A:

Logically speaking, it is unlikely that anyone who has developed or stumbled upon a sure fire method to pick stocks will share their method, because the method will not work if too many people are aware of it and will be arbitrated away.

However, it is also very unlikely that there exists a lucrative and sustainable guaranteed strategy. The world's largest financial institutions hire traders and analysts whose full time jobs are to find good trading/investing opportunities to earn good returns for their clients. It is likely that if there is a guaranteed strategy to earn large amounts of profit, financial institutions would find it.
For your average investor, the closest thing to a guaranteed strategy to earn some returns is to purchase government t-bills, because it is extremely unlikely that the government will go into default and be unable to make the scheduled payments back to the debt holders. However, the amount of return generated from government securities is relatively low.

To learn more, check out Bond Basics: Different Types Of Bonds.

RELATED FAQS
  1. How does a company obtain a bank guarantee?

    Find out how bank guarantees work, why they are issued and the process that a business normally goes through to acquire one ... Read Answer >>
  2. When do you use installment sales method vs. the cost recovery method?

    Take a deeper look at the installment sales method and the cost recovery method of recognizing business sales revenue and ... Read Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between a bank guarantee and a bond?

    Understand what a bank guarantee is and what a bond is, and which one is a debt instrument. Learn the differences between ... Read Answer >>
  4. What is the effective interest method of amortization?

    Find out more about the effective interest rate method and how the effective interest method is used to amortize a discounted ... Read Answer >>
  5. Why does the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) care about accounting practices?

    Learn why the Internal Revenue Service cares about accounting practices, as these ensure the accurate reporting of financial ... Read Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Financial Advisor

    When A Dispute With Your Broker Calls For Arbitration

    Do you have a claim you'd like to file? We'll take you through this process step by step.
  2. Investing

    Don't Lose Your Shirt On Mutual Fund Sales

    Mutual funds aren't guaranteed profit-makers, but with the right calculations and timing, you can avoid major losses.
  3. Personal Finance

    Alternate Methods Of Online Payment

    Paying by credit is one of the most common methods of payment for online shopping in the U.S. However, there are many other options worth testing out.
  4. Trading

    Does Your Personality Match Your Trading Methods?

    Investing has ways to successfully accommodate a variety of personalities. Learn how to align your trading with your traits.
  5. Financial Advisor

    How To Handle A Serious Dispute With Your Broker

    Find out what to do if you have a dispute with your broker.
  6. Investing

    Understanding Profit Margin

    Learn a primary method investors use to analyze a company's profitability.
  7. Investing

    Hedging

    Discover more about this method of reducing risk in your portfolio.
  8. Trading

    Create Your Own Trading Strategies

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding - both psychologically and for your wallet.
  9. Investing

    Guide to Stock-Picking Strategies

    There are many ways to make money, knowing how to choose the best stocks is one of them.
  10. Managing Wealth

    Cost Basis Basics

    The term "cost basis" refers to the original value of a security you own. When you sell a stock, bond or mutual fund, you use the cost basis to determine your profit or loss, which in turn affects ...
RELATED TERMS
  1. Modified Cash Basis

    An accounting method that combines elements of the two major ...
  2. Arbitration

    Arbitration is a mechanism for resolving disputes between investors ...
  3. Previous Balance Method

    A credit card accounting method where interest charges are based ...
  4. Direct Method

    A method of creating a statement of cash flows during a given ...
  5. Guaranteed Bond

    A debt security that offers a secondary guarantee that interest ...
  6. Life Expectancy Method

    A method of calculating annuity payments, by dividing the balance ...
Hot Definitions
  1. Operating Cost

    Expenses associated with the maintenance and administration of a business on a day-to-day basis.
  2. Money Market

    A segment of the financial market in which financial instruments with high liquidity and very short maturities are traded. ...
  3. Block (Bitcoin Block)

    Blocks are files where data pertaining to the Bitcoin network is permanently recorded.
  4. Fintech

    Fintech is a portmanteau of financial technology that describes an emerging financial services sector in the 21st century.
  5. Ex-Dividend

    A classification of trading shares when a declared dividend belongs to the seller rather than the buyer. A stock will be ...
  6. Debt Security

    Any debt instrument that can be bought or sold between two parties and has basic terms defined, such as notional amount (amount ...
Trading Center