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Those of us who initially bought into the Foolish Four RP strategy any time between about 3/99 and 10/99 have had a very rude awakening. The value of those stocks, especially Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Eastman Kodak, and Sears Roebuck & Company, has dropped dramatically.
I initially bought into the program in early July '99, and have seen the value of Goodyear in particular drop by 53% since then.

I recall from reading several of the TMF books, references to Fools having a nail-biting experience when their stock falls 30% in value. Well, how about 53% in five months!! -- in a Dow Jones Industrial Average Stock yet!!!

Yet, there has been a paucity of official commentary from The Motley Fool staff on this issue. What I would really like would be for an official TMF veteran to write a review of the situation, and for it to be posted on the opening page to FOOL.COM when we first sign on. I would hope for it to include acknowledgement of the startling nature of the phenomenon when most other major stocks are continually climbing upward, and some reassurance that the Foolish Four RP strategy is still sound.

My plan is to continue to hold my FFRP stocks until 12/00-1/01, and then roll them over into the new Foolish Four RP. However, it would be nice to see some "official" mention of this problem, especially when the official TMF Foolish Four RP portfolio continues to perform exceedingly well.

I would appreciate any feedback, thoughts, or comments.

Erik Russell

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