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Author: DaGecko Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 847  
Subject: Re: Global Gains Performance Date: 4/6/2008 11:38 PM
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I am not sure what percentages you are comparing but my guess is that if you are looking at just the percentages on the home page then this will tell you nothing so far as a comparison of one versus another. Remember that GG has only been around since Dec of 2006 (actually I believe the first picks were done in Oct 2006 if mememory serves me correctly) and HG's has a longer history and SA has a much longer history. A quick look at HG seems to indicate it has not done as well as GG over the same Dec 2006 to now period (I did not bother to look at SA.) This does not mean of course that GG is "better" than HG. The time period is too short of time and they are covering different areas for a diversified portfolio.

To me each newsletter covers a particular total portfolio need. To me if I were making say a recomendation to a "new" investor for only one newsleter I would recommend SA. That newsletter better covers what I feel would be best in someone's core holdings despite the fact that small cap companies have historically done better. However is someone was more interested in a newsletter for educational purposes I would probably recommend HG as the boards are more fully "developed." For me GG's was a good addition as my overall portfolio was lacking in individual foreign companies. I had been a participant in the "foreign scene" principally through mutual funds. Over time I will be more into individual stocks but it will take years to develop the position. But that is okay. I am in my mid fifties so I have a lot more time than say when I was in my twenties.

But getting back to your original question I think you answered it yourself when you said that your international fund had been doing exceptionally well until the last several months. The last several months have not been good for any of the newsletters but for GG it has been a bigger percentage of its "history."

Dave
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