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Tuesday, 29 June 2004
A Reader Writes "How do you rank your top 25?"

Hello Friends! A quick note before I shut down for the evening....I had an encouraging email which I would like to share with you....Leon writes,

Hi bob,

Interesting site.....I was wondering how you rank your top 25 that you invest in ? best growth or consistent growth ( as per strong moat)......also more importantly....how has performance of your investment been like with those methods.

Warmest regards.


In response to Leon's questions, I would like to point out that I do not have a true top 25 list. What I do have is my current trading portfolio that I REALLY need to update, which contains the stocks that I have chosen to personally own. I have one additional stock, Rite-Aid (RAD), which is in there that does NOT fit the criteria I have laid out, regarding steading earnings/revenue growth etc. I purchased that stock prior to really setting up this investment protocol about a year and a half ago.

I refer to "natural selection" as a sort of DARWINIAN investment process that creates my portfolio. In other words, I purchase a stock when my system says I can. That is, when I have sold a portion of a stock at a gain, then I can add another position...up to my maximum of 25...currently at 22. I tend to buy a stock THAT DAY....that is showing up in the current gainers...that is showing price momentum THAT day.

If it performs well, that is it doesn't decline in price to a sell point, well then it stays in my portfolio. I have MANY stocks I review that I really like. But I do NOT have enough money to buy them all! And many stocks that I reviewed early like TASER, yes I reviewed TASER Before the 3:1 and the 2:1 split....and I have never owned a share! There are others in my list that have declined significantly. Overall, my current trading portfolio has an unrealized gain of about $30,000....I am fairly heavily margined...that I do NOT recommend....at about 45% equity....the value of the trading accout is about $57,000, so that $30,000 in unrealized gains is quite good! The realized gains/losses for the year is only about $1,500....as I take a LOT of small losses...and am now only getting into long-term gains....I hope you follow.

I am not sure if I have adequately answered your question. I will try to update the website soon to get the latest numbers on the trading account in particular but I DO post almost immediately whenever I make a change!

Going back to your question, best growth or most consistent growth....tough question, but I believe that the BEST growth is the most CONSISTENT growth in earnings AND revenue if possible. I also like to see a real healthy underpinning to the whole operation with nice generation of free cash flow and a healthy balance sheet. If I can get this in a stock over $10, with reasonable valuation....well that would be NIRVANA. :)

Thanks again for stopping by! Remember I am an AMATEUR investor, so please consult with your professional investment advisors if you have questions on these stocks insofar as their appropriateness for your investment situation! Please feel free to write to me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com if you have any other questions or comments!

Bob


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