Let's be frank for a minute. After the pain and suffering
caused by the global financial crisis, not to mention the losses
many investors experienced, a lot of people still feel
disillusioned with Wall Street.
Maybe you're one of them. I don't blame you if that's the
After all, the crisis we experienced wasn't some unpredictable
market anomaly that was entirely unpreventable.
It was a house of cards built by large banks, risky traders
and short-sighted government policies that came crashing down on
our heads. And while some of the culprits have paid the price for
their mistakes (Lehman Brothers, Bernie Madoff... to name a few),
others got away largely scot-free.
#-ad_banner-#But if you're one of the many investors who has
used this painful experience as an excuse to sit out of the
market, my advice to you is stop. It's one of the worst mistakes
you could make with your portfolio. In fact, I would argue that
if the events of the financial crisis taught us anything, it's
how incredibly important it is for individual investors to take
charge of their own portfolios.
Now, many investors are doing just that. They're doing their
homework, looking for opportunities to buy solid stocks, and
hoping the incredible rally we've experienced during the past few
years can continue.
That's great, but it's not enough.
You see, when most people think of investing, they think of
the stock market, which is valued at about $36.6 trillion
Now, that's a lot of money.
But few people realize that there is a much bigger market out
there -- one that's valued at over $790 trillion, 21 times more
than the stock market.
In fact, The Economist calls it "the biggest financial
exchange you have never heard of."
The reality is that the stock market is only a tiny portion of
the whole financial system. And when it comes to the Wall Street
investment banks, hotshot traders and brokerage houses... stocks
aren't their main source of income.
Instead, a large portion of their profits come from a category
of investments known as derivatives. These are various types of
"bets" -- what interest rates will be next month... where fuel
prices will trade at... or even stock prices themselves -- that
had a large part in bringing the system to the brink of collapse
in the first place.
Many of these derivatives serve a purpose. They allow
airlines, for example, to hedge against rising fuel prices, and
they protect farmers from falling crop prices or bad weather.
But many of the bets being placed in this behind-the-scenes
market are nothing short of downright risky.
Who is placing these "derivative" bets? Maybe hotshot
traders... or Wall Street's wealthy clients. Some of them with
perhaps more money than common sense.
This market is just a huge casino where they can place bets on
the off chance of hitting some large jackpot to them. These
people love taking risks and would feel equally at home in Las
And in most cases, Wall Street firm will simply take their
money like a dealer collecting bets from the gaming table.
I don't know about you, but I'd rather be on the dealer's side
of this transaction. And I'll explain how
my readers and I are doing just that
For instance, I've discovered "bets" being made that
stock price will drop from $1,145 per share to $285 per share
within a week.
That constitutes a 75% loss. That's just ridiculous. But
what's even crazier is that some of these people have wagered as
much as $3,600 on this happening.
To show you how unlikely this bet is, consider that Google has
been around for 26 years and is the world's no. 1 search engine.
It makes over $40 billion a year, mainly from advertising
revenue. So short of an unprecedented global disaster, I don't
see how its share price could possibly drop 75% in a few
That's too bad for the folks making these foolish bets.
They'll most likely lose the $3,600 they've put down on this
wager. And one of the high-powered brokerage houses on Wall
Street will be more than happy to take their money by taking the
other side -- the safe side -- of this risky wager.
But instead of leaving it to "the house" to profit from this
casino-like behavior, my readers and I are getting in on the
How do we do this?
Simply put, rather than leaving it to the bankers on Wall
Street to make all the money from this activity, we step in and
collect the money being lost on these bets instead.
My colleagues around the office have a funny term they use for
what we're doing.
They call it the "Hestla Heist."
Now, I know it sounds like this is something that might be
illegal. But it isn't.
It's been legal since the 1970s. It's the easiest way for
ordinary folks like you and me to pocket a few hundred, or even a
few thousand dollars without doing much work.
The first thing you should know about this "heist" is that
it's being done on Wall Street every day. It doesn't involve
anything like reading technical chart patterns, sophisticated day
trading techniques, or anything like that. And when I say
"heist," I'm not describing any form of theft or robbery,
This type of "heist" is both ethical and legal. I have no
reservations using it.
Neither should you.
As Jonathan Poland, a Washington, D.C.-based investment
analyst, confided: "It's about as close to free money as you'll
ever get in your entire life."
This tactic often lets us jump ahead of the big Wall Street
firms and get away with a cut of their profits before they even
know what happened. And that's why we call it the "Hestla
The bottom line is that individual investors need to reclaim
their portfolios. If history is any guide, we simply can't afford
to rely on Wall Street, our financial advisors, or the mainstream
media to tell us where and
By using simple strategies like the "Hestla Heist," my readers
are able to do just that.