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Why Investing in Penny Stocks in 2021 is Unlike Any Other Time

Buying penny stocks in 2021? Here’s why this year is unlike any other
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What’s Different About Penny Stocks This Year Vs. Years Prior 

2021 is a year unlike any other for both penny stocks and blue chips. If you’re reading this, you likely have spent the last year and a half parked on a couch waiting for the pandemic to end. 

And with vaccine rates higher than ever, we are only just seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Outside of the pandemic, 2021 has been a banner year for penny stocks. If we add in factors such as the influence of social media, new trading platforms, and major external events at play, we see that volatility has never been higher. 

Yes, volume and the market have both been low in the past two months. But before this, we saw many penny stocks and blue chips hit all-time highs. We can’t expect these gains to happen forever right? This natural ebb and flow is what makes investing interesting. And, it gives the potential to make big gains (and losses), no matter what the market is doing. 

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If you’re a pro-trader, you may know how to use these factors to your advantage, but if you’re new to trading, they could help you to think outside of the box. Because penny stocks are highly speculative, knowing what’s going on in the world will always be your best chance at staying ahead. 

No matter what type of trade you are, thoroughly understanding what aspects are at play in the market, and how they may affect the trajectory of individual stocks or industries as a whole, is key. With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at why investing in penny stocks in 2021 is unlike any other time.

3 Things That Are Affecting Penny Stocks Right Now 

  1. The Influence of Social Media on Penny Stocks
  2. The Democratization of Trading Platforms
  3. Extraordinary Factors At Play in 2021

The Influence of Social Media on Penny Stocks 

Social media has become one of the largest influences on the trajectory of penny stocks. While this was not the case a few years ago, this year, it has become commonplace. The most popular social media sites where penny stocks are discussed remain Reddit and Twitter. Aptly named Reddit penny stocks; are the talk of the town, and often result in large double or even triple-digit percentage gains. 

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We’ve seen this with the likes of GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) and more recently, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AMC). To understand this, we have to consider that there are more traders now than ever before (we’ll get into this later). And because of this, more retail traders are coming together to invest collectively. This has resulted in the terms Reddit penny stocks (mentioned above), and now, meme penny stocks. Both of these apply to highly talked about stocks on social media. 

One thing to keep in mind is that when a stock becomes one of these, it often is subject to greater volatility than without it. This makes sense as volume climbs while prices either increase or decrease dramatically. To stay ahead of the game, investors should research which penny stocks are being discussed on these platforms. This is the best way to understand which companies may be your best options. But overall, remember that the influence of social media on penny stocks is likely not going anywhere anytime soon. 

The Democratization of Trading Platforms 

The democratization of trading platforms is not something that is new in 2021, but it is a process that has rapidly come to fruition during the past year. While Robinhood has been around since mid-2013, it only became a major brokerage for traders in the past few years. And, during that time, it still had to compete to find legitimacy against major firms like E-Trade and others. 

But, after doing so successfully, and being one of the first to offer commission-free trades to all, Robinhood became commonplace. Flash forward to 2020/2021, retail traders quickly rose to fame. And this culminated with the GME trading mentioned above. Traders had never witnessed an event like this, and because of that, non-institutional investors quickly earned themselves a place in the stock market. 

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Because Robinhood is so easy to use, just about anyone with access to a bank account can trade. This has opened the market up substantially, adding billions in capital throughout. But, it also comes with greater volatility for both penny stocks and blue chips. Again, we have to refer back to the GME trade. This was the first time that a blue-chip had been affected so heavily by traders coming together. 

While penny stocks are known to be volatile, blue chips are typically less so. Additionally, we see this with Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) and others. While this should not serve to scare you out of investing, it should help to show that the market is changing. With that in mind, the democratization of trading is now in full effect. 

Extraordinary Factors At Play in 2021

2021 has been a banner year for uncertainty. It’s obvious that Covid has had a major effect on the stock market. When Covid began back in early 2020, the market took a big downturn. However, a few months later, the market picked back up quickly. And for the six months or so following that period, both penny stocks and blue chips hit all-time highs. Following that time frame up to now, the market has been extremely volatile and low-volume. 

