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2017 – What A Year! 2018 – Tech Stocks & Cryptocurrency to Soar! YEAR OF 30,000!

If I had to sum up my 2017 I could only really do so by saying that it was an absolutely amazing year! I made several predictions on this blog last year (although I haven’t updated in a while, so sorry!) and for the most part a huge percentage of them came true. First and foremost back on June 25th of last year I wrote a post regarding tech stocks and cryptocurrency titled “Tech Wreck? NOPE! Just Another Step In The Trek ūüėČ … AND Cryptocurrency Craze!”

In this post, I must say, I feel that I nailed it. Not only am I happy that this was the case, but putting my money where my mouth is, my investment accounts are also happy. First thing, as I talked about purchasing more shares of Facebook stock at $149.60 and more shares of Amazon stock at $978.31, both have soared. As of this writing, Facebook sits at $190.00 and Amazon sits at $1,402.05!

In a more broader stock market prediction, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average sat at $21,394.76, I said we would be getting closer to $30,000 before signs of the next recession hit. Right now we’re sitting at $26,616.71 with no signs of slowing down just yet!

Towards the end of last year, I also wrote an article regarding loving the Robinhood app for buying and selling stocks, and mentioned that I may eventually stop using the Stockpile app. Shortly after, without updating this blog, I did just that. At the time I owned shares in about 40 companies, and I sold them all off in Stockpile, cashed out, and put all of the money into Robinhood. I then invested into just seven companies: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Nvidia, Square & Alibaba. Since this investment, as of this writing, these investments are up a total of 18.88%!

A huge part of this gain is my investment in Netflix, which just reported earnings last week. That investment alone is up 44.27%! You honestly cannot beat the Robinhood app, and to make it even better, just this past week they announced that they will be beginning cryptocurrency trading starting in February, although it will begin by rolling out in just five states.

In the article I first mentioned in this post, I mentioned about my other obsession at the time being cryptocurrency. 2017 was an absolute beast of a year for crypto, which saw Bitcoin, for example, grow from around $1,000 to around $19,000 by the end of the year, although we are currently seeing a pullback where we sit around $11,000. It’s very volatile, but absolutely is the future!

I figured that since 2018 is still only beginning, I’d take the time to briefly make some predictions for the year. I really want to post more frequent content here this year, but to kick it off, let’s get these predictions out of the way. Here they are, in no particular order, as follows:

  1. All of 2018 the overall stock market will continue to rise, and we will hit Dow $30,000 before the year ends. Thanks tax reform!
  2. Although crypto has currently pulled back, we will very soon be seeing another surge which will also put Bitcoin past $30,000 per coin. Must be the year of 30,000, I suppose?!
  3. Spotify will launch its IPO this year, and the stock will surge. My guess is by year’s end it will be up nearly 100% or better!
  4. Coinbase will add several more cryptocurrencies to it’s platform, which will contribute to the surging prices. I am guessing that Ripple, Dash, and Monero will be added. I’d personally like to also see Stellar, TRON,¬†and a few others as well! Robinhood’s launch of crypto trading will continue to be added to more states, which will help with the price growth, and they will become the first true competitor to Coinbase in the United States.
  5. Netflix will have a few pullbacks, but overall have an absolutely amazing year! BUY. NETFLIX. NOW! (Well, maybe wait for at least a little pullback!)
  6. A little known new coin/crypto which is currently still in its infancy, TurtleCoin, will grow rapidly. This is the first coin that I’ve gotten into at such a small stage. Look into it!¬†https://turtlecoin.lol/

Do I see a recession this year? No. Will there BE another recession? Absolutely! At any point, there could be any sort of geopolitical event or any other type of unpredictable event which could trigger the stock market to begin to slide. Right now I am not seeing much that is noticeable, but that could easily change in a heartbeat. I will say that I have continued to invest heavily in both stocks and crypto, but I have begun growing my cash position larger than it has been in a while. Right now it sits around 10% of total investments, and in the coming months towards the end of 2018, I plan on growing it to between 25-50%. That way when something does look like it’s about to happen, or it actually does happen, I’m ready.

