Fixing Our Broken Healthcare System

Good health and good sense are two great blessings. That’s exactly why our Chief Income Strategist and biotech investment expert Marc Lichtenfeld is teaming up with a true powerhouse – former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich – to bring you The 2019 American Health & Wealth Summit.

And America needs it. Sadly, our healthcare system is challenged (to say the least) and does not necessarily help make us healthier.

The U.S. spends twice what other developed nations do on healthcare. But our results are far from twice as good. We have the lowest life expectancy and the highest infant mortality rate among our developed peers.

Our high healthcare spending isn’t because Americans go to the doctor more. In fact, we go less – only four times per year compared with five to 13 visits in other developed countries. Yet we still pay more. Why?

In short, our healthcare system puts the patient last. It’s controlled by massive insurance monopolies and hospitals.

Insurance companies and hospitals negotiate everything with each other. Patients can’t shop around for the best option.

The bill comes after treatment. Even with insurance footing 90% of the bill, paying close to $10,000 for a surgery or other serious treatment when it’s all said and done isn’t uncommon.

But for the hospitals and insurance companies, the more they charge, the more money they receive from the government. The only party that has an incentive to pay less is us. Yet we are the only ones not at the table.

But there is hope. As usual, private industry is always better at meeting consumer needs than any government system…

The digitization of healthcare is a prime example. By eliminating redundancies, streamlining record keeping and improving communication, going digital lowers prices.

Companies like Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX) make healthcare more affordable and are a great way for investors to profit in this sector.

Allscripts in particular integrates clinical software and financial information, and it improves connectivity between doctors, hospitals and pharmacies.

And that’s just the beginning. There are many more innovations in the healthcare sector coming our way soon. One in particular could be the biggest medical breakthrough we’ve seen yet. It not only will drastically cut costs for patients but also could offer investors like you the opportunity to make a huge profit.

This is the breakthrough Marc and Newt will be discussing at The 2019 American Health & Wealth Summit.

The free, online event will take place on Thursday, July 18, at 1 p.m. ET. Click here to reserve your spot.

Good investing,

James …read more

Take a Look "Inside"

Direxion All Cap Insider Sentiment ETF vs S&P 500

Editor’s Note: Chief Investment Strategist Alexander Green believes following insider buying is one of the best ways to invest.

Who would disagree? Company executives do all the heavy lifting for you!

Today, Research Analyst Matthew Makowski talks about the ins and outs of insider buying, what’s legal… and what isn’t. Alex makes following insider buying even easier for you in his VIP Trading Service The Insider Alert. The service tracks thousands of insiders… in particular, the “Wall Street Underground” who have never lost money trading their own companies.

And you can follow in their footsteps. See you on the inside!

– Donna DiVenuto-Ball, Associate Club Editorial Director

Insider trading doesn’t have a great connotation.

Martha Stewart (or M. Diddy as she was known in the slammer) and current halfway house resident (and former Enron CEO) Jeff Skilling are the usual suspects who come to mind. They’re seen as slimy and dishonest for making money on inside information.

But in reality, anytime a CEO, board member or management-level employee of a corporation buys shares of the company they work for, they’re often buying on information not yet widely known to the public. And contrary to popular belief, it isn’t (usually) a crime.

When an insider changes their holdings in a company – that is to say, whenever they buy or sell any associated stocks, bonds or options – they must file a simple, two-page document (called a Form 4) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This form is kept in a massive database on the SEC’s website for anyone to see.

The SEC database can be a treasure trove of useful information for the savvy investor because it hints at secrets the general public isn’t privy to.

Think about it… If a CEO buys 10,000 shares of the company she runs right before an earnings announcement, we can make a pretty informed prediction about the direction that stock is heading.

That CEO knows something most investors don’t… And that information is a very valuable commodity. It’s about as close to looking into a crystal ball as you can get. (We’re still working out the bugs in our crystal ball technology here at Investment U.)

With hundreds of Form 4 filings every day, it’s a nightmare to weed through and find valuable information. (If it were easy, everybody’d be doing it, right?)

