We’re coming up on the fourth anniversary of a very important conversation we I had regarding the direction of the markets.
Back in late June 2014, I wrote to tell you not to cash out of the market just because it had hit new highs. I quite clearly said I thought we were in the midst of a generational bull market – and the last thing you’d want to do is sit on the sidelines.
Well, what was true then is even truer now. And I can prove why…
See, while the mainstream media has been blasting you with negative headlines about scandals and wars, I’ve been drilling down – looking into the details about what’s really going on.
And here’s something very important I found.
Despite a 10% drop in the markets (a correction), all the volatility we’ve seen since then, rising interest rates, scandals surrounding Facebook Inc.(Nasdaq: FB) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), and worries about a possible trade war China, first-quarter initial public offerings (IPOs) had their best performance since 2015.
That’s just not something you hear much about amid the general doom and gloom.
But it’s crucial.
See, nothing keeps a bull market on a long-term uptrend better than fresh cash flowing in. And IPOs are Wall Street’s best lure for attracting new money from investors.
My job at Strategic Tech Report is to help you make money no matter who’s occupying the White House and Congress.
I’m not here to comment on what they’re doing except on how it affect your money.
And even though I could score some points if I did so, I’m certainly not here to endorse one party or the other.
I say all that so you don’t think I’m a knee-jerk “Trump basher.” I’m quite conservative myself – and have vocally supported the president on a number of matters (a tough thing to do sometimes in liberal Silicon Valley).
But I cannot hold my tongue any longer as President Donald Trump keeps damaging Main Street investors and their retirement holdings.
Of course, I’m talking about the president’s misguided attacks on Amazon.com Inc.(Nasdaq: AMZN).
I want to show you how these attacks are part of a pattern for this administration.
In fact, they’re related to the pressure we’ve seen on pot stocks of late.
If you’re thinking of investing in Spotify Technology SA (NYSE: SPOT) at the launch of its initial public offering or soon thereafter, I have two words for you…
And here’s two more…
Yes, Spotify has roughly 75 million registered users around the world. Yes, private markets have valued Spotify as high as $26.5 billion. And yes, Spotify’s “direct listing” is an interesting experiment in stock-market “democratization.”
But here’s the thing. As I’ve told you time and again, IPO investing is extremely risky for Main Street investors – and that direct listing could make Spotify’s IPO even more dangerous than usual.
Plus, there’s a tech player out there that is relatively new to music steaming – but that is set to eat Spotify’s lunch. At the very least, this new music streamer will eat into Spotify profit margins and blunt its sales growth.
Consider that, as of February, this company’s streaming service counted 36 million users. Barely a month later, that figure had climbed to 38 million.
That’s a pace that should put would-be Spotify investors on notice. After all, Spotify launched in 2008, and the streamer I have in mind is less than three years old.
The music streaming sector is one we want to be in. Global Industry Analysts Inc. says it will have global sales of $9.7 billion by 2022. For its part, Goldman Sachs has predicted the streaming music market will increase to $28 billion per year by 2030.
Michael and his team spent much of last week at Blockchain West. While there, he grabbed the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a Pentagon insider – Steven Dobesh, who serves as Technology & Innovation Branch Chief with the Joint Chiefs of Staff – about the U.S. Department of Defense’s blockchain plans. He told you all about that on Saturday.
Michael and his team picked up a lot more valuable info – and profit ideas – at this insiders-packed conference in San Francisco. And we’ll be bringing a lot of that to you in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Michael sends his greetings from Blockchain Westin this video, click here to watch.
Blockchain, of course, is the technology that powers just about every single cryptocurrency. And it has the potential to become a brand-new multitrillion-dollar market in the years ahead. To get in on this, there are many first steps you could take. But you don’t want to buy just any blockchain stock or crypto coin. To get Michael’s No. 1 idea right now – the one with the best chance for massive gains – click here.
I told you how my older daughter, Jordan, a college senior, is working on a school project paper trading a $100,000 portfolio focused heavily on tech stocks.
And that story led to a lesson in moneymaking. In honor of Jordan’s rightful suspicion of anything her “old man” tries to teach her, I dubbed it “The Skeptics’ Guide to Tech Investing.”
Today I’ve got another personal story. This one is about my younger daughter – and it also comes with a lesson.
This lesson requires we do something painful.
We’ve got to take a close look at the past few days’ extremely rocky markets… the down days we’ve seen in the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite… and the news-driven shellacking served up to the likes of Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) (privacy concerns), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) (a presidential tweet-storm), and Nvidia Inc. (Nasdaq: NVDA) (the fatal self-driving Uber crash).
But after we do that, we’ll be able to “see through” all the headlines about “tech” dragging down the rest of the market.
There we’ll find three huge profit opportunities that are going to come out of these rocky markets just fine.
Say what you will about President Donald Trump – he’s certainly been consistent on China.
During the 2016 campaign, he repeatedly promised to slash our trade deficit with the world’s most populous nation. Last week, he said the goal is to cut that $375 billion yearly shortfall by as much as $100 billion.
This explains three moves he has made recently…
The first are the president’s 25% tariffs on imported steel, most of which comes from China. We went over those a couple of weeks ago.
The second occurred earlier this month when the White House blocked Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd. (Nasdaq: AVGO)’s proposed $117 billion acquisition of Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), the wireless chip leader based in San Diego.
Then, late last week, President Trump signed an executive memorandum that would impose retaliatory tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese imports in order to punish Beijing for stealing American companies’ intellectual property.
These three big moves have many on Wall Street doubting the wisdom of investing in any Chinese tech stocks in the current climate.
First off, all the media “noise” around tariffs and trade ward doesn’t match the reality of the situation… the “signal” – which is that Trump’s tough talk has gotten China and others to the negotiating table.
We’ve already gotten concessions from South Korea – and I bet Beijing will be close behind.
So, while others flee in fear, I’ve identified five Chinese tech leaders that I think will benefit – not despite Trump’s moves… but because of them.
President Donald Trump just imposed 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% import taxes on aluminum.
Those tariffs aren’t ideal – and they could lead to a trade war if Trump’s team isn’t careful.
But the desperate hand-wringing we’re seeing from the Washington and Wall Street crowds is, frankly, unseemly.
The Associated Press says that U.S. steel production is doing just fine, because the economy is now growing at roughly 3% a year.
Trade Partnership, a pro-trade business group, predicts that the tariffs will lead to 146,000 American job losses.
And Ira Shapiro, one of the architects of the North American Free Trade Agreement, told CNBC that President Trump “has done incredible damage to our relationship with Mexico, some to Canada and a lot to the European Union, all of which was not necessary and not desirable.”
There’s a problem here. All this naysaying presents a simplistic – and I would say false – narrative.
According to MarketLine, steel will be an $865 billion global industry by 2020. And we here in the United States are missing out… almost entirely. Of the world’s top 12 steel producers, only one is U.S.-based.
So if we do this the right way – if Trump’s seemingly reckless plan gets everyone rushing to the negotiating table – domestic firms will clearly benefit.
That said, Trump’s tariffs are far from a panacea.
The steel industry is a laggard in part because it hasn’t kept up with the times. And so steelmakers and other metal firms must invest in the innovative digital tech that is transforming so many other industries.
I’m talking about a technology that unites hardware, software, sensors, robotic systems, and more so that steel factories can operate far more profitably.
Today, factory-floor automation technology is worth roughly $109 billion. MarketsandMarkets says that spending in the sector will swell to $153 billion by 2022.
The firm I want to show you today is transforming steel companies – and firms in other hidebound industries – into advanced tech players.
It’s minting cash for its shareholders along the way.