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Screening on Jim Slater's Zulu Principle

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

In the 15-plus years I have been reading investing texts—especially related to stock screening—I have found the subject to be decidedly centered in the U.S. Therefore, when I ran across a book written on the other side of the pond in England, I jumped at the chance to see what it had to say.

First published in 1992, “The Zulu Principle,” by Jim Slater, is founded on the premise that individual investors can be successful by focusing their analysis on a narrow area.

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Mark Smith from AZ posted over 3 years ago:

When I lived in the UK I had modest success using Jim Slater's Zulu Principle. The books are a good read with sensible down to earth investing principles.

However, when I back tested the quantitative parts of the Zulu Principle on Keelix.com I found that it do not produce good returns in the US and did not beat the market. So I haven't tried using the method in the US.

Maybe the method does not work well in the US because market conditions have changed over the years since the books were first published or the ideas don't translate well to the US market.


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