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Yes, dead men do tell tales...

Posted June 28, 2021

A briefcase tethered to a lifeless body floats toward the southern Spanish coast and is intercepted by a lone fisherman.

Dragged onto the beach and inspected by Spanish soldiers, the body is identified as Major Martin, a British Royal Marines captain. In his pockets, a photograph of his fiancée, love letters, a receipt for a diamond ring, ticket stubs from a London theatre, a bill for a stay at the Naval and Military Club in London, a silver cross, and an overdraft notice from Lloyds Bank.

The briefcase contains a letter marked “PERSONAL AND MOST SECRET,” hinting at the Allied invasion plans for Southern Europe through Greece and Sardinia, citing Sicily as a decoy.

Nazi intelligence intercepts the letter and Hitler diverts troops from France and the Eastern front to Greece, choosing not to reinforce Sicily.

The only problem... It was all a ruse.

Operation Mincemeat

In early 1943, an Allied invasion of southern Europe was imminent and Sicily was the chosen spot, as it would open the Mediterranean to Allied shipping.

But it was also the most obvious location, so the Allies needed to make Hitler believe they were going to land somewhere else. They needed a secret weapon. They needed deception.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill leaned heavily on deception in World War II and thought it was the only way to win the war, saying, “Gentlemen, we have run out of money. Now we have to think.”

So they hatched a plan called Operation Mincemeat (you’ve gotta love that WWII British humor) which was carried out by the XX Committee, a secret division of MI5, Britain’s counterintelligence service. We can further attribute the plan to author Ian Fleming, who served as an assistant to the head of British Naval Intelligence before creating the James Bond novels. The Allies drew on ideas in his infamous “Trout Memo,” which lists 54 ways to lure in and deceive the enemy.

It turns out “Major Martin” was a vagrant who died from eating rat poison, and all the “pocket litter,” as spies call it, was fictitious and worn in to give the appearance of use (one man even wore the fake officer’s suit and had an affair with the aforementioned fiancée). The silver cross indicated the man was Catholic, so as to prevent the Spanish doctors from performing an autopsy that would reveal his true cause of death. The XX Committee thought of everything, and the plan worked. Two months later, Sicily was easily taken, opening Europe to the Allies.

Corkscrew Thinking

Operation Mincemeat succeeded only because of what Churchill called “corkscrew thinking,” i.e., creative problem-solving and doing more with less. Further, he knew Hitler to be a “straight-line thinker” — someone who follows a rational line of thought from point A to point B.

The XX Committee didn’t have a big budget, which meant operatives had to use their minds to deceive the Nazis, thereby helping all other operations run smoothly and ending the war sooner.

Fast-forward to today, and we need more corkscrew thinkers in our own government... especially when the former White House doctor and 13 House Republicans are now urging the president to take a cognitive test.

And now that we’re on the cusp of the greatest economic recovery in history, certain stocks are about to go gangbusters and put smart investors on the fast track to financial freedom. But finding the right investments is a challenge that can often feel as daunting as saving the free world.

That’s why you need to enlist corkscrew thinkers for help.

A New Opportunity

We consider ourselves corkscrew thinkers at the Outsider Club, as we’re willing to think outside the box to find the best companies worth your hard-earned investing dollars. And we pride ourselves on working with like-minded thinkers.

In a recovering economy, some investors think the well-known blue chips are where to park their money. Others try risky penny stocks or options. But that’s just straight-line thinking.

What investors need is a system that identifies safe companies on the verge of a blowout. It’s the opposite of what you’d expect... just what corkscrew thinkers love.

It’s fitting then that my fellow corkscrew thinker Chris DeHaemer of the investment research service Launchpad Trader has developed a new system to pinpoint under-the-radar stocks with the highest profit potential during economic recoveries.

His “VELOCITY” system identifies companies that play essential but undervalued roles in times like these. And with cumulative returns of 1,541% last year, his track record speaks for itself.

So do yourself a favor and watch his latest presentation, where he explains everything you need to know about his system, including how to turn $10,000 into $100,000 in as little as a year, with limited risk.

He’ll even give you a free stock pick just for watching!

This stands to be the greatest wealth-building opportunity of the past 100 years, but you'll need to act fast because Chris says July 4 is when these stocks will take off.

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Monday Market Movers

Here’s what I’m watching this week...

  1. Spotify (NYSE: SPOT)

    Wall Street loves subscription services, and Spotify has been killing it. It has more than 150 million paid subscribers and 90% of revenue comes from its paid services. It also offers a free service with ads, representing 10% of revenues. Spotify is well off its 52-week high, and investor sentiment is high. As a musician, I’m biased because I use the service every day. But it would be nice to see the company issue a dividend, which would put some extra value behind it.

  2. Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY)

    I’m hearing chatter about Tilray as the next Reddit short squeeze. You’ve got to take everything you see and hear with a grain of salt, but there are some positive factors at play here. First, call volume is bullish, with $18.50 and $20 calls being the most popular. Second, the Democrats filed a federal drug decriminalization bill last week with some impactful components, including expunging past records of drug-related crimes. Tilray earnings are expected August 9, so we’ll keep tracking.

  3. Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (OTC: GBTC) and Grayscale Ethereum Trust (OTC: ETHE)

    You can get exposure to cryptocurrency and limit your risk through these trust funds. They can also work as a tax tool for your retirement because you won’t incur capital gains taxes by selling individual cryptos. Even better, Ark Invest founder and CEO Cathie Wood bought one million shares of the Bitcoin trust last week. So if you’re risk-averse or don’t have the technical understanding of buying and selling cryptos, these funds are the most popular buy-and-hold strategy to play the trend.

Again, these aren’t official recommendations, but I want to start screening companies for you using my stock-selection methods. I haven’t talked much about options, but I do love a good options trade, and there are a few ways you can use options to profit whether a stock moves up or down. You just need to know whether a big move is imminent. We’ll talk more about that later...

Stay free,

Alexander Boulden
Editor, Outsider Club

After Alexander’s passion for economics and investing drew him to one of the largest financial publishers in the world, where he rubbed elbows with former Chicago Board Options Exchange floor traders, Wall Street hedge fund managers, and International Monetary Fund analysts, he decided to take up the pen and guide others through this new age of investing. Check out his editor's page here.

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