Foolish Investment Ideas for Father's Day

In honor of Father's Day, I was all set to write about how we dads get the same presents year after year. But looking back, I see that the Fool has made the same faux pas with the Father's Day articles we've given readers in past years -- by focusing just on individual stocks.

So this year, we've upped the ante by walking the walk with a new format. Instead of focusing on single companies such as Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO  ) and Best Buy (NYSE: BBY  ) , we're going to highlight several general areas where dads should look for investment ideas.

Now, don't get me wrong. We've included plenty of good stock ideas in this year's articles. Just as you can't talk about the credit card services industry without talking about whether Visa (NYSE: V  ) will beat out MasterCard (NYSE: MA  ) , writing about dividend payers or growth stocks is a lot easier when you have examples, such as General Motors (NYSE: GM  ) for income or Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK  ) and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT  ) for growth.

Yet by focusing on broader industries and sectors of the stock market, you'll learn not just about which companies are most promising right now. You'll also learn how to find similar stocks in the future. It's like a fishing lesson you might get from Grandpa -- a stock pick may be good for a day, but mastering an investing concept can help you find picks for a lifetime.

Here are this year's Father's Day articles:

I hope you enjoy your Father's Day! Now please excuse me -- I need to go unwrap my new necktie.

Our newsletters have lots of market-beating recommendations for Dad or anyone else in your family. From value to high growth, small caps to global stocks, you can see everything we have to offer -- all of our newsletter services are free for 30 days with trial subscriptions.

Fool contributor Dan Caplinger got plenty of stock ideas from his father. Dan doesn't own shares of the companies mentioned in this article. Wal-Mart Stores, Chesapeake Energy, and Best Buy are Motley Fool Inside Value selections. Best Buy is also a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool owns shares of Best Buy. The Fool's disclosure policy is like a great big hug.


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