I hope you all have an amazing year of investments in 2018, and as I mentioned, I really want to start adding more content to this blog. I have a lot going on, so sometimes I get behind, but I can promise you all that this blog will forever be a huge part of my life. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see here, anything you’d like me to cover, or just drop a line to say hello. Thank you all, and I’ll be back soon!(-ish). ūüėČ

Don’t Forget About After-Christmas, After-Halloween, etc.. Clearance To Save Big!

When it comes time each year to buy the light-up pumpkin for Halloween or the new strand of snowflake lights for Christmas, it’s easy to notice how these purchases can add up quick. I’m the type of person that loves to look through the seasonal aisle with each passing season to see what’s new. I love decorating for the different holidays throughout the year.

Not only do I decorate for Halloween and Christmas, but I am known for putting up displays for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and a few others. For the smaller holidays I don’t go all out like I do for Christmas, for example, but I at least like to decorate the area in my living room around my television, put up new themed hand towels in the kitchen and bathroom, etc…

To be able to keep adding new decorations to my stockpile, and not break the bank, I use a tried and true method; hitting up the after-holiday clearances! Beginning the day after any holiday and going through the first week or two afterwards, you can score some great deals on decorations. By far, my favorite place for holiday clearance is Target. Beginning the day after Halloween or Christmas, you can score 50%-off, within 3-5 days all the decor goes to 70%-off, and in another 3-5 days what remains goes to 90%-off! At 90%-off I like to really do some damage!

I like to buy the $4.96 plastic bins from¬†Wal-Mart which I use to store my holiday decorations in throughout the year, until the season comes back again. I used to think that being another year away, buying clearance wasn’t that smart. As I grew older, I realized that years begin to feel like they go by much faster, so why not save as much as 90% on something you will be buying again anyway?

I usually hit up a store the day after Christmas, then again within the first week once or twice, and finally a few weeks after for last-minute deals. I wouldn’t mind waiting until everything was 90%-off, but a lot of the best things that I actually would want go quick, and 50%-off is still a great deal. For Christmas this past year by hitting various clearances I stocked up on enough wrapping paper, gift tags, bows, gift boxes, lights, and more to get me through the 2017 season without having to buy any. I’ll have more money for gifts instead! (or more money to put into savings!)

Target is by far my favorite, but some of my other favorite places to check out are Wal-Mart as I mentioned, local grocery stores, local drug stores, and pretty much anywhere I happen to go in the week or two following a holiday. A big secret?¬†TJ Maxx! After Christmas TJ Maxx begins to blowout winter clothing, Christmas merchandise, and a lot of other things in between. Only twice a year do they do their “Yellow Tag Clearance” and¬†the weeks following Christmas is when it first starts. They do it again mid-year, around July. The “Yellow Tag Clearance” is literally a gold mine. If you’ve read most of my blog up until now, you may know that I am big into reselling. At this clearance you can find a TON of great stuff to resell such as clothing, accessories, toys, games, you name it.¬†Sam’s Club¬†is another place to score some great clearance. Pretty much anywhere you can think of, after Christmas, is well worth checking out to see what they may have available.

Do you do any after Christmas clearance shopping? Any certain places you like to go? Have a favorite deal that you’ve scored? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me some comments below and I will respond! THANKS for reading and enjoy your day!

Thanks again!

Brent Ott

Reselling: Always Was, Still Is, and Forever Will Be My Anchor

In my younger days I spent my time working “for the man.” You name it, I’ve probably done it. I’ve been a Cashier & Stocker at a grocery store, a dishwasher at restaurants, I’ve cleaned dorm bathrooms. I’ve Managed a Papa John’s and an Arby’s. I worked at a McDonald’s… well, for a day or two anyway. I’ve cleaned big box store floors, done food prep, as I said, you name it, I’ve probably done it.

