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Author: Jordrok Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 251793  
Subject: I'm going to try this mechanical thing Date: 2/18/2013 10:15 PM
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Hi all,

I've been investing in stocks for about 10 years. Early on I've discovered value investing. It made a lot of sense to me and I read a lot about this approach and the masters like Graham and Buffett.

I've made some pretty good investments, but also some bad ones. Overall, my results are fine but I find it's a lot of effort for what a find to be a disappointing added value. Perhaps stock picking requires more time than what I'm putting in to get great results? Anyway, I am not satisfied.

What brought me here was a post by mungofitch (http://boards.fool.com/ot-just-messin-with-your-head-3048311...) on the BRK board talking about the results of the "YldEarnYear" screen. The screen itself made enough sense to me and the results were clearly above what I'm getting by myself. My thinking was simply: if this really works, I would get better results with minimal effort. This is an appealing proposition.

So I have decided to put the screen to work with real money starting tomorrow. It will only be a small portion of my portfolio, at least in the beginning.

Oh, and mungofitch: don't worry, I am a vaccinated adult. Your post made me try this mechanical thing but I don't hold you responsible for whatever happens.

And perhaps this will give a possible answer to all who are wondering "Does this thing work?" I may have seen this question a few times while reading the board's old messages.

If there is some interest, I can post from time to time about this experiment. The process of mechanical investing is easy to do on paper, but in reality, will I be able to let go and trust the screen, especially when it won't be going well? That remains to be seen! ;-)
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