Best Stocks To Buy

Finding the best stocks to buy is never easy. It’s probably the reason you’re visiting this website.

But determining which stocks to buy isn’t just about the “what”. It’s also about when to buy them.

Take Apple (AAPL), for example. Everybody knows Apple. It’s the world’s richest and perhaps most visible company. If you had bought shares of Apple when started trading at roughly $0.50 in 1981, you’d most likely be a millionaire by now. More realistically, if you had bought the stock at any point in the last decade, you would have also made a hefty profit.

However, say you bought Apple when it reached its peak at $700 a share in August 2012 and sold it out of frustration after it plummeted 40% over the ensuing nine months. For long-term investors in Apple, that steep decline looks like little more than a brief hiccup on the road to major profits. But for those who got in at the wrong time, you actually lost money on Apple.

At Cabot Investing Advice, we try to provide our subscribers with the “what” and the “when”. The right stocks to buy now may be very different from the right stocks to buy in a year or two. Thus, when people ask us, “What are the best stocks to buy?” our answer is inevitably, “that depends.”

Like human beings, every stock goes through its ups and downs, its good times and bad. The best stocks – the Apples, the Googles, the Exxons – rise over time. But that doesn’t mean they’re the best stocks to buy at any given moment.

In reality, the best stocks to buy depend on your personal preference as an investor. No one stock, or even group of stocks, is right for every investor. Much depends on your risk tolerance, how long you like to stay invested in a given position, and what you want your investments to do for you.

For example, if you are a growth-oriented investor, you naturally seek out companies whose earnings are growing faster than the market’s, and that appear primed to continue doing so well into the future. These companies generally have steady cash flow and upward-trending stock charts.

On the other hand, if you are a value-oriented investor, you look for companies that are undervalued – stocks that haven’t necessarily been rising because they have fallen temporarily out of favor. Value investors search for bargains based on low price-to-earnings or price-to-book ratios. Their charts and earnings growth may not look good now, but there’s reason to believe they may in the future.

Growth stocks and value stocks are two very different things. Dividend stocks – or stocks that pay an ever-increasing dividend but don’t necessarily have the same share-price appreciation as a growth stock – are another investing avenue, generally favored by income investors.

The right stocks to buy depend on what stocks you’re looking for – and when you’re looking for them. Fortunately, at Cabot Investing Advice we have something for every type of investor. Our 12 investment advisories include value newsletters, growth newsletters, dividend newsletters, emerging-market newsletters – even two options services.

Featured Stock Picks

Each write-up features commentary on the picks from one or more of our expert stock market analysts, as well as company details and a stock chart.

Dividend Stocks

Dividend stocks aren’t going to make you rich overnight. They can significantly build up your nest egg if you buy and hold them for years, or even decades.»

Small Cap Stocks

Investing in Small-Cap Stocks is one of the best ways to make huge returns-- if you can handle the risk.»

Growth Stocks

Investing in Growth Stocks can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but the triple-digit returns make it all worthwhile.»

Value Stocks

"Buy Low, Sell High" is one of the oldest investing rules in the book. If you want to live by it, invest in value stocks. But how to find them?»

Canadian Stocks

Canadian stocks might not deliver the same returns as China or India. But they’re also less likely to go belly up if another financial crisis strikes.»

Forever Stocks

Forever Stocks don't need to be sold to make money. You can count on them to be viable not only today, but 20 or 30 years from now.»

Chinese Stocks

When seeking better-than-average growth, many investors flock to emerging markets. And in emerging markets investing, Chinese stocks are your best bet.»

Emerging Markets Stocks

Emerging markets stocks are among the fastest-growing investments in the global marketplace. The rapid growth of emerging markets is what makes their stocks so appealing. »

Retirement Stocks

One in three Americans will run out of money in retirement. A good way to avoid that trap is to invest in retirement stocks.»

Stock Picks


The fact that these stocks couldn’t rally even in the market strength of the past month tells us there’s little hope for the rest of the year.

Newfield Exploration

This oil & gas producer looks like an early leader.

Mindray Medical

Mindray has made a global name for itself, designing and refining medical equipment that can be sold more cheaply than the big international brands.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

What to Do About Those “Safe” Retail Stocks?

By Jacob Mintz on November 30, 2015

Perhaps most difficult for the average investor this year is that even the sectors and stocks considered to be safe have been decimated. When steady stocks such as Wal-Mart (down 30% year-to-date), ConocoPhillips (down 22% year-to-date) and Alcoa (down 40% year-to-date) are getting destroyed, it can be alarming. Can an investor who wants to own Nordstrom stock protect himself from the downside? Yes—by buying puts.Read More >

Spending Your Country to Prosperity?

By Paul Goodwin on November 28, 2015

On November 11, Chinese consumers spent an astounding $14.3 billion on Singles Day, a number that dwarfs the Black Friday to Cyber Monday shopping binge in the U.S. The founders of the Day thought that the date 11/11 looked like trees with no branches and Singles Day began as an ironic way for unmarried and unattached people to give themselves a present (because there was nobody else to give them one). Read More >

Three Things I'm Thankful For

By Paul Goodwin on November 25, 2015

The question of thankfulness is especially interesting to me because I write a financial advisory on how to invest in emerging market stocks, and I know that being a growth investor requires a certain amount of optimism. Pessimists don’t buy growth stocks because they believe deeply that most things will turn out badly. With all that philosophical maundering out of the way, I’d like to run down my optimistic list of things I’m thankful for.Read More >