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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.

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