Alan Brochstein


420 Investor

Leading expert in publicly-traded cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada with deep connections to the overall cannabis industry

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  • 30 years of investment experience
    • Began on Wall Street trading Mortgage-Backed Securities with Kidder, Peabody
    • Fixed-Income Investment Management with CS First Boston and Criterion
    • Equities Investment Management at Piedra Capital, which managed over $500mm
    • Independent research and consulting for institutional investors from 2007
    • Prolific contributor to financial website Seeking Alpha
  • Cannabis industry
    • Entry in early 2013
    • Created first online subscription based service for publicly trades stocks, 420 Investor, in late 2013
    • Publish monthly newsletter associated with 420 Investor
    • Launched B2B website New Cannabis Ventures in late 2015 to provide marketing and communications services to private cannabis companies
    • Extensive social media, including cannabis industry LinkedIn group with over 4000 members, over 10K Twitter followers and over 7K Facebook followers (all organic)
    • Proprietary index for U.S.
    • Proprietary index for Canada
  • Extensive media exposure


Northwestern University

Bachelor's Degree
1983 - 1986

Dual Degrees in Economics and in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences



Chartered Financial Analyst

CFA Institute

This company promoting "CBD Coins" based on the blockchain looks sketchy. Do you know any of these people?

Also, they are currently raising money for an ICO. But in their whitepaper, they indicate "Therefore, we work exclusively with our trusted vendor Pharmahemp, who produces high quality CBD products under strict quality criteria, working hard to ensure our products remain free of pesticides, fertilisers and other impurities." Is this company Pharmahemp one that you know?   
7/9/2018 5:26:24 AM,
Alan Brochstein replied:

No, I am not aware of this, and I concur with your skeptical view of the company.

12/13/2017 2:19:57 PM,
Alan Brochstein replied:

The valuations are high and most likely not sustainable based solely on future Canadian business, but when one factors in European and other opportunities, perhaps it's less troubling.

10/31/2017 11:33:08 AM,
Alan Brochstein replied:

I think that it tells us that Canada is the global leader and that the alcohol industry is very interested in particpating in the cannabis industry growth. Cannabis products will likely slow the growth of beer and alcohol and even take share over time as they become improved (rapid onset, low dose) and available. It's a real validation of the legitimacy of our industry to see this transaction.

9/15/2017 5:05:33 PM,
Alan Brochstein replied:

I am not an expert in ICOs, but I find them to be a potential landmine, especially when combined with all of the challenges facing the cannabis industry. I think that there could be a great role for blockchain in the cannabis industry and am tracking Tokken, for example. I have seen 4 companies positioning for ICOs, and I would be very careful in all cases. Lots of hype! We published a guest piece:

9/3/2017 10:26:12 PM,
Alan Brochstein replied:

I am not sure, but it takes a while. Even in Colorado, there is still a black market. High taxes are one policy that can help perpetuate the market. In Canada, we are concerned that legal market products will be so restricted that the black market wll be sustained to fill a void in what consumers want.

4/5/2017 1:20:45 PM,
Alan Brochstein replied:
I haven't fully researched fundanna yet, but I am very skeptical generally. It will work best with a consumer product or service in my view. I suggest doing a lot of diligence on the platform itself, whether fundanna or others. There are huge liquidity issues in my view, and one shouldn't  invest money that might be needed over the next few years. 
4/3/2017 6:55:57 AM,
Alan Brochstein replied:
While cannabis stocks generally rallied in 2016, many performed very poorly. I don't have an exhaustive list, but here are a few that were among the worst: CannaSys (MJTK), FBEC International (FBEC), Greenhouse Solutions (GRSU), Hemp, Inc. (HEMP), MyDx (MYDX), Notis Global (NGBL), 
A common theme is that these companies relied too heavily on convertible notes without floors...
12/24/2016 7:31:42 AM,
Alan Brochstein replied:
A lot depends on a big unknown right now: Federal policy.  If the new Attorney General pursues enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, it's likely to damper investment in general, especially in non-medical cannabis companies. So, cultivation and retail stores may struggle to find investors in states where non-medical (adult use) measures are in place. 

It's unlikely that there will be enforcement, if any, against medical cannabis providers, but it could dampen interest, especially in companies focused on edibles or high potency extracts, which could see regulation.

Absent these concerns, I think that companies that help lower the cost of production or increase regulatory compliance are good areas of focus in any environment.