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To Make Big Money in Tech, You Have to Study the "Other Side" of Silicon Valley

Before I began working for you folks, I served as a senior advisor to a dozen tech startups and sat on the board of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm (VC).

And when it comes to finding profit-producing tech investments before mainstream stock analysts do, that gives me a leg up on Wall Street.

In fact, it gives me a "secret" method.

Besides following the stock market and keeping my ear to the ground here in Silicon Valley, I spend hours each week intensely studying VC funding.

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These Shares Are Why the Nasdaq Will Clobber the Rest in 2017


As I predicted in my 2017 outlook a few weeks ago, tech is off to a screaming start to the year. The tech-centric Nasdaq is up close to 3.2% versus the S&P 500's 1.45%.

Here's the key: As the years go by, Silicon Valley will be providing more and more of the technology that's becoming critical to our society's existence, like broadband and mobile communications, wearable tech, sensors, virtual and augmented reality, and medtech.

But here's the thing. Virtually none of that can exist without the fundamental component I'm going to tell you about right now. It's absolutely indispensable to innovation, miniaturization, mobilization, and utilization.

This little part enables the global spread and adoption of technology - and you bet it enables massive tech profits, too.

So the play I have in mind has lots of upside wired in...

This “Digital Hostage Crisis” Play Is All Upside

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It was just two days before the Thanksgiving holiday when 40-year-old Alina Simone, a Brooklyn, N.Y., musician and writer, received a frantic phone call.

It was her mother, and she was being "held hostage." Digitally speaking...

With panic in her voice, Simone's mother read the stark message displayed on her computer screen.

"Your files are encrypted," the message stated. "To get the key to decrypt files you have to pay $500. If you fail to pay within a week, the price will go up to $1,000. After that, your decryption key will be destroyed and any chance of accessing your files - all of your data - will be lost forever."

The message was signed "Sincerely, CryptoWall."

More than 5,000 files - irreplaceable family photos, critical work documents, life-sustaining bank statements, and other sensitive information - were now in the hands of cyberthieves.

Hysterical, and uncertain what to do, the Simones capitulated and paid their captors nearly $600.

Welcome to the new digital horror known as ransomware - a cyberthreat so colossal that security specialists are now classifying it as an "epidemic."

That's not hype.

It's a fact.

And I can prove it.

Better yet, I can show you how you can turn the tables, protect yourself, and then cash in big on this new threat - immediately

But before I show you how to do that, let's take a closer look at how ransomware has grown to epic proportions...

Tuesday's Defense Mandate Is a Huge "Before the Crowd" Profit Opportunity


The biggest election upset in modern American history was one that virtually every polling organization got dead wrong.

But I'm not a political analyst. My job is to put the very best investments in tech squarely in front of you. 

The way I view it, we're likely to see U.S. and global markets reel through at least some instability for the next week or so as Tuesday night's result sinks in. Wall Street hates uncertainty, and that's precisely what we seem to have now.

I believe that instability is masking a huge new opportunity, one that might not have existed before Tuesday.

Let me show you what I mean...

How to Profit from the Next Generation of Defense Tech

We've been talking about the defense "supercycle" of spending - set to last for at least a decade - that's only just beginning to ramp up. But there's one segment in this broad category that's already seeing huge amounts of increased spending.

Now, time was, this sector was more science fiction than actual, deployable technology. But an increase in computing speeds and a renewed focus on deploying "smart" technology means that this industry is actually in a supercycle inside a supercycle.

In fact, online research firm MarketsandMarkets projects that the $420 million market in 2014 will explode in the next five years to $5 billion - that's a CAGR of nearly 54% for the next five years.

Another study by anticipates an $8.3 trillion market by 2035 in the U.S. alone.

From $420 million to $8.3 trillion in just 20 years... Much of that windfall will come from one whale of a customer: the United States government.

I'm going to show you how to tap this growth dynamo quickly and easily, so you can get positioned for maximum upside as this trend takes off...

A Pure Play for the "World War 3.0" Cyber Arms Race

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President Obama and his generals have consistently put cybersecurity at or near the top of U.S. strategic defense priorities.

Ever since, the military and government have had their work cut out for them, fighting relentless, daily waves of computer attacks, in many cases against vital national interests.

The private sector is in the trenches, too, as state actors and individuals press attacks to get trade secrets or customer identity data.

Now, recent high-profile cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee, most likely by Vladimir Putin's intelligence services, have pushed the issue into "six o'clock news" territory.

But the problem goes so much deeper than the media is reporting. This country is embroiled in nothing less than a full-scale global cyberwar right now. There may not be any casualties (yet), but everything is up for grabs and the stakes are very high.

For instance, the cost of fighting this war is set to eclipse $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021, making the battlefield one of the largest new markets on earth.

I'm going to show you how you can profit from our efforts to win, but first let me peel back the curtain on a huge conflict that's largely hidden from public view...

This Market Could Grow 33% a Year for the Next Decade


The Internet of Things could be worth as much as $3 trillion once it hits its fullest potential.

What's more, it's sparked an exciting new sub-segment, "wearapeutics," which could be worth nearly $100 billion in its own right.

Here's the smartest move to play all of it...

How to Profit on This $2 Trillion Tech Trend


We're in the midst of a very profitable moment for dealmaking, especially in the technology sector. The three hottest M&A transactions of the past three months were worth $33.8 billion - a fraction of the $2 trillion in deals announced this year.

Companies like Microsoft and Verizon are going out and buying firms like Yahoo!, Fleetmatics, and LinkedIn because they offer the irresistible promise of massive growth without the long, drawn-out process (and even higher price tag) of R&D, where there are no guarantees of success.

