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Subject:  Re: foolish four approach Date:  10/9/2012  6:12 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  259455 of 265914

The Foolish Four (and later Foolish Eight) premise was that most of the gains of the S&P 500 could be secured by owning the four main contributors to the index. Doing so allows you owns the stocks and not pay expense ratios.

That seemed to work for a while during the dot com boom, but in time the tracking faded. Hence, Foolish Four is in some of the older Motley Fool postings but is no longer recommended.
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