The Tesla trade is the best way to invest in a solution to global warming (TSLA)

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Investing in the green economy is tricky, mainly because environmentally-responsible investments are still fairly esoteric, to people who aren’t professionals or committed to doing a lot of research.

The opportunity is set to grow over the next decade, although the rate of that development is open for debate. If Joe Biden wins the Presidential election in November and the Democrats take the Senate and hold the House, a program of global-warming-fighting legislation could be the biggest story of 2021.

Outside the US, green opportunities are also picking up. In Europe, both the giant Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler are committing to widespread electrification of new vehicles, anticipating regulatory changes that could spell the beginning of the end for gas-burning cars and trucks.

Meanwhile, in China, most automakers expect the coming decade to bring market growth that could make the country the world’s leader in electrified transportation.

If you want to invest in this changeover, however, your best bet could be Tesla. 

Tesla has a track record and has shed risk in the past year

First, Tesla has a track record of rewarding investors. If you’d bought shares after the company’s 2010 IPO, you’d be sitting on a 9,200% return today. And that’s if you’d simply used your own money. If you’d bought with leverage, even at a relatively high rate of interest, the prospective amplified return is staggering.

This all happened with Tesla minting risk at a furious clip, with the stock pitching up and down like a dinghy in a hurricane, and CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter habit adding to the chaos. It also happened when Tesla was operating essentially one factory, selling one or two models at a time, struggling to validate a home-solar business, and delivering fewer than 500,000 cars a year.

Over the next couple of years, Tesla should cross that 500,000 mark, have four assembly plants online (a new US factory in Texas could join the flagship in California, as well as a plant in China and one under construction in Germany). Tesla could also be operating several battery factories by then.

The valley of mega-risk has been crossed, and because the company sells nothing but green technologies, buying shares is the obvious way to invest in a global warming solution. I’m not saying you should, mind you — just that the strategy is obvious.

Risky startups and risky traditional automakers

Other electric-car startups like Rivian, Nikola, and Lucid Motors are far riskier because they haven’t brought vehicles to market yet. On the other hand, their shares, if and when they go public, should be cheaper.

What about established automakers with electric ambitions? 

Investment professionals have been arguing for years that General Motors, now aiming to produce 22 new electrified vehicles by 2023, is horribly undervalued. But the play there is perhaps to buy GM stock with the hope that the company decides to spin off its electric business, something Wall Street has agitated for but that GM’s management has been avoiding.

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Source:: Business Insider


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