My hottest investment strategies and predictions for 2018… and why now is the time to get educated in these powerful, exciting areas where you can amass a fortune and create financial freedom if you know what you’re doing!
Well hi guys and welcome, this is Stuart Zadel, Happy New Year to you and your family… my wish for you is that this is your best year ever!
So, this is my first video for 2018 and we’re going to be calling it, “What’s Hot In 2018?”
Now, I want to stress, none of this is financial advice, just for your interest and education, and if you want to take this further I suggest you do your own research, get your own advice, and take full responsibility.
So, you ready? Ok let’s go…
First thing, what’s hot in 2018? “Pot Stocks”
What are Pot Stocks? Well, pot refers to marijuana… now I want to stress when I say this, I don’t advocate the use of drugs… although it’s not a drug to me… it’s a plant, and one of the most important plants in the world, which most of the population knows that, yet many governments around the world have banned it, and made it illegal. It’s incredible for everything, and we’ll talk about that later.
But right now, the world is going through a mass mania of legalisation of recreational use of marijuana which is known as pot worldwide.
Now I think it’s used worldwide illegally anyway, but now they are making it legal.
Why? Well, the world is in massive financial difficulty and I think they’re looking for the tax revenue. Billions if not trillions of dollars are going to be raised off this!
It’s a really interesting situation in the United States. Colorado I think was one of the first – there were two states back in 2012-2014 that legalised the recreational use of marijuana and it created fortunes overnight; literally, 10’s of thousands of percent in stock share prices went to the moon over a period of 12 months, even 6 months in some cases.
It’s kind of like the gold rush days – certain people got rich finding gold, but the far surer way of getting rich was to sell the picks, shovels and equipment to the miners in the industry – so you probably need to search out, who are the pick and shovel suppliers to the pot industry, and there are several out there.
Now, there are some pot players in the Australian market and you can search that out, but most are in the US and Canadian markets.
Just recently, in California, the 7th or 8th largest economy in the world; the largest economy in the United States, has legalised the recreational use of marijuana and ladies and gentleman, this is going to be 8x bigger than what’s already happened in the US… and there are about 7 other states following suit right now… it’s just going crazy!
Here’s an interesting thing. On a state level, they’re legalising the use of marijuana recreationally. On a federal level, it is still illegal; and federally, they are attempting to clamp down on it, and it’s just a fascinating situation what’s going on there.
Now here’s the real kicker. The entire country of Canada in June or July of 2018, and this is led by their prime minister, is legalising the recreational use of marijuana, it’s going to be massive!
I don’t believe the cat can be put back in the bag for the United States. I don’t believe the United States is going to stand by idly while Canada cleans up globally, and the US misses out… so I think the states are going to win over the federally… it’s going to be fascinating!
Now, in Canada, there’s one pot stop that currently supplies 50% of all customers in medicinal marijuana use and if you haven’t looked into this, you may want to.
There are basically two plants that could save the world (if you believe it needs saving);
1. is marijuana which is the most powerful plant for health and recreation; and
2. Australia has just legalised the consumption of hemp protein – probably one of, if not the best protein for the human body available.
Hemp has been selling here on our shelves but it says you can’t consume this in Australia and New Zealand, which is ridiculous and childish – they’re trying to treat us like we’re school children – and finally, just late last year in 2017, that was reversed, so you can now consume it legally in Australia.
Hemp is used for many things. Look, most of the world is on cotton. Cotton consumes somewhere between 40%-70% of the world’s pesticides; it consumes massive amounts of water, and it’s heavily politically controlled in the United States which I think they have really banned and demonised hemp for so long.
Hemp was massive in the early 1900’s. In fact, all of America’s first three presidents I believe were all hemp farmers; farmers were encouraged to grow hemp during the war; it builds the best ropes for ships, the best sails; requires minimal water, minimal pesticides, doesn’t damage the soil, and it can be used for everything.
