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My name is Sara Glakas. I'm the chief investment strategist of Forever Stocks
and the president of InvestingAnswers.com.
My Forever Stocks advisory recommends an
exclusive class of stocks -- I call them "forever" stocks -- that you can
buy, hold, and basically forget about, all without losing much sleep at
When you buy this exclusive class of stocks and let
them grow year over year, you increase your chances of earning large returns
and you decrease your odds of losing money.
I'm convinced that investing in "forever" stocks is one
of the best decisions you'll ever make. That's why I spent more than a month
putting together my latest research report, 20 Must-Buy "Forever" Stocks
for September 2012.
These select stocks are some of the best
investments I've ever found. They're
the kind of stocks you can buy, forget about, and hold forever.
Here are just a few examples of what I
discovered in my research:
Forever Stock #1 is my "Cadillac" investment for 2012. It's #1 in its
industry, is expanding aggressively into fast-growing markets and, best of
all, it's buying back $6 billion worth of its own shares in 2012. No
wonder Warren Buffett AND George Soros just backed up the truck and bought
20.8 million shares...
Forever Stock #2 performs well in bull markets and bears... In 2008-2010, while
many U.S. companies were laying off staff and shutting down stores,
this company announced three consecutive record-breaking years of
net income. Since 2002, its earnings per share has exploded from
$4.10 to $20.47 in 2012, for an incredible increase of 399%.
Forever Stock #6 is about as boring a
business as you'll find. But since going public in 2001, this
energy company's share price has increased 530% -- over 20% a year.
Add in the fact that during the same time period, it also tripled
its dividend and now yields 5.0% a year, and it becomes obvious why
this is a company we want to own "forever."
Forever Stock #10 is our "no-brainer"
investment for 2012 -- a $21 investment in one share of stock
during its 1987 IPO has turned into $7,200 today. And that's
even after the '87 crash, the dot-com bubble and the Great
Recession. It's hands down one of the best investments I've ever
seen. And did I mention it's also one of only four S&P companies the
ratings agency thinks is safer than the U.S. government? This stock
is poised to generate a lifetime of income for "forever" investors
Forever Stock #15 has raised its dividend 700% in 10 years... and by the end
of last year, it had repurchased more than 32 million shares. The company
plans at least $2.5 BILLION more in share repurchases this year, which
should support the share price in just about ANY market.
That's just a taste
of what I uncovered during hundreds of research hours. I'll send you the full details of
these five picks, plus 15 more, if you sign up for a 30-day risk-free trial
to my Forever Stocks investment advisory.
My investing philosophy is simple. I believe the best way
to get wealthy in the stock market is by owning safe, market-dominating
companies that continually reward their shareholders with cash.
This philosophy informs all of my stock market research. I want every stock
I own to be something I want to pass down to my grandchildren -- not some
"hot" stock tip that "might" hit it big.
And here's how I do it...
A Simple Strategy That Has NEVER
Normally I reserve this sort of content for Forever
Stocks subscribers. But today I'm going to make an exception.
I'm going to show you -- in detail -- the simple strategy
I use in my Forever
Stocks advisory as well as my own personal portfolio. I chose this
strategy for one reason: Investors who follow it have never lost money in
A recent study by mega-investment firm Oppenheimer even confirmed my theory.
The problem is, I could tell 100 people about this strategy... and I'd guess 99 of
them would flat out ignore it. That's despite the evidence I'll show you
backing it up.
"Your strategy is for suckers."
"Its time has passed."
"You have to be an idiot to think that would work today."
I know some people will say this because they already have. We asked some of
our regular website readers to give us their thoughts on this strategy.
These were the type of responses I heard from some people. I was shocked.
If you're starting to think that this all sounds too good to be true, don't
worry. There are a few caveats.
For one, you can't use this strategy for every stock. Use it on the wrong
ideas, and you can still lose money. But across the market as a whole, it
hasn't failed once in the past 60 years.
So what's the big secret?
You don't actually have to trade every day... every week... or even every
year to make money in the market. In fact, you'll have greater success
by making fewer trades and holding investments longer.
The best proof comes from the Oppenheimer study I mentioned earlier. They looked at the
S&P 500 going all the way back to 1950. Over that time, the
S&P 500 NEVER suffered a loss in a 20-year period.
Of course, we all know you can't say the same for holding stocks for a year
or two. When you hold stocks for a short period of time, your odds of losing
money are much, much higher.
I won't lie to you and say that there's no risk investing in stocks. You can
lose a lot of money very quickly. In fact, in its worst
1-year period, the S&P 500 dropped 44.8%.
Even Warren Buffett's favorite holding period is "forever."
But it's surprising how many investors still fight it. The average holding
period for an investment was seven years in 1940, according to William
Hutchings of the Financial
News. By 2007, that period had shrunk to just seven months.
So while all the evidence points to longer holding periods being better for
your portfolio... most investors are doing the exact
I looked at the annual returns of the
S&P 500 myself, going back to 1950.
You can see the proof for yourself in my chart...
On a rolling annual basis, the S&P 500 has dropped 16 times over a 1-year
period since 1950... but zero times in any 20-year period.
The trend is clear. The longer
you hold an investment, the better your chances of making money.
