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Seven Holiday Gift Ideas to Scratch That Hi-Tech Itch

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

Right about this time of year, I get a lot of friends and family members asking for my advice.

Naturally, you might think it’s all about how to play tech stocks. After all, I run the investment services Nova-X Report, Radical Technology Profits and of course, Strategic Tech Investor.

I also frequently appear as a guest on national TV shows, such as CNBC, the Fox Business Network and Yahoo! Finance, to offer my analysis of big tech trends and how to invest in them.

But around Christmas time, I start getting questions about devices themselves.

Folks figure that since I spend hours each day researching every conceivable aspect of high tech, I must have some ideas about products that would make great Christmas gifts.

Of course, they’re right. In fact, I consider myself something of a technophile. There’s just something satisfying about holding the fruits of all that technical work in your hand, plugging them in your ears, or seeing them on your screen.

And that’s why today, I want to set you up with a Christmas gift list of seven really cool high-tech presents that are sure to surprise and delight your loved ones this holiday season.

Now then, since I don’t know what your personal budget is, I put this list together without making price the highest priority.

And along the way, I also let you know about an exciting new tech investing opportunity that’s set to get your New Year off to a good start.

Let’s get started…

Blockchain’s 2019 Is $21 Billion Brighter Thanks to These Four Factors

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

When we spoke on Tuesday, I noted that blockchain technology is an unstoppable force set to disrupt industries around the world.

In particular, I said investors should look beyond cryptocurrencies to understand blockchain’s enormous potential.

We’re talking about technology that, I believe, could affect $8 trillion in global transactions. And I actually think that’s a conservative estimate.

See, the world’s total GDP runs at around $80 trillion a year. And blockchain tech could eventually underpin all of that buying and selling.

But I’m only assuming blockchain grabs a 10% market share of systems that are rapidly becoming archaic.

Here’s the thing. As amazing as it sounds, trillions of dollars in trade each year still relies on paper-based contracts or, frankly, old computer networks.

Thanks in part to blockchain technology, that’s all about to change. In a big way.

That’s why today, I want to show you four industries where blockchain technology could add security, transparency and greatly reduce business costs – and bolster the bottom line for the innovative firms using this technology.

This is the kind of “strategic info” that could make you look smart at your office Christmas party or next family gathering.

Better yet, put it to use wisely, it could help you pinpoint your next few triple-digit winners – and that’ll be even more fun to share with friends and family.

So check it out

The $3.1 Trillion Key to a Paperless Supply Chain

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to hear from my friend Frank Holmes.

For those of you who don’t know him, Frank has won numerous awards and accolades as the CEO and Chief Investment Officer at U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (Nasdaq:GROW).

It’s a boutique investment management firm specializing in actively managed equity and bond strategies. Frank and his company also are some of the savviest folks in the world when it comes to metals and mining.

That’s the reason I started following his career in the first place. Fact is, I have been involved with strategic metals and minerals most of my adult life.

Turns out, Frank and I have one more thing in common. Both of us are big believers in the disruptive power of blockchain technology. Indeed, Frank and his associates recently interviewed me for a profile that I republished, and which you can access here

In particular, Frank’s editors wanted to get my take on where the blockchain is headed.

It’s not much of a surprise, really, as many folks we chat with here also have questions of their own about what blockchain technology is, and what it represents in terms of its profit potential.

That’s why today I’m going to fill you in on what Frank and I discussed in the interview.

And I’ll go further and explain what I see as the big opportunities that lie ahead with blockchain tech…

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Here’s What Legal Cannabis Looks Like After the Marlboro-Cronos Deal

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

Big news this morning – and I hope you’re hearing it from me first.

As I’ve been predicting since I first started covering the field in late 2016, Big Tobacco is diving head first into legal cannabis.

Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), maker of Marlboro cigarettes and other major brands, said early today that it’s taking a $1.8 billion, 45% equity stake in Canadian cannabis leader Cronos Group Inc. (Nasdaq:CRON). Plus, Altria has the option to take over Cronos through 55% ownership over the next four years.

The “bigness” of this news is evident in the price Altria paid: $12.14 per share – an 18% premium over Cronos’ stock price as of Thursday, and approaching the stock’s all-time high of $15.30.

And it’s evident in how Cronos absolutely skyrocketed on the news. As I write this, the Toronto-based firm’s stock is already up more than 25% for the day.

Altria’s dive into pot makes sense, of course. Its long-running global experience in the highly regulated tobacco industry is going to come in handy for an internationally oriented cannabis firm like Cronos, which has operations not just in Canada, but also in Colombia, Germany, Poland, Israel and Australia.

And Cronos should supply a nice shot-in-the-arm for Altria, which, like all tobacco firms, has been hit hard by public health laws and anti-tobacco campaigns. It no doubt hopes the Cronos deal will help turn the tide.

As for what happens from here – to Cronos and the rest of the legal cannabis industry we follow so closely here – no one can say for sure.

