Why 2018 Will Blow Your Mind

by JDH on December 30, 2017

If I actually knew what was going to happen in 2018, I would invest accordingly, and I would not jinx it by writing it on this anonymous blog.  But since you have taken the time to read, here are my thoughts.

To start, I agree with the thoughts of Scott Adams, who is of the view that 2017 was the year that our view of reality was ripped apart.  Half of all Americans started 2017 believing that they had elected the next Hitler.  Many years ago Congress passed a resolution stating that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, and the last three presidents promised to move the USA embassy, but they didn’t.  Trump said he will.

Does that sound like Hitler?

Paul Krugman, famed “idiot savant” Nobel prize winning economist, who believed that Trump would cause the worst stock market crash in history, and it would never recover.  Wrong.  For the first time in history, the S&P 500 Index has had 12 up months in a row.

The “moron” president has somehow, in 12 months, defeated ISIS.  How?  He let the generals do their job, and didn’t micro-manage.

He implemented tax reform, and put his chosen judge on the Supreme Court.

Now let me be clear: Although I did predict that Trump would win (on October 29, 2016 I wrote that Trump would win, in a landslide), I am not a Trump supporter.  I’m a Canadian.  I have no horse in this race.  I am an observer.  If I was President, I would promote less government, which is not what Trump is doing, but I digress.  My point is that while we may disagree with his actions, there is no doubt that he has had the most impactful first year as a president in the last 50 years, and perhaps in history.

2018 will be more of the same.

On January 15, 2018, the Inspector General’s report will be released, and it is highly likely that many Clinton loyalists, including members of the FBI, will be facing prison time.  Jeff Sessions will go down in history as the most impactful Attorney General ever.

Other reality-altering facts will be revealed.  We will learn that sworn enemies, Saudia Arabia and Israel, have actually been working together for some time, behind the scenes, in secret, and Saudia Arabia may well have an embassy in Jerusalem by the end of 2018, believe it or not.

By the summer of 2018 Iran will look a lot more like the west than a mullah-controlled theocracy.  The majority of Iranian women will dress just like they do in the west.  The religious leader’s power will be greatly diminished.

I could go on an on, but you get the gist of it: the world is changing fast, and for the better.

Investment Implications

On January 3, 2017 gold traded at $1,146, it’s low point for the year.  It closed at $1,302, a gain of almost 14%.  That’s a good year.  I expect we will see more of the same in 2018, although I do expect a correction to $1,280 or below in the first week of January, so wait a week or two to resume buying.

Gold would have risen much higher if not for the billions of dollars that flowed into Bitcoin.  Expect more of the same in 2018.

My advice: spend 100 hours researching blockchain and cryto-currencies (start here), and only speculate with what you are willing to lose.  Bitcoin in its current form will not exist in five years, so understand the other currencies, and act accordingly.

Also, Bitcoin is very volatile, so you should set your buy orders for 30% less than the most recent top, and place your sell orders for similarly lofty levels (such as selling 20% of your holdings for every 20% gain off the bottom, or whatever).

Do not store your coins on an exchange.  Buy a wallet and store them securely.

Other than that, enjoy the ride.

I had a great year in 2017, primarily because when I had gains I took them, and was perfectly content to sit in cash as needed, and I plan to do to the same in 2018.

Happy new year, and see you next week.