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Before You Buy Any ETF, Perform These Three Tests First

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

Quick: Choose between buying 1) a biotech exchange-traded fund that trades about 2.3 million shares a day or 2) a tech ETF that trades less than 7,300 shares per day.

If you chose 1, in this case you’d be wrong – but I understand your decision there.

After all, to make money in tech stocks you must consider volume, along with price action, fundamentals and other factors. That’s because some microcap stocks are so thinly traded that you might not be able to get out quickly should you need to.

Personally, I like to see at least 50,000 shares trading hands daily on small caps – and much more for larger firms. And 7,300 shares a day is far below those sorts of numbers.

However, when it comes to ETSs, volume is much less important than three other metrics you should consider when looking at these funds.

These three elements can mean the difference between riches and financial ruin.

So let’s break them down

Cannabis Earnings Are in – Here’s How to Play Them

0 | By Strategic Tech Investor Staff

You’ve no doubt heard about earnings reports coming out from top Canadian cannabis companies.

And the news has been a mixed bag.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB), for instance, got the week started by reporting revenue of $22 million for its first fiscal quarter of 2019. That’s up 55% from the prior quarter – and 260% from the year-ago period.

As we’ve expected, growingly popular cannabis extracts have been a big seller for Aurora, making up some 30% of its total cannabis-based sales thus far. Further, the firm claims it owns almost a third of online recreational sales in Canada’s largest province, Ontario.

“The commencement of adult consumer use sales in Canada has been very successful for Aurora, with strong performance across all product categories and brands,” CEO Terry Booth said.

Remember Tilray Inc. (Nasdaq:TLRY)? That’s the cannabis superstar whose shares skyrocketed after joining the Nasdaq in June. Revenue for the firm, which it reported Wednesday, climbed 86% to $10 million from a year ago, with medical cannabis demand in and outside Canada accounting for most of the growth. However, the firm also reported a net loss of $18.7 million for the third quarter – and share prices dropped more than 5% on the news.

Here’s the thing. This is no time to panic about the fate of the cannabis industry, particularly the best firms in this space.

In fact, a whole new slew of profit catalysts are lining up right now that are going to send cannabis stocks soaring.

Let me show you

Three Ways to Play This $15.5 Billion Blockchain Subsector

1 | By Michael A. Robinson

While the price of major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) remain choppy this year, businesses and investors across the globe have been busy exploring ways they can best use blockchain technology.

They’re trying to harness the tech to improve or streamline operations in a wide range of industries – from financial services, media, and telecom to transportation, healthcare, and consumer or industrial products.

The idea here is that the blockchain can provide a digital store of value, eliminate the middleman currently required in many digital transactions, quicken settlement between parties, and authenticate transactions in an immutable way.

And that’s just the beginning.

So this is going to be a big industry, with a big market.

WinterGreen Research estimates the worldwide market for blockchain products was $706 million last year and could reach more than $60 billion by 2024. That’s 8,400% growth in less than a decade – and that’ll lead to the kinds of gains no one can ignore.

But today, I want to focus on a smaller sector within the blockchain world. It’s got explosive profit potential all on its own.

Then I’m going to show you three ways to make money on this blockchain revolution.

Check it out

Three States – and a Single Resignation – Just Unlocked Marijuana Millions

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

I’m calling 2:40 p.m. on November 7, 2018, the “Sessions’ bump.”

That’s the moment we learned that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned.

Sessions has long served as Legal Cannabis Enemy No. 1 within the federal government, and this move potentially clears the way for national legalization.

And it served as a big catalyst for pot stocks.

The Best Way to Celebrate Singles’ Day Is by “Marrying” This “Quiet Giant”

2 | By Michael A. Robinson

We’re just two days away from what will almost certainly be a massive e-commerce haul.

Worth an estimated $25 billion, this one-day event is worth more than what the Americans spend on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the nation’s biggest shopping events.

I’m talking about Singles’ Day, an unofficial Chinese holiday that began in 1993 to address the hundreds of millions unmarried people.

And in the last several years, November 11 has become a de facto shopping holiday sponsored by web giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (Nasdaq: BABA).

Now, most tech analysts would be suggesting you capitalize on this by investing in Alibaba or another Chinese web giant.

But here at Strategic Tech Investor, we go way beyond the headlines to give you analysis you won’t find anywhere else.

That’s why today I want to show you a way to invest in the much larger global e-commerce trend, one that is worth $9.6 trillion in the United States alone.

This American “quiet giant” generates $600 million in cash every year – which goes right back into investors’ pockets.

It’s the landlord to the entire web.

And it just got the go-ahead to raise rents.

That means its shares are set to soar – and crush the overall market.

Check it out

This Trend Is Why We’re Not Worried, Despite the Market Volatility

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

I can describe the market in one word – oversold.

Please don’t think I’m glossing over what has been a very choppy market of late, one that last week hit its second correction this year.

But here’s the thing. The recent slide in stock prices across the board belies some key facts…

  • The economy is in great condition.
  • Unemployment is at a 49-year low.
  • Consumer confidence is at 18-year highs.
  • Wage increases are their highest levels in more than a decade.

Now, if you are anything like me, you’ve been paying close attention to the midterm elections that are taking place today.

The point of this chat is not to predict the outcome, although I think the Republicans have a shot at holding onto their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

What I want to make sure everyone understands is that – regardless of the outcome – we are in one of the best economic environments we have seen in decades.

And I see a possible market rebound in the making.

Today I’ll show you why I think that’s so.

And I’ll show you the best way to play it

Five More States to Watch to Profit on Election Day

1 | By Michael A. Robinson

You know how legal marijuana stocks can pile up big gains.

In fact, no fewer than 64 cannabis stocks have already shot past 1,000% gains in the last few years.

And those big gains – which often come in just a few weeks – are many times supercharged by big catalysts.

Like the voters in four states deciding tomorrow on whether to legalize cannabis. (Click here to watch my full rundown on all the legal cannabis profit opportunities my Election Day research has revealed.)

Folks in Michigan and North Dakota are deciding on adult-use recreational cannabis. And voters in Utah and Missouri are taking up medical marijuana legislation.

Meanwhile, dozens of cities and counties in California, Ohio, and Wisconsin have put the legalization question to their voters. (Ohioans are also deciding on whether to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis.)

We always say: When laws pass, stocks soar. 

But stocks can also take off when the politics around legalization in a state change. So that’s why cannabis stock enthusiasts should also be watching the results coming out of five more states tomorrow…

As This Arms Race Heats Up, Profits Do, Too

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

You may have heard that our trade talks with China are “moving along nicely.”

That’s a distraction – at best. China is no friend of ours.

It continues to develop deadly new superfast missiles.

These weapons are capable of flying faster than 3,100 mph – more than five times the speed of sound.

With that kind of speed, they could break through any current modern defense.

That makes them a major threat to U.S. security.