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March 07, 2007 – Comments (0)

At this point the CAPS scoring system has been pretty widely discussed within the community. As many have pointed out, it's really hard to get a good feel for how the system will shake out until there's a good amount of time behind it.

There seems to be a number of critics of the system (or maybe there are just a few who are very noisey) claiming that it's very possible to game the system to land yourself at the top.

I'm not up to arguing that point right now.

What I have been looking at, though, is the measure of average pick score which was added to CAPS relatively recently. There are some players in CAPS like illstabyou (great name), SureBeatsWorking, and sommer316 who have put together portfolios of 20 or more stocks and have managed to put up an average pick score of over 15. Maybe it's just been luck so far, but still impressive.

I'm curious to hear people's thoughts on whether they're going aggressively after rating with a lot of picks or trying to put up high returns. Of course the guys with great returns do end up with a nice score, but it could be tough for them to make it to the top spot because they won't put up the same huge overall score without loading up on a bunch more picks.

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