Everything I mentioned, I hated in some way, shape, or form. I always dreamed of running my own business. When I was little I used to have my own office set up, and spend my allowance on office supplies just so I could pretend I was “the boss.” I briefly started a house cleaning business, just to get my feet wet, but that just wasn’t me. It wasn’t until around 2010 when I finally found what would eventually become my anchor in the business world: reselling.

There is nothing like the feeling of searching thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, church sales, and anywhere and everywhere else for that thing that you know is underpriced, that you can easily sell for double, triple, even 100 times or more as much as they are asking. It’s a rush like nothing else. I first got the idea that I could actually make a business out of reselling by watching History Channel’s “American Pickers.”¬†From the very beginning that show just spoke to me.

My reselling journey has taken a lot of twists and turns over the years, as you always need to be willing to do in any business. I’ve gone from mainly selling vintage advertising and collectibles, to now selling mainly clothing with a little bit of vintage toys, vintage household goods, and everything else in between.

To show you the potential that reselling has to offer, I wanted to share a few of my favorite scores from my journey, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing more in the future. The first is from nearly 5 years ago, and was from when I was big into selling vintage advertising. I picked up this¬†Muscadine Punch sign at an antique shop, I believe in West Virginia. I was on a little road trip with my girlfriend at the time. It was priced around $120, but being the type always willing to haggle to get the best deal, I talked the guy down to $80. Once I got back home I listed it on eBay, and sold it within a week or so for $400!

It’s not the only sign I’ve sold for a similar profit margin to that, either. There are countless others. It is, however, one of my most memorable and one that my girlfriend and I talk about to this day.

For a more recent score/flip I want to show you a Polo Ralph Lauren Purple Label shirt which was new-with-tags that I sold on eBay already in 2017. I picked it up at a Goodwill at the end of last year. It was in the long sleeve section, which usually costs $5.50 a piece. However, I was using a 50% off card that particular day so I ended up getting it for $2.75. Certain Goodwill stores price things of one type all the same, others have individual pricing, some have a mix of both. As for the shirt, after sitting listed on eBay for a month or two, it ended up selling via a Best Offer for $149. 

These two examples are what we like to call “homeruns” in the reselling business. They don’t happen every day, but when they do, you enjoy them. Reselling is really all about the little “bread and butter” flips that add up. $5 to $15, $2 to $10, $10 to $30. These little flips over and over on a consistent basis are what keeps a reselling business going and growing.

For the past 6 or 7 years now I have made a full-time income with reselling, and I’ve slowly added other streams of revenue into my business, with some plans of other additions on the horizon. I’m the type that always likes to have my plate full, and am always full of dreams and goals. No matter where I end up and where my passion for business takes me, one thing is for sure, and that is that reselling will always play some sort of a part. I have truly never been as passionate about anything else I have ever done in my life as I am about reselling. I am very grateful for the opportunity to do what I do every single day.

I’d never recommend that anyone just up and quit their job, especially if they have a family to support and bills to pay. I would, however, recommend that anyone who is looking for an extra source of income that could, over time, grow into a main stream of income, try reselling. A good way to start is just by looking around your home. Everyone has got a pile of something somewhere in their home which they aren’t using and/or don’t want. Start by trying to sell some of those things, and just see where it takes you. Years ago eBay was the only place to sell, but now, so much has changed. There is a vast variety of marketplaces to try online, and many avenues in “real life” such as antique malls, flea markets, and your own personal yard sale. Plenty of opportunity to get your feet wet.

I love reselling and I always will. If you’ve ever wondered about it, there really is only one way to find out and that is to give it a shot. Trust me, everything has a market. One man’s junk really is another man’s treasure. Many things in life are underpriced with profit potential. Hopefully I was able to get your mind working on a different level. THANK YOU for reading and I’ll be sure to share some more reselling content here in the future. If you have any questions or comments PLEASE feel free to leave them below and I will respond!

THANKS AGAIN!

Brent Ott