The Six Questions that Can Make You Rich (Part Three)
In May, McKinsey Global Institute released its latest report,Disruptive Technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy. The highly prestigious research and consulting firm devised a list of 12 technologies that could have a potential economic impact of $14 trillion to $33 trillion a year by 2025.
These 12 technologies (ranked by economic impact) are mobile internet, the automation of knowledge work, the "internet", cloud technology, robot automation, autonomous vehicles, next-generation genomics, energy storage, 3D printing, advanced materials (like graphene), advanced oil and gas discovery, and renewable energy.
The report provides a few staggering conclusions about how the economic impact of the first five listed could reach roughly $30 trillion a year by 2025.
Of course, one of the things this report fails to answer, unfortunately, is how we know these are truly disruptive innovations. What are the commonalities… what are the themes… and most of all, how can investors make a lot of money focusing on these tech breakthroughs?
For these reasons, we devised Six Questions that Can Make You Rich when investing in technology. By answering "yes" to all six questions, you can dramatically increase the probability of a successful technology investment and return on your shares.
How to Invest in Uranium in 2013
It's looking more likely that 2013 is going to be a profitable year for those who know how to invest in uranium.
That will be a nice turnaround from the past two years…
For the past couple years, the nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan seems to have put the industry on ice as far as investors are concerned.
There has been little interest in most aspects of the nuclear industry, including uranium.
The price of uranium (U3O8) most recently hit a peak at $72 a pound in January 2011. It has been on a fairly steady decline since the Fukushima earthquake and is currently selling at a price of $40.00 a pound.
But the lights have not gone out for good…
The Six Questions that Can Make You Rich (Part Two)
For some reason, we love the concept of technology, but hate the tech that surrounds us.
We curse our email when it freezes for the slightest second. We damn the cellphone carrier that sends a signal to space and halfway around the earth when we're talking with someone thousands of miles away, but the drops the call.
We dismiss certain innovations because we think they're just another passive fad.
This bias against technology sometimes leads us to miss some of the greatest investment opportunities of a lifetime.
The Six Questions that Can Make You Rich (Part One)
Do you want to be rich or do you want to be poor?
That is the question that every American must ask.
As we noted last week, investment in technological innovation and global scale has been a key driver of wealth creation for the richest of the rich around the globe. But it also has led to the elimination of many lower income and middle class jobs across the country.
It's an economic phenomenon first explored by the classical economist David Riccardo called "Technological Unemployment," and it's beginning to affect individuals with even six-figure salaried jobs around the world as technology grows ever more sophisticated.
That got our team at Money Morning talking about the best ways to identify radical technology innovation and help readers protect their wealth, restore their confidence as investors, and identify the next breakthrough on the horizon.
By answering "yes" to six questions, one can identify the stocks and technologies on the cusp of being the next breakout, one that will rival the financial booms seen during the dotcom and current mobile tech era.
There are six questions that you can ask yourself when you begin investing in a company for its "next-generation" technology.
Now, this strategy won't guarantee that the innovation will be the next iPhone or America Online (at the time, AOL changed the face of the personal internet and its stock soared to record heights), but it will do something that is remarkably important for the retail investor:
It will significantly raise the probability of success.
And in a game of numbers, that is what we're looking for when it comes to technological innovation.
So, let's ask the first question and learn how to identify the next technology revolution or company poised to take the world by storm.
The Hidden, Yet Surprisingly Obvious Investing Secret of the Top 1 Percent
It's rare when an investing secret becomes so obvious that it looks us in the eye…
And nearly all Americans completely miss it.
But one such secret has been so greatly underestimated that Nobel Prize-winning economists, investing legends and those considered to be the "best" minds in finance are now finally waking up to its possibilities–and its astonishing track record.
In fact, this secret has been one of the key drivers in the growing wealth divide between the top 1 percent and the average American worker.
It has grown more pronounced in the past three decades: the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer, and the middle class has been increasingly marginalized.
Many believe that the ultra-wealthy have achieved their status by either being born into money or by becoming a C-level executive for a publicly traded company. But as Stanford University professor Joshua Rauh explains in a recent study, both of these assumptions are wrong.
The biggest and obvious secret to new-found, extreme wealth?
Investing in technological innovation and the expanding global scale and branding of must-have products and services.
And once you learn how to harness this trend, you'll know how to invest like the top 1 percent and can begin your path to accumulating extreme financial wealth.
How to Invest in Sports Teams – and Profit
Professional sports are big business, to put it mildly. A top franchise, no matter the sport or market, can be worth billions of dollars.
More and more, sports organizations are beginning to offer shares to investors on the open market, but if you're to profit, you need to be armed with the right knowledge about how to invest in sports teams.
Sponsorships, ticket sales, broadcasting rights, and even tax breaks all contribute to the value of a team.
Most of these sports teams are held privately, in families or small combines. But there are ways you can figure out how to invest in sports teams, going from fan to financier by picking up shares of these organizations – but perhaps not in the ways you'd think.
How to Invest for Retirement
One of the biggest problems facing investors nearing retirement is how to invest their money in such a way that they will have the capital needed to fund their golden years.
This has become even more difficult thanks to the current low interest rate policy established by the Federal Reserve. Conservative investments like bonds and bank instruments simply no longer provide the return necessary to fund retirement.
Many investors are also reluctant to turn to the stock market as well. The past 12 years have seen two horrendous bear markets that destroyed many hopeful retirees' nest eggs, delaying retirement for several years.
Most mutual funds have underperformed the somewhat minuscule returns offered by the market the past ten years, and many of the specialty products offered by Wall Street have featured poor performance and very high fees.
And asking for solid, reliable advice on how to invest, without paying a fortune for the input, has been extremely difficult.
How to Find Stock Market Crash Protection for Your Portfolio
Thanks to billions of dollars in quantitative easing from the U.S. Federal Reserve, fears over a looming stock market crash have been put on hold lately.
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is up 16% this year. The market's outstanding performance has shrugged off weak earnings reports, slowing growth in China, and continued weakness in Europe.
It seems that zero interest rates really do trump all. Even Warren Buffett is unsure how all this ends, telling shareholders at the Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) annual meeting "it's really uncharted territory. It's a lot easier to buy things sometimes than it is to sell them."
And I recently heard legendary real estate investors who at a conference compared the market to a game of musical chairs where everyone keeps playing because the music – QE – is still going.
How to Invest $280 Million
The search was still on in Florida Tuesday for the winner of the largest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning ticket is worth $590.5 million. The winner could claim a lump sum of about $371 million and after the lottery withholds 25% to pay federal taxes, would be left with nearly $280 million after taxes.
That means the winner will be able to decide how to invest $280 million – likely more money than they've ever had before – if, of course, it's not spent in a frivolous splurge.
Don't Sell in May: Here are Reasons to Extend Your Stay
During the first week of May every year, the maxim, "Sell in May and Go Away," gets taken out, dusted off and powered up as a reason to sell stocks. The rhyme is more than just a catchy urban legend: June, July, August and September have historically been the weakest months of the year for the S&P 500 Index.
Yet even if seasons trigger certain events, when the snow falls in Minnesota in May, Midwesterners need to throw on their winter gear and roll out snowblowers, not lawnmowers.