David Gardner is the first and only investor I've ever known of who likes a stock to be called "overvalued" in the financial press. He's published a list of the six signs he likes to see in a rule-breaking growth company, and two of them directly relate to valuation, but not in the way any investor ever thinks about valuation. Here's the full list:
- Top dog and first-mover in an important, emerging industry.
- Sustainable advantage gained through business momentum, patent protection, visionary leadership, or inept competitors.
- Strong past price appreciation.
- Good management and smart backing.
- Strong consumer appeal.
- You must find documented proof that it is overvalued according to the financial media.
While those seem counterintuitive -- buy low and sell high, right? -- David's track record is hard to ignore.
Early last week, in a wide-ranging interview in our new studio space in Alexandria, Va., I asked the Fool co-founder how he arrived at those conclusions. You can watch his full answer in the video below (run time: 5:00), but -- spoiler alert -- he came to those conclusions through a combination of William O'Neil's book How to Make Money in Stocks, David's early experiences investing in technology stocks, and his realization of how misleading simple valuation ratios can be.
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