The Most Important Vote You'll Cast All Year

It's time for my girls to buy their next stock and, this time, we want Fools to be a part of the process by voting for one of the stocks that will make it to their "final four."

Feb 12, 2014 at 4:30PM

It's that time again, Fools -- time for my daughters Hannah and Ainsley to buy another stock. You may recall that my girls have been investing for quite some time now. In fact, today, their portfolio holds shares in six different companies and yes, thanks to The Motley Fool's own Scorecard, we know that they are beating the market quite nicely.

Our typical process is that together, on a quarterly basis, we whittle down the companies to a list of four "finalists" from which they ultimately choose the winner. The only standing rule is that it must be a stock that they don't already own. Think of this as a standing lesson in the value of diversity.

This quarter, we thought it would be fun to have one of their finalists come from the wisdom of crowds... and this is where you come in. We want your vote. The stock that receives the most votes will make it to the girls' final four. So far, they have chosen Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) as one of their finalists. This winner will join Chipotle, along with two other stocks that we have yet to decide on.

I'd like to say that they are really homed in on the fact that Chipotle just brought in better than 20% top-line growth in the fourth quarter of 2013, which translated to 30% earnings growth, along with the fact that the company has almost completely removed all genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, from its food. But honestly, I think it's mostly because they like the food and know that we spend money there on a pretty regular basis. But hey... that's OK by me. As both girls are quick to point out, whenever I or my wife buy something from Starbucks (they own shares in the coffee king), we're paying them in the process.

But I digress. Once we have their final four, we'll make a new video for (similar to the one right here), in which we'll announce the stock they'll be buying for their quarterly purchase. Voting will close on Feb. 26, so please, Fools, take a moment to click on over to this quick and easy Survey Monkey survey, and tell us which stock should be in their final four: Facebook,, Twitter, or Panera Bread. And thank you for your participation!

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Jason Moser owns shares of, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Starbucks, and Twitter. The Motley Fool recommends, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Facebook, Panera Bread, and Twitter The Motley Fool owns shares of, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Facebook, Panera Bread, and Starbucks. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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