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The Top 12 Best Investments 2018

What and where are the best ways to invest in the years ahead? Here’s 12 brilliant investment opportunities to research. Please bookmark this page, because I’ll be adding a number of new ones soon!

Real Estate, Technology Apps, Water Filtration, Solar Power Generation & Rental Property investment have extremely bright futures. If 30% to 40% return on investment appeals to you, check out these high ROI top investments for 2017 in more depth now.

The ride up the stock market was fun in 2017, and maybe now it’s time to plummet! Picture courtesy of Youtube

What are the best cities and technologies with the best opportunities?  There are plenty of places to park your money or get it working hard for you, but stocks aren’t one of them. Like a roller coaster cresting the 300 foot summit at 6 Flags amusement park, the ride down will scare the hell out of you.

You need to look elsewhere, and fortunately there are some great opportunities in Real Estate, Technology Apps, Water Filtration, Solar Power Generation & Rental Property.

I particularly like the whole multiple stream, passive income thing and apparently so do a lot of other people. The right opportunities are tied into incoming technologies like mobile tech and clean tech. There’s some very lucrative ones described below.




There’s a lot of talk about getting your money to work for you, but like everything today, it’s competitive.  Diversifying how you invest might be the most intelligent choice. How about a little in each these top ten best investments for 2017? Maximize revenue while minimizing risk.

Rental Income Property Calculator by propertyrei might be handy. Pic courtesy of propertyrei.com

Rental Income Investment

What’s the top keyword phrase for 2017? Rental Income. Out of everything you might invest in, it is tough to beat the returns of buying rental income property — outright buying rental income property, not via real estate investment companies and Reits.

Right in your city and in others, rental income property offers tax savings, market appreciation, capital gains which you can protect, renter payments, and you can even live in your investment. And you control its performance and destiny! As the Bigger Pockets talks about below, you can also use other people’s money to invest and get rich.

HGTV and other flip house and home improvement shows are popular because they’re riding a wave of investment strategy. Smart people are seeing the value of rental property and flipping. When you see the 30% to 40% ROI they’re receiving, and the amazing lifestyles that result, this is very hard to ignore.

That’s not to say there won’t be hard work and big decisions to make in property investing. But the downside is weak. If all else fails, you can live in your investment.

US and Chinese readers should keep a close eye on Canada because property is cheap in cities like Vancouver and Toronto are seeing the same overheated multiunit appartment rental market as San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.  Sure a lot of people are investing in Mexico, especially retirees, and there may be passive rental income potential there too. But Mexico is risky — especially since Trump may kill their golden goose.

Here’s Bigger Pockets Look at How to Buy a Rental property

Don’t Get Distracted – Keep Your Eyes on the Big Trends

Before you go out and buy those real estate investment books and real estate investment 101 courses, and getting blown away by all the real estate investing Youtube videos, keep your eye on the bigger picture.

Take a look at the US housing market, the economy, what President Trump is about to do, and contrast that with the all the retirement income, passive income, and business startup options you have. It’s risky, but you could look at becoming an angel investor. On that last note, growth in angel investor groups is rocketing. The reason: startups can’t get funding so they have to give up serious equity for a small cash infusion.

As part of your diversified investment portfolio, stay away from blue chip stocks, which have nowhere to go but down. If global free trade deals go sour, those big multinational companies will get crushed. They’ll lose their ability to blackmail countries and play governments off against each other. Their big tax breaks will disappear. It looks like President Trump will ensure all of that happens — “drain the swamp” has far reaching interpretations.

Look for companies or opportunities that reek of innovation. The US will do well, and the climate of innovation in the US is bright now, meaning all those startups have a shot at survival and making money. All those millennials need cheap rental housing (they can’t afford to buy) and cheap office space too. The best investment opportunity is in rental property real estate. See which cities are best.

Yet there are other good investing opportunities in the US and Canada. Here’s some good one’s below,




Here’s my top ten list of the best investments for 2018.

  1. Rental Income Property – like I said, there’s nothing that can beat buying rental income property. You’re buying real property in cities and neighbourhoods with the best rental potential. You have to be clued into which cities have the top outlooks. You need to be geared to look ahead and scan forecasts and predictions. Pay attention to what Trump is doing and trending macro-economic factors including the failure of depressing regulatory limitations.
  2. Electric Cars – The growth rate of electric car buying is showing faster than expected even though companies like Tesla lack funding and are experiencing growth pains. Once electric cars come into fashion, there will be a rejection of old gas-powered technology. Remember when they said the horse and buggy would never go away?  Take a look at the new Mission e Porsche and learn about the incredible driving mileage they get, and you’ll realize how naive we all are about new technology. Elon Musk is right, this is big stuff.
  3. Autonomous Self-Driving Cars – Anything new is a potential investment opportunity and self-driving automobiles are the new trend. While experts say these cars are still “teen drivers” and it’s still a way off, they are a big revenue opportunity. Magna International,of Aurora Canada the auto parts producer is designing and manufacturing parts and accessories for these cars and the revenue outlook is phenomenal. It’s a whole new parts universe with these cars and any company that produces them is worth looking into.
  4. Home Solar Power Systems Electricity rates will jump, partly because of all those electric cars driving around. I doubt they’re playing Pokeymon Go, but just enjoying the fact they can drive to Yosemite for a few hours and back for a few dollars.  Governments will tax electricity but they’ll have a tough time taxing the power homeowners generate at home, but they will tax the power you send back into the grid. There are so many companies offering to set up solar systems on people’s houses for a cut of the revenue.  Anyone who wants to plaster their roof with solar shingles or yards with solar panels can have them. That’s why Elon Musk has moved into the solar panel production realm with Solar City.  And don’t forget the 30% solar investment tax credit which will be around for 5 more years, which is good for business. Those panels, including solar shingles, are becoming very efficient power sources and the price is plummeting. These are all critical mass factors that will have big effects on how we live and which businesses will thrive in the years ahead. Many businesses right now are afraid of going bankrupt because of high electricity costs. They need to reduce their exposure to government (tax) and out of control utility costs. All signals for the very best investment opportunities.
  5. Battery technology has grown faster than anyone dreamed of. Here’s a trending business opportunity for smart entrepreneurs.