And for the majority of the time, trends have been mostly negative. But, moving into the Summer, investors are excited about the potential of new positive trends. Additionally, we have to account for the effect of retail traders such as those on Reddit, Twitter, and Robinhood. Penny stocks on Reddit and Robinhood have become extremely popular in the past few months. 

extraordinary penny stocks

Following the GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) rally a few months ago, we witnessed a paradigm shift in the stock market. This shift occurred when retail traders discovered their power to have an influence on the market. While this is not a concern, it is something to consider for investors of all types. Right now however, Covid and social media are two of the largest impacting factors on both the stock market at large and penny stocks in specific. With that in mind, investors should keep these two things in mind moving forward. 

Is Investing in Penny Stocks in 2021 For You?

Investing in penny stocks is all about understanding what type of investor you are. Are you looking for a long-term stock to hold? Or are you looking to make short-term gains? These questions alone should help you to decide which penny stocks are right for you.

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At the end of the day, it also takes a proper trading education and a commitment to understanding the ebbs and flows of the market. With all of this in mind, is investing in penny stocks in 2021 for you?

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COVID-19 may never go away, but practical herd immunity is within reach

It is unlikely that we will reach full herd immunity for COVID-19. However, we are likely to reach a practical kind of herd immunity through vaccination.

The level of immunity needed — either through vaccination or infection — for practical herd immunity is uncertain, but may be quite high. (Shutterstock)

When people say that we won’t reach “herd immunity” to COVID-19, they are usually referring to an ideal of “full” population immunity: when so many people are immune that, most of the time, there is no community transmission.

With full herd immunity, most people will never be exposed to the virus. Even those who are not vaccinated are protected, because an introduction is so unlikely to reach them: it will sputter out, because so many others are immune — as is the case now with diseases like polio and mumps.

The fraction of the population that needs to be immune in order for the population to have “full” herd immunity depends on the transmissibility of the virus in the population, and on the control measures in place.

It is unlikely we’ll reach full herd immunity for COVID-19.

For one thing, it appears that immunity to COVID-19 acquired either by vaccination or infection wanes over time. In addition, SARS-CoV-2 will continue to evolve. Over time, variants that can infect people with immunity (even if this only results in mild disease) will have a selective advantage, just as until now selection has mainly favoured variants with higher transmission potential.

Electron micrograph of a yellow virus particle with green spikes, against a blue background.
The B.1.1.7 variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Over time, variants of concern will likely continue to emerge. NIAID, CC BY

Also, our population is a composition of different communities, workplaces and environments. In some of these, transmission risk might be high enough and/or immunity low enough to allow larger outbreaks to occur, even if overall in the population we have high vaccination and low transmission.

Finally, SARS-CoV-2 can infect other animals. This means that other animal populations may act as a “reservoir,” allowing the virus to be reintroduced to the human population.

Practical herd immunity

Nonetheless, we are likely to reach a practical kind of herd immunity through vaccination. In practical herd immunity, we can reopen to near-normal levels of activity without needing widespread distancing or lockdowns. This would be a profound change from the situation we have been in for the past 18 months.

Practical herd immunity does not mean that we never see any COVID-19. It will likely be with us, just at low enough levels that we will not need to have widespread distancing measures in place to protect the health-care system.

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What level of immunity (either through vaccination or infection) we need for practical herd immunity is uncertain, but it may be quite high. The original strain of SARS-CoV-2 was highly transmissible and transmission is thought to be higher still for some variants of concern.

Empty vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine
To achieve two-thirds immunity, 90 per cent of the eligible population would need to be vaccinated or infected naturally. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The amount of immunity we need will also depend on what level of controls we are willing to maintain indefinitely. Continued masking, contact tracing, symptomatic and asymptomatic testing and outbreak control measures will mean we will require less immunity than we would without these in place.

