Can I tell you something amazing?
I just watched a man hop in his car and head to Taco Bell.
Then, after grabbing a burrito at the drive-thru, he sped off to the dry cleaners.
Oh, and did I mention that he was blind?
This man, Steve Mahan, was behind the wheel of a self-driving car.
The new-age vehicle has already driven itself thousands of miles. It's crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, circled Lake Tahoe, navigated the famously steep and crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco... without any accidents.
USA Today says "this is the future of the auto industry, and it is happening faster than consumers realize."
The cars are already legal in 3 states, and some of the wealthiest investors in the world are supporting the company behind the initiative.
Billionaire George Soros has approximately $337 million on the line...
And billionaire Ken Fisher put up over $365 million...
The possibilities are enormous: thousands of driving fatalities could be prevented every year. Falling asleep at the wheel wouldn't be a bad thing. Heck, you could even read the paper on the way to get your morning coffee.
How will this affect carmakers? Forbes says, "This is actually going to be quite bad for the auto industry."
I'll tell you why in a minute, but hold on... If a driverless car isn't shocking enough, listen to this...
Researchers at MIT have developed a printer that prints out... food, of all things. You choose the nutritional value, the texture, the color... and hit "print." Within minutes, you've got dinner.
Or, if you're not hungry, you could print out a crescent wrench instead. Or a case for your cell phone. Or a gall bladder transplant. No joke.
Bloomberg News is already comparing it to the early days of the PC transformation.
But that's not all.
A rogue billionaire just designed a new kind of railroad that could rush you from the Empire State Building to the White House in 16 minutes.
It's "received glowing press coverage around the globe," according to The Economist. It would be four times faster, and ninety times cheaper than anything in use today.
I'll have more specifics on each of these breakthroughs -- and the fortunes they're creating -- in just a moment.
Today, I'd like to welcome you to a new world... a world of game-changing opportunities.
In this new world, you'll find driverless cars threatening to bankrupt Detroit. Medical advances that could eliminate costly cancer screenings. And a breakthrough technology President Obama claims has "the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything."
You'll find digital books that can store the contents of an entire library (and put fear in the hearts of every print media company still standing)...
Cell phones that don't just look up translations, but actually learn languages...
And Internet connections 100 times faster than anything your current provider offers -- and cheaper, too.
In short: In this world you'll discover the game-changing creations of the future -- creations that are already underway -- before everyone else.
Unfortunately, most people miss out on these kinds of opportunities. They think that because they don't hear about them from their broker or the mainstream press they must be risky... or "too good to be true."
The truth is, if you're trying to build a sizeable retirement portfolio... the kind of portfolio that lets you live out your dreams and pass the rest on to your heirs... one of the safest things you can do is place a slice of your money in game-changers.
I've spent the better part of my professional career in this exciting and highly-profitable world. In just the past three years, I've found 31 triple-digit winners with gains as high as 217%... 440%... even 682%.
Over the years, I've learned the shocking secret behind a true game-changer. (I'll tell you what it is shortly... it's the exact opposite of what you'd think.)
And I've also learned that you can invest in game-changing stocks without sacrificing safety. I even developed a proprietary "20% solution" that proves this.
So once you see the new investment opportunities I've discovered in the past few months, I think you'll want to load up on them.
After all, that's been the recipe for success throughout history.
The biggest winners have always been those who invested in the game-changers.
There's the 19th-century blacksmith who found that his New England plow wouldn't work in the Midwest. So he threw out the "eastern plow" and designed a new lighter, more agile model.
That blacksmith was John Deere, and the company he created still pulls in over $30 billion today. Over the last 10 years, Deere and Co. has more than doubled the S&P.
Then there's Milton, the man who attended the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. He noticed that everyone there was clamoring for chocolate. So he spent the next few years figuring out how to combine it with milk.
After many failed attempts, he finally hit the right combination. The result? One of America's most beloved snacks -- the Hershey bar.
