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Momodou Camara (Acca)

The Three “Big If” Sectors Every Forward-Looking, Profit-Oriented Investor Should Own Today
The end of summer or any change of season is a natural time to look back and reflect; I know I made plenty of happy memories this summer with family and friends and I hope you did, too.

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As rewarding as that can be, we should take care that “looking back” doesn’t become the almost permanent condition of “focusing on the past.”

Millions of investors are focused on the past right now, for a number of reasons: They’re thinking about past earnings or past performance, or they might be apprehensive about the future, say, with the feeling that things were “just simpler back then.”

Especially when it comes to how they view current headlines.

I don’t blame ’em, though.

It may feel comforting, but that focus puts those investors at a huge disadvantage because it’s the future that matters, both in terms of how we live our lives and how we make our money.

These investors have essentially been conditioned to believe that life moves because of what’s already happened.

So they see the financial markets the same way and, not surprisingly, get stuck in a rut – an expensive one, at that.

That’s too bad, especially right now. Here’s why…

Every risk is an opportunity in disguise
You cannot have one without the other.

And yet, the warped perception of risk and the propensity to look backward instead of forward will compel tens of millions of investors to leave trillions of dollars on the table.

And because we’re armed with the proper perspective not to mention a risk-balanced approach to investing it’ll be a supremely easy job for us to walk in and take that money for ourselves.

To that end, I want to talk about three “if sectors” poised for big gains behind some pretty big “ifs”, if there’s a recession, if stocks lurch lower, or if there are more tariffs thrown around in the trade war. Or, best of all… even if none of that stuff happens.

“Big if” sector No. 1: Health & medical care
People will get sick and injured whether the good times are rolling or all hell is breaking lose.

They’ll still need medicine and as we age, frankly, we need more of it.

Providers and practitioners will all urgently require instruments, supplies, medicine, and data security, to name just a few needs.

If it’s involved in healthcare, there’s a great investing case for owning it. They’re all great investments.

On the top of my mind is Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE: BDX), a company we’ve talked about before, which provides medical devices, instruments, and a whole lot more.

“Big If” Sector No. 2: Technology
Tech has been revolutionizing our lives since humans figured out how to make fire and fashion flint tools. Eons later, and the big tech firms are only beginning to hit their stride.

I know there are challenges for firms like Facebook Inc.

(NASDAQ: FB) and others that have a cavalier attitude toward the customers that put them in business to begin with, but that doesn’t change the fact that the genie is out of the bottle.

The way I see it, cybersecurity stocks even “old line” stalwarts like Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) are the smart play here because of how long our data will survive out there in the “wild”… even if we’re not thrilled about that fact.

“Big If” Sector No. 3: Utilities
There are more than 7.72 billion people alive today. At present growth rates, it’s likely another 18 people will be born in the time it takes you to read just this one sentence alone.

And come what may, every single one of ’em will need food, shelter, energy, water, and sewage services all the “stuff” that allows folks to live the life they want, to have switches and taps work when you flip them to “ON.”

I can’t foresee a situation in which we wouldn’t need utilities. Utilities are easy to own, too. Many pay very appealing dividends, giving you a decent income in a permanently low-rate world.

One utility we own in the Money Map Report model portfolio has returned 114.6% and counting, and all indications are that the board is planning to pay out a delectable $1.25 a share in cold, hard cash this month.

There’s one more “Big If”
I’ve recommended great companies in all three sectors to my paid subscribers over the years and have, in fact, got a few new recommendations on tap, too.

Many have resulted in triple-digit winners as in, they’ve helped readers following along as directed chart a path toward 100%, 200%, 300%, or even more on their money. Through thick and thin, up and down it doesn’t matter.

The right companies can make a world of difference to your wealth, even under economic conditions that stymie most investors…… but only “IF” you know what to look for.

*** No significant changes since June in the indicates rates and they remain as quoted figures as per the 11th. June, 2019.

** Market prices are as at 24th. August, 2019


Top 5 most influential US economists
Continued from last week!

N0-4 Irving Fisher
Through his theoretical work, Irving Fisher made huge contributions to the foundations of modern financial economics.

In the 1987 Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, James Tobin called him “America’s first mathematical economist”.

According to Tobin: “Much of standard neoclassical theory today is Fisherian in origin, style, spirit and substance.” Many of Fisher’s theoretical workings underpin modern economics. His connection between changing money supplies and price levels, for example, contributed to the founding of monetarism.

Fisher also created a definitive understanding of capital and income that persists today: he defined the value of capital as the present value of the flow of (net) income that the asset generates.

In addition to this, Fisher was the first economist to distinguish between real and nominal interest rates.

His understanding of this relationship, called the Fisher Effect, is still applied to analyses of monetary supply and international currency trading.

NO-5 Alice Rivlin
In her journey to become a leading expert on US budget policy, Alice Rivlin faced her fair share of obstacles. In 1952, her application for a postgraduate degree in public administration was turned down because she was a woman of “marriageable age.”

However, this did not stop her from reaching highly esteemed positions in the world of economics. She was the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the first female director of the Office of Management and Budget, appointed under US President Bill Clinton.

The CBO carries out non-partisan analyses of budget and economic issues. Rivlin played a central role in turning the agency into a powerful and respected institution, and advocated for its continuing independence throughout her life.

She also focused on fiscal policy and federal budget issues during her time at the Brookings Institution. Commemorating her death, Brookings said in a post: “Rivlin’s expertise and skills and her unique ability to build bridges across political parties played key roles in the formation of US economic policy for more than half a century.”

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.
By: Benjamin Franklin

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.
By: Oscar Wilde

Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none.
By: Richard M. DeVos

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
By: Nelson Mandella

The lack of money is the root of all evil.
By: Mark Twain

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
By: Jonathan Swift

Do what you love and the money will follow.
By: Marsha Sinetar

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