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I've spent 36 years in global markets as a consultant, analyst, and trader, and if there's one thing I've learned, it's that the biggest profits frequently stem from the most unthinkable situations.
Like peace in North Korea.
Most investors simply cannot process what's happened, and as usual, the mainstream media isn't helping. In fact, news related to the historic summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un has all but vanished from the world's front pages.
But not from my attention.
I call this the "Rule of the Back Page" – because that's where stories like this one get buried before becoming front-page news again.
Savvy investors like the legendary Jim Rogers, Warren Buffett, and the late Sir John Templeton know this all too well. That's why they're frequently "on the hunt" at times when almost no one else thinks to dig up opportunity.
Present company excepted, of course.
We've made a habit out of being ahead of the markets, often with fabulous results.
For example, I told you to buy the Japanese yen back in 2016, and anyone who followed along had the opportunity to more than double the same recommendation, issued by none other than George Soros six months later.
We've also been following China's emergence onto the world stage and, here too, you've had the opportunity to capture massive profits from companies like Ping An Insurance Group Company of China Ltd. (OTC: PNGAY) and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA), when I have recommended them for your consideration.
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I'm not telling you this to brag – that's not my style.
What I want you to understand is that getting ahead of major global events can be a source of huge, life-changing wealth if you play your cards correctly.
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Critics, of course, say the historic summit that happened a few days ago is a bust.
… "The U.S.-North Korea agreement is extremely vague." – Vox.com
… "where we left negotiations more than 10 years ago and not a major step forward." – Anthony Ruggerio, senior fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
… "Trump could cancel the deal before he gets home." – Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, Iranian National News Agency
That's entirely normal.
Critics, you see, usually have a lot to lose – not the least of which is their place at the table. That's why they are such vocal proponents of the status quo.
It's such an entrenched position that social scientists who have studied this carefully actually have a term for it – "status quo bias."
Interestingly, status quo bias is not just the desire to see things remain the same. Rather, it's attributed to a combination of loss aversion and endowment, both of which are closely related to prospect theory (a related economic line of thought in which people choose between probabilities of known outcomes and risk).
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Dr. Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize–winning expert on the psychology of judgment, decision making, and behavioral economics, says understanding cognitive bias is critical because of the way it shapes our judgment and decisions.
That's why so many people cannot wrap their minds around what's happening. It doesn't matter whether you're talking about international politics or something as simple as changing the lanes on your local roads. Most folks remain grounded in the past.
The situation with North Korea reminds me of East Germany in 1989.
The Berlin Wall divided East and West Germany the way the DMZ divides North and South Korea. Then, as now, the country's culture was sharply divided between those who had it all and those who lived under the harsh thumb of communist ideology.
Back then, the military-industrial complex gobbled up valuable resources – at the expense of the German people – while intellectual capital languished. Today, it's much the same thing in North Korea.
Opponents even went so far as to assassinate those who represented change.
Case in point, I vividly remember having to call my boss, Larry Davanzo, to tell him a crucial meeting was off because the man he was supposed to meet with, Deutsche Bank CEO Alfred Herrhausen, was killed on his way to work that morning. At the time, Herrhausen was one of the most vocal and powerfully connected proponents of European economic integration and figuring out how to reduce third-world debt as global trade developed.
Unfortunately, I'm betting the same thing will happen in the weeks ahead as North Korea adjusts to the prospect of change. They, too, will fail.
North Korea is simply too "valuable."
They won't come all at once, but that's not a disadvantage. Massive changes like this one typically develop in distinct phases, each of which offers spectacular profit potential.
I see three: each with a corresponding timeline, choices, and profit potential:
- Stage 1: Investments will be companies doing business "because of North Korea." That's going to involve larger, well-capitalized trading partners capable of quickly focusing on North Korea's most pressing needs via their own highly established business networks.
- Stage 2: Investments will be related to mining and the necessary infrastructure needed to bring goods to market. North Korea's geographic position gives it unique access to China and Russia alike. Estimates suggest there may be $1 trillion to 3 trillion alone in mineral reserves, a figure I am inclined to think is low given what little we know about the country and how secretive it's been historically.
And, trade around the South China Sea has also gotten much dicier in recent news: China is now testing their prized H-6K bombers in the region. This seems like a situation right out of history's playbook recalling Russian aggression back in the Soviet times. Fortunately, besides the play I'll get to in just a minute, this opens up an incredible investment opportunity for America's stalwart defense contractors – but only if you jump in now. Just click here to learn more.
- Stage 3: Investments will be the technology driving an increase in "catch up" consumerism. There are 25 million North Koreans who will demand everything from toilets to mobile phones as their standard of living improves.
Again, the time to start lining up your money for maximum profit potential is now, when seemingly everyone else is looking the other direction… or simply not looking at all.
Starting with Chinese large caps as a Stage 1 choice.
About the Author
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. 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.