There are some exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that do the heavy lifting for you, however. Take the Direxion All Cap Insider Sentiment ETF (NYSE: KNOW), for example. This fund’s index uses public information about the trading activity of companies’ directors and officers to pick 100 stocks from the S&P Composite 1500 Index.

While there’s more to it than that, it’s essentially a down-and-dirty way to follow the “smart money” in the stock market. And as you can see in the chart above, it’s outperforming the broader markets by almost 18%.

To help put this strategy into perspective and explain why this …read more

Megacities and the New Urban Economy

World Population Living in Cities

We’re seeing the rise of the concrete jungle.

According to U.N. estimates, nearly 70% of people will live in cities by 2050.

Some cities have grown so large in population and power that a new term has been coined for them: megacities.

But humanity’s rapid urbanization comes with problems.

Powering a city that large is a herculean endeavor – managing traffic is as well. There’s also the environmental impact to consider.

Regardless, the future is urban. The fortunes of entire nations will be decided in the cities that harness the best and brightest their countries have to offer.

One city that bridges Europe and Asia is proving to be a great model for these emerging megacities. It’s shaping up to be the financial and technological hub of the Middle East…

Istanbul, Turkey.

In its 5,000-year history, Istanbul has served as the capital of three empires. But its best days are still ahead. The city is going through a renaissance. But why?

Partially, its due to location…

Istanbul controls the Bosporus, the only passage between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s also the shortest land route between Europe and Asia.

The city has a natural harbor in the form of the Golden Horn. It also has a good climate and is well-connected to both European and Middle Eastern infrastructures through a network of highways, rail lines, airports and seaports.

All that has made it one of the fastest-growing cities on earth. In 1980, it was home to 4.3 million people. As of 2019, its population has more than tripled to 14.9 million.

While it’s had some hiccups, Istanbul has handled that growth remarkably well.

Slums sprang up as the city grew in the 1970s and ’80s. But they are aggressively being torn down now. The city has ready access to electricity. Water quality does remain an issue, but it’s improving, in part due to clever tech startups like BiSU.

Today Istanbul is a thoroughly modern city.

It resembles any other major European city, complete with a subway system, modern entertainment facilities, and streets oozing with culture and history.

Istanbul has become a business hub and an economic center of gravity for the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The city makes up about one-third of Turkey’s total GDP. It’s home to roughly 1 in 5 Turks.

Because of its resources and growing wealth, Istanbul is Turkey’s Silicon Valley. The city’s tech startups, most of them native, have access to a large, young and well-educated population.

Turkish companies like iyzico and Insider have had an international impact. Iyzico is an e-payment financial technology company used by the likes of Zara and BMW. Insider is a growth-management platform used by Toyota, Hyundai, Huawei and many others.

A bet on both Istanbul and Turkey is one of the best ways to invest in this premier developing economy. Turkey is currently the ninth-largest economy in the world based on purchasing power parity. By 2030, it’s expected to be the fifth-largest economy. It could see 314% growth between now and then.

And the iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (Nasdaq: TUR) could be a good way to profit …read more

These Three Amigos Can Boost Your Portfolio

The Three Amigos

The U.S., Mexico and Canada are the rebellious children of Europe’s empires. Because of that, there’s a certain kinship among them.

That kinship led to the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. NAFTA brought all three economies closer together.

It’s been an economic boon.

America’s 2018 GDP was nearly triple what it was in 1994. Mexico’s and Canada’s GDP each more than doubled in the same time span.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are one another’s largest trade partners. Mexico and Canada ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total trade value with America last year.

But the agreement has its problems. It’s inflexible and weak on important regulations. It was never meant to be adjusted or renegotiated.

Trump’s proposed replacement for NAFTA fixes those problems.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is stronger on labor and environmental regulation. It also has stronger intellectual property laws.

It’s far nimbler than its predecessor too. NAFTA was designed to go on indefinitely. The USMCA has to be renegotiated every six years. That leaves it better able to respond to change.

Further, there are restrictions for members seeking to sign trade agreements with “non-market” countries. That language is aimed squarely at China.

The USMCA hones North America into a potent weapon against China.

China paints a mighty picture of itself. But there’s more to it than meets the eye.

