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A lot of attention has been paid to different methods of stock selection Lately momentum investing has been all the rage and many have been suggesting that the old methods are no longer valid But as we have indicated all along in the long run the old rules will apply and those who ignore them may look great for their 15 minutes of fame but in the end they ignore the old rules at their peril Two methods that have stood the test of time are value and growth investing These are the two methods that we should pay the most attention to You can use one or the other or a combination of the two We should apply both to our decisions however in each case we apply them to differing degrees After all every stock is an individual and should be treated as such Normally a value investor is considered to be someone who tries to find shares that are undervalued and then buys them for a bargain The reason for the share being undervalued could be an industry that is not currently popular some recent bad news or just market neglect The investor believes that due to this current unpopularity the shares can be bought at a bargain and oneday their true value will be realized The most successful value investors are prepared to wait years for this true value to be realized as long as they believe that the economic value is still there Growth investors are investors who are looking for shares of companies that are growing and expanding Their belief is that the current price is not that important as by expanding and growing these companies are constantly increasing their economic value which will translate into increase share price It is often their position that if you wait for a lower price you may miss the ride because as the companies grow so will their price Consequently
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