In 1941, Henry Ford had developed the hemp car made from hemp plastics and it ran on hemp oil – where did that go? It may have saved the world, there are very powerful interests at play.
But now they’re at play and they are legalising the industry – certainly some states in North America and potentially worldwide. I do think it’s about the tax revenue as they’re desperate to get their finances in some sort of working order – maybe behind it there’s something going on with GMO that’s going to come in, or one of those companies up to no good, who knows?!
But fortunes are being made right now off pot stocks and you need to get your skates on if you’re going to do this. It’s BIG and it’s happening right now.
So that’s my first tip…….. my second tip is “Crypto Currencies”
Ok, so with Cryptocurrencies, the first word that comes to mind for most people is Bitcoin. And it’s going to be interesting to see if Bitcoin survives and in what form.
It certainly is the first, it’s got the brand name, it’s the best known and there’s a lot of positive development going on there, but it has slipped a little as it’s not doing what it was originally intended to do.
It was originally intended to be a peer-to-peer payment platform with virtually no costs involved.
Now ladies and gentlemen here’s why cryptocurrencies are going to be massive in 2018…
Everyone knows about it. Very few people are in it.
And this is going to be the year of mass adoption.
Now late 2017 in the craze, a lot more people got into Bitcoin; big money is now getting in; Wall Street’s money is now getting in. Why? Because they have finally developed a Bitcoin Futures in the United States so now Wall Street has a way to hedge their risks or bets.
They’re also working on ETFs (Exchanged-Traded Funds) all through the United States and Australia is about to get it’s first ETF as well in the first half probably of this year, 2018 – which means mum and dad investors who don’t know how to do it themselves will just go to the stock market and buy into an ETF.
This is going to be the year of mass adoption, and the reason it’s going to win is that people are waking up to the system of our finances. A small group of central banks and unelected group of private individuals have secured for themselves the right to create money. Now you and I do it, it’s called counterfeiting, but these people do it, and it’s called money. Go figure!
They’ve taken us off the gold standard over the last 100 years slowly and incrementally, to which our dollars are now what’s called fiat dollars which are backed by nothing, just literally pieces of plastic and paper – if they’re backed by anything, it’s confidence and ‘we agree’ that this has value – there’s no gold or silver physical backing that anymore.
Some might say that cryptocurrencies have nothing back it but no, they do. They too have confidence and many of them have a limited supply, but more importantly, there is many billions and billions of dollars going into mining these things; computer power, processing units, and the electricity used to generate this stuff; so there’s actually a lot of resources that goes into this – and hence why they use the term “mining Bitcoin” because it can be very expensive to do that, and that alone provides value as well.
But regardless, you’ve got to look at it like this… if you give people a choice between expensive and cheap, what are they going to take – cheap; if you give people the choice between fast and slow, what are they going to take – fast; and if you give people the choice between good quality and poor quality, what are they going to take – good quality. Fast, cheap and quality win every single time!
If I want to send money to speakers or businesses overseas, it costs me $30 to do it; they hold your money for three days for “safety” reasons, and it gets there in about three days. That’s ridiculous!
Now if you make a phone call to someone – you ring they ring – it’s peer to peer – it’s instant – there’s no three days of waiting to check that it’s the right person, we know.
Well, maths has solved this, and it’s called Cryptocurrency.
Now Bitcoin is only one of thousands of cryptocurrencies, and they’re quicker, they’re going to be faster, and they’re going to be frictionless; they’re also going to be virtually free to use (certain coins, not all of them), but way cheaper than using the current system – which isn’t always the case, but banks have been caught napping and they haven’t provided the service to keep up with where technology is at, and hence the rise of Bitcoin.
There’s a whole other section about that too – where the world’s going; the control worldwide; wars and how people are starting to work out that these things are not accidents, they are strategically planned (basically real estate transactions without deposits); but people are wakening up, poverty in the world shouldn’t exist and we’re on an abundant planet and it needs to be shared…
So this is basically money for the people and there’s going to be very specific applications as well. There are specific coins or cryptocurrencies that have been developed for the pot industry in America and they are skyrocketing as well so you may want to invest in the picks and shovels of an industry and the money or coin that they use, could be one of those currencies.
