Investing Lessons From My 3 Best Stock Picks

I made some bold claims during the Early Warning Summit 2021, my joint presentation with Matt McCall. We discussed the factors that will lead to a stunning 2021 for the stock market and why now is the time for investors to position themselves for the coming strength. (If you missed it, you can watch the replay here.)

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We’re already off to a good start — with the Dow hovering near the 30,000 level the index first topped in late November, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ hit new 52-week highs Thursday.

Now, I’ve been described as a permabull, which means I’m always bullish on stocks, which isn’t true. I simply follow my computer models. In times of economic growth, my models tend to be bullish. And in times of slowing growth or worse, my models alert me to get out.

The bottom line is that I believe in running the numbers — and in being guided by them. That’s key to your long-term success, as it removes your personal biases from the equation. Combining my quantitative approach, and Matt’s “big trend” approach, we developed a unique portfolio just for 2021. It’s designed to make the most of the trends that will have the largest and most immediate impact on the coming year. (You still have time to catch the replay here.)

But this isn’t just a one-time “flash in the pan.” My quantitative system not only informed my predictions at the Early Warning Summit 2021 — it was also responsible for the greatest wins of my career.

The system behind my Portfolio Grader tool made me “one of the very first to recognize Google’s long-term potential, within months of its 2004 IPO,” as cited in MarketWatch.

And in recent years, it helped me pick stocks that went on to be the top performers among S&P 500 stocks. All of them reflect the same pattern you can use today to help predict future gains.

In 2016, the best S&P stock was NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), a leading maker of graphic processing units (GPUs) for computer gaming and the like. In fact, it invested the GPU back in 1999!

I recommended NVDA in May 2016, and in the previous quarter, the company had grown earnings by 38%. At $0.46 per share, versus expectations for just $0.31, NVDA had “beat the Street” by a whopping 48%.

The company continued to grow earnings throughout 2016, and ended up +207% for the year, earning it the top spot as the best performer in the S&P 500 that year! Meanwhile, I continued to recommend that NVDA position for quite some time. When we cashed it out last January, we’d made even more: +274%.

I also recommended the best-performing stock in 2014 and 2017, too!

In April 2013, I picked Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV). Southwest is a company that’s best known for cheap flights, thanks to policies like no baggage fees and no assigned seats, which reduces boarding times. (As we all know, time is money, and that’s especially true if you’re an airline.)

In 2014, LUV closed out the year up +125%. By the time I recommended selling it in February 2016, we’d made far more on our position: +194%.

And in 2017, Align Technology (NASDAQ:ALGN) was the number-one stock for the year. ALGN might sound like an obscure stock. But when I mention its brand name Invisalign, that might sound more familiar. Yes, this is the company that’s helping move orthodontics from the old, cumbersome model of metal braces.

I recommended ALGN in August 2016, and 2017 was even better to ALGN: the stock gained +132% that year. By the time we cashed out our ALGN position in November 2018, we’d made an even better gain of +157%.

How? Well, these profits on all three stocks simply resulted from my following the cues of my Portfolio Grader.

Below is its current Report Card for ALGN:

There you see the eight business fundamentals I assess for any stock; as you can see, profitability is key.

Best Performer of 2021 …

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my investing career, it’s that you can’t go wrong if you stick with companies that “deliver the goods” with regard to earnings.

Now, as I look to the year ahead, I’ve done the hard research, run the numbers on key fundamental and quantitative factors, worked with my InvestorPlace colleague Matt McCall, and formed a view on what’s coming next.

Technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, precision medicine, the Internet of Things (IoT), driverless cars, and the blockchain have been around in their early forms for years. Will 2021 finally be the year when these technologies converge to create massive increases in efficiency and convenience?

Where will the huge amount of cash sitting on the sidelines right now be deployed?

And what will a Biden Presidency mean for the markets?

In our Early Warning Summit 2021, I laid out President-elect Biden’s plans for an infrastructure upgrade and a renewed focus on clean energy. Click here to watch the replay and see why Matt and I both think stocks are a screaming buy now.

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Louis Navellier had an unconventional start, as a grad student who accidentally built a market-beating stock system — with returns rivaling even Warren Buffett. In his latest feat, Louis discovered the “Master Key” to profiting from the biggest tech revolution of this (or any) generation

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