A good place to start is to take a group of companies that you understand and have done very well over the last 10 years. Perform a stock screener on trailing returns, (25.89% compounded annualy equals a 10 year 1000% return on your money), and screen for companies that have had positive earnings and consistent revenue growth over a five or ten year period. Chances are that you will recognize the names of some of these companies and you will have a comfort level with what they do and how they make money....... I don't beleive that there is an end to the learning when it comes to this subject and I hope other investors will join me on this board to share their learings, experiences and strategies so that we can all become better investors. Interesting premise, but near impossible because of all the potholes along the way which are impossible to know, and these risks (except for earnings surprises) cannot be mitigated. The standard fix is that one diversifies, which dilutes out performance. Then you get reduced to beating the S&P like the best mutual fund managers. That is the reality of "investing" and LTBY.On the other hand there are many traders that consisntantly make a couple percent a month on average, or better, and make the kind of returns you are talking about. They just are trying to capture pieces of a stock's movement and care more about the stocks trend than what it makes or what how much it earns. I am not trying to deter you in your quest - just adding a dose of reality. Good luck with it all.Russ
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