Investing in promising innovations that can potentially shape the future could be one of the best long-term investment strategies. One prominent example is the Electric Vehicles market. Electric vehicles date back to the 1830s when the first generation of eco-friendly cars came about. Later on, companies like Tesla brought the technology into the limelight and made it somewhat affordable for mass production. Since then, the wave of fuel-efficient and low-emission cars has spread to all types of vehicles, including heavy trucks and trains, and the technology has even spread to adjacent markets such as electric spacecraft!
To become a part of such an innovative market, one can invest in the growing electric vehicle companies for several years and benefit from the long-term price appreciation. How do you find such companies, especially those that are not yet well-known but are developing the critical components of this truly future-defining industry?
When we say "electric vehicles," one would almost immediately think of Tesla! However, even though Tesla is one of the leading companies in this market, some well-established automakers such as Volkswagen, BMW, and Nissan, have entered into this new market as competitors. And, the story doesn't stop there. Who builds the batteries, the software, and other components that enable this industry?
To answer that question, Stock Card team (Shama Patwardhan, Head of LiveOps and Raj Arora, Research Analyst Intern) dug deep into the industry and identified the companies that are enabling the “Electric Vehicles” to evolve and grow.
Our research methodology
Investing in the electric vehicles industry is not limited to just EV manufacturing companies. A large number of companies support the supply chain, which qualifies them as potential investment choices. Investors may find hidden gems among these lesser-known companies.
We began our research by mapping all of the different markets associated with the electric vehicles manufacturing process. We looked at the various components manufacturers, electric car charging businesses, lithium-ion technology-based battery manufacturing companies, lithium miners, and software development that powers electric self-driving cars. Here are a few markets associated with the “Electric Vehicles” collection:
As we wrapped up our research on electric vehicles, we discovered close to 100 companies that belong to the "Electric Vehicles" collection.
Before jumping in, let's remember that this market is still relatively new, and investing in rapidly evolving but new technologies come with inherent investment risks. For instance, manufacturing electric vehicles requires a significant investment in the infrastructure, which may get delayed or impact investors' short-term returns. Moreover, several companies on this list are still in the early stage and do not have a commercial product (e.g., Nikola Corp). Investors may need to stay invested and be patient with their investment through several possible volatile periods before the investment pans out.
Keep those risks in mind and explore our new "Electric Vehicles" collection to discover investment-worthy companies to add to your watch-lists and portfolios
Disclaimer: Stock Card team owns shares of Tesla.
The Coronavirus pandemic engulfed the whole world at the beginning of 2020, bringing all economies to a standstill. Offices and stores closed down to prevent the spread of the virus. Developing, producing, and distributing a cure and vaccine to immunize the world population became a race many pharmaceutical companies have embarked on. Consequently, media, investors, and traders have been speculating, discussing, and pouring money into those pharmaceutical companies. The hope for a vaccine has fueled unprecedented market volatility we have rarely seen in the recent market history. After all, there is a race going on, the race to COVID-19 vaccine.
The launch of "COVID-19 Vaccine Race" collection
In May 2020, the United States government introduced a framework for 'Operation Warp Speed,' a national program to accelerate the development, production, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The program aims to have the vaccines ready by January 2021. More than 100 biotech companies began investing in the development of vaccines for the COVID-19 virus in the first quarter of 2020. According to the Federal Drug Administration, as of June 2020, there have been approvals to more than 25 companies to fast track the development and testing of their vaccines. And, another 141 companies are still in the development phase.
Our research methodology
As always, the Stock Card team took on researching the most viable investment opportunities that our users and community must add to their watchlist, if they plan to participate in the race to the vaccine. We investigated different activities that support the development, production, and distribution of a vaccine and added a list of companies involved in the process to our collections and themes. This list enables you to discover promising companies to invest in easily should you choose to participate in the race to the vaccine.
To create the "COVID-19 Vaccine Race" collection, a lot of research went into understanding the whole process involved in the end-to-end development of the vaccine, and the pre- and post-vaccine steps required in the process. We identified all the industries and markets which play crucial roles in making the vaccine a success. For example, one of the primary core markets is the vaccine components and raw materials. Our research found a high demand for vaccine adjuvants, which are essential in any vaccine. Few other markets that are discussed less frequently but are as important as the vaccine development are the companies involved in the vaccine production, including glass vials, cold chain logistics, and syringes, and needles. Therefore, the race to a vaccine isn't only about Vaccine development and encompasses an entire ecosystem of companies working together to take the global population to immunity destination.
