If the conflicting news about the markets and economy have you a bit up in the air, you are not alone.
Fact is, with the first quarter now in the rear-view mirror, the headlines are all over the place.
We’re seeing stories that suggest a possible recession, rising inflation, and slowing growth, not to mention the prospect of more trade conflicts with China.
I’ve been in the market for 40 years now, and even I sometimes find my head spinning from information overload. Fortunately, I’m a disciplined and focused investor who has learned to tune out all that noise.
This is on my mind these days because I recently returned from Money Map Press’ Black Diamond conference for our elite members.
As savvy as this group of folks are, many of them had the same types of burning questions millions of other people who are in the markets have. I was glad to answer as many as I could.
And that got me to thinking… many Strategic Tech Investor readers probably have the exact same questions.
That’s why today, I’d like to do the same with you. I’ve pulled out some of the popular questions I received at the conference, and am answering them for you now.
MasterCard Inc. (NYSE:MA) is a tech-savvy leader in processing credit card transactions. And Goldman Sachs ranks as one of Wall Street’s top investment banking firms.
More to the point, the new Apple card should be a hit with the key demographic group from 18 to 34. These are mobile-centric consumers who are used to shopping, investing, ordering rides and food, and sharing photos right from their smart phones.
Apple is onto something big here. I believe “Generation M” – my term for young folks who seem to have been born with cell phones in hand – will find this wildly appealing.
But as much as I like Apple’s new product, I think there is a better way to capture the full upside that mobile commerce offers.
It’s an investment that’s nearly doubled the market’s returns so far this year. And it faces plenty of upside ahead…
When we spoke on New Year’s Day, I told you not to worry about a recession this year.
I’m bringing it up again three months later for a very good reason. Once again, the so-called “experts” in the media and Wall Street are warning that the economy is about to hit the skids.
Let me be clear. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Yes, growth is slowing. Fourth quarter GDP was recently revised down to 2.2% from an estimate of 2.6%. But I see no economic data to suggest the economy is about to go backwards.
We still have one of the best job markets of the past 40 years. And while housing and auto sales have slowed, they remain well above recession levels.
Here’s the thing. While I stand by my optimistic forecast for tech stocks in 2019, all this talk about the “R” word reminds me that it may be the perfect time for you to take my “investor personality test.”
This is a process by which you figure out how you really feel about stocks, the market and the economy.
The bigger idea being that if you really want to be fully prepared for both good and bad times, start by first understanding what makes you tick as an investor.
Because over the long haul, that can save you lots of heartache – and a lot of cold, hard cash….
This month marks the 30th anniversary of one of the more important tech platforms ever invented.
It’s become so vital to the world that standard buzz words like “cutting-edge, “next-gen” or “game changer” just don’t do it justice.
I believe calling it revolutionary comes closest.
After all, we’re talking about technology that literally has impacted almost every facet of our daily lives. This is where billions of us go to get news and information, do our shopping, watch movies, play games… even find love.
Of course, I’m talking about the World Wide Web, now just called the web for short.
Here’s the thing. The web has been so pivotal for modern society that it boasts one of the fastest adoption rates in human history.
We’re talking 1.8 billion websites and nearly that many people as online users.
And today, I’m going to reveal a great hidden play on the unstoppable force that the web represents.
My 2019 Acura MDX often reminds me of a standard line from old Westerns.
In so many of those classic films, a hero would sum up the atmosphere right before a climactic gun battle by saying, “It’s quiet, too quiet.”
See, my hybrid comes equipped with three electric motors. Sometimes, when I’m at a traffic light or idling the car in the driveway, the MDX is so quiet that I will check to make sure the engine really is running.
Well, fasten your seat belts folks – cars across the board are about to become just as silent.
They’re also going to become much more fuel-efficient, as the center of gravity in the auto industry shifts from gas-powered units to hybrids and electrics, also known as EVs.
If you have any doubt that this is an unstoppable trend in the $1.7 trillion global auto sector, then consider the recent big racket made by Volkswagen AG (OTC:VWAGY).
The company just stepped up its commitment to EVs by saying it intends to produce 22 million of them in the next decade alone.
And I’ve uncovered a great supplier firm that is a play on the EV movement. It’s also like owning an exchange traded fund (ETF) on the future of auto technology…
Most folks who stay at the Four Seasons hotel in Baltimore will focus on the amazing harbor view.
After all, sitting right on the waterfront, the luxurious hotel has rooms with floor-to ceiling-vistas of the port, the yachts and the restaurants nestled along the way.
But when I was there two weeks ago, I opened a second set of curtains in my 9th-floor room and had a great discovery experience – and this one means big money for savvy tech investors.
Here’s the thing. Looking out the right side of my room, I saw a giant construction crane that must have been 30 stories tall.
And then it hit me. Just about every city I visit these days is a beehive of building. From apartments and condos, to office towers and business parks to roads and bridges, America these days is in the business of building.
We’re talking a market that’s worth at least $800 billion, just in the U.S.
So today, I’m going to reveal a tech leader that’s ramping up to cash in on the construction boom. And is poised to hand us outsized profits…