What Investors Should Prepare for in a Post-Pandemic World
How to Cash in on a Post-Pandemic World
How do you think life will change after the pandemic?
I have been asked this question a lot lately.
Particularly from investors who are trying to figure out the best way to build and protect their wealth during these tough times.
I’ve actually been giving this a lot of thought and also reached out to some of my favorite analysts to get their takes, too.
The way I see it, the more options we have, the more money we’ll be able to make, even if the world is burning.
So, let’s skip with the pleasantries today and jump right into it.
Seven Predictions for a Post Pandemic World
The first person I asked to opine on this was Brian Hicks, president and publisher of Angel Publishing.
Brian has built an empire by providing thousands of investors with the daily intelligence they need to make smart investment decisions.
Because of Brian’s ability to see trends, before they become trends, Angel Publishing has been the first to help everyday investors make small fortunes in everything from the shale boom and the renewable energy bull market of 2006 to the cannabis rush that ended up delivering gains in excess of 1,000% to those who were smart enough to follow the advice of Energy and Capital back in 2016 — right before pot stocks took off.
The point is, when it comes to having a virtual crystal ball, Brian’s got it.
So obviously, he was the first person I went to when I decided to do this piece.
Here’s what he had to say:
In times of extreme crisis, brutal truths about human nature are revealed that are suppressed for idealistic policies and social norms that can be pursued when times are peaceful and good.
As people and nations fight for their very lives against this global pandemic, I predict that some of the outcomes will be as following:
- Globalization will take a hit. Too many of these outbreaks are coming from specific parts of the world over and over again. A single province in China has brought the entire planet to its knees. As a result, nations will implement stricter border controls and the freedom of movement will decrease. Think “global bureaucracy” on steroids.
- The Chinese communist government will have to pay for its blatant lies and the cover-up. Instead of warning the world (so the world could prepare), the CCP was more concerned with saving face. Nations will retreat. The ones that can afford it will bring back vital industries they exported to China over the last four decades. This is how many military conflicts begin; and this is no different.
- Technologies will emerge to protect jobs/industries that are now seen as too vital to stable societies and economies: robotics, telemedicine, and remote learning and conferencing, etc. It’ll be a realignment of Maslow’s hierarchy for the modern world.
- The perils of the progressive agenda have been exposed for what it is: narcissism at best; common sense killers at worst. For conservatism, fear and suspicion will be on the rise for anything different. Tribalism and identity politics are now mainlining adrenaline.
- Nations will build their own “strategic medical supply reserves.” Health care stocks — whether equipment manufacturers, biotechs, or pharmaceuticals — will enjoy lengthy bull markets.
- The rise in popularity of the Second Amendment. Too many people who weren’t pro-Second Amendment when times were good have been asking me “if they should purchase a gun now.” When you have to ask that question, it’s already too late.
- Humans will adjust to the new normal and get busy living.
A Few More Predictions
Not only is Brian one of the smartest guys in the room, but he also has a knack for hiring people who have the same ability to pull in fat profits — regardless of whether we’re in a bull market or bear market.
Take Nick Hodge, for instance, founder and managing editor of the Outsider Club.
Nick has a very loyal following after delivering dozens of double- and triple-digit gains in everything from mining and energy to tech and cannabis.
Here’s what Nick had to say:
The world was already facing significant challenges before the coronavirus pandemic. Interestingly, in many ways, the outbreak has shone a light on what needs to be fixed and who needs help most urgently. We’ll look back on this as a catalyst for institutional change in both government and finance.
I couldn’t agree more.
Prior to the most recent trillion-dollar bailout, the U.S. was already more than $23 trillion in debt and adding more than another trillion every year for the next 10 years.
The Congressional Budget Office said that based on this data, the national debt will be nearly one and a half times the size of the U.S. economy.
This is not even a little bit sustainable, and this last bailout, along with future bailouts that are already being planned, are likely to expedite a very necessary and very painful adjustment in the way we address our debt burdens.
Fortunately, Nick’s already found a way to make a little scratch in anticipation of this. You can read more about that here.
Jimmy Mengel, one of Nick’s head researchers, also provided his take, which I actually found quite interesting, as what he told me is something I never would’ve thought of. Check it out:
Sports are canceled. No March Madness. No Opening Day. No NFL Draft...
We all miss sports. I’d hate to be a sports radio jockey right now… what in the hell do you even talk about?
With the number of children set to be home from school and the moratorium on professional sports worldwide, you are going to see a big rise in video game play.
What else do you think kids are going to do all day?
ESports are going to be a massive driver for the “new normal,” even after the coronavirus is put to bed.