The Hershey Company has been an investor's dream. It's returned over 21,000% since 1980.
But Milton Hershey doesn't compare to Henry Ford, perhaps the greatest game-changer of all time.
When his company, Ford Motors, went public in 1956, it was the biggest IPO in history. People waited outside in the snow to buy stock. It would remain the biggest IPO until another game-changer -- Apple -- came along 23 years later.
Forbes recently put together a list of the top 100 innovative companies today. Even in as short a period as five years, the game-changers are well ahead of the S&P.
The game-changers beat the market by 2-1 over the past 5 years.
That's why I've put together this presentation.
The game-changers of the past have been great. They've boosted our standard of living 1000-fold. They've made thousands upon thousands of investors very wealthy.
But there's a whole new batch of game-changers today. They're busy creating the Model-Ts and super computers of tomorrow.
If you have a few minutes, I'd like to show you how you could pay for your retirement with these new game-changers (and maybe even have a safer portfolio because of it).
I'm talking about companies that are being called The Next Coca-Cola and The Next Ford Motors... one is even leading a "second industrial revolution."
Some of the companies I'll introduce you to are big ones likely to get a lot bigger. Others are tiny. I'd bet fewer than 1% of investors have ever heard of them.
Others still are private. You won't find them on the regular stock exchanges.
Normally you have to be an early employee or venture capitalist to invest in them. However, I've found a backdoor that lets you invest in companies when they see the biggest gains -- early on.
Today, I'll show you how you could generate double and triple-digit gains from all these types of companies.
Surprisingly, you don't need a lot of money. And as I'll show you with my proprietary "20% solution," you can do it with minimal risk.
Let me start by giving you the ticker symbol of a company I call...
You've definitely heard of this company before. It's a tech giant that started out of a dorm room and quickly learned to forget about asking people what they want.
Some of its latest products include: Glasses that connect to the Internet...
An email service that stores 10 times more data than any other...
An Internet connection up to 100 times faster than competitors...
And the self-driving car.
That's right, not only are self-driving cars real... the company leading the initiative isn't even a car company. But it's a company intent on changing the world, which is why it's been working on the new vehicles for over five years.
At this point, they're nearly perfected.
The first batch have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles with a perfect safety record in all settings, including heavy traffic. They even parallel park.
Three states have legalized them, with more on the way. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued regulatory policy to encourage further testing.
The impact on the Big Three carmakers could be tremendous. Forbes magazine says, "this is actually going to be quite bad for the auto industry... they are going to have to shift their model dramatically."
The magazine predicts that within a few decades "no one will own cars anymore at all." We'll simply use them like taxis to shuttle ourselves around as needed.
That's a game-changer. And if the Big Three Detroit automakers don't get ahead of the company threatening them, it could be yet another massive blow to their shrinking market share.
You probably saw how poorly the Big Three responded to the last big threat -- Japanese cars. They slipped from a 90% market share in 1965 to below 50% today.
Unfortunately, early signs indicate the Big Three aren't responding well to this latest attack.
According to innovation expert Chunka Mui, the Big Three aren't "thinking big." They're taking an incremental, "piecemeal" approach to their own driverless cars. They're not willing to think beyond the customer and blaze a trail.
Not a good sign. If they don't adapt quickly, it could be the final nail in their coffin.
So who is this tech company threatening to put the Big Three out of business?
None other than Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).
If that comes as a surprise, just know that the self-driving car isn't the only game-changer Google is working on.
Have you seen Google Glass?
The Google research team has created a pair of "glasses" that connect to the Internet.
You simply ask the glasses questions, and answers show up on a mini-screen above your right eye.
If you're standing in front of the Eiffel Tower and want to know how long it is, you just say, "Ok Glass, please Google, 'How tall is the Eiffel Tower?'" The answer instantly appears.
Say you want directions to the Empire State building. No problem -- just ask the glasses. Directions will pop right up.
The glasses also take pictures and record video -- hands-free.
