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  • If Beta Doesn't Work, What Does? by William G.S. Brown, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...If Beta Doesn't Work, What Does? by William G.S. Brown, Ph.D. Beta not doing it for you? Try the price regression line. Conventional wisdom says that a stock (or stock fund) having a beta close to 1.0 will follow the market. Is that true? This piece of common knowledge can easily be verified by going to a stock or fund screen and searching for investments with beta greater than 0.99 but less than 1.01 and a five-year growth between -90% and +200%. In Figure 1 you will find the unusual values I came up with when I used the stock screener at If a stock with a beta of 1.00 fol...

  • Logarithmic Point & Figure Charting by William G.S. Brown

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...V.13:07 (288-291): Logarithmic Point & Figure Charting by William G.S. Brown Traditional point & figure charting is one of the oldest methods known in technical analysis. The technique is unique because it only records the direction and change in price while ignoring the passage of time. But it has certain disadvantages; for example, it is virtually impossible to adjust a point & figure plot for stock splits or dividends without replotting the whole chart. Making each box represent a fixed percentage change - a logarithmic scale - has several advantages. Here's what they are. Point & figur...

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