Monday, August 20, 2007

Cramer's picks haven't beaten the market--Barron's

No kidding!

I credit Jim Cramer with working very hard at what he loves. And with being a fine communicator, and an under-appreciated writer. And he is likable, when he is not being completely nutty. But the market is just too efficient for him. No argument exists on this, the numbers are in. Only trading "true believers" are willing to commit money to trading approaches for which there is no rational basis to expect bigger gains after taxes as a result.

Because he is on after the markets close, and because the more naive of his viewers are immediately buying his picks, in after-hours trading, a number of day traders will be right there in after hours action, catching those market orders, shorting his picks as those folks buy in. I know that he says not to do that. They do it anyway. Guess how that works out.

Cramer's picks haven't beaten the market--Barron's: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

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