I try to avoid talking politics here.
My job at Strategic Tech Investor is to help you make money no matter who's occupying the White House and Congress.
I'm not here to comment on what they're doing except on how it affects your money.
And even though I could score some points if I did so, I'm certainly not here to endorse one party or the other.
I say all that so you don't think I'm a knee-jerk "Trump basher." I'm quite conservative myself - and have vocally supported the president on a number of matters (a tough thing to do sometimes in liberal Silicon Valley).
But I cannot hold my tongue any longer as President Donald Trump keeps damaging Main Street investors and their retirement holdings.
Of course, I'm talking about the president's misguided attacks on Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN).
I want to show you how these attacks are part of a pattern for this administration.
In fact, they're related to the pressure we've seen on pot stocks of late.
Today I'm going to show you how that's playing out.
But more importantly, I'm going to show you how to profit...
Lack of Leadership
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So, let's get started by taking a look at the situation with Amazon.
President Trump charges that Amazon is cheating the U.S. Postal Service, but that's simply not true. The e-commerce company is just taking advantage of current low rates, as any business should.
The president is showing poor leadership here.
You just can't get around the fact that he isn't proposing any kind of solution. See, I live by that adage that if a leader offers criticism, then that person better have a solution.
Trump knows full well that neither he nor the U.S. Postal Service is equipped to change the postal rates that Amazon pays for what are known as "last-mile deliveries."
In fact, just about every commercial shipper piggy-backs off the post office's friendly rates. Moreover, data compiled by The Wall Street Journal reveals that Amazon and other e-commerce firms are probably doing the USPS a favor by adding new sales on top of what amounts to a fixed-cost base.
He also accuses Amazon of running Main Street retailers out of business. Yet, Trump leaves alone Starbucks Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX) and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), two retail outfits that have been putting mom-and-pop shops under duress for decades.
Here's what he's missing there...
Thousands of merchants now sell their goods on Amazon. That has given struggling retailers the kind of cost-effective, global reach they couldn't get in a small town or even a medium-sized city.
I hope no one tells the president that, as leader in cloud services, Amazon is becoming a major U.S. contractor. The Seattle-based firm hopes to land a 10-year contract worth up to $10 billion. That's on top of the $2.8 billion in federal sales analysts say it will bring in this year alone.
And yet, the president's recent tweets seem to be a conscious decision to hurt Amazon's investors.
This is extremely misguided for two reasons...
- This is a poor way for the president to put pressure on CEO Jeff Bezos for the highly negative coverage the White House gets from The Washington Post. Bezos owns the famously liberal newspaper.
- AMZN is one of the most important stocks in the world today. Millions of investors have it in the retirement portfolios. They saw the value of their shares fall by as much as 14% in less than three weeks - meaning Trump's tweets cost them, temporarily at least, more than $60 billion in market value.
And that brings us around to what's happening with cannabis...
About the Author
Michael A. Robinson is a 36-year Silicon Valley veteran and one of the top tech and biotech financial analysts working today. That's because, as a consultant, senior adviser, and board member for Silicon Valley venture capital firms, Michael enjoys privileged access to pioneering CEOs, scientists, and high-profile players. And he brings this entire world of Silicon Valley "insiders" right to you...
- He was one of five people involved in early meetings for the $160 billion "cloud" computing phenomenon.
- He was there as Lee Iacocca and Roger Smith, the CEOs of Chrysler and GM, led the robotics revolution that saved the U.S. automotive industry.
- As cyber-security was becoming a focus of national security, Michael was with Dave DeWalt, the CEO of McAfee, right before Intel acquired his company for $7.8 billion.
This all means the entire world is constantly seeking Michael's insight.
In addition to being a regular guest and panelist on CNBC and Fox Business, he is also a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter. His first book Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings warned people about the coming financial collapse - years before the word "bailout" became a household word.
Silicon Valley defense publications vie for his analysis. He's worked for Defense Media Network and Signal Magazine, as well as The New York Times, American Enterprise, and The Wall Street Journal.
And even with decades of experience, Michael believes there has never been a moment in time quite like this.
Right now, medical breakthroughs that once took years to develop are moving at a record speed. And that means we are going to see highly lucrative biotech investment opportunities come in fast and furious.
To help you navigate the historic opportunity in biotech, Michael launched the Bio-Tech Profit Alliance.
His other publications include: Strategic Tech Investor, The Nova-X Report, Bio-Technology Profit Alliance and Nexus-9 Network.