Stock of the Month
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|Security||Months Held||Total Return|
|Aberdeen Australia Fund (IAF)||3||+22%|
|Olin Corp. (OLN)||11||+58%|
|Medicis Pharm. (MRX)||8||+37%|
|Computer Prog. & Sys. (CPSI)||9||+43%|
|PS Global Ag (PAGG)||11||-.1%|
|CNH Global (CNH)||.5||+18%|
|NA Global Eq. & Conv (NGZ)||12||+14.5%|
|Sally Beauty Supply (SBH)||11||+58%|
|MTS Systems (MTSC)||8||+29%|
|Aberdeen Asia-Pac. (FAX)||14||+15.6%|
|iShares Chile Index (ECH)||12||+24.4%|
|WMS Ind. (WMS)||8||+2.8%|
That kind of annual gain adds up fast. A $50,000 investment earning 28% every 9 months would be worth $216,000 after just 60 months -- or about the time it takes most people to pay off a car loan.
But that wasn't the end of the winning ways. Year three of our experiment saw more winners with returns of 29%... 42%... and 49% to name a few.
And the winning ways continue to this day. Since implementing this strategy, an amazing 85% of all our stock trades have put money in people's wallets.
Of course by law I can't guarantee this rapid growth will continue forever...
But just think -- while America lost its AAA credit rating... developed countries the world over struggled with high unemployment rates and lofty debt burdens... and the market swung up and down... this strategy lined the pockets of everyday investors just like you roughly 85% of the time.
This strategy trounced the market in good times... like when it guided me to IBM before it jumped nearly 50%... while the S&P struggled to reach 15%.
And it's ignored the market in bad times... like when the 12-minute strategy led me to HOGS -- a pick that handed us a 27% gain while the S&P plunged -5%.
No matter what's been happening in the market, I've used this investment strategy to find a winner.
In fact, less than a year ago I used this strategy to double down on a company off of everyone's radar. It's since become one of the fastest-growing stocks in the S&P, returning roughly 40% -- producing more than three times the gains of the overall the market.
What's more, I think this growth is the tip of the iceberg. The company just made a bold move that has caused similar companies to skyrocket 7,000%. Now this company could be on the same trajectory, and triple-digit gains are a real possibility.
I'll give you all the details on this soaring company in just a minute.
Just know that using this 12-minute strategy has paid off handsomely for many regular investors. For instance...
W.E.W. said, "I have been investing with [this strategy] for about 18 months and in that time we have only had one loser. Every other pick I have sold for a 25%-45% gain. [This strategy] has a way of picking one stock that will beat the market. I recommend."
After using the 12-minute strategy for just a year, Cathy K. said "I have profited on every [stock] that I have purchased. I sold HOGS and SBH which I purchased and sold at your recommendation and made over $4,000."
A man who simply identified himself as Jim said "This is the best.... Consistent winners. Have never seen anything like it. I'll hold onto this one."
Amazing, isn't it?
And considering how simple the 12-minute strategy is, you could be making the same kinds of gains while traveling the world.
Plus, with this strategy you get to enjoy your money now. The average holding period is less than a year, so you don't have to wait forever for your stocks to go up.
So how exactly does the 12-minute strategy work? And how can you start using it today?
Let me show you...
Why You May Never Invest the Hard Way Again
My name is Amy Calistri.
I'm a Chief Investment Strategist for StreetAuthority, an investment research firm serving more than two million readers in 175 countries around the world.
Since opening our doors in 2001, we've quickly become one of America's largest independent investment research firms.
We now have offices in Maryland and Texas, along with researchers in New York, Louisiana, Calgary and California to name a few places.
Readers of our nationally syndicated research include employees of some of Wall Street's biggest players, including Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley.
That's in addition to readers at Harvard, Yale, and MIT. We even have subscribers who work at the U.S. House of Representatives.
We spend literally millions of dollars every year to give our readers great investments ideas... the kinds of opportunities you won't find anywhere else.
Looking back over just the past few years, we have discovered some unique and very profitable opportunities for investors. For example:
- In 2011 we found a small group of "Forever" stocks. Put simply, these are stocks we believe you can buy today and hold for the rest of your life. Dozens of congressmen and billionaire investors have been making a fortune off these stocks for decades. Now, thanks to our research, millions of everyday investors have been introduced to these elite stocks.
