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Arch Crawford
The Crawford Perspective

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Arch Crawford of "The Crawford Perspective."  Peter Briimelow wrote

"I first met Crawford at a financial astrology conference that I'd talked Alan Abelson into letting me cover for Barron's. (Alan had a slight foaming tendency). Crawford made an articulate defense of his method, and, he added, astrology conferences were great places to meet girls.  Financial astrologers may be mad. But they're not stupid."

Brimelow continues:

Over the year to date through October, Crawford Perspectives is up a breathtaking 36% by Hulbert Financial Digest count, vs. negative 32.94% for the dividend-reinvested Dow Jones Wilshire 5000.

Over the past 12 months, Crawford is up 6% vs. negative 36.3% for the total return DJ-Wilshire 5000.

Before you get too excited about Crawford's predictions, Brimelow continued:
This is not a flash in the pan ... well, not completely. Over the past five years, the Crawford letter has achieved an annualized gain of 3.1%, vs. 0.8% annualized for the total return DJ-W.

But over the entire period that the HFD has monitored Crawford, the letter has achieved only a 4.7% annualized gain, vs. 8.8% annualized for the total return DJ-W 5000.

This is because, every once in a while, Crawford's hot hand turns into a cold claw.

For example, Crawford was one the 10 worst-performing letters of 2006.
What it all means is you can get great short-term market timing performance with anything from coin flipping to astrology, but few, if any "market timing systems" can beat the markets over the long term. Most of us rely on asset allocation and careful stock selection to match or beat the markets slowly over the long haul. Bear markets such as we are in now are the price we pay to get superior long term returns. For more, make sure you read these articles:

The Bradley siderograph was developed in the 1940's by Donald Bradley to forecast the stock markets. Bradley assigned numerical values to certain planetary constellations for every day, and the sum is the siderograph. It was originally intended to predict the stock markets. William Eng, a noted technical analyst, singled out the Bradley as the only 'excellent' Timing Indicator in his book, "Technical Analysis of Stocks, Options, and Futures" (source: Astrikos).

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