How To Invest

Pat McKeough has been making investing for beginners simple—and profitable—by helping investors make big gains for more than 25 years. His advice to beginning investors is the same as it is for all investors: buy high-quality, mostly dividend paying stocks (or ETFs that hold these stocks) and evenly spread your investments over the five main economic sectors (Resources, Manufacturing, Finance, Utilities and Consumer). Pat also believes investors should avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight and focus on those with hidden or little-noticed assets.

In addition, Pat thinks then beginner investors should cultivate two important qualities: a healthy sense of skepticism and patience.


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Investors should approach all investments with a healthy sense of skepticism. This can help keep you out of fraudulent stocks that masquerade as high-quality stocks. It will also keep you out of legally operated, but poorly managed, companies that promise more than they can possibly deliver.

If you are a new investor, you should also realize that losing patience can cause you to sell your best choices right before a big rise. All too often, investors buy a promising stock just as it enters a period of price stagnation. Even the best-performing stocks run into these unpredictable phases from time to time. They move mainly sideways in a wide range for months or years before their next big rise begins. (Stock brokers often refer to these stocks as “dead money.”)

If you lack patience, you run a big risk of selling your best choices in the midst of one of these phases, prior to the next big move upward. If you lose patience and sell, you are particularly likely to do so in the low end of the trading range, when stock prices have weakened and confidence in the stock has waned.


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Now is a good time to buy

Here’s an Excerpt from a recent issue of Advice for Inner Circle Pro Members:
“You may recall that we said in mid-March that ‘…the bulk of the damage to the stock market may be behind us.’ The Dow and other indexes hit bottom within a week. Generally… Read More

Still a time for buying

Here’s an Excerpt from the May 20 issue of Advice for Inner Circle Pro Members:
“You may recall that we said in mid-March that ‘…the bulk of the damage to the stock market may be behind us.’ The Dow and other indexes hit bottom within a week… Read More

Q: Hello, Pat. Do you have any information about a drug company called PetMed Express (PETS on Nasdaq)? Best wishes and thanks.

A: PetMed Express, $36.29, symbol PETS on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 20.2 million; Market cap: $747.0 million, www.1800petmeds.com), is a leading online U.S.-wide pet pharmacy. The company does business as 1-800-PetMeds. It sells prescription and non-prescription medications, and other health-related products, through three main channels: the… Read More

Q: Hi. Do you recommend investing in Unity Biotechnology (UBX) for long-term gains? Thanks.

A: Unity Biotechnology Inc., $9.48, symbol UBX on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 49.1 million; Market cap: $465.9 million; www.unitybiotechnology.com), is a startup biotechnology company focused on developing medicines to halt, slow, or reverse age-associated diseases. The company is headquartered in Brisbane, California.

Unity’s medications target senescent cells… Read More

Q: Hello, TSI team. As a long-time Inner Circle member, I value your opinion. I would appreciate your thoughts on the Desjardins Alt Long/Short Equity ETF as a vehicle to park cash for a number of months while waiting for opportunities. I realize the fees are relatively high, but it seems to have weathered the February/March turbulence quite well. Thank you.

A: The Desjardins Alt Long/Short Equity Market Neutral ETF, $21.15, symbol DANC on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 11.9 million; Market cap: $251.7 million; www.fondesjardins.com), holds a portfolio that consists primarily of pairs of Canadian stocks in the same sector, one of which is a long position… Read More