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I saw on the Motley Fool Web site ( that your CAN SLIM picks netted you a 503% return in five years. Was this backtested data or a real money account?

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CI editors respond: AAII tracks over 60 stock-screening methodologies and reports the passing companies and performance (Figure 1) of each in the Stock Screens area of the AAII Web site ( Since December of 1997, we have been tracking the monthly performance of each of these screens. This performance is based upon hypothetical portfolios and is not based on actual trading results. Furthermore, the performance reported does not take into account commissions, time slippage, or bid-ask spreads. For more information on how we calculate the monthly performance of the screens we track, visit the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section of the Stock Screens area (

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