When's the last time that the satisfaction of owning shares in a company carried over past the end of the trading day? The very concept of equity investing is awfully empowering, but when was the last time it made you swell with pride as well?
If your answer falls somewhere within spitting distance of "never," maybe it's not you. Maybe it's just your portfolio.
Your stocks may be respectable performers. You may know each company well, or least more than just the prerequisite ticker symbol. But is that enough? Are you getting the complete investing experience?
You're not, by the way. If you find your voice dropping when it's time to discuss your holdings at a party, let's face it: You're ashamed of your portfolio. That kind of attitude may not necessarily destroy your wealth. Last time I checked, vanilla still sells briskly as an ice cream flavor. However, if it destroys your zeal for investing, your stocks may be doing you far more harm than any potential damage you see in your monthly brokerage statements.
Bringing back the butterflies The easiest way to fall in love with investing again is to buy the companies that will get you excited about owning a stake in their future. If someone shouts, "I love TiVo(Nasdaq: TIVO)" from the rooftop, it's not necessarily the delirium kicking in. It can be an impassioned plea, coming from someone who sees how time-shifting television broadcasts is improving quality of life by cutting out the time-sucking ad space of television shows and opening up the flexibility to watch what you want, when you want to.
How about a company that may literally save your life? Or at least the life of someone you love? When Motley Fool Rule Breakers recommended shares in iRobot(Nasdaq: IRBT), the newsletter service didn't just stumble into a cool company founded by some MIT geeks. Household cleaning robots like Roomba and Scooba free up time around the sparkling-clean home, and while consumer robotics make up the largest share of iRobot's revenue mix, it's not all the company does. The company is also a popular military contractor, thanks to its bomb-detonating PackBot mobile robots. Hundreds are stationed in military hotspots in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they have no doubt saved lives.
It's the kind of stock that feels right to own. It's not a matter of making a political stand, or even an ethical one. If you're buying into a revolutionary company that is about to change the world for the better, you're going to find yourself more excited about charting its eventual success.
Shares of iRobot haven't appreciated -- yet -- since being singled out, but the average Rule Breakers pick is 7 percentage points ahead of the market average. Yes, you can own a stock that will put a smile on your face the moment you issue the "buy" order -- and make that smile grow even wider as it fattens your portfolio with paper profits.
Celebrating the goose bumps Some of the biggest winners over the past year have done just that, even though their life-altering actions may not seem obvious at first. Hansen Natural(Nasdaq: HANS) isn't just the company behind the popular Monster energy drink brand. The company is giving the beverage industry a well-needed boost by attracting consumers who had sworn off sugary pop to get back into the premium beverage sipping market. 51job(Nasdaq: JOBS) isn't just a publisher of job listings. It is helping steer China's booming economy by hooking up many of the country's 1.3 billion citizens with better employment opportunities. Both of those companies have seen their shares more than double over the past few months alone.
Even a company like Yahoo!(Nasdaq: YHOO) is the kind of enabler that would make you a proud owner if the shares were in your portfolio. It's not just the free global email. The company runs one of the leading dating sites in the country, and it has given even the smallest of merchants the ability to reach relevant and localized leads for as little as a dime per interested party.
Sift through your portfolio and ask yourself what your stocks have done for you lately. If you want some cool ideas, iRobot isn't the only Rule Breakers pick to enrich its investors by enriching the lives of others. Among the ranks of the active newsletter recommendations, you will find some pretty impressive corporate heroes. Some of them are obvious, like the active biotech picks with rich pipelines, bent on enhancing the quality and length of our lives. Some of them are not as obvious but are still rocking along with Dr. Feelgood. How about a company throwing the fading movie multiplex a lifeline? That's IMAX(Nasdaq: IMAX) in a nutshell, as it increases theater attendance at a time when conventional operators are struggling at the box office. What about a promising upstart that is making violent confrontations a little less fatal? Even though TASER(Nasdaq: TASR) may be a controversial pick, most folks would prefer to be zapped and subdued by a stun gun than to have a bullet pierce through them.
You can call it karma when the cool stocks work out. I call it common sense. OK, let's compromise and call it karma sense. In the end, the fact that the most exciting growth stocks are achieving their upticks by improving situations has created fatter wallets. Want proof you can profit by doing the right thing? Check out our Rule Breakers community free for 30 days.
So, yes, you can change the world -- or at the very least, change your portfolio.
This article was originally published on Jan. 5, 2006. It has been updated.
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz feels that way too many investors dismiss the empowering experience of being charged up by the companies behind their investments. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. TiVo is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. The Fool has a disclosure policy. Rick is also part of theRule Breakersnewsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.
Da legt die Aktie wohl zu wenns in den USA mal rumpelt. Da kann man ja jetzt bei Demonstrationen auf dieses Aktie setzten. Ist die Frage wie viele Leute bei den Demos in Ferguson mit den Produkten in kontakt kommen und das nicht überleben -> vielleicht setzte die US-Police ja dann auch eher wieder auf Knüppel, Tränengas und Gummigeschosse. Deeskalation ist dort ja nicht so die stärke der Sicherheitskräfte.
Heute empfiehlt der Aktionär eine "Geheim"Aktie, die von der großen Pfefferspray und Gaspistolenachfrage in Europa profitieren wird. Weiß Jemand um welche Aktie es sich handeln könnte? In einem Segment soll sie Marktführer sein.