In the past week, we’ve covered the importance of owning stocks with world-class fundamentals… things like earnings growth and profit margins. I also mentioned my proprietary Quantitative Grade, which tells us how “in demand” a stock is on Wall Street.
That is, in fact, the single biggest factor in a stock’s long-term success or failure. So, next in our series this week called How to Make 2020 Your Record-Breaking Year, we’ll see the amazing impact it has when you target stocks that meet this criteria.
Even during bull market conditions investors get mediocre returns – again and again. In more than 30 years of investing, I’ve seen it happen many times. But as I will explain, 2020 will be year of tremendous growth, and you can beat the market for even bigger gains with the right investing strategy.
Whether its maximizing yield, achieving a retirement catch up or finding the small stocks set for life-changing gains, this series will explain your path to leaving so-so market gains in the dust.
When we’re talking about stocks that are in great demand among money managers, market analysts like to describe them as “under accumulation.”
Think of it like this: Our proprietary system can “x-ray” the market and see stocks that are under heavy buying pressure, or accumulation… just like the unseen pressure building in an underground hot spring.
For example, in early 2017, a semiconductor equipment company called Nova Measuring Instruments (NVMI) began registering extraordinary fundamental qualities like major earnings growth, expanding profit margins, and strong returns on equity. It also began registering very strong institutional buying pressure.
We recommended the stock just before it entered its breakout phase that produced a 96% return in less than six months.
Or, take China Distance Education (DL), for example. It’s a China-based provider of online education focusing on helping people obtain and maintain job skills, licenses, and certifications. They specialize in everything from accounting and law to healthcare and construction.
In August 2013, it began sporting incredible fundamental ratings along with strong institutional buying pressure ratings. We recommended the stock just before that buying pressure ran it up 105% in about four months.
By this point, you might be wondering exactly how we spot stocks under heavy accumulation by big money managers.
Our analytical model is actually pretty simple. Let me give you a breakdown of exactly how it works. Let’s start with a key financial concept: alpha.
Alpha measures the performance of an investment against a market benchmark like the S&P 500. The investment’s return relative to the benchmark’s return is the investment’s “alpha.”
Alpha is quoted as a number. For example, if the S&P 500 rises 10% in a given year and a stock rises 12% during that same time, the stock has an alpha of 2. If the S&P rises 20% and the stock rises 25%, the stock has an alpha of 5.
Our proprietary system scans the market for stocks with alpha. We find stocks that tend to rise more than the market. But we don’t stop there. To base my recommendations only on alpha is far too risky, and I see no need to take on that extra risk.
You see, many stocks that exhibit alpha (or “beat the market”) are more volatile than the broad market. You’ve probably been told that in order to make market-beating gains, you have to take bigger risks and accept more volatility. But that’s just not true.
Our research has shown that some extraordinary stocks beat the broad market while at the same time are LESS volatile than the broad market. These extraordinary stocks are things of beauty because they offer bigger returns, but with less volatility.
We rank stocks according to a combination of alpha and volatility. Those stocks that are going up the most with the least volatility are ranked the highest. Obviously, only the stocks that are enjoying very strong institutional buying pressure can manage to both beat the market AND be less volatile than the overall market. Only constantly flowing rivers of capital can allow stocks to behave this way.
When an elite stock with incredible fundamentals and strong buying pressure reports earnings, it tends to create a “geyser” event… where the stock makes a large price advance in a short amount of time. An earnings report often acts as the “catalyst” that draws in more buyers and sets off big price runs.
Our buying pressure analysis led us to recommend shares of Chinese online car shopping firm Bitauto to our readers in June 2013. The stock soared 209% in about eight months.
Our buying pressure analysis led us to recommend online retailer Vipshop to our subscribers in April 2013. The stock soared a whopping 487% in just under a year.
Our buying pressure analysis led us to recommend automaker Ferrari to our readers in early 2017. The stock soared 100% in just under a year.
Considering that the broad market’s long-term (inflation-adjusted) return is around 7% per year, you can see how powerful these hyper-growth stocks are.
If you make 7% per year, it will take you about 10 years to double your money. A high-quality growth stock in “geyser” phase can double your money in six months. These stocks put you in wealth creation’s express lane.
That, in a nutshell, is the philosophy behind my Accelerated Profits recommendations.
And I can’t emphasize it enough: Earnings drive stock prices. The reason these stocks can deliver such large returns in short time frames is because they have such strongest earnings growth. I call these stocks the “crème de la crème.”
Over the past 16 years, these “best of the best” stocks have performed phenomenally well compared to the broad market.
Stocks that meet our stringent requirements for Accelerated Profits gained, on average, 0.40% per week over the past 16 years. The broad market (as measured by the S&P 500) gained, on average, 0.18% per week over the same time. That’s a giant outperformance of 122%.
Outperforming the broad market by an average of 122% per week produces market-crushing returns over time.
The chart below shows what this outperformance looks like. It shows the growth of our “best of the best” strategy versus the growth of the S&P 500 from late 2003 to this month (both sets of returns are compounded weekly).
The S&P 500 started at 100 and climbed to 357.
Our Accelerated Profits strategy started at 100 and climbed to 1,613 …more than FOUR times better.
To be clear, everyone’s experience will be different. My point is that stocks in the top 1% of fundamental ratings tend to rise much faster than the broad market. And I’m saying that if you’re looking for an edge in the market, you’ll find it by owning stocks in the market’s top 1%.
Consistently putting this edge to work over time can allow you to pile up huge capital gains.
Over years of studying the world’s top growth stocks, my team and I kept seeing “geyser” phases – compressed periods of hyper share price appreciation – over and over and over. The returns were so extraordinary that we had to start sharing our work with readers.
So, in crafting my Platinum Growth Club Model Portfolio, I was sure to include a solid weighting in stocks that meet my Accelerated Profits criteria. With an “A” rating for both their Fundamental Grade and their Quantitative Grade, they’ll be key to market-beating gains in 2020 and beyond.