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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I made a lot of enemies at the end of last July...
I was a keynote speaker at the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium in Vancouver – maybe the first speaker at the event... In a room full of gold bugs, I told the crowd that I had personally sold all my gold and gold stocks the day before the conference.
The attendees thought I was crazy... Apparently, selling gold or gold stocks is never "OK."
But my timing for selling gold was exactly right...
That speech at the end of July roughly coincided with the top in gold and gold stocks for 2016. Gold and gold stocks went straight down for the rest of the year.
Since gold peaked over the summer, people have been bugging me to tell them when to get back in. Now, FINALLY, gold is a buy again... We just had to wait for the right timing.
Let me explain...
Back in July, I told the crowd that I personally took my biggest position in gold and gold stocks – ever – in January 2016.
Gold stocks were more hated than they'd ever been – seriously – so I urged my True Wealth subscribers to buy them. We sold half of our position over the summer for a 95% gain.
Again, we got the timing exactly right. We bought near the bottom, and sold near the top.
So when people asked me to tell them when to get back in, I said I was waiting for investors to give up on gold. But darn it, gold investors were stubborn... It took them many months to give up.
If you've been a DailyWealth reader for a while, you know what I look for... I want gold to be HATED and in the start of an UPTREND.
In the latest issue of my True Wealth newsletter, I told my subscribers:
My friends, here at the beginning of 2017, we finally have what we're looking for... Gold is no longer as loved as it was... AND we have the start of an uptrend.
We nailed the buy in early 2016. We nailed the sell in the summer of 2016. And now, here in early 2017, I'm saying the coast is finally clear...
If you've been waiting since this summer for my "permission" to buy gold... you did the right thing. Gold went nowhere but down for months.
However, things have changed in 2017... So my opinion has to change...
If you were waiting for my permission, now you have it!
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Steve has been waiting for the right moment to buy gold for months. Finally, investors have given up... and we have the uptrend we've been looking for. Catch up on Steve's previous essays here and here.
Gold is finally turning around – but it isn't the only metal showing upside today. "The share prices of the companies that mine these metals are surging," Brett wrote recently. "And history says they could soar as much as 30% over the next year." Read more here.
REWARDING SHAREHOLDERS PAYS OFF
Today's chart shows the benefit of owning shareholder-friendly companies...
Regular DailyWealth readers know we love companies that consistently raise their dividends. Investing in these companies is one of the best (and easiest) ways to grow your wealth in the stock market. But raising dividends isn't the only way for a company to reward shareholders...
Back in March 2015, Steve wrote about companies that buy back their own shares. This reduces the number of shares outstanding. It's like cutting a pizza into six slices instead of eight... The pizza is the same size, but your slice is now larger.
Consumer-electronics giant Apple (AAPL) rewards its shareholders both ways... The company has raised its dividend 50% over the last four and a half years. Over the same period, the company repurchased nearly $130 billion worth of stock.
As you can see, Apple shares fell earlier last year, but they have since recovered and started a new uptrend. Shares hit a 52-week high yesterday and are up 32% from their May lows. It's easy to see why Apple is largely considered one of the highest-quality stocks in the world...