Ah, that special time of year. The holidays are done, football season may as well be, and the prospect of baseball is a mere specter of a whiff of fresh-cut grass and hot dogs on the other side of all the ice and snow yet to come...
You'll have to forgive me for waxing poetic. On the other hand, I'm not doing it to sell you something... unlike the tidal wave of breathless prose currently inundating inboxes, courtesy of Wall Street and its good buddies in the mainstream financial media.
That's right: Investment clickbait season is here. Everywhere I look, I see "predictions" for 2018.
"Nine stocks to make all your dreams come true!" "One stock to rule them all in 2018!"
"Three stocks to profit from the 2018 zombie apocalypse!" "Six Trump-proof stocks!" "When this stock triples in 2018, thank Trump!"
My inbox is stuffed with these pitches, and they are all pretty much the same: lists of stocks with fantastic stories, peppered with some pithy quotes from an analyst or CEO about why this company is going to make your hopes and dreams a reality.
Some of them are even pretty well written. But almost universally, they are poorly researched, and fatally short on clear-eyed analysis of a company's prospects and financial condition.
About the Author
Tim Melvin is an unlikely investment expert by any measure. Raised in the "projects" of Baltimore by a single mother, he never attended college and started out as a door-to-door vacuum salesman. But he knew the real money was in the stock market, so he set sights on investing - and by sheer force of determination, he eventually became a financial advisor to millionaires. Today, after 30 years of managing money for some of the wealthiest people in the world, he draws on his experience to help investors find "unreasonably good" bargain stocks, multiply profits, and build their nest eggs. Tim tirelessly works to find overlooked "hidden gems" in the stock market, drawing on the research of legendary investors like Benjamin Graham, Walter Schloss, and Marty Whitman. He has written and lectured extensively on the markets, with work appearing on Benzinga, Real Money, Daily Speculations, and more. He has published several books in the "Little Book of" Investment Series and a "Junior Chamber Course" geared towards young adults that teaches Graham's principles and techniques to a new generation of investors. Today, he serves as the Special Situations Strategist at Money Morning and the editor of Peak Yield Investor.