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Your ONLY Alternative

Written by Jason Williams
Posted February 7, 2022

What an interesting couple of weeks it’s been in the stock market, huh? We had one of the worst January performaces in history and watched as stocks erased nearly six months of gains.

Then the new old adage kicked in and everyone went all-out to “buy the dip.”

But then something else happened. That dip-buying rally quickly reversed course last week and markets plunged midweek.

Facebook, or Meta Platforms, was the culprit according to most of the talking heads. But really? Facebook is the reason almost every single sector on the U.S. markets dropped?

I’ve got to call BS on that. Facebook plummeted because it completely changed its business model and it’s going to take a long time before it’s making more than it's spending on that.

The rest of the market dropped because there’s a lot out there that’s likely to cause pain in the near future.

The Fed will raise rates. Maybe they’ll give us four or five hikes. Maybe we’ll get seven or eight.

It will also taper its buying activity and start to reduce its balance sheet.

Those things are certain. When all that will happen remains a little mysterious. But with other central banks already acting, ours will need to move sooner than later.

Now, a little rate hike won’t kill growth. But if growth is already slowing, as it appears to be, rate hikes could cause it to slow even more.

It’s a combination of stagnation (no growth) and inflation (you already know this one) called stagflation.

And it’s not much fun.

But you really can’t do much about it. You’re likely not a voting member of the Federal Reserve. And you’re probably not a high-powered politician.

But what you can do is protect yourself from what’s potentially heading our way: a lost decade in the stock markets.

There Is No Alternative

You hear lots of acronyms in this business. GAAP, EBITDA, TINA…

Most of them have to do with financial metrics. That last one has to do with psychology and availability.

It stands for “there is no alternative” and it’s a blatant lie passed off as investing advice to the retail world.

They say the reason everyone should be in stocks (and the reason everyone is in stocks) is because "there is no alternative."

At least, no alternative that offers the kind of potential profits stocks can deliver.

And they’re partially right. Equities used to be the only good investment option for retail investors like us…

Bonds don’t provide much growth. Options are incredibly risky. And everything else has been inaccessible for hundreds of years.

There really hasn’t been an alternative for people who actually need one.

But there’s always been an alternative for those with enough money and power.

In fact, there have been several.

Better Alternatives

And the thing is, those alternatives are actually much better than stocks…

They reduce the overall risk of your portfolio because they’re not as volatile as stocks.

Instead of relying on market trends, these investments are valued based on the strength of each individual investment on its own.

So it’s not like how when Facebook got creamed last week, every other social media stock got creamed too.

That’s because these assets have a very low correlation to traditional asset classes like stocks and bonds.

It doesn’t matter what the markets are doing. These investments move independent from that.

And the best thing about them is their ability to enhance returns. That’s financial talk for “make you more money.”

They give access to a broader universe of assets and strategies, supply diversification and safety, and aren’t controlled by the emotions of unruly packs of fools like the stock market can be (think GameStop).

They’re not only an alternative. They’re a better alternative. And they should be in your portfolio before the market really fractures.

They include things like real estate, art, other collectibles, and shares in private companies (or private equity). But that’s far from everything.

Some other alternative investments are private debt, shares in a hedge fund, physical commodities, even structured products like mortgage-backed securities.

But I’d be willing to bet my sailboat that a lot of you have no idea you could invest in those assets.

I’d also bet that those of you who did know aren’t really that sure how.

And that’s to be expected. There was literally a law on the books of the U.S government that said you weren’t allowed to invest in these.

For nearly 100 years, powerful politicians kept these alternative investments off-limits and only available to their massively wealthy donors.

In fact, I’ve written a whole report detailing the swindling of the American public. You can access that right here if you’re interested in some of the history.

It wasn’t until just recently that a loophole got slipped into legislation and snuck through Congress.

And that loophole opened those alternative investment markets to literally every adult in the country!

Now you do have an alternative to stocks.

And I want to help you get started building your alternative investment portfolio so you’re better protected against the market drama that’s almost sure to come.

Bringing Wall Street to Main Street

You see, I’ve spent my entire career immersed in the financial markets… All of them.

I learned how to evaluate companies from the best analysts in the business at Morgan Stanley. I learned how to spot trends long before the general public.

And I learned that the biggest gains almost always came from the investments that were off-limits to all but my wealthiest clients.

I saw a problem with that.

Those people didn’t need to make massive amounts of money. They already had far more than any person or even a whole family could ever spend.

But my friends and family, they actually needed that kind of help. And I saw it firsthand when the financial crisis in 2008 wiped out about half of my parents' retirement savings.

While my bosses on Wall Street were getting bailed out by the taxpayers (and getting massive bonuses from those bailouts), my parents (the actual taxpayers) got screwed.

I was disgusted.

So I left Wall Street not long after the collapse. And I made it my life’s goal to help people who really need my help.

I wanted to make sure my family and my friends never had to worry about losing everything ever again.

And that mission led me to create a first-of-its-kind advisory service completely focused on those alternative investments that made my old clients rich beyond imagination.

I call it Main Street Ventures because I see it growing into a kind of venture arm of Main Street. Eventually, I want to count every retail investor as a member.

And I want us to have the same kind of power from our collective investments as those politicians in D.C. and their billionaire keepers have had for all these decades.

So far, we’re off to a very good start…

We’ve invested in private debt and are getting a guaranteed 17% a year in interest from that.

Try getting 17% from your bank. Shoot, try getting it from a mutual fund or even a stock. It’s tough.

We’ve also made some interesting private equity investments…

We’ve got a 600% gain on shares we bought in a private technology company.

We’ve already seen one private company go through an IPO and give us a nice quick gain on our investment.

And we’re getting into some other really interesting assets in the coming months.

I’m talking about all those alternatives I mentioned before…

I’ve got ways to invest in fine art, rookie trading cards, vintage muscle cars, corporate and residential real estate…

You name it and I’m working on a way to make it an accessible investment for you.

I mention all this because I’ve recently opened up a few more spots in the Main Street Ventures community.

And I want to offer them to you first since you’ve been a loyal follower of mine here for so long.

But I ask that you let me know as soon as possible if you want one of the spots.

There’s a huge waitlist for membership. And I can’t keep these spaces on hold forever.

So if you’re interested in getting some alternatives to the stocks that could crater at any moment…

And you’d like a little help figuring out where to look and what to buy…

Join me and the thousands of others already profiting as we build our alternative investment portfolios and give ourselves downside protection, upside acceleration, and a reprieve from market volatility.

The choice is yours (and those massive profits could be too).

I really hope I see your name when I’m sending out our next alternative investment opportunity later this month.

To your wealth,

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Jason Williams

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After graduating Cum Laude in finance and economics, Jason designed and analyzed complex projects for the U.S. Army. He made the jump to the private sector as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he eventually led his own team responsible for billions of dollars in daily trading. Jason left Wall Street to found his own investment office and now shares the strategies he used and the network he built with you. Jason is the founder of Main Street Ventures, a pre-IPO investment newsletter, and co-authors The Wealth Advisory income stock newsletter. He also contributes regularly to Wealth Daily. To learn more about Jason, click here.

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