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The No. 1 Lesson I Learned From My First Investment

Written By Sean McCloskey

Posted November 20, 2020

Hi, folks, my name is Sean McCloskey. I’m a new editor here at Energy and Capital and am very much looking forward to sharing my ideas and getting to know you over the coming months.

Since this is your first time meeting me, allow me to tell you a little about myself.

Years before I can remember anything, my great-grandmother, Bubba, passed away.

I never met her, but Bubba impacted my life profoundly. She helped me cash in my first 400% gain on Wall Street. You see, Bubba left me 18 shares of IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) in her will.

By preschool, I had a stake in the market. 

I didn’t know a thing about stocks. But in elementary school I would take my local newspaper, the Times-Herald Record, and pore over tickers, prices, and volume, trying to piece them together.

Through the 1980s, my shares did nothing. By the early ’90s, I was even down in my position. But I was content. The dividend checks I received four times a year kept me in the best comic books and baseball cards a kid could ask for, so I was happy. 

By the time I reached high school in 1996, everything changed. The tech boom was kicking off and over the next few years, my 18 shares jumped fivefold from roughly $25 to about $130. Even better, my stake had quadrupled to 72 shares after two stock splits in 1997 and 1999, respectively.

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By the time I was filling out college applications, my position in IBM had grown from $450 to $9,000!

When you’re 17 and planning for college, $9,000 goes a long way. That money helped me pay for books and living expenses my first two years away.

But that experience also taught me a valuable lesson about investing that still plays an important role in my approach to the markets to this day.

Market success is relative

Each of you has unique short- and long-term goals. My goal is to help you achieve your goals. 

Over the years, I’ve covered multiple sectors on the hunt for moneymaking opportunities. This has taken me on a journey into the inner circles of industries from energy and tech to cryptocurrencies and cannabis. And my suggestions could yield my followers huge gains, including:

  • 391% with Inspire Medical Systems Inc. (NYSE: INSP)
  • 340% with Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE: IIPR)
  • 334% with Livongo Health Inc. (NASDAQ: LVGO)
  • 225% with Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ: SGEN)
  • 126% with Green Thumb Industries (OTC: GTBIF)

Now that you know a little more about me, I hope over the coming weeks and months you’ll write in and share your own investing goals and questions with me. 

You can drop me a line anytime at

This Is the Most Exciting Opportunity I’ve Seen in a Long Time

As you can see, most of the gains above were stakes in innovative companies on the cutting edge of their fields. Which leads me to something very unique for you today. 

I was just speaking to a colleague this morning and he revealed to me that Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), has made a shocking and unexpected confession about the future of his electric car empire:

I think [this technology] will grow faster than automotive… If you look at year-over-year growth, it will be absolutely incredible… over the course of, say, a year, [a] gigantic increase.

Now, I’ll let you in on the “inside baseball” my colleague revealed to me…

This has nothing to do with batteries, 5G, or the internet of things. Meaning hardly anyone knows about it. But as you can learn here, the demand for this new technology is enormous already. In short, this revolutionary new tech can power the 90 million-plus buildings and homes in America alone, and do it more cheaply than any fossil fuel in the world can today.

And in doing so, it will make the greedy utility companies OBSOLETE. See how right here.

Have a great weekend,

To your wealth,

Sean McCloskey
Editor, Energy and Capital

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After spending 10 years in the consumer tech reporting and educational publishing industries, Sean has since redevoted himself to one of his original passions: identifying and cashing in on the most lucrative opportunities the market has to offer. As the former managing editor of multiple investment newsletters, he's covered virtually every sector of the market, ranging from energy and tech to gold and cannabis. Over the years, Sean has offered his followers the chance to score numerous triple-digit gains, and today he continues his mission to deliver followers the best chance to score big wins on Wall Street and beyond as an editor for Energy and Capital.

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