Barron’s Top 10 Stocks for 2020

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Barron has come out with its top to stocks for 2020. As I told the Greater Sacramento Financial Literacy Group (Facebook) the other day, I am a lazy investor and not great  as a stock picker. I prefer various types of Mutual Funds, including Exchange Traded Funds. Why you might ask? As in individual stock picking investor, you’ve gotta do a lot of research. I prefer an actively traded mutual fund that can adapt to quick changes in the market place. Besides, I get the added advantage of a professional management, back room office research team. And I get broad exposure across an entire industry rather then trying to cherry picking my way to my financial future on individual stocks. Some people are good at stock picking but for the majority of everyday working people, it’s a can’t win game.

For you stock pickers, here is Barron’s list of individual stock to put in your portfolio for 2020.

Alphabet (Google), class A with a current price of $$1,358.78

Amerco with a current price of $371.02

Anthem with a current price of $295.24

Berkshire Hathaway, Class A  with a current price of $341,015.00 (Best Buy is the Class B or C shares)

Comcast (CMCSA) with a current price of $43.61

Dell (DELL) Technologies with a current price of $49.42

Pfizer (PEF) with a current price of $39.23

Royal Dutch CLB (RDSb) with a current price of $58.26

United Technologies (UTX) with a current price of 150.12

Viacomcbs Class B (VIAC) with a current price of $39.60

As always, talk with your portfolio manager, your tax person and your financial advising team.

By the numbers: The stock market’s closing numbers are the best ever:

The DOW finished at 28.234.50 a +99.12 points or a +0.35% gain

The S&P 500 finished at 3.191.40 a +22.36 points or a+0.71%

The NASDAQ finished at 8.814.23 a +79.36 or a +79.35%

The Russell 2,000 finished at 1.649.92 a +11.945 or a +0.73%

In the next few days, I am going to introduce you to my book, “A Beginners Guide to Wealth Building – Defined Contribution Plans. Let’s call it a learning experience.

In the meantime, Happy Holidays to you,

My two cents,

Robert L. Woods (a.k.a R. LaMont W.)

Robert L Woods

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Robert L. Woods is the retired partner of the Institute For Fiduciary Education ( that provided investment seminars for public and private pension funds, endowments and institutional fund managers. He spent 28 years working for the State of California, as a budget and financial analyst which includes 16 years as an Investment Officer for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). At CalSTRS, he established it as one of the nation’s first institutional home loan programs with a down payment assistance component. He also spent 13 years on the Board of Trustees for the Sacramento County Employees Retirement System (SCERS). He was a Trustee with the University of California, Davis, Cal Aggie Alumni Association and a member of the Chancellor’s Council on Community & Diversity. He is a Life Member: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Theta Gamma Sigma Chapter, Sacramento, CA.

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