Investing in Great Stocks When They get Too Expensive

Reporter: Louis Carlozo

Publication: U.S. News & World Report


Deadline: Jun 15, 2017 8:00 pm

I am working on a story about how investors get left out –and can get in– when certain stocks get too expensive. With Alphabet/Google at $957 per share, and Amazon at $970, these hot companies seem hopelessly out of reach for the average investor. But what can help them get in on the action? Please reply to these questions *via email* by end of day Thursday June 15. Include the *official title * of the person replying, and where they are based. 1) To what extent can would-be shareholders make what are called fractional purchases, especially via mobile platforms? If so, how does that work and is it a good idea? 2) Is pooling money in an investment club a good idea? Why or why not? 3) What are some other examples of super-high priced stocks that are leaving average investors on the sideline? What’s important to know here? 4) To what extent is this much ado about nothing–that investors can/do still make a great return with very inexpensive stocks (any examples)? 5) In the end, are some of these expensive stocks overvalued? To what extent may behavioral finance/envy/herd mentality be playing a role? 6) Any words of wisdom or anything else to add. Please put *expensive stocks* in the subject line, all caps. Due to the volume of anticipated answers, I won’t be able to use or answer all replies, but will do my best. I look forward to making new friends in the PR world for future stories. This story runs Tuesday, June 20. Lou Carlozo is a longtime investment contributor to U.S. News and World Report, and the managing editor at the Bank Administration Institute (BAI).

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