A Rare “Second Chance” at Making a Fortune

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Aug 13th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured, International, Investing Strategies, Technology

Today you have a rare “second chance” at making a fortune.

Let me explain…

From 1990 to 2004 the number of internet users in the US absolutely exploded — going from less than 1% of the population back in 1990 all the way up to over 65% in 2004.

Check out the US’s hyper Internet growth chart below:

And, as you know by now, the rapid increase in Internet usage spawned enormous growth in computer and internet-related companies. Microsoft went up 9,750%. Yahoo jumped a whopping 7,763% in just three and a half years. And AOL, the grand daddy of them all, went up 73,050%from its 1992 IPO to its peak at the end of 1999.

The trick was to identify the growth early. And to get out before the bubble burst.

Well today we’ve got a rare second chance to “turn back time.”

As investors and traders, it’s rare that we get any second chances. But when you’re presented with one, you’d be a fool not to jump on for the ride.

But rather than betting on the US internet usage though, we’ll be exploiting the next a hyper growth industry that’s still in it’s infancy – emerging market telecoms.

According to the latest from the talking heads in mainstream finance, the world’s combined GDP is expected to grow at a 2–3% pace over the next several years. But emerging telecoms is anticipated to grow upwards of 45% by 2013.

Just 10 years ago, 86 million people around the world had a cell phone. Today, that number is more than 3.4 billion. That’s as if Ethiopia’s population grew to those of China, India, the U.S. and all of Western Europe combined.

With the ever-growing global economy, and the advent of the smartphone, the future for mobile phone sales looks bright. Smartphones, such as the iPhone and BlackBerry, have caused quite a stir around the world — even in countries historically ahead on mobile phone innovations. Smartphone sales are expected to triple in the next four years, bringing the number of worldwide users to 1.1 billion by 2013.

Along with cell phones, an exceedingly large number of emerging market Internet users are expected to come online in the next four years.

According to a Forrester Research report, the number of Internet users in 2013 will be 2.2 billion, or 45% more than the end of last year.

These two growth categories – mobile phones and Internet access – are both led by emerging economies. As you can see on this map, the number of Internet users in Asia should grow 377.5 million, or a whopping 67.4% in just four years!

This report also found that 52% more Latin Americans will be online in 2013, and the number of African users should double in this period.

The best way for penny stock investors to play this trend will be through ETF’s.

Each ETF investment will let you own hundreds of these tiny – and sometimes even privately owned – emerging market telecoms. And they’re as easy as buying a stock on the NYSE…

For a list of emerging telecom ETFs, simply go to www.morningstar.com and use the ETF screener.

Although the search will return quite a few, SPDF S&P International Telcommunications Sector (NYSE: IST) and WisdomTree’s International Communications (NYSE: DGG) are two of my favorites.

Both of these will allow you to play the fastest-growing industry in the world, as well as help you diversify your portfolio.

Remember, we rarely get a second chance at making a fortune. I suggest you jump on this one immediately.

Jim Nelson

August 13, 2009

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Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson began his investing career during the tech boom at age 14 – with purchases of Starbucks and AOL. Early inspiration came from an old Tweedy Brown whitepaper: “What Works in the Market.” He graduated with a degree in Political Science from Pittsburgh University, Nelson focuses on income investing, including dividends, covered calls, and fixed-income. Additionally, he covers MLPs, ADRs, utilities, consumer staples and tobacco. Nelson is the managing editor of Lifetime Income Report.

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