Here's a list of the primary markets vital to the vaccine development and distribution:
In the race to the COVID-19 vaccine, the competition between companies is fierce as all companies strive to win. We put together a list of 60 companies, accelerating their development to win the race. Some of these companies may be very small but watchlist-worthy. Some are large and stable, with several products already in the market. Start your research by visiting Stock Card's COVID-19 Vaccine Race collection. You can always add additional filters to narrow down the list to your portfolio's most suitable stocks.
The outbreak of Coronavirus has changed the way we live and work dramatically. The impact is not limited to people having masks on, and sitting 6 feet apart. The more prominent but less visible change is the transition of work from offices and commercial physical spaces to our homes. Working from home is not just limited to having a desk set-up, although that's certainly a necessity. The more critical enabler of the working-from-home era is digital infrastructure, such as a smoother log-in and access to the tools employees need to do their job. The more digital works become, the more significant is the need for easier online communications, document management, payment, and cybersecurity. Such a simultaneous and rapid shift to a new way of working has boosted companies' growth prospects associated with "work-from-home" products. At Stock Card, we live by the belief that our investment is a financial image of our lives, and it was only a matter of time before we completed our research to introduce a new list of companies that enable the work-from-home era.
Launching Stock Card's "Work-From-Home" collection
Last week, we introduced a collection called "Companies Shaping the Future." Many users told us that it helped them discover new growing companies to add to their portfolios. We hope the new "work-from-home" collection does the same. To build this list, we picked themes and markets associated with making "work-from-home" possible, less expensive, and more reliable. We have included companies from 40 different markets to create this new list. Some of these markets are:
You can click on the above links to see the individual market collections.
The above screening gave us a list of 450 companies as a starting point for your research. The best way to use this new collection is to look it up in the search bar, use the "advanced filters" to add your criteria and get a list of stocks that fit your investment goal. The video below shows you how, or click here to get the full list...
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New and innovative products and services are making our day-to-day lives faster and easier. We drive safer, get the stuff we need sooner, pay for everything using a new online payment method, and our work, social interactions, and life are digital now. Companies enabling all those things are shaping our future. Some everyday examples are Tesla's electric cars, Zoom's video conferencing platform, or PayPal's payment solutions. The beauty of being a stock market investor is that we can be part owners of these future-shaping companies. Today, we are introducing a new list of companies shaping the future to make it easy for our users and community to discover and research them.
Discovering the companies shaping the future
If you've ever used Stock Card's Discover page, you can look up companies by more than 500 themes. Examples of such themes are "artificial intelligence" and "5G Technology." Our team at Stock Card spends a lot of time refreshing these themes and lists.
To create a list of companies shaping the future, we identified the themes and industries that are using advanced technology to develop their products. We came up with more than 100 such markets. You can access some of those lists by using the search bar on Stock Card's Discover page, or click on them below:
The result is a list of more than 1000 amazing companies that live their lives to create and shape humanity's future. Some of these companies may be very small and young and maybe worth adding to your watchlist. Some have built technologies that are already widely used and could be candidates for your portfolio. Among them, you can find strong and growing companies that are available at a lower price.
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Some times, companies with strong operations and enough cash at hand share their success with their shareholders in the form of a dividend. Many investors use dividend payout as a source of side income or reinvest the money to grow their investments. But not every dividend-payer is worth investing in. In the latest addition to Stock Card's collections, we looked for true dividend-payer stocks that are worthy of every dividend seeker's attention.
Launching Stock Card's "Stocks For Dividend-Seekers" collection
We started the process by looking for stable dividend-paying companies using market capitalization, beta, and dividend yield:
Not every dividend-paying stock is worth your attention!
Finding reliable dividend-paying stocks is not just about searching for companies that pay a dividend. You also need to weed out those companies that cannot sustain their dividend payout and focus on those that have a reliable history of growing their dividend yield. We added a comprehensive list of criteria to our research to find the true dividend-paying stocks, including a few critical ones:
The result of the above analysis was a new set of 91 true dividend-paying stocks. We added them to Stock Card's collections, and you can access them for free by typing "Stocks for Dividend Seekers" in the search box on our website. Log in and check the list: