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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                2 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: MM.. Ang. 12. Q Are VOT aware of stud- ies which help in limiting stock market losses? I've heard of formulas which die- tale a sale after the Dow falls a certain percentage (12'y percent) from its high and indicate a purchase when the average recovers the same percentage from a low. 1 suppose there are any number of variations on this plan. A Let mf first give you a blanket answer: If any any formula worked percent, or even percent of the time it would attract so wide a following that it would become worth- less. Let's assume it became demciustniljly certain that a market index falling from, say, 830 would become a sa once it approached S.'iS. Ho many "savvy" traders woui wait for the index to hit (the 12'j percent declin point) before dumping thei slocks? Conversely, if market index rose from S2i a market "bottom" many traders would wait urn it reached 835.31 before bogir ning to buy stock? You must remember tha any formula which become too successful must coutei the seeds of its own destrui lion. (If everybody decided ti keep their cars in the garagi on Sunday and, instead go ti the beach on Tuesdays it order to avoid heavy traffic. Further complications: I you go back any length o time over the market charts you will find many instances where a sale after a 10 percen or 15 percent market decline represented a sell-out at the bottom and failure to share in the subsequent advance. You will also find man> instances where a purchase after a 10 or 15 percent re covery from a low only served to get you into the market at a high price and at the begin- ning of another decline. Further complications II You can't buy the Dow-Jones or the Standard and Poor's or any other average. Fortunes have been made in individual slocks which have risen while the general market was easing or going nowhere. Further complications III: A "bottom" or a "high" be- comes crystal clear only after the fact. We have had a lot of "bottoms" established in recent months which led only to new and lower "bottoms." I know this is a negative ipproach and I apologize for H. I do admit that formulas are used by experts and often successfully, but they are used in conjunction with other signs and portents and always against the background of years of experience. I don't mean to pooh-pooh all chartist or fundamentalist rules and theories and for- mulas. Far from it. I just don't want any reader to be left with the impression that if he blindly follows any single specific formula he will land on Easy Street. Is there any relation be Iween the stock and bond av- erages? A It was once a popular market maxim that the prices of high-grade bonds and stocks moved in opposite directions. In recent years, steadily rising interest rates have depressed bond prices. And runaway inflation, un- favorable balances of trade, weakness in the dollar, politi- cal upheavals and fears and uncertainty over the future of business have depressed stock prices too. It "ain't" the classic answer, tint there it is. Proxy Statement: Informa- tion which the SEC requires must be submitted to share- holders as a prerequisite to seeking their votes for a meet- ing. Often these statements are carelessly thrown aside by investors even though they contain information (salaries, stockholdings of officers and directors, etc.) which many investors indicate they would like to have. More than caves have been discovered in Greece, Kill of which are considered to lie of scientific and tourist inter- est. Biggybank Bike Races Sunday, August 18th Beverftrk You're all invited to see one of America's fastest growing sports Bicycle Racing. See some of the American Bicycle League's top racers in action on the tough mile Sever Park course. Also watch your friends and neighbors as. they compete for ribbons and in the public races, Sunday afternoon. Fill out an Entry Form and join the tun yourself. Free T-shirts for riders under 7. Free bike flags for riders 7 and older it's for kids and adults alike. A great way to spend a Sunday. PUBLIC RACE SCHEDULE Bush yards :30 Lap Laps far as possible Young Laps Laps Jet Set p.m. 3 Laps 2-6 (Separate races for each) 7-10 11-13 All Ages 14-17 18-25 26 and up ABL RACE SCHEDULE a.m. 2 miles Midget Race a.m. 4 miles Intermediate Race a.m. 15 miles Women, Junior Men Veteran Men Race a.m. 25 miles Senior Men III) a.m. 30 miles Senior Men Race (Class I I OFFICIAL ENTRY AND ATHLETE'S RELEASE (NON ABL RACE) REGISTRATION This form must be mailed to Merchants National Bank or presented to the official's table not later than one hour prior to your event to receive your numbers. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNLESS ON AN OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM In submitting this form for the event below, I do hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators waive, release and forever discharge any and all rights and claims, for or to be, for which I may have or which may hereafter accrue to me against the Mercants National Bank, The Amateur Bicycle League of America, Inc., for the City of Cedar Rapids, any other persons connected with the event individually or collectively, from all responsibilities for any injury to persons during this event. PLEASE ENTER ME IN THE NAME________________ .RACE. AGE. ADDRESS (Street) ;_( I have a single speed bike (City) Jj I have a multi-speed bike (State) SIGNATURE OF CONTESTANT _______ SIGNATURE OF PARENT (if under No printed signatures will be accepted. Minors (under 18) must have parent's or guardian's signature. Entry will be refused if not properly signed. Merchants National Bank KI Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401 A BANKS OF IOWA' BANK   

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