It has serious problems, namely food security, energy independence and demographics.

They will undermine China’s strength moving forward.

The U.S., Mexico and Canada have none of China’s problems, and the USMCA will only help matters. These countries are growing in both wealth and population. And Mexico isn’t far off from first-world status.

The U.S., Mexico and Canada will be better investments than China in the long term. ETFs like the iShares MSCI Mexico ETF (NYSE: EWW) and the iShares MSCI Canada ETF (NYSE: EWC) could be good ways to profit from the USMCA deal.

Good investing,

James …read more

The Rise of Everyday Machines

Drones in the U.S.

The line between cyberspace and reality gets blurrier by the day. Computers and robots have gone from science fiction to commonplace in just a few decades.

We’re not quite cyborgs yet, but the relationship between humans and machines is closer than ever. Your smartphone is proof of that. Research suggests that trend will continue.

The drone market represents the next wave of everyday robots.

First used by the military, today the civilian drone market is exploding. By 2022, there will be almost 2.5 million drones in use across the U.S. alone. It could be an $82.1 billion industry worldwide by 2025.

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has stolen the show with its news of delivery by drone. But that’s far from the technology’s full potential…

Drones are used in dozens of professions from agriculture to law enforcement. In fact, construction companies are some of the biggest buyers of civilian drones.

Drones can do all the surveying, mapping and planning that has to happen before a shovel breaks the ground. They’re also shown to make work sites 55% safer.

Strabag, a European construction firm, uses DJI Enterprise’s Phantom 4 drone to map their sites.

The Phantom 4 can map a site, model it digitally, and even run volume and mass calculations for building materials in one pass. It allows surveyors to do their jobs more quickly and precisely. That in turn cuts down on time and expenses.

DJI comprises about three-fourths of the consumer drone market, and Ambarella (Nasdaq: AMBA) makes the high-definition video chipsets that go into DJI drones.

Drone technology is a boon for agriculture as well. Farmers use them to monitor their fields.

It’s estimated drones could save farmers more than $1.3 trillion annually. They can also boost yields by 2% to 3%, depending on the crop.

AeroVironment’s (Nasdaq: AVAV) Quantix drone is the cutting edge in agricultural robotics. It can inspect up to 400 acres of land in a single 45-minute flight.

The Quantix drone evaluates crop health, identifies which parts of the fields are getting the most sunlight and water, and analyzes the crop canopy all from a single pass. It can even pick out anomalies down to a single plant that could signal diseases.

This fixed-wing, semi-autonomous drone can take off, scan an area and land without a human operator, freeing up a lot of time for the farmer.

Law enforcement is also benefitting from the spread of drone technology. Yuneec’s H520 hexacopter is a popular choice.

Drones are more efficient and less conspicuous than helicopters. They have been used to locate missing people and capture suspects.

The technology has become invaluable in search and rescue missions. After Hurricane Irma in 2017, Daytona Beach police used drones to scout the safest and fastest routes to victims of the storm.

Drones allow us to see precise details and information the naked eye would miss. They augment physical space with cyberspace, further blurring the line between them.

Welcome to cyber reality.

Good investing,

James …read more

The Top 5G Network Stocks to Watch in 2019

The market for 5G services is expected to grow 1,070% by 2025. To help you get a slice of that growth, we’ve put together a list of the top 5G network stocks to watch right now.

And if you’ve only heard about 5G’s enormous growth potential, we want to show you why it’s so groundbreaking.

5G will be the fifth generation of wireless technology, but it will be a much larger improvement over 4G than 4G was over 3G.

Each generation so far has added a new component to wireless communication. The first generation was the birth of the wireless phone, the second introduced SMS messaging, and with 3G came internet browsing capability.

4G allowed browsing at faster speeds, to facilitate streaming. And now, 5G technology is expected to be 100 timesfaster than current networks.

That means 5G is powerful enough to disrupt entire sectors, not just cell phone connections. It will make self-driving cars possible, along with lag-free operation of medical equipment powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

And the top 5G network stocks to watch benefit from this massive influx of new products and services.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is already beginning to roll out networks in select U.S. cities like Chicago and Houston. In fact, over the last 12 months, roughly 30 cities across the country have had 5G networks installed.

