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Canopy Growth Snags New York Industrial Hemp License, Plans To Invest As Much As $150M

Canopy Growth Corp shares were surging Monday after the company received a license from the state of New York to process and produce hemp.

The Canadian company plans to establish a hemp industrial park in New York with large-scale production capabilities focused on hemp extraction and product manufacturing.

Depending on site approval, Canopy Growth said it  plans to invest between $100 million and $150 million in its New York operations and create roughly 400 new jobs…. CLICK for complete article

Enjoy it While You Can Cannabis Canada, Your Edge is Already Eroding

Once America federally legalizes, Canadian producers ‘might as well be growing tomatoes’, insiders say.

Green Growth Brands Ltd., a U.S.-based cannabis retailer with a large footprint in Nevada, was all geared up to enter the Ontario market until an unexpected announcement in mid-December by the province placed a drastic cap on the number of retail licences issued for pot shops.

Citing supply concerns, the provincial government changed its rules from handing out more than 1,000 promised licences to a mere 25, which are being be chosen using a lottery system.

“We had hoped to have 25 stores in Toronto. But now, I don’t know if we’re even going to be in Ontario…Click here for full article.

Why Gold? Why Now?

Gold will have an increasingly relevant role to play in investors’ portfolios in 2019.

This was the conclusion of the World Gold Council’s Outlook 2019 Report.

In the report, the WGC highlights three key trends it thinks will influence gold demand and price performance in the coming year…. CLICK for complete article 

What’s Up Inside Your Car?

We have written quite a lot about disruptive technology in new cars, whether they are production models, prototypes, or drawing board concepts.  As each new feature is unveiled, we usually hear some “WOWS” and also some skepticism until the feature is proven and accepted.  Once accepted, the new feature can quickly move into the “must have” category.  One current feature that is not well known is the “inward facing” camera, an innovation being considered by Cadillac, Tesla, Audi, and Volvo.  At this point, no car has this feature activated.  Clearly there are two sides to how this innovation will be viewed, and those two sides are becoming very familiar:

  1. this innovation is great because it gets to know me, help me, and make my life easier and more convenient
  2. this innovation is bad as it intrudes into my private space to discover, and potentially share or reveal, information that I consider to be private

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By now, we should all be aware of the trade-offs that technology can often introduce into our lives. Given the success of products like GOOGLE Home and AMAZON Alexa, it’s very clear that the masses are buying the “convenience” aspects of technology, even though there are many who caution us about the loss of personal privacy and the dangers of your personal information being used against you, such as Identity Theft. There are ongoing developments in the “information privacy” arena, and those technologies could also provide investment opportunities which we will assess carefully.  To get a sense of where we might be headed, click here.

So, what is it that an inward facing camera can possibly do, as it observes you and passes info along to all the vehicle systems?  For starters it can positively identify who is in the vehicle, especially in the driver’s seat, and activate all the preferred settings of this driver.  It could monitor the mood of the driver, and monitor health indicators, like glucose levels indicated in eye pupils.  For mood alteration the system could activate appropriate settings for the drive to work, like music or podcasts to motivate and energize, and on the drive home from work, activate calming music or meditative mantras.  If your health indicators go off the charts, the vehicle systems could notify your family, your doctor, the hospital, or 911 emergency services.  There are also some simple convenience issues that a camera could help with, like notifying you that items such as your wallet, computer, or phone are being left behind as you exit the vehicle.

As ever, the driving force behind many of these innovations is to discover and collect information about you, and of course there are all those Privacy Policies that each privacy invader wants you to agree to.  As mentioned above, the trade off is that they will give you some level of “convenience” and you will give them many personal insights about you and everyone else riding in your vehicle. Those personal insights will help them to advertise effectively and very soon try to sell you even more of the stuff they have designed, and will design, to make your life even more convenient.

If you want to see what vehicle technology may look like very soon, take a peek at the BYTON electric vehicle on display at the global technology conference in Las Vegas – a dashboard screen that is the size of seven I-Pads, a floating steering column screen for the driver, and a consul mounted screen for the passenger.  EV interiors have never looked as dazzling as this.

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Let Trend Disruptors be your guide to the future, as we continue to identify technology investment opportunities that can lead to financial success. Contact us at www.thetrendletter.com to find out more.

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Before the Electric Car Takes Over, Someone Needs to Reinvent the Battery

To deliver an electric vehicle that’s cheaper, safer and capable of traveling 500 miles on a single charge, the auto industry needs a breakthrough in battery technology. Easier said than done.

Scientists in Japan, China and the U.S. are among those struggling to crack the code of how to significantly boost the amount of energy a battery cell can store and bring an EV’s driving range into line with a full tank of gas. That quest has zeroed in on solid-state technology, an overhaul of a battery’s internal architecture to use solid materials instead of…Click here for full article.

 

Gold Turns Bullish On Major China Bump

The Bank of China increased it gold holdings in December for the first time since the third quarter of 2016 in major bullish news for gold bugs who are already foaming at the mouth over trade war fears, equities upsets and speculation of a pause in Fed rate hikes…. CLICK for complete article