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It turns out I confused a rising stock market with my own investing skill.

Indeed, when the markets are doing well, many stock picking systems work very well. The real test is how they do in a down market.

CAPs is another way to test your stock picking ability. Once you pick 7 stocks, CAPs rates your performance every day vs the averages. A positive score means you are beating the market average.

It's ok to start picking your own stocks once you can consistently beat the averages. Until then, its better to rely on others stock picking.
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