The first batch were just sold to developers for $1,500 a pop.
Google Glass users will no doubt benefit from Google Fiber. This is Google's new Internet connection that's 100 times faster than any other.
It's so fast that as soon as you decide what you want to look at online, you'll have access to it -- almost as easily as you can recall it from memory.
Amazingly, new reports say that an upcoming version of Google Fiber will be 2,800 times faster than it is now. It will be able to handle the equivalent of 3 million HD videos at the same time.
Now, the question is... with so many game-changing products are Google's shareholders being rewarded?
Since going public, Google shares are up over 800%, more than 14 times better than the S&P.
The message is clear: If you want to move the needle in your portfolio, look for game-changers -- like Google. It looks like the kind of company that you can buy today and hold for the long term.
In addition, I've identified five more companies that look every bit as earth-shattering as Google, only they're not nearly as well-known.
I'm not talking about 3M, IBM, or Apple. No, I'm talking about the handful of smaller game-changers poised to become The Next 3M... The Next IBM... The Next Apple. The true game-changers of tomorrow.
These companies are creating groundbreaking products, and trying to "put a dent in the universe," as Steve Jobs liked to say.
Let me introduce you to them...
First, you should know that these companies share a secret...
I'd be shocked if you've ever heard it before. It goes against everything taught in business school... and against conventional wisdom... yet it's helped many businesses go from nothing to a billion dollars in a few years.
More importantly, it's turned scores of investors into millionaires.
We've all heard sayings like:
"Customer is king."
"The customer is always right."
"You've got to give the people what they want."
If you search the Internet, you'll find thousands of articles with headlines like this from Forbes, "Listening to Your Customers Yields Success."
But what truly great investors realize is...
If you want the potential for life-altering profits, you have to invest in companies that forget about customers.
That's the great secret.
It's the opposite of what you'd expect. But when you think about it, it's absolutely true. And when you find a company doing this, you know you're in luck.
Ford Motors is good example. Henry Ford showed a total disregard for customers. When asked about adding color variety to cars, he famously quipped, "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black."
He's also alleged to have said, "If I'd asked people what they wanted, they would have said, 'faster horses.'"
Apple founder Steve Jobs was also known for not listening to customers.
As he famously boasted, "We do no market research.... People don't know what they want until you show it to them."
Look back and you'll see that most successful game-changers were not created by listening to customers or by following conventional wisdom...
"Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure."
-- Henry Morton, President of Stevens Institute of Technology
"We have reached the limit of what is possible with computers"
-- John Von Neumann, 1949
"Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop."
-- Time magazine, 1966
Not to mention the fax machine... the VCR... and CNN.
The original minivan wasn't created by listening to customers, either. Everyone thought it would flop. It became one of top sellers of the 1980s.
The fact is, companies seeking groundbreaking profits have to look beyond the customers and ignore the skeptics.
This is almost never discussed in the mainstream media. I had to go back to 1995 to find an issue of Fortune magazine that talked about this...
"A growing number of companies and consultants now believe that it's time to start ignoring the customer. That's the only way, these experts argue, to create the kind of breakthrough products and services that can catapult you far ahead of the competition."
-- Fortune Magazine, May 1, 1995
Of course, the few people in society who embrace game-changing ideas are fabulously wealthy.
Eccentric billionaire Elon Musk is perhaps the king of game-changers. Not only is he co-founder of PayPal and CEO of electric carmaker Tesla, he also founded SolarCity, the U.S.'s largest provider of solar power systems.
By all accounts, Musk isn't worried about customers in the slightest. He's busy thinking "out of this world" -- literally.
He plopped down $100 million to found Space Exploration Technologies, a company that makes space launch vehicles. The company made history in 2012 when it became the first private firm to reach the International Space Station.
His goal is to land humans on Mars in 10-20 years.
