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Peter A from WA posted over 2 years ago:

I've used for over a year. It has improved significantly. I find it useful, but not so sure that it's really worth $150 or so a year. So far, it has helped make enough money that I'll continue to use it.

Buy my use is merely to generate a list of quality stocks, from which I generate a 100 day price target based on the probability of touching (price variance based). My system buys the best of these (10 factos) and sells automatically when the price target is reached.

My main criticisms of
1. The owners are sure that their "system" is a good one;
2. DARS (as noted in the article above) is a proprietary quality measure. As such, it is hard to verify it historcally. AND worse, for me, it is a combination of a number of factors. I do my own inertia testing and would leave that out.
3. DARS does not have enough "discrimination" Most stocks are in the 3.0 to 3.4 range, with lots 3.3 or 3.4. I'd like to see a scale of 0 to 10 with relatively few at each level so I could weed out those I'm not interested in. In fairness, you CAN do that yourself with the screener.
4. The measure is to agglomerated. Perhaps the algorythm that combines the 5 components could be described, and the five components reported. I could then create my own weightings.

With all this, it is a useful service that has, so far, helped me make money with my TtP-S system.

Pete A

Bob Wabler from CA posted over 2 years ago:

I totally disagree with the author of this article - this person must be a working for AAII.
I am a member of and have enjoyed the service of I have bought 8 sizeable positions using their DARS recommendations. Since January 1, 2012 through July 17,2012, I have gained 13.0% YTD which is 20.7% on an annualized basis. The author talks about Dogs of the Dow - which is only 9.5% YTD ( as of 7/17/12 ) and 1.4 % since inception! This is a problem with this website - the portfolios do not work!!!

Joe Lan from IL posted over 2 years ago:

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your comments. We are simply stating our opinions as to the strengths and weaknesses of the website and providing alternatives. Your return this year has been admirable but over the course of long-term investing, 7 months is a very short sample size. We brought up Dogs of the Dow as an example. We did not say it was better or worse, simply an alternative. As a matter of fact, it is one of our weakest performing screens (it is not a portfolio), ranked 70 out of 75 since inception.

Most of our screens have very good price performance histories and our portfolios with long term histories have done very well.

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