It’s pretty amazing when you are talking about something with a friend that you think nobody else can hear. And then you pause to get a sip of water, and before you know it, you hear everybody else talking about what it is you and your colleague were discussing.  If the topic is interesting enough, it is no wonder this phenomenon is a “thing”.

This is especially true when it comes to investments, such a topic as this always makes the place, you’re in pep up-if people do not stop their conversations to hear yours, they turn to their buddies and start having the same talk. It is almost as if you were arguing politics or religion-but there’s no surprise as we all care about making and growing our money.

So, what can we look forward to in the year 2019? The possibilities are most certainly interesting in this upcoming year. Allow us to clue you in on what we think will be the hottest investment trends this coming year.

1. Get Ready for 5G.

5G is without a doubt going to be the next big thing as far as cell phones and technologies are concerned; it is approaching us like a tidal wave and will require all of your electronic devices to go through an upgrade so they can get the signals. It will be a huge benefit to chip makers, as well as device manufacturers like Apple, and Internet TVs, tablets like iPads and Kindles, and even desktop rigs. It benefits Verizon and may even harm Comcast.

It is on track to benefit Intel, renowned maker of PC chips, and a few others. Even cars will need new hardware to benefit from 5G, so don’t be surprised if you have to end up getting a new car to get the 5G benefits. And trust us, you are going to want it-5G can do so much in terms of is strength and bandwidth.

After all, some of the coolest things can be done with 5G. We’re talking surgery being performed remotely thanks to the low latency of the network. We’re talking an Internet that features haptic feedback, so your internet experience can go to the next level with sights and sounds and tactile sensations.  And let’s not forget the sensation that’s got us all intrigued-the concept of self-driving cars. Without 5G, such a technological sensation could not be possible, say experts.

2. Getting Ready for Green

Our title probably implied that we were referring to the need to be eco-friendly. While that is important, we are referring to the green plant that people use recreationally and medicinally… none other than marijuana. It’s currently taking the markets by storm, and this could very well be something that you want to get in on.

Marijuana Stocks

It is likely that marijuana will be legalized in all 50 states of the USA, and federally, by the close of this year. More than 30 public cannabis companies currently exist, and they are mostly listed on Toronto’s Stock Exchange, because cannabis is still illegal in USA. If it becomes federally legal in America, many of these companies will install a dual listing on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) and become much more investable.

This is due to the greater exposure and greater trading volumes, a real way to tell the difference between winners and losers. Some companies to check out include Constellation Brands, Altria’s investment in Cronos Group, as well as Acreage Holdings. You should also be aware of the Canadian marijuana growers HEXO and CannTrust Holdings, who just had the paperwork submitted and filed in order to get their stock uplisted from the OTC (over the counter) exchange to the NYSE.

By listing their trade on the same exchange as other tried and true businesses, they are demonstrating they have what it takes to run with the big companies, and also that their business has the potential for long-term growth.

After all, a handful of states in USA have legalized marijuana in some areas. With Canada legalizing it in 2018, this industry has only one place to go, and that is up.

3. The Shared (Gig) Economy

We live in a sharing economy. It makes sense, right? Even as kids we were told to share, share, and share. This is a trend that is definitely hot right now, but still remains small in comparison to other major trends. Yet, we do know that it is on the rise thanks to well-performing companies we know and love.

Think about Uber, Lime, AirBnB, Lyft and Zipcar as a few examples. Young millennials enjoy sharing just about anything they can. After all they do not want to be burdened and spend more money by owning a car, or permanent residence like a home or vacation home. Even foreign companies like Careem (from the Middle East) and Yandex (Russian-based) are indicative of this new economic trend.

Share This!

Millennials want to stand out and they thrive on recognition. The more “feathers in their cap” they possess is more important to them than “stuff”. They do love to show off their achievements and travels by way of social media. One way to keep your employees working hard-millennial or not-is to use trading pins as a way to do it.

Trading Pins are as much fun as trading stocks.

Final Words

There’s plenty to look forward to in the coming year when it comes to investing and investment decisions. The important thing to do is keep your eyes and ears open and eavesdrop as politely as you can the next time, you’re hearing others talk. You just might learn something from them. Focus on these three trends and invest wisely-chances are they just might pay off.