Call it smarts or just plain good luck, but the performance of my annual list of stocks gets better and better. Most years since 1995 (I took a hiatus for three years), I've offered readers of The Washington Post and now Kiplinger's Personal Finance ten stock picks, culled from the choices of experts whose opinions I value. The list for 2005 was my personal best, returning 23%, including reinvested dividends, compared with just 5% for the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500-stock index. My 2004 list beat the S&P by 11 percentage points, my 2003 list by seven. It's time to test my good luck (or skill) once more.
All the best,