Do you know what this century’s best-performing stock is? Here’s a hint: it’s not Google, Apple, or Amazon – in fact this century’s best-performing stock started out as a penny stock, and was trading at below US $0.10 in January 2003. Since then, Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST) has skyrocketed to its current share price of US $84 (as of Aug 26, 2020), and has a market cap of more than US $44 billion. That’s an 83,900% return for early investors who bought stock at $0.10!
As an investor, your “edge” is what sets you apart from the competition. It helps you beat the standard market return. In other words, it’s your competitive advantage. Every retail investor is capable of outperforming the experts and seeing greater returns, but the competition is going to be tough. You’ll be up against wealth managers, hedge funds, high frequency and quant traders, institutional investors and other retail investors. As a retail investor, “What’s my edge?” is a critical question you should continuously be asking yourself, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro.
Asymmetric risk is an investment scenario where the potential for profit or loss is imbalanced: the risk is not equal to the potential reward. As an example, if you were to risk $5 playing slots at the casino, but the potential return is $30, this would be considered an asymmetric risk. Conversely, symmetric risk is where risk and reward potential is balanced—profit potential is the same as profit loss. In a symmetric risk scenario, the casino slots would have a $5 risk for playing and $5 reward for winning.
Not to be confused with the oil and gas company of the same name, shell corporations are businesses—sometimes sketchy, other times not—that are not as established and function without solid operations and without large assets. Shell corporations are most commonly used for start-up businesses, companies looking to raise capital, and businesses interested in going public on the stock market. While not as common, shell corporations can be used to hide illegitimate companies’ suspicious business practices.
That’s what a Motley Fool headline blared this week as the markets ticked up to new highs. It’s typical of the mainstream financial media and it couldn’t be more worthless. Fundamentally, it’s just wrong. Crashes don’t come because stocks are overvalued. Bubbles and busts always run far higher and deeper than most ever expect. This time will not be any different. Worse yet, it’s distracting you from the real indicator that will signal a crash is coming and to get out of everything. That’s where we’re going to look at today. Because it will really determine how your portfolio performs for the rest of the year and how well your set up for 2021.
Have you ever tried eating at a high-class, celebrity-bustling restaurant and found that even after you’ve made a reservation, the likes of Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian are escorted to the first available table? That’s preferential treatment at its finest. Retail and institutional financings are similar: Retail investors are newbies and institutional investors receive preferential treatment. Is it fair? Meh. But does it happen? You bet.
CPC (Capital Pool Companies) and SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations) are two different formats of raising capital for business owners and investors alike. Because both CPCs and SPACs are publicly traded on the stock market yet vary in how they are formed, their rules, and what they include overall.
You will become a much better investor in the next 13 minutes. Your gains will be bigger. Your losses will be fewer. And you’ll make much better returns with less stress than you ever thought possible. It’s all because of the rules. Dear Retail Investors has compiled three basic, yet unconventional rules that will make you a better, more successful investor. Without them, the odds are stacked against you because most investors are terrible investors.
That’s how mining magnate Robert Friedland sized up the coming copper boom. He’s not alone either. Goldman Sachs recently said copper is its “favorite” commodity. Copper is already moving too. Copper posted its best quarterly price move in over a decade. Odds of a downturn are low. As Bloomberg recently noted, “[copper] supply worries mount.”