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What I Told U.S. Global Investors about Tech Investing

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

The other day, I grabbed the opportunity to sit down with the CEO and Chief Investment Officer at U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (Nasdaq:GROW), Frank Holmes.

His firm specializes in actively managed equity and bond strategies. And the folks at U.S. Global Investors are highly astute in the metals and mining sectors as well.

Frank and his team wanted to interview me to get my take on where the technology, cannabis and blockchain sectors are headed. And they’ve kindly allowed us to publish the piece that resulted from our interview.

It’s got some important details about where I see the investment opportunities lie ahead for these industries, so I’ve decided re-publish the article here for you today.

Check it out…

The Marlboro Man of Marijuana Could Be… the Marlboro Man

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

Early yesterday morning, Canadian cannabis firm Cronos Group Inc. (Nasdaq:CRON). was up an astounding 25% in mere hours.

At open yesterday morning, Cronos was trading around $9.25. By noon, it has reached $11.63.

So why the sudden pop?

Well, the rumor mill has been swirling lately, and sources say that Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), maker of Marlboro cigarettes, is looking to make a deal to buy Cronos.

This deal, if real, is still in the very early stages, would make Altria a major legal cannabis player.

As This Aerospace Firm Explores Mars, Its Profits Are Poised to Soar

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

When we spoke on Nov. 27, I suggested you invest in The Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) as a play on the boom in Asian air travel.

Ordinarily, I would not come right back so quickly and tell you to take a look at another aerospace stock. But that’s exactly what I’m doing today.

And for a very good reason. See, just last week, NASA made another historic landing on the surface of Mars.

After a journey that took seven months and covered 301 million miles, the NASA Insight lander touched down and got right to work by beaming down a picture of the red planet.

That photograph is only the beginning. The robotic craft will spend the next two years gathering and transmitting important data back to Earth.

Doing so will reap insight about the geography and history of the planet. It will help scientists better understand the planet’s long-term climate, and why water no longer exists on the surface there.

It’s fascinating work. But there’s more happening here than simply compiling and analyzing enormous swaths of planetary data, much more.

That’s why today, I want to let you know about the big-cap aerospace leader that played a pivotal role in Insight’s successful landing. And why this firm is poised for long-term appreciation…

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A New Wave of Wealth-Creating Legalization (Not Cannabis) Hits America

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

In Pennsylvania, it’s been 26 years since the last legal bet was placed on a game, play, or point spread.

That is, until two weeks ago.

On November 15, a local resident walked into the Hollywood Casino at Penn National near Harrisburg and put $20 on the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the 2018 Super Bowl.

Of course, it’s too early to tell how his bet will fare.

But it’s not too early to see the excitement surrounding the newest addition to casinos.

You see, this isn’t the pen-and-paper operation at the corner candy store where your father used to place his bets at. Gamblers log their bets at high-tech kiosks, without ever talking to a person, saving time and minimizing mistakes.

There are additional kiosks where patrons can customize their screens, so they’re only watching the games they choose. The screen shows in-play odds, and wagers can be placed directly onto the screen.

Three more Pennsylvania casinos are preparing to open their sportsbooks in the next few weeks.

Fact is, it’s never been easier to bet on sports.

To Get a Slice of Online Shopping’s Biggest Season, Make This Move Before Christmas

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

I just bought myself an early Christmas present.

See, I recently took up the sport of skeet shooting and I want to get better. So over the Thanksgiving weekend, I bought a two-hour instructional video.

The process couldn’t have been any easier. I sat at the dining room table on Black Friday, the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season, with my iPad. I went to the website, ordered the video, and paid for it using a credit card, all in a matter of minutes.

My purchase may have been unique, but it was hardly isolated. Fact is, online and mobile sales soared on Black Friday. That’s critical because, as online shopping grows, these stats are now serving as a snapshot of our economic health.

Consider that Adobe Analytics says Black Friday alone accounted for $6.2 billion in online sales, up 23% from a year ago. Some 33.5% came from mobile phones and 10% from tablets.

That means mobile commerce accounted for nearly half of all e-commerce orders for this shopping bonanza.

With that in mind, let’s dig into a great way to tap the fast-moving world of mobile commerce.

It’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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This Breakthrough System Helps Deliver Daily Double-your-money Trades

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been progressing rapidly. And from education to finance, there have been endless uses for the new technology that are constantly springing up.

Thing is, AI is not as broad or adaptable as human intelligence. Chances are, the software that allows that to happen is still decades away.

For instance, researchers are continuing to work on technology known as artificial general intelligence (AGI) that can do multiple tasks just as quickly and efficiently as a human – or better.

Scientists disagree on the scope of information that AGI could cover – and what tasks it can perform.

But that doesn’t mean what we have now is worthless.

In fact, there’s plenty of money to be made with the current AI technology we have today.

This breakthrough is so powerful it could put you in a position to double your money, every single day of the week.

It’s the kind of money that could make you a millionaire in under a year.

And my colleague, Tom Gentile, has developed a brand-new strategy using our existing AI technology, and he’s ready to share this exciting breakthrough with you.