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Group Inclusion Function in HGSI

I am often asked “But Ian, how can I find potential candidates in a down market that still may be providing gains on the long side, rather than sitting in my foxhole?” Of course those who just can’t tolerate withdrawal symptoms want to look for the reward and are prepared to take the risk…i.e., roll the dice in the face of a hurricane.  Well, for those who are not feint of heart, here are 15 stocks that have shown the highest count across several HGSI Proprietary Groups. 

Taking a feather out of my associate and good friend Ron Brown’s cap, I felt I might show you the results of the top 15 stocks for the newly developed function in the HGSI Software, called Group Inclusion.  As he showed you in his video today, this new feature shows the stocks with the most hits in selected StockPicker and SmartGroups.  Shown below are the 15 stocks with scores of 6 to 9, and the groups that had 3 or more “hits” for these stocks.  Note…Column C, labeled Count, is the number of groups that had the stock listed, but the total score shown may not equal that shown on any one row, since I had to cut the view off so that it would at least be readable.  For example, SVA is shown with a count of ‘9”, but only 7 are shown on the list; the other two were in the Health Care Sector and Best Stocks under $10.


I have absolutely no idea if there will be opportunities in this Group of stocks, but it gives us a basis to do paper studies at the onset of a bad down-turn to see if there is anything we can glean out of this lot.  I suggest you put these in QuoteTracker or whatever other Real-time on-line software you use and watch how they do tomorrow and through the week.   

One thing which I find gratifying is that those who have been using their favorite Groups to hunt for stocks will find to their relief and satisfaction they are all prominently shown in columns “D” through “I”.  Naturally the HGS 100 should clock up the most hits, but ignoring that one, your best hunting ground for ferreting would appear to be in the favorite groups you already use as shown. 

As far as I am concerned this is a paper study to see if HGSI can find the proper fish swimming upstream against the tide…It is always “Your Call”.  Ron and I will focus on this feature on our newsletter due this week, and maybe we will shed more light on its performance and uses then. 

Please let me know if this blog is of value to you as it took a fair amount of research to make the simple chart above handed to you on a platter.  Or, are you sitting in your foxhole twiddling your thumbs for better times?  Best regards, Ian.


7 Responses to “Group Inclusion Function in HGSI”

  1. Theresa Hui Says:

    Hi Ian,

    Thank you for posting this. I used to do the same thing by hand, trying to choose from the ones that appear in the most number of groups & it is very time consuming. Eventually I just tried to pick from Best of WB (as well as from some other lists). The Group Inclusion function in HGSI will make spotting the potential big winners so much easier.

    Somehow a few of the responses I submitted had not shown up. But believe me, I remain one of your most loyal “readers”.

    Best regards,
    Theresa H.

  2. David B Schoon Says:

    Ian, while I can certainly understand when you get “No Comments” that it would be very logical and easy to wonder “Is anyone even reading this?” to yourself . . . nonetheless rest assured that we are indeed not only reading it, but studying it, cogitating on it, ruminating on it. Most of your work is not something one just quickly reads thru and then goes on to something else. For myself, I often find myself so wrapped up in pondering what you’ve written that the thought of adding any kind of a comment does not even cross my mind. Having said that, I understand the ultimately this is a community of people with similar interests at least in the stock market, and I think it is only fair and responsible for all of us who are reading your blog to at least occasionally give you some kind of feedback. I personally want to say thank you for the time, energy, investment and creativity you put into this 2-3 times each week; and I for one avidly look forward to reading it. Frankly, I’m a 60-day trial subscriber and I haven’t really even run the HGSI software yet as I get so wrapped up in just reading your material and watching Ron’s videos. Back in 2000 I purchased 3 years of hard copy of your newsletter and read them all cover to cover back then several times. It is actually amazing to me that by and large, with a few significant “add-ons”, the tools, methodology and disciplines are the same.
    I would comment regarding “those of us who just can not tolerate withdrawal symtoms”; I don’t buy it. Part of successful investing is stepping off the train tracks when you see the train coming, and not trying to be a hero. I have been in this business since 1969; that’s 38 years, and I’m not in it to entertain myself or my ego; I’m in it to make money. Part of success is having the mental and emotional disciple to say “no” or “not yet”. This is one of those times. Thanks again for a great product and service!

  3. Mike Orlyk Says:

    Hi Ian,

    I haven’t had the opportunity to watch Ron’s weekend report yet but from your blog I surmise that Group Inclusion will be a new function in an upcoming release of the HGSI software. I am really looking forward to it.

    For the past year I have been doing a process akin to this function on a weekly basis at the end of the week; of course my methodology is entirely manual and takes a fair amount of time. Although my objective was not to identify stocks that were “swimming against the tide” for the purposes of taking positions on I did do paper trading on some of the stocks that my process yielded during the correction this past summer. I would have to dig back through my notes and archives to identify specific symbols but I did get some solid hits that had decent price appreciation in the face of a down market.

    It will certainly be interesting to monitor the performance of the stock whose symbols you provided in the table this coming week; assuming that the coming week will be another down week. But right now I am in my foxhole. I only play the market on the long side after painful lessons I’ve learned during the earlier part of this decade.


    Mike Orlyk

  4. Paul R Says:


    Is your blog of value? YES!!! On a day like today it’s nice to be sitting in cash on the side lines because of what you have taught us over the years. HGSI, the News Letter, The Workshop and now your blog are a wonderful package. Many many thanks!

    Paul R

  5. Tom Mc Dermitt Says:


    I am a relatively new user of HGSI and find it extremely powerful in “slicing and dicing” the market to find the cream of the crop investing ideas. I look forward to your blog as well as Ron Browns weekly report as I feel that I am getting a great education in investing as well as a better idea of exploring the capabilities of HGSI. The time and effort that both you and Ron put into your reports is greatly appreciated!

  6. Becky Stevens Says:

    Hi Ian!

    Have no fear—-I read your blog EVERY DAY—or at least, I check every day to see if you hae written one! I might not reply often, but I am so grateful that you do this—especially since I wasn’t able to attend the seminar! I am safely in my foxhole, having been stopped out of everything–and thanks to the Hindenburg Omen illustrated in your blogs, and then released to us, I was forewarned to tighten them up! One of my stops was run through when I drove home from Birmingham at he end of last week as luck would have it, so I had to accept a slightly lower return than orginally expected when I got out before I lost the rest of my profit–BUT–at least I still made a significant amount of money in a very short period of time! It is still the most I have ever made in the three and a half years that I have been using this program!

    I hope you will keep writing this blog as often as you want to!

    All I ask is that you stay healthy! See you in the Spring!

  7. kerry loudermilk Says:

    I find myself looking at the blog site several times a day to see if you have posted new material. The group inclusion function in hgsi just makes it move valuable (that’s not an invitation to increase its price, winky winky). I am aware of the amount of time it takes to research and find the great pictures. While I suspect i am like the vast majority and just read and then ponder, we should more courteous with an occasional thanks for taking the time to share your unique and insightful thoughts with us…..so….thanks a million and keep’em coming. my best to you and your family out there in sunny southern CA….kerry

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