Topic: How To Invest

What is Pat’s commentary for the week of October 17, 2023

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Visa has been a terrific performer for our subscribers since we first recommended the stock at $19 (adjusted for share splits) in the December 2010 issue of Wall Street Stock Forecaster. The company first sold shares to the public at $11 a share in March 2008. We held off recommending it at that time given that the best way to cut the risk of investing in initial public offerings is to wait until after the next market slump or recession comes along. Thanks to Visa’s unique business model, it was able to avoid big losses during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to online shopping, while the current rebound in travel has spurred the use of credit and debit cards to pay for airline tickets and hotel rooms. Both of these benefit Visa. Indeed, we feel the company has many more years of growth ahead despite high interest rates and inflation, which could slow consumer…