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I need to choose around 8 rule makers and really haven't a clue where to start. Should i start visiting certain company boards? is that kind of the normal way?Is there a board that would give me some ideas of what may be a comprensive list that people are considering as rule makers...

Folliton,

Lucky for you, such a list exists on this very message board. If you click on the link at the bottom of this post entitled "Rule Maker Company Rankings", it will send you to compiled list of all the Rule Maker Ranker analyses that have been posted to this board. This could be a good place for you to start looking for ideas. Once you have some companies identified, you could then access their financials over at the FreeEdgar website (www.freeedgar.com). The company's annual report will give you some good info on what business they are involved in, what products they sell, and who their competitors are. If all that looks good, then go to the company's message board here on the Fool and look through the last several hundred posts. In those posts you will usually find links to external sites that contain additional analysis on either the company or the industry that it is in. These can be very helpful in helping you understand if the company really does "make the rules".

Before you start complaining, I admit that this process may take some time to complete. However, investing is not a sprint ... its a marathon, and the market will surely be here whenever you are good and ready. So sit back, put in the time, do your research, and your portfolio will be much better off as a result.

Fool On!

the LanceMan


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