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p.s. I'm not sure what motivates those in the Top 10 and more broadly, the All Stars to actively manage CAPS other than "KIng of the Mountain" accolades.

Having been there once upon a time, I can tell you that being 'King of the Mountain' is pretty fun. :-)

That said, I think there are probably about as many motivations, or mixtures of motivations, as there are CAPS participants.

I guess I'm wondering whether the "Top 10" are primarily short term traders with unlimited sources of new ideas (those with direct access to real time market information and do this for a living) to keep adding to a ballooning portfolio (though I'm not sure this "ballooning" aspect matters) or whether there might be a more constructive portfolio development theme at play here.

I think there's likely some mixture of both, not only among different members of the Top Ten, but also within each of the Top Ten's individual pick lists.

While I haven't kept my CAPS pick list as active as I have in the past (something I should probably correct at some point soon), I can tell you that some of my picks were short-term trades, while many others were based on a long-term view more akin to portfolio development.

I think that's one of the beauties of CAPS. Where else does one get such a mixture of investing styles, knowledge bases, different perspectives, and more, all gathered and coalesced into stock rankings from 1 to 5 stars?


Russell (a.k.a. TMFEldrehad)
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