To Follow Where the Big Money Is Going, Simply Buy the Big Money Players

One simple investment strategy is to follow a successful investor’s coattails. Many will follow billionaire investors such as Warren Buffett or Carl Icahn as they enter into a new stock position. A few will even own the stocks that are owned or managed by the investors. Another way is to look at asset management companies. They may not have a well-known billionaire running the helm, but they tend to grow their assets over time -- with big profit margins along the ...
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Use Market Downturns to Buy Quality Consumer Goods Companies

Some stocks tend to hold up well in any market. One area is consumer goods companies. These firms may make humdrum products like prepackaged food, soap, shampoo or toilet paper, but those products never fall out of demand. When markets turn lower, these companies may sag as well. And that can provide patient, long-term investors with a decent entry point that they otherwise might not have made. Such opportunities are appearing today… That’s especially true as companies are being hit with higher ...
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Find the Best Places to Bet on an Economic Recovery Now

The economy ebbs and flows. Today’s slowdown will eventually give way to the next recovery and move stocks higher. The stock market tends to start moving higher before the economic data shows such a recovery. That’s why investors should focus on companies that will benefit from the next boom during a bust. Such a move ensures that investors and traders alike can capture the biggest part of the move as it happens. When the economy slows, so does the flow of goods ...
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Target Cyclical Companies When They’re Most Out of Favor

Some traders look for pure growth. Or pure value. Others may look for companies capable of big swings, depending on where they are in their industry cycle. Those looking to target cyclical companies need to start buying when things look down and out, not when things are going well. By buying at the low point of the cycle, traders and investors alike can catch big swings in traditionally more stodgy companies – and even beat the market doing so. Right now, industrial ...
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Focus on Companies Keeping Customers Content

Typically, a new industry will start dozens if not hundreds of companies before consolidating over time. Although many industries tend to consolidate into just a few companies, those remaining firms will then start to compete with each other based on how they keep customers happy in a fully developed market. Having a choice can ensure that quality doesn’t slip, and that businesses find ways to deliver better results at lower prices for their customers over time. For instance, the US airline industry ...
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In Bear Markets, Follow Investors Looking to Unlock Value Now

While stocks have had a strong start to the year, corporate earnings show a slowdown. And interest rates are still on track to rise. Investors should generally be cautious about long-side ideas right now. One way to find the best opportunities is to look at where big-name players are going. Besides making large purchases of shares, which can help the price rise, some companies may attract interest from activist investors. These investors can help management make more profitable decisions. Currently, activist investors ...
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In Time, This Hyper-Growth Trend Will Continue… Look for Top Investments Now

The stock market is not the economy. However, many trends can play out with exaggerated moves both up and down in the stock market. That’s especially true with tech trends. While technology continues to transform, how investors view the investment opportunities can rapidly change. That can create times when it’s wise to step aside, as values are too high. At other times, it may make sense to buy, even when things look ugly. That latter case may be playing out today… The ...
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Continue Following the Right-Sizing Trend

Many companies expanded during the past few years, amid unprecedented government stimulus checks and easy money policies. Now, many companies have found that rapid growth is a bit more elusive over the long haul. They’re cutting back on employees. That trend is right-sizing companies that may have over-expanded on employees in recent years. That’s been seen primarily with big tech. But the current slowdown is also starting to be seen with financial companies as well. The latest is asset manager BlackRock (BLK) ...
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