You should invest the way Rafael Nadal plays tennis.
Nadal famously plays tennis left-handed, even though he's a natural rightie. Since the vast majority of tennis players hold their rackets in the right hand, this gave Nadal an unfair advantage early on. Rafa still signs autographs and throws balls with his right hand, long after becoming the world No. 1 with a dogged determination to master the left-handed game.
You should adapt your investing style the same way.
Maybe you're a natural value hound, always looking for the next big markdown on blue-chip stocks. You could add a terrific punch to your portfolio by putting a stable dividend payer like Paychex
Conversely, growth chasers would do well to learn something about value stocks. Me, I'm a Rule Breaker by heart -- but you may have noticed that I care a great deal about proper valuation these days. Advanced Micro Devices
Taking valuation and momentum into account is about as natural to me as playing tennis left-handed. But adding these tools to my arsenal has made me an all-star CAPS player. Some value know-how can increase the returns of your growth-stock holdings and add some long-term stability to your portfolio.
Having a well-rounded toolkit even helps you recognize when a stock falls into both the growth and value categories. That's where AMD is again today, after a short stint in the overvalued growth bucket. DragonWave
Isn't it time you switched your investing racket to the other hand for a while?
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