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My understanding about picking stocks is very unstructured. I used to not use any orderly approach of picking stocks yet. This is my first attempt to devise principles and methods. Therefore, this exercise plays significant function of creating set of rules and bridge the difference in the general investment strategy. Additionally, it'll be helpful to learn reading this article later on, once the outcomes of the procedure will be visible. My understanding of selecting stocks is mostly affected by Warren Buffet and Benjamin Graham. I suggest to read mythical novel Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. Warren Buffet calls Graham his instructor. If I am incorrect, the very first edition was published in 40s. But I think that it is very great book for beginners, as it gives comprehensive overview of investors' strategy and behaviour. Before I go into specifics, I wish to say that it is very important to have data for long period of time so as to be able to reevaluate any trends and tendencies. For the next assortment of stocks I intend to use 10 years period and find out how firms performed in two fiscal disasters in 2001-2002 and 2008-2009. Also it is important to analyse overall industry dynamics, profitability and competition arrangement so as to comprehend in what context a company operates. This type of analysis is quite tough to perform and requires some knowledge of a certain industry. For the first time, I'll attempt to use industry reports. Fortunately, being as a student in the company school I have an access to essential business databases. Size to begin with, so as to invest in a company it has to be of decent size and market capitalisation. I will screen companies that market capitalisation is more than 1 bln. Profitabil...