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Diary of a Stock Market Loser

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June 19, 2008 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: XMSR.DL , SIRI , JMBA

My weekly "Diary of a Stock Market Loser" column comes to and end tomorrow.

The 22 week experiment to improve my CAPS rating is a relative victory, but obviously far from an absolute one. My CAPS rating has gone from a humbling 0.55 to a still pathetic 2.09. It's a nearly fourfould advance, but I realize I'm still getting clobbers by nearly 98% of you.

Since we never had enough space in the column to link to ALL of the weekly pieces, I'm doing so here in this blog entry.

What follows are the weekly picks, pans, and lessons I learned along the way.

It was a lot of fun, and I'm not giving up. I'm still going to keep trying to claw my way out of the gutter. I'll update my efforts in the blog here, and maybe with an article by year's end.

Thanks again for your support and, perhaps more importantly, patience! 

Week 1 - 0.55Week 2 - 0.51Week 3 - 1.35Week 4 - 1.03Week 5 - 1.54Week 6 - 2.33Week 7 - 1.06Week 8 - 3.32Week 9 - 0.47Week 10 - 1.91Week 11 - 0.64Week 12 - 0.21Week 13 - 0.51Week 14 - 4.81Week 15 - 2.69Week 16 - 5.47Week 17 - 7.84Week 18 - 4.20Week 19 - 4.81Week 20 - 3.63Week 21 - 1.53Week 22 - 2.09

Onward,

 Rick

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 20, 2008 at 1:01 AM, familyfund1 (< 20) wrote:

I feel like making a joke, but really, i feel for you bro.

    I went from zero to 93 in a month on solar, and then fell with the crash to less than one for a while. I think i got the 7 day coldest player charm.

    I didn't sell anything and am rated 58 today (for a short while i assume). Of course solar could fall just as far again. . .

    Maybe you work too hard at it. I don't know anything about stocks except what i learned in a year at caps. I just play the macro and the trends. 

   I am starting to learn more about the charts a little at a time.

Well, good luck. 

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#2) On June 20, 2008 at 2:46 AM, awallejr (79.54) wrote:

This is a tough market to pick. It seems to be an oil/commodities market for awhile.  Best suggestion is to stick with solid dividend paying stocks, since over time it should pan out.  My rating has been pretty dynamic, but I still feel that long term I will do ok (once those dividends start to add up). 

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#3) On June 20, 2008 at 6:35 AM, mandrake66 (45.23) wrote:

I've been reading your column for a while now with something akin to astonishment, because you're probably 10x a better stockpicker than I am, which I'm sure would be clear over a long time frame, but you picked a pretty challenging 22 weeks. I red-thumbed Bear Stearns in my first week of playing, 20 days before it went bankrupt, and rode financials down from there.

In your time frame, you had to be short financials/homebuilders, or long energy/commodities. Not much else would have turned out very well.

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