- In 2010 we discovered a way for investors to receive a "daily paycheck" from their income investments. By using this revolutionary strategy, we showed investors how to collect an average of $1,352 a month in dividend income.
- Just recently we found a hidden way to invest in companies like Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) before they go public. Most people miss out on these incredible gains because they don't know this one little secret.
In the short time since we recommended them, these stocks have returned up to 50% -- more than doubling the market. That's in addition to increasing dividend payouts by as much as 100%.
But probably our most important piece of research is what I'm showing you right now -- how to find the best stocks on the market in just 12 minutes a month.
You see, most people think that they need to find the next "hot" stock. They read every financial website out there, and watch every financial channel in search of a "can't miss" investment.
This investment strategy seldom delivers on its "easy money" promise. For one thing, investing becomes a full-time job... even worse, you're almost certain to lose money this way. A recent statement by the SEC pulls no punches about the dangers of looking for quick profits and day-trading: "Be prepared to suffer severe financial losses."
That's why I created a strategy to help you find winning stocks. With all the market turbulence-- and with all the noise and opinions you're bombarded with daily -- using this time-tested, proven 12-minute strategy could be one of the best investment decisions you ever make.
As I'll show you, I've been using and perfecting this strategy my entire life. I used it when I was 24 to make enough money for the down payment on my first home. I used it to land triple-digit gains up to 620%. I've used it in bear markets, bull markets, recessions, and booms. And in every one of these markets it's helped me... and thousands of others... find winners.
After using this strategy personally for 30 years, I firmly believe it could help you, too. Let me show you how it works so you can decide for yourself...
Man Who Made Billions from Housing Bubble Uses Amazingly Simple Strategy
If you haven't seen Bill Ackman's name in the news, it's only a matter of time before you do. He's a rising star. His hedge fund has returned 16% a year since its founding in 2004.
This success has many speculating that he could be the next Warren Buffett. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, "Ackman is mobbed at investor conferences. Bloggers pore over his investor letters when they appear on the Internet.
Among other things, Ackman is known for making billions off the housing crisis. But if you look deeper, you'll quickly see that there's another reason Ackman is rich. When our research staff looked into his investments, we found an investing secret that most people overlook.
Same thing for California multi-millionaire Richard Blum. He's married to Senator Dianne Feinstein, and serves on the board of seven companies. According to The Wall Street Journal, since founding Blum Capital in 1975, his investments "helped make him a fortune."
Once again, after looking into his portfolio, it turns out Mr. Blum shares the same secret as Mr. Ackman.
And they're not the only ones...
Edward Lampert went from being the son of a Saks 5th Avenue clerk to the 125th-richest American. He founded ESL investments in 1988 and has averaged approximately 25% annual returns since then. After a little digging, we discovered that Lampert uses this same simple strategy too.
These superstar investors... and many others across the country... all share this little-known secret: with thousands and thousands of stocks at their disposal, they choose to hold just a handful.
According to SEC filings, Bill Ackman Richard Blum and Edward Lampert tend to manage portfolios of roughly a dozen stocks.
The same goes for Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
Warren Buffett's Trick to Making Billions
Warren Buffett's top five holdings make up 76% of the equity portfolio of his giant investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B). Bill Gates' top investment -- worth $8 billion -- makes up 46% of the stock portfolio he set up for his nonprofit foundation.
Why do Buffett, Gates, and all these other big shot investors only hold a small group of stocks?
Buffett calls it the "LeBron James analogy." He says, "If you have basketball phenom LeBron James on your team, don't take him out of the game just to make room for someone else.... It's crazy to put money into your 20th choice rather than your 1st choice."
That concentrated approach bears fruit. Anyone with the good sense to invest $10,000 in Warren Buffett's partnership at its inception in 1956 (and to transfer into Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway at the partnership's termination) would be sitting on an astonishing $484 million today -- after all fees and expenses.
It makes sense if you think about it. If you only hold a few stocks, you pay extra attention to an investment when it's a big part of your portfolio. You conduct more research and due diligence to reach a comfort level.
Just like Warren Buffett and the others, the first part of my strategy is holding a small number of stocks. Of course, the stocks are diversified across many different sectors, but I don't water down my portfolio.
At any given time, I hold about 12 stocks. And I hold each one for about a year -- long enough to produce outsized returns... and short enough to take advantage of the next big opportunity. . Peter Lynch, the famous fund manager for Fidelity Magellan in the 1980s, agrees with holding around 12 stocks.
