Investment Forecast: Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the 'Micro Boom'

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"These little-known profit machines will separate the winners from the losers in the New Year. The 'Bakken Boom' is unfolding in North Dakota, and profit-seekers are pursuing shale oil."

Forget about "buy-and-hold" investing.

Going the total blue-chip route won't help, either.

Even that grand old investment standby—indexing—figures to be a loser in the 12 months to come.

As an investor looking to maximize your profits in the New Year, you need only understand one thing—that 2012 will be the year of the "Micro Boom."

Never heard the term before?

That's okay. . .micro-boom investing is a different kind of investing strategy for what's shaping up to be a very different kind of market.

But make no mistake: These little-known profit machines will separate the winners from the losers in the New Year.

Let me explain. . .

Micro booms are small pockets of intense growth. . .that can lead to stunning profits.

Don't confuse micro-boom investing with sector investing—they're not the same at all. Micro booms are much more focused, much more intense—and far more profitable.

Take, for instance, the "Bakken Boom."

It's unfolding in North Dakota, and is being compared to a "modern-day gold rush." But it's not gold the profit-seekers are pursuing. . .it's oil from the Bakken shale oil deposits located there.

Big Oil is investing $2B each month in pursuit of Bakken business. And the urgency is so intense that some towns in that region have seen their unemployment rate go all the way to zero.

And the Bakken Boom is just one of a half-dozen of these tectonic growth plays—some of which offer investors the chance to make five times their money. . .or even more.

But it's not enough just to identify these micro booms—to maximize profits an investor must be able to identify the biggest beneficiaries of all this growth, since those will also be the greatest profit opportunities.

In our Money Map Report "2012 Investors Forecast," we tell you all about these micro booms—and spotlight the very best investment opportunities for the New Year.

William Patalon III, Money Morning

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