Get Rich With Your Head in the Cloud

-- I don’t usually do this, but…

Yesterday, I sent you an additional email titled, How to Make a Killing During Your Retirement.

Readers who followed the instructions in that email made a smart choice. Upon writing, it looks like a good chunk of your fellow LFTers are wise old owls.

Why? Simply because they know a good opportunity when they see one. And they are clearly thinking ahead into retirement.

Today, I’m going to let a special guest explain.

And by the end of today’s episode, you’ll be given several chances to set yourself up for a cushy retirement — no matter what age you’re at.

Here’s the deal…

First, let me say I don’t usually do this because… I’m not supposed to.

The Powers That Be here in our Baltimore HQ don’t know I’m giving you a sneak-peak inside our most exclusive material…

They will. But by then, it’ll be too late.

Below, you’ll find a fresh-off-the-press issue of our flagship investment newsletter, Unconventional Wealth. In short, this letter is the contrarian investor’s best resource for great investments within — and outside of — Wall Street.

To those LFT readers who are already subscribed, don’t worry. I’m not giving away any of Ryan Cole’s juiciest secrets. That would be disrespectful to you, who has paid good money to see the extraordinary results of Ryan’s blood, sweat, and tears.

But if you’re not yet a member of Ryan’s team, you won’t leave today empty-handed today. In a moment, you’re going to learn all about the most lucrative trend in the coming decade — and what you can do about it.

In short, what you’re going to see is a way to get in at the bottom floor in one industry that’s set to roar. And will make the growth of the Internet pale in comparison. In the end, it’ll make the big Internet moguls look like they’re standing on the shoulders of dwarves.

Ryan will prove it to you. Listen closely, because what you’re about to see is pure gold.

And it’s very rare we release paid material in our pages of LFT.

So, please. Enjoy…

Laissez Faire Today Presents a RARE AND FREE INSIDE LOOK INTO Unconventional Wealth…

Get Rich With Your Head in the Cloud

By Ryan Cole

Even for a publication with “Unconventional” in the name, this is going to be an unconventional issue.

Oh, you’re going to get some great ideas in the next few minutes. I’m going to bring you one of the most exciting, fastest-growing new sectors in the economy.

How fast is it growing? Try six times faster than the tech sector at large. Through 2018, this sector will expand over 26% every year.

And then it’ll really get going.

That’s no surprise when you realize the currency this sector works in is absolutely exploding. In fact, since 1992, the basic input for this new industry has increased 20 million-fold!

That should be impossible. But these aren’t projections. It’s already happened. And we’re starting to feel the effects of this proliferation today.

But this isn’t only a sector that’s rocketing upward. It’s one that’s gone from the talk of the town… to largely forgotten and ignored.

You don’t see opportunities like this every day. Heck, by all rights, it should never happen.

But today, we can get into this fast-growing sector while the rest of the world is looking elsewhere. Researching this opportunity, I had to buy a plastic cover for my keyboard, I’ve been salivating so much.

I’ll put it plainly. Under ordinary circumstances, we could expect good companies in this industry to give us double-digit growth every year, for years to come.

But when Wall Street isn’t paying any attention today? That’s steroids for our positions.

We get to buy these special companies on sale. A “mere” 26% growth every year would be ho-hum compared with what we’re going to see.

And that’s only the beginning.

Because while this brand-new, quickly maturing industry is poised to make us a metric ton of money, there’s an older, more venerated version we’re going to examine as well.

Only this one isn’t about making us money. Instead, it’s an opportunity to save huge wads of cash. Providing us a way to live a lifestyle of high luxury. Without costing us a dime.

Indeed, we’ll even pick up a little pocket change for our “troubles.”

And if you follow my unconventional plan, we can use our pay from the aging version of this industry to fund our investments in the newest iteration.

Yep — we’re going to attack our bottom line from both sides. We’re going to get paid to live high on the hog… and then plow our savings into a fledgling sector that should create more millionaires than any other over the next few years.

Now, I’m sure this sounds much too good to be true. It might even sound like complete gibberish at the moment.

But stay with me. By the end of this issue, you’ll know exactly how you can eat at fine restaurants… take amazing trips… and generally live a life of luxury… for free.

And how you can take the money you would have spent luxuriating and grow it exponentially with an industry ready for takeoff.

Trust me — it will all make sense.

So why don’t we start with the more straightforward opportunity. Let’s talk about Big Data.

The Most Important Innovation of the Century, So Far

“This is going to be the decade of data… [It will] dwarf the revolution that came from the Internet.” — Alex “Sandy” Pentland, director, MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program

That is one heck of a statement. How can data not only match the revolution of the Internet but dwarf it?

The key to understanding what MIT’s media guy means is to understand just what’s so revolutionary about the Internet. Which also means we have to look backward even further.

The revolution that started all this — the Industrial Revolution — was all about creating tools. It allowed us to make lots of things, and make them faster and better than we could before factories.

That all is fine and good — but the Industrial Revolution really took off when it led to trains, cars, and planes. Those new vehicles ushered in an age of interconnectivity unlike any that had been seen before.

We were no longer limited to the few villages around us. Suddenly, entire nations and continents were our playgrounds. The telephone extended our reach even farther. Happy connections and collaborations flourished, supersizing innovation.

