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January 29, 2009 – Comments (18)

Some of this is a repeat for new CAPS members.  First and foremost, for everyone who is following the Technical Analysis that GoodVibe4ever has been charting, there are two developments.

1) He called it exactly with his charting that he began in the very first blog that he started.  And

2) Here are the links for all of the information for those who are following along and already know this type of stock analysis, and also the lessons for those of us (like me) that are starting at square one.  GoodVibe is a really great teacher.  He is starting at the very beginning, adding lots of links, answering all questions, and yes, he is taking it slowly enough that even a mathphobic grandmom-to-be like me can start to figure it out.  So don't be intimidated - Join in the fun!!!

The beginning (the charts from #1 above) -

Class introduction -

First lesson - Rules to live by -

Next set of charts, starting with Jan 29 - "Bulls are running out of breath" -


I have been here since December, in other words, maybe, almost, possibly, about to be two months.  There are some really great people here.  They answer questions, they are fun to talk to, they are passionate about what they believe in, they argue (boy, do they/we argue - especially political arguements!),  I love it!  I hope you will too.  When I started, I had questions so I asked.  Some of the blogs that got really great answers and that give you a good look at how you can use caps best are here.  Read the blogs.  Get an idea of what you like, what you want to try,  We are glad to have you here.  The more, the merrier!

From MFBriguy, the lazy man's way to 99+. Just a note here, he subscribes to several Motley Fool services and follows them in his CAPS picks so you have a bit of info here on them as well -

On general CAPS behavior and information, redneckdemon has it down in “lessons learned in 2008". I wish I had read this before I started into CAPS. As a first time blogger, it would have been priceless. You will find it at -

One of my favorite posts to show how CAPS can really give you inside information is Jazzy33's In 2009: Be a HOG!!! HOG is the symbol for Harley Davidson and the comments went back and forth. It is worth noting that at the moment, there is talk of a hostile takeover of HOG. -

Last, a couple of my own questions. I started out not knowing much about investing terms or the current market and economy, so I asked questions. There are CAPS members willing to help and they are great - Absolutely, totally fantastic!! TMF is lucky to have this resource and they obviously know it. I was confused by a term and suspected that there was more to it than Wikipedia would provide, so I asked CAPS -

When I first started into CAPS, I was concerned about the economy (specifically, my personal economy) so I asked for help and I got more help than I could have imagined. If you are considering any investing or even if you are not, please check this out. The information is incredible and it comes from a number of really knowledgeable people -

18 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 29, 2009 at 7:43 PM, greattrader1011 (29.20) wrote:

Thank you from a new MF'er.  I like to think I know a good amount about investing but I am finding this site to be quite useful thanks to help from people like you. 

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#2) On January 29, 2009 at 7:52 PM, Tastylunch (28.71) wrote:

mary any time you want to know what a investing term means I suggest checking out

it's a great resource.

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#3) On January 29, 2009 at 8:07 PM, nuf2bdangrus (< 20) wrote:

Investing breeds humility.

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#4) On January 29, 2009 at 9:51 PM, anchak (99.91) wrote:

"Investing breeds humility." Amen , Bro!

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#5) On January 30, 2009 at 4:21 AM, gne1963 (73.55) wrote:

Thanks Mary

You get my rec...


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#6) On January 30, 2009 at 6:32 AM, Mary953 (84.33) wrote:

Tasty -

Thanks for the new reference.  It is great (Leave it to a librarian to get excited over a really good new source of information)

Nuf2 -

Humility or not, you were one of the first to explain  lot of these terms and to encourage me to ask questions where I didn't understand.  I am just passing on what you and everyone else who commented offered to me.

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#7) On January 30, 2009 at 6:41 AM, Mary953 (84.33) wrote:

By the way,  If you are new to the site and you get advice from any of these players (the ones who left comments above), listen up!  They know what they are talking about and they are really great about helping you!  They have helped me a great deal!!

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#8) On January 30, 2009 at 9:23 AM, Mary953 (84.33) wrote:

Anchak - I am putting this on a couple of blogs.  You wanted my comment on FACT (the stock) put back as a rec.  I didn't keep a copy of it unfortunately, so I looked up the info and did an update based on the latest info.  I hope you enjoy this one as well.  It may not be as funny, but I tried to remember at least the general idea that I used - which was that for some stocks, you don't really have to be all that serious to get the point across.  Have fun!

