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From A to V: Why I'm Buying More Apple and Vodafone

To pique my hunger for more shares of Vodafone, there's even a rumor circulating that it may itself become a takeover target. Some analysts have suggested AT&T (T) may be tempted to acquire Vodafone to expand its business internationally.

In the past, AT&T has mentioned an interest in purchasing European mobile businesses. I'm wondering if AT&T might offer Vodafone a hefty sum for some of its global assets after the Verizon deal closes.

Any way you slice these two pies, the sum of the parts is greater than most of us can wrap our brains around. But before you rush to buy shares of Apple and Vodafone, I have a vital reminder.

I've been concluding my last few articles with a suggestion that it's prudent, no matter how robust the company and its stock, to give yourself some stock market risk management by setting up a trailing stop loss alert for each position you own.

If you wonder if you need a trailing stop loss alert on every stock position you own, you will benefit from clicking on the link above and deciding for yourself.

The key to success as a stock investor is to buy the best, buy low and have a disciplined exit strategy even before you buy. Stick to your exit strategy no matter what.

This investing approach offers you the potential for remarkable upside gains with stocks like Apple and Vodafone while managing your downside risk just in case a worst-case scenario unfolds.

At the time of publication the author was long Apple, AT&T and Vodafone.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
Marc Courtenay is the founder and owner of Advanced Investor Technologies, LLC, as well as the publisher and editor of

Courtenay holds a Master's of Science degree in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, and is a former senior vice-president of Investments for two major brokerage firms. He's been a fiercely independent investment "investigator" and a consulting contributor to the investment publishing world for over 30 years. In addition to his role as an investment publisher and analyst, he serves as a marketing consultant to the investment media industries.

In his role as a financial editor, he specializes in unique investment strategies, overlooked stock investments, energy and resource companies, precious metals, emerging growth companies, the prudent use of option strategies,real estate related opportunities,wealth preservation, money-saving offers, risk management, tax issues, as well as "the psychology of investing". Because of his training and background in Clinical Counseling and Psychology, he enjoys writing about investor behavior, the ¿herd mentality, how to turn investment mistakes into investment breakthroughs and the stock market's behavioral trends and patterns.

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