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Happy New Year!

Here are the stories about sin stocks that we’re tracking for 2019…

Marijuana Sin Stocks: The 2018 Growth Story… Will It Continue Into 2019?

The biggest growth trend right now is marijuana sin stocks. No surprise there. It was the major growth story in 2018… so, will it continue into 2019?

As social attitudes change, laws change; as laws change, new opportunities arise; as new opportunities arise, the very infrastructure of the pot industry is evolving. Rapidly.

We’ll be there to watch it all and report on what’s happening and who is doing what.

Beer: Quest For Marketshare

Beer-related alcohol sin stocks are tapped out. Craft beer isn’t as exciting as it once was and there aren’t a lot of new markets for them to enter now. So, what should they do?

More consolidations are possible but not likely, as the major players are as widely and deeply invested and continuously dealing with monopolistic rules. Beer manufacturers will likely explore other ways to get beer drinkers to drink more, and they may explore other types of drinks, from pot-flavored beer to non-alcoholic beer to partnerships with pot stocks.

Shareholders demand growth and beer companies are scrambling to find it.

Vaping Is The New Smoking

2018 was unofficially the year of the vape. We saw more people vaping, more vaping stores pop up, and an increase in casual vaping references in pop culture (which is the surest sign of acceptability).

As vaping grows in acceptance, more and more tobacco sin stocks will explore how to get more people vaping—including those who might not normally pick up a regular cigarette, as well as vaping as a way to get the trying-to-quit-smoking people to switch and remain customers.

The trend to watch here is not so much about innovation but about deepening the acceptance and userbase, while more cigarette manufacturers try to expand their presence in the vaping part of the industry.

Defense Stocks Rising

Don’t expect this one to go away. 2019 will NOT be the year of peace and tranquility

As global conflicts continue in the middle east, and as North Korea, China, and Russia relationships continue to wax and wane with America, AND as illegal immigrants continue to generate headlines in America, we’ll see pressure on military response… which means a potential increase in Don’t defense stock values.

Further adding to an increase in upward price pressure will be the ramp up to the 2020 US Presidential elections as Trump makes strategic moves as President maintain a strong military as part of any presidential campaign promises he may make (if he plans to run).

Economic Volatility And Its Impact On Sin Stocks

This past Christmas Eve, the stock market posted its worse-ever Christmas Eve drop. The following trading day, the stocks came roaring back…for a short time.

Economists and politicians have been warning of an impending slump and although we didn’t think it was going to happen in 2017 or 2018 when the most dire of the pessimists thought it could happen, we may see it in 2019… especially if volatility continues the way it is.

As a result, sin stocks will be impacted, and we’re thinking that they may be impacted in the usual ways:

Some of the higher end brands may see a downward tick as people tighten their budgets and count their pennies, while lower end brands may remain more stable (assuming their other costs are in line).

And, even though gambling sin stocks are the ugly duckling of the sin stocks world right now, we may find that people turn to them as mini indulgences, just as they did in 2008.

We at Sin Stocks Report are also speculating a rise in pot stock prices if the economy tanks, as people turn to this new indulgence that wasn’t as readily available in the last Recession.

Additionally, crime sin stocks (like private prisons) and financial sin stocks (like payday loan companies) could both be positively impacted by an economic downturn.

We also think that the bloom has faded from the Ethical Investing trend; it’s still there and still HUGE but people are not talking about it as much as the economic woes force investors to adjust their viewpoints and focus more on returns and less on making a statement.

Summary

What does the year hold? We could see growth in pot sin stocks and defense sin stocks, we’ll likely see tweaks and adjustments in alcohol sin stocks and cigarette sin stocks… and an economic downturn will add a layer of complexity that could ultimately help sin stock investors win even more if they invest strategically.

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