If that weren't enough, on August 12, 2012 he introduced plans for a new kind of railroad called Hyperloop. Looking somewhat like a vacuum tube, Hyperloop aims to be a "fifth mode" of transportation. It would enable people to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes -- or New York to D.C. in 16 minutes. That's faster than the speed of sound.
Musk says it would be 90% cheaper to build than any existing railroad or light rail, and would travel four times faster.
With all these game-changing ideas, it should come as no surprise that Mr. Musk is worth $7.7 billion, and counting.
So now that you've seen how profitable game-changers are and learned the secret to their success, here are the top five...
Millions of semi trucks crisscross America's highways every year. They get about 5 miles per gallon, burning through billions of gallons of diesel every year.
Imagine if we could replace all of that diesel with something else... that would be a serious game-changer.
Now, hold on to your hats. Because the reality is, there's a new fuel that's starting to replace diesel. And not only in trucks. Cranes and bulldozers... tractors and combines on the farm... even boats and trains are starting to switch to this new fuel.
This fuel is abundant, clean, and can be domestically sourced. In fact, there's an entire ocean of it in this country waiting to get tapped.
Even more, it's supported by key environmental, governmental, and industry players. That's why I think this fuel -- natural gas -- is the inevitable future.
And not the distant future. I predict the next 12 months will be a major turning point in the widespread use of natural gas vehicles. As we speak, the major roadblocks are being cleared.
The biggest roadblock -- which is the fact that most gas stations only offer traditional gasoline -- is being solved by a company called Clean Energy Fuels.
Led by billionaire T. Boone Pickens, Clean Energy built 70 new natural gas filling stations in 2012. And now it's teaming up with natural gas producer Encana to establish what it calls a "Green Corridor" -- a whole chain of filling stations -- in North America.
The Chinese are getting in on the action, too. One of China's largest private companies just partnered with a Salt Lake City firm called CH4. They plan to build a new filling station every week across America.
And as I said, there's plenty of natural gas to cover demand. Some experts predict that the amount found in existing reserves alone could last for another 90 years.
That means natural gas is extremely affordable for everyone to use. Today, it's half the cost of diesel.
In other words, any company looking to roll out a new fleet of vehicles could cut their costs by 50% just by using natural gas vehicles.
Perhaps most importantly, major governments appear to be on board the natural gas train. President Obama has expressed support, and the European Union just drafted legislation that would require the building of fueling stations all across the continent.
What's more, the developing world is ahead of the game. Argentina, Pakistan, Brazil and India all have over 1 million natural gas vehicles already.
This is all going on now. And with how much natural gas is being discovered every day thanks to new drilling techniques like "fracking," I think the natural gas movement will only get bigger.
Sure, you could invest in a big oil and gas company like Exxon Mobil, Chevron, or Chesapeake Energy. But they're well-known... and natural gas is only part of their business.
Usually the biggest gains come with a pure play -- a company that is "all in" on the boom.
I believe I've found just the one. It's a company that makes natural gas engines called Westport Innovations (Nasdaq: WPRT). The engines Westport makes are cheaper than diesel engines and have 80% of the parts in common.
To date, the company's already made deals with 8 of the top 10 carmakers in the world. Peugeot, Ford, Fiat, Volvo, and many more are all partners. If you've seen a Metro Liner in Los Angeles, a UPS truck in Las Vegas, or a garbage truck in Ontario, the natural gas engine inside was probably made by this company.
That's why I think Westport could be a true game-changer.
However, Westport's not the only company with huge potential from natural gas...
I've also found another company making natural gas engines... only it's even lesser-known than Westport.
From 2008 to 2013, the company grew revenues by an astonishing 554%. And after looking at its product lineup, all signs point to more double-digit growth in the near future.
I first recommended it to my readers in April, and it's up around 100%, but that looks like the start of something much bigger.
More triple-digit gains are a real possibility. After all, it's a tiny player in a new market opportunity. It was just added to the Nasdaq, so even most professional investors have never heard of it.
It's less than 1% the size of established players like Exxon Mobil, so even mild natural gas boom could make a huge difference to its share price.
More on this company in a moment...
The Economist says this new technology "may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did."
The New York Times says, "the prediction that [this new technology] will become a part of our daily lives is happening much sooner than anyone anticipated."
Even President Obama is on record saying that it has "the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything."
I'm talking about 3-D printing, the disruptive force that Businessweek has already declared "The Next Trillion Dollar Industry."
Here's how it works...
All you do is pull up an image on your computer... and hit print.
Almost like magic, the 3-D printer creates a replica of whatever you want. Whether it's a wrench, croquet mallet, or guitar, the machine will create one that's accurate within a tenth of a millimeter.
I know it seems like something out of a Star Trek episode, but the truth is, 3-D printers have been around since 1984.
For years, they were so expensive that you'd only find them in research labs. But that's starting to change -- quickly.
As recently as 2007, there were only 66 personal 3-D printers sold in the U.S.
By 2011, there were 23,265 -- a 35,000% increase in 5 years.
Part of what's pushing the lightning-quick growth is the falling price. A machine that cost $20,000 as recently as two years ago now retails for just $1,000 -- a whopping 95% price drop.
Opportunities like this don't come along very often.
The Economist says it "will change the world," and is comparing it to the steam engine and the printing press.
Bloomberg thinks it's similar to the early days of the PC transformation.
Fortunately, there's a simple way to profit from this earth-shattering trend.
Right now, there are only three major players in 3-D printing. Two have soared over 300% in the past two years. (I recommended one of these to my readers back on January 24, 2011. It's up 494% since then.)
The third company IPO'd in February, 2013, and it's already up over 100%.
But that growth could be just the beginning. Forbes believes the 3-D printing market will double to roughly $3 billion by 2016. Global research firm McKinsey is even more optimistic. It predicts the industry could be as large as $60 billion by 2025.
Indeed, NewScientist.com has gone so far as to say that because of 3-D printing, the "second industrial revolution is under way."
Even if these estimates are too high, triple and quadruple-digit potential for all three major players are still a possibility.
However, my research indicates that one in particular will come out far ahead of the rest.
Keep reading for more details.
Forbes ranks a company called Intuitive Surgical as the world's third most innovative firm. It's easy to see why...
It makes a revolutionary surgical system called Da Vinci that has mind-blowing technologies.
Da Vinci gives surgeons a "third hand" -- a highly sophisticated robot -- to make flawless incisions inside a patient.
It also helps surgeons insert high-definition cameras into a patient and view 3-D visualizations nearly as well as if they were standing over the patient.
The system also injects a special dye that contrasts malignant cells with healthy cells.
Thanks to this game-changing device, Intuitive Surgical is up 1,900% since it went public in 2000. The S&P has advanced all of 20%.
And given its expanding footprint, I think Intuitive Surgical looks like a solid long-term investment.
That being said, I think the company's earth-shattering gains are behind it. It's pretty well-known, and it's expensive.
So instead of putting a lot of money in Intuitive Surgical and hoping for a 5% increase every year, I'd rather make a small investment in a company that looks a lot like Intuitive Surgical before it took off.
That's where a company I call "Healthcare's Next Big Game-Changer" comes in.
It's a true "ground floor" opportunity... and I'm confident that the triple-digit gain it's posted since I first recommended it in February will be just the beginning.
Like Intuitive Surgical, its specialty is robotics.
In fact, it is the only company with FDA approval for robotic spinal procedures. In other words, it basically owns the market. And it's not a small market -- about $14 billion.
The company's robotic system uses 3-D image models and tiny tools to work very close to the spine.
To date it has a 100% safety record. In no documented case have the robots caused permanent nerve damage. That is particularly impressive given that the company's case volume has grown by more than 500% in the past four quarters alone!
These amazingly precise robotic instruments decrease the need for re-operations by HALF. That is very important, because under new Medicare rules, if a patient is readmitted for the same reason within a certain length of time, the hospital must eat the cost of the second surgery.
And the company just keeps getting better...
It increased its user base from 39 hospitals to 54, which is a huge increase given that each system costs about $1 million. But this is a system that hundreds of hospitals in the United States could use.
The company also just announced that it got its first repeat order, meaning hospitals liked the first machines and want more. On top of that, the company is developing an international sales footprint, too.
But here's the kicker: Its sales team was recruited from Intuitive Surgical... a team that's already convinced hundreds of hospitals to buy a similar robotic system.
This company was only added to the Nasdaq in May, so almost nobody knows about it. If it performs half as well as Intuitive Surgical, you'd be looking at a 950% increase in a little over a decade.
I can't get enough of this stock. More on it in a moment.
There's a commodity worth infinitely more than gold... and it's being hoarded by a handful of super-secretive companies.
It's not silver, platinum, copper, gold or any precious metal you might expect... but businesses across the country are mining it as fast as they can.
In fact, a handful of companies are buying up hundreds of thousands of acres of land in secret locations -- mostly small, rural towns -- to store it.
One company recently completed one such storage facility -- worth $1 billion -- in Bluffdale, Utah, a small town with a mere 7,500 residents.
Another company built three storage warehouses worth $1.5 billion in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Boydton, Virginia, population 431, has a 316,000-foot storage facility -- with two more on the way.
Most of these nondescript metal buildings barely even have a sign out front... for good reason. If you were sitting on the equivalent of a gold mine, would you want anyone to know where it was?
So what is this coveted commodity?
As one company put it, it's a resource that "promises to transform business." More specifically: it's data -- customer data.
In today's ultra-competitive marketplace, companies are vying to glean as much information about you and your fellow customers as possible.
They're building giant warehouses across the country full of little bits of information, all in an attempt to figure out what customers want.
Think the supermarket gives out loyalty cards to give you coupons? Wrong. They want to know exactly what you're buying.
As a result, demand for the companies able to turn raw data into market dominance is growing by the day.
In fact, the "Big Data" industry is expected to grow almost exponentially -- as much as 50-fold from the beginning of 2010 to 2020.
As it grows, the few companies with a stranglehold on it are perfectly positioned to make a fortune.
The company I like best is one of the smaller of these "Big Data" firms. It's grown at an 18.9% compound annual growth rate for the past three years, but is still only a fraction of the size of the big players. If it doubled... then doubled again... it still wouldn't be the biggest company in the industry.
Unfortunately, I don't have space to get into all the details on this company here in this letter. It just wouldn't do it justice.
But I created a free report called, The Top 5 Game-Changers of Tomorrow.
In this report, you'll get all the details on the four earth-shattering opportunities I just told you about -- including names and tickers -- plus one more game-changing opportunity.
You see, in addition to the four game-changers above, I've also found a little-known soda company that's growing profits 12 times faster than Coke... and 60 times faster than Pepsi.
It's not Dr. Pepper, Sprite, or any other brand you're familiar with. But it's sold in 60,000 stores and was just named one of Fast Company Magazine's "50 Most Innovative Companies."
What's its secret?
It's found an innovative way to turn tap water into soda in a matter of minutes -- all from the comfort of your own home.
It quietly entered the U.S. market in 2009. Now its profits are growing by more than 50% every year.
At the rate its going, I think it could catch fire over the next 12 months and threaten Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
I'll tell you all about it in your brand new report, The Top 5 Game-Changers of Tomorrow.
This report is yours absolutely free. It's doesn't cost you a dime. I'm giving it away because it's the perfect introduction to my advisory, Game-Changing Stocks.
Since launching Game-Changing Stocks in 2010, finding The Next Big Thing has always been the focus.
Some people mistakenly think that means simply chasing the newest, hottest technology. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Every stock I recommend is benefitting from one of four "triple-digit catalysts," as I like to call them...
For several years, this innovative healthcare software firm had been trying to turn the health-care industry on its head with electronic medical records.
