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Weekly Stock Pick

My stock pick of the month is OTC ticker ACBFF : Aurora Cannabis. I chose Aurora because of the impending legalization of recreational marijuana use in Canada in October. Marijuana stocks are currently bullish with other heavy hitters like Canopy Growth and Tilray making huge gains over the last month.

As of September 17,2018 there has been rumors/whispers of Coca Cola being in talks with the company. The CCO of Aurora was recently interviewed on the Midas Letter & advised the company plans to list in the US in October which is good news and gives the company more legitimacy. Also, Aurora is currently under $8/share compared to the other major players like Canopy Growth which is $49/share and Tilray ,which I believe is way overvalued, at over $120/share.  Aurora Cannabis has been acquiring many other companies in Canada and internationally in the last year looking to be a future mega force in the cannabis sector. At this time many are worried about the ACBFF stock being diluted due to multiple acquisitions meaning there is a high amount of floating shares. I understand the concern, it is a risky investment but as with the whole cannabis sector there is a chance of huge returns in the long term. Dilution is an issue but since it is a young market there is plenty of room for growth. It is also wise to remember that cannabis/marijuana isn’t legal everywhere. It is legal in certain states in the United States of America but not on a federal level. There are also European countries that it is legal. There is future opportunities outside of Canada for when it becomes legalized in other countries. This allows them to have a head start on production. At this time, Aurora Cannabis is setting itself up to have a high production rate not just for recreational use but for medicinal use worldwide.  Since it is still a new market/ young company future profits are purely speculative.

DISCLAIMER*** Investing is risky and anytime you invest in the stock market you risk losing money. I am not affiliated with this company nor am I financial advisor or stock broker. I recommend you do your due diligence and research companies on your own before investing. Also, I suggest reviewing companies financial statements and speaking with a certified financial planner before investing if you are new to investing.

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Growth Stocks.

As a 28 year old millennial looking to increase my net worth I have been researching sectors that have future growth potential. I currently have a brokerage account and Roth IRA with E*trade and have chosen high risk stocks with long term potential. The stocks I have are considered high risk because they are in fairly new sectors or young companies. Since I am young and have years of investing ahead of me, it is safe for me to have a higher risk tolerance vs someone who is close to retirement. I also have a traditional 401k/Roth 401k with my employer so I am able to utilize my personal account with E*trade to have a much more aggressive portfolio than I have in my employee sponsored retirement account.

 

My goal is to retire before the age of 45. If I am able to acquire a certain amount of wealth by 35 to where I have enough passive income to live on I would consider leaving the work force sooner to pursue my own passions. At this time, my investment accounts include young companies in the marijuana/cannabis sector such as Canopy Growth, CV Sciences Inc and others. I also have invested in Chinese companies that are still fairly young. Bili , Uxin & Huya are a few of the companies I have decided have the possibility of providing high returns in the future. As you know with investing nothing is guaranteed so doing as much research on a company and reviewing their financials is extremely important.  I do have other stocks in my portfolio and will continue to give updates on the blog and give my stock picks each month.  I am not day trading or holding for the short term. A famous phrase by one of the most brilliant investors Warren Buffet said “The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.”  I believe the stocks I have chosen will be what we call “multibaggers” in the future.  A multibagger is a stock that provides returns over 100%. At this time CV Sciences Inc, which is my stock of the month, has provided me with a return of over 100% so it would be considered a two-bagger stock. When you invest in stocks that are considered risky you must be able to handle the volatility of them. If seeing a possible 20% or more drop in price of a stock causes you angst even when the fundamentals of a company remains in tact, you may not be able to handle the risks. If you decide to choose a blue chip stock, like Coca Cola, expect a less volatile stock but average returns. You wouldn’t expect to have increasingly high returns with those stocks.

If you are new to investing and looking to grow your money look to companies that have growth potential. Visit financial sites, online financial message boards and learn as much as you can. The sooner you start the better. Time is everything with investing and if you have years to hold stocks that have good fundamentals you will almost always be guaranteed a high return.

 

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Rental Income

Most people are aware of earned income which is income from working a job. Most of us go to school to get a job that can pay for our lifestyle and everyday necessities. What the wealthy among us know is that there are many other forms of income streams. I want to focus on one form of income in this article and that is rental income.

