Profit Alert: Three Sectors in the Middle of U.S.-China Tensions

|February 21, 2023
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A Note From Amanda: The recent tensions between the U.S. and China are shaking up three crucial sectors. Our good friend Karim Rahemtulla, Head Fundamental Tactician at Monument Traders Alliance, is showing traders how to position themselves for a potential profit amid these recent shifts.

And Karim is convinced China’s longtime plot to overtake America as the world’s No. 1 superpower has just taken a sinister turn… one that could lead to the destruction of the U.S. economy and create chaos in our everyday lives. For details on what you can do to protect (and potentially grow) your wealth from this looming crisis… click here now.

China dominated headlines earlier this month after U.S. officials spotted one of its surveillance balloons flying over sensitive military sites across America’s heartland…

After days of media speculation, the military finally shot it down off the coast of the Carolinas.

The incident led to the cancellation of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s diplomatic visit to China…

And with tensions at an all-time high, this incident is unlikely to be the last.

There are no signs that the U.S. or China intend to pull out of their current trade war…

And we’ve seen both countries increase their military activities in the Taiwan Strait recently.

So what can investors do during this international chess match?

Well, as is the case with most international situations, there are pockets of opportunity for investors here.

Here are three industries to watch as relations between the two superpowers continue to deteriorate.


Over the past decade, we’ve watched China become one of the top cybersecurity threats to America.

In fact, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray said…

The Chinese government has a bigger hacking program than any other nation in the world. And their AI program is not constrained by the rule of law and is built on top of massive troves of intellectual property and sensitive data that they’ve stolen over the years and will be used, unless checked, to advance that same hacking program – to advance that same intellectual property – to advance the repression that occurs not just back home in mainland China but increasingly as a product that they export around the world.

As China’s attacks become more sophisticated and more frequent, U.S. companies and government agencies will be forced to take increased measures to protect themselves…

Which, of course, benefits the cybersecurity industry.

That’s why we’ve previously recommended the First Trust Nasdaq Cybersecurity ETF (CIBR), which gives you exposure to 36 different cybersecurity companies.

Best of all, it’s trading for around $42!

But if you want action from some of the top names in the industry…

CrowdStrike Holdings (CRWD) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are two of the key players.


It’s no secret…

China wants to take back the island of Taiwan.

“Reunification” has been one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top priorities since he took office…

And President Biden has made it clear that the U.S. would defend Taiwan if China chose to attack the island.

Some military leaders – like Admiral Michael Gilday, the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Navy – have even said that they “can’t rule out a 2023 window” for a Chinese attack on Taiwan.

If this were to happen, we’d be talking about a war much bigger than any we’ve seen in modern history.

War simulations conducted by military experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies demonstrated that a conflict in Taiwan would cost the United States dearly.

The study concluded that the U.S. and its allies would lose dozens of ships, hundreds of aircraft and thousands of service members.

What does that mean for investors?

As it did when Russia invaded Ukraine, the defense sector would immediately become one of the hottest sectors in the market.

(In fact, it was the fourth-hottest industry in 2022.)

And even if we don’t actually reach the brink of war… America’s military-industrial complex is almost certainly preparing for the worst.

Stocks like Boeing (BA), Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Raytheon Technologies (RTX) are typically great bets whenever the U.S. military gets involved in situations abroad.

But to get more exposure across the industry, check out these two sector-based ETFs: the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA) and Direxion Daily Aerospace & Defense Bull 3X Shares (DFEN).


As the relationship between China and the United States continues to worsen, we could see a huge disruption in the global mining industry…

Specifically, mines producing rare earth minerals.

Rare earth minerals are needed for technologies such as displays, lighting systems, power generation, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, rechargeable batteries, and the permanent magnets used in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles…

AND the U.S. military uses them heavily in weapons, targeting lasers, communications systems, airframes and aerospace engines, radar systems, optical equipment, sonar equipment, and electronic countermeasures.

The problem?

Currently, China mines 63% of the world’s rare earth minerals.

In fact, Politico recently reported that a conflict with China would leave our access to rare earth minerals “highly vulnerable.”

But in recent years, U.S.-based mining companies such as MP Materials (MP), Lithium Americas (LAC) and Piedmont Lithium (PLL) have made huge strides in expanding operations in North America…

And in the event of a deeper trade war, these companies would be called upon to supply the U.S. economy.

If you’re looking for an ETF to give you exposure to many companies involved in producing, refining and recycling rare earth minerals and strategic metals…

The VanEck Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (REMX) is already up 24% on the year and provides exposure to 25 companies.

While these three industries could give investors a golden opportunity to profit from growing U.S.-China tensions…

Top military and intelligence officials are sounding the alarm about a growing threat from China that would almost instantly cause the next Great Depression.

Investors should heed this warning now and act to protect (and potentially even grow) their assets.

Click here to see the disturbing details.

Karim Rahemtulla
Karim RahemtullaHead Fundamental Technician | Monument Traders Alliance

Karim Rahemtulla is the Co-Founder of and Head Fundamental Tactician for Monument Traders Alliance. He has more than 30 years of experience in options trading and international markets. He’s also the author of the best-selling book Where in the World Should I Invest? Using volatility and proprietary probability modeling as his guideposts, he makes investments where risk and reward are defined ahead of time. Karim is all about lowering risk while enhancing returns using strategies such as LEAPS trading, spread trading, put selling and, of course, following insider cluster buying – the lead indicator for his Insider Matrix service.