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Thanks for that info.  It makes sense I guess.

Just to follow up on my initial post, I back tested my system with a different group of stocks back into the early 90's.  The system did great until 2000, and then it got hammered with a 50% draw down that it didn't really recover from until about 2006. Not exactly what I was hoping for.  In fact, with just about every long term run for all the systems I have tried the period between 2000 and 2002 is just brutal.  The question in my mind now is will using the Hiddem Gem picks (small cap, lots of volatilty) help prevent something like that in the future with this system?  I don't really believe so, but there is now way to test it.  In the mean time, I will look for a way to filter out markets that are behaving 'badly' and see if I can make the system somewhat more robust.


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