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Computerized Investing > September/October 2006

Predicting the Market’s Future With O’Shaughnessy

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by Cara Scatizzi

Investors have tried and will continue to try a multitude of strategies to predict the future of the stock market using fundamental analysis, charting and technical analysis. Sometimes dealing with a frustrating market can make you think that drawing tickers from a hat is the best way to pick stocks. While there is no surefire way to choose winning stocks, James O’Shaughnessy believes that looking at the past is the best way to predict where the market is headed in the future.

In his newest book, “Predicting the Markets of Tomorrow: A Contrarian Investment Strategy for the Next Twenty Years” (Penguin Group, 2006), O’Shaughnessy argues that investors can predict where the markets are going by simply looking at historical long-term trends. Through an examination of stock market history, O’Shaughnessy developed a stock selection approach for individual investors that attempts to take full advantage of current market trends.

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