North Carolina Stock Advisor Releases Year-to-Date Comparisons With Nation's Top 5 Best Stock Pickers

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  • (1888PressRelease) October 08, 2011 - Raleigh, N. C. - The Technology Stock Advisor, an investment newsletter published by Thomas E. Vass, of Raleigh, N. C. released a stock selection investment performance comparison today. Vass compared his own year-to-date 2011 TSA Top 10 Stock Selections to the performance of the five best stock pickers in America.

    "My top five competitors in the world of stock selection advice have been tested by the market over a long period of time," said Vass, "and I have a great deal of respect for the professionals who put their reputations on the line at the beginning of every year with their stock selections."

    The top five competitors selected by Vass are described below. All prices for all stocks are based upon the closing price of January 3, 2011. The performance calculations are based upon the data and software available at the GoogleFinance website.

    MarketWatch Selection of 10 Experts, compiled by Jeff Reeves, published January 5, 2011.
    As noted by Reeves, "Just to be clear, this is not meant to be a balanced portfolio. Each pick was given as the single best investment if each of these advisors could make only one purchase for all of the next year.

    So if you had just one pick for 2011, one single stock to buy now and sell 365 days later, what would you pick? That's exactly the question I put to 10 of Wall Street's sharpest minds - well, nine and then my own - and I wasn't surprised to find a common theme. Namely, that the biggest potential lies in tech and financials."

    Goldman's 8 Best Tech Stocks for 2011, compiled by Frank Byrt, The Street, January 28, 2011.
    As described by Byrt, "The New York-based investment bank gives price targets and the premiums they represent to their closing price as of Dec. 29, 2010. Each company gets a "buy" rating on Goldman Sachs' so-called Conviction Buy List. On the list are eight technology stocks."

    James Glassman's 10 Stock Picks for 2011, published in Kiplinger, January 2011 edition.
    Glassman is the Contributing Editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance and begins, "My 2010 stock selections performed well. Here's a batch of promising picks for the New Year. I have chosen these stocks because I expect them to outpace the market over the next 12 months or so. The companies vary by sector and size, but they aren't meant to represent a truly diversified portfolio. Finally, these are suggestions. Follow up with your own research, and make your own decisions. I'm here to help."

    Landis 10 Top Tech Stocks for 2011 By Conrad de Aenlle, CBS MoneyWatch, Jan 4, 2011.
    Aenlle notes that, "Landis, whose Firsthand Technology Opportunities Fund (TEFQX) gained 29.3 percent last year, compared to a 20 percent gain for the average tech fund in Morningstar Inc.'s database, offers Money Watch readers some under-the-radar selections. Kevin Landis has achieved success running technology funds by filling his portfolios with a mix of obscure names and the usual suspects. With a few days left in 2010, his Firsthand Technology Opportunities Fund (TEFQX) was up about 30 percent on the year, compared to 21 percent for the average tech fund in Morningstar Inc.'s database, making it a very strong fund in a strong sector."

    Barron's 10 Favorite Stocks For 2011, by Andrew Bary, Barron's January 3, 2011.
    Bary states, "Given this constructive backdrop, which stocks might reward investors best in 2011? Barron's has identified 10 big-caps worth buying now, including ExxonMobil, Wal-Mart Stores, Pfizer, JPMorgan Chase, General Motors and Cisco Systems. Most of our picks have been the subject of bullish articles in the publication in the past year, and many trailed the market averages in 2010."

    2011 Year-to-Date (January 3, 2011 to October 6, 2011) Comparison of Investment Performance of Selected Stock Pickersİ Compiled by Thomas E. Vass

    Name Stock Advisor Year-to-Date Investment Performance
    Ending October 6, 2011

    MarketWatch Selection of 10 (-19.96%)

    compiled by Jeff Reeves

    Goldman's 8 Best Tech Stocks for 2011, +2.23%
    compiled by Frank Byrt

    James Glassman's 10 Stock Picks for 2011, -13.47%)
    published in Kiplinger

    10 Top Tech Stocks for 2011 From Firsthand's Landis +5.54%
    compiled by Conrad de Aenlle in CBS MoneyWatch

    Barron's 10 Favorite Stocks For 2011, (-10.51%)
    by Andrew Bary, in Barron's

    The Technology Stock Advisor +8.83%

    All of the stocks selected by Vass for the TSA Newsletter were based upon a 2007 stock selection and portfolio management patent issued to Vass. The method of the patent explains what stocks to buy, the target buy price, the target sell price and the best asset allocation for an investor's risk profile.

    Investment Disclosure: The past performance of an investment is no guarantee of future performance. All investments bear risk of loss of principal invested. There are no guarantees related to investing. Please visit to read the IM&I ADV Part II Disclosure Document.

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