Neil here.

We’re neck-deep in one of the year’s busiest seasons… but I can’t help but think how much different the holidays feel this year.

This time last year, many of us were gearing up for holiday travel, office parties, droves of house guests, and more.

Of course, none of that is really possible this time around, but it’s all for a good reason. I’d rather everyone stay safe and healthy this year so we can all enjoy ourselves even more next year.

Interestingly enough, there’s one thing that’s remained consistent this season: holiday shopping.

This was a crazy year for spending by all measures, especially online. On Black Friday, online shoppers spent $9 billion… an almost-22% increase from last year’s revenue.

Cyber Monday 2020 was the largest online shopping day in U.S. history, with shoppers spending $10.8 billion in holiday sales.

All-in-all, Americans are expected to spend an average of almost $1,000 on holiday expenses this year… a slight decrease from 2019, but still a significant chunk of change.

That type of spending is definitely enough to empty your pockets.

And as angel investors, it’s hard to predict if and when your startup portfolio will score you a return to replenish your funds.

It’s basically a giant waiting game. Every angel investment is a long-term thing… meaning you’ll likely be waiting years to cash out on any investment you make.

Of course, I think the wait is well worth it. And during one of the country’s most volatile economic years on record, it’s comforting to have a few longer-term investments on the backburner.

But every good angel investor knows that you shouldn’t count on startup companies as your only way of making money.

Diversifying your portfolio is one of the most important things you can do right now to supplement your angel investments.

Around the holidays, I like to take some time to review my own portfolio to make sure I’m getting the most of all the moneymaking opportunities out there.

One of my consistent favorites has been options trading. It’s fast, it doesn’t require a ton of upfront cash, and it often beats the returns you’d get from traditional stock market investments by a mile.

Trading options is risky, though. And while I’ve dabbled in investments outside of the startup world for a while, I always leave it to the best options experts to help me play these trades.

If you’re interested, I want to pass this opportunity to you guys, too.

My friend Tom Gentile hosts these incredible private Zoom calls every single Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. The people participating in these calls receive live trade recommendations that only ever involve 12 name-brand stocks.

The trades never go over 60 minutes, and they’re only executed between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Over the first 10 months of 2020, 91% of these trades that met some specific criteria were profitable, and each one has produced an average gain of 29%.

I can’t think of an easier way to dive into the world of options trading than this… and having an options whiz like Tom there to guide you can certainly help you make the most of it.

Ultimately, I’m hopeful that next year’s holiday season will be back to normal.

But until then… Keep plugging away at your angel investments as usual and consider taking advantage of some brand-new opportunities to make money in the meantime.

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Until next time,

Neil Patel