Paul Mampilly recently jumped into the marijuana debate by encouraging his newsletter subscribers to investigate marijuana-investment opportunities. More than 35 states have now legalized marijuana either for medical or recreational use. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but most supporters expect that it’s just a matter of time before the feds follow suit. Like it or not, savvy investors have an excellent opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an extremely lucrative investment.
Paul Mampilly is an investment guru and former winner of the Templeton Foundation Investment Competition. Mampilly typically makes bold predictions about economic trends and investment strategies, and his signature style for 2019 remains consistent. Mampilly now recognizes the opportunities for marijuana-related investing because many people in the United States favor cannabis products over alcohol. Mampilly predicts that one big event–such as federal legalization of recreational marijuana–could forever disrupt the alcohol market.
Paul Mampilly’s Take on Investments
Mampilly graduated from Montclair State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. In 1997, he earned a Master of Business Administration from the Fordham Graduate School of Business. His first job was assistant portfolio manager for Bankers Trust where he earned his bona fides managing multimillion-dollar hedge funds.
Mampilly joined Kinetics Asset Management as a hedge fund manager in 2006, and he helped to increase company assets to $25 billion. Barron’s named Kinetics Asset Management as one of the best hedge funds in the world.
Mampilly is now semi-retired from Wall Street, but he continues to advise small investors with his Profits Unlimited and Extreme Fortunes newsletters. He frequently contributes thought leadership pieces on investing to Banyan Hill, CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV and other high-profile media outlets.
In the past few years, Mampilly has promoted investments in the Internet of Things, millennials, biotech companies, agriculture and mining. His recent endorsement of marijuana-related investments matches his strategy of investing in the millennial sector, which actively supports marijuana legalization and cannabis products over alcohol and cigarettes.
The Marijuana Investment Landscape
In areas where marijuana has been legalized, the sale of wine and beer has decreased by 15 percent according to a 10-year study just completed in 2017. U.S. breweries had one of their worst years in 2017 when they shipped 3.8 million fewer barrels than 2016.
More and more states are legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, and products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, are legal in every state when the oil is made from hemp instead of the cannabis plant. CBD is non-psychoactive but helps people deal with muscle pain and anxiety without getting “high.” CBD is available online in hundreds of forms including tinctures, lotions, oil, bath salts and food and snack products.
The potential of CBD products for investors is phenomenal, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when compared with marijuana’s potential. People have used marijuana legally or illegally for thousands of years. Millennials typically drink less alcohol than young people of past generations. The number of college students who drink daily fell from 4.3 percent in 2016 to 2.2 percent in 2017. Much of that decrease can be attributed to the increased availability of marijuana products. Legal recreational marijuana generated $6 billion in 2016, and estimates predict the market to grow 700 percent by 2026.
Paul Mampilly recommends finding off-the-radar stocks that have the potential to generate explosive profits for those who invest early during the startup process. He also endorses the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF, which is listed on the NYSE as MJ. Mampilly believes it’s imperative to get in early before the big money arrives after legalization.
Regular Updates to Investment Strategy
Mampilly’s Profits Unlimited newsletter has more than 60,000 subscribers. More than 130,000 subscribers have used Mampilly’s investment services. Profits Unlimited ranks as one of the fastest growing financial newsletters in the world. Subscribers can get Mampilly’s bold predictions regularly to capitalize on time-sensitive opportunities.
Mampilly worked on Wall Street for impressive clients such as Deutsche Bank, ING and Kinetics International. He won a competition sponsored by the Templeton Foundation by turning $50 million into $88 million for a 76 percent increase–without shorting stocks during the middle of the financial crisis of 2008.
Profits Unlimited is published by Banyan Hill where Mampilly is a senior editor and adviser. The monthly newsletter typically includes a recommendation for one new stock and tracking information on previously recommended stocks. Mampilly doesn’t handle the investments personally, and subscribers buy any recommended stock though their own brokerage accounts. One subscriber generated profits of $45,190 by following Mampilly’s advice. Mampilly’s open portfolio, as of the date of the article, includes 11 profitable investments out of 13. 
Mampilly Experience Is Impressive
Mampilly worked his way up to become senior editor at Banyan Hill because of his extensive financial experience and track record of picking winning investments. He started his first business in 1998 using a new term that has since become popular: Behavioral Finance. The company was called Capuchinomics.
Mampilly founded multiple investment newsletters when he became tired of working for the 1 percent of the world’s wealthiest investors. His advice is now targeted to benefit the average investor who most needs and appreciates the advice.
Born in India, Mampilly moved to the United States as a young man. He has managed money for the Royal Bank of Scotland and a private Swiss bank. In addition to his duties at Banyan Hill and Profits Unlimited, Mampilly manages four elite trading services including True Momentum, Extreme Fortunes, Rapid Profit Trader and The $10 Million Portfolio.
The Nature of Investment Opportunities
Investors know that there can be just as many opportunities in losing stocks as there are in winning investments. Mampilly suggests that the biggest returns come from getting in on the ground floor before the biggest investors begin infusing companies with incredible amounts of cash. Mampilly believes–and his thesis is supported by incredible statistics–that marijuana investing is one of the hottest investments available today.
However, alcohol investing seems to be facing a bear market. Although risky, investors can earn money from bear markets. For example, alcohol-related stocks seem to be at-risk of big drops because nearly one-fourth of beer drinkers in the United States have switched to marijuana or plan to switch if it becomes legal. Ultimately, llegal cannabis is expected to steal 7 percent of the beer market.
However, giving up on the aggressive alcohol industry could be short-sighted. Many alcohol producers can read the handwriting on the wall and plan to expand into marijuana products to protect their businesses. Savvy marketers can satisfy cannabis enthusiasts today with edibles, tinctures, ointments, infused beverages, brownies, lotions, powders and vaporizers.
More than 24 million Americans bought legal marijuana in 2016, and the trend is expected to increase dramatically each year. Experts predict that a mature marijuana market would generate a new $50 billion industry in the United States. Savvy investors can find ways to make money on both sides of the equation–shorting alcohol stocks until they recover and getting in on hot new marijuana stocks.
Incredible Disruption Generates Investment Opportunities
Mampilly suggests that marijuana stocks got very hot over the last year, but they’ve got a long way to rise before they stabilize. The rise of marijuana has disrupted profits for beer, wine and spirits. Anyone can plainly see that people are drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes less than in the past. However, a growing sector is becoming interested in medical marijuana, CBD products and recreational cannabis.
People can smoke, ingest and vaporize marijuana, and startup companies are investigating ways to drink it. 35 states now offer some form of legal marijuana, and some states have completely legalized pot. Despite the history of illegality, millennials and Gen Xers have little or no problem with marijuana, and older Baby Boomers were the original Flower Power and Marijuana generation. Mampilly recommends embracing the opportunities of marijuana investing as the most logical step for building financial security over the next few years.