According to MarketWatch, the market for 5G services is currently worth more than $21.5 billion. But in 2025, the market will be worth $252 billion – that’s a staggering 1,070% growth.

And it means you have the chance to get in early by watching these top 5G stocks right now.

Analysts expect the top stock on this list to break out 153% in the next year alone…
Top 5G Network Stocks to Watch, No. 5: Marvell Technology
In the No. 5 slot is Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL). The company makes 5G chips for mobile devices.

Marvell recently bought out Cavium, a microchip creator, for $6 billion. So it’s now a player in 5G markets such as AI, cloud, hardware, and the automotive industry.

MRVL is also developing 5G base stations with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: SSNLF), giving the firm a steady supply of money from one of the leading telecoms.

MRVL stock is currently selling around $23 per share, but it’s forecast to climb to $30 over the next 12 months, a gain of more than 30%.
Top 5G Network Stocks to Watch, No. 4: Silicon Laboratories
Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB) is also a chipmaker for 5G networks. It’s active in multiple sectors, including automotive, industrial control solutions, and communications. The company makes chips for cell phones, vehicle computers, and more.

That gives it wide exposure to 5Gs potential to affect industries from self-driving cars to AI. It’s no surprise then that four of the top five global 5G infrastructure firms are using its products.

Currently, the shares sell at around $98. But the shares are projected to climb to $130 over the next year, an advance of 32%.
Top 5G Network Stocks to Watch, No. 3: Qualcomm
In the No. 3 position is another chipmaker, Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM). It makes 5G chips …read more

America’s Self-Made Billionaires

I see headlines every day proclaiming the death of the American Dream. Despair, it would seem, is the spirit of the times.

But that despair is simply unfounded.

The United States is home to more billionaires – many of them self-made – than any other country. They exemplify America’s optimism and entrepreneurial spirit, whether they were born in this country or a world away. Two of the best examples have found their names in the headlines lately…

Howard Schultz, former chairman of Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX), is running for president in 2020 as an Independent.

He was born to Fred and Elaine Schultz in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. And to say the family had little would be an understatement. Fred was a high school dropout and an ex-Army truck driver. The family of five lived in Canarsie, part of the Bayview projects.

Despite his impoverished upbringing, Schultz was determined to be the first in his family go to college.

He did, paying for it with a combination of student loans and part-time jobs.

Schultz bought Starbucks in 1988, and due to his grit and business acumen, he became the king of the coffee industry. He’s now worth $3.7 billion.

But there’s an even more newsworthy self-made billionaire…

Elon Musk, perhaps the most famous name in tech since Steve Jobs, was born in Pretoria, South Africa.

He had a very lonely childhood, during which he says he was raised by books, particularly the works of Isaac Asimov.

His parents divorced when he was 9. He lived with his father, whom he describes as “pure evil.” He also faced constant, severe bullying at school. In one instance, he was left so badly injured his father couldn’t recognize him.

In spite of all that, he proved adept at engineering and electronics. He taught himself computer programming at age 10 and designed the game Blastar at age 12.

Growing up, Musk wanted to move to America. In his words, “I remember thinking and seeing that America is where great things are possible, more than any other country in the world.”

At 17 he left South Africa for Canada, his mother’s home country . Before he left, his father told him he would never amount to anything.

Once in Canada, Musk attended Queen’s University at Kingston in Ontario but left in 1992 to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Musk earned a bachelor’s in both fields. He then attended Stanford for a Ph.D. in energy physics. He dropped out after just two days to start his first company, Zip2, with his brother, Kimbal.

With the money he made selling that company, he started That merged with Confinity to become PayPal (Nasdaq: PYPL). The runaway success of PayPal allowed him to build his current empire, which includes SpaceX, Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) and SolarCity.

Altogether, Musk is worth $17.8 billion, and he’s a driving force behind private space travel, electric cars and renewable energy.