If you do not know about cryptocurrencies; if you are not in the market right now; I’m telling you, this is the year of massive adoption.
Now you’re watching this right now and going “but Stuart I’m watching the market and Bitcoin has fallen 20% to 30% in the last 48 hours” – hey, get used to it – this is an extremely volatile industry. Look, the industry has fallen 50%, some coins 85% in the past and your average punter would be out, going to explosive for me – and it’s because they don’t know what they’re doing.
Let me tell you though, there’s only a very small percentage of the world’s money in this; there’s only a very small percentage of the world’s people in this, and it’s going to be massive.
It’s been challenging to get in, it’s a new industry, but fortunes are going to be made.
Again, I’m not giving you financial advice, you do your own research, but what’s hot in 2018, cryptocurrencies my friends, absolutely.
Alright, next thing I’m going to put up, we spoke about it a lot last year, “Amazon online”.
I’ve put Amazon, and the word online… online retail is huge… every morning I wake up and on my street, I see nothing but delivery vehicles; DHL, Australia Post, StarTrack; all these delivery companies delivering parcels every single morning before 8-8.30 all around this country… it’s massive!
So look, there’s a pick and shovel – delivery companies could benefit massively and you might want to look at the share prices of some of them. However, we know it’s happening – the online revolution. Again, quicker, cheaper and better, we’re going to take it. That’s right.
So it’s a better way of shopping for most people; they don’t have to leave their house, you don’t have to have as many retail stores, as many staff, it’s more efficient and should be cheaper because of it – it’s the way of the future – it’s going to get more so, it’s just a matter of time before they open it up to drone delivery which is already happening in the UK with trials being done right now. So like it or hate it, this is what’s happening.
Now, I was talking to my brother the other day – he’s a major eBay shopper – and yesterday eBay was having a 20% off sale. I said to him, ‘is that in response to Amazon’, and he goes ‘nah, Amazon is a non-event so far, they just do this all the time’.
I said, ‘yes, but Amazon is the richest company in the world, they got the deepest pockets, the biggest resources, the best technology, and they are a specialist online company – built to be an online company – and let me tell you it’s going to hit in a massive way!’
Now, it might be slow burn, but our Amazon expert who I caught up with just before Christmas said, ‘Stuart, all the categories are open and even though Australia has launched, it’s only in its infancy – and I think it was just to get into the market and now they’re going to get serious’.
So all the categories are open right now and if you want to become a seller on there, I believe you can certainly replace your income in the next couple of years – people are doing it in months, and I think it’s the way of the future.
This might be a side business to you; it might be your full business, but it certainly beats selling arts and crafts at the markets for $10, $20, $50 $100 every day – you want to investigate this ladies and gentlemen – the tide is rising and you’ve still got an opportunity to be dominant in virtually any category in this industry providing you get the right education.
So that’s my third one… what’s hot in 2018…
Alright, a little bit out of left field for many of you… “Gold and Gold Stocks”.
Ladies and gentlemen, the financial system’s rubber band around the world has been stretched to breaking point. The US Government is now almost 21 Trillion Dollars in official debt; it’s just extraordinary, it’s going exponential and it’s speeding up. The world knows it’s never going to pay back this debt – it’s unfunded liabilities are estimated at somewhere between 100 and 200 Trillion Dollars. They’re going to renague on their Superannuation payments to their state employees because their funds are bankrupt; their police officers, their fire departments, their nurses, their teachers – they’ve been raiding them to plug gaps – it’s astonishing what’s going on.
That financial band is being stretched to it’s very limits and it might snap!
If that happens, gold and gold stocks, already off to a good start, and slowly and solidly consolidating – it’s one of the only things in the world that’s not at all-time highs.
