in a field already worth $1.2 trillion in global sales, industry leaders are on the lookout for ways to lower the cost of discovery and shorten time to market.
And with that goal in mind, I’ve uncovered a high-octane, large-cap firm that has become an essential ingredient in the drug sector’s success.
It’s a cloud-based leader in pharmaceutical efficiency that has a history of crushing the market by no small measure. It’s been doubling its earnings, on average, every 18 months…
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
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.
In a perfect world, we’d all have access to the same information, and stocks would price themselves quickly and accurately, and there’d be no “mystery” or uncertainty in taking a position.
It’s a pretty thought.
Only there is one catch – there wouldn’t be any massive opportunities like the one I’m going to show you, either.
You see, as a thrifty man, I’m always hunting for a good deal.
But the best, most satisfying, ones are always those that effortlessly fall into your lap.
And that’s exactly the kind of play that we’re going to look at.
What I’m going to show you is the next best thing to getting something for nothing.
It’s not unlike what used to happen in brick-and-mortar stores back in the day, before barcodes and RFID tags, when a high school kid would go around with a sticker gun, sticking prices on items, and make a mistake.
It might not have been so great for the employee, but it was always a sweet feeling for the consumer to get an unexpected deal.
Well, the exact same thing is happening right now in one of the best pharma companies on the market…
And it’s a “sweet deal” investors won’t want to miss out on…
Like many issues, Donald Trump has been all over the map on the legal marijuana question.
Way back in 1990, the president-elect said the United States needed to legalize all drugs and use the tax revenue to educate Americans about the dangers of drugs. (He may have been joking.)
More recently, he’s been hesitant on legal recreational marijuana but bullish on the medical kind.
“In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state,” Trump recently told reporters. “Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should happen – right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”