5 Marijuana ETFs You Can Invest In Today

Until April Exchange Traded Fund investors only had one legitimate option, the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ), if they wanted to invest in the marijuana industry. But in April the AdvisoreShares Pure Cannabis ETF (YOLO) began trading. Then in July, the industry saw a marijuana boom when three new ETFs focused on the controversial industry began trading. On July 9th The Cannabis ETF (THCX) began trading, then the 23rd saw the Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF (CNBS) begin trading and finally on the 25th the Cambria Cannabis ETF (TOKE) opened for business.

Before we get into the differences of each ETF, I wanted to let everyone know that for the most part, all five of these ETFs are rather easy to buy. In the past when I have written about the marijuana ETFs, I often mentioned the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (HMMJ) which is actually traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Thus for U.S. investors, it can be difficult to purchase this fund unless you have an account which allows trading on foreign exchanges and in my experience, most retail investors don’t have those types of accounts.

I know these five are all easy to buy because I actually bought all five of them. I have two different brokerage accounts, one with Merrill Lynch and one with TD Ameritrade. The TD account allowed me to purchase all five ETFs with absolutely no issues and the Merrill Lynch account allowed me to buy MJ no problem. However, the Merrill Lynch account required that I call in and have a Merrill Lynch representative assist with the purchase of YOLO, THCX, CNBS, and TOKE, but not because they were marijuana ETFs but because they were thinly traded or had small asset bases.

So, let’s take a look at the five US listed marijuana ETFs and see what makes them different. Continue reading "5 Marijuana ETFs You Can Invest In Today"

Former Canopy CEO Loves This Stock

CEOs have an insider’s view that is second to none. When they talk, it pays to listen closely. They drop clues that can be used to find great investments. That’s what happened last week with a rock star CEO in the cannabis industry.

Bruce Linton founded Canopy Growth Corp (CGC, WEED) in 2013. Back then, Canopy was only worth $100 million – but in the next six years, Linton grew Canopy into a $15 billion global juggernaut and the largest cannabis company in the world. That’s one of the fastest growth rates in the history of the stock market. It made early investors rich and Linton was widely considered the Pied Piper of the global cannabis industry.

If the cannabis industry had a rock star CEO – it was Bruce Linton. His insight and connections in the cannabis industry are unparalleled. That’s why it came as such a big surprise last week when Constellation Brands (STZ), which owns 38% of Canopy, fired Linton. After the news hit the wire, Linton quickly called into CNBC and dropped a hot investment tip about one of his favorite cannabis companies that cannabis investors need to know about.

Kevin O’Leary, the billionaire investor famous for his role on NBC’s Shark Tank, asked Linton if there were any cannabis companies he would consider investing in. Here’s what Linton said. Continue reading "Former Canopy CEO Loves This Stock"

The Second Marijuana ETF Is Now Open For Business

The AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (YOLO), the second pure play Marijuana Exchange Traded Fund began trading on Thursday, April 18th, (it would have been fun if the market had been open on April 20th). The fund is a direct competitor to the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ), the only other US traded marijuana ETF.

(It should be noted that the AdvisorShares Vice ETF (ACT) also is heavily invested in marijuana and cannabis stocks, but it also has a large percentage of its portfolio in tobacco and alcohol-related business, which have no connection to the marijuana industry).

The two funds will be direct competitors, but not because they are investing in the same companies due to the differences in each fund’s principal investing strategy based on their ‘Fund Prospectus,’ but solely because they are the only two ETF’s primarily focusing on cannabis-related businesses.

YOLO’s fund prospectus states the following; Continue reading "The Second Marijuana ETF Is Now Open For Business"

Cannabis Stocks With Impressive Dividend Yields

For dividend investors, the cannabis sector looks pretty scary.

This high-growth sector has a reputation for extreme volatility, unpredictable earnings reports, and mega-acquisitions that can stress the balance sheet.

While these traits hold true for a large segment of the cannabis sector, what many investors don’t realize is that there is a hidden class of cannabis stocks that completely buck the trend.

These undercover cannabis stocks offer more share price and earnings stability than the traditional cannabis stock. More important – they are also excellent dividend payers.

3 of the Best Cannabis Dividend Stocks

These three dividend payers all have unique qualities:

  • The first pays a 5.4% dividend that is a 150% premium to the S&P 500’s 1.8% dividend yield.
  • The second has grown its dividend by more than 200% in the last two years.
  • The third has a low dividend payout ratio of 58%, making it highly reliable.

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Florida's Largest Cannabis Player Set to Expand

Florida’s cannabis market is about to be unleashed and I think this early industry leader is ready to cash in on the booming trend.

Back in 2016, Florida created a law that restricted state cannabis companies to operating 25 dispensaries. That cap was designed to expand as the number of medical cannabis patients increased. Today, the cap stands at 35.

However, in a recent and major legal victory, this cap is about to be wiped out.

The largest cannabis company in Florida now plans to expand from 27 dispensaries to 49.

This sets the stage for this early industry leader, and Florida’s cannabis market to accelerate big time. That’s really saying something, because Florida is already one of the fastest-growing cannabis markets in the US, seeing huge gains in 2018. Continue reading "Florida's Largest Cannabis Player Set to Expand"