Editor’s Note: As Chief Investment Strategist of Total Wealth, Keith believes in making his track record of recommendations easily accessible to all readers within seconds – and that’s why he’s compiled an Archives page. Here you’ll find links to every Total Wealth article Keith has published since Total Wealth’s creation on October 2, 2014, posted in reverse chronological order.
Welcome to 2015 – I’m thrilled you’re here!
I think this year is gonna be absolutely filled with opportunity for investors, perhaps more than ever before. But few of us are set up to take full advantage of it. That’s because most people’s portfolios are totally out of whack. (I’ll show you what I mean in a moment – and why it cramps your returns.)
But I’ve got great news for you.
There’s a stunningly simple tactic you can use to achieve significantly higher returns – 21.97% higher annually, on average, over the last 14 years, in fact. But that’s far from the only reason I want you to use this tactic today…
First, it is proven by study after study after study to be a foundational element on the path to higher profits.
Second, it is a way of injecting discipline into the investment process. That makes it an important risk-control mechanism.
And, third, what I’m about to share with you requires only about 20 minutes a year to do. Yes, a year. That means you can pick one day you won’t forget – like today, the first trading day of the year or perhaps your birthday – to make it happen.
… and immediately start building the kind of wealth you deserve.
Here’s how to start this year off right for your money.
Jan 01, 2015
The really great thing about following our “Unstoppable Global Trends” is that there are many ways to invest in each of them. The possibilities are endless, as is the profit potential.
Take Demographics, for example.
We’ve talked a lot about what’s happening in Japan right now and the conditions there that make it the perfect “Anti-Trend” investment. Between the crushing debt, the aging population, the lack of a workable immigration policy, and decades of abysmal fiscal policy working against it, the country is in trouble – thus my recommendation to short the currency via ProShares UltraShort Yen (NYSEArca:YCS).
It’s returned more than 116% since the Japanese yen was at 76 to the dollar when I initially recommended it to paid subscribers. And it’s returned another 5% since November 26 when I brought it to your attention. Now it’s set for another leg up.
But it’s far from the only way to play Japan at the moment.
Dec 29, 2014
Holiday markets tend to slow up a bit, and this week is proving to be no exception, so I thought we’d change things up a bit by diving into the mailbag and tackling a few of the fabulous questions you’ve asked recently.
Of course, as is our way around here, I’ll follow each answer with some actionable investment advice you can put to work right now as well as specific recommendations for your consideration.
Let’s get rolling with three questions related to our “Unstoppable Global Trends” that are very much in the news right now… Energy, Technology, and Warfare.
Q: Will oil ever come back and is now the time to buy the big oil refiners? ~ Hank T.
A: Yes, global demand will ensure that. The only question is when, and that depends entirely on how much longer the Saudis want to play games. Worldwide demand is growing tremendously, and energy itself is going to see some $48 trillion worth of spending by 2035, according to the IEA and other estimates. (I think that figure is low, by the way, for reasons I’ll cover in an upcoming column.)
But I don’t believe that the big oil refiners are the way to go.
The smarter play would be going for the integrated midstream producers, explorers, and pipelines like Apache Corp. (NYSE:APE) or Northern Oil & Gas Inc. (NYSEMKT:NOG). The former has a really clean balance sheet and will likely to be a big beneficiary of the consolidation that’s now under way because of cheap oil, while the latter has hedged contracts at $90/barrel even though oil has now dropped to $55/barrel.
If you are really up for an adventure and potentially some dynamite returns consider the Open Joint Stock Company Gazprom (OTC:OGZPY). It’s the world’s largest natural gas extractor, has a lock on Europe, and is trading at perhaps the world’s smallest multiple of 1.73. Any shift going from terrible to less bad with regard to Putin is going to send this stock soaring.
Now – an update on our War, Terrorism & Ugliness stock…
Dec 22, 2014
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Dec 19, 2014
Did Warren Buffett just make a $55 billion bet on an imminent market crash? A single financial document has emerged that may hold the answer. According to a new SEC filing, Buffett is sitting on $55 billion in cash through …
We talked earlier this week about the three bad investing habits that kill returns, and I asked you to let go of them in 2015.
I can almost guarantee you’ll be better off for it – and so will your brokerage account.
Now I want to show you what to do instead.
This first tactic is absolutely priceless…
Dec 17, 2014
Should the rise of conflicts across the Middle East and Ukraine serve as a warning sign that something much more dangerous is approaching? According to Jim Rickards, the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Advisor, the answer is yes. In a startling interview …
The latest research from DALBAR is very graphic…
Over the past 20 years, individual investors averaged a measly 2.53% a year, versus the S&P 500, which chalked up 9.02%. In other words, your average annual return was 6.49% less than what it could have been each year. Ouch.
So what’s going on?
When you look back over the last two decades, two things are readily apparent – a) that the markets have been rocky and b) that there’s plenty of blame to go around. The Fed, the big banks, bubbles, China, Washington, Wall Street, the ECB… it doesn’t matter. At some level, they’re all guilty.
But you know what? Those two factors are actually NOT the primary causes that doom millions of investors to poor performance.
THIS is the real culprit…
Earlier this week we talked about the secret I wish everybody knew when it comes to market timing, and took a look at one of the most valuable Total Wealth tools of all – the Put/Call Ratio. We covered actions you can take right now to maximize your returns.
I also promised you a look at one great trade in particular involving a current social media darling. Today I’d like to keep that promise.
If you’ve been with me for a while, you already know I don’t like social media stocks. They’re not hooked into our unstoppable trends (nope, not even Technology). Their products are “nice to have” instead of “need to have.” And most of them have no real way to make money.
But that’s the thing about tactics…
If you have the right trading tactics, you can squeeze profit out of any stock. Even ones you don’t like.
In this case, I think betting on one stock’s failure may be far more profitable than betting on its success.
I know that this may seem un-American or somehow unethical, but shorting a stock – that is, betting on its decline – is a killer tactic and can be a fabulously profitable tactic used to build your wealth.
That’s a tactic we’ve talked about, but if you’re not familiar with shorting, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with a special sidebar in a few minutes. So let’s get back to the meat and potatoes.
Here’s the thinking and here’s why #ShortingTwitter is the only social media play I like right now…
Dec 12, 2014
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