Secrets from 2020's best stock-pickers — 4 shiny new trades — Interview with Tesla billionaire

Dear Readers,

Being an elite stock-picker in a record-breaking market environment is more difficult that it seems. Sure, you're more likely than not to choose winners with such a broad portion of the market soaring. But what strategies and characteristics can ultimately vault someone into the upper-most percentiles?

That's what the Investing team at Business Insider has been busy trying to figure out through conversations with 2020's top-ranked fund managers.

Cathie Wood from ARK Invest zeroes in on disruptive and technologically advanced platform companies. Garvin Jabusch of Green Alpha Advisors focuses on solving society's biggest problems. And Alex Ely from Macquarie Investment Management arrived at one of his best recent investing ideas while visiting his son at college.

For detailed insights, check out our compilation of interviews with Wall Street's 9 best-performing fund managers of 2020. We'll share how they each crushed a chaotic market this year — and reveal their biggest bets for 2021.

We also did a Europe-focused edition of our list for the first time ever. Click here to check out similar deep dives on Europe's 5 top-performing fund managers.

For more, see below Business Insider's best Investing stories of the week, which include a wide array of additional recommendations, strategies, and tips for navigating uncertainty.

Thanks for reading!

— Joe

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Strategies to use once the economic-recovery trade fizzles

Investors have shifted into cyclical assets lately as COVID-19 vaccines are on the way and the economy gets set to recover. But Morgan Stanley's Mike Wilson is warning that valuations are getting too high, and that a near-term pullback may in the cards.

The chief US equity strategist and CIO laid out four strategies to still find returns in cyclicals.

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Morgan Stanley is warning that the stock market's economic recovery trade may soon be over. Here are 4 strategies they recommend for finding the returns that still exist.

An interview with Ron Baron, who earned $4.2 billion just from investing in Tesla

Ron Baron is a billionaire investor and one of the most successful mutual-fund managers of 2020. He told Business Insider he was still enthusiastic about Tesla after it helped him deliver big returns this year and that he expected giant profits from his stake in Elon Musk's SpaceX as well.

Baron also discussed how his investing approach had evolved, the biggest opportunities in the market, and a few painful mistakes from his career.

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Ron Baron earned a $4.2 billion windfall just from investing in Tesla. The legendary investor told us why he still expects a 30-fold return from Elon Musk — and shared the biggest lessons and mistakes of his career.

How a newly minted hedge funder grew his accounts from $30,000 to $70 million in 10 years

In the first 11 months of 2020, Emmet Peppers, who grew $30,000 in 2010 to more than $70 million today, generated 10,000% in gross returns for his incubator hedge fund.

Peppers, who had successfully predicted the COVID-19 market crash and placed early bets on stocks such as Facebook and Tesla, is now officially launching his first fund — the Accelerated Opportunities LP Concentrated Growth Fund.

He breaks down his turnaround trade prior to and during the COVID-19 market crash and shares what led to his early bets on Facebook and Tesla. 

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Emmet Peppers grew his accounts from $30,000 in 2010 to over $70 million this year. The newly minted hedge fund manager breaks down how he spotted early opportunities in Tesla, Facebook, and the COVID-19 market crash — and shared one IPO on his radar.

Stock pick central

Seeking experts who are willing to name names? Look no further:

  • Goldman Sachs says buy these 25 stocks it expects to pay big dividends that will keep growing over the next decade
  • JPMorgan unveils its 50 'most compelling' stock picks to buy for 2021 — and details why each one will be a top performer
  • Deutsche Bank says you should own these 14 stocks set to be post-pandemic winners — including one that could rally by 67%
  • Morgan Stanley's consumer analysts share 13 high-conviction global stocks to buy to capitalize on the continuing economic recovery
  • Buy these 28 discounted stocks from an LGBT-inclusive index that's crushed its global benchmark since 2010, says Credit Suisse
  • Goldman Sachs says buy these 16 pandemic-hit stocks set to rebound in 2021 — including one set to shoot 159% above profit estimates
  • Deutsche Bank says you need to own these 10 transport stocks set to take off in the European recovery — including one that could gain 109%

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