How a Common Investing Mistake Cost Me $37,340

How a Common Investing Mistake Cost Me $37,340

Invest in what you know.

Investing legend Peter Lynch swore by this principle.  

Lynch, as you may know, ran the famed Magellan fund from 1977 to 1990. During that stretch, he generated average annual returns of 29.2%... good enough to cement him among the greatest investors of all time.

According to Lynch, everyday investors could also crush Wall Street by investing in companies they can easily understand.

The key is to take notice of your immediate world. This can help you unearth great stocks long before they appear on Wall Street’s radar… like the one I’ll tell you about today.   

It’s a simple business… with massive upside potential.

This recently IPO’d stock has been on my radar for months, but a quick trip to the hardware store over the weekend confirmed everything I needed to know.

I’ll explain why in a minute.

  • First, let me tell you about the dumbest investing move I ever made...

When I was a senior in high school, I ate at Chipotle (CMG) roughly three times a week.

A bit excessive. I know. But I wasn’t alone.

Most of the guys at my high school were also obsessed with Chipotle.

Now, I didn’t know much about investing back then. And Chipotle was still a private company—it hadn’t IPO’d yet. But I didn’t need a degree in finance to recognize Chipotle’s potential.

I should have trusted my instincts…

Chipotle’s stock has surged 1,984% since it went public in January 2006.

If I had invested $500 of what I made from my summer job, it would’ve ballooned to $9,920.

  • I repeated my mistake four years later…  

I was a senior in college, and I noticed something strange.

DVDs wrapped in red paper packaging started showing up in my apartment’s mailbox.  

My roommate subscribed to a service called Netflix (NFLX).

This was back before streaming took off. No one owned a smart TV.

Still, I saw that Netflix was on to something big. But once again, I passed on investing in it.

Instead, I wrote a paper about why Netflix would make a great investment. The stock has skyrocketed 5,384% since then. It was the top-performing stock of the last decade!

If I just invested $500 in Netflix when I was in college, it’d be worth $27,420 today.

After those two costly mistakes, I learned a valuable lesson. Never discount what I see with my own eyes.

  • I mention this because I saw something interesting a few weeks ago…

I was at the hardware store helping my grandma buy a lightbulb for her front porch.

When we went to pay, something caught my eye. There were tons of Yeti (YETI) products right next to the checkout counter.

Yeti makes high-end coolers, drinkware, and other accessories. It’s one of today’s hottest American brands.

Now, I knew about Yeti before this trip to the hardware store. Everyone I know who owns a Yeti product loves it.

But this was the first time I saw a huge checkout display for its products. 

So, I sparked up a conversation with the cashier. She said, “We’re selling tons.”

  • I’d been “stalking” YETI since it went public in August…

As you may know, I specialize in IPOs… and YETI intrigued me from the beginning.

But it wasn’t until this recent trip that I decided to dig a little deeper…

When I got home that day, I analyzed the company’s financials… business model… and brand.

It turns out Yeti is an exceptional business. Its sales have jumped 54% per year since 2013.

It’s also profitable, which isn’t something you can say about many IPOs. Over the past year, it’s generated more than $70 million in income on $850+ million in sales.

But the most impressive thing about Yeti is its iconic brand.

The company has a hyper-loyal fan base, much like Tesla (TSLA). Its customers show off their coolers and mugs with pride, and its products are top of the line.

Not only that, awareness of the brand has surged from 2% in 2015 to 19% last year.

That’s incredibly important. According to American Express, 54% of people prefer to only ever buy their favorite brand. For millennials (Yeti’s target customer), it’s 62%!

  • And yet, Wall Street is ignoring this up-and-coming stock…

Yeti’s main customers are “outdoorsy” people.  

According to Google, people search for “Yeti” most frequently in Wyoming, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana. New York is 49th!

Some might call Yeti a boring stock. That shouldn’t stop you from investing in it. Some of the best stocks ever have been “meat and potatoes” businesses.

Home Depot (HD) is a perfect example. Shares of the hardware store chain have surged 680,000%+ since it went public in 1983. That’s 10 times what Apple has returned since its IPO… and Apple went public nearly a year before Home Depot!

Tractor Supply Company (TSCO)—a retail chain that sells everything from farm and pet supplies to clothing—is another example. It’s skyrocketed more than 7,800%+ since its 1994 IPO.

Like these companies, Yeti has blue-collar appeal. It’s already a hit with people who like to fish, hunt, hike, and tailgate. Now, it’s expanding to the mainstream...

In September, Yeti announced a multi-year deal with the Professional Golf Association (PGA).

It won the exclusive right to sell its products at 32 Tournament Players Club (TPC) golf courses, along with tour tournaments.

It’s inked partnerships with 10 ski resorts.

More importantly, Yeti is just beginning to go global. Just 4% of its sales come from outside the United States.

This all tells me one thing…

  • Now is an excellent time to pick up shares of Yeti.

Below you can see that YETI had a strong IPO. It surged 110% in its first six months as a publicly traded company. Ever since then, it’s been “digesting” that big gain.  

YETI now appears to be on the verge of a major breakout. If that happens, the stock should head much higher over the next 12 months… and likely beyond.

This is an easy-to-understand business that’s flying under the radar right now.

Don’t overcomplicate it…

Justin Spittler
Editor – IPO Insider

Omaha, Nebraska

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