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Computerized Investing > July/August 2008

Trading Rule #1 Stocks

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

In the September/October 2007 issue of CI, we introduced Phil Town’s Rule #1 approach to picking stocks, which involves selecting “wonderful” companies at attractive prices. A summary of Town’s methodology is provided in Table 1 and you can find the original Rule #1 article on-line at the Computerized Investing Web site (www.computerizedinvesting.com).

We also developed a stock screen based on the steps Town outlined in his book, “Rule #1” (2006, Crown Publishers), and clarifying statements he subsequently has made at his blog (www.philtown.com).

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