 

Rental Income-

Rental income is income received from renting out a property that you own to others.  For example, if you purchase a multi-unit house and rent it out, this will provide you with enough income to pay off the home and some extra income to use at your disposal. You can rent out rooms or different units. If you aren’t handy or don’t want to be too involved with the everyday work of owning the property you can hire a property management company who is knowledgeable. You can also hire a contractor that can handle maintenance for you. Building a real estate portfolio is one effective method of building wealth. If you buy a home and the mortgage is $2100/month but you rent out the home to 2 families at a rate of $2200 a month each, you will net $2200 in extra income a month. This can be used to make extra payments to have the home paid off earlier, to invest in other properties or to use in any way you see fit.  Setting up passive income streams is necessary in obtaining financial freedom. Passive income is defined by Investopedia.com as “earnings derived from a rental property, limited partnership or other enterprise in which a person is not actively involved.” Rental income is just one of many ways to build your portfolio to include multiple streams of income. If you lose your job tomorrow and your earned income disappears, would you be able to sustain your current lifestyle? If not you are not financially free and should look into including other types of income into your portfolio.

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Financial Freedom

The idea of financial freedom is being able to afford your current lifestyle without actively working for a regular paycheck. Some may look at retirement as an example of being financially free. I personally believe financial freedom is being able to live the life you want without having to stress about money. It is when you no longer have to worry about money coming in or what bills you need to pay. I believe most of us desire to reach a place of financial freedom but the reasoning for this desire is different among each individual. Not everyone desires to stop working especially if they are doing something they love. Let’s take a look at the richest man in the world today, Jeff Bezos. He was and still is very passionate about his company Amazon. Lucky for him, his passion has lead him to extreme wealth where if he handed the company over to someone else he would have no worries about money. In this case, financial freedom is not about retiring but being able to do the things that you are passionate about. It gives you the freedom do what you really want in your life or take risks without worrying about when money will be coming in.

Think of the term starving artist. Imagine living, breathing , creating art or music but not making enough to live on. In this scenario, you would have to get a full time job in an office and live a life that doesn’t make you happy and it will take away your time from dedicating your energy into what really makes you happy. This is why learning how to make your money work for you is important. If you just work this other job for the next 30 years and don’t properly manage your money to allow you to also do what you enjoy then you would have lived an unfulfilled life.

My goal is to reach a place of being financially free which will allow me the option to have the choice to work or not. Since I am working full time for a company, I make sure I invest my money into things that will bring in future passive income that will help me afford my basic necessities. Examples of this can include dividends from stocks, real estate, side gigs, own business etc. I think it is important that you don’t just work for a paycheck , pay bills and “hope to retire” one day. I believe the sooner you begin to put money into things that can make you more money and find ways to generate more streams of income outside of your employment, the more wealth you can accumulate in which you can reach financial freedom sooner than the national retirement age. Life is about balance. Let’s be honest, none of us know how long we will live to so managing your money to enjoy it today and also making sure you have enough for the future is extremely important. I get it, some people have the mindset that they don’t want to wait until they are older,  sick and can’t move around like they do now. That’s why you must capitalize off of the things you are good at and enjoy yourself while also working for someone else if you cannot withstand the risks of solely relying on your talents/passions. Also, let’s be real, not everyone wants to work for themselves or be a boss and that is fine. The idea of financial freedom is to allow yourself to retain as much of the money you make and find ways to grow it so at some point you can do the things you enjoy without worry. If you feel like traveling to another country next month, you will be able to without stressing how to make that happen.

What is your definition of financial freedom?

Create a list of your hobbies, talents and come up with ways you can make money off of them. You can even take personality tests. If you are an extrovert who likes people and good at selling things you can be a sales consultant. If you are an introvert who is good with computers or website designs you can offer those services to make money. There are so many ways to make money. Utilize the resouces you have available such as books and the internet.

“It is not how much money you make, it’s how much money you keep.”—unknown

After finding ways to make more money put that extra income to work so you can generate enough passive income that will allow you to live a financially free existence.

Self help

GOAL SETTING*

People set goals everyday but not everyone ends up following through with making sure they meet these goals. For example, you may ask someone where do they think they will be in 15 years and they will reply “I will be rich and traveling the world”. Now ask that same person how do they plan to get to this point and they are stuck. They do not know how they will do it. Someone who sets goals will be able to tell you what they will do to accomplish this goal whether it’s start their own business, invest a large percentage of their income, avoid unnecessary purchases etc.