Some estimates suggest that we may need two thirds of the population to be protected either by successful vaccination or natural infection. If 90 per cent of the population is eligible for vaccination, and vaccines are 85 per cent effective against infection, we can obtain this two thirds with about 90 per cent of the eligible population being vaccinated or infected naturally.

The United Kingdom has already exceeded these rates in some age groups. Higher rates are even better, because there is still uncertainty about the level of transmissibility and vaccine efficacy against infection (although research shows they are very good against severe disease). We don’t want to discover that we do not have enough immunity through vaccination and have another serious wave of infection.

Emerging variants

A sticker reading 'I'm COVID-19 vaccinated' from Vancouver Coastal Health
Booster vaccinations will hopefully allow us to maintain long-term practical herd immunity against future variants of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Higher vaccine uptake will mean there are fewer infections before we reach practical herd immunity. The remaining unvaccinated individuals will be safer, protected indirectly by the immunity of those around them. Outbreaks will be smaller and rarer, and there will be fewer opportunities for vaccine escape variants to arise and spread.

That said, variants of SARS-CoV-2 will continue to emerge, and selection will favour variants that escape our immunity. Vaccine developers will continue to broaden the spectrum of the vaccines that are available, and boosters will hopefully allow us to maintain long-term practical herd immunity.

It’s possible that an immune escape variant will emerge that is severe enough, and transmissible enough, that it will cause a new pandemic for which we do not have even practical herd immunity. But barring that, while we may not be free of COVID-19, we can be confident that in the not-too-distant future it will be manageable when we return to near-normal life.

Caroline Colijn's research group receives funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Genome British Columbia, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canada 150 Research Chair program of the Federal Government of Canada.

Paul Tupper's research group receives funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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UK Government Adviser Says Mask Mandates Should Continue “Forever”

UK Government Adviser Says Mask Mandates Should Continue "Forever"

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

A UK government adviser and former Communist Party member Susan Michie says that mask mandates and social distancing should…



UK Government Adviser Says Mask Mandates Should Continue "Forever"

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

A UK government adviser and former Communist Party member Susan Michie says that mask mandates and social distancing should continue “forever” and that people should adopt such behaviour just as they did with wearing seatbelts.

Michie, who is a Professor of Health Psychology at UCL and a leading member of SAGE, said such control measures should become part of people’s “normal” routine behaviour.

"Vaccines are a really important part of pandemic control but it is only one part. [A] test, trace and isolate system, [as well as] border controls, are really essential. And the third thing is people’s behaviour. That is, the behaviour of social distancing, of… making sure there’s good ventilation [when you’re indoors], or if there’s not, wearing face masks, and [keeping up] hand and surface hygiene."

"We will need to keep these going in the long term, and that will be good not only for Covid but also to reduce other [diseases] at a time when the NHS is [struggling]… I think forever, to some extent…"

"I think there’s lots of different behaviours that we have changed in our lives. We now routinely wear seatbelts – we didn’t use to. We now routinely pick up dog poo in the parks – we didn’t use to. When people see that there is a threat and there is something they can do to reduce that [to protect] themselves, their loved ones and their communities, what we have seen over this last year is that people do that."

Michie’s comments once again emphasize how many scientific advisers have become drunk on COVID-19 power and never want to relinquish it.

“Unsurprisingly, Channel 5 News made absolutely no effort to scrutinise these claims. The programme’s presenter raised no objection to the idea that mask-wearing and social distancing could continue “forever”, resorting only to friendly laughter,” writes Michael Curzon.

“Professor Michie’s co-panellist, a fellow scientist at UCL, Dr Shikta Das, said:

“I think Susan has made a very good point here,” adding that the vaccine roll-out has created a “false sense of security”.

She concluded:

“I don’t think we are yet ready to unlock.”

How’s all that for balance!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Michie is known to be a long-time Communist hardliner and was so zealous in her beliefs she garnered the nickname “Stalin’s nanny.”

