Apple recently revealed their new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Some folks are saying the “s” stands for Same and the “c” stands for Cheap, 😆 But joking aside I think the mobile market will be one of the best places to make money in the future for those who invest today.
Step 1: Research
This is when you read media releases, statistics, analysis, and other information about mobile phones to gather facts and decide whether you want to invest in this space or not. Over 6.6 billion mobile phones will be in use by the end of 2017, according to CCS Insight. Most of them will likely be smartphones. Tablets are also expected to grow in sales over time. Mobile advertising will inevitably also benefit from this trend. The global ad market for mobile devices is estimated to be $11.4 billion this year, and is expected to be $24.6 billion in 2016, according to statista.com.
A common misconception is all the future mobile phone growth will come from emerging markets since developed countries have already reached market saturation. Fiddlesticks! A report by Google shows that only 56% of Canadians have a smart phone today, which is an amazing increase from 33% in 2012, but there is clearly more room for growth 🙂
Step 2: Take Action and Profit
Once you’ve decided to invest in the mobile market it’s time to pick a strategy. Personally I like the idea of holding three particular stocks: Apple, Google, and Qualcomm. And slowly increase my positions in them over time. Apple’s iPhones and iPads represent a large part of the market. Google is very deeply entrenched in this space as well. With the purchase of Motorola, and its close partnership with Samsung Google’s Android platform has become very popular, very quickly. Google will also benefit from the ad revenue growth. In 2011 iPhones were super popular and AAPL shareholders were very happy. This year however Android devices are the hip thing to buy so AAPL has gone down, and GOOG has outperformed brilliantly.
We don’t know which company will dominate in future years, but we can predict with a good amount of certainly that the overall mobile market will grow. Therefore, if we own both leading players, then it doesn’t matter if one steals market share from the other, because we won’t lose out on anything, and will ultimately benefit from the industry as a whole 😀 I currently have 3 shares each of AAPL and GOOG. I plan to buy 2 more shares of AAPL later this year to lower my ACB. In the future if GOOG drops in price, I will do the same, etc.
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Qualcomm develops much of the technology that goes into smart phones. They have patents on 3G and 4G networks, and they engineered the CDMA standard. Their revenue comes from royalty streams. In other words, they get paid whenever someone buys a new phone using their technology, which is pretty much every new smart phone out there. I currently don’t own any QCOM, but plan to buy 30 shares in November to complete my mobile trinity. Over time we’ll see if my 3 stock plan works out 🙂
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