Now that the Affordable Care Act makes this mandatory, this company -- AthenaHealth -- is out in front of a $2.3 trillion industry... and it has plenty of room for growth.
Since my recommendation in August 2010, shares are up 423%.
A year after finding AthenaHealth, I recommended another little-known healthcare company called Regeneron benefitting from new products and new technology.
A true game-changer, this innovative company has made several breakthrough discoveries in the last few years. Its macular degeneration drug, launched in 2011, was one of the top 5 bestselling drugs in biopharmaceutical history.
Since then, the company added a new anti-cancer drug to the market, and has three more drugs in the final stages of testing.
It's up 423%.
In May 2012, when pushback against solar power was at its peak, I recommended SunPower Corporation. This innovative solar panel manufacturer had just broken the world record for converting sunlight to power, and its balance sheet was strong.
No surprise that it's up 441%.
I've also taken readers behind the scenes to the ground-breaking work being done by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). This secretive agency funds bright scientists with revolutionary ideas that could someday give our military a battlefield advantage.
In 2010, for example, I wrote about the quest to create "fracture putty," a special medical Spackle that can be put into broken bones on the battlefield, reducing the need for amputations. Just a few months later, in January 2011, fracture putty was a reality.
Here's a brief look at a few of the winners my loyal Game-Changing Stocks readers have enjoyed during the last few years...
I don't show you these winners to brag... but I am proud of them and the money they've made my subscribers.
And I'm especially proud that my readers have been able to snag these gains while maintaining a very safe portfolio.
Which brings me to...
There's a way for you to invest in game-changing companies and still have a safe portfolio.
It's a lot easier than you think.
All you have to do is use what I call my "20% solution."
In short: put 80% of your portfolio in safe, reliable assets: dividend stocks, blue chips, index funds, and the like. But keep 20% in the big ideas that are changing the world. This will dramatically increase your profit potential without taking on all the risk.
For example, assume you start with a $25,000 portfolio that tracks the broader market. The average annual return from 2002 through 2012 for the S&P 500 was a measly 4% (with dividends). That means $25,000 turns into $38,789 in 11 years.
But things can change dramatically when you add in the potential for just a few big winners.
Let's say you invest 80% of your $25,000 portfolio, or $20,000, in the broader market to achieve that 4% return. Then you allocate the remaining 20%, or $5,000, to a collection of "game-changing" picks -- stocks with the potential to snag major gains.
If the game-changing part of your portfolio averages 30% a year, then the initial $5,000 grows into $89,608 after 11 years.
Add in the $20,000 and its market return, which has grown to $30,789, and you've got $120,397...
...more than triple the other portfolio, all thanks to where you put just 20% of your money.
That's the power of the game-changing ideas I'm telling you about today. Allocate a few thousand dollars to them -- or even a few hundred -- and you could get huge gains with very little risk.
Me, I spend my waking hours looking for game-changing companies.
My whole career has been an exercise in navigating through a constant influx of information to find investment profits. First, I spent 10 years as a financial journalist, working for three of the nation's largest newspapers.
At the business desk of the Star-Ledger, I shaped the financial news read by more than a million people each day. After watching business from the outside for 10 years, I got an inside look as a commercial lender with Wells Fargo's Business Banking Group.
Now at StreetAuthority, I spend 60 hours a week poring over a multitude of newspapers and financial journals. Most investors can't spend their days camped in front of a Bloomberg terminal or poring over SEC filings. And they're not going to have much luck getting a CEO on the phone.
My smartphone is crammed with CEOs, brokers, bankers and other heavy hitters, and I talk to them every day. Once I've collected a mountain of data from all these sources, I distill it into a single investment trend and present it in Game-Changing Stocks.
Twice a month, Game-Changing Stocks readers get to see a new technology, concept or industry that could change the world. So far my readers seem to like my approach...
"I currently hold Mazor plus GOGO. On just these two stocks I'm up over $30,000. Both still hold great promise and could each be multi-baggers from here."
