What's Your Investment Strategy?

Value investors will typically study the fundamentals of a company, such as its growth rates, balance sheet, profit margins, and so on. They may favor a stock such as fertilizer company CF Industries, with its forward P/E ratio below 7 and promising prospects, given our planet's growing population that will need to be fed. Growth investing: This involves focusing on fast-growing companies . It can be riskier than value investing, as some growth stocks can be seen as overvalued and many offer little or no margin of safety.

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To be successful over the long term, you need to have a comprehensive investment strategy that takes into account your goals and risk parameters. Having said all of that, at the end of the day, Im looking for a company that has both an attractive valuation and the ability to increase corporate earnings at a rate above market expectations. One way to develop an investment strategy is to look at the factors driving corporate earnings for a specific industry and individual company. A great example is the automotive sector and Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Some strategies for investing safely in preferred stocks

Send comments and questions to Robert Stepleman, Business News, Herald-Tribune, 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236, or rsstepl@tampabay.rr.com. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The data and performance information is for informational purposes only is not intended as a solicitation. Some strategies for investing safely in preferred stocks Robert Stepleman HeraldTribune.com December 21, 2013 5:38 PM With https://google.com/+Theelevationgroup/ the stock market on a tear, with 25-plus percent returns for the year, it's not surprising that fixed-income securities have fallen out of favor with many investors. Couple these equity returns with the microscopic returns of many traditional fixed-income investments and it's not surprising that even some investors committed to a balanced portfolio approach wavered.However, all is not lost for investors looking for fixed income.