Her sentiment echoes that of fellow government adviser Professor Neil Ferguson, who once acknowledged that he was surprised authorities were able to “get away with” the same draconian measures that Communist China imposed at the start of the pandemic.

“[China] is a communist one-party state, we said. We couldn’t get away with [lockdown] in Europe, we thought… and then Italy did it. And we realised we could,” said Ferguson.

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Venezuela Says US Sanctions Blocking COVID Vaccines: ‘Global Health System’ As Geopolitical Weapon

Venezuela Says US Sanctions Blocking COVID Vaccines: ‘Global Health System’ As Geopolitical Weapon

Authored by Brett Wilkins via via,

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez has accused the US-backed international financia



Venezuela Says US Sanctions Blocking COVID Vaccines: 'Global Health System' As Geopolitical Weapon

Authored by Brett Wilkins via via,

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez has accused the US-backed international financial system of blocking the country's access to Covid-19 vaccines under the COVAX program, even though Venezuela has paid all but $10 million of the $120 million it owes.

Appearing in a televised address, Rodríguez said Venezuela was unable to pay the remaining $10 million because it was being blocked from transferring funds to the Switzerland-based GAVI Vaccine Alliance, which directs COVAX. "The financial system that also hides behind the U.S. lobby has the power to block resources that can be used to immunize the population of Venezuela," she said.

Via Reuters

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted a letter from COVAX stating that it "received notification from UBS Bank" that four payments, totaling just over $4.6 million, were "blocked and under investigation."

Arreaza said that "Venezuela has paid all of its commitments," adding that "the bank has arbitrarily blocked" the country's final payments and calling the situation "a crime."

The vice president and foreign minister's remarks follow accusations from Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro last week that "organizations of US imperialism" are engaged in an effort to stop vaccine producers from selling doses to the country.

"Venezuela might be the only country in the world that is subject to a persecution against its right to freely purchase vaccines," said Maduro, according to Venezuelanalysis. "Venezuela is besieged so that it cannot buy vaccines."

A mural in Caracas symbolically shows Venezuela and Russia uniting to defeat the coronavirus, with the caption: "We will beat Covid-19 together." Image: AFP via Getty

Successive US administrations have targeted Venezuela with economic sanctions that critics say have devastated the nation's once-thriving economy and have caused tremendous suffering for the poor and working-class people whose dramatic uplift was once hailed as the great success of the Bolivarian Revolution launched under the late President Hugo Chávez. 

According to a 2019 report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a progressive think tank based in Washington, D.C., as many as 40,000 Venezuelans have died due to sanctions, which have made it much more difficult for millions of people to obtain food, medicine, and other necessities. 

Maduro also denounced the World Health Organization (WHO) for its role in delaying vaccine delivery to Venezuela. The president had expected "many millions" of the Covid-19 jabs to be delivered in July and August. "The COVAX system owes a debt to Venezuela," asserted Maduro. "We made a deposit in April and we are waiting for the vaccines."

That $64 million deposit to GAVI came after a rare deal between the Maduro administration and Juan Guaidó, the coup leader recognized by the United States and dozens of other nations as Venezuela's legitimate head of state despite never having been elected.

Adept at circumventing US interference in its affairs, Venezuela turned to China, Russia, and Cuba to launch its mass vaccination program, which aims to inoculate 70% of the population this year. Earlier this month, the country reached a deal to buy and locally manufacture the Russian EpiVacCorona vaccine. Venezuela has also already acquired about three million doses of the Russian Sputnik V and Chinese Sinopharm jabs, and last month began clinical trials on Cuba's Adbala vaccine.

Compared to other nations in the region, Venezuela has reported a very low rate of coronavirus infections and deaths. According to Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center, there have been nearly 248,000 reported cases and 2,781 deaths in the country of 28.5 million people during the ongoing pandemic. Neighboring Colombia, with just over 50 million people, has reported more than 3.6 million cases and over 94,000 deaths.

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