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Chapter A: How to Find the Best Stocks

Here are the characteristics of stocks that give investors the largest gains — the traits of companies that “fit the mold”.

Chapter B: How to Calculate What a Stock is Worth

The key to managing your portfolio is to understand what each individual stock is truly worth. In this chapter you will learn about ways to think what the stock is worth, compare it to what the stock is now selling for, and determine whether the stock should be higher, lower, or whether it is fairly valued. Featured stock Jos. A. Bank (JOSB).

Chapter C: How to Grow Your Money Faster

Learn about The Rule of 72, which allows to calculate how long it will take to double your money, given a specified return. Stock Highlighted Chico’s (CHS).

Chapter D: Buy the No-Brainers

Big stock winners are easy to recognize. You should find that the best stocks, such as Wal-Mart (WMT), are no-brainers.

Chapter E: Buy Stocks with High Profit Growth

If there is just one characteristic that separates the best stocks from the rest, it’s high profit growth. To find the no-brainers at the beginning of their huge runs, search for companies, like Dell (DELL), which growing profits rapidly.

Chapter F: Buy Stocks with Consistency

Consistency is like Bigfoot’s footprints in freshly fallen snow. Not only do they give you a clear picture, but a sense of where this thing might be headed. Featured stock Stryker (SYK).

Chapter G: Buy Stocks with Certainty

Certainty is especially significant in tough market conditions. Stocks with certainty are the ones in sectors that don’t get pinched in recessions. United Health (UNH) is a good example of a good investment.

Chapter H: Buy Stocks with Growth Opportunity

Once the stock you research has passed the tests of consistency and certainty, look into the future and imagine how big the company will be years from now. Stocks highlighted eBay (EBAY) and Google (GOOGL).

Chapter I: Buy Stocks with Catalysts

In order for a company to grow profits rapidly for many years, it needs to have some kind of competitive advantage or a catalyst, like iPod was for Apple (AAPL).

Chapter J: Buy Stocks in Hot Sectors

Stocks within an industry, or sector, usually move in tandem. In my opinion, the second biggest factor that determines the short-term movements of a stock is the sector or industry the stock is in. Featured stock Cognizant (CTSH).

Chapter K: Buy Stocks Below the Radar

It is often the smallest stocks that can lead to some of the best gains. Alliance Gaming (ALLY) was a great example of under-the-radar winner.

Chapter L: Buy Stocks that Beat the Street

One of the best ways to search for the best stocks is to keep an eye out for companies that beat the street. Keeping a lookout for companies like Coach (COH) in early 2000s that beat the street and breakout on the same day lead you to finding the very best stocks in the market.

Chapter N: What Not to Buy

One way you can beat the market is by owning the best stocks. Another way is to avoid the biggest losers, play defense, and preserve capital by avoiding big losses. By avoiding chip stocks like Texas Instruments (TXN), we reduce risk in our portfolio and hold more dependable stocks.

Chapter O: When to Buy into the Market

We never know what stage of the economy we are at, but we always know what is yet to come. In this chapter you will learn about the The Cheat Sheet to see where to put your money. Featured stock Career Education (CECO).

Chapter P: When to Buy Low

How do you buy a good stock when it’s down? How do you buy low? If the stock like Coventry (CVH) passes these six tests, the chances it will bounce back are good.

Chapter Q: When to Buy High

The best stocks are often high, not low. Learn about some rules to buying high. It takes a little skill and an understanding of the stock’s chart pattern, like with Yahoo! (YHOO) stock.

Chapter R: Hold for the Long Term

The best gains are made by holding stocks over long periods of time. Amgen (AMGN) was a long-term winner as it went from $15 to $80 in ten years.

Chapter S: Don’t Expect Consistent Returns

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is grading how much their holdings have gone up during a certain time period. In Chapter S we talk about the importance of not timing your stocks, such a Lowe’s (LOW), and easing into returns that are not always consistent.

Chapter T: Don’t Sell Stocks that Fit the Mold

Its tough hanging on to something that’s about to turn up; don’t get shaken out. When we invest in stocks, the main goal is to own more down the road than we do today. Featured stock Urban Outfitters (URBN).

Chapter U: When to Hold Stocks that No Longer Fit the Mold

Holding stocks that don’t fit the mold is a gray area. In this chapter we discuss how not to just dump stocks, like Best Buy (BBY), when they no longer fit the mold.

Chapter V: Sell When Profits Slow or Fall

With the help of Chapter V, you will understand the specifics of some specific selling tactics, such as selling a stock when profit growth slows or when profits fall. Featured stock is Microsoft (MSFT).

Chapter W: Sell When They Miss or Guide Lower

An earnings miss is often the worst news for a stockholder. In this chapter we will explore the scenarios, like Lucent’s (LU) fall, which will advise you on the most important selling signals.

Chapter X: Sell if the Stock is Too Low

In Chapter X learn how to understand our attachment to the stocks we own, and how to admit when it is appropriate to sell stocks like Cisco Systems (CSCO).

Chapter Y: Sell When the Stock is Too High

In this lesson we dicsus how to sell when a stock is too high, and take a look back at Qualcomm’s (QCOM) 1999 run.

Chapter Z: Sell When the Market is High

The toughest thing about stocks, such as Home Depot (HD), is knowing when to sell. In this lesson we discuss how to (try to) sell at the top of the market.