Why do skyrocketing stocks, Chinese kings, robo cancer detection affect the markets and individual investors?  (Reading time: 3:33 mins)

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1. Skyrocketing tech stocks

Technology stocks continue to dominate markets and headlines with Amazon, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) and Microsoft all reporting better-than-expected profits.

Amazon did a particularly good job of blazing through forecasts; their soaring stock made founder Jeff Bezos replace Bill Gates as the world’s richest person.

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

It’s great news. Rising tech stocks have had some analysts worried they would soon experience slower growth. Their fears continue to go unrealised as consumers and businesses around the world continue to move their day-to-day lives online.

When you consider most of the fastest growing tech giants have barely scratched the surface in terms of market share – over 90% of retail sales in the US are offline; ~50% of China’s population do not currently have access to the internet – it leads us to believe technology stocks are set for a very strong decade ahead. AtlasTrend members can access an exclusive, detailed review of tech company shares here.

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

Our managed funds (specifically Big Data and Online Shopping Spree) are invested in some of the earnings season winners including Amazon and Alphabet. The positive stock performance has helped, in part, provide a strong 12 month investment fund performance of +14.30% and +15.36% (to 31 October 2017) respectively for the Big Data and Online Shopping funds.

 

2. The ‘king of China’ secures another term

President Donald Trump has congratulated China’s President Xi Jinping by reiterating “some people might call him the King of China”.

Trump isn’t too far off (shockingly) in his royalty claims as President Xi Jinping has recently locked in another 5-year term as the leader of one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

The victory has cemented his position as the country’s most powerful leader over the last 60 years.

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

The markets like stable politics and stable politicians. Xi hasn’t indicated any unexpected, radical policies or an obvious successor, and is therefore expected to provide stability.

Consistent, reputable leadership is important for the global political climate, while scandals that continues to plague the White House do it no favours – conspiracy charges have been laid against members of Trump’s election campaign this week.

The last thing markets need is a Trump-like character running both the US and China.

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

Some of our managed funds are invested in several large companies with substantial business in China – particularly in the technology sector.

Xi reiterated his commitment to further open up the economy, which we believe is good news for these stocks in the long term.

We expect further market reforms to progress at a measured pace as Xi grapples with how technology might threaten China’s social cohesion and security i.e. Facebook being mostly blocked in the country.

 

3. Robots detect cancer in less than a second

New, groundbreaking research produced results suggesting robots (an AI system more specifically) could detect cancers in less than one second with 94% accuracy.

The promising findings have received praise from the research community and medical practitioners who are keen and confident to test the system on humans then seek regulatory approval.

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

Better healthcare in the future is all about making the best use of big data analytics. Never before in human history has computing power and big data technology been available that can potentially save millions of lives.

We believe healthcare companies that recognise this and are already investing in the use of artificial intelligence are poised to be the winners in the industry.

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

If you have money invested in AtlasTrend’s managed fund dedicated to investing in companies benefitting from big data technology, we think you’ve made a strong investment choice.

The use of big data technology has only just started taking off in many traditional industries, therefore we believe it has very strong growth potential over the next decade.

Markets aside, the technological advances in healthcare have the potential to positively impact the health of millions of people around the world. Our co-founder Kent Kwan experienced first-hand how the power of big data could have fast-tracked his daughter’s diagnosis. You can read his personal story here.

 

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About Kent Kwan

Kent Kwan is a Co-Founder of AtlasTrend, an online investment platform that makes it easy for anyone to learn and invest in trends transforming our world. Kent has over 15 years experience in financial markets including as Chief Investment Officer at Arowana International Limited, and roles at JP Morgan and Macquarie.