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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.
Best Investments 2013: Beat Bernanke by Embracing the Free Market
For the last four years, ordinary Americans have struggled to rebuild their wealth in the wake of the Great Financial Crisis.
Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reported that the average U.S. household has recovered only 45% of its wealth lost during the recession.
Of course, the Federal Reserve won't acknowledge that its Chairman, Ben Bernanke, has been a principle driver in the underperformance of the middle class' return to financial normalcy. Bernanke has removed incentives for anyone to keep their dollars in a savings account by knocking interest rates to near-record lows.
Meanwhile, nearly 50% of Americans do not own any stocks or bonds. Given recent memories of their wealth evaporating, it's been difficult to instill much confidence for those who lost so much.
Low rates and lost confidence in the markets have left more Americans vulnerable to inflation, accelerating costs of staples, and uncertainty about their financial future.
But there is good news.
A Fantastic Ground Floor Opportunity
Investors should be very excited.
Because it's only once in a very long time that investment watersheds like this happen and you can get some long-term positions at stunning bargains.
Last week Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru deepened their "Pacific Alliance" by removing tariffs on 90% of the trade between them, beginning July 1.
Now, there have been many such bilateral trade deals, most of them only moderately important at best. But this one is different.
This one marks the emergence of a genuine investment opportunity in Latin America that isn't Brazil and isn't doomed to collapse within a few years.
For anyone looking for alternatives to a U.S. market that looks increasingly pricey and vulnerable - and that should be you, if it isn't already - you can't miss this opportunity.
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 in The Two Hottest Tech Trends I've Ever Seen
Last week, I told you the "Mobile Wave" was one of the biggest profit opportunities that I'm following for you.
I even shared a potential "double-your-money" profit play that the "experts" seem to have missed.
But as good as the "Mobile Wave" story might sound, it's not the only hot sector that can substantially bolster your net worth.
Today I'm going to tell you about two other high-tech trends that I'm following - and each one represents the double-your-money profit opportunities that I'm always hunting for.
And I'll give you a stock to watch with each one ...
How to Invest in the Top Tech Trends
The trends that I'm talking about are "Big Data" and "Cloud Computing" and each is an example of the "unstoppable trends" that I search out in my Five Rules of High-Tech Wealth that I've been talking to you about over the last few weeks.
Let's look at each of these two powerful developments.
And we'll start with Big Data, a term that refers to technologies that make massive data sets - once inaccessible - available for analysis and use in decision-making.
According to a recent study by IBM, we now create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day.
But it's what we do with all that data that truly matters.
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.
Best Investments: How China's Creating a Huge Market for These Metals
Looking for some of the best investments in metals?
Don't overlook palladium and platinum, key materials used in building catalytic converters.
Demand for the metals - and prices - will take off.
We asked Rick Rule, the founder of Sprott Asset Management's Global Companies unit, to explain why.
Rule told Money Morning in the following interview the prices will rise partly because demand for palladium and platinum will grow as a result of what's happening in the automobile market in China, now the largest automaker in the world.
Best Investments: Don't Miss the Next Raging Bull Market in Uranium
Investors who bought into uranium at the right time in the 1970s probably considers it one of the best investments they've ever made...
When the element entered a bull market in the '70s, the result was 10-fold gains for uranium prices, and 100-fold gains for related uranium stocks.
Now the stage is set for uranium's price to go on another tear...
To find out why uranium could be one of the best investments over the next few years, we turned to Rick Rule, founder and chairman of Sprott Global Resources Investments.