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Computerized Investing > March/April 2003

Editor's Outlook

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by John Bajkowski

I am a strong believer in the theory that if something works you don’t fix it. So it was with great apprehension that we re-examined the CAN SLIM approach. We have been testing the performance of a wide range of screening systems for over five years now and our interpretation of the CAN SLIM approach has proven to be one the most consistent and strongest-performing screens during both bull and bear markets. Our implementation of the CAN SLIM approach was based upon the second edition of William O’Neil’s book “How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times or Bad.”

That edition of “How to Make Money in Stocks” presented a stock selection approach developed by studying 500 of the biggest stock market winners from 1953 to 1993. The CAN SLIM approach presented in the book was based upon the characteristics that these winning stocks possessed prior to their big price run-ups. The approach focused on strong current quarterly earnings growth, strong and consistent annual earnings growth, new highs, limited stock supply, leading companies, institutional sponsorship, and overall market direction.

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