By Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach Daily

Lee Iacocca saved Chrysler—with an assist from the U.S. government…

In 1979, Iacocca was named CEO of the American auto giant. At the time, Chrysler was near collapse.

One of his first acts as CEO was to secure a $1.5 billion loan guaranty from the U.S. government. If he hadn’t, the automaker would have gone bankrupt.

But that wasn’t all… In 1981, the Reagan administration imposed trade quotas on Japanese automakers. Four years later, Chrysler gained over 1,300%.

Iacocca would later become one of the most famous corporate executives in American history. And part of his success was due to an “America first” strategy…

In yesterday’s Daily, we showed you how import quotas on Japanese cars in the 1980s boosted the bottom lines of U.S. automakers.

Reagan’s agreement with Japan reduced the supply of Japanese cars in the U.S. market. The reduced competition allowed U.S. carmakers to raise car prices by up to 50%.

The Big Three—Chrysler, Ford, and GM—saw their share prices soar 1,300%, 400%, and 100%, respectively, over the next four years.

Reagan’s trade restrictions were a huge tailwind for Chrysler and the other two U.S. car manufacturers.

Today, President Trump is also proposing trade restrictions on imports from abroad. If his plans are implemented, certain U.S. companies will be big winners—just like Chrysler…

If you were wondering how to profit from Trump’s pledge to “make America great again,” our America First Portfolio is the way to go…

How to Build Your Own America First Portfolio

When governments implement trade restrictions to “protect” certain industries, those industries will generally be winners. The U.S. automakers are an example of this.

If the Trump administration is able to erect trade barriers, we’ll see massive gains for certain U.S. companies. The biggest winners will be domestic producers and service providers. (The biggest losers will be multinationals that do a great deal of their business abroad.)

Two companies we mentioned Monday were tobacco giant Altria (MO) and Southwest Airlines (LUV). They were our two initial positions in the America First Portfolio.

Building an America First Portfolio

To complete the table, we combed through our Elite 25 and found the American companies we thought would be the most attractive if Trump puts his words into action.

(Altria and Southwest are not part of our Elite 25, but they will do well if Trump sticks to his pledge to protect American industries.)

Then we sorted them by the percentage of revenue they derived domestically. Companies that make most of their money from domestic sales were added to our list.

[Our Elite 25 are companies that have a high return on invested capital (ROIC), have high growth, and are cheap. Catch up here, here, and here.]

The table below includes all 11 companies that make up our America First Portfolio:

Company Name



% of Revenue
from U.S. sales





American Outdoor Brands




Hibbett Sports




L Brands Inc.




The Michaels Companies




National CineMedia Inc.


Movie advertising


Nautilus Inc.


Sporting goods


Robert Half International


Professional services


Southwest Airlines





Digital stamps


United Therapeutics




These 11 companies should be insulated from any trade war that breaks out. They won’t be harmed by retaliations by foreign governments because they do most of their business at home.

They’re buys right now, and you should continue to hold them if you believe Trump will follow through on his plans to make America great again.

We won’t track this portfolio each month like we do with our Elite 25… So make sure you follow our risk-management policy on position sizing and exit strategies.

What do you think of our America First Portfolio? Let us know right here


Nick Rokke, CFA
Analyst, The Palm Beach Daily

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The prospect of protectionism is energizing American producers…

American companies in the manufacturing, mining, and construction sectors are hiring workers at the fastest clip so far this century.


Businesses don’t hire unless they expect to see more profits soon. So it’s apparent that U.S. companies in these sectors are expecting more demand for their goods and services.

We’ll continue to monitor this trend. It will signify which companies will be most helped by changes in America’s trade policies.

—Nick Rokke


Editor’s Note: One of PBRG’s most popular investments this past year has been cryptocurrencies. However, many subscribers have had difficulty buying them.

In today’s special 3-Minute Market Minder, Palm Beach Letter analyst Greg Wilson shares a new exchange that makes buying and trading your cryptocurrencies much easier. You can click on the image below to watch his eight-minute instructional video.

A Simpler Way to Buy Cryptocurrencies

We’re constantly on the lookout for ways to make it easier to purchase cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

Today, we’re excited to share with you a new way to buy bitcoin without the headaches of some other services: Abra.

Abra is a digital wallet that supports over 50 currencies and bitcoin. You can download the app right to your smartphone.

We’ve created a video that shows you how to download, sign up, and use Abra. You can watch it here.

We’re already up nearly 150% on bitcoin since we recommended it last year… but there’s still plenty of upside left. Our current buy-up-to price for bitcoin is $1,500… so there’s still time to get in.

Important note: You cannot buy cryptocurrencies from your brokerage account or IRA. You can only buy them on cryptocurrency exchanges like Abra or Coinbase.

Greg Wilson