GARP for the long haul
I am strictly a GARP trader, and tend to buy and hold for a long time, sometimes for five years. I first entered The Fool on Ocotber 30, 2006. On that day, I said the following stocks would outperform the market (S&P 500 average is -1.15% since then):
BVN (34.5%), CECO (1.28%), CEO (28.26%), CHS (-12.32%), CRYP (-49.45%), EOG (11.71%), ERES (-3.97%), HWAY (-22.23%), MMSI (2.09%), NTE (-10.14%), ODSY (16.40%), RECN (-8.56%), RMD (8.81%), SCHN (15.10%), SSD (-0.28%), UNT (5.89%), URBN (19.14%)
Delisted stocks included BSTE and HYDL, which outperformed the market by whopping margins before they were bought out (178.16% and 189.6% annually respectively).
If one were to have bought these stocks on 10/30/2006 and held them to present day, or when they were sold out, s/he would have realized an 83% profit versus a 4.2% loss compared to the market.
This is just a small sample, but it is a smart and less stressful way to go.