Unfortunately, the "forever" strategy doesn't work for every stock. If it
did, Wall Street would be out of business in a heart beat. There will always
be Enrons, Worldcoms, even General Motors scattered throughout the market.
You could hold those three for an entire lifetime, and it wouldn't make one
So today I'll show you how you can tell if a
stock is a good candidate for holding "forever."
The 30-Second Test that Could
Make My Job Obsolete
I'm so convinced that holding fantastic stocks
"forever" is the best way to make money that I'm going to tell you exactly
how to do it.
After all, if you know what to look for, then you'll be able to spot
additional "forever" stocks on your own.
This may sound
strange from someone who makes her living publishing an investing
newsletter. And I expect that at least some of you are going to take
this information and run with it yourself.
But my job, first and foremost is to help investors make money. That said, if you want to take this strategy and use it
on your own, I wish you the best of luck and would love to hear about your
I'm going to outline the simple 30-second test I use to find "forever" stock
candidates in just a minute.
first, I want to address the one thing
that keeps many people from holding a stock "forever," even when they know
it's the best way to grow their wealth.
Holding through thick and thin can be a challenge. After all, no one likes
to see their holdings lose value, even if it's temporary.
So even if you want to hold for the long term, don't you have to have nerves
The answer is no. Absolutely not. If you're invested in the right stocks,
you can beat the market with less volatility than you ever thought.
Hear me out...
Take the S&P's worst year of the last decade -- 2008. That year, the S&P
dropped from 1,448 to 903. That's a nauseating 40.1% drop.
But you couldn't avoid that drop, right? After all, the S&P dropped that
much... and it's an average of 500 of America's best companies. Everyone
lost 40.1%, right?
I asked my research team to see how the five "forever" stocks
I mentioned in the introduction performed during that nasty 2008 bear
market. And even I was shocked with the results...
2008, the five "forever" stocks only
dropped 15.2%, beating
the S&P by over 24.9
And the other nine years of the last decade? Our
basket of five "forever" stocks outperformed the S&P every year except two.
See for yourself...
These five stocks not only held up better during bear
markets, they also crushed the market during bull markets.
Over the last decade, a portfolio of these five stocks
returned 251.1% while the S&P managed to return only 16.1%:
But we think bigger gains could come in 2012... and
Now I'm not trying to brag about how "forever" stocks outperform the broader
market in good times and in bad. My job is to help you make money, so I want
to show you why these stocks did better.
"Forever" stocks have three main traits that allow them to dominate in the
long run, namely:
They enjoy huge (and lasting) advantages over their competition.
They have conservative balance sheets, including a ton of cash.
They pay their investors each and every year by dishing out rising dividends
or buying back massive amounts of their own stock.
It only takes 30 seconds to check a stock for these characteristics. And my
research has shown that more often than not, these are the companies that
can make you money in the long run. (Of course, just because a stock passes
these hurdles doesn't always make it a "forever" idea; it's simply a way to
whittle down the candidates.)
It makes sense -- strong companies that can weather economic storms and put
a priority on their shareholders tend to do better over the long-run.
Take one of my picks in 20 Must-Buy "Forever" Stocks for
Philip Morris (NYSE: PM), for example. Philip Morris is one of the most
dominant companies I've ever researched. This company sells its products in
180 countries and owns seven of the world's top 15 global brands in its market.
But it's also the most shareholder-friendly company I've ever seen. Since
2008, it has raised its dividend 67%. In 2011 alone the company repurchased
$5.4 BILLION of its own stock. Since being spun-off from its parent company
Altria (NYSE: MO) in 2008, this company has bought back roughly 20% of the
outstanding shares, which helps support the share price in just about any
Buy it now and you'll lock in a solid yield of nearly 4%, and I expect
another dividend increase in the next quarter or two. Meanwhile, the company
plans $6 billion more in share repurchases this year, which should support
the share price in just about any market.
Of course, with investing there is never a surefire thing. That said,
investing in companies that enjoy strong advantages over the competition,
that make a product used in daily life, and that return billions of dollars
in cash to their shareholders is key to profiting in any market.
And with the stock market whipsawing as it has been, knowing that your
investments have a great track record of holding up nicely in a downturn is
a valuable asset in and of itself.
And even if a company like Philip Morris isn't for you,
some of the 19 other ideas in my research report may be a better fit.
Why You Should Set Your
Investing Horizon to "Forever"
Forever Stocks is my monthly advisory built entirely around the idea
that investing doesn't have to be hard. Or risky.
Instead, all you have to do is find a handful of companies with the telltale
"forever" stocks traits: Huge (and lasting) advantages over their
competition, conservative balance sheets (including a ton of cash) and
investor-friendly practices like dividend increases and share buybacks.
Even though the idea is simple, that doesn't make it easy. After all, most
investors don't have time to dig through the world's 46,000-plus stocks to
find the absolute best ones.
That's my job. And it's exactly why I spent so much time on each of my
monthly recommendations and my latest report, 20 Must-Buy "Forever"
Stocks for September 2012.
My career depends on my ability to make good calls, so when I publish these
reports, I take a BIG financial risk. If I pick bad stocks, you'll remember.
But thanks to my research team's expertise and
track record, I'm confident enough in these picks to put my own reputation
on the line...
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