Your key to some of the most profitable plays in the market
Monday, 9 September 2019
By Bernd Struben
- Tech versus worm…and other tech
Before diving into today’s edition, an important reminder.
At the stroke of midnight tonight, the annual subscription price of our premium tech trading service goes up by $2,000. That’s well over double the current price.
The service in question is Sam Volkering’s Revolutionary Tech Investor.
As I explained last week, Sam and publisher James Woodburn recently consolidated all of Sam’s premium investment services into Revolutionary Tech Investor.
That means subscribers will now also get Sam’s insights and stock tips on Aussie and internationally listed microcaps, which were formerly the realm of Microcap Trader and Microcap Global Trader.
Make no mistake, these tiny stocks are high risk plays. Some do lose money. Some even fail completely. But when they succeed, their growth potential is explosive.
Like the microcap stock Sam tipped on October 2018. Not surprisingly, if you know Sam, this company is involved in the tech space. It uses deep learning (a forerunner to true artificial intelligence) to give patients real-time medical analysis. Eight months after Sam recommended this tiny stock, it had gained 276%.
Or the water tech microcap stock, which is up 640% in the 12 months since Sam recommended it.
These are just some of the outsized gains Sam’s delivered to readers of these two services who acted on his recommendations. Recommendations that now come under the umbrella of Revolutionary Tech Investor.
Atop the Microcap Trader and Microcap Global Trader services, Sam’s Crypto Tech Investor now also finds its home within the broadened scope of Revolutionary Tech Investor. This premium service is the next step for investors who’ve got the crypto basics down — buying, selling and safely storing — and are looking to be part of the next big movers in the crypto space.
Like Tierion, for example, which is up 158% in the seven months since Sam tipped it this year. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Tierion. It’s all the way down at number 279 in terms of market cap. Which is precisely where some of the biggest crypto gains can be made.
Now as I pen this here in the early arvo, you still have some time left to lock in the current subscription price. 10 hours, 30 minutes and 44 seconds, to be precise:
But by the time you read this, time will be running short indeed.
Now, to the markets…
Over the weekend, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 69.31 points, or 0.26%.
The S&P 500 closed up 2.71 points, or 0.09%.
In Europe the Euro Stoxx 50 index finished up 10.49 points, or 0.30%. Meanwhile, the FTSE 100 gained 0.15% and Germany’s DAX closed up 64.95 points, or 0.54%.
In Asian markets Japan’s Nikkei 225 is up 106.98 points, or 0.50%. China’s CSI 300 is up 0.37%.
In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 is up a razor thin 0.97 points, or 0.01%.
West Texas Intermediate crude oil is US$56.90 per barrel. Brent crude is US$61.82 per barrel.
Turning to gold, the yellow metal is trading for US$1,510.14 (AU$2,205.87) per troy ounce. Silver is US$18.23 (AU$26.63) per troy ounce.
One bitcoin is worth US$10,399.79.
The Aussie dollar is worth 68.46 US cents.
Tech versus worm…and other tech
One of the fascinating aspects of new innovations is the often highly valuable unexpected uses for them.
Take the smartphone.
By 2008 it was clear to forward thinkers that this would push most dumb phones — save the one I still use — out of the market. It was far less clear that smartphones would also take a huge slice of the camera market and all but displace digital voice recorders and music devices. Not to mention the then burgeoning sat-nav sector.
Then there are drones. Not the big military ones that can stay aloft all day and spy on you from 20,000 metres. But the ones that fit in your luggage and can snap pictures of your fellow beachgoers from 100 metres.
Fancy toy aside, I’ve read of all sorts of uses for drones over the past few years. One of my neighbours uses them for aerial photography for real estate developments. Police the world over, including in Melbourne, use them to spy on, erm, monitor crowds under the banner of public safety.
Drones are also now employed to help muster livestock in the expansive Outback. And even to help fishermen locate the best spots in the sea to drop their lines or nets.
But until last week, I’d never heard of drones being used like this one pictured below:
Sources: XAG / Bloomberg
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This machine is hard at work in China’s Guangxi region. And it’s autonomous. Meaning it doesn’t have an operator.
So what’s it doing?
‘An army of drones deployed to fight a crop-devouring pest in a southern area of China has recorded a mortality rate of as high as 98%, according to the manufacturer.
‘XAG, a Guangzhou-based drone maker, teamed up with Germany’s Bayer Crop Science in a drone swarm operation to kill the fall armyworm in China’s Guangxi region. The autonomous devices [are] loaded with low-toxicity insecticide…’
The crop-devouring pest in question is the fall army worm. It’s an invasive species in China that’s already impacted close to a million hectares of crops. The fact that it’s mostly active after dark and can fly an astounding 100 kilometres in one night makes traditional methods for killing it unwieldy and inefficient.
Not so the drones, which operate tirelessly throughout the night to target their prey.
The result? ‘Outbreaks at 90% of the affected areas are now under control...’
As you might expect, the opportunities presented by drone technology have not escaped Sam Volkering. Nor have the opportunities presented by the need to defend against them.
In fact, Sam still has an active buy recommendation for the drone defence stock he tipped in February 2018. The share price is up a reasonable 19.6% since then. But with the proliferation of drones — human operated and autonomous — only likely to ramp up, Sam believes the company has far more growth ahead of it.
Sam groups this stock with his other ‘Cyber Defenders’. With cutting edge technology finding its way into every facet of our lives, the companies successfully defending against its malicious use will be in ever higher demand.
It’s a threat that’s high on the list of governments across the world.
From The Australian:
‘Power stations, transport systems and industrial plants are likely to be the target of a new and potentially deadly threat from cyber attacks, forcing an overhaul of the nation’s cyber security strategy to repel state-sponsored hackers and criminals.
‘A surge in the scale and severity of malicious cyber activity — including the “hack and release’’ of sensitive information intended to embarrass targets, influence public opinion and interfere in democratic processes — will be revealed in a consultation paper to be released today by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
‘Self-driving cars in the future are also expected to be vulnerable to cyber attacks, with experts warning they could be forced off the road by hackers.’
Now, Dutton may have ulterior motives for wanting to overhaul Australia’s cyber security laws. Motives that likely don’t have your right to privacy — online and off — foremost in mind.
But that doesn’t mean the threat posed by malicious hackers isn’t real…and growing.
And alongside that threat comes opportunity.
That’s all the time we have for today.
And speaking of time…there’s not much left to secure your massive discount to the greatly expanded content and recommendations Sam provides in Revolutionary Tech Investor.
As I prepare to send today’s Port Phillip Insider to our copy edit and production team, the clock’s wound down to:
Don’t let it go to zero before checking it out!