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CAPS's Three Million Picks and Counting...



February 22, 2009 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: RVI.DL

Earlier this month, our community made its 3 millionth CAPS pick. This is a milestone number, not because we ever had such scale targeted by such-and-such date as the CAPS team. Nope -- just a milestone because it's a big round number that deserves to be recognized.

Ever curious about the minutiae, I asked our database team to pull the pick at that date and time. For the record, the three millionth pick was made on February 2nd on or about 1:09 PM Eastern. It turns out to have been made by Paxtor, and -- for those scoring at home -- it was an Underperform call on Retail Ventures Inc. (RVI). Since making his first picks on CAPS late last year, Paxtor has parlayed his efforts into a Score of +669, an Accuracy of 64.4%, and a CAPS rating of 98.73.

To celebrate the 3 Millionth Pick, we sent Bill a signed copy of our new book Million Dollar Portfolio and e-mailed him a few questions. We're always interested in learning more about the stellar performers in our community. Here's the short interview (please note this occurred on February 6th in case this colors any comments below):

PAXTOR: Hi there, thanks for the prize.

FOOL: What's your favorite stock at the moment?

PAXTOR: GM... haha, just kidding, I have no favorite longs. So, "not applicable," I guess.

FOOL: What stocks do you currently own?

PAXTOR: I own no stocks currently, but I have borrowed a few from my broker, though (if you know what I'm saying).

FOOL: Describe your investing style.

PAXTOR: Buy the oversold, short the overbought.

FOOL: Name a great book you read recently.

PAXTOR: Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham.

FOOL: What are your 2009 predictions?

PAXTOR: Reality will finally set in.

FOOL: What would we find in your iPod?

PAXTOR: I have a generic MP3 player, not an iPod.

FOOL: What is one thing you wish CAPS would do?

PAXTOR: Not allow users to "re-up" on their picks... it's an unfair practice that gives users who spend all day on CAPS an advantage. If you repick a pick it should just pick up where it left off.


Congratulations again, Paxtor, and Motley Fool community!



10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 22, 2009 at 11:51 AM, BigFatBEAR (28.45) wrote:

Aw shucks. I was hoping it'd be me, but I think I would've remembered winning something and getting interviewed. C'est la vie.

I'll just have to time my picks carefully around the 4 million number...   ;)

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#2) On February 22, 2009 at 12:25 PM, TMFSpiffyPop (99.83) wrote:

BFB, you should have multiple shots at these rounds numbers as the weeks, and months, and years spin by. Better luck next time! :)

Foolishly, and congrats on your CAPS success,


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#3) On February 22, 2009 at 12:40 PM, Paxtor (28.24) wrote:

I'm number one! I'm number one! I'm number one! I'm number one!

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#4) On February 22, 2009 at 1:54 PM, Tastylunch (28.66) wrote:

Hey alright, congrats Paxtor!

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#5) On February 22, 2009 at 5:33 PM, anchak (99.91) wrote:

Congrats Paxtor! Wow RVI red is a popular pick it seems!

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#6) On February 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM, Paxtor (28.24) wrote:

I'm going to make 0.9 million picks today so I am number 4 million as well

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#7) On February 23, 2009 at 2:59 PM, TDRH (96.84) wrote:

Or you could create 100 identities and rec your own blog 100 tmes and be top blogger.   This would cover two categories!

 Seriously though congratulations on the success of the site.   Cannot imagine the manhours involved.


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#8) On February 25, 2009 at 11:56 PM, Paxtor (28.24) wrote:

Yeah, PositivePaxtor already recs all my blog posts

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#9) On February 26, 2009 at 12:22 AM, TheGarcipian (34.19) wrote:

Congrats, Paxtor, on getting the famed "3 Millionth Hamburger" notoriety award. Loved your interview responses. And congrats, Tom & Dave & the entire TMF Crew -- you've put together something pretty amazing. Keep up the excellent work,


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#10) On February 27, 2009 at 1:50 PM, SideShowMel0329 (32.27) wrote:


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