fool.com is an excellent site. They offer commentary that is both informative and even better educational. One strong theme they preach is to buy for the big score. Today, one of the founders, David Gardner, has a great article on this theme: The Highest Possible Returns. Period.
I disagree. Investing in great companies early on in their high-growth stages, then holding them for the long term, will provide the highest possible returns. Period.
We call those companies Rule Breakers. Our investment service of the same name seeks out the great growth stocks of tomorrow — the potential AOLs — before the Street catches on.
I missed out on the IPO for Google, much as he missed out on AOL. Luckily for me, I did buy at $220 (the IPO price less than a year earlier was $85): now it is at $476. Buying after you watch a stock more than double is not easy. My investment experience helps me make that decision today when I likely would have decided not to buy before – thinking I should have bought before it doubled so since I didn’t I wasn’t go to jump in later… I doubt I would buy Google now but I am keeping what I have.
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