I do not believe even income oriented investors should buy stocks with payout ratios higher than 20-25%. Such high ratios can end up forcing the company to go deeper into debt than is healthy which is not good whatever one's investment goal may be. Ergo I will rarely, if ever, green thumb such stocks and may end picks if the payout ratio goes that high for whatever reason.
In future I plan to red thumb mostly stocks with market caps above $1,000,000,000. Such stocks, IMO, appeal mostly to people who mistake size for safety. I if anything, may be prone to the opposite mistake of mistaking size for overvaluation, but I am vain enough to believe I don't make that mistake very often. Less often than I once did anyway.
I intend in future to green thumb only stocks the "ratios" page says have positive free cash flows and lower than industry average P/FCFs. Other stocks will get red thumbs idf I pick them at all.
How would other Fools like it if the 7 day rule got changed to one where no pick could be ended until it had gained or lost at least 50 points?
Another idea I've had would be charging a 50 point "commission" to start a pick, with another, sliding scale "commission" to end a pick active less than 200 trading days.
Lately I've been thinking that I might be better suited temperamentally to trading options than to buy-and-hold investing.
Whether or not that is the case I'd like to read about options trading, whether in CAPS blog posts or other websites. Any links or suggestions other Fools can provide would be welcome.