Jim Fink is chief investment strategist for Jim Fink’s Options for Income and Roadrunner Stocks. He has traded options for more than 20 years and generated personal profits of more than $5 million. Jim also serves as an investment analyst at Investing Daily’s flagship investing publication, Personal Finance.
Hopelessly overeducated, Jim holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a law degree from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. For good measure, he has been a member of the Illinois and D.C. bars and is a CFA charterholder.
Prior to joining Investing Daily, and when not incurring student loans hiding out in academe, Jim practiced telecommunications regulatory law for nine years until he realized that he made more money trading stock options than writing briefs. After attending business school, Jim switched gears to the investment realm full-time, working for a university endowment, a private wealth management firm, an insurance and financial planning company, and as a Senior Analyst for an online investment newsletter service that encourages the wearing of funny hats.
A possible but unlikely descendant of legendary brawler and boatman Mike Fink, Jim defies his heritage, believing that investing success requires patience and analysis, not swashbuckling bravado. Besides his passion for analyzing and writing about stocks, Jim likes to hike in the desert Southwest, vacation in Las Vegas, play tennis, and feed his toddler son Cheerios.
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The stock market continues to rise as the real economy remains stuck in neutral thanks to monetary stimulus. When the monetary music stops, large caps will drop based on “risk-off” macro beta but small caps will perform based on fundamentals.
Companies headed by their founders outperform companies headed by professional managers. The reason is simple to understand: founders have passion, love their companies, and want them to succeed over the long term.
With interest rates on fixed-income investments near all-time lows, income-seeking investors need to look at stocks. U.S. dividend-paying stocks historically outperform, but foreign dividend-paying stocks have performed even better.
Although investing in small-cap stocks promises higher appreciation potential over the long term, adding foreign small caps offers the added benefit to your portfolio of very-low correlations.
The second crucial component of an outperforming Roadrunner Stock is management integrity, which isn’t easy to determine. But there are some observable corporate behaviors that shed light on whether corporate management’s heart is in the right place.
Jim reveals the first “secret sauce” criterion in his stock-picking formula for uncovering the super small-cap growth stocks of the next decade.
The stock of 3D Systems sold off after reporting strong fourth-quarter earnings, whereas competitor Stratasys saw its stock jump after reporting a very-similar earnings report. The differing treatment by investors is unjustified.
Short sellers on average are some of the smartest investors, so investors that buy heavily-shorted stocks are assuming additional risk. Sometimes, however, the risk is worth it.
“Cheap” and “value” are not the same thing. Finding outperforming stocks is great, but the real key to investment success is avoiding the big losers — which often present themselves in the form of value traps.
Roadrunner Stocks recommends both small caps and mid caps. Although small caps offer the greatest appreciation potential, mid caps often offer a combination of stability and growth that can’t be beat.