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Where to Get Good Investing Ideas

There are plenty of sites and blogs that give advice about which stocks they think you should buy. Be careful with these sites, because it can be difficult to fully understand the motivations of those offering this type of information. Think about the rationale for each of the stock recommendations. Is there a compelling reason to buy the stock? In any case, make sure to do your due diligence by researching the stock on your own. Never rely on a recommendation alone.

Additionally, there are other sites that give you tools to help you find stock ideas yourself. These types of sites offer stock screeners and other tools that allow you to screen for stocks based on specific objective criteria. On this page we have listed a few of our favorite sites that provide investment ideas and other tools to help you find stocks with investment potential.

  • Stock screeners can help you find companies that meet objective investing criteria that you define. A lot of investors, especially value-oriented investors, tend to use stock screeners as a starting point to find companies with investment potential. For example, a value investor might look for companies with price to earnings ratios below 20 and price to earnings growth ratios below 2. Here are a few sites that offer free screeners. The links will take you directly to the screeners.

  • Forbes.com has a page devoted to investing ideas at http://www.forbes.com/finance/investingideas/. It provides a number of resources including articles, guru picks, and more.

  • StockPickr.com actually allows you to view the portfolios of other investors, including professionals like Warren Buffett, George Soros, and Carl Icahn. There are also forums that allow investors to share their ideas.

Keep in mind that, while these sites can help, they are not the only places to get investing ideas. Investing ideas can come from many places including reading the news, scanning annual reports and financial statements, or simply observing the world around you. If you use as many sources and methods as possible, you are likely to uncover a steady stream of investment possibilities.

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