The Daily Dose: In Defense of Old-School Research

On Wednesday, The Street put out a very thought-provoking piece from Dana Blankenhorn on whether old-school research is a valid tool for investors. It's a topic that obviously hit home because, honestly -- between you, me and those unique viewers out there -- I have built an entire career on living in a mysterious world that exists underneath the numbers that many dissect each trading season.

With that in mind, I have a couple of secrets to divulge. The first is that I appeared in my first financial-media video with The Street around 2007, when I explained why then-public teen retailer Hot Topic was a must-own stock going into Halloween -- an idea that worked out, despite my horrifically dry delivery. Secret number two is that, since I was an itty-bitty investing baby, I have watched Jim Cramer connect the dots on stocks with the masterful precision of a highly trained ninja warrior. Roughly six months into an associate analyst job in 2004, commanding a "coverage universe" of 15 companies, I remember thinking: Man, I wish I could do that....484 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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