What Howard Schultz and Elon Musk prove is that no matter where you’re from or who your parents are, America …read more

China’s Role in Shaping Consumer Industries

Total Vehicles Sold Globally in 2018

Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Toyota (NYSE: TM) have been in a race for the title of world’s largest automaker since 2015. But based on last year’s sales figures, Germany’s automotive giant is pulling ahead of its Japanese rival.

But how? Toyota is the most valuable brand in the auto industry (the Corolla is the best-selling car of all time).

The answer is China, the world’s largest auto market. Volkswagen has taken advantage of this burgeoning market, while Toyota has largely ignored it.

Chinese consumers make up 30% of new car buyers worldwide. Although sales dipped last year, China’s appetite for new cars continues to grow.

Europe, the world’s second-largest auto market, is Volkswagen’s home turf. One out of every four new cars bought in Europe is a Volkswagen product. Yet China remains Volkswagen’s best customer… It alone makes up 40% of Volkswagen’s sales.

In 1983, Volkswagen was the first foreign automaker to set up shop in China, becoming synonymous with quality, reliability, luxury and status. Today, Volkswagen is China’s best-performing foreign auto brand.

Through its local partners and import subsidiary, Volkswagen makes three of China’s best-selling cars. In fact, Volkswagen sold about four cars for every one Toyota. And its luxury marque, Audi, sold about six cars for every Toyota-made Lexus.

Volkswagen’s success in China is what helped it overtake Toyota. And the company has leaned into that success, becoming laser-focused on Chinese tastes.

Chinese consumers like big vehicles because they’re a sign of prestige and success, with SUVs making up half of China’s total auto sales. So Volkswagen built a whole lineup of SUVs to capture that market. A dozen China-exclusive SUVs will soon join the Touareg, Tiguan and Atlas.

Additionally, Chinese consumers bought more than half of the 2 million electric cars sold last year, indicating a strong Chinese market for electric vehicles (EVs). So Volkswagen will start rolling out a whole lineup of EVs next year. The ID.3, an electric hatchback, will lead the way in 2020, followed by an electric SUV aimed squarely at the Tesla Model X, China’s current electric SUV sales leader. It will debut in China before being made available to other markets.

More companies will look to capitalize on the power of China’s growing middle class by imitating Volkswagen’s model for success…

And Chinese consumers will be the new market to cater to in coming years. Their tastes will determine the future of not just the auto industry but also most other consumer industries.

Good investing,

James …read more

Investing Lessons From Granddad’s Old Truck

A good story separates the lasting brands from the failures. It can elevate a product into a cultural icon.

Believe it or not, the best example of a powerful brand is a humble work truck.

Ford’s F-Series trucks have been around since 1948. Since then, they’ve become the best-selling vehicles in America. Of the 2.4 million full-size trucks sold last year, almost 1 million were F-Series, generating $41 billion in revenue for Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). According to Morgan Stanley, the F-Series could be worth more than Ford itself.

So what’s so special about the F-Series?

The answer is in its story. It’s where reason and emotion collide. It’s why we like the products we like. The F-Series trucks are special because for many people (including me), they’re more than just trucks… They’re America’s trucks. Even if you prefer the Chevrolet Silverado or Dodge Ram, neither name has the same cachet as the F-Series.

The F-Series debuted right as American GI’s came home from WWII. It built its reputation in the 1950s and 1960s and has been the companion of farmers, workers, tradesmen and laborers from sea to shining sea.

My grandfather drove one. I remember being a kid and tagging along while he took care of ranch chores in his dark green F-250. It sat so high that he had to lift me into it. My feet didn’t even touch the floor.

I loved the grumble of its V-8 as it trundled down the red dirt roads of his ranch – bales of hay in the bed and an excited little boy in the passenger’s seat.

To this day, I smile when I see F-Series trucks on the road. They remind me of my grandfather and happy days in the backwoods of Virginia. That’s how a truck becomes more than a truck.

My granddad’s F-250 got sent to the junkyard years ago. But I’ll never forget that truck and all the memories we made in it.

And I’m not alone. Since 1948, grandsons have been riding with their grandfathers in F-Series trucks. Many people have their own stories about them.

