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Anyone who has ever been pulled over by the cops for speeding knows all too well the pejorative query of the arresting officer: "What's your hurry?" I mention this because it seems practically everyone these days is in a rush to ride the risk-trade and get back to financial freedom as soon as possible, a mystical place that used to go by the name breakeven. But at least one investment pro is loath to bail on his blue-chips and dividends, preferring the steady, familiar predictability of McDonald's (MCD) - at an all-time high - to chasing the white hot momentum of a Netflix (NFLX) that's gained about 40% in the past month.

"We conclude that, while the Europeans may not like McDonald's, it is one of the last places they can afford to eat," says Matt McCormick, VP and portfolio manager at Bahl & Gaynor. For the record, McCormick has been recommending McDonald's since appearing on Breakout last June. In fact, his four picks McDonald's, Intel (INTC), Digital Realty (DLR) and BCE (BCE) each beat the S&P 500 and collectively earned an average return of 17% versus 4% for the index. Shorter term however, McDonald's has been left in the dust. Its 1% advance in the past month trails not only the index, but the sector as well, though McCormick is unmoved.

Source: Yahoo Finance

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