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Author: tenamaxtli Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Motley Fool One Everlasting Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 40850  
Subject: Anyone still following this? Date: 12/27/2007 9:05 AM
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Hello all:

I'm just wondering if anyone is still giving this a run. I did it one year 1998-99 and collected 25%+ (I think I beat the market by 3 or 4%). The Fool dropped it after that, and I moved on to other things.

I've been wondering recently if anyone still follows this. If so, what kind of results are you getting and what are the tools you're using? The Fool used to have a list updated (daily, I think), so you could just pick the four from that list. With the improvement of online tools, I'm guessing it should be easy to track hypothetical results.

Just curious,

Jay in Japan
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Author: bacon Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 40825 of 40850
Subject: Re: Anyone still following this? Date: 12/27/2007 6:47 PM
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I'm just wondering if anyone is still giving this a run.

What is "this?" If you mean the Foolish Four screen, it's little followed anymore; there are a potful more screens to use, based primarily on the Value Line and SiPRO universes of stocks.

More on these screens can be found (together with regular posts of the stocks selected by these screens and posts concerning ongoing investing research) on the Mechanical Investing board. Be aware, though that the MI board is fairly advanced. You can join that board through the TMF facility for doing so, and one post, courtesy of TGMark, that will help get you started is this one:

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=26225743&bid=100093

which I also quote here, in case you can't get at that post before you join the board:


I hope this is the right place to post.

Yup. Check these out.

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=24107932
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=24107936
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=24107937
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=24107941
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=24107942
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=24107943

Mark
who used Unemotional Growth about 10 years ago...



If, by "this," you mean this board, it's not followed much; although there are some regular posters and a few more lurkers (like me). Several years ago, the MI board was broken out from this to facilitate research by those more advanced, and this board was intended to be a place where newbies and neophytes could learn about investing generally and unemotional investing more specifically. Then they would move on to the MI board (their definition of when they were ready, not that of anyone on the MI board).

Hope this helps.

Eric Hines

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Author: rwde Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 40826 of 40850
Subject: Re: Anyone still following this? Date: 12/29/2007 4:02 PM
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I'm just wondering if anyone is still giving this a run.

As Eric Hines (aka bacon) noted, the Foolish Four strategy has been disavowed by TMF. This was after more extensive data and analysis showed the strategy to be no more effective than buy-and-hold of the DOW itself, after accounting for trading costs.

I belive some few people still use the F4 or a similar method as part of a diversified portfolio.

This web site tracks one of these similar strategies. I'm not recommending this site, their newsletter or anything like that, just posting the link for reference.

http://www.dogsofthedow.com/

On a personal note, I was invested in the F4 for a year. I was holding Sears and Goodyear when they were both booted from the Dow. I've moved on to the Foolish Workshop screens, those now mostly covered on the MI board, which currently has nearly all of the FW traffic.

-R

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Author: txgeezer Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 40834 of 40850
Subject: Re: Anyone still following this? Date: 5/12/2008 11:11 AM
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On a personal note, I was invested in the F4 for a year. I was holding Sears and Goodyear when they were both booted from the Dow. I've moved on to the Foolish Workshop screens, those now mostly covered on the MI board, which currently has nearly all of the FW traffic.
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Newcomer here...what's the MI board? I was interested in the Foolish Four strategy and logged in here for the latest info, only to find that it's been mostly abandoned.

TIA,
txg

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Author: GringoFool Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 40835 of 40850
Subject: Re: Anyone still following this? Date: 5/12/2008 12:10 PM
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Newcomer here...what's the MI board?

Mechanical Investing

http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=100093



Regards
G.F.

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