Articles I’m tired of writing year after year

Note to reader: Anything published in “February, 2010” on this blog was really published NOW but I didn’t feel like putting it in the front of my blog. If someone knows a better way of doing this, please tell me.

I’ve been writing hundreds of articles about stocks every year for the past eight years. I’ve probably written close to 5000 articles about stocks in the past 8 years. ¬†And every year its roughly the same articles. Not the same ideas, because the ideas underneath the articles are always changing. But there’s the same batch of articles that will achieve several objectives:

A) Use an interesting filter to find quality stocks that could go up in the short-term

B) Get lots of traffic. I know, for instance, that if “Warren Buffett” is in the title, then the article will get decent traffic. Or, lets face it, people are obsessed with stocks like Dendreon, Apple, Sirius, and Google. In basically that order.

C) Not too difficult to write. For instance, its great to write an article like “Warren Buffett’s Highest Yielding Stocks”. Because I know without even writing the article that I’m about to research 5 stocks that

1) Warren Buffett owns. So chances are it won’t be a horrible stock

2) It has a decent dividend yield. So even if the stock doesn’t go up immediately (like all of my other stock picks do!) at least I get a good income off of it.

3) It probably has a good demographic trend behind it since that’s Buffett’s specialty. He doesn’t buy JNJ, for instance, for the yield or because it has a low P/E ratio. He buys it because its part of an enormous demographic trend (aging baby boomers need more healthcare) that will play out over the next fifty years.

In other words, these articles will find good stocks to hold for the long term, and sometimes the short-term. But I’m tired of writing them. Knock yourselves out if you want to write these articles. They’re all yours. You can have them.

Here’s the usual stuff:

Income investing

  • The 5 Best Dividend Aristocrats (stocks that have raised their dividends for 25 years in a row or more)
  • The 10 Highest Yielding Warren Buffett Stocks
  • How I would Invest my Mother’s Portfolio (income stocks, diversification, muni bond closed end funds, etc)
  • The Best ETFs for the next 50 years (focus on demographic trends that will continue to do well regardless of economy)
  • How to get 8% yields on the stock market (focus on pipeline companies, preferred stocks, closed-end funds, etc)
  • Highest yielding REITS

Stock picking

  • Whatever Happened to the Original Dow components? (remember Laclede Gas, for instance? )
  • The 10 Tech Stocks You Need for 2011 (MSFT, INTC, CSCO, FFIV, RVBD, QCOM – and find five more).
  • How to innoculate your portfolio for the flu (Big stocks like GSK, SNY (also they are Buffett picks) and some good speculative ones like Novavax).
  • The Cancer Index – 10 stocks leading the fight against cancer (DNDN, plus any stocks exploring personalized medicine)
  • The Blue Gold Index – the best stocks for a world running out of clean water
  • What stocks benefit the most from the Apple iPad (other than Apple) (BRCM, OIIM, etc)
  • The 10 Highest Yielding China Stocks
  • 10 Banks with the heaviest insider buying
  • Top Growth Stocks for 2011
  • What Four Bullish Billionaires are Buying Today
  • Three Billionaires You’ve Never Heard of Are Buying These 5 Stocks

Systems

  • How to play gaps in the morning (you need Excel or Wealthlab or Tradestation to model this out. But basically, if a Nasdaq 100 stock gaps down more than 5%, its a good buy for the day).
  • Is it true: buy in May and go Away? (no)
  • The Best Month to Buy Stocks
  • The Best Stocks to Play when there is a Hurricane (people always guess Home Depot. Its Campbell’s Soup and four others). This is a good recurring article every August.

Macro

  • Which emerging markets will shine over the next ten years? (Vietnam, Turkey, Mexico).
  • What sectors in China will be the fastest growers and how can the investor take advantage of them? (auto sector, healthcare)
  • How will we know a year from now if Quantitative Easing worked?
  • Can daytraders survive and flourish in this environment? (no. but I would give a few techniques that are most likely to work).
  • How will we know when the housing sector has turned around? And what ETFs can we play to take advantage of it?
  • Is Silver a better investment than Gold? (Yes)
  • Whats up with those Rare Earth Metals and how can we play the sector?
  • Should Investors be concerned with Peak Oil theory? (No, but you can play it anyway by buying battery or lithium stocks)
  • The 10 Rules for Shortselling
  • At least this usual stock investing crap is a level above the usual financial planning crap, e.g., the perennial articles about how you’d save some modest additional amount if you gave up lattes (or a non-brown bagged lunch, or one of the few other small pleasures that get so many people through their workdays).

  • James Altucher

    @Dave, I totally agree with you. I actually think there’s a lot of value in the above article ideas, particularly if one takes a diversified approach to investing (even with systems, you can be diversified across systems).

    And I agree that most personal finance is actually very unhealthy for people and leads to a psychological “scarcity complex” that is hard to overcome.

    Perhaps most importantly, people should study the psychology of money plus their own personal psychologies to figure out how to maximize success.

    • BrianBalk

      It feels weird to reply to an old post, but I read it now and not a year ago.
      Any sources you’d recommend for better understanding oneself and either changing or making the best use of one’s personal psychology?

  • JJ

    And the reason you have to write all this stuff is because you can’t make a living trading? Not good enough for a real hedge fund?

  • James Altucher

    Actually, i never made a living writing. I don’t know anyone who does. I enjoyed writing these articles and i think there’s a lot of value in articles like these. Im just a bit tired of them at the moment.

  • Marc

    What did you enjoy more, writing those articles or actually investing others’ money?

    My current job is to write basically those articles and other crap, it gets the views but is mindless. Currently trying to move into investing. I’d add to your list YRCW and anything yielding more than 10%.

  • James Altucher

    Marc, it’s a good question. In 2006 i was presented with the choice of investing a 100mm book with a 7bb dollar hedge fund but if i took the position i had to stop all writing. My business partner and I decided to start stockpickr instead ( focusing on the same investment strategy). It was a great pleasure to write then and build a fantastic community around our ideas. I loved it more than just about anything. I stIll invest for others ( although mostly in angel deals) and trade and i will probably still write some of the articles on this list over the next year but i think i want to try other things in my writing this year.

  • Bryan Harp

    Marc
    I am curious, about after all the writing , which I assume pushed you to examine the subjects closer and your own trading and management of funds. How accessible do you think good to outstanding performance can be had by the average investor using available information. By available I mean not high end fund services.I know you answered this in your statement about the psychology of money plus personal psychologies. Or is it that simple? The more I trade the more I have seen the truth in that statement. However, is there anything else that stands out as a must have?
    Or conversely as a must avoid?

  • GT

    James, with regards to your “Feb 10 work-around” to keep posts off the main page, I have a few possible ways to keep posts off the main page provided you are using WordPress (which it looks like you are).

    Please feel free to email me or DM @hamilton9 on Twitter.

    Thanks for the enjoyable and informative reading.

    • GT

      James, email may be easier for our exchange about ‘wrangling posts’ – I may need more than 140 characters to explain how to do it.

      Feel free to email me at the email addr I submitted for with this comment if you still need assistance.

      Cheers

  • What is your recommended reading for learning about the psychology of money?

    I’m a moderately experienced individual investor/trader. TIA

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