The Best Father's Day Gift

Written by GSCR Staff   
Friday, 13 June 2014 08:59

Maybe it is just me but it seems that most of America has no problem deciding what to buy their mother for Mother’s Day. Father’s Day, however, is a different story altogether.  Do we get Dad a tie or a belt, or something else he really doesn’t want? 

After all of these years, I have finally figured out the best present one can give on Father’s Day: Stock.

Years ago, when a child was born or reached a lifecycle event, it was not uncommon for a relative to drive down to the local bank branch and purchase U.S. Savings Bonds.  Those friends or relatives that thought they were slick would occasionally buy 1 or more shares of companies such as Disney (NYSE – DIS) and have the certificate framed and hung on a wall. Disney tended to be the stock of choice because of the nature of the business and the well-known and colorful cartoon drawings on the certificate.  These Disney shares were not just cool to look at but paid dividends---literally and figuratively.

With that in mind, why not do the same thing for Dads?

I am sure that a gun-toting sportsman would love to receive a Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ – SWHC) stock certificate just as much as a health conscious Dad would be proud to display that Whole Foods Market (NYSE - WFM) cert on the wall.   Years ago, my brother bought stock in a company we followed as a joke given its name and business model. It was a topic of conversation for years. For those that like to live on the edge or don’t find something that risqué offensive, I bet that those Rick’s Cabaret (NASDAQ – RICK) certs are unique, considering it is a strip club chain.

Better yet, why not buy something that could potentially result in a home run down the road? Surely that would be more memorable than the typical forgotten gift each year.  In my view, mid-stage and oncology-based biotechs, renewable energy, and cannabis-focused stocks offer the greatest upside. Since the purchase is a gift, you can likely write it off and your father likely does not care about the risk profile of the investment. It is a gift, after all. That makes it a win-win for everyone.

I can’t speak for other fathers, but I have enough ties and you can never have enough emerging growth stocks.

Disclosure: Goldman Small Cap Research analysts are neither long nor short these shares but may elect to purchase the stock within the next 48 hours.

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