For many investors, harnessing wealth sounds about as easy as harnessing a bucking bull. And if this is your proverbial “first rodeo,” the prospect of making money in a challenging market is a daunting one.
But what’s about to happen could pave the way for thousands of forward-looking Americans… or even tens of thousands… to join the millionaire class. This phenomenon could even create a few new billionaires.
At the same time, thousands of other middle-class Americans… possibly millions… could also find themselves backed into a corner with no jobs… shrinking nest eggs… and no idea what to do next.
Incredibly, you have a chance right now to choose where you’ll land.
Start with my three moneymaking tips, then I’ll tell you about a brand-new opportunity to build wealth.
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No. 1: Allocate Your Assets Wisely
Consider the catastrophic losses suffered in the early 2000s by some employees of Enron, who were encouraged to put most – or even all! – of their 401(k)-retirement savings in Enron stock.
These folks did not use Intelligent Asset Allocation — and they paid a heavy price.
In the late 1990s, Wall Street considered Enron to be one of the world’s most innovative companies. Its executives were the superstars of Corporate America, and the Houston-based company received endless accolades.
- In early 2001, all 15 Wall Street analysts who followed the stock rated Enron a “buy.” Meanwhile, the financial press also was heaping praise on the stock.
- In August 2001, the Houston Chronicle lauded Enron as “a company with innovative people who have shown they can turn ideas into profitable businesses.”
- In its September 2001 issue, Red Herring magazine insisted: “Forget about Microsoft. America’s most successful, revered, feared — and even hated — company is no longer a band of millionaire geeks from Redmond, Washington, but a cabal of cowboy/traders from Houston: Enron.”
Less than three months after the Red Herring’s glowing endorsement, Enron filed for bankruptcy. As its stock plummeted to zero, the “cabal of cowboy/traders” gained infamy as some of the biggest fraudsters in American history.
The employees who bet everything on Enron were completely wiped out. When the company went under, they didn’t just lose their jobs. They lost their savings, too.
It was easy to be taken in by all the hype surrounding Enron — and to be seduced by the stock’s seemingly limitless promise and potential. It was easy to believe that Wall Street and the financial media knew what they were talking about.
Enron seemed like a sure thing, especially to the folks who worked for this high-flying success story. That’s why so many employees placed all of their retirement savings in Enron stock. Their asset allocation was 100% Enron.
If you devote a huge portion of your wealth to a single asset class — whether it’s stocks, bonds, oil, gold, real estate or whatever — you are financially fragile. You expose yourself to serious harm.
No. 2: Just Say “No”
To outperform the market, an investor must maintain the discipline of saying “no” to bad risks… and then keep on doing that until good risks come along.
Marginal opportunities are what I call “bad risks,” or “asymmetrical risks.” That’s when the potential upside is much smaller than the potential downside.
Here’s an extreme example to illustrate the concept…
Riding in a barrel over Niagara Falls for a $20 prize. If everything works out perfectly, you win $20. If not, you perish.
Here’s another example…
Running red lights to get to Disneyland 10 minutes early. If everything works out just right, you make it to the “Happiest Place on Earth” and have to wait 45 minutes instead of an hour for Space Mountain. Or you might get into a horrible accident.
These examples of asymmetrical risk are so obvious that they seem ridiculous, but many asymmetrical risks are less obvious.
Disciplined investors understand the dangers of these risks; that’s why they begin their analysis by asking “What can go wrong?” rather than “What can go right?”
Disciplined investors understand that investing is optional and that they must be selective.
It’s OK to say “no” to bad risks. Unfortunately, many investors grow impatient. We justify buying richly valued stocks by comparing them to stocks that are even more richly valued. But it is still dangerous to buy stocks that are “less risky.”
It’s no different than camping 40 feet away from a pride of lions because a few other folks are camping only 20 feet away. You might wake up every morning 40 feet away from the lions, just like the morning before. But getting eaten is also possible, if not probable.
Avoiding bad risks is the essential first step toward outperforming the market.
No. 3: Wade – Don’t Dive – Into the Market
In 2022, caution was the name of the game.
I went so far as to say that hedges were one of the best ways to survive last year’s tumultuous market.
Clearly, that paid off.
On Jan. 14, 2022, I recommended buying the ProShares Short 20+ Treasury ETF (TBF) to my readers, saying…
… [TBF] bets against long-term Treasury bonds, rather than high-yield bonds. The guts of its portfolio are interest-rate swaps that increase in price as long-term interest rates rise. As such, this ETF offers a direct and “clean” hedge against inflation.
This ETF has been a big loser for most of its 12-year existence. But that’s because interest rates trended lower during that period. If interest rates begin heading higher, this ETF would finally reward its shareholders.
We closed out our shares of TBF after 8.5 months for a 31.70% gain.
But now, the time for hedging and/or betting against the market is drawing to a close. I believe it is time to tiptoe – cautiously and wisely – back into the market, but only if your sights are focused on solid, established companies with outstanding growth prospects.
Rebirth of America 2.0
More often than not, successful Americans have mastered these tactics and simply figured out where to go to find the next opportunity. When they get there, they invest confidently.
On the flip side, many investors miss the best opportunities, either because they fail to recognize them, or they are too fearful to act decisively.
Right now, I believe there’s a new economic “supercluster” of innovation and investment taking shape in one specific area of the country.
You’ll find no fewer than 28 different companies, each dedicated to building out the future for electric vehicles and the batteries that power them.
Collectively, they’re investing billions of dollars in kickstarting a new era of American ingenuity and prosperity – something I call “Made in America, 2.0.”
Watch the full video of my recommendations in this explosive space – and I’ll also reveal one of my top EV plays.