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The Secret to Stocks

The secret only the smartest minds in the money management business know - one they shrewdly keep to themselves.


It's Simple - Stock Growth Follows Profit Growth!

These tables show some of the most recognized stocks in America with their average annual stock growth rates and profit growth rates during the 1990s.

We divided these companies into two columns, the stocks with the highest annual stock growth are on the left. Notice these were also the companies that had the best profit growth. Our research points to profit growth driving stock growth.

Also, the companies with the best profit growth each year gave their investors some of the best returns on their money. To find top stocks, look for companies with rapid profit growth. The faster the profit growth the better.

Leaders of the 1990s
Company Profit Growth Stock Growth
Amgen 51% 54%
Best Buy 59% 44%
Cardinal Health 24% 22%
Cisco 93% 60%
Dell 100% 45%
EMC 91% 55%
Harley-Davidson 39% 22%
Home Depot 44% 30%
Intel 38% 32%
Medtronic 33% 22%
Microsoft 58% 43%
Oracle 48% 27%
Paychex 43% 29%
Stryker 27% 23%
Sun Microsystems 54% 34%
Walmart 32% 18%
Average 48% 34%
Laggards of the 1990s
Company Profit Growth Stock Growth
Amgen 51% 54%
Best Buy 59% 44%
Cardinal Health 24% 22%
Cisco 93% 60%
Dell 100% 45%
EMC 91% 55%
Harley-Davidson 39% 22%
Home Depot 44% 30%
Intel 38% 32%
Medtronic 33% 22%
Microsoft 58% 43%
Oracle 48% 27%
Paychex 43% 29%
Stryker 27% 23%
Sun Microsystems 54% 34%
Walmart 32% 18%
Average 13% 9%

The Problem

Too Much Information and Too Little Time...

There's a pattern or theme many superstar stocks possess. From Walmart (WMT) during the 1970s to Starbucks (SBUX) during the 1990s, most great stocks had lots in common as they trounced the market. It was as if they were poured from the same mold.

At the School of Hard Stocks, we will teach you how to become a better investor and give you online access to our proprietary stock research. We even have two portfolios you can follow: Growth Stock Portfolio and Conservative Stock Portfolio.


Let us help you understand the stock market!

Stock Education

You can learn how to find stocks that "fit the mold" with our simple and fun to read A-Z tutorials.

Stock Research

You won't have to do hours of research each week, we do your stock research for you.

Stock News

Each month we summarize our take on what's working in the market and what's important for you to know.

Stock Education

Learn What to Buy, When to Buy, When to Hold and When to Sell


Our Stock Education section shows how to build and manage a successful growth stock portfolio.

Just as Benjamin Graham's book Security Analysis chronicled the stock market before and after the Stock Market Crash of 1929, The School of Hard Stocks captures the 1996 through 2005 period: the late '90s Bull Market, the tech crash of 2000, and shows how easy it was to discover the new stock market winners of the 21st century before they made their big moves.

Originally published as a hardcover book, The School of Hard Stocks took thousands of hours to research and six years to write.

Excerpts of the book were published in the Growth Stock Newsletter and the Commercial Appeal, Memphis' predominant newspaper. Completed at the end of 2006, Sharek used The School of Hard Stocks as his exclusive guide as he grew his managed stock portfolios 42% in 2007.

A Few of Our Courses...

Stock Research

The Stock Market Repeats Itself - You Just Have to Watch It


We cover the entire stock market, then focus on 75 to 100 stocks which best fit the mold we are looking for (see Stock Education). We then post research reports on each stock we follow every qtr after the company reports earnings.


Growth Stock Research

Our Growth Stocks Portfolio is comprised of 30-50 semi-aggressive stocks with estimated Long-Term Growth Rates of 15% or more per year.

Conservative Stock Research

Our Conservative Stocks Portfolio is comprised of safe conservative growth stocks, many which pay dividends.

Our Research is Different

Our one-year charts show weekly stock prices for the last 52-weeks, with quarterly profit growth along the bottom left, with Estimates for the next two quarters on the right. Annual Profits and this year's profit growth estimate (e) are on the right.

The Estimated Long-Term Growth Rate is the rate analysts think profits will the next 3-5 years. This is top/center with the P/E ratio top/right.

A breakout occurs when a stock breaks past a price it previously met resistance at. In this Apple (AAPL) chart from 2015 Q1 the stock breaks past $80 in April 2014.

Stock News

Each month we summarize our take on what's working in the market and what you need to know


Since 2002, David Sharek has kept investors abreast of top growth stocks in the stock market. Each issue begins with Sharek's Take on the stock market and sectors which he expects to outperform. Then he highlights between four and ten growth stocks you need to know.


Growth Stock Newsletters

Our monthly growth stock newsletters provide a summary of what happened over the last 30 days and what information you need.

Stock News

Get access to important stock news and industry headlines. We'll keep you updated so you can sit back and relax!

Our Growth Stock Newsletter Includes

  • Sharek's Take on the Stock Market
  • Charts & Analysis on 4 or More Growth Stocks with Fair Values
  • Power Rankings for the Growth Portfolio
  • Power Rankings for the Conservative Growth Portfolio
  • Headlines & Excerpts of Top Research Reports on the School of Hard Stocks

About David

David founded the School of Hard Stocks in 2007 and has 18 years of stock research experience. From 1999 to 2007 David worked as a Financial Consultant at A.G. Edwards & Sons and Wunderlich Securities, started publication of his monthly Growth Stock Newsletter in 2002.

He launched his Growth Portfolio in 2003 and went on to average 24% a year his first five years as a portfolio manager, more than double the S&P 500's 11% return during that time. Over 13 years, Sharek's Growth Portfolio has averaged a return of 13% a year compared to the market's average (S&P 500) of 8%. David graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) with a BA in Business Administration in 1994.

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