Letters to S&C
I read with interest the letter from George N. Bower on the Overbought/Oversold indicator, in which Mr.
Bower referred to the indicator's publication as a possible "con" on the reader, or the reader's sensibility. I
have incorporated the indicator into my own trading system with some success, but do not choose to rely
on it wholly.
I use the indicator to tell me what the likelihood of a substantial move in the general market is in the near
future, not as a specific buy/sell signal, the use Mr. Bower apparently tested the indicator under. In
mutual fund timing the indicator has a good record, having called the last three major moves of the
market in advance by a period long enough to allow action in the form of trading out of downside
investments and into upside investments. I would never think of basing a trade on the advice of a single
indicator, preferring instead to find at least a little corroborating evidence before risking money.
While I realize that this seems somewhat "soft" to all the heavily programmed traders, the action in
mutual funds allows somewhat less heavy interaction in the market and saves time.
I would like to extend to all of your readers the use of my bulletin board, Investment Heaven, for
whatever use they may see fit (within the constraints of the law, of course!). The system is dedicated to
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Thank you for your fine magazine. I have enjoyed it immensely.
LAURENCE D. HAMMER
SYSOP, Investment Heaven BBS