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I really enjoy receiving emails and visits from readers. I especially enjoy receiving feedback from fellow bloggers like Andrew G. who writes G. Stocks, a blog well worth visiting!
Like so many intelligent readers of my investing methods Andrew finds my timing a little bit suspect. Couldn't there be a better way? Quite frankly, I am sure there are better ways to time things. I just want to try what I have described multiple times as an idiosyncratic system. But let me first get to Andrew's letter and then comment. Andrew wrote:
"Hi Bob, I really enjoy reading your blog. You do a great job analyzing the companies you review. I was wondering if you ever consider picking a stock to purchase, and then sitting on that decision until you see a valley in the stocks price? Your choosing strategy, of picking a top gainer, is a great way to find good stocks, but big gainers tend to always have a correction of some sort. Combine that with your -8% sell point and it seems like your strategy could cause you to sell a bit more then you'd like.I recently scanned through some of your recent sells, knowing that if you picked the stock, it should be a good one. I took off the list any stocks that had obvious reasons for dropping, and actually ended up purchasing MLAB. I got it while it was round $20.70. This company has good numbers, a lot of potential for growth, and just seems like a well run company. It just seems like you had bad timing when purchasing it (at a peak). What do you think? Are your purchases solely based upon when you have a free pass to do so or do you look into trying to time the purchase of your stock?Keep up the great blogging!Andrew (aka http://www.geissonator.blogspot.com/)"
I really don't want to overstate the significance of these charts. I am not sure if they even make the point. But my basic point is that I trust the actions of my stocks. Whenever I think that I am smarter than the market then I really ought to hang it up. I believe strongly in my ability to select what I really think are high quality companies. Without some fundamental information to explain an unexplained drop in a stock, I have to assume there are other factors working on the stock price and I don't second guess. I sell my shares.
This doesn't always work. But it works well enough for me.
Now you asked actually about entry points. You could be right on this one. Probably it is a bit risky to buy them on daily momentum indicators. Many stocks sell off after making a move higher. But then again, after screening through these names, I am only buying the shares of companies with the best characteristics that I have identified over and over again.
A lot of what this blog is about is being successful at investing. Not at necessarily being the most successful of any technique. If I can simply consistently or often stay ahead of the market, then I shall be successful more than a multitude of investors. Anyhow, that's my goal.
Good luck with you MLAB stock! I often revisit stocks after I have sold them when the circumstances are right. However, to answer your question, if I haven't done so already, I don't buy stocks unless I have a "permission slip" and that stock is on the top % gainers list on the day that I make a purchase. So no, I don't wait for a stock to pull back to make a purchase.
I want my system to be easy. I don't want to rely on my thinking and intuition. Every time I do that I open myself up for more errors. My portfolio talks to me loud and clear. I just need to listen!
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