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When I started Total Wealth, I highlighted six "Unstoppable Trends" for you and told you that "every dollar you'll make in the next 10 years in on this list."
Not literally, of course, but figuratively.
The six Unstoppable Trends we follow - Demographics, Scarcity/Allocation, Medicine, Energy, Technology, and War, Terrorism & Ugliness - are all driven by trillions of dollars that will get spent practically no matter what happens in the years ahead.
Lining your money up with 'em is the single easiest and most powerful path to profits.
Trade wars... they become somebody else's concern!
Politics... not your worry!
Market corrections... so what!
I know that's hard to accept and even harder to rationalize, so let me put it this way using an old saying you may be familiar with... "A rising tide raises all boats."
Unstoppable Trends are a lot like the tide. Most investors concentrate on the boats - meaning individual companies - with no awareness of what the tide is doing. So, not surprisingly, they're caught when they go aground or collide with an unseen obstacle just beneath the waves.
But get the tide right before you pick your boat?
Now you're going to have a great (and very profitable) sail.
Take War, Terrorism & Ugliness for example...
There isn't a day that goes by without hearing about the latest Chinese weaponry, including electromagnetic railguns and an operational stealth fighter, called the J-20, that is years ahead of U.S. efforts. Or hypersonic Russian missile delivery systems, artificial intelligence (AI), and satellite weaponry we can't counter.
In fact, the technologies are such game-changers that the RAND Corporation (an American nonprofit global policy think tank) actually recommended all three nations - the U.S., China, and Russia - deliberately hinder proliferation, lest itchy trigger fingers start a world-wide war.
Global defense spending, like the tide, is rising. Total spending may jump to more than $2 trillion within the next few years, and the bulk of that will not be in the Euro-Atlantic region. It will come from China and Russia, which may account for as much as 20% of total worldwide spending, according to calculations I've made based on data from the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) programme.
It's easy to understand why, against this backdrop, Thomas Karako, director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told CNBC in April this year, "there's no time like the present to modify our current missile defense posture."
And I agree.
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The Russian weapons platforms are particularly troublesome because they reportedly have on-board countermeasures capable of defeating even the most advanced U.S. and European missile-defense systems. That is, U.S. missile defense systems that can hit 'em in the first place.
Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed during a March 2018 State of the Nation address that the Avangard missile system can travel at 20x the speed of sound and that it'd already entered serial production, meaning Russia is on track for deployment in 2020.
On April 4 of this year, Air Force General John Hyten spoke bluntly to the Senate Armed Services Committee, noting that the U.S. doesn't have "any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us."
U.S. President Donald Trump, of course, didn't take any of this sitting down. He penned his approval to a monster $717 billion top-line military budget on Aug. 13 that not only highlighted major capital defense items, but also $11.5 billion in missile defense funding.
I don't think that's enough, though.
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.