He said, "The average person can concentrate on a few good companies.... By owning too many stocks, you lose this advantage of concentration. It only takes a handful of big winners to make a lifetime of investing worthwhile." He recommends that everyday investors hold "8-12 companies."
Mr. Lynch knows what he's talking about. During his tenure at Fidelity from 1977 to 1990, the fund grew from $18 million to $14 billion in assets, and averaged a 29% annual return.
Since I implemented the 12-minute strategy on a large scale nearly four years ago, 85% of my closed trades have delivered gains. To quote Peter Lynch again, he said, "In this business, if you're good, you're right six out of ten. You're never going to be right nine out of ten."
Mr. Lynch might be correct. However, with this strategy, you can get pretty close to nine out of ten.
How to Get Through 50-Plus Hours of Research
in Just 12 Minutes --
The "54 Point Inside-Out" Inspection
But not overloading your portfolio is just the first half of the 12-minute strategy. The second half is what allows us to go from a 60% win rate to an 85% win rate.
Because let's be honest... it doesn't matter how many stocks you hold if they're losers. Whether it's ten or ten thousand, falling stocks aren't going to make you money.
That's why I run each stock through my proprietary "54 point inside-out" inspection.
This inspection is used by many of the best investors in the world. Warren Buffett, Bill Ackman and many others use it or a slight variation on every stock they buy.
It takes me about 50 hours (sometimes more) to perform my inspection. But as my 85% accuracy rate proves, it's worth every second. Fortunately, as I'll explain, it should only take you about 12 minutes to do the inspection yourself.
I call it my "inside-out" inspection because it involves knowing a company from both the "inside" and the "outside."
Put another way, this inspection lines up the "inside" of a company with the "outside" world.
That is the key to any great investment.
It's not about being a "contrarian," getting a "hot tip" from an "insider," or any get-rich-quick scheme. It's about figuring out which available stock is ready to go up based on current market conditions.
It sounds simple, I know. And it is -- which is exactly why it works. But, believe me... it's not easy.
|Minimum "Outside" Inspection|
Legislative and Regulatory Changes
Central Bank Policies
Producer Price Index
Temporary and Contract Employment
Bankruptcies and Credit Defaults
Sector Spending Reports
Consumer Price Index
Real Estate Prices and Vacancy Rates
Retail Sales Index
Purchasing Managers Index
Durable Goods Orders
Interest Rate Spreads
Commercial and Industrial Loans
Merger and Acquisition Activity
To choose a stock, I start by inspecting the "outside" world. This involves researching at least 31 different economic indicators that would make most people's eyes glaze over. (Don't worry; you don't have to remember all or any of these.)
One of my goals is to uncover a trend that the market hasn't discovered yet. I study things like electricity production growth in China, the spot price of coffee, the relative value of the euro, the growth of advertising spending during presidential election cycles, and fluctuations in the Consumer Price Index, to name a few.
A few months ago I even spent several weeks delving into how much money is spent each year on Halloween costumes -- for pets.
I study page after page of data. Then I study a few pages more. I analyze, dissect, scrutinize, and number-crunch for hours, days, weeks and sometimes months. The truth is with how fast the world moves today, I never really stop.
I search and search until I finally have an "aha" moment. This happens when I've found a market disconnect. Bells start going off in my head, like they did in 2009 when I noticed the huge increase in FBI background checks for potential gun owners. Gun stocks were already soaring. But for some reason, Wall Street forgot that gun owners also buy ammunition. In 11 months, that small disconnect resulted in a 58% profit for my subscribers..
Finding this disconnect is a big step toward finding a winning stock.
But in reality, it's only 31 of the 54 points of inspection. It's just the "outside" inspection.
Next, I dive deep into...
The "Inside" Inspection
I still have to find the right stock through my "inside" inspection. This is where the research kicks into high gear.
|Minimum "Inside" Inspection|
Management Track Record
Share Price Behavior
Barriers to Entry
Before I buy shares of any company, I look deep "inside" the numbers... inside the analyst opinions... and inside every SEC filing just to name a few. All told, I run a company through 23 unique points of "inside" inspection.
This proprietary inspection method covers everything -- from its PEG ratio to its quarterly sales growth over the past five years to what employees eat for lunch. Seriously.
This inspection takes weeks (or more), and rejects 99.99% of companies.