But you don’t need a personal connection to the F-Series truck to understand that story…

The F-Series only ever promised to be simple and dependable workhorses – to complement the grit and determination of America’s workforce. And it’s delivered on that promise consistently for more than 70 years.

The legend wrote itself. Now the F-Series is as American as baseball and apple pie.

People trust the F-Series. That trust boosted a brand into a cultural icon.

I learned a lot in my granddad’s truck. But that old clunker had one more lesson to teach me years after it got scrapped…

Always bet on a good story.

Good investing,

James …read more

Marijuana Millionaire Review: Penny Pot Stocks and Trailblazer Pro with Matthew Carr

The Marijuana Millionaire is a live event with emerging trends strategist Matthew Carr that gives you an inside look at the booming marijuana market. With analysis that shows the potential for over $200 billion in growth, Matthew explains how penny pot stocks can bring you over $1 million in profits over the next 12 months.

This is all possible due to SIL 18725, the new congressional “marijuana bill.” Furthermore, Matthew provides weekly research updates, reports, alerts, and more through Trailblazer Pro.
Marijuana Millionaire and Trailblazer Pro
 Matthew Carr’s Marijuana Millionaire live event discusses the huge returns that are now possible through penny pot stocks. During the event, you will learn that:

These stocks are off major exchanges, such as Nasdaq or NYSE. Average retail investors aren’t in yet, which is why pot stocks have the potential for easy gains.
This system of marijuana trading is crushing the S&P by 2,254% by investing in stocks that are cheap, but have access to the big markets over $1 billion.
Penny pot stocks can show explosive revenue growth and the asset class is growing at an astonishing rate.

Matthew’s Trailblazer Pro system has the ability to track these pot stocks in real time. Overall, this gives you the ultimate advantage over mainstream investing.
Penny Pot Stocks and Matthew Carr Reviews
Matthew Carr takes his unique approach to investing and gives his readers an inside track to countless gains. For example, here are a few past reviews:

“I made $185,000 on Tilray… $72,651 on Canopy Growth. Thank you again, Matthew!” – Ryan B.

“I’ve made $300,000, and I’m enjoying what God’s blessed me with!” – Tom W.

“I made $54,900. I am extremely happy with your analysis and work!” – Ben J.

“Matthew, I just wanted to say thanks! I’m up 48% overall in my portfolio in about three months, and that’s a new record for me… It’s making a big difference in my quest for financial liberty!” – Tim G.

“In regards to the trades you suggested, I made a very nice 272% profit,” – James C.

As you can see, Matthew Carr has proven time and time again that he can produce results for his readers. He is now implementing his unique strategy within the marijuana space, with the potential for gains of 300% and more.

His 3-2-1 guarantee includes three stocks for 300%, two stocks for 500%, and one stock for 1,000% through Trailblazer Pro. For more information about penny pot stocks, visit the Marijuana Millionaire event today for access to this amazing investment opportunity.

Good Investing,

Rob Otman …read more

Profit From Marijuana's Makeover

Cannabis Legalization Has Universal Support

A brand is a powerful thing. It’s why Ford’s F-150 is synonymous with the pickup truck. It’s why Coke is a household name and waiters and waitresses the world over have to ask, “Is Pepsi okay?”

Marijuana itself has a sort of “brand,” and it carries a lot of baggage. It still conjures up images of Cheech and Chong, Willie Nelson, long hair and Woodstock for some.

But many Americans are beginning to look at cannabis in a different light.

As today’s chart shows, a majority of Democrats, Independents and Republicans support cannabis legalization. And that says a lot when all three of these groups align on anything these days.

This proves cannabis isn’t just for hippies and college kids anymore. It’s a legitimate business. Nowadays, dispensaries are almost as common – and look as nice – as Starbucks or Apple stores.

Cannabis can even be used to treat anxiety, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other conditions. In fact, its medical use considerably outpaces its recreational use.

It seems weed has lost its edge. It’s gone corporate. Mary Jane traded in the tie-dye T-shirt for a suit and tie. And that’s fantastic for your portfolio.

But the biggest profits may come from a source other than marijuana growers…

Cannabis companies are spending more and more each year on branding. Having sleek packaging and a slick image is vital to standing out in a rapidly crowding industry and throwing off the baggage of marijuana’s illicit past.

