But how profitable is this market timing model? It is difficult to tell. While screening for high-growth stocks according to the CAN SLIM methodology is quite simple with software, the analysis of the market is quite interpretive and typically requires a visual approach. I am not familiar with a specific computerized and back-testable algorithm that is able to emulate this market timing technique. But as reported by the American Association of Individual Investors, the 5-year annualized return of the CAN SLIM stock picking method is 21.9%. That said, how much gain can be had from this isolated market timing technique is not readily available knowledge.
If you’re a trader or investor, it’s important to know and understand what time the stock market opens. If you place a trade outside of stock market hours, your trade will wait in a queue until the start of the next trading session. This can also make a big difference on the prices you’ll get for your trade, since news or other events can happen in the interim.
We know this because the series is pure chance and what seemed like an inevitable rise or a decline was just the random number generator being... random. This is important to note, because our brains can often read meaning into things when there’s no meaning to be had. In fact, psychologists even have a word for seeing patterns that aren’t there – apophenia.