It's kept me and my readers away from every single Wall Street IPO flop, like the Groupons and Zyngas of the world. And of course it's prevented me from recommending colossal disasters like Best Buy and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters before they nosedived.
It's also helped me see gains of 620%, as I'll show you.
Once I've rejected 99.99% of stocks and narrowed it down to just a few, I'm still not finished. I compare the remaining stocks against each other. I pick apart their growth in earnings-per-share, credit rating, earnings outlook, payout ratio, long-term debt and more.
Then I go even deeper. I dig into their annual reports and SEC filings. I've also been known to survey a company's clients over the phone, and make surprise visits to company stores to check out merchandise and eavesdrop on both customers and employees (which led to a 58% gain detailed below).
At this point, I know just about everything humanly possible to know about the remaining stocks. I'm finally ready to choose just one.
Well, almost ready...
I check one more time to make sure the stock I like best lines up perfectly with the market conditions of the day. If it does, then I finally have my stock.
I buy it. And I watch its share price go up almost every time.
What's great about the "inside-out" inspection is that the stock you buy has a high probability of catching an updraft. That's the power of connecting the stock with what's happening in the outside world.
Of course, this means you may have to sit on a stock for a while until the conditions are right for it to launch, but it's almost always worth the wait.
Let me give you one of my favorite real-life examples...
The 54 Point "Inside-Out" Inspection Produces a 58% Return...
... While the Market Only Returns 10%... and the Gains Just Keep Rolling In.
As I analyzed the "outside" world in late 2009, unemployment was high and rising, and many retailers were seeing double-digit sales decreases. One thing was clear: consumers were looking for ways to save money.
So I went searching for a recession-proof company that would hold up well in tough times.
You may be surprised, but cosmetic companies have done amazingly well during tough times. For example, lipstick sales actually rose during the Great Depression and during the 2001 recession.
In 2009, this was proving true again. Several beauty supply companies were growing, including Sally's Beauty Holdings (NYSE: SBH), a retailer with about 3,800 locations. I looked "inside" Sally's and quickly saw that the "inside" of the company lined up with the "outside" world.
Sally's passed at least a dozen points of my inspection with flying colors. It was, and still is, the Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) of beauty supply stores, which is exactly where people turn when money's tight. It had multiple streams of revenue. It was also one of the few companies tapping into the fast-growing ethnic hair segment.
And that wasn't all. From the previous year, same-store sales had increased. Adjusted net earnings were up 22.5%. And gross profit as a percentage of net sales had increased to 47.2% -- up 60 basis points from the previous year. More pluses.
Another plus was insider buying. When I searched for insider buying on my Bloomberg research terminal (which costs $2,000/month), I discovered that, overall, insider buying was scarce. Across the market insider sales were over 30 times more prevalent than insider buying.
That's where Sally's differed. Of all stocks trading on U.S. exchanges that were at least medium-sized, SBH was one of only 24 stocks that saw insider ownership grow. Not only that, according to SEC filings, Sally's insiders bought 10 times more than the amount of shares they sold.
As icing on the cake, the company was one of the cheapest in the sector.
I recommended the stock on October 29, 2009. I told my readers that I was buying shares on November 3rd. A month later, I saw another buying opportunity and told investors I was doubling my stake in SBH on December 3rd.
When I sold the stock less than a year later, those who followed my recommendation got a 58% gain. The S&P 500 only gained 6.4% during the same period.
A perfect example of the "inside-out" inspection at work.
As a side note, I should add that the same day I introduced my readers to SBH, I also told them about another beauty supply company, Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance (Nasdaq: ULTA).
Three years after that recommendation, the stock had soared 486.6%.
A simple $10,000 investment in ULTA would have turned into $48,660 in three years. That's enough money to remodel the kitchen, buy a brand-new car, or save up for retirement.
All thanks to the 54 Point "inside-out" inspection.
This Company Could Be the Next Turnaround Miracle
The good news is this strategy continues to work today. I found another stock that could be ready to explode. The inside and outside have finally aligned. When this particular setup happened before, investors saw 200%... 670%... even 7,000% gains.
Now it could be happening again today. Here's why...
When shares of Starbucks (NYSE: SBUX) fell 73% from 2006 through 2007, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz had seen enough. The founder of the floundering retail coffee chain sent an angry letter to then-CEO Jim Donald, expressing his frustration with the company's strategy.
