Bottom-Up Investing


DEFINITION of 'Bottom-Up Investing'

An investment approach that de-emphasizes the significance of economic and market cycles. This approach focuses on the analysis of individual stocks. In bottom-up investing, therefore, the investor focuses his or her attention on a specific company rather than on the industry in which that company operates or on the economy as a whole.

BREAKING DOWN 'Bottom-Up Investing'

The bottom-up approach assumes that individual companies can do well even in an industry that is not performing very well. This is the opposite of "top-down investing". Making sound decisions based on a bottom-up investing strategy entails a thorough review of the company in question. This includes becoming familiar with the company's products and services, its financial stability and its research reports.

  1. Capital Markets

    Capital markets are markets for buying and selling equity and ...
  2. Business Cycle

    The fluctuations in economic activity that an economy experiences ...
  3. Benjamin Method

    The investment approach that aims to follow the strategies implemented ...
  4. Top-Down Analysis

    A method of analysis that involves looking at the "big picture" ...
  5. Industry

    A classification that refers to a group of companies that are ...
  6. Economy

    The large set of inter-related economic production and consumption ...
Related Articles
  1. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Top 5 Japan Mutual Funds

    Discover five of the most popular and best-performing mutual funds offering investors direct exposure to equities of Japanese companies.
  2. Markets

    Great Company Or Growing Industry?

    Look at the big picture when choosing a company - what you see may really be a stage in its industry's growth.
  3. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    A Top-Down Approach To Investing

    Use a global view to determine which stocks belong in your portfolio.
  4. Fundamental Analysis

    Become Your Own Stock Analyst

    Learn how to do your own stock analysis and become a wiser investor.
  5. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Is Your Investing Style Hot, Or Not?

    Don't let your portfolio construction fall out of fashion.
  6. Entrepreneurship

    Five Investing Pitfalls To Avoid, According to Investor's Business Daily

    Common sense or common folly? Discover some approaches to circumventing typical stumbling blocks on the road to profitable investing.
  7. Retirement

    Where Top Down Meets Bottoms Up

    Find the investing "sweet spot" by combining these two styles.
  8. Stock Analysis

    The Biggest Risks of Investing in Netflix Stock

    Examine the current state of Netflix Inc., and learn about three of the major fundamental risks that the company is currently facing.
  9. Stock Analysis

    Investing in Lumber Liquidators? Read This First

    Find out what investors should know before buying Lumber Liquidators shares. Learn about Lumber Liquidators' financial performance and operational outlook.
  10. Stock Analysis

    What Seagate Gains by Acquiring Dot Hill Systems

    Examine the Seagate acquisition of Dot Hill Systems, and learn what Seagate is looking to gain by acquiring Dot Hill's software technology.
  1. What's the difference between "top-down" and "bottom-up" investing?

    Before we look at the differences between top-down and bottom-up investing, we should make it clear that both of these approaches ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How do I read and analyze an income statement?

    The income statement, also known as the profit and loss (P&L) statement, is the financial statement that depicts the ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Can working capital be too high?

    A company's working capital ratio can be too high in the sense that an excessively high ratio is generally considered an ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How do I use discounted cash flow (DCF) to value stock?

    Discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis can be a very helpful tool for analysts and investors in equity valuation. It provides ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is the formula for calculating compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in Excel?

    The compound annual growth rate, or CAGR for short, measures the return on an investment over a certain period of time. Below ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. When does the fixed charge coverage ratio suggest that a company should stop borrowing ...

    Since the fixed charge coverage ratio indicates the number of times a company is capable of making its fixed charge payments ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Section 1231 Property

    A tax term relating to depreciable business property that has been held for over a year. Section 1231 property includes buildings, ...
  2. Term Deposit

    A deposit held at a financial institution that has a fixed term, and guarantees return of principal.
  3. Zero-Sum Game

    A situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss, so that the net change in wealth or benefit is zero. ...
  4. Capitalization Rate

    The rate of return on a real estate investment property based on the income that the property is expected to generate.
  5. Gross Profit

    A company's total revenue (equivalent to total sales) minus the cost of goods sold. Gross profit is the profit a company ...
  6. Revenue

    The amount of money that a company actually receives during a specific period, including discounts and deductions for returned ...
Trading Center
You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!