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Subject:  Re: CAPS is not meant to be a mirror of performa Date:  2/13/2007  4:51 PM
Author:  TMFBreakerDave Number:  4884 of 8881


Part of our premise is that "telling you who's good at stock-picking" will be very valuable, as it will (a) help you follow the best stockpickers (you can find almost any style to track here at CAPS), and (b) the aggregated intelligence, ticker-dominated, merit-weighted, will provide you an interesting and possibly quite useful second opinion on any stock you're considering. There is of course no magic formula that helps any of us 100% of the time pick the perfect entries and exits for any given stock. CAPS can though provide you a transparent window into what actions have been taken on any stock, and I'm happy to say as of market close today we have over 3,800 stocks rated -- and all relative to each other -- which is more than twice as many stocks tracked and rated as any other investment resource previously available on the planet. (And growing every day.) That transparent window we're providng you also brings with it, in select case, the verbal rationale of the stockpickers in the form of the "pitches" they write, and increasingly, in their blog postings as well.

I have really enjoyed following a few indices here at CAPS, each of which was started by a community members and systematically uses CAPS stock ratings to try to beat the market.

Player Rating: 97.05
Score: +797.01

Player Rating: 78.79
Score: +257.11

Player Rating: 86.52
Score: +903.01

Player Rating: 76.29
Score: +487.41

As you may or may not know, "Score" represents aggregated percentage points of incremental outperformance of the S&P 500 by the picks made on those scorecards. There is growing evidence even at this early stage that our Motley Fool community intelligence, highlighted here on CAPS, can provide second opinions that help you beat the market. We're still in our early stages, of course. But I think one of many uses of CAPS -- our community has identified more than a dozen discussed on this thread: -- is to pay attention to those stock ratings, which are nothing more than our aggregated collective intelligence, weighted by merit.

It's great to have you trying out our service. Foolish best wishes.

David Gardner
... whose own stockpicking continues to benefit from CAPS every day
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