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I'm a new Fool still trying to learn the basics. I'm just about to buy the Foolish Four and trying to learn strategies to pick good stocks for long term investment. I recently read William J. O'Neil's "How to Make Money in Stocks" and found some of his advice in line with what I read on the Motley Fool pages. However, his chapter on market timing sounded like it was vitally important to be able to do but otherwise incomprhensible. In addition he strongly suggested selling to cut losses at 5-8%, which also seems at odds with the overall rule maker strategy of buying stock in a strong company and holding for ten years. Anyone able to give a good rebuttal to Mr. O'Neil?
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