April 28, 2020

Stocks to invest during this global pandemic

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There’s no doubt we are in a epic pandemic with serious financial ramifications. Tens of millions of jobs were lost this month, and millions filed for unemployment. More than a million cases of coronavirus have been reported in the US. And it seems we are millions short of having enough face masks, toilet paper and hand sanitizers. Not to mention millions of pounds of meat were exposed to Covid-19 in some meat factories around the country. Well, we have the million dollar answer to your million questions.

Colleagues in the office practicing alternative greeting for safety and protection during COVID-19. Getty Images

How To Make Money During A Pandemic

Yes, the stock and cryptocurrency markets still have a chance to spark its own outbreak. If you recall, the stock and cryptocurrency markets thrived during the H1N1 outbreak in the Spring of 2009. In March of 2009 we witnessed the bottom of the last stock market crash, that essentially began in October of 2007. Well, March 2020 appears to be the bottom of this crash — and I’m just speculating here of course.

As we dig deeper into the last pandemic, the S&P fell below 680 in March of 2009 — down from 1565 in October of 2007 (change of 56%). Then comes April of 2009, and the S&P climbs to 850 (change of 25%) — in the midst of the H1N1 outbreak. But it didn’t stop there……

Jan 1, 20101,123.58
Dec 1, 20091,110.38
Nov 1, 20091,088.07
Oct 1, 20091,067.66
Sep 1, 20091,044.55
Aug 1, 20091,009.73
Jul 1, 2009935.82
Jun 1, 2009926.12
May 1, 2009902.41
Apr 1, 2009848.15
Mar 1, 2009757.13
Feb 1, 2009805.23
Jan 1, 2009865.58
Dec 1, 2008877.56
Nov 1, 2008883.04
Oct 1, 2008968.80
Sep 1, 20081,216.95
Aug 1, 20081,281.47
Jul 1, 20081,257.33
Jun 1, 20081,341.25
May 1, 20081,403.22
Apr 1, 20081,370.47
Mar 1, 20081,316.94
Feb 1, 20081,354.87
Jan 1, 20081,378.76
Dec 1, 20071,479.22
Nov 1, 20071,463.39
Oct 1, 20071,539.66
S&P values from October 2007 to January 2010
(1st day of month)

Furthermore, some might remember Bitcoin was introduced to the world in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto. And we all know the astronomical boom of Bitcoin since, as many of our sights were far from cryptocurrency decades ago. For those unfamiliar with the inception of BTC, Bitcoin was worth roughly 3 cents — now it’s valued at $7700 (change of 25.6M%). Unheard of right? Although it took Bitcoin 4 years to show its worth, the coin is still growing to this day. But unlike in 2009, Bitcoin has some worthy competition from altcoins on Ethereum based blockchains and eco-friendly networks. In fact, you could say some of these penny altcoins may be the next Bitcoin — or something relatively similar.

Cryptocurrency markets began to recover following a massive crash during the first quarter of 2018, seeing more than $550 billion wiped from the total market capitalisation. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Stocks To Invest In During Pandemic

It is safe to say this Covid-19 virus is like no other, and I would be naive to compare apples to apricots. However, there are some undeniable similarities to notice. I do recommend investing in the sectors of technology, pharmaceutical, solar energy, and precious metals.

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Technology Stocks/ETFs

When most think of technology — Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon come to mind. Don’t get me wrong — those are excellent choices, and you cannot go wrong with any of those tech giants. However, I have my sights on Microsoft (MSFT), Roundhill BITKRAFT Esports & Digital Entertainment ETF (NERD), Global X Video Games & Esports ETF (HERO), Zynga Inc (ZNGA), Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI), Sony (SNE), Nintendo (NTDOY). If you notice, my tech picks have much to do with gamers. With several states being on lockdown — video games will be utilized a lot more, as we stay at home.

