An Ode to 2013 (and Good Riddance!)
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For this week's Stock Market Video, the last one of the year, I decided to do something a little different and look back at all that has happened in 2013. This is not our regular Cabot weekly review but a whole year in review. Paul recites a poem that recaptures both the high- and low-lights of the year. I hope it proves to be useful and brings up a smile. Click below to watch the video!
An Ode to 2013 (and Good Riddance!)
Two thousand thirteen was a very mixed bag
With floods and tornadoes, disasters galore
And crack-smoking mayors are kind of a drag
Uncle-killing dictators, and all kinds of war.
A whole lot of people (and Congress) not working
And don’t get me started on young Miley twerking.
The year also brought us some positive news
To balance the horrors that pushed up page views
With a Rover on Mars and Chinese on the moon
A new royal baby made everyone swoon
A new Pope and new hope on Iranian nukes
And a chance that each word,
Will no longer be heard
By NSA spooks.
Right from the start the stock markets went capering
Higher and higher, just tapping hitting the brakes
When rumors were rampant regarding Fed tapering
Giving investors a case of the shakes.
The taper itself, when it came near year’s end
Was anticlimactic , no damage to mend.
The rally that started in 2011
Continues to run, confounding the bears
The S&P’s soared to growth equity heaven
Despite all the fiscal/political scares.
We’re always aware of the market’s direction
And look upon bull moves with special affection.
The start of the year brought inaugural balls
As Obama set off on his second four years.
His program got mugged in Congressional halls
Which some saw with glee, but others with tears.
While it looks like his hopes have one foot in the grave
Four years are a long time to go for the save.
The government shutdown had every nerve jangling
As Congress continued its stalling and wrangling.
The U.S. shot right off the dread fiscal cliff
As legislators fought a long-running tiff.
Some citizens thought it was all just absurd
And that shutting down Congress would have been preferred
At holiday time, it’s no fun to be somber
But it’s hard not to mention the Marathon Bombers
Their bid to sow discord went horribly wrong
And everyone rallied to make Boston Strong.
(Last year they were on the rocks
This year they’re the Bearded Sox
Chumps to Champs in just one year
The message really is quite clear.)
Obamacare rolled out its signing-up site
Delays were enormous and nothing went right.
But finally the chaos had positive effects
As the topic spawned monologues, emails and texts
So comedians joked at the drop of a hat
And laughter’s great medicine, everyone knows that!
Premier Xi Jinping, China’s new Number One,
Is glad to have everyone there making money.
But graft and pollution are not that much fun.
Until Xi’s reforms can turn everything sunny,
There’s really not much about China that’s funny
So this is our sendoff to 2013
From Cabot, each one of us hopes that the new year
Will be the best you and your loved ones have seen
With laughter and joy, and we hope what we do here
Will keep your portfolio well in the green.
Now we wish you all kinds of holiday cheer
And a happy and prosperous 2014!
That’s it for the bad poetry. But if you’re looking around for some New Year’s resolutions that will allow your portfolio to put on a little weight (while you’re taking some off at the gym), here are three of my favorites for growth investors.
New Year’s Resolutions
1) I will not invest in any growth stock if I can’t give a one-sentence summary of why I like it. (Hint: Hearing it mentioned online or on a TV show doesn’t count!)
2) I will not allow any stock position to hand me a loss greater than 20%. Ever. (Note: Knowing when to sell is what separates the market’s victors from its victims.)
3) I will clean out my portfolio of any stocks in which I have a big loss.
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In case you didn’t get a chance to read all the issues of Cabot Wealth Advisory this week and want to catch up on any investing and stock tips you might have missed, there are links below to each issue.
Cabot’s leader and chief investment strategist Tim Lutts reviews the 10 Revolutionary Stocks he presented in Cabot Wealth Advisory beginning last summer and introduces a new series—Best Disruptive Stocks—that he’ll be starting next week. Selected by all the Cabot analysts, it’s sure to be a great list.
Our value investing guru Roy Ward reviews the market’s action in 2013 and lays out some economic dynamics that could propel the markets in 2014, or not. Roy also names two of his top five stock choices for 1024. Stocks discussed: Cognizant Technology (CTSH) and Qualcomm (QCOM).
Have a great weekend,
Chief Analyst, Cabot China & Emerging Markets Report
and Editor of Cabot Wealth Advisory
P.S. I’m going to be presenting a program on China at the World MoneyShow in Orlando, Florida on January 30, just before dinnertime. The World MoneyShow is a major gathering of investors of every stripe, including gold bugs, day traders, dividend investors, growth investors and vendors of every kind of investment software and service imaginable. The conference kicks off January 29 and ends on January 31. If you need an excuse to go to Orlando to build up your strength to get through February, I’m glad to provide it. I hope to see you there.