Last year, viewers watched over 6.6 billion hours of other people playing video games. While it may sound ridiculous to us, the industry was already growing at 22.3% before we were all trapped in our homes.
To put that in perspective, the NFL grows at a 3.79% compound annualized growth rate... Major League Baseball is at 4.76%... the NBA is at 2.58%... and the NHL is at 4.79%...
ESports is over five times that.
That’s why many tech companies are launching entire arms of their business dedicated strictly to eSports. I think that once regular sports fans enter into the virtual world of eSports, there will be no turning back.
It will be one of the biggest investment opportunities to come out of this current crisis...
Video game companies, streaming services, and cloud computing are all strong buys.
I don’t know much about modern video games.
Hell, I still get excited when I see one of these …
But I do know that Jimmy’s data analysis on this is sound.
He definitely hit the nail on the head with his most recent play on a new technology that’s about to completely upend the entire transportation industry. I’ve already made a few bucks on this one, even while the market is tanking. You should definitely check it out, too. Here’s a link.
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Ride the Rebound
After Jimmy Mengel told me about his theory on eSports, I decided to dig deeper into the world of tech to see where the profit angles will be in this sector after this whole pandemic peters out.
So I spoke to our in-house tech expert, Jason Stutman, who’s been making a killing in the tech and biotech worlds both before the market sold off, and even now, during it.
Here’s what Jason had to say:
It's difficult to say anything at this point with any degree of certainty, but I expect a couple of themes to emerge post lockdown.
First, I think you're going to see some broad political backlash against globalism and the EU.
There's already evidence of rising nationalism in Italy amidst the crisis, and in the U.S., we're also realizing how dangerous it is to be dependent on China for critical goods like drugs and medical supplies. I wouldn't be surprised to see isolationism come back in favor and the further dismantling of the EU.
Coupled with this, I think we'll see a rise in authoritarianism, with some nations being affected more than others.
Pandemic prevention will be leveraged for mass surveillance and a further reduction of civil liberties — much in the way we responded to terrorism in the post-9/11 era.
I could keep theorizing, but the last thing I'll say is that we're probably going to see an accelerated push towards an automated workforce, as businesses factor in the increased risk of employing human workers.
I asked Jason to provide more data on this, as this claim of an accelerated push towards an automated workforce will seem controversial to a lot of folks. But after taking a closer look at his analysis, I realize that the transition from a human workforce to a robotic one is about to happen a lot faster than many have predicted. And he’s got the numbers to back up this claim. You can see his full analysis here.
While I certainly love getting schooled by some of our younger analysts — particularly those who are experts in the tech world — I also decided to reach out to my good friend Chris DeHaemer, who’s spent the past three decades helping investors make a ton of money by uncovering opportunity in times of crisis.
He did this when the internet bubble burst many years ago. He did this right after 9/11. During the 2007/2008 recession, he made his readers small fortunes by correctly calling the bottom and riding the 10+ year rebound all the way back to the top.
And he’s doing it again, right now, as this pandemic puts the kibosh on a bull market that, even without the pandemic, we all knew would have to eventually lose some steam.
Here’s what Chris had to say:
Much like airports after 9/11, life after the coronavirus will never be the same — be it driving to work, working from home, or something we don't know yet.
What I find particularly interesting right now is that millions of people, who are neither particularly tech savvy, nor have ever had much desire to become tech savvy, now know how to use Zoom (NASDAQ: ZM), while CFOs are thinking why are we paying for office space?
The way we’ve looked at offices and co-working spaces may no longer be relevant. It may not be particularly sexy, but a massive disruption is about to take place. And not only is it going to affect how and where we work, but all the things that come with that. Daily commutes, lunch meetings, delivery services. This is going to be an incredibly disruptive transition, and there will be a lot of money to be made in the process.
Chris is actually working on a new report that will outline this opportunity for you. But while you’re waiting for that, check out Chris’ most recent update to his readers, which will show you just how much money you can make during this pandemic by following just a few simple steps.
I know it’s been a rough few weeks for a lot of people. And these next few weeks aren’t going to be much different.
But the way I see it, this will eventually end. And when it does, you should already be positioned to ride the rebound. Because make no mistake: When this does end, you’re going to have the opportunity to make a lot of money... perhaps more than you’ve ever made before.
To a new way of life and a new generation of wealth...
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Jeff is the founder and managing editor of Green Chip Stocks, a private investment community that capitalizes on opportunities in alternative energy, organic food markets, legal cannabis, and socially responsible investing. He has been a featured guest on Fox, CNBC, and Bloomberg Asia, and is the author of the best-selling book, Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks. For more on Jeff, go to his editor's page.
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