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FIDELITY SELECT FUNDS
Last year, I was looking around for a mutual fund trading system, being unhappy with the results I was
receiving. At that time, you featured an article
by Jay Kaeppel on determining the (internal) relative strength of various Fidelity indices (“A System
For Trading Fidelity Select Funds,” STOCKS & COMMODITIES, July 1999).
The article intrigued me and, after corresponding with Kaeppel via E-mail, I wrote and tested a program using
TechniFilter Plus over all the mutual funds I watch (approximately 700) and was amazed at the results. So much so that I took $10,000 and actually bought $1,000 of each fund the program suggested. By November 1999, the results of that investment persuaded me to
recommend the system to various clients, who are today, after two and a half short months, extremely happy with the system.
Admittedly, I did alter Kaeppel’s original suggestion slightly based on my testing and optimization, but I feel
that I must still publicly thank Kaeppel and S&C for coming to my rescue with a solution to a problem that I was struggling to solve.
On another matter, I have found a number of programs I use were not Y2K compliant, and the suppliers are charging for a Y2K update. Other companies, on the other hand, sent updates by post at no charge. It would be a good lesson to know which programs were Y2K
compliant, because then we would know which programs would be Windows 2000 friendly.
JACK SINGER, via E-mail