Every investment has a trajectory. There is no such thing as static. Investments grow in size until they become really enormous at which point they can only grow along with GDP. To a certain extent picking investments is a little like duck hunting, you want to pick investments which will coincide with the growth trends.
You want (1) great products and/or services, (2) great management, (3) sufficient finances if the company is in development, (4) great connections whether those are sales partners or financial partners.
Jeff Hawkins, in his book On Intelligence, suggests that the brain is principally a forward-looking instrument. So, this duck hunting is a natural activity of the best investors.
Thomas Barnard, as a writer, was mentored and published by Nobel Laureate, Saul Bellow.
Individual investor focused upon a limited number of diversified stocks. Seeks stocks selling below fair value; favors dividend growth. Advocates fundamental investment analysis, supplemented by the technical charts. Options strategies primarily employed to generate additional income or hedge risk.
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Dividend Tree is an engineering professional working in wireless industry. After earning his PhD, his professional career has taken him to web-based manufacturing systems, risk/statistical analysis for development and sustainability, product development, and design for excellence. He believes in holistic thinking (whole portfolio instead of individual stock) and putting numbers in context of the objectives (instead of generalization). He maintains a blog spot, where he discusses any and all aspects that influence dividend portfolio construction and its sustainability. The unique aspect about his blog spot is that all of the discussion is in the context of do-it-yourself individual investors. He expects that his blog will inspire, motivate, and encourage readers to manage their investment portfolios as simple projects (instead of a complex process).
My blog is at Dividend Tree (http://www.dividendtree.net/)
The Applied Finance Group (AFG) helps investment advisors, institutional investment, consulting, corporate firms globally in accurately measuring corporate performance and identifying mispriced equities. AFG developed its proprietary framework, Economic Margin, to correct distortions created by traditional accounting-based analysis. The Economic Margin Framework is more than just a performance metric, as it encompasses a valuation system that explicitly addresses the four main value drivers of enterprise value: profitability, competition, growth, and cost of capital. Unlike traditional valuation approaches that utilize highly sensitive perpetuity assumptions, AFG’s approach incorporates company specific competitive advantage periods which identify companies that may lose excess returns over time faster than their competitors.