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My Plan for Investing Research

Jan. 15, 2011 6:49 AM ET
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One of the battles for any dedicated value investor is finding the best methods for identifying which issues are trading at prices Benjamin Graham would approve of. I feel the need to take a more structured approach to my investing research, just as I currently do for school work or weight-lifting. I hit the gym every morning when it opens, 6:00 A.M. on weekdays and 8:00 A.M. on weekends. I go to each of my 6 college courses and do the required course work on my own. If I can do this for these two important activities in my life, why not for investing. From now on, I plan to have a clear approach to investment research. The clear starting point would be to focus on when I should complete my viewing of the weekly Value Line Research Reports. I use these reports because they offer the most straight-forward long-term financial picture of various companies, relative to every other source. Hands down, Value Line is among the most important financial resources available on the internet, along with the S.E.C.'s website and insightful investing forums. I just learned that the new Value Line Reports are available on Monday mornings at 8:00 A.M. EST. I have class on Mondays from 9:05 to 9:55 A.M., so I plan to complete my notes on each issue after class at the library. My notes should be available on my blog by noon at the latest on Mondays. If I find something that I wish to purse more in depth, I will make a point to share this on the blog and provide a follow up report where I will decide whether or not the stock should be added to a portfolio and at what price it should be purchased. Concurrently with the Value Line Commentary, I will complete a series of stock market screens to find any issues at great prices. On other days, I will continue to check up on all my favorite investing websites, as well as the financial headlines. I also want to begin documenting my research on various sectors and industries that are of interest. I will outline a more detailed plan for industry research as I decide which ones to do. I think that all people conducting investment research should sit down and outline the goals and parameters of their research. I will provide a much more detailed outline of my overall research plan, but believe that simply stating the need for a schedule is a positive step in the right direction.

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