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.»

Stock Picks


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Cabot Wealth Advisory

How to Find Great Growth Stocks in a Scary Market

By Paul Goodwin on October 21, 2016

Even in today’s scary market, there are great growth stocks out there. Here’s how to find them—and how to avoid the kind of losses that can haunt your portfolio.Read More >

Buy This Small-Cap Tech Stock as the Nasdaq Thrives

By Tyler Laundon on October 20, 2016

Technology stocks are thriving, as the Nasdaq has been outpacing the S&P 500 and the Dow for months. And one small-cap tech stock in particular is outperforming the industry’s big boys. Read More >

Is Allergan (AGN) Still an Undervalued Stock?

By Crista Huff on October 18, 2016

Five months ago, Allergan (AGN) was an undervalued stock with tons of growth potential. It's up 21% since then, but still has plenty of upside. Here's why.Read More >