There is no way, absent an exogenous event of gargantuan proportions (i.e. a major natural calamity or terrorist attack), that we will not see equity markets rise faster and higher over a shorter time frame than they ever have before. The state of the American Economy will have an imperceptible influence upon this trend, whether the American Economy is strong or not. We have entered a golden era of investment opportunity. We all have unprecedented opportunity to grow enormously wealthy by simply investing in high quality companies whose products or services are truly in demand on a global basis. This wealth can be derived either by trading, by investing (longer term), or by a hybrid system. My personal favorite 'go to' areas are raw commodities, alternative energy and pollution control technologies, but many, many areas are ripe for unprecedented growth. There is hard, accurate data that makes this economic boom a near certainty. The entire premise of this opinion dawned on me as I read this month's 'The Economist.'