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Hey roofman6,

You've really hit on the core idea of what I'd like to do with the SimFool add-on, which is to let players simulate real world trading on top of the CAPS system. The only constraints would be to bring players actions closer to real world impacts (e.g., transaction fees) or allow us to fast-track the implementation (leaving out shorting since the relevant real world info, availability and cost to borrow, are expensive and more involved data feeds). Otherwise the mapping between these SimFool players and the traditional CAPS system would be done behind the scenes(though displayed for transparency, of course), since that comparison is interesting but should have no impact on how people design their investing strategy.

i definitely don't want to lose any of the history for current CAPS players, but since the incentives were designed around the CAPS scoring system rather than an explicitly investing goal, and contain important elements that cannot be reproduced (e.g., cost to borrow and availability of shorts), the results would need to be viewed differently. I can see placing some form of SimFool evaluator on top of the traditional CAPS players, but would want players to have the opportunity to start fresh with using different types of strategies if interested that were designed to specifically go after the SimFool objectives (the strongest being to make money over the long term!)

so, just to reiterate, my SimFool idea is simply to act as an add-on to the much vaster CAPS system itself, for people who are interested in trying their hand on portfolio management along with stock picking itself, and if I can get it off the ground would probably start in the limited but more common realm of long only investing.

 More comments please - I'm starting to feeling some encouragement here :). 

Foolishly,

Xander (TMFCrocoStimpy) 

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