Small Bank Stocks to Buy Now

I have often heard that the best way to hear from old friends and relatives is to hit the lottery. I have found another way to spark conversations from folks you haven't heard form in a while. Writing a column expressing a negative or cautious opinion on the stock market brings people out of the woodwork it seems. Some just wanted to let me know how foolish I was for not being fully and aggressively invested in a zero-interest-rate world and lots wanted to know what few stocks I was buying. I think I covered the second question over the past two days, and while I appreciate the intentions of the first group, I will stick with my concerns. Staying cautious and holding lots of cash just seems to make more sense to me than dancing with the margin clerk or being exposed to a permanent loss of capital.

The third group's question was simply what about small banks. Is the trade of the decade still one? Are you cutting back on these stocks? The simple answer here is that no, I am not cutting back and the trade of the decade is still very much a go. I have lost a few bank stocks to M&A activity over the past few years, but I have not actually sold a single small bank share for fundamental reasons. If I ever do sell a bank stock that I have suggested on Real Money, it will be stated in either Columnist Conversation or a column....569 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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