2018 Top Investment Picks – Q1 Update

At the beginning of the year, I put together a list of Top Investment Picks for 2018 from the investment community and track them on this website. This is just meant to be a fun exercise to see how the picks do. As part of the process, I intend do provide quarterly updates on the picks to see how they are doing. This is the update after Q1.

Note that you can track the progress anytime by going to the Stock Picks page.

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Top Investment Picks for 2018

As the new year rolls out, its time to share the annual investment pick contest that I run. This is the 3rd year in the running. This is merely meant to be a fun experiment to run and collect top investment picks for 2018 from a community of investors I regularly interact with. There are still some great picks from the 2016 & 2017 top picks, and I invite you to check them for ideas. Remember that investing is a long game — so, focusing on short intervals like a year is not prudent — even though this contest focuses on one year return. Plenty of older picks may still present long term value.

The rules were simple: Pick one investment (stock, bond, fund, commodity, cryptocurrency or any other form of investment security), and present a short & quick investment reason behind the pick. I will track this progress over the year and provide quarterly updates on this blog.

Top Investment Picks for 2018

Before I present the picks, I would like to remind the readers that these are simply picks based on current outlook and each investor should not take this as investment advice. If you decide to pursue these investments, please do your due diligence before investing in any of the securities mentioned.

Without further ado, here are the top picks from the investing community for 2018.

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Results: 2017 Top Investment Picks

As we ring out the year 2017, its time to look back and evaluate some of our investment picks/decisions. At the end of 2016, I reached out to the investing community and asked them to pick one investment security as their top pick for the year 2017. Plenty of folks responded and I was happy to compile the list and track them over the year.  The original post & quarterly updates can be found here. It is always interesting to see what everyone was thinking a year ago and how the picks played out over the year.

Again, I would like to remind readers that this was meant to simply be a fun exercise and should not be considered investment advise. Please do your own research before investing in any securities.

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Investing in Weedstocks to Reach Financial Independence

The following is a guest post from Save Stacks

There are many routes to financial independence. The average Joe works at his job for 30 years and ends up with a nice fat pension. Most people reading this blog are taking a different approach, to limit time in the work force. The most common methods are usually dividend investing or real estate to reach FI.  I’ve gone on a completely different path, investing in the newly forming MJ industry.

Start of My FI Journey

I started my FI journey like others, stumbling across a blog like this one. You end up catching the bug, thinking there is a different way of life than being a cubicle slave.

I was on the verge of buying a $70,000 truck, luckily I was saved just before making that mistake.  Instead I started buying my company stock options, which pay out a decent dividend. I was now obsessed with getting more dividend income.

Dividend stocks are awesome, paying you 5% per month and also gaining value at the same time. A lot of wealth has been generated from dividend stocks.  Kevin O’Leary from the Shark Tank only buys dividend paying stocks.

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2017 Top Investment Picks – Q3 Update

At the beginning of the year, I put together a list of top picks from the investment community and track them on this website. This is just meant to be a fun exercise to see how the picks do. As part of the process, I intend do provide quarterly updates on the picks to see how they are doing. This is the update after Q3.

Note that you can track the progress anytime by going to the Stock Picks page.

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