I sure hope you don’t make the kind of costly mistake my uncle did.
A few years ago, the retired telco worker invested in a communication company that offered a juicy double-digit dividend.
When I heard about that, I ran some numbers on the company. And what I saw alarmed me.
Windstream Communications had a mountain of debt. My concern was that if things got tight, it would cut the dividend.
And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. Shares slide from a high of $100 to below $2 before Windstream filed for bankruptcy protection.
I’m sharing this story with you because I’m concerned other retirees or those approaching retirement, may be tempted to shop around for high yields after the Fed recently signaled its commitment to low interest rates.
Irony abounds. Tech has become the very best place to find dividends that are the least likely to be cut no matter what happens with the economy.
When you run a marathon, it’s better to focus on the finish line rather than each breath or stride. That was the first thing that came to mind this month as the tech-heavy Nasdaq sold off roughly 10% and Apple saw $180 billion erased from its market valuation in a single day, the most any U.S. company has ever lost in a trading day.
Focusing on the finish line is important not just in sports but also in the stock market. While the tech sell-off hammered markets over the last two weeks, it is important to look at the bigger picture. Just like a marathon runner might need to slow down to catch their breath, the market needs to do the same thing. A healthy pullback is good for any bull market.
Since the market collapsed in late February and early March the Nasdaq is still up roughly 60% and close to record highs. To me, the pullback is a blessing in disguise as the best tech stocks will continue to rise long into the future.
Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Just look at Tesla Inc. (TSLA). Its stock dropped by almost 50% in 2018-2019, and in 2020, it had a similar drop. But if you would have held on for the ride instead of selling in the downturn, you would be up over 500% today.
The same could also be said for semiconductor company Nvidia Corp. (NVDA). It saw an over 50% drop at the end of 2019 and then in 2020 dropped 30%. But if you held on through the drops and even bought right at the previous peak, you would still be up over 70%. Going out even further, you could be up 10,000% and 30,000% respectively. Those are some big gains anyone would be crazy not to want.
That is why it is important to look at the bigger picture. The Nasdaq has its ups and downs and just like a marathon, it takes some time to get to the finish line. This month’s highs are still above the peak before the pandemic and this comes at a point when the economy is still far from recovered.
So, when I see pullbacks like this, I go back to tried and true companies that survive these market conditions and have the fundamentals to move higher.
The best minds in biotech are working round the clock on putting a stop to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project includes over 135 vaccine candidates and the profit potential here is massive.
This is literally about saving the world.
The thing is, though, vaccines are only one part of this project. There’s another dimension, a “silent partner” in the project that doesn’t get quite so much heroic headline ink but is just as important.
You see, of all the vaccines coming down the pipeline, 31 are currently in human trials. There’s a very good chance that one of them will be safe and powerful enough to begin mass distribution in early 2021.
But there are 328 million living Americans and 7.5 billion humans on planet earth. It will take time to vaccinate them all, and that’s where our “silent partner” comes in.
It’s blazing a trail towards the kind of better COVID-19 testing technology we will need to get things fully back to normal.
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This month, I take a look at the ongoing drama between Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Epic Games, some of the biggest stock-splits happening in the tech world, and the outlook for federal intervention in the course of the economy.
Looking for a parking spot for 15 minutes, spending 20 minutes filling out forms, and waiting for 30 minutes or more to see your doctor is a relic of the past thanks to virtual medical appointments through our computers and phones.
And it’s easy to see why.
What’s referred to as “telemedicine” can save patients nearly two hours of their time, according to Forbes.
Being in the comfort of their own homes is also a major selling point, as a Doctor.com survey found that 91% of the respondents said telemedicine would:
Help them stick to their appointments.
Manage prescriptions and refills.
Follow wellness regimens suggested by their doctor.
Keep in mind folks that telemedicine was becoming more commonplace, and then COVID-19 sent it into overdrive.
As far as hard numbers go, telemedicine forecasts B.C. (before coronavirus) show this market is only getting more valuable, climbing 127% from $35.5 billion dollars to $80.6 billion by 2025.
So those estimates could be too conservative, and I don’t want you to wait around to make money as this market gets bigger and bigger.
The good news is there’s a fire sale going on in the telemedicine market that we can take advantage of right now that will pave your road to wealth.
I’m talking about Teledoc Health Inc. (TDOC), which got slammed on August 5, closing down 19%.
The reason was that the firm is making a big buyout, one that I think is very savvy.
The COVID-19 pandemic is and has been an unprecedented event, but there’s also something else to think about.
During this moment in history, we have never had a unified global effort quite like this to find an effective vaccine, and the convergence of technology and medicine that we have access to is allowing researchers to work on a vaccine at break-neck speed.
As of this writing, there are currently 28 COVID-19 vaccines in human trials, and the Trump Administration believes it will have an effective vaccine by 2021.
The leading names in tech are continuing their legacies out outstanding gains that drive the entire market along with them, but making the best possible return takes more than a play on the clear front runners. Instead, the savviest investors will look for high-growth potential within the unstoppable trends. Amazon.Com Inc. (AMZN) is facing strong prospects, but Shopify Inc. (SHOP) is where the real potential for market-crushing growth lies. Meanwhile, as tech continues to lead the economy, and more and more parts of everyday life go digital, the chip sector is still at the heart of practically everything, and prepared to make its own gains from nearly any high-tech development imaginable. The outlook for the tech sector as a whole remains good. Click here to watch
From scientists to business leaders, there’s one thing most people can agree on – life will not return to normal and our economy will not reach maximum production until a vaccine for COVID-19 is in hand. To find this vaccine, the convergence between tech and medicine is creating a biotechnology revolution.
Operation Warp Speed (OWS), an initiative in the United States, aims to deliver over 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 19, 2021.
And as of this writing, what we call a new, viable “Super Vaccine” is pushing to begin production of up to one billion doses. Right now, a tiny company behind the Super-Vaccine has a mere $60 million a year in sales.