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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.
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Keith Fitz-Gerald has been the Chief Investment Strategist for the Money Morning team since 2007. He's a seasoned market analyst with decades of experience, and a highly accurate track record. Keith regularly travels the world in search of investment opportunities others don't yet see or understand. In addition to heading The Money Map Report, Keith runs High Velocity Profits, which aims to get in, target gains, and get out clean, and he's also the founding editor of Straight Line Profits, a service devoted to revealing the "dark side" of Wall Street... In his weekly Total Wealth, Keith has broken down his 30-plus years of success into three parts: Trends, Risk Assessment, and Tactics – meaning the exact techniques for making money. Sign up is free at totalwealthresearch.com.