In January 2008, Schultz took back the helm. Under his forward-looking leadership, the company has had a complete reversal. The stock has risen roughly 200%.
The same thing happened at IBM in the early 90s. From 1990 through 1992, shares dropped 46.5%, while the S&P 500 gained 23.3%. Shareholders were fit to be tied, and the company's board pushed for change.
The company brought in former Nabisco CEO, Lou Gerstner. Gerstner's first year was difficult. Tens of thousands of employees were laid off and the share price struggled. But by the fall of '93 the shares were on the rise. They shot up 90% in a little over a year, and grew a total of 670% by the time Gerstner stepped down in 2002.
Time and again, analysts consider these stories "miracles." When Apple rose 7,000%-plus during Steve Jobs' second time as CEO, analysts said it was a miracle. They repeatedly underestimate the impact of new CEO on a company -- even when the very problem that held the company back was its lack of vision and leadership.
I bring this up because I've found a company that could be the next turnaround "miracle."
After flying high for years, this company has hit a valley. But it just hired away one of the top executives from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), its long-time competitor. And it could be a game-changer.
The new CEO, Marissa Mayer, knows this particular industry as well as anyone alive today. She's quickly improving the company culture, and based on her experience at Google, clearly knows what it takes to bring her new company, Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO), back to the top.
You see, Yahoo already has several key advantages that turnaround successes Starbucks and IBM didn't have before their rise.
For example, unlike Starbucks and IBM before their turnarounds, Yahoo is still profitable. Not as profitable as it ought to be -- but still profitable. So instead of turning the tourniquet to stop the blood flow, Mayer only has to work on building the company's top line to get the share price soaring. And she has a strong foundation to build on.
Yahoo has some of the best properties on the Internet. Its websites attract more than 140 million unique visitors a month. This makes it the third most-visited Web brand in the United States, just trailing Facebook and the market leader, Google.
Yahoo owns the most visited news website in the world. Its real estate website is ranked second. And Yahoo! Sports and ESPN are running neck and neck for the most visited sports website on the Internet.
With all these growth catalysts and Mayer's expertise in the industry, it's no surprise that this stock has been one of the fastest-growing stocks in the S&P since she took over. But as the company implements Google's winning strategies and builds on its solid foundation, I wouldn't be surprised to see a much higher share price in the near future.
Starbucks, IBM, and Apple all saw huge gains after a CEO change, and I think Yahoo will be next.
But that's not all. In addition to Yahoo, I've found two other companies that could do just as well as the internet giant.
Stock #1: The Most Unconventional Stock on the Market.
Because of its unique business model, this retail company profits in both good markets and bad.
In challenging economic times, it attracts new customers who are looking for high-quality products at lower costs. By the time economic conditions improve, its new customers have become loyal fans.
Thanks to its uniqueness, this company's been a stalwart over the last 10 years. Shares have risen an average of nearly 30% a year compared to the S&P's 6% return. In May 2004, the company started paying a dividend, which has already grown 180%.
I initially recommended this stock in May 2012, and it's already returned about 20%. But as I keep watching it, all signs indicate that the gains are far from over. It continues to beat Wall Street expectations, and earnings and revenue are still growing by double-digits. I recently doubled-down on the stock, and I believe it has a lot of room to grow.
And I'm not the only one. Through his foundation, Bill Gates owns 6.1 million shares of the company's stock, and Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway owns 4.3 million shares.Stock #2: An $8 Trillion Real Estate Investment for 2013
This stock is profiting from a mammoth construction boom that no one is talking about.
All eyes have been focused on the slow rebound in residential construction. But most investors have missed an even bigger construction trend. The utility sector has been on a spending spree, adding new transmission lines to renewable energy sources and building new natural gas-powered plants.
New extraction technologies have made U.S. natural gas plentiful and cheap, resulting in the closure of coal-fired power plants and the construction of new gas-fired plants. And this is far from a short-term trend. The International Energy Agency projects that cheap natural gas will drive roughly $8 trillion of utility infrastructure spending through 2035 -- much of it in the United States.
But cheap natural gas is driving more than just utility construction. Companies are saving money on their U.S. heating and electric bills, thanks to low natural gas prices. In fact, lower operating costs have made it more desirable for companies to build new plants here in the United States.
