Investing FAQs

We've been asked a lot of questions in the 45+ years we've been writing about the stock market, and the same ones come up again and again. We've collected the best of these below in an investing FAQ for your benefit. If there's something you're not sure about, come here first!

Cabot's Investing Techniques FAQ

Questions about our trend lines, market indicators, and ratings system. »

Stock Investing FAQ

Questions regarding Cabot's investing philosophy and techniques. »

Three Stock Market Timing Indicators

Markets are always going up and down, and if you have a timer to distinguish a real market move from random motion, you know when to be in or out.»

How do I Plan for Investment Risk?

Successful investors always consider risk when analyzing their portfolio, adhering to rules like cutting losses short and diversification.»

Growth Stock Investing FAQ

Basic questions about growth investing. »

Options FAQ

Questions about option trading. »

Small-Cap Confidential FAQ

Questions about Small-Cap Confidential and small-cap stocks in general. »

Value Investing FAQs

Investing in value stocks is quite different from growth or momentum investing. Cabot's value investing analyst Roy Ward answers your questions.»

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Cabot Wealth Advisory

Does Alibaba (BABA) Stock Measure Up to Amazon (AMZN)?

By Paul Goodwin on September 23, 2016

Alibaba (BABA) is the Amazon (AMZN) of China. But does BABA stock measure up to AMZN stock? Let’s break it down!Read More >

As Stock Market Trends Change, Invest in these New Leaders

By Michael Cintolo on September 22, 2016

History tells us that all stock market trends change, and if you don’t recognize the leaders of that change early, you risk missing out on the next big winners.Read More >

AMZN Stock vs. FB Stock: Which Is the Better Value Buy?

By J. Royden Ward on September 20, 2016

For the past five years, AMZN stock and FB stock have been two of the market's great growth stories. But could you make the case that either stock is still undervalued? Let’s break it down.Read More >