Discover the implications of Apple’s almost $1 trillion-dollar valuation, the world’s biggest shopping event and a Saudi prince’s arrest. (Reading time: 3:21 mins)

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1. Apple en route to $1 trillion

Apple is set to be the first company to reach a trillion-dollar valuation thanks to a positive earnings season and strong forecasts for the holiday season.

While the iPhone X is due to sell fast despite production concerns, it’s the growth across a range of Apple products that’s helping them hit the trillion-dollar mark.

What does this mean if you’re invested in Apple?

With over 1 billion active Apple devices around the world, we believe the company is well placed to keep growing its business – given the loyalty of its customers to the Apple ecosystem.

The lesser known fact is the treasure trove of data Apple has about its users. For instance, the data pointing to how you use apps, transaction data from Apple-enabled purchases, health data from Apple watch etc. We believe this is the type of data that enables Apple to keep its innovative lead when designing the next generation of products for its customers.

What does this mean if you’ve invested money with AtlasTrend?

The AtlasTrend Big Data Fund is invested in Apple at the time of writing. Members can see exactly why we invested in Apple by clicking here.

Apple recently reported its quarterly profits with some positive surprises for shareholders. You can read our investment team’s thoughts on this here.


2. Singles’ Day is upon us

140,000 brands will showcase their products to over half a billion Chinese consumers across the country’s e-commerce platforms to bring in Singles’ Day on November 11.

Singles’ Day was originally a celebration reserved for single people in China, but has morphed into a day when absolutely everyone treats themselves to a gift.

Total online sales for Singles’ Day grew nearly 6 times in value from 2012 to 2016, and all eyes will be on Alibaba since they processed more than a billion payments during the event last year.

What does this mean if you’re invested in the retail companies?

Last year consumers spent US$18 billion on Single’s Day (3 times the value spent by US consumers during US Black Friday, Cyber Monday & Thanksgiving combined!) and this year is expected to exceed that.

If you’re invested in retail companies, find out how they are trying to benefit from the online shopping industry – particularly in China. This is where we believe it is set to grow very strongly for at least the next decade.

What does this mean if you’ve invested money with AtlasTrend?

The AtlasTrend Online Shopping Spree Fund is dedicated to investing in companies benefitting from the growth of online shopping globally.

In that fund, we have investments in several companies with a strong market presence in China (including Alibaba). The Chinese retail giant has been the major driving force behind Single’s Day becoming the world’s biggest shopping day.


3. Detained Saudi prince

Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud has been arrested along with dozens of other princes and ministers as part of an anti-corruption drive. 

The billionaire’s net worth has continued to plummet since the news broke over the weekend, and has caused some stock market tension due to his investment holdings in high-profile companies.

What does this mean if you’re invested in the stock market?

Prince Alwaleed controls a company called Kingdom Holding, which is reportedly a significant shareholder in companies such as Twitter, Citigroup and many other stocks which aren’t publicly disclosed.

Investors in the same stocks might see some falls in those stock prices as the market tries to understand the implications of turmoil with one of its major shareholders.

We think any stock price falls will be temporary because the arrest of Prince Alwaleed is very unlikely to have anything to do with the operations of Kingdom Holding’s’ investments.

What does this mean if you’ve invested money with AtlasTrend?

AtlasTrend’s managed funds are not invested in Kingdom Holding or any stocks with a primary listing in Saudi Arabia. The only impact would be any potential temporary drop in stock price of companies that both Kingdom Holding and AtlasTrend are invested in. We would see this as an opportunity to buy more shares for the managed fund.


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About Kent Kwan

Kent Kwan is a Co-Founder of AtlasTrend, an investment platform that makes it easy for anyone to learn and invest in trends impacting our world. Kent has over 17 years experience in financial markets including as Chief Investment Officer at Arowana International Limited, and roles at JP Morgan and Macquarie.