    Solar Batteries – Elon Musk owner of Tesla Motors is into super efficient lithium ion batteries, some big enough to power your whole house for a while. You’ll need the solar panels to collect electrical power which you’ll store in his batteries. Solar collection is going from cottage industry to mainstream very quickly. All the impediments are disappearing.

  6. DC to AC Converters – with rapid adoption of solar power collection and wind turbines, power generated is direct current, so DC to AC convertors will be needed in big supply. Check out the companies that make them.
  7. Fast Charge SuperCapacitors – These new batteries aren’t even batteries as we know them. They’re super capacitors that charge lightning fast and still release the power as we need. They’re the future. That means the whole matter of how long it takes to charge laptops, electric cars, house batteries, smartphones, etc is largely about to disappear. Everyone will prefer the fast charging supercapacitors which have incredible storage properties. Check it out.
  8. Water Filtration – The US has a clean water crisis and that spells opportunity. With state and local governments strapped for cash, we’ll see more Flint Michigan type failures in municipal water treatment and other disasters from expected increases in flooding in some states. Not only that, taxes and prices of water delivery and wastewater treatment will skyrocket as governments grasp desperately for revenue to fund their debt. Systems that filter or treat water optimally at home should revolutionize how homeowners use their water. Companies such as Pentair are enjoying huge profits because they take homeowners off the grid. Check them out.

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  9. Salt Water Desalination – Cheap, portable, stills that make fresh water out of saline ocean water is a huge opportunity. Most of the population of the world doesn’t have enough water, including North American and Europe. New products are helping people at the home owner level to convert seawater to fresh water.On the macro level, see how Saudi Arabia is using solar power to desalinate water using a mega sized water volumes (60,000 square meters of seawater daily). This is what needs to happen in the US.
  10. Anti-Aging Supplements – a huge population in North America and Europe are heading into their senior years and they’re looking to stay healthy, active and looking good. But as they age, their attention will move away from aging skin to supplements that will keep them alive longer. As these aging babyboomers become more educated about supplements and nutrition, they’ll want the supplements that pack the most life-extending power. Take a look at this one who battle all the supplement fraudsters.
  11. Medical Tourism – It’s almost a certainty that hospitals will be over run with patients and health care costs in the US will skyrocket. And whatever is ailing everyone will be cheaper to treat in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Thailand, and Brazil. These countries are seeing the highest influx of medical service tourists.  There will be hundreds of thousands more in the coming 10 years as people seek aesthetic and medical treatments at lower prices. The combination of tourism and surgical and rehabilitation makes it a compelling investment opportunity.
  12. Home Health Care Services – the growth of 65+ population is heralding in a new era of home based health care and nursing services opportunity. Home health care services respond to the rise in hospital medical services, medical tourism, and seniors with acute or long term health issues including mobility and debilitating conditions. This sector has the highest job growth rate and there is all sorts of room for innovation in everything from patient communications, to diet administration, diagnosis and disease treatment. Hospital and doctor services are too costly and another soluton is needed. The fact is, people are getting older and they need help. Check out Nurses Next Door and their francishing offer.

I might add solar farms and health apps as big investor opportunities too.

Are You Still Looking for Passive Income Opportunities?

Now that you’ve come this far, I want to tell you about publishing and digital marketing opportunities too. That’s right, you’ve seen my blogs covering all of these topics (and more coming) and consumers need an introduction to them all.  There are a lot of people and companies including Forbes, Inc., Marketwatch, Huntington Post, Mashable, Moz, Hubspot, TechCrunch, Smarpassiveincome, Richardbranson, and many others who generate tremendous income from blogging and social media posting. They’re all into blogging big time, including guest posting.

Not only do they make incredible income from their blog advertisements, but from sponsorships, referals, and direct sales of products and services.  A blog such as mine right here, has reach into any topic and any industry on the planet and can reach huge audiences.

