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Author: fredinseoul Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 5076  
Subject: Screening tools Date: 3/22/2008 8:02 PM
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Anyone have a link or a book rec for how to use a screener?

So far in my investing life, I've used only index funds and mutual funs in the 401K. I'm looking at this market thinking it's time to get in, this may not be the bottom, but there are still good buys. I do plan to keep doing the VFINX, but am looking to supplement the growth a bit, if I can.

I've opened an account at Zecco.com, they have a screener, but to be honest, I can't figure it out. I looked at Yahoo, which is easier to start to use, but I don't know what I am looking for. Which of the various tools are going to give me the best result?

Thanks in advance

fredinseoul
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Author: Greenerd Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 4577 of 5076
Subject: Re: Screening tools Date: 3/23/2008 6:46 PM
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In developing a workable screen there needs to be a way of testing the success of the screen. The Mechanical Investing board has done a lot of work in this area.

http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?mid=26494565&bid=100093

Jamie Gritton has developed a testing engine @
http://www.backtest.org/

Then entry level Mechanical Investing Board is called Foolish Worshop but currently does not have much activity. You could look at the old post to sense the ancient history of developing screens.

http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?mid=26489657&bid=100136

Also the "Weekend Reveiw" people using Investors Business Daily have done a lot of work in developing screens. Their group is @
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/werresearcher/

This is the backtest engine for the "WER" people
http://www.tradesim.info/

I hope this gives you some answers.
May God Bless
Bob

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