War Rides a Red Horse
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
— Revelation 6:3-4
Today’s headlines are grim:
CNN: "North Korea sends message to Trump amid threat to fire missile 'at any time'"
CBS: "For 1st time since Cold War, U.S. tanks roll into Russia's backyard"
Daily Star: "Trouble in the Gulf: US Navy destroyers fire at Iran ships sparking conflict fears"
Shots fired near Iran:
War Material Builds
China is building island forts in disputed waters, Russian Spetsnaz have invaded the Ukraine, and radical Islam is on the march. Tensions are increasing across the globe. The list of hot spots is long — and everywhere you turn, another right-wing nationalist comes to power.
It is no wonder that most countries are jacking up their defense budgets. Many foreign powers believe the United States is in decline.
As the American protectionist umbrella shrinks, former staunch allies like the Philippines and Turkey are turning to our enemies for protection... at the same time our enemies are probing for weakness.
Perhaps to refute this notion, President-elect Trump has vowed to ramp up military spending and return the size of the Navy to that last seen during the Cold War. Billions in new money will go to defense contractors.
Others have decided that they can’t count on the fickle nature of American foreign policy and are building their own military. Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are spending the most in terms of GDP on new, high-tech death machines. They are buying from publicly traded companies listed on the NYSE.
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Japan Rides Again
Even Japan is getting into the game. It will repeal Article 9 of its constitution, the so-called pacifist clause, as soon as April 1, when the next Diet (Kokai) meets... It has already created the largest defense budget since World War II.
This is alarming. But look, I'm not hear to lecture you on the morality or causes of the current global fear... I'm sure you have ideas aplenty.
If you are an avid investor — and you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t — then you know a clear moneymaking trend when you see one.
The simple truth is that defense stocks have created many millionaires. Honeywell — a company that makes, among other things, military drones — has returned 1,055%. Boeing is up 8,415%. General Dynamics is the fifth-largest defense contractor, and it is up an incredible 19,398%. A modest investment of just $5,200 in GD would leave you a millionaire today.
During crisis, defense stocks can shoot up quite quickly.
In the aftermath of the first Gulf War, General Dynamics soared 390% in just two years, while Northrop Grumman hit 200%.
After 9/11, Lockheed Martin jumped 84% in just nine months. L-3 Communications hit a 109% gain in eight months. Halliburton rose an incredible 190%.
For a more recent example, take a look at one small company that makes computer chips for drones. As the conflict with ISIS was heating up and the U.S. began to rely more and more on drones, this small company's share price saw a 1,894% increase.
I’ve put together a report on three international companies that could return as much as 1,081% over the next two years as the new wave of defense spending cascades over the world. This one, little-known Israeli company is already up 52% and climbing. But perhaps the best is a grossly undervalued Japanese stock that will catch a windfall in just three months.
Act now before Wall Street figures this out and pushes the stock out of reach.
All the best,
Since 1995, Christian DeHaemer has specialized in frontier market opportunities. He has traveled extensively and invested in places as varied as Cuba, Mongolia, and Kenya. Chris believes the best way to make money is to get there first with the most. Christian is the founder of Crisis & Opportunity and Managing Director of Wealth Daily. He is also a contributor for Energy & Capital. For more on Christian, see his editor's page.