You and I both know why you came here today.
You came here to learn how to be a great investor.
If my assumption is correct, you came to the right place.
While you are here, I will let you in on a little secret.
To be successful in the world of investing, you need two things:
- Consistency; and
- A little bit of “luck”.
To the first point, you must have a plan, and religiously follow that plan (with some adjustments along the way).
You need to save regularly, stay diversified, and just stick to the plan, man.
While that may be an oversimplified suggestion…
…it will get you moving toward your long-term investing goals faster than you realize.
To the second point, how does luck factor into your success?
As any seasoned investment professional will tell you…
…you can’t predict the future of the stock market or any particular stock.
If anyone tries to tell you differently, you should R-U-N the other way.
But getting lucky in the market isn't the same as getting lucky in other ways, such as winning the lottery (although, that would be nice).
However, you can increase your chances of “getting lucky” by carefully selecting your investments.
Doing so will allow you to BEAT THE MARKET, rather than simply match the market.
Beating the market means more money to put toward your financial goals.
So, if you are not already a market-whiz (self-proclaimed does not count!) that consistently beats the market, you need to align yourself with one.
One of my go-to market-whiz’s to follow goes by the name of David Gardner.
David is a founder of one of the leading financial and investing service companies.
That company is the Motley Fool.
And with over 30 years of investing experience, David is one of the most well-recognized names in the biz.
David Gardner has recommended several MAJOR homeruns, including:
- Netflix is up 17,622%
- Okta is up 421%
- Shopify is up 389%
- Tesla is up 2,505%
- Intuitive Surgical is up 3,553%
- Zoom is up 95%
He does not always pick ‘em correctly, but I have gotten “lucky” numerous times by taking his recommendations.
In addition to that impressive list of stock picks, David also recommended Amazon stock on September 9, 1997!
If you took that recommend, you would have purchased Amazon stock for around $36 per share.
If you bought 5 stocks at $36 per share, that investment would be worth around $181,980 today!
There were several stock splits since David's recommendation, which would have turned those 5 shares into 60 shares.
Not too shabby for a $180 investment.
Do I have your interest, yet?
David Gardner’s Stock Picks
Like I said, David Gardner picked Amazon three months after the company’s Initial Public Offering (IPO).
That is correct.
And, at the time, the stock cost around $36 dollars (currently trading at $3,033 as of July 29, 2020)!
If you didn’t know, before the “dot-com” crash, Amazon was a bookstore.
No one thought a bookstore would become so successful, right?
Well, I suppose some people saw the possibility.
Those “people” included David Gardner, who bought Amazon and rode it to what it is today – a massive hit!
Here is what Amazon’s price chart looks like today:
Obviously, it was an incredible investment.
Over the years, David continued to recommend Amazon to his subscribers at various points in time.
And the price has done nothing but continue to increase over the long run.
With this type of success, you may be wondering, “What’s the secret?” or better yet, “How did David know that Amazon would be a winner?”
Naturally, David has answered these questions many times.
Everyone wants to be a market-whiz, right?
Why did David Gardner invest in Amazon?
When asked, “Why did you make your first investment in Amazon?” David pointed out 3 key indicators.
Here are the reasons why David chose Amazon:
Reason #1: Sustainable Advantage (Visionary Leadership)
The company had a visionary leader (Mr. Jeff Bezos), and it was no secret.
In 1997, Amazon was known as “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore,” but the company called itself “Amazon.”
That indicated to David that there was a much larger vision for the company's future.
After all, one bookstore can only be so successful (which is what many investors assumed).
Reason #2: Upward Trend (Price Appreciation)
The stock price doubled in three months after its IPO from $18 to $36.
This would cause many investors to stay away from the stock, assuming that it is simply too expensive.
However, David does not worry about price when he sees a strong investment opportunity.
In fact, Rule Breakers and Stock Advisor often hit home runs on stocks that have already doubled in price.
If you believe in your investment, the price should not matter because you expect the investment to continue to grow.
Reason #3: Emerging Market (E-Commerce)
Finally, David recognized a company that was in touch with its customers.
Anyone who loved e-commerce was using Amazon back in the day.
And, at the time, many people had major doubts that e-commerce would stick…
…but here we are today!
Regardless of the future of e-commerce, David used Amazon and really liked the service.
The final lesson?
Buy companies that you would use in your daily life.
Why invest in a company that you wouldn't use personally?
David was definitely onto something when he chose Amazon, which has us asking…
…what is stopping David from picking the “next Amazon” stock again?
Because David takes a similar approach to picking stocks in 2020.
Here are some things that David looks for when carefully selecting stocks to recommend to you:
- Tog dogs in important and emerging industries
- Sustainable advantages (e.g., patent protection, visionary leadership, etc.)
- Solid management team
- Businesses that solve real problems
Sounds quite similar to his recommendation on Amazon, doesn't it?
As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
The “next Amazon” stock is coming…
In 23 years from now, you may be kicking yourself for not realizing the “next Amazon” was right in front of you.
If only we all had listened to David Gardner back in 1997!
If you want Amazon stock today, you will need to shell out $3,033 per share.
But, as they say, hindsight is 20/20…
…and David Gardner was a much less known “fool” in those days.
If you missed out, don't sweat it.
If you miss out again, you may want to go ahead and kick yourself because now you KNOW where to go.
So, what is the “next Amazon” stock?
I can’t tell you that information (or else I would have to kill you…also, I personally have no clue).
But what I CAN tell you is that you do not want to miss out on the “next Amazon” stock.
How can you avoid missing out?
You can avoid missing out by following David Gardner’s stock picks!
Today, the Motley Fool can be a little loose with its the “next Amazon…” comparison.
But hey, if I bought Amazon in 1997, I would be bragging about it to this day, too.
Amazon is David's largest success, but it is certainly not his only success.
Let’s not forget about Netflix, Tesla, and Intuitive Surgical to name a few.
If you stack a few “winners,” you will be on your way to beating the market in no time.
That is the goal, right?
If you play it safe, diversify, and put all of your money into mutual funds…
…you will make it to retirement, but you will also be old.
So, I say it's time to take a stand, and take control over your money, investments, and most importantly, your future!
You do not want to be the “Fool” who misses out on the “next Amazon” stock.
You may also be interested in the next Netflix stock.
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