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Rich Karlgaard Seeks Out Good Spots In An Awful Economy

 - Jan 15, 2009
References: video.forbes
In his recent "Talk Back" episode, Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes Magazine, talks about how profit can still be made in economic dire straits. Karlgaard explains that in today’s bearish market, more and more stock investors need to "forget about broad indexes and become very good at individual stock selection."

Citing many of his own discussions with Jim Jubak of MSN Money, Barry Ritzholtz of "The Big Picture", and one of his own Forbes contributor, Vitaliy Katsenelson, Rich compares the three skeptics’ views on the low stock prices in the current market with his own optimist views.

Though despite his bearish position, Jubak also acknowledges new opportunities in investing within a few companies that fall under these 3 criterion:

"1. Companies with flexible production and low fixed cost

2. Companies with free cash flow that covers debt payments and is large enough to finance the company’s growth (cash flow is king)

3. Companies whose customers have the cash or credit to keep buying"

Karlgaard also reminds investors to go for the big shots and invest in major players in the global economy with "lots of cash and little debt on the balance sheet."

The two industries which present great investment opportunities as noted by Karlgaard as well are "healthcare and smartphones."

Of course, if you do your research well enough, I think history will look back at this as one of the greatest buying opportunities.

Think smart, your children will thank you.