Starbucks is building a new plant in Augusta, GA.... Continental Tire is building a new plant in Sumter, S.C.... and Mars Chocolate is building a new factory in Topeka, KS....
New power plants, new manufacturing plants, and even new residential properties are driving the demand for electrical equipment. That's why one stock had twice the gains of the S&P 500 in 2012. And given the strong trend in construction spending, this unique electrical equipment supplier has the potential to outperform in the year to come.
I give full details on all of these stocks -- including names and ticker symbols -- in my newest in-depth research report -- Amy Calistri's Top Three Stocks to Buy Now. You can get this report immediately. I'll explain how in a minute.
There's no charge for this report. All I ask is that you examine the service I set up to send out my favorite stock pick every month. It's called Stock of the Month. When you take a look at it, you will receive Amy Calistri's Top Three Stocks to Buy Now, plus several other reports absolutely free.
Before you decide if it's right for you, I should tell you a bit more about how this strategy works.
Great Returns Now -- No Matter Your Age or Income
As I said, my name is Amy Calistri. I've been following the market for as long as I can remember.
My interest started when I was just a kid, helping my dad review his investments on Saturday mornings.
In my late teens I went off to Columbia where I earned a degree in chemical engineering. But even with my demanding curriculum, I somehow found time to study the market. This paid off quickly.
Shortly after graduating, I bought my first stocks. Two years later, at age 24, I made the down payment on my first house with the profits.
Unlike most analysts, I am not a Wall Street "insider." I spent more than two decades working in the private sector, honing my understanding of how businesses function. My diverse business background taught me how to read between the lines on a balance sheet, often seeing what others miss.
This came in handy just last year...
During my tenure at IBM, there was one quarter when "Big Blue" knew it was going to come up short on its earnings. This would undoubtedly cause the share price to drop. So the company figured if it was going to miss, it was going to miss big. The company proceeded to cram every write-down, charge, and new investment into that quarter.
In June 2012, I recognized a similar pattern with Nike (NYSE: NKE). Nike's share price had dropped because it had missed earnings. But after reading the company's numbers carefully, it appeared to me that Nike had crammed an inordinate amount of losses into one quarter, just like IBM had years earlier.
The company had taken a $24 million restructuring charge, accelerated its research and development spending, and settled a customs fee that had been lingering for four years. Not a typical Nike quarter.
I immediately doubled-down on the stock. It jumped 10% in less than a month.
But that doesn't begin to rival another gain my private sector experience provided...
The 620% Insight
Throughout the 1990s, I worked for a consulting group as a senior economic consultant. Many of the cases I worked on involved the pricing of oil and gas leases.
In 1999, I was invited to speak at a conference in New York. While there, I struck up a conversation with two fellow attendees who also happened to work in the oil and gas business.
At the time, oil was $20 a barrel. Natural gas was trading at just $2.50 per thousand cubic feet. Analysts were convinced that energy prices were headed lower, predicting $10 a barrel oil before long.
The Economist magazine even went so far as to say that "$10 [per barrel] might actually be too optimistic. We may be heading for $5."
I didn't see it that way, and neither did these two oilmen. U.S. GDP growth was running above 4%. The Internet was booming, and energy-intensive server farms were sprouting up around the country. And new natural gas-burning power plants were coming online fast.
After talking to my newfound friends, I was even more convinced that energy prices would go up. So I put my Roth IRA into Burlington Resources -- a company with huge natural gas reserves, which was subsequently bought out by ConocoPhillips. I sold off a good portion of my initial stake by early 2008, but all told, I'm up more than 620% on my investment to date.
Dodging the Crash... And a Double-Digit Gain in the Process
While I'm proud of my gains, I'm most proud of the losses I minimized during the 2008 market crash.
Back in 2007, I sold off a number of my stock holdings. At that time, the subprime mortgage crisis had started to unfold, and a few lenders were already lining up for bankruptcy. But most analysts were predicting the problem would stay isolated to the financial sector.
I didn't buy it. Even as the market continued to climb higher, I put a big chunk of my portfolio in bank certificates of deposit (CDs) and a Treasury fund. Initially, my friends thought I was crazy. But after their portfolios lost most of their value when the S&P 500 Index dropped 54% from January 2008 to March 2009, they wished they'd been as crazy.
My remaining equities took some losses during the crash. But I made a little money on my CDs. My Treasury bond fund had a healthy return of 22% when all was said and done. And those investments provided me with plenty of "dry powder" to invest back in the market near its 2009 bottom.
