James Dennin, Kapitall: For those who caught our Zombie Apocalypse Index last year, read on for more macabre investing ideas.
Happy Halloween fellow Kapitallists. If Edgar Allen Poe traded securities, his portfolio would look something like this list. Behold,
if you dare
, stocks that want to eat your brains. Well, sort of.
Last year, we focused on stocks that would help you survive a zombie apocalypse. Having already covered stock picks for the survivors, we decided it was only fair to fashion a list for their sometimes misunderstood counterparts.
Hey, zombies might have as much use for a cozy nest-egg as we do. Why shouldn't the undead get the same access to investing advice as the living?
Zombies like one thing and one thing only, brains. Depending on where you look, the undead's cranial obsession is either a side effect of a rabies-like retro-virus or an ominous, Biblical warning about the dangers of tampering with God's #1 best invention.
Either way, whether you're a partisan of Max Brooks's pseudo-histories or George Romero's violent morality tales – one thing about zombies seems consistent throughout. They want to eat your brains.
Investing ideas for a zombie apocalypse
We decided to find 'brain stocks' for our undead investing aficionados. Diversification is still key, especially for zombies. If you can't die of natural causes, odds are you'll probably want to hold these stocks for a pretty long time. So we found stocks with a vested financial interest in the future of the human, and artificial brains.
Many of the companies featured are heavily involved in some ambitious government initiatives to develop a map of the human brain not unlike the results of the Human Genome Project – which mapped our DNA.
President Barack Obama announced his Human Brain Initiative last summer, which prompted concerns from conservatives about its usefulness and its costs. However, since so little is known about the brain, the President's hope is that a map will help enormously in the treatment of psychological and brain disorders.