Let’s look back to this time last year…
It was just over a year ago – in March 2020 – that we experienced one of the worst market crashes in recent history.
In the wake of COVID-19, governments were instituting strict economic lockdowns. With all the uncertainty, investors were panicking.
All the major indices were in free fall.
On March 9, the Dow experienced its largest one-day plunge in history up to that time. But that record was broken on March 12 and again on March 16.
That’s right. The three biggest one-day losses for the index all happened in March 2020.
The mainstream press was predicting an economic dark age. And many investors were rushing to liquidate their entire portfolios.
It was a very stressful time. But all my readers should remember what I said next. I said that we should not panic.
Here’s what I said to all my subscribers on March 17 of last year:
First of all, and most important, things are absolutely going to get better. I know it’s a very uncomfortable time in the market.
In fact, I can remember in the past 45 years only three times that were like this. I’m talking about the notorious Black Monday, the period right after the tech bubble bursting, and of course during the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.
But one thing is consistent with all three of those crises. They were some of the best times to invest in the stock market. They provided the best opportunities for the largest gains.
I went on to make what was probably a surprising announcement. We would be removing all our stop losses. And we would even take the opportunity to “go shopping” for some incredible companies trading at a relative bargain.
That was a controversial decision. I got pushback from several readers and even some of my colleagues. But I knew it was the right decision.
By the end of 2020, our model portfolios had more than rebounded.
In my large-capitalization research service, The Near Future Report, we closed out the year with an average return of 80% on open positions. And we enjoyed a staggering 124% average return on closed positions.
So how did we do it?
It wasn’t that we were lucky.
We just knew something that most investors didn’t…
The Year of “Digital Leaps”
Of course, we knew that the economic lockdowns would be terrible for some businesses.
The hotel industry suffered. Airlines had to be bailed out. Cruise ships sat dormant at their ports. And Hertz – the iconic rental car company – declared bankruptcy.
But this new world was a boon for a select group of technology companies.
Specifically, I’m talking about companies that were enabling what I call “digital leaps.”
A digital leap is simply when an industry abandons slow, analog systems and adopts new, bleeding-edge technologies.
Let’s look at an example…
In May 2020, I recommended my readers invest in a company called Infineon.
This was during the strict economic lockdowns. Many investors were still avoiding stocks altogether.
But we knew that Infineon was enabling a digital leap in the automotive industry.
Right now, carmakers are rushing to adopt electric and self-driving technologies. And with a worldwide pandemic, driverless cars have never been more important.
As a key supplier to the EV and autonomous vehicle market, Infineon was a great way to get exposure to this digital leap.
It’s no wonder we’re seeing returns of 150% in under a year.
Here’s another one…
Square is a company enabling a digital leap in the payments processing and peer-to-peer payments space.
Because of the pandemic, businesses and consumers were rushing to adopt digital, contactless transactions.
And thanks in large part to Square’s Cash App, this stock was a great way to play this trend.
We’re up 203% with Square in the model portfolio as I write this. And notice how the bulk of the returns were seen after the economic lockdowns were put into place. If we had sold Square during the fear-induced sell-off, that return would have been off the table.
One more… DocuSign.
DocuSign is enabling a digital leap for business contracts.
The company’s technology allows us to electronically sign documents without ever visiting an office or handling physical paperwork.
It’s been a great stock to own.
Our model portfolio is showing 290% returns on this one position. And again, look where we see the sharp incline in the share price. The stock took off in the months following the economic lockdowns.
It may sound strange to say that anything “good” resulted from the economic lockdowns. But for companies powering these digital leaps, 2020 was a banner year.
In many ways, these companies have been waiting for a catalyst like this. I like to say they have been “lying in wait.” They needed some major event that would “force” the world to use their products and services. Our response to COVID-19 was that event.
Pick almost any technology you want, and you’ll see that its adoption has been pulled in by five to 10 years.
And for any readers who missed these past digital leaps, we don’t have to worry. Because I’ve found the next great investment opportunity.
America’s Last Digital Leap
We are in the early stages of the next digital leap. It has to do with the last major global industry to take a digital leap.
This digital leap involves an $11.9 trillion industry. It’s an industry we all depend on. And yet, it’s been slow to adopt new technologies.
But now, that’s changing fast.
This will disrupt a massive industry and change all our lives for the better.
To get the full story, and to learn my No. 1 stock at the center of this digital leap, I invite you to join me tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET.
That’s when I’ll reveal everything I’ve learned and give details on my favorite investment at the center of this story.
Again, that’s tomorrow, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET.
Let’s be sure to mark that date on our calendar, and I’ll see you then.
Editor, The Bleeding Edge
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