You've Got to Own Stocks Now

"I've seen this specific situation only a few times in my career," my buddy Jim told me over lunch a few weeks ago. "When I see it, I know it's time to buy."

I've learned to follow Jim when he gets excited...

It's worked out well for me in the past. And it turns out, the opportunity he saw recently is far from over.

Let me explain...

Back in 2011, Jim's advice helped me make about four times my money on the stock of a small local bank.

The bank had traded for $23 a share in 2007. Then, the real estate bubble burst here in Florida. The local bank's stock crashed to around $2 a share. It was priced like it was doomed, but I believed it would survive. Still, I wanted an expert opinion.

So I took Jim out to lunch one day in 2011. He actually had a hand in starting this local bank, but he was no longer an insider. He gave me the key I needed... He said, "Steve, look at the bank's non-interest income," and he left it at that.

I dug deeper there. What I saw was that the bank would be completely fine. It was priced as if it was going out of business... However, thanks to its non-interest income, it would weather the real estate storm. So I started buying all I could.

That one sentence from Jim helped me make about four times my money on the stock by the time I sold in 2015.

That 2011 lunch was the first time I asked Jim for his opinion on a bank stock. (Thank you, Jim!) But it wasn't the last.

I have known Jim for decades. Our kids grew up together. In his career, he has built a number of small banks from scratch in fast-growing markets, brought in a ton of customers, and then sold those banks to the bigger banks.

The second time I relied on Jim to help me make money in bank stocks, I bought into one of his bank startups. It was later sold to a publicly traded bank, and I made a solid profit. (I don't remember how much exactly, but I think it was nearly a double.)

In our recent conversation, Jim told me at lunch that he started buying bank stocks in March – after the yield on Treasury bonds crashed.

He nailed it... And it's not just bank stocks. As you know, stocks in general have soared since then – up 50% from their March bottom. Take a look...

Now, most folks look at this chart and think they missed the rally. I see exactly the opposite...

Sure, I hope that you bought in March, like Jim did. But don't worry if you didn't.

The trend is in our favor. The Federal Reserve is pumping trillions of dollars into the system. And investors are excited.

That's a recipe for a boom in stock prices. It's already happening... And if you don't get on board now, the opportunity will pass you by.

It's not easy to take advantage of a situation like this. And it took even more guts for Jim to buy back in March. But when you look at the body of evidence, it's clear that stocks are the best investment you can make right now. Take advantage of it.

Good investing,


Further Reading

Money usually flows to where it will be treated best. And right now, this metric is pointing to continued upside in stocks for the coming months... Get the full story here: Stocks Have More Upside Than You Can Imagine.

"It's true that when you find a market in a strong uptrend, it often goes on to make even higher highs," Chris Igou writes. And right now, a rare market occurrence is pointing to even greater upside in stocks... Read more here: This Rare Market Event Points to More Stock Gains.

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Market Notes


Today, we're checking in on a real-world industrial "bellwether"...

As longtime readers know, we look at different companies and sectors to understand how the economy is behaving. The industrial sector is particularly telling – not only because of its direct impact on the economy, but because it means there's demand for industrial products. Today's company paints a bullish picture of the economic recovery...

Graco (GGG) is a $10 billion industrial supplier. It makes components like pumps, paint-sprayers, meters, and valves – items that are only useful as pieces of a larger tool. So when Graco is making sales, that means other industrial companies are doing well enough to upgrade their gear. And in the most recent quarter, Graco sold $367 million worth of equipment... down just 14% year over year even in the height of coronavirus-related disruptions.

Despite falling with the rest of the market in the spring, GGG shares are up more than 30% over the past year, and they just hit a new all-time high. Graco's new highs tell us the economy is doing well today...