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Greetings, John, and welcome. You asked:

Any thoughts from the retired mechanical investors out there?

My thoughts were expressed in my column of 12/4/00. They pretty much echo those expressed in your sentence "Nevertheless, the the world of mechanical investing has certainly become noticeably less
less certain than it was a day ago."

I will disagree, though, that the developments of the past week are a "... bombshell for value-style mechanical investors in the Dow." The study still shows the FF are a good tool for that purpose, and they did outperform over the long-term. They just didn't do so to a huge degree. Therefore, they should not be used as the only or even the major holding in a portfolio.

As I said in my column, I will still use the FF as a value component in my personal portfolio. The mechanical selection makes it an easy tool to use for value picks. And Ann has not abandoned it for that purpose, either. The FF will still appear in the new portfolio she is developing in the Workshop area.

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