The Secret to Finding Value in Today’s Markets
I’m hearing from a lot of investors right now who are concerned that “there’s nothing to buy” – most of which is driven by two things:
a) that prices have risen to record levels, and;
b) that the headlines are so negative.
I heard similar comments in late 1999, again in 2007, too. Yet, the right companies continued to be solid investments. And, not surprisingly, they remain so.
Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), one of my favorites, for example, has returned a staggering 2,892% since January 3, 2000. That’s enough to turn every $10,000 invested back then into $299,200 today.
My point is that there’s always a lot more value in the markets than people think even with prices at all-time highs – if you know what to look for.
- Change your perspective and start looking away from all the things traditionally used to value a stock like Wall Street does, and instead look through the eyes of a CEO. They’re the ones tasked with real world results, real world progress, and real world profits.
- Traditional valuation metrics are of limited use in today’s markets. The PE ratio, for instance, is a Wall Street favorite yet research shows that it has very little value when it comes to predicting the most successful investments. Anybody relying on them instead of using the CEO lense I’m talking about risks missing the bigger picture and the true value of an investment. Profits, too.
- Companies that can grow into high valuations are where you want to be. That’s why we talk about the fabulous five tech stocks frequently, why I’ve mentioned big defense players like Raytheon Co. (NYSE:RTN) regularly, and why I’ve recently recommended a key infrastructure player in our paid sister service, the Money Map Report, which is already turning in much stronger performance than its peers and the markets, in general.
The CEO’s lense can be a very powerful analytic tool because it’s gives you strategic insight into where the savviest leaders are going, not to mention the profits they’ll find when they get there.
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Best regards for great investing,