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#9) On January 30, 2009 at 11:20 AM, GoodVibe4Ever (< 20) wrote:

Thanks Mary for your kind words and efforts to help the community.

We stay together, we survive. That I believe and aspire to live.

Thanks you all for giving me the chance to be part of that process. If you have any issues, questions, suggestions, and most important criticism, come and put them on my comment section. See you there.


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#10) On January 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM, Mary953 (84.33) wrote:

A new blog today asks about collecting the lucky charms that are at the top of some of the CAPS pages.  The author is also new to CAPS and you might want to welcome him.  I have offered him a bit of my limited knowledge, but would welcome learning a bit more on the topic myself.  The link is here  Stop over to say hi and to enlighten us both!

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#11) On January 30, 2009 at 1:32 PM, anchak (99.91) wrote:

Ma'am ...Off Topic ...Recd the FACT pitch.

Incidentally, I understand your feeling about being "spooked" on comments about your rating etc. Just my 2 cents - refrain from making too many picks - it can easily kill your accuracy. In CAPS if you can gain a high accuracy in the first few months - dont gamble it away. Of course, you know better - but really betting against the Israel Index(EIS)  is a stretch .

A lot of us run big pick portfolios - some out of design and some out of compunction - like me. You need to see my score graph history to understand it- I am simply trying to defend some CORE LONGS and trading around them with market swings. By running a hedge I require some extra picks. Otherwise - I would stick to much less. I run some other test profiles in CAPS  - and one of those has only 70 picks - and is hedged - so like really 30-40 core picks. I use these mainly for tracking purposes.


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#12) On January 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Mary953 (84.33) wrote:

Note to self - look up EIS (see also Israel Index), score graph, Core Longs, Market swings, hedge, test profiles, tracking, accuracy (as in how it is figured)

Thanks anchak - I appreciate whenever people try to help.  Even when I have no idea what they are talking about, I still appreciate it.  After all, I have learned more in two months than I would have believed possible.  How do you open a second identity anyway?  It would be sort of nice to be able to follow my actual trades. 

Believe it or not, I sort of run by what seems logical and intuitive.  I can't really explain it, but there is a pattern in the graphs of the individual stocks that is very clear.  I just follow it.  If I can't see it, I don't pick it.  My biggest problem was thinking that picks with up to a neg 5 did not count for anything, so I closed out losers.

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#13) On January 30, 2009 at 2:26 PM, anchak (99.91) wrote:

Just create  new CAPS account ( you will need a valid email address)


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#14) On January 30, 2009 at 2:55 PM, Mary953 (84.33) wrote:

Would you believe I can't remember how this one got started?

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#15) On January 30, 2009 at 10:33 PM, Mary953 (84.33) wrote:

One more to add.  This one will be moved up to take a place with the class blogs for GoodVibe's lessons next time I post them.  Nuf2bdangrus has been trying to teach me about VIX for some time and he and GV have had a good discussion going on several topics that are a bit advanced for me, but not for most of you.  Here is the link for the rest of you:

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#16) On January 31, 2009 at 11:56 PM, Tastylunch (28.71) wrote:

Np glad was useful for you and thanks for the info about Medlineplus! I had not heard of it.

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#17) On February 03, 2009 at 9:38 AM, Mary953 (84.33) wrote:

An extra couple of ways that TMF blogs can help and  resources you may find interesting -

TMFSinchiruna provides a warning against purchasing cars before checking to insure that the title is clear -

or you may get ideas of specific stocks with the financial numbers broken out and explained for you like these -

from dividends4life -

SharpSEO has a breakdown of stats on another company to check with this blog 

If you like your political commentary with a bit of fun and satire thrown in for good measure, check out the vast majority of blogs by DaretothREdux.  I am providing one for your entertainment along with the background that as this is/was written, Obama's choices for a couple of Cabinet appointments were found to have tax issues.

And finally the warnings,

From Tastylunch, information about penny stocks in

From MagicDiligence, warnings of Red Flags in financial statements

Fool on and enjoy!

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#18) On February 03, 2009 at 6:17 PM, kstarich (28.74) wrote:


Thank you so much for being the Librarian and cataloging these posts.  It has saved me so much time :)

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