All these experiences and many more helped me fine-tune and perfect my investment strategy. After 30 years, it became clear that a small, focused portfolio coupled with a stringent "inside-out" inspection is the key to finding winning stocks.
So I decided to share my investment strategy with the investment community. That's why I've put my latest research in my report, Amy Calistri's Top 3 Stocks to Buy Now.
To claim your copy, with full details and profiles of all 3 stocks, I only ask that you try a trial subscription to my monthly advisory -- Stock of the Month.
This newsletter offers one of the simplest ways to beat the market. Using my "inside-out" strategy, each month I buy one stock, and sell one stock. This keeps my portfolio small and lets me focus on each stock like a hawk.
Nothing focuses the mind like knowing that you only have one shot at the prize... and that there are no "do-overs." Give an archer 10 shots at a target and his first few will probably be warm-ups. Give him one shot -- and you get his absolute best effort.
So far, the readers following my work seem to have enjoyed it...
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For one, most newsletters have a hypothetical portfolio. Not Stock of the Month.
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You'll get a link to our monthly statement in every issue of Stock of the Month. You'll see exactly how well we're doing -- after commissions -- with zero BS.
It's a matter of principle with me. I invest alongside my subscribers. If I'm not comfortable buying a stock, then I'm not going to recommend it.
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Let me give you an example the kinds of opportunities I'm talking about...
Gazelle is a private company that recycles old computers, especially iMacs and other Apple gadgets. They have grown by over 1,094%.
Then there is Peerless Network. This private company provides network capacity to some of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States. Between 2008 and 2011, Peerless Network grew its revenues by 3,068%.
Some of the fastest growing companies are privately held. But under an unusual government loophole, there is a way that investors can get a stake in these private companies.
For instance, when a group of private equity firms bought Drilling Info Inc., one lucky investor cashed out with a 58.3% return. But by law, this investor had to share 90% of its private deal profits with people like you and me. You see this investor wasn't an individual. It was a special kind of company expressly set up to share private company wealth with public company investors.
Without this little-known "90% Rule," private companies -- and the profits generated from private deals -- would be hard for pubic investors to access. But private deals don't have to be hidden from you once you know a little-known investment secret...
The good news is this...
To take advantage of these situations, you must know two things:
First, obviously there aren't a lot of special companies being compelled to hand over their profits. So, which ones are?
Second, not all of the "90% Rule" companies are good investments. Which of these unique companies are good investments now?
I'll answer both of those questions for you in my new report, A Secret Way to Invest In Companies like Google BEFORE They Go Public. This report will tell you everything you need to know about this hidden world of private returns.
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Amy's $100,000 "Stock of the Month" Portfolio -- This real-money portfolio is filled with my 12 favorite investments. Every month I use a "pig at the trough" approach for my portfolio. When a hungry pig approaches a crowded feeding bin, it has to shove aside a weaker one to get in. I use this same survival-of-the-fittest approach to replace good stocks with even-better ones.
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Instant Alerts when Breaking News Hits -- On top of your monthly issues, I also alert you to important breaking news. The market doesn't pay attention to my publication schedule, so this is a way to make sure you have up-to-the-minute advice when conditions change.
As soon as we hear from you, we'll also rush you two detailed reports I've put together on several of my favorite investments right now:
Report #1: Amy Calistri's Top Three Stocks to Buy Now
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Report #2: Three Popular Investments to Avoid Right Now
You'll get full access to the names and ticker symbols of three popular investments to completely avoid. These securities could ruin your portfolio very quickly. I'll tell you exactly why you should steer clear.
If you decide to join Stock of the Month for two years (with the same 30-day money-back guarantee), then you'll also receive two additional reports...
Report #3: A Secret Way to Invest In Companies Like Google BEFORE They Go Public
You'll learn all about two stocks that give investors a rare opportunity to profit from private companies like Google when the biggest gains are made -- BEFORE they go public.
Report #4: Two Unique Funds That Almost Never Go Down
We all watched in anguish as the S&P 500 dropped 50% from June 2008 to March 2009. And countless people lost millions as the market plunged again in 2010. Even the most diversified portfolios weren't safe.
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This was no fluke. These two funds employ a strategy that ignores market conditions and appreciates even in the worst of times. Take a look...
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Always Searching for the Next Great Idea...
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