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Author: repoonsatad Date: 12/14/00 6:25 PM Number: 39023
Today's Foolish Four column presents the "Foolish Four Research Results". I quote:

At this point, it would be a lot easier to just say, yeah, the critics were right, the strategy was never valid. But the numbers don't support that.

Wake up for Gardners sake, your numbers precisely support that the strategy was never valid! Strictly speaking the only valid evidence for the effectiveness of the Foolish Four comes from the post-discovery (1996+) period. Here the Foolish Four underperformed by 5.27% per year. Second best, but not perfect, is the 1950-1960 pre-discovery evidence where the strategy outperformed by 2.24% per year. Computing a rough geometric average return of the pre-and post-discovery evidence (allocating 11 years to the former and 4 years to the latter) gives an outperformance of only 0.3% which statistically is the same as 0%. There's no outperformance. Zero.

What is it with you? Everything that anyone else writes is automatically wrong, and everything you write is automatically right!!

No wonder neither TMF nor anyone else with common sense listens to you!

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