-- Lyle B., Spring Hill, FL
"I am a small investor who has made 15.8% return ($1,700) this year on an initial investment of $11,000."
Henry W., Glenmoore, PA
"Game-Changing Stocks is now showing a 24% IRR and roughly a $20K gain."
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One of these investors is Aydin Senkut. From his single investment, he made more money than most people make in 50 lifetimes.
So he quit his well-paying job and promptly flew his mother to Paris for her 60th birthday. Then he bought two multimillion-dollar mansions in the Bay area. And a Lamborghini, just for fun.
Another early investor was Chris Sacca. After seeing his shares soar, he cashed out too.
He scooped up a 3,000-square-foot home in a tiny ski town near Lake Tahoe. Now, instead of getting up and going to work, the 37-year-old spends his mornings hiking and snowshoeing.
Who are these people? Employees of fast-growing private companies. They're some of the wealthiest investors in the market.
For instance, long before Microsoft went public, several thousand employees were allowed to purchase shares of the fledgling tech company for $1.
By the time it went public in 1986, the share price was $25.75. Within a year, it was at $90.
"Not even the height of the Wall Street takeover frenzy of the mid-1980's made as many instant millionaires as did simple employment at Microsoft," says The New York Times.
Researchers believe that at least 2,200 people became "instant millionaires" simply by working for Microsoft and receiving stock options.
"It's kind of a gift from heaven," says Steve Wood, one of Microsoft's five original employees.
The truth is, some of America's most innovative and fastest-growing companies today are private.
Gazelle is a private company that recycles old computers, especially iMacs and other Apple gadgets. They have grown by over 1,094%.
Then there is Peerless Network. This private company provides network capacity to some of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States. Between 2008 and 2011, Peerless Network grew its revenues by 3,068%.
Get in on gains like that and you'll probably never worry about money again.
Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to invest in private companies. Other than being an employee, you're basically locked out. Just about the only other way is by being a well-connected millionaire.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos invested $250,000 in Google while it was still private. The day it went public, he'd made $280 million.
Starbucks founder Howard Schultz invested in private companies and made $13 million... in just 10 months.
The rock star Bono, lead singer for mega group U2, recently pocketed an estimated $10 million thanks to investments in private companies. That's more money than his band generates by playing a sold-out rock show in front of 90,000 people.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are locked out.
Or at least we have been, until now.
That's because I've discovered a little-known loophole that lets you invest alongside lucky employees and well-heeled millionaires.
It involves investing in a private, hidden stock market that's normally reserved for America's wealthiest.
Typically, just 6% of investors are allowed to use it. You have to be worth millions of dollars, and your home equity doesn't count.
But the good news is, I've found a backdoor into this private market. Thanks to a little-known loophole, you can invest alongside all these employees and top 1%'ers -- and all it takes is a few hundred dollars.
Retired Foreign Service Officer Tom M. tells us, "Between 1967 and 1973 I invested about $17,000 in one of these private investments in Pennsylvania. To date it has paid me back $133,644 in cash and the checks keep rolling in every month. My true total return is actually more like $400,000 because I reinvested those monthly payments over the years."
Recent college graduate Neal K. was another small investor who managed to make a killing without going through the usual Wall Street brokerage routine. He invested a small sum -- just $600 -- in this private market last year. So far that investment has delivered gains of $3,400 for a quick 466% return.
Santa Clara, California based consultant Dana E. has also been cashing in on the private market. She invested $61,000 two years ago, and today that stake is valued at $387,500.
Massachusetts native John S. used the private market to turn a modest $16,826 investment back in 2008 into a $113,690 windfall today.
I'll show you exactly how you could do the same in my latest report, How to Get "Employee Stock" From Fast-Growing Private Companies.
In the report, you'll discover 5 different ways you can start making money in this private market. Regular investors who've used my secret in the past year have already seen gains of 52%, 81%, 150%, and growing. You could be next.
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