 

 

I recommend having a long-term goal set that includes multiple short term goals along the way to assist you with accomplishing this goal.  Setting multiple goals along the way is beneficial because most people like to see quick results. How many people do you know that start a fitness plan but after two weeks because they only lose 2 lbs they give up. This is most of us because we want instant gratification. This is the culture we live in. To avoid giving up, I suggest setting short-term goals that can be met so you can feel like you are making progress towards the long-term goals you have.

 

Let’s say your goal is to save $100,000 in 5 years. If you are not a high earning individual who could save this amount in a lesser timeframe, I recommend breaking it down into saving smaller amounts of money in smaller time blocks. This will allow you to reach $100,000 by the end of that 5-year timeframe. This can entail setting aside a certain amount of money from each pay check you get to put into savings or investments over time to equal your goal.  If you don’t want to set exact numbers you can also create a chart with a list of steps to take to get you where you need to be. Please see chart below:

 

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This is just an example of how you can draw out a plan. I would recommend making your chart more in depth and creating a vision board. Place this vision board in an area that you will be forced to look at it every morning. If you see it every morning it will help keep you on the right track. What’s the point of setting goals then giving up on them continuously? Remember to take action , have a plan and work towards reaching each target.

 

“Keep setting short-term goals that will eventually help you meet your long-term goals. “

 

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Compound Interest

If you are new to investing you may not know how investing works or what it exactly entails.  It sounds easy but if you have no clue what it actually means to invest or how investing makes you money, you may avoid it altogether.

If you invested $1,000 in Amazon when it first went public in 1997 , it would be worth over $1 million dollars today. Please note that not many people would have stuck with the stock for the last 20 plus years to ride out the lows to get to where it’s at today but this is an example of compound interest at work. I am using Amazon as an example because it has been one of those stock success stories that people look to replicate but if it was that easy to make millions we would all be millionaires so please keep in mind that Amazon is quite the anomaly.  I chose this example to show you how compound interest can work wonders and since it is a company that most people know it is easy to follow along.  Although, there is more to the high returns with Amazon stock I just want to focus on compound interest for this blog post because it really is the reason people risk investing their money.

A simple way to explain compound interest is “interest on interest”.  It is where interest is calculated on the initial principle amount plus any previous interest you accumulated. The compound frequency varies depending on the type of account you have your money in. The compounding frequency can be daily, weekly, quarterly semiannual, annually or continuously.   If you are still lost to what any of this means please see the following example below to help you get a better understanding of how this works.

 

Let’s say you invest $100 in an account with an annual/yearly 10% interest rate. If you initially invested $100 , your money would now be worth $110 at the end of the year. The following year, you make another 10% return on your money which would now leave you with $121.00 at the end of that second year.  The $121.00  in the second year was calculated by taking the initial principle amount you invested the year before of $100 plus the 10% interest which was $10.00  totaling $110 and adding another 10% to that amount.  You can do the same thing for the following year and add 10% to the $121.00 from the second year so that by the end of the third year your money is now worth $133.10. It may not sound like a lot but if you keep that money in that same account for 20 years without touching it that money will be worth $672.75. Most people would continue to add money to the account and not just make one deposit. This is where the magic of compound interest can help you build a nice size nest egg for retirement or any large purchase you may be planning.  If you continue to add money to that account over the 20 years you will have a nice amount of money to fall back on. Let’s say after your initial investment of $100, you continue to add $1,500 to the account annually for 20 years from the date you made the initial investment. Your account would be worth $86,585.25.  There are many different investment vehicles and I would recommend researching this information in books or online immediately.  The earlier you start, the easier it will be for your money to grow. If you have 30 years until you retire you can invest less money over time than if you wait until later on in life and have to play catch up by putting away much more just to be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask below. You can also google compound interest calculators if you want to play with different numbers and lengths of times to see how much money you can have in the future if you start investing now.

 

Disclaimer: Returns aren’t guaranteed and there are risks when investing especially in the stock market. Please do your due diligence in researching or get help from a financial professional before investing your money if you are not sure where to start. ***