“You really could retire on this one stock* — even if you’re already in your 60s!”

De-Teasing Nicholas Vardy's "Freeform Fabrication" pick

By Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, December 11, 2012

You might notice that asterisk in the headline — Nicholas Vardy’s publisher, Roger Michalski, used the asterisk to note that he’s only releasing this “one stock” to the first 500 people to sign up … I’ll use the asterisk to tell you something else:

*not really

Sometimes people do “retire on one stock” — but I’m guessing it’s a very, very small percentage of the folks who try to retire on one stock. One great pick might make your retirement far more luxurious, but I’d say that you ought to be prepared to have your patience tried by a stable of weak nags while you try to develop that one brilliant stallion.

Sorry, my daughter’s into horses right now. (And no, she’s not getting one for Christmas. Thankfully, I have inside intelligence that Santa does not deal with live animals.)

Anyway, Vardy has occasionally teased and touted a few ideas that sounded interesting to us here at Gumshoe HQ, so we thought it would at least be worth a gander if he’s that confident in one pick … so what is it?

“The inside track on a world-changing innovation like this comes along once every century, if that…

“It’s what every investor dreams of…

“One great stock pick — and sayonara, baby!

“The problem is, it has historically taken decades for shares of a quality company to build into something you could retire on.

“Sure, if you’d bought early in life, Westinghouse, GE, AT&T, Ford, IBM, and many others could’ve made you rich by now…

“But who’s got a lifetime to wait nowadays?

“After 15 years of a totally flat market (when adjusted for inflation), tens of millions of Americans don’t have time to “buy and hold” anymore.

“They plan on retiring soon, and may not have anywhere near enough money to do it.

“But if you’re one of these folks, don’t panic just yet — because something very interesting has been happening in the market in recent years…

“A certain type of company has been banking ‘sayonara’ type gains exponentially faster!”

Hard to blame Vardy’s marketers for wanting to catch the attention of the most worried of investors — the baby boomers whose portfolios aren’t ready for retirement — they are, after all, the target market for pretty much every investment newsletter (and if we were organized enough to have a target market here at Stock Gumshoe, I’m sure it would be much the same). So we’ll take his stories on ever-faster millions made with past investments in Boeing, Microsoft or Apple at opportune times with a grain of salt, remember that big busts come with the territory when you’re making big bets, and try to figure out which pick he’s teasing.

He does, thankfully, toss out some clues for us … but first, I can’t resist sharing just a bit more of the hype with you:

“With just this one stock — in just five years — you could make up for a lifetime of missed Boeings, Microsofts, and Apples ….

“I’m talking about getting in early on sound public companies that are destined to be innovators in transformational technologies…

“… identifying these companies early is a lot easier said than done.

“But not for you, it isn’t. At least not today.

“In just a moment, I’m going to draw back the curtain on a small American company that has already cemented itself as a pioneer…

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“In a revolutionary new industry that’s going to change the way almost everything is made — everywhere on Earth….

“… in my objective opinion, the company I’m talking about is one of those rare “sayonara” stocks investors may see only once in their lives.

“The kind that could realistically score you 60, 70 — even up to 100 times your money or more…

“As quickly as the next five years.

“Think about it: Even if you’re already in your 60s, a score like that could take you from “zero” to “multimillionaire” before you get your first Social Security check!

“Though I have no doubt it’ll soon be GE-sized, this company is still relatively small…

“So it would be totally unethical of me to broadcast its name in this alert.

“Why?

“Because the evidence you’re about to see is so persuasive that millions of investors would pour billions into this stock if this bulletin went viral…

“Which would send this company’s share price into the stratosphere.”

Even if this turns out to be a stock I like, I’ll take the “under” on “will you make 100X your money in the next five years” … but that’s not what we look for here at Stock Gumshoe, of course, we try to look past the hypetastic promise and see if there’s a real stock with real potential hiding under there. After all, even the more pedestrian goal of doubling your money in five years is probably going to mean you’re beating the market.

So what exactly is Michalski teasing as Nicholas Vardy’s pick for us?

“Get in position AHEAD of a manufacturing innovation that’s more revolutionary than the assembly line”

Uh oh. Sounds like we’ve got yet another in the long line of 3D printing teasers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

He uses the same kind of imagery that most teasermeisters use while pitching the dream of 3D printing — instant creation of custom parts, as with a new aluminum wheel for your pickup truck that’s made in the back room while you wait….

“Very soon, instead of being shipped in from giant Asian manufacturing centers, at great expense to consumers and the environment…

“All manner of things — even surprisingly complex machines — are going to be made to order in minutes, on the spot, all across America.

“It’s like something out of a science fiction movie. Only this is real.

“It’s called ‘freeform fabrication.’

“Actually, because this technology is so new and cutting-edge, it’s called by several different names…

“But I think ‘freeform fabrication’ is the most fitting description of what it does.”

And then we get a good spiel about the technology itself, which is indeed very cool and which we’ve written about plenty of times before as the leading stocks really caught the fancy of investors over the past year or so:

“A quantum leap in the way things are made — and a seismic shift in the dynamics of global commerce

“To truly appreciate the impact freeform fabrication will soon have on our lives, I’ve got to give you the “Readers’ Digest” version of how it works.

“Like I said earlier, this process is still in the developmental phase. It’s being done in a bunch of different ways, which vary based on the materials being used.

“But in all of these variations, freeform fabrication has the advantage of being an additive manufacturing process — not a subtractive one….

“… freeform fabrication CAN make semi-hollow or intricate shapes-within-shapes — with unprecedented precision. For instance, this process can make lengths of chain without having to assemble it from links!

“The key to this is in the ‘additive’ nature of freeform fabrication.

“With this revolutionary new technology, successive layers of material are added to each other…

“Until the piece being made reaches the exact dimensions and specifications of the computerized blueprint guiding the process….

“a LOT of things will be cheaper and more readily available than ever before — and the dynamics of global commerce will be turned upside down.

“To speak plainly: China will no longer have such a stranglehold on manufacturing.”

And then we get a few clues about which of the 3D companies he’s touting:

“… a U.S. firm that could become the ‘Google’ of freeform fabrication….

“The U.S. firm he’ll reveal to you in Five Years to “Sayonara” is in the process of merging with a foreign rival that’ll give it access to 70 new markets abroad…

“Beyond that, this company’s got deals lined up with THREE major automakers — plus Caterpillar, Honeywell, Xerox, 3M, and tons more.

“Their technology is tip-of-the-spear, too. In fact, they recently freeform fabricated a full-sized custom motorcycle.

“I’m not kidding. Nick showed me the video of