Last week, Apple briefly became the first publicly-traded company in history to hold a $3 trillion market cap. (Since then, it’s dipped slightly to around $2.8 trillion.)
If Apple were a country, it would rank No. 6 in the world… eclipsing the GDPs of France, India, Italy, and Brazil.
Now, I recommended Apple back in 2003, when it was worth just $7 billion… And people thought I was crazy.
After all, even founder Steve Jobs was selling shares of his own company. But I saw the big picture.
The iPod was wildly popular among Mac users. And when Apple announced it’d make the device easily compatible with PCs – which had many more users – I knew it would be a global hit.
Today, Apple is the largest U.S. company by market cap. And if you had invested just $1,000 when I recommended shares in 2003… it’d be worth roughly $338,300 today.
Here’s why Apple is the most valuable U.S. company: It consistently stays at the forefront of technology.
Take the iPhone for, example.
I remember when it first came out in 2007. I saw it and said, “Wow, this smartphone is going to change everything.”
You see, Apple already had an incredible installed userbase of 119 million from the iPod. So, when it developed a new iteration of this technology – the iPhone – it was a no-brainer it’d be a smashing success.
Consumer adoption would be much, much faster because it already had a huge dedicated fanbase.
And not only did the iPhone change the way we interact with the internet… it also created a whole new slew of applications that didn’t exist on desktop computers.
Today, the smartphone is the primary way we interact with one another. It’s how we communicate and do commerce… even how we date.
Here’s the thing… Plenty of people dismissed the iPhone when it first came out.
In 2007, Microsoft founder Steve Ballmer reportedly referred to the iPhone as a toy and predicted it’d be a massive flop:
Five hundred dollars? Fully subsidized? With a plan? I said that is the most expensive phone in the world. And it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard. Which makes it not a very good email machine.
Today, more than 85% of Americans own a smartphone. So much for the iPhone being a toy.
The lesson from Apple is if you want to make life-changing gains from a tiny investment… you must invest when the value is not apparent to most people.
That’s the only way I know of making huge money from little money.
The thing is, buying into an idea when everyone is telling you that you’re crazy isn’t an easy thing to do. I saw this with Apple in 2007. And bitcoin in 2016.
Today, I’m seeing it with another massive tech trend that you may think is science fiction… but for early investors, it could be key in achieving your financial freedom.
No Longer Science Fiction
If you’ve read the Daily the past two weeks, you’ve seen me write a lot about the metaverse:
The metaverse is a digital world where we’ll eventually live, work, play, and interact with each other in innovative and previously unimaginable ways.
This megatrend will lure the entire world into its seductive maw… Just like how smartphones have eaten the attention of almost 6 billion people.
Like the iPhone, the metaverse will radically transform how we interact with one another… but in a completely immersive way.
In the metaverse, we’ll have digital representations of ourselves called avatars moving through this virtual world… accessing data from Google… meeting people at work… going to live events… and even going out on dates.
Just imagine attending a World Cup soccer match, but in a digital stadium with 50,000 other avatars. You could turn around and talk to the person next to you in the stands, and they might be living in another country.
That is the metaverse. It’s a whole new immersive internet. So, when the CEO of NVIDIA talks about commerce in the digital world becoming greater than commerce in the real world, he’s right.
Think about how much of our life is spent on our phones. Eight hours a day, we’re glued to that phone in some form or another.
And think about how people like to show off cars, suits, watches, handbags, pets, nearly everything in the real world.
There’s a massive amount of money spent on buying and showing off goods that don’t offer much utility beyond their cheaper equivalents… what some today call “flexing.”
The metaverse will take this spending and “flexing” spree to an entirely new level. We’ve already seen companies like Gucci offer handbags in the metaverse that your avatar can wear.
You buy them with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and can sell them in the virtual world for real-world money… and these digital handbags are going for more money than their real-world equivalents.
So it’s no stretch to imagine people will spend money on entire wardrobes of clothing in the metaverse.
They might have nothing but jeans and a t-shirt hanging up in their closets at home in the real world, but in the metaverse, they might have 20 different suits.
This is going to happen whether you believe it’s science fiction or not. This will happen whether you believe it’s good for the world or not.
So it’s critically important to your future wealth that you position yourself now for the massive migration that’s about to take place.
The Right Way to Play the Metaverse
Now, there are two ways to play the coming metaverse trend: What I call the “Hype Hole” and “Blueprint” paths.
The Hype Hole is the one most retail investors get sucked into. The Blueprint path is what the Wall Street insiders and elites use to make their fortunes.
I’m running out of space here… but the Blueprint path is how you achieve what I call your Freedom Number. (That’s how much money you need to live the life you want in 2022.)
Right now, Wall Street’s preparing its metaverse Hype Hole. And it wants to trap as many investors as it can.
That’s why tonight at 8 p.m. ET, I’m holding my first big event of the year called Freedom 2022.
During Freedom 2022, I’ll show you exactly how to distinguish between the Hype Hole and Blueprint paths… And reveal how Wall Street uses them to make their fortunes while leaving you with scraps.
Plus, I’ll share details about my first-ever metaverse Blueprint deal. I believe this one deal could potentially help you achieve your Freedom Number in 365 days or less.
Friends, investing in the metaverse is the simplest and fastest way to get you from where you are to where you want to be this year. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring it as a fad.
Just like the internet fundamentally changed the way we communicate, buy goods and services, and do research… the metaverse is quickly becoming a digital world where we live, work, play, and interact in previously unimaginable ways.
Whether or not you use it to achieve your Freedom Number in 2022 is entirely in your hands… but you must prepare now.
Let the Game Come to You!
Editor, Palm Beach Daily