A Rising Tide: The Future of Clean Water

Clean, potable water seems to be ubiquitous in most parts of the developed world, but only a small fraction of the world’s water is safe for human consumption. The UN has predicted that given the existing state of climate change, “half the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress by 2030.” The world already spends a collective $700 billion per year on clean water; over the next 25 years, the world is expected to spend a total of about $25 trillion on clean water resources in an attempt to alleviate this predicted water scarcity. This enormous expenditure creates a substantial economic opportunity for companies involved in the water purification and management industry, and any investors savvy enough to participate in their growth. This month, we’ve put together a report that will show you how to capitalize on these developments and use your personal portfolio to contribute to improving clean water availability around the world. Continue reading “A Rising Tide: The Future of Clean Water”

Electric Profits: The Future of Energy Storage

Wake up to your alarm; check your phone; change the channel to the morning news on TV; drive to work; sit in on a conference call; drive home; order a Bluetooth speaker online; run on the treadmill; set an alarm for tomorrow and go to sleep. These all have something in common, and it’s not a semicolon. Everything on that list either directly or very closely involves a battery.

Anything that uses electricity and doesn’t spend all of its time plugged into an outlet must have a battery. Battery types can range from small disposable AAA’s to complex units worth thousands of dollars. The diversity in scale, material, and technology used for battery production and research is enormous, and only getting bigger.

Because batteries are raw material-intensive and are crucial to such a variety of consumer and industrial goods, advancements in energy storage technology always has major implications for other industries, including metal extraction and refining, automobiles, renewable energy storage, and consumer electronics.

In this week’s report we’ll discuss the current direction of academic and industrial research into batteries, the recent and expected advancements of battery technology, the current and future accessibility of production materials such as sodium, lithium, and cobalt, and the potential effects of battery development on related industries. Finally, we’ll put together a list of companies that will help you best capitalize on the insights and trends of the battery industry. We invite you to read the report linked below.

Energy Storage Market Report (PDF)

Photo of Chemetall Foote Lithium Operation courtesy of Doc Searls

The Rise of eSports

What’s your favorite sport? Soccer? Football? Hearthstone? Hockey? LoL? If a couple of these don’t ring a bell, that’s fine — you’re in good company. Hearthstone and LoL (League of Legends) are just two examples of a diverse range of games within the eSports industry.

eSports is a rapidly growing and relatively new industry that is based entirely around competitive video gaming. This includes international tournaments, live streams, sponsorships, and team based play. eSports “teams” typically extend across multiple video games and are often unified under the sponsorship of some larger company or brand, such as Samsung or SK Telecom. This is a similar strategy to that employed by Red Bull, which owns and operates several conventional sports franchises, consisting of many talented high profile individuals that compete in a variety of events such as snowboarding, motocross, and soccer as either a collective unit or as individuals. Similarly, an eSports team like Team SoloMid will consist of multiple sub-teams for different games that are all unified by the main team name and its branding. Many of these teams compete in high stakes competitions, generating millions of dollars in revenue, prizes, and sponsorships.

In this week’s report, we’ve broken down the eSports industry for you and identified the strongest monetization strategies for investors, including returns of up to 84% per year. We invite you to take a look at our full report linked below.

eSports Market Report (PDF)