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My Six Rules for Stock Picking - Outside View by Mark Ford

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My Six Rules for Stock Picking
Feb 11, 2017

Mark Ford

The whole time I spent getting rich, only a small portion of my net investable wealth was in stocks. Maybe 2% to 3%. And almost all of that was in no-load index funds.

Then I read Mary Buffett and David Clark's The Warren Buffett Stock Portfolio and I became a convert to Buffett's philosophy of stock investing.

What Buffett has been doing with Berkshire Hathaway for the past 10 years or so, I'm told, differs in some ways from the stock investing strategy explained in David Clark's book. I based my strategy on that original concept. I've been doing it now for five years and so far it's produced very good results.

The strategy comprises six simple rules:

  1. Invest only in big, simple businesses that dominate their industry because of some advantage they have that others lack.
  2. Don't worry about year-by-year profits. Invest for the long term. (And by that I mean 10 years or more.)
  3. Don't invest in companies you don't understand. You don't need to know the company inside and out, but you at least need to understand how they sell to their customers, why their customers prefer them, and why it is that they're likely to continue dominating their industries.
  4. Whenever possible, invest in 'investor-friendly' businesses-companies with a long-term history of paying dividends to their investors year in and year out.
  5. It's also nice if the company has lots of cash and an easy debt load.
  6. Never overpay. Even the world's best companies can be overpriced. And if you buy them when they are, it may take you a long, long time to make up for your overpayment.

As I said, I used to put my stock money in no-load index funds. The idea there was to have some of my wealth in the stock market and expect, over time, that the return I would get would be equal to the market, plus or minus a percent.

I still think that's a pretty good strategy for beginners or people that have zero interest in managing their own stocks. But I do think that the portfolio of stocks I have now, based on the six rules above, will give me more power and endurance than an index fund with equal or greater safety over time.

Now, regular Equitymaster readers are no strangers to this stock-picking philosophy. But this strategy is successful in building wealth, ONLY if you have a large 'net investable income' - the income that you can directly invest in stocks.

So my wealth-building strategy goes beyond just picking world-dominating stocks!

It's a holistic blueprint of income-producing ideas I've refined from 30 years of experience. These include multiple income streams from rental real estate, dividend-producing stocks, non-traditional assets, and off-Wall Street investments.

If you don't have a strategy to build your 'net investable income' - it doesn't matter how brilliant you are at picking stocks - great wealth will remain out of your reach.

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Mark Ford is a globally renowned author, entrepreneur, millionaire wealth coach. He founded the Wealth Builders Club which has helped hundreds of people around the world achieve a financial success most people only dream of.

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6 Responses to "My Six Rules for Stock Picking"

Anoop K

Feb 13, 2017

Its good. It seems very similar to the Warren Buffett method of picking stocks.

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Sujash Raha

Feb 13, 2017

Very nice idea to implement in future

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Motupalli Sreenivasu

Feb 13, 2017

Sound - easy to understand advice

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M S Luthra

Feb 12, 2017

They sound perfect.Shall follow

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jyoti mathew

Feb 12, 2017

good ideas to put into practice

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Audumbar Netalkar

Feb 12, 2017

One other best strategy

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