You see ladies and gentlemen, we’re in an everything bubble worldwide – stocks are worldwide at their highest ever; bonds highest ever; real estate back to pre-2008 levels and higher; we’ve never seen this before – everything is at massive highs around the world – but what’s not, precious metals. Gold, silver, gold mining and silver mining stocks are not. Some of these are 75% off their highs, 50% off their highs – very undervalued.
Now, Governments demonise it, they tell you ‘we hate gold’ – ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you, in most countries constitutions, the only money on the planet is gold and silver.
People say you want to have at least 10% of your investable assets hidden away in gold or silver. Gold stocks are very volatile and often very highly undervalued; right now at this point in time – remember, I’m not giving financial advice, you do your own research – but gold, silver, stocks, precious metals, regardless, the worlds’ in a very precarious financial situation and you may want to be looking at this as a backstop.
All the world’s money used to be backed by gold and silver until 1971-1973 I think it was when President Nixon removed the US Dollar from the gold standard.
Now, on top of this, you’ve got massive things going on around the world, particularly with the US Dollar – you’ve got countries in the Middle East; you’ve got Russia and China doing deals with oil and gold – India’s getting in on it – they are starting to bypass the US Dollar. They’ve set up their own development bank – the BRICS nations, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa – they’re setting up their own infrastructure products and setting up an alternative system and the power is going from the West to the East. This is being orchestrated deliberately and slowly, and hey, let’s not listen to what they say, let’s do what they do – what are the governments of India, China and Russia doing, they are massively buying gold ladies and gentlemen. You might want to act like a central bank and what do they know that we don’t, you might want to check that out.
Alright, now, there are some other things I could recommend or suggest; I read a lot about commodities, coal for example. Coal ETFs in the US have gone up about 35% in the last three months (this is January 2018). Uranium stocks are starting to come back; there’s a whole lot and you need to know a lot about it, but there are some commodity plays that are massive and fantastic to be involved in.
I’m not a stocks guy, I’m a business guy, but first and foremost, I’m a property guy.
Let’s talk property shall we… what’s hot in 2018 in property?
What the market’s looking for right now is cashflow. Positive cashflow.
We have had massive price growth in property around the world, particularly in Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne with our markets at all-time highs – they have doubled in the last 5 years, it is extraordinary!
And I think most of that is fuelled by global instability, Asian money coming into Australia (and the government is certainly clamping down on that by changing the stamp duty laws, so they’re certainly getting their pound of flesh out of the foreign investor)… but what’s really been fueling it, lowest interest rates in the history of the world. If you half the interest rate, double the amount people can borrow and property goes through the roof.
Is it a bubble? I think the fundamentals are still likely there but are rents keeping up with the capital growth, probably not.
Businesses are not able to pay employees enough to keep up with that growth.
What’s going to become a big trend is positive cashflow property where now investors and owners are looking for the cashflow to sustain these, particularly with the hint of interest rates rising. If they rose only 1% or 2%, there would be catastrophe, blood on the streets, people not being able to pay their mortgages – that would be an interesting situation.
I’m not sure we’re going to get there, but I tell you what negatively geared investors have turned to in a big way for positive cashflow, “Airbnb”.
This is the short-stay rental market, less than 30 days, currently essentially unregulated in the Australian market and worldwide. That regulation is coming, but right now it’s a gold mine, ground-floor, rising tide opportunity.
Some people suggest certain markets might be saturated, I think we haven’t even scratched the surface.
Just like cryptocurrencies, everyone knows about it, few people are doing it. This is the year of mass adoption.
Everyone knows about Airbnb – maybe you’ve stayed in one – all my friends, business people, they stay in Airbnb’s all around the country and the world, and don’t even look at hotels anymore.
But that’s at the retail side of it. What’s not adopted is at the business side, or commercial side of it, and that is the investors really starting to embrace this.
Now, it doesn’t work for every property and doesn’t work in every area, but this is the year that people are going to be doing Airbnb as a business.
It can absolutely replace your income in 3-6 months. You can make six figures in this area if you know what you’re doing…