Rules of Attraction: The MAGNET Stock Selection Process

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by Wayne A. Thorp

Most investment strategies, especially fundamental stock screens, typically have some sort of style “bias”—leaning more toward a value- or growth-oriented approach. However, Jordan Kimmel blends value, growth and momentum investing styles into a singular approach, which he termed the MAGNET Stock Selection Process. Kimmel is the managing member of the Magnet Investment Group, LLC, which has previously licensed its stock selection process to John Nuveen & Co. for unit investment trusts. Kimmel hosts his own weekly radio show “Profitable Investing With Jordan Kimmel.”

The MAGNET approach has been termed “CAN SLIM at a reasonable price.” The CAN SLIM approach is based on William O’Neil’s analysis of the 500 companies with the biggest price increases between 1953 and 1993. O’Neil quantified the characteristics of these stocks to form the CAN SLIM approach, which focuses primarily on earnings and price momentum. MAGNET does hold some similarities with William O’Neil’s CAN SLIM approach. However, MAGNET adds a value emphasis as well as a focus on revenue growth instead of earnings growth.

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