My 9-year-old daughter’s 4th-grade class had a Secret Santa exchange right before their holiday break.
Each student could spend up to $10 on another student. They based their gift-giving on a list that their teacher provided, including each kid’s favorite color, candy, toy, etc.
Out of the 20 students in her class, over half received the same gift…
A $10 Roblox gift card.
My daughter got one… But that wasn’t her only one.
She received a $25 one from me and her mom at Christmas. And she landed another $25 one from her grandma.
It’s safe to assume her classmates got more than one over the holidays, too.
Why are Roblox gift cards all the rage for kids around this age?
These kids are buying Robux, a virtual currency inside the Roblox suite of games (including Adopt Me!, Bloxburg, Royale High, and more), to build virtual empires in the metaverse – a shared virtual environment where we can live, work, and play.
But the metaverse also has tangible real-world applications.
Advances in the internet, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain are creating a virtual economy parallel to our real-world economy.
In some cases, if you meet certain requirements, you can convert assets from the metaverse into real-world money. And you can use real-world money to invest in the metaverse.
Look, I know this might sound like a plot from the Matrix, Ready Player One, or Avatar movies. But the metaverse will have major implications for the real world – including the potential for life-changing gains from its technologies.
From Buzzword to Billions of Dollars
Although it’s still a nebulous concept for many, you’ve probably heard a lot about the metaverse in the last few months.
In October, Facebook announced it was changing its name to Meta to reflect its shift in focus from social media to a broader digital future. And in the two months since Facebook’s announcement, the term “metaverse” has taken off…
On Christmas Day, Meta had the most popular app in Apple’s App Store: Oculus, a division of Meta that produces virtual reality headsets.
And according to the Washington Post, “metaverse” has appeared in more than 12,000 English-language news articles in the past two months, compared with fewer than 4,000 in the first nine months of 2021… and fewer than 400 articles any year prior.
Despite the recent surge in interest, the metaverse encompasses all types of virtual worlds and services many of us already use…
Things like video games… eSports… social media… digital collectibles… cryptocurrencies… and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). So the metaverse has direct tie-ins to our “real-world” universe. It’s a modern internet of sorts.
There are even virtual economies built around it. Like the Roblox example I mentioned earlier.
My kids (ages 9 and 11) and all their friends create avatars who interact with places, things, and other avatars. (An avatar is a virtual representation of yourself.)
These avatars can buy and sell real estate and other assets. And build businesses just like in real life.
This virtual to real-world connectivity is one reason why Roblox has been a big hit.
It went public at a valuation of about $42 billion in March 2021, and today it’s worth roughly $54 billion… A 29% jump. That’s bigger than companies like General Mills, MetLife, and Walgreens.
Look, I know the metaverse sounds futuristic. But imagine it’s the 1970s, and someone told you about a secret government project called ARPANET.
At the time, only eggheads and geeks used ARPANET. But it was the precursor to today’s internet. The internet has been creating trillions of dollars of value annually for years.
How many people can imagine living in a non-internet world?
Or take cryptocurrencies. If you were around in 2008, when Satoshi Nakamoto wrote his obscure whitepaper on bitcoin (then worth less than 1 cent), you’d probably think it was just for cypherpunks and libertarians.
Today, bitcoin has a market cap of about $875 billion. And it traded as high as $68,789 in 2021.
So, whether you understand the metaverse or not, ignoring it is a mistake. Its connection to our real-world lives expands every day. And brushing it off as a fad could be one of the biggest financial mistakes you ever make.
Choose the Right Path
Morgan Stanley projects the metaverse will have an $8 trillion addressable market by 2030.
Let that sink in: We’re about to see an average of $1 trillion per year over the next eight years come into this trend.
Metaverse expert Matthew Ball (CEO of venture capital firm Epyllion) thinks the metaverse economy could reach $30 trillion in the next decade. And Jensen Huang (CEO of Nvidia) believes the metaverse economy could surpass $80 trillion one day.
That’s the definition of a massive trend. And as I’ve pointed out above, we’re still in its very early stages.
Now, the companies that will dominate this space are in their startup phases. In fact, we’re so early that some of the dominant players in this space may not have been born yet.
We’ve done the research. And there are 22 companies tied to the metaverse that have an initial public offering (IPO) set for this year, with more on the way.
But before you buy any of them, I want you to heed this warning from Daily editor Teeka Tiwari…
Wall Street is working against you to make sure you don’t understand the metaverse. Sure, they’ve got their eyes on some of the biggest metaverse companies set to hit the market.
They’ll even go so far as to pitch you some legitimate future leaders in the space… but you can do better.
Because there are two ways to play the coming flood of metaverse IPOs: What Teeka calls the “Hype Hole” path and the “Blueprint” path.
The Hype Hole is the one Wall Street wants you to follow.
Down this path, they dupe you into buying an IPO by setting you up for double- or triple-digit gains on your investment. That’s not bad… but as I said, you can do better.
This is where the Blueprint path comes in… It’s the strategy Wall Street elites and well-connected Silicon Valley insiders use to make their fortunes.
Let me give you an example…
Blueprint investors in Google had a chance to make 36,166% in its first 24 hours of trading compared to just 18% for Hype Hole investors.
Blueprint Facebook investors had a chance to make 121,822% in its first 24 hours of trading compared to just 1% for Hype Hole investors.
And Blueprint Twitter investors had a chance to make 110,614% in its first 24 hours of trading, while Hype Hole investors made 73%.
As you can see, falling into the metaverse Hype Hole could mean the difference between achieving the life you’ve always wanted in about a year… or spending decades trying to retire off Wall Street’s table scraps.
That’s why Wednesday, January 12 at 8 p.m. ET, Teeka is holding a special event to help you tell the difference between the Hype Hole and Blueprint paths.
It’s the simplest and fastest way to get you from where you are now to where you want to be in 365 days or less… and you’ll even get details on Teeka’s first-ever Blueprint metaverse deal.
So, join Teeka next Wednesday, and find out how the metaverse and the Blueprint path can help you fund the life you deserve in just a year’s time… and keep you out of the Hype Hole that only benefits Wall Street.
Analyst, Palm Beach Daily
P.S. As a bonus for attending the big event, VIP pass holders will receive a free report with the name of Teeka’s top metaverse play…
And considering his past free picks have returned average peak gains of 19x, you’ve truly got nothing to lose by watching this free event.