Don’t spend $450 on a pair of sneakers. Here are 10 stocks you could buy instead.

As some of you may know, I currently have a day job.

My job is to help displaced individuals find employment. I don’t help them find their dream job…my purpose is to help them find a job.

Yesterday, I met two young adults, back to back, each wearing a pair of sneakers called  Yeezys.

In case you don’t know, Yeezys are sneakers made and marketed by Kanye West. They retail for $250 – for the lucky few that can find them. The demand for these sneakers is so high that you will most likely have to pay a lot more than $250 for them.

On the secondary market, these sneakers are flipped to people like the two candidates I saw today for $450 a pair. When I learned this, I almost fell out of my chair!

To make matters worse, these are individuals at the lower end of the pay scale. My interaction with these individuals inspired me to write this post.

If you are planning on buying a pair of $450 sneakers, let me give you ten stock ideas to buy instead that can pay off big time in five to ten years…

1. Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN): the gene sequencing giant.

2. Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU): the over the top (OTT) operating system for streaming video.

3. Apple (NASDAQ: APPL): the most valuable company in the world.

4. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA): the pioneer of the electric car movement.

5. Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA): the leader in artificial intelligence (AI). Has its hand in every major technology platform in the future.

6. The Trade Desk (NASDAQ: TTD): a pioneer in digital advertising.

7. NIKE (NYSE: NKE): one of the most recognized brands in the world.

8. Lululemon (NASDAQ: LULU): maybe the most innovative company in apparel.

9. MasterCard (NYSE: MA): one of the dominant players in digital payments.

10. Facebook (NASDAQ: FB): whether you love Facebook or hate it, it and Google have a duopoly on digital marketing – and that dominance is not going away any time soon.

 

My book, The Stock Market is For Everyone, is a short guide for the beginning, inexperienced investor that is easy to understand and can be put into action immediately.

Click the image of the book at left to be taken to its Amazon page.  (Disclosure: As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, I earn a small commission on each sale generated through these links.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is Roku A Millionaire Maker?

On September 28, 2017, Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) made its public debut.

At the close of the day, the price was $23.50 a share. In the weeks following its IPO, the stock traded below $17 a share. No one gave it a second thought…

…until Roku reported its first earnings as a public company, and the stock shot up 57%, from around $17 to $26 overnight.

Roku’s earnings caught everyone by surprise, as they beat analysts’ expectations on the top and bottom line.

Today, a $1000 investment in Roku’s IPO is up 540%.

That begs the question: is Roku a millionaire maker?

The answer is: no one knows for sure. But the one thing I do know is that Roku has the qualities that could make it a very big winner over time.

Throughout history, companies that have gone on to become big winners usually have a founder/CEO who is a visionary. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) had Bill Gates; Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Steve Jobs; and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has Jeff Bezos.

Meet Anthony Wood – the quiet, unassuming visionary CEO behind Roku’s rise.

Although Roku started out as a hardware company, selling sticks, their plan all along was to ultimately become the operating system for streaming video on demand.

Streaming video on demand will be one of the largest secular trends over the next 10 to 15 years. TV – and TV advertising dollars – are in the beginning stages of a very big shift to streaming video.

In that time, Roku has become the leading platform for streaming video on demand.

It doesn’t matter who wins the streaming video war between Netflix, Amazon, Disney, Hulu or any other player. They will all be accessible via Roku.

Here are some numbers that illustrate Roku’s potential:

  • 29,000,000 active accounts
  • Average amount of time users spend on Roku daily: 3.5 hours
  • Amount of content streamed in 2018: 14.8 billion hours
  • If you look at Roku in terms of users, it is the 3rd largest cable provider in the country.
  • Roku TV is the number one licensed TV in the US.
  • One in four smart TVs in the US are Roku TVs.

Right now, Roku has a market value of $11 billion. If the company continues to execute and becomes the operating system for streaming video on demand, that market cap could grow exponentially.

So…is Roku a millionaire maker?

I can’t say for sure. But it has a chance to be!

My book, The Stock Market is For Everyone, is a short guide for the beginning, inexperienced investor that is easy to understand and can be put into action immediately.

Click the image of the book at left to be taken to its Amazon page. 

(Disclosure: As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, I earn a small commission on each sale generated through these links.)