With the aftermath of yesteryear, we remain with a President who is volatile, to say the least. As we all know, the stock market is also very unstable, just like our President. So, investors now have to worry about two risky factors. The best thing we can do now is to purchase sound investments in our portfolios, while maximizing returns.
Stocks which are least prone to be affected by the political climate and changing economic environment would be ideal. Buy stocks based on fundamentals, not just policies. Here's a look at some of the companies to invest in.
AMAZON (NYSE: AMZN)
Amazon was originally an online bookstore, which turned into a ground-breaking gigantic e-commerce machine that sells pretty much everything. Now, with its original programming and line of voice-controlled devices — Alexa, Echo and Dot — the e-retail conglomerate just makes it easier for consumers to spend money.
Amazon is the leader and the future of e-commerce, regardless of who is in the White House. Over the past five years, Amazon's revenue has grown 122 percent and the stock has returned 330 percent to its shareholders.
NETFLIX (NASDAQ: NFLX)
More than 80 million people around the world, which is about three times the number of subscribers from three years ago, are using Netflix to stream movies and TV shows. Millennials and cord-cutters, who are accustomed to the ability to watch movies, TV shows and original programming on their TVs, computers, tablets and/or smart phones, deem Netflix a “must-have”. Additionally, the savings Netflix provides over traditional cable companies makes the service affordable to pretty much anybody, in all income classes.
FACEBOOK (NASDAQ: FB)
Facebook is the dominant force in social media. As of early 2017, Facebook has about 2 billion users. Mobile users are at approximately one billion and rising, which will continue to be a boost to Facebook's bottom line. Mobile accounts for 20 percent of online spending and 50 percent of digital media consumption.
The social media giant is always forward-looking, which will keep them at the forefront of the industry.
The company has yet to realize its full potential in video ads, and they just started to experiment with FB Messenger and WhatsApp monetization. The stock grew by 200 percent since its IPO four years ago.
PAYPAL (NYSE: PYPL)
PayPal is the largest online payment platform in the world. The company operates in 202 countries and supports 25 different currencies.
PayPal acts as an intermediary when you make a purchase. Funds are transferred from your PayPal account to the vendor. The vendor does not see your card number or payment information. This provides consumers with privacy and a sense of confidence while conducting online monetary transactions. This is especially true since PayPal guarantees payments and safeguards to your personal information.
On top of the safety aspects, PayPal is also very convenient and is the originator of all payment platforms. The company currently dominates the online payment market with 80 percent share of the market. Visa Checkout, MasterPass, and Amazon Payments only own about one percent, each, of the market.
UNITED NATURAL FOODS (NASDAQ: UNFI)
Healthy eating will always be in demand — regardless who is President. This includes buying and eating organic and natural foods. United Natural Foods’ sales have been steadily increasing for the past 10 years and are expected to continue on an upward trend. The company distributes organic and natural foods to stores, such as Whole Foods and Sprouts. The company’s stock has been rising with increasing volume recently.
HOME DEPOT (NYSE: HD)
Home Depot has more than 2,000 stores in the US, Canada and Mexico. The company has complete dominance over the home improvement market, which is booming. A lack of inventory in new homes has caused house prices to soar. So, people are improving their existing homes to increase their values, rather than purchasing a new one. This trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. A shortage of construction industry workers means house prices are expected to increase for the time being.
Analysts are bullish on Home Depot, and we can understand why. Sales have been solidly growing for the past five years, and the stock has been on a steady incline for the last 12 months.