Here’s the thing, when multi-billionaire trader George Soros decides to support and invest in something, it’s almost a guarantee to be a great investment vehicle. Especially when he makes a few good points about the benefits and legalization of marijuana on the Wallstreet Journal. He’s invested over half a million dollars into the quickly rising markets, everyone wants a piece of the action but is this volatile market a safe place to invest?
The marijuana industry has gone viral over the internet, and The Washing Post shows its rising acceptance has come after many failures.
I’m sure, by now you’ve seen the projections for cannabis sales over the next five years. Many experts believe that the combined legal medicinal and recreational cannabis industry could hit $23 billion by the year 2020! Before you dive into anything headfirst, it’s always best to do your research.
As far as buying marijuana stocks right now, most companies are too small to be publicly traded on a federally regulated exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). An exception is a company known as GW Pharmaceuticals, this British company is traded on the (NASDAQ:GWPH) GWPH 145.810 -0.550 -0.376%. They have been making headlines with a fast-track strategy to bring an oil-based CBD formula to market in the U.S.
As we have been noticing some promising gains with cannabis brands achieving success across stateliness, most companies are still too small and haven’t attracted enough attention. Right now, most cannabis businesses are a passion play by individuals who are willing to put their reputations on the line and go against the grain. These entrepreneurs are activist and believe in the cause of this movement. However, their levels of determination do not guarantee a win, or postulate their business acumen is enough to overcome the almost limitless obstacles that it takes to run a company, much less a marijuana business.
One of the highest obstacles faced by many “ganjapreneurs” is the federal tax code. Since cannabis businesses are stick illegal according to federal law, these businesses cannot write off operating or marketing expenses that other businesses can. That’s a huge burden on revenue and net profits for a small growing company, and an even stronger reason to consider investing your money into something else if you intend on seeing good returns on your investment anytime soon.
If you still want to learn how to invest in marijuana stocks, then you should look more into pink sheets. Pink sheets or penny stocks are securities of over-the-counter markets (OTC), which have to clear fewer hurdles with the SEC than traditional stocks to trade. Penny stocks are where most cannabis securities are traded, this means regulation is not as strict, but this also means that the due diligence falls even more on your shoulders. You will need to dig deep and pull through all the roots to find out enough information about the company before making a good investment decision.
If you don’t have the proper time to do your research on each individual cannabis company before investing money into them, another option to consider would be to invest your money into a (VC) or Venture Capital Fund. Venture Capital Funds invest in companies in exchange for equity in the companies they invest in. Today VC’s are investing more into companies that operate ancillary businesses within the cannabis industry. VC usually have their own analyst that will do research before investing the fund’s money into any business, plus you have the added benefit of owning shares in marijuana companies.
As with investing into any financial market, there are strategies you should follow to protect your money, here are four quick tips to help with investing in marijuana stocks without losing your money.
I know the news headlines are telling you every reason why this market is taking off and why you should start buying marijuana stocks today but be careful. What’s the rush? Usually, when everyone is telling you to “buy, buy, buy” that’s the best time to sell and vice versa. With the technology sector doubling every year, investment opportunities are becoming more readily accessible to the masses. Today we have crowdfunding, and no-fee smartphone trading apps such as Robinhood, but we still need to be leery of where we put our hard-earned money and be sure it’s an ethical recipient worthy of out consideration or worse proliferation.
The best takeaway is to be mindful of the oldest rules in the trading and investing books which are to diversify your portfolio and hedge where possible.