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The end of summer or any change of season is a natural time to look back and reflect; I know I made plenty of happy memories this summer with family and friends - and I hope you did, too.
As rewarding as that can be, we should take care that "looking back" doesn't become the almost permanent condition of "focusing on the past."
Millions of investors are focused on the past right now, for a number of reasons: They're thinking about past earnings or past performance, or they might be apprehensive about the future, say, with the feeling that things were "just simpler back then."
Especially when it comes to how they view current headlines.
I don't blame 'em, though.
It may feel comforting, but that focus puts those investors at a huge disadvantage - because it's the future that matters, both in terms of how we live our lives and how we make our money.
These investors have essentially been conditioned to believe that life moves because of what's already happened. So they see the financial markets the same way and, not surprisingly, get stuck in a rut - an expensive one, at that.
That's too bad, especially right now. Here's why...
Every Risk Is an Opportunity in Disguise
You cannot have one without the other. And yet, the warped perception of risk and the propensity to look backward instead of forward will compel tens of millions of investors to leave trillions of dollars on the table.
And because we're armed with the proper perspective - not to mention a risk-balanced approach to investing - it'll be a supremely easy job for us to walk in and take that money for ourselves.
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To that end, I want to talk about three "if sectors" poised for big gains behind some pretty big "ifs" - if there's a recession, if stocks lurch lower, or if there are more tariffs thrown around in the trade war.
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.