So you can see why deals are appealing to these huge, cash-flush companies.

But these deals are a great thing for investors, too. Deals can be some of the biggest profit catalysts on the market, in many cases doubling investors' money as the ink dries.

Then again, there are some unique challenges for investors looking to play these profitable special events: Pinpointing when those deals will happen - and who will be doing the buying - is a must.

You don't need to be able to tell the future, though - I'm going to tell you how you can make an "end run" around that particular challenge.

All you have to do is sit back and bank the profits...

High Tech Is About to Make My Favorite Strategic Metal Very Expensive

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Rare earth and strategic metals are one of the hottest segments of 2016. The VanEck Vectors Rare Earth Strategic Metals ETF is up more than 15% year to date, in a year when the broad markets have struggled mightily to put, much less keep, 4% gains on the board.

The market here is so hot, in fact, that my absolute favorite strategic metal is being overlooked in favor of "flashier" counterparts. Don't get me wrong, it's seen some nice gains, too, of more than 23%, but I think there's lots more upside ahead that most investors aren't seeing... yet.

That's likely because the demand picture seems like it couldn't be better... But I'm going to show you that demand is about to get impossibly tight. 

Investors who wake up to the changing nature of this metal stand to make even more money on top of what has already been a double-digit run-up.

But you'll have to grab these shares quickly...

A Ground-Floor Opportunity in the Next Decade’s Most Disruptive Technology

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Every tech investor looks forward to the classic "ground-floor opportunity," the chance to invest in a young company, inches from going public, developing a new, compelling technology that has every chance of wide adoption.

A company like that can bring gains that just keep getting bigger and bigger for years. Take Netflix, for instance, the undisputed king of streaming video. If you'd bought shares of the company back in 2002 when streaming was on the drawing boards and the firm was a DVD-only mail rental business, you would have seen gains as high as 11,388%, not accounting for splits.

Today I want to tell you about another ground-floor opportunity waiting in the wings. I've been following it closely, and I've been in close touch with one of the chief architects of this exciting new technology.

I couldn't be more fired up about the profit potential here.

Let me be clear, you can't invest in it right now, but soon you'll be able to grab shares at a real bargain. I'm going to let you know right away when that happens.

But in the meantime, here's why I'm so excited about "Deep Learning"...

No "Tech Bubble Prophet" Has the Guts to Try This

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Television pundits are starting to ramp up the "tech bubble" talk once again.

Normally, I'd let them talk...

But whenever this happens, regular investors heed their advice, get spooked, and run away from perfectly profitable, promising tech investments.

And that is more than I can stand. But this time, there is a bubble of sorts, although it's one that's going to leave us with the last laugh - and all the more profits.

That's because the bubble is forming in a particular segment that we're not exposed to in any way, shape, or form.

But some of the "Masters of the Universe" could end up going the way of the LaserDisc...<

The 21st Century's Best High-Growth Tech Company Turns 87 This Year – and Could Climb 24%

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As of 2015, there were more than 15 billion devices connected in the "Internet of Everything" - a worldwide network of smart devices. That number could top 200 billion devices by 2020... right around the same time the global IoE market hits $1.7 trillion.

This trend will sweep up everything, from cars to televisions to toothbrushes, all connected, all communicating.

But here's the thing: This explosive growth can't happen without the critical, $165 billion industry I'm going to tell you about in a minute.

It's so important, in fact, that it's on track to grow by at least 57% over the next seven years, right alongside the Internet of Everything.

The best part is, you can grab your share of this growth with one of the oldest, most stable dividend payers on the market right now...

This Opportunity Is Like Buying Google Stock… in 2004

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The advent of "Software-as-a-Service," or SaaS, was a true inflection point of the ongoing Internet Revolution.

Workers no longer had to rely on running a program they had to install on the machines on their desks in front of them. Rather, a specialist vendor would manage the software and simply allow all employees to access that software from a remote central location: "the cloud."

This changed everything. Companies no longer had to deal with the myriad small hassles of software; they could tighten up operations and focus on the mission, rather than managing growing IT departments.

For investors, the benefits were no less profound. Companies that offered SaaS, like Alphabet Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc., became must-have shares that returned triple digits to shareholders who got in before SaaS took off.

According to a study done by Emergent Research, 80% of small businesses will be using the cloud by 2020 for much of their operations. For the top seven cloud companies, the cloud represents about $18 billion of business annually in 2015, according to the go-to news source for tech professionals, the CIO Journal. 

Global SaaS software revenue will reach more than $100 billion in 2016. According to Forbes, cloud-based service has a compounded annual growth rate of 24% through 2018. That's downright impressive growth given the soft nature of the global economy.

If you missed SaaS, don't worry. Because right now, we're at another inflection point, one that's going to move entire sectors forward that had once been stuck firmly in the (mid) 20th century. And because the gains are likely to be even bigger this time, I want to show you the best profit play for what's about to happen...

Why the Apple vs. FBI Fight Is About Much More Than One iPhone

Apple vs. FBI

The Apple vs. FBI fight might seem about one company granting access to the data on one device, but the legal implications of this case go far beyond that.

The FBI is seeking access to the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino attackers, but Apple has resisted. It may look like Apple is simply being stubborn.

But when you dig into the company's thinking, it becomes clear why Apple has decided to fight the government...

How to Get Triple-Digit Tech Gains from This… Coffee Company?

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Investors normally don't consider coffee a sexy investment - and they usually don't envision it in their tech portfolios.

But that's a mistake. I'm going to show you a coffee company that's leveraging some of the hottest, most lucrative segments in tech - mobile apps and commerce - that will crush not only the competition, but other retailers as well.

It's going to continue to do that on its way to doubling and beyond. Here's how...