Companies like design startup Wick & Mortar are making money hand over fist designing for cannabis brands.

And these brands have downright cool packaging.

For example, you can find vape boxes made with gold leaf that look like they contain the latest iPhone.

Wick & Mortar is doing extraordinarily well for itself, but it’s small as far as cannabis branding firms go.

The kingpin is KushCo Holdings (OTC: KSHB).

Despite its name, KushCo doesn’t actually grow any kush. It focuses entirely on branding and packaging. Through its Kush Supply Co. subsidiary, it sells generic packaging, vapes, rolling papers and more to pot startups.

KushCo’s other subsidiary, The Hybrid Creative, does extensive custom brand design work. The company will design everything from logos and websites to packaging and marketing materials.

The Hybrid Creative’s revenues and profits have more than doubled each year since 2015.

There’s really no way to know for certain which cannabis companies will be the Apple and Google of weed. But all of them need a recognizable brand to prosper in a rapidly crowding market.

Another way to make a fortune in this green gold rush is with the people who know how to make it sexy. The people who know how to sell it to your grandma, the cop on your corner, your kid’s teacher… You get the idea.

Any of these cannabis startups could sell the best marijuana on the planet, but if they can’t make people want to buy it, they won’t go anywhere…

It’s the companies that market the products most successfully that will light it up.

Good investing,

James …read more

The 6 Top Penny Stocks to Watch in May

After the stock market rallied at the end of April, some investors are still looking for a big payout. Here is a list of the five top penny stocks to watch in May.

While the stock market can still produce gains, they may not be enough, or you could miss them. In the last month, both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs in the wake of some positive economic news and some better-than-expected corporate earnings reports.

Whether you didn’t make enough in that rally or missed it completely, there is still money to be made on Wall Street. And some of it is in penny stocks.

Today, we’re going to list the best penny stocks to watch this month based on their performance during that last week in April. These are simply stocks to put on your watch list and not necessarily to buy.
Top Penny Stocks to Watch in May, No. 6: Nordic American Offshore Ltd.
Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NYSE: NAO) is a Bermuda-based industrial company that owns and operates platform supply vessels. In other words, it’s a shipper, and it primarily operates in the North Sea and UK regions.

NAO shares went up 53.59% to $4.70 per share at the end of April on no substantial news. However, the company did announce in early April that it just acquired 13 new vessels.
Top Penny Stocks to Watch in May, No. 5: Workhorse Group Inc. 
Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS) is an Ohio-based manufacturer that designs, builds, and sells aircraft and battery-electric vehicles in the U.S. It has two divisions – Aviation and Automotive. It also develops and sells cloud-based solutions for fleet management.

WKHS shares jumped 55.34% to $0.87 during the last week of April for no particular reason. Earlier in the month, the company announced that it was teaming up with Prefix Corporation to fine-tune the company’s EV of the future. And now, shares trade closer to $2.00.
Top Penny Stocks to Watch in May, No. 4: Quorum Health Corp. 
Quorum Health Corp. (NYSE: QHC) is a Tennessee-based healthcare company that owns and runs hospital and outpatient care facilities throughout the United States.

The company was incorporated in 2015 and currently either owns or leases 27 hospitals with roughly 2,600 beds. It also employs over 8,600 full-time staff. In addition to the hospitals, it provides healthcare consulting, advisory, and other services to non-affiliated hospitals and some healthcare technology tools.

QHC shares went up 65.71% to $1.74 per share at the end of April on essentially no news. However, in mid-April, the company announced that it had completed the sale of a 146-bed hospital in Texas for $22 million.
Top Penny Stocks to Watch in May, No. 3: Regional Health Properties Inc. 
Regional Health Properties Inc. (NYSE: RHE) is a Suwanee, Georgia healthcare company that operates long-term care facilities through its various subsidiaries.

This is a self-managed real estate company that focuses on the healthcare industry. It currently leases, owns, or manages 30 facilities with approximately 3,200 beds/units, mostly throughout the South.

RHE shares jumped 111% to $2.30 at the end of …read more