Investment Forecast: Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the "Micro Boom"

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Forget about "buy-and-hold" investing.

Going the total blue-chip route won't help, either.

Even that grand old investment standby – indexing – figures to be a loser in the 12 months to come.

As an investor looking to maximize your profits in the New Year, you need only understand one thing – that 2012 will be the year of the "Micro Boom."

Never heard the term before?

That's okay … Micro-Boom investing is a different kind of investing strategy for what's shaping up to be a very different kind of market.

But make no mistake: These little-known profit machines will separate the winners from the losers in the New Year.

Let me explain …

Micro Booms are small pockets of intense growth … that can lead to stunning profits.

Don't confuse Micro-Boom investing with sector investing – they're not the same at all. Micro Booms are much more focused, much more intense – and far more profitable.

Take, for instance, the "Bakken Boom."

It's unfolding in North Dakota, and is being compared to a "modern-day gold rush." But it's not gold the profit-seekers are pursuing … it's oil from the Bakken Shale oil deposits located there.

Big Oil is investing $2 billion each month in pursuit of Bakken business. And the urgency is so intense that some towns in that region have seen their unemployment rate go all the way to zero.

And the Bakken Boom is just one of a half-dozen of these tectonic growth plays – some of which offer investors the chance to make five times their money … or even more.

But it's not enough just to identify these Micro Booms – to maximize profits an investor must be able to identify the biggest beneficiaries of all this growth, since those will also be the greatest profit opportunities.

In our Money Map Report "2012 Investors Forecast," we tell you all about these Micro Booms – and spotlight the very best investment opportunities for the New Year.

To read our report, which identifies several more of these profit cyclones, please click here.

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Before he moved into the investment-research business in 2005, William (Bill) Patalon III spent 22 years as an award-winning financial reporter, columnist, and editor. Today he is the Executive Editor and Senior Research Analyst for Money Morning. With his latest project, Private Briefing, Bill takes you "behind the scenes" of his established investment news website for a closer look at the action. Members get all the expert analysis and exclusive scoops he can't publish… and some of the most valuable picks that turn up in Bill's closed-door sessions with editors and experts.

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  1. Bernard Durey | December 27, 2011

    I have certainly heard of the boom in North Dakota and some of the problems it has brought. One article wonders if it will be boom and bust. Example: It takes 100 people to drill a well and get it up and running but it only takes one to operate it. However,it looks like it appears to be on line for several decades but we don't necessarily know that for sure. There is also the problem with transporting the oil. Much of which is being transported by trucks. The pipelines are still another issue and can they mix the light sweet crude with the tar oil sands crude coming out of Alberta? Looking down the road some in light of what may happen in South Dakota. Will The Hyperion Project that is trying to get approval,land acquisiton,etc. in or around Elk Point,South Dakota in Union County go forward. Where will that oil come from? I seen one article that TransCanada wanted to run a pipeline to that project when and if it goes on line. Will they want crude from the Bakken/ My guess most likely but that is an unknown also. However,it may very well be a spinoff project for the oil industry. The land acquisition a few years ago was very debatable from the agricultural aspect of taking top notch agricultural land and turning it into a green refinery drew some sparks and oppisition to the proposed Hyperion plant. But wait and see if it all connects or what.

  2. Observer | January 1, 2012

    This Bakken oil strike is the best thing to happen to this country since Apple. It will do a great deal towards solving our trade deficit and delaying the threat of "Peak Oil." Now we need Obama to get off his butt and move on the Keystone Pipeline.

  3. Bernard Durey | January 1, 2012

    I recently received an article callled the oil patch. It has issues regarding the Bakken oil boom. One of your statements I recently read that there was zero per cent unemployment there. This article has stated that law enforcement has found some people there are unemployable. Some have hitch hiked in and evidently have some limitations or cannot work for some reason. I do not know what that figure is but it may be worth checking into it. Once again thanks and have a Happy New Year.

  4. Erick B | January 6, 2012

    Hi William

    Interesting approach.

    Would you consider the app industry a "micro boom"?

    There were a reported 1.2 BILLION app downloads over the holidays…in one week!
    Here's the link from Techcrunch.
    http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/02/1-2-billion-apps-holidays/

    Also, Bitzio just posted its Top 12 App Predictions for 2012 the app industry, http://bit.ly/Bitzio-2012-App-Industry-Predictions

  5. Mike | September 9, 2012

    Oil will grow and will take precious metals with it.
    QE 3 will hit the dollar and this again will push precious metals upwards.

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