Group of young happy friends playing video games at home. Getty Images

Pharmaceutical Stocks

Why not invest in vaccinations during a pandemic? While you’re at it, stock up on some manufacturing companies involved in making ventilators. We should expect a significant surge in pharm stocks, as this coronavirus dearly depends on vaccinations and treatments. Not to mention, Trump has been promoting Covid-19 medicines from Moderna and Bayer during his press briefings. In addition, the President invoked the Defense Production Act for ventilator manufacturing earlier this month. And companies like Ford and General Motors just got hired for the job. This leads me into my Healthcare picks — Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Moderna (MRNA), Bayer (BAYRY), Vaxart Inc (VXRT), Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc (INO), Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Enterprise Products Partners (EPD), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Shot of a focused mature male pharmacist making notes of the medication stock on the shelves in a pharmacy. Getty Images

Solar Energy

In case you’ve been hiding under a meteor rock, we are also experiencing a climate crisis. As we evolve in our new environments, it imperative we continue to adapt to changes. Products of the past will become obsolete, and we will be forced to be updated for the future. What worked generations ago, will no longer be relevant today. Oil prices are climbing, despite the lack of demand considering there are less vehicles on the road. But one thing is for sure — the deliverman is working a lot harder delivering your online orders. Although small businesses, who make up the majority of shipping, are not ordering as much inventory while closed.

Oil pumps at sunset, industrial oil pumps equipment. Getty Images

How is oil prices rising, while there are less people driving to work or driving for work? Uber and Lyft drivers practically got laid off during this shutdown. And who’s flying nowadays? How much fuel is really being pumped into planes, helicopters and jets right now? Not much, would be my guess! So back to the matters at hand, oil is becoming an old commodity. Solar energy is the most economical option for this ecosystem. We rely much more on electric than ever before. Our smartphones and smart TVs would be nothing without electricity. And the new wave of energy to power your home and vehicle comes from the sun. However, there’s nothing new under the sun — as the sun has been powering the earth and keeping mankind alive since forever. I would trust investing in Plug Power Inc (PLUG), Vivint Solar Inc (VSLR), Sunrun Inc (RUN), Solaredge Technologies Inc (SEDG), Enphase Energy Inc (ENPH).

Solar energy and wind power stations. Getty Images

Precious Metals

Many investors turn to precious metals during a recession and other economic crises. Gold and silver usually come to mind when discussing precious metals, but don’t forget about guns. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, gun sales have spiked 70% in April (compared to 2019). More than 2.5 million firearms were sold in March, and 1.7 million guns were purchased this month.

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Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium all have recovered from the first quarter. There’s a good reason to lean on precious metals at this time. Gold sales are up 170% heading into May compared to last year. While silver coins and bars are up 130% in April compared to last year. My precious metals picks include B2Gold Corp (BTG), Kinross Gold Corp (KGC), Yamana Gold Inc (AUY), Northern Dynasty Minerals (NAK), Barrick Gold Corp (GOLD), SilverCrest Metals Inc (SILV). Don’t forget about gun stocks like Smith & Wesson Brands Inc (AOBC), Vista Outdoor Inc (VSTO), and Ruger Firearms (RGR).

Conceptual image with stacks of silver and gold coins next to a graph showing a sharply declining stock market.

Cryptocurrency Market

Blockchain computer circuit board concept. Getty Images

Cryptocurrency is a digital asset that uses blockchain technology on computers to store ledgers of secured transactions. You can virtually send funds from one country to another in a much more effective and feasible way than wire transfers. This technology is slowly emerging as the new way of spending currencies. Bitcoin is king, but some of its offspring look to show their potential. Ethereum and Bitcoin are the two biggest cryptocurrencies, and they lead the way in digital money. So obviously these cryptos have my vote, when it comes to investing. Suprisingly, Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC) in particular fall at the bottom of my short list.

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My top 5 cryptocurrencies are VeChain (VET), Cardano (ADA), Coin (CRO), Chainlink (LINK) and 0x (ZRX).

The next 15 cryptos that complete my Top 20 Power Rankings are Fetch (FET), Stellar Lumens (XLM), ZCash (ZEC), Cosmos (ATOM), Tezos (XTZ), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Dogecoin (DOGE), Binance (BNB), Neo Coin (NEO), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ripple (XRP), and DASH.

Riding Bull Icon on Money and Cryptocurrency Background. Getty Images

By Thomas Brown

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