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Author: FractalWalk Three stars, 500 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 40850  
Subject: The important thing is why. Date: 12/12/2000 11:47 AM
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I hope one the one thing readers of this board and followers of this strategy have learned from all of this is to always seek the truth. When a strategy shows outstanding performance, the important question is "Why?". Why does it work? The nay-sayers of this strategy have sometimes been portrayed as selfish, evil tyrants forcing their agenda on others. However, the reality is that they merely wanted to explain why. They saw people making analytical mistakes and wanted to correct them. They merely wanted to tell us all why the F4 had the returns it did. They wanted to speak the truth.

And now that the Gardeners have officially withdrawn support, the important question still remains. Why? Why doesn't the F4 outperform? In their article, I saw concessions as to performance but little else. There were hints at datamining, but not a statement proclaiming that was the cause. Instead, there were explanations as to market changes and dividend policy. But what is the truth?

Just as it was important to know why it was thought to work, it is equally important to know why it really doesn't. Because, those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.







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