Stock Investing System

By Stock Research Pro • March 21st, 2011

A stock investing system can take the guess-work out of your stock picking strategy and eliminate the emotional aspect of stock investing. A stock investing system might be based on technical analysis, fundamental analysis, or some combination of the two. Below are some of the more common systems used by investors to help them pick stocks for investing.

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Some Common Stock Investing Systems

  • Dogs of the Dow- This is a stock investing strategy under which the investor, at the beginning of the year, buys the ten Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) stocks that offer the highest dividend yield. The investor then adjusts the portfolio every year to make sure the portfolio holds the ten highest-yielding stocks in the index.
  • Relative Strength- Relative strength or “price persistence” investing is an approach used by technical investors to determine the direction a stock price is likely headed. The relative strength of a stock is expressed as a percentage so that a stock with a relative strength of 70 outperformed 70% of other stock within a specified time period. Momentum investors will often systematically choose stocks with high relative strength under the assumption that the price trends will continue.
  • Contrarian Investing- Contrarian investing works in direct contrast to relative strength and other momentum investing styles in that contrarians seek to make choices that go against prevailing trends in the market. A contrarian might, for example, systematically seek stocks with low price/earnings ratios with the belief that the market has undervalued these stocks.
  • High Dividend Yield- This approach is often used by value and income-oriented investors to systematically choose stocks that are offering a good return on investment (ROI). Simply dividing the annual dividends per share into the current price per share will give you a measure of the dividend return you are getting for investment in any particular stock.


    The above information is educational and should not be interpreted as financial advice. For advice that is specific to your circumstances, you should consult a financial or tax advisor.


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