You’ve heard of Google Adsense and that advertisers on Google Adwords are paying upwards of $80 per click on their system. Well, Adsense doesn’t even scratch the surface.  From real estate to insurance to new technology to health apps, your opportunity is limited only by your imagination. In fact, your income acceleration is directly related to your lowering of your self-limitations and imagination.

There’s reason to be excited about this opportunity. If you’re not interested in this opportunity, then keep revisiting my blog to see how it goes for me. That’s free, but has zero chance of you getting rich.

If you’d like to set up your own publishing empire, including a successful blog, and you have a good amount of investment dollars to launch it, contact me.




Bookmark this page, and share it with your friends and family right now. Theyll really enjoy the idea that they could actually make money in this day and age. It might shed their belief that America is dead and the era of opportunity has ended. In fact, if we are entering an era of political populism (Brexit and Trump victories), the opportunities for us individuals are vast.

Throw away those stocking investing and real estate investment books and courses you were into. You now know where there are better opportunities to invest in 2017.  And 2018 will be even brighter.

This year, get obsessed with income property, rental income, tax credits, passive income, multiple streams of income, best startups, new tech, cross industry business opportunities, and new clean, reneweable technologies. The future is here. Let’s get at it!

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9 Ways to Create New Customers in the US

International Business: Showing Up on the US Radar

Should 2017 to 2020 be the years you decide to grow your business into cities such as New York, Boston, Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and Phoenix?  There’s never been such a grand opportunity to export goods or services to the US. It should be one of your key goals.

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Los Angeles Skyline – California is Beginning a Strong Growth Phase in 2016

For the minimal amount of cost, the upside potential is huge.

Stellar Canadian tech startups that have boomed recently in US or global markets include Hootsuite, Shopify, Real Estate Webmasters, Unbounce, Uberflip, and 500px. With new free trade deals being signed each year, we’ve got access to Europe, China, US, and Japanese markets that were once inaccessible. Launching into the US could be just the beginning of  big things ahead. Time to modernize.

The US recovery could be stalled if the USD stays so high. US companies must leverage cheaper, more agile service and technology partners to compete with Chinese, European and Japanese competition.




The Sad Truth – We Desperately Need to Export Services

The numbers don’t lie: this graphic below from StatsCan reveals how dire the situation is here in Canada. Since we have the talent, our marketing efforts should pay off — with the right strategy and results.

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Big Advantages for Canadian Companies:

  • no need to charge HST tax and clients won’t have to pay their state taxes
  • exchange rate 30% bonus
  • a portion of your business costs are 30% less
  • it’s exciting, invigorating and challenging and you’ll learn more
  • gives you scale to let you explore new product/service opportunities
  • reduces business risk due to more market access
  • makes your business more attractive to investors

Positioning for Explosive Growth

As I pointed out in my post on doing Business in the US, there are plenty of serious reasons for looking beyond Ontario and BC. Revenue, growth, product potential, and connections multiply ridiculously. With digital marketing, it’s easier now to orchestrate an effective surge into the US. Positioning in this sense means creating content, publishing it correctly, engaging influencers, and doing a knock out job with direct marketing.

And it doesn’t have to be all at once.  However it does need to be launched with enough oomph to create the critical mass necessary to generate awareness and action. Slow growth is not an option nor is it cost efficient. Strategic omnichannel marketing done right will help ensure you’ve got enough gravity to make it work.

As an service entrepreneur who has provided traffic-building SEO and content development services for US companies and agencies, I feel it’s a smart choice for any Canadian company. It may take courage and a focus on being the best you can be, along with optimism, confidence and a commitment to adjusting to what US companies want.  The rewards are worth it. It could be you know much more than I do and you haven’t created the strategy. Here’s a few ideas to help:

9 Ways to Create Customers in the US

  1. repurpose your service/product selection to fit the US marketplace and build new custom websites/social pages to deliver your content to your US audience (they may not like Canadian sites)
  2. have your own brand /client relationship manager who will be responsible for persistently promoting the value of your company and shaping your product/service experience
  3. study your target cities and travel to them so you have a better empathy for their culture
  4. understand how they see Canadians and how you can leverage those beliefs rather than fighting them
  5. strategize, plan and create your Wow/Impact campaign and the engagement experience with your content
  6. do omnichannel digital marketing – Content marketing, email, SEO, PPC, and social media are your 5 pillars
  7. impress them with your knowledge of their markets and specifically how that will benefit them
  8. build relationships with influencers, personalities, celebrities, noted business people, politicians, and journalists in those cities — convey your unbeatable, significant, personality, unique value proposition in every communication and transaction (subtly, via your content)
  9. hire a great salesperson in the US to give you instant access to events, news, and opportunities down there

Make the decision to put an emphasis on the US. Growing into Europe, China and Japan will flow out of that.  If your goal is to build a company and sell it to investors with the financial power to take it big, there’s little to be concerned with. Hire someone to get the ball rolling.  It will be the best thing that’s ever happened to you.

Check out the 2017 to 2020 US housing market and San Diego economy as indicators for your timing.

Additional Resources:

Join the Linkedin Group Doing Business in the US.

Vancouver: clean technology exports booming

Profitguide: A surprising way to crack the US market

Ontario guide to taking your business global

Ontario government consulting on how to export

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