That led to the Internet. The Internet has been the greatest communication tool the world has ever seen. Now instead of being connected to your entire country, you are connected to the entire world.

But here’s the important part — the Internet isn’t just about communication. It’s also producing data at an unprecedented rate. The amount of data we create on the Internet is, literally, incomprehensible.

This is the “currency” that’s increased 20 million-fold in about 23 years. How many data are we swimming in now?

The chart below is using stats from 2013, which are now hopelessly antiquated. But to highlight a few pieces, back then, every 60 seconds…

Data Never Sleeps

We uploaded 72 hours of video to YouTube. If your goal is to watch everything on YouTube, give up now

Facebook users shared nearly 2.5 million pieces of content. Again, this is every minute. That’s a lot of cat videos

Twitter received 277,000 posts. Sixty times an hour. Today, a lazy journalist can just keep an eye on his Twitter feed and his job is done.

The list goes on. And it’s only grown since then.

The sheer amount of information we create every day is way too much for people to deal with, even if all 7 billion of us did nothing else all day long.

And that’s just the public stuff!

Our browsers track our site visits. Amazon tracks our purchases. Our cellphones track our locations. All of this makes the public part of the Internet seem small by comparison.

To give you an inkling of what I mean… in 2004, the entire Internet had under 230 terabytes on it. A terabyte is 1,024 gigabytes.

In 2004, Wal-Mart had over 460 terabytes of data about its customers. That’s more than twice the size of the Internet.

Today, Wal-Mart processes 40 petabytes a day. A petabyte is 1,024 terabytes.

To put that in perspective, if you stored every piece of written work created by humankind — from the dawn of history to today — it would take up 50 petabytes.

Wal-Mart goes through that amount of data in less than a day and half.

And that’s just Wal-Mart! As you can imagine, Google, Amazon, Facebook — they’re all churning through similar amounts of data, if not more.

To say that this is incomprehensible is an understatement. That’s just way too many data for ordinary humans to handle.

Enter Big Data.

If the Internet revolution is similar to the Industrial Revolution, then Big Data is like the cars and trains that came after.

The Internet gave us the tools, and the inputs. Big Data is telling us what those inputs mean, and how we should use our tools.

That’s why it’s so huge. Big Data is the real payoff from the Internet. And it’s just getting started.

What Is Big Data?

Big Data, put in its simplest terms, is analysis of all the content we’re creating.

This can take all sorts of different forms. At its clumsiest, Amazon can see that you were just shopping for an outdoor barbeque and shoot you an email full of outdoor barbeques for sale.

At a more complex level, cities can calculate what that new office building downtown will mean for traffic flow and change traffic lights and subway patterns to compensate.

And at its spooky best, data analysis is now leading some firms to guess — with eerie accuracy — what someone will be shopping for before the consumer even knows he wants or needs it.

Wal-Mart, again, is a great example.

To pick a simple story from a decade ago, let’s look at the weather.

Using analysis of past hurricanes, the company realized that big storms led to a run on all sorts of things. Water. Toilet paper.

Strawberry Pop-Tarts?

Yep. When a hurricane approaches, consumers want those easy-to-eat, easy-to-make pastry treats. Sales were seven times normal — an entirely unexpected result.

Turns out when the power goes down, people want their Pop-Tarts, specifically strawberry-flavored. That and beer.

I suppose, if push came to shove, you could survive for a week on Pop-Tarts and Bud Light.

Here’s the thing: Heading to the store, most folks probably don’t know they want Pop-Tarts before the eye arrives.

But now, ahead of storms, Wal-Mart always tops up on the treats, displays them prominently, and sells them like hotcakes.

That’s been going on since 2004. Today, Big Data is performing much more sophisticated tricks.

Whereas in 2004 data analysis could lead to accurate predictions for large populations, today, we’re getting better and better at predicting behavior on the individual level.

How to Invest

Today, there are a number of companies vying to make their name in this space. It’s going to be cutthroat over the next few years.

Each company will tout its algorithms, its software, its unique method of crunching data and providing insights.

Right now, no one can perfectly predict which company will win.

But there is one that stands out above the rest.

It was one of the first Big Data companies to go public.

It has the most mature products in the field, and the smoothest user interfaces.

And most importantly, its current customers love it. When business leaders are asked about their providers, those who use this company are effusive with their praise.

All signs point to [SORRY. COMPANY TICKER IS FOR PAID MEMBERS ONLY] dominating this field for years to come.

ACTION TO TAKE

[Chris’ note: The investment Ryan is talking about is just one way up his sleeve to set up your retirement so that outliving your cashish isn’t an issue. Ryan also has investments that range from safe to risky — something for every temperament. The investment you’ll see on this page, for example, is one of the safest you’ll find (and pay interest rates as high as 28.99%!!!). Because that’s the goal. Living within your means, but without having to deprive yourself of life’s greatest pleasures. Eat at fine restaurants… take amazing trips… and generally live a life of luxury. See how at this link. And read the rest of Ryan’s exclusive report after you follow the simple steps on this page.]

Until tomorrow,

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Written By Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell is the Managing editor of Laissez Faire Today. Before joining Agora Financial, he was a researcher and contributor to SilverDoctors.com.