Roy Barkwell has a hobby. The Stockpickr member hunts for stocks that exhibit the best-looking, smoothest-uptrending five-year charts.

He collects these names and puts them in his

Great 5-Year Charts

portfolio on Stockpickr.

Whether or not you believe in the predictive power of charts for short-term trading, it pays to look at the stocks that have had little or no volatility over the prior few years.

These are obviously well-managed companies that have the potential to continue their uptrends in the next five years.

The portfolio as of now contains 30 stocks altogether. These are stocks that have withstood bear markets, bull markets and volatile markets and could prove good hedges if there are troubled times ahead.

Let's look at a couple of the stocks Barkwell profiles.

First up is


(MET) - Get Report

. The insurance company has exhibited very steady growth over the past five years.

Every year for the past seven, for instance, MetLife has improved book value. The stock is owned by super hedge fund

Caxton Associates


MetLife also makes the list of

Jim Cramer's Best-of-Breed Stocks for 2007

, a portfolio of names culled from all of Cramer's "Mad Money" TV shows and


blog articles and for which he has expressed specific praise, calling them the best of their respective industries. Other stocks in this portfolio include


(CSCO) - Get Report



(AAPL) - Get Report


Here's MetLife's five-year chart:

MetLife (MET)

Next up is

Brookfield Asset Management

(BAM) - Get Report

. The asset management firm is featured in our list of

The Next Berkshire Hathaway?

, stocks that have the potential for the kind of 30-year growth that

Berkshire Hathaway

( BRKA) has experienced. Other stocks on that list include

Sears Holdings



Leucadia National



One of Jim Cramer's favorite hedge funds to follow,

Atticus Capital

, is also a shareholder of Brookfield.

Take a look at Brookfield's five-year chart:

Brookfield Asset Management (BAM)

Some of the other stocks with great five-year charts include recycling company


(SRCL) - Get Report

, Indian outsourcer

Cognizant Technologiers

(CTSH) - Get Report

and others. For all of the stocks on the list, check out the

Greatest 5 Year Charts

portfolio on Stockpickr.

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs several quantitative-based hedge funds as well as a fund of hedge funds. He is also the author of

Trade Like a Hedge Fund


Trade Like Warren Buffett

. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback;

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