I Found Four Big Investing Ideas (and a Lot More) on a 900-Mile Motorcycle Run

You know, I've been motorcycling for as long as I can remember.

Not only is doing so a great way to see the world, but I don't think there's a better way to discover the world's best profit plays and biggest opportunities. That's why I'm keen to "get out of my garage" and hit the road every chance I get.

Last week, my bride - that's what I call Noriko, my wife of 24 years - and I took off along the coastal roads in Washington and Oregon.

Past trips have been south of the border... in Europe... Japan... even in mainland China. But the past week was all about getting into America's backroads and the small coastal towns that dot our landscape.

My goal was twofold...

First, I wanted to see if the cultural values that make our nation so great are still there, and rediscover how life outside the media-driven big cities works.

And second, my wife and I wanted to relax away from the crush of the big cities that increasingly dominate our lives.

We succeeded wildly on both counts!

I want to share what we saw on our trip because, as is always the case, I came away with plenty of ideas and ways for you to grow your money...

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Manners, Civility, and Kindness Are Alive and Kicking

Noriko and I spent almost our entire trip - more than 900 miles - traveling along the fabled U.S. Highway 101 and nearby side roads.

It's hard to pin down the best thing about it; the trip was phenomenal. But it was great to discover neat little restaurants like the Gear Head Deli in Quilcene, Washington (population 596), and share a meal while we had great conversations with everyone who walked through the front door.

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I am pleased to report that the values, the generosity, and the respect for others that helped create this country are alive and well. Nearly everyone we met had a smile on their face and a twinkle in their eye.

Sure, we talked about politics, finance, and the news - but the animosity that seems to accompany big-city versions of the same topics wasn't there. Everybody we met was keen to share their thinking and to learn about why we are more similar than different.

Talk about refreshing! Inspiring, too, because investing ideas as rich and varied as the people and landscape practically leapt out at me...

Big Idea No. 1: America Is Undergoing a Major Buildout

I often take a mental count of construction trucks when I'm traveling because it helps me gauge how "busy" an economy really is - the way we used to count cars in shopping centers to gauge mall traffic back in the day.

And we saw plenty everywhere we went.

That tells me there's plenty of money in the system and that credit is available, despite widespread reports to the contrary about bank lending and capital constriction. People were hustling, which, in its own right, suggests plenty of opportunities.

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Speaking of building, we're already very well-positioned to cash in on this activity, both here in the United States and worldwide, because we own companies like ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB), which provides power and electrical equipment, among other things, and American Water Works Co. Inc. (NYSE: AWK), a utility that provides businesses and households with water and water management services. We've seen nice profits on these in the Money Map Report - gains of 91.64%, 108.21%, and 307.62%.

I'm not quite ready to suggest you invest in construction companies or homebuilders, because those come and go. But the smartphones and technology everybody carries to do their jobs even in the most remote regions of our country are here to stay.

We discovered even more as we headed into the epicenter of U.S. marijuana sector...

Big Idea No. 2: Cannabis Is Overbought

I know that there's a big stink - pun absolutely intended - about cannabis stocks, but the play isn't growers or even resellers, like most people think. The market's already saturated if what Noriko and I saw is any indication.

We rolled, for example, into more than one small town where two of the three buildings were cannabis stores or recreational drug outlets. This is unsustainable; it reminds me of the battle between Coke and Pepsi, in that there's not much in the way of new demand at the retail level.

The real promise - and profit - is going to be derivative uses in food, water and other beverages, fertilizer companies, and water metering. This is very much a situation where you want to go in through the back door with a company like Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. (NYSE: SMG), which we've discussed in the past.

Big Idea No. 3: Fighting Obesity Will Be Hugely Profitable

I'm not perfect, and admittedly, I'm probably a bit heavier than I should be - thanks to my love of the freshly baked cookies my wife knows I enjoy. But wow... Noriko pointed out very accurately that she and I were less than half the size of some of the people we observed, even with our motorcycle gear on!

That tells me medical companies, assisted living providers, and even health monitoring gear makers are going to play a key role in the very near future. It's one of the reasons why Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is pivoting into healthcare markets - a transition we're comfortably ahead of, I'd add - because that's where the growth is (another pun absolutely intended).

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I'm evaluating others at the moment and will share 'em when I finish my diligence.

To put this in perspective, one study I saw from Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) recently suggests that Apple's healthcare-related profits may be worth $313 billion in revenue by 2027 - that's twice what it raked in from iPhones in 2018. My own research suggests that number may be more like five times the 2018 iPhone take, based on studies showing that 25% to 50% of our population may now be obese.

High tech will no doubt be applied to some other opportunities I see out there, too...

Big Idea No. 4: Delivery Matters: Remote Communities Are Plugging In

My ancestors came across this country in a covered wagon, and I told you about the emigrant trail I rode last year in their honor, albeit on my Ducati, not in a wagon. This year, we traveled roads that were once horse trails connecting tiny farming communities. In those days, of course, it could take weeks or months to get news and supplies, and even today, some of these places are pretty remote.

I think it's only a matter of time before drones fill this need - and a lot more - if operators can get the logistics, flight control, and fueling requirements ironed out.

Those are all are big "ifs," but they're by no means insurmountable - especially if these companies keep their eyes on the prize... and the potential billions in profits uppermost on their minds.

Interestingly, I also see 3D printing emerging in previously unfathomable ways, not the least of which will be making remote communities self-sustainable, especially when they figure out how to "print" food á la the replicators from "Star Trek."

To that end, I'm already talking with two companies that could be just the ticket a few years from now because of the work they're doing in this area. Both are probably going to be Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Apple buyout targets, which means the time to move will probably be a year from now at the very latest.

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About the Author

Keith is a seasoned market analyst and professional trader with more than 37 years of global experience. He is one of very few experts to correctly see both the dot.bomb crisis and the ongoing financial crisis coming ahead of time - and one of even fewer to help millions of investors around the world successfully navigate them both. Forbes hailed him as a "Market Visionary." He is a regular on FOX Business News and Yahoo! Finance, and his observations have been featured in Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, and MarketWatch. Keith previously led The Money Map Report, Money Map's flagship newsletter, as Chief Investment Strategist, from 20007 to 2020. Keith holds a BS in management and finance from Skidmore College and an MS in international finance (with a focus on Japanese business science) from Chaminade University. He regularly travels the world in search of investment opportunities others don't yet see or understand.

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