NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When it comes to investing ideas that sound too good to be true, they're usually unverifiable. Yet hundreds of thousands of investors and traders are always looking for the next "never-before-offered, one-of-a-kind system" that will beat the investment markets most of the time.
If you're fully invested in the hottest sectors and you don't own shares of Apple (AAPL) or precious metals stocks, you're most likely not going to be as interested in this topic.
On a day like April 3, wouldn't it have been great to be the owner of a few hundred shares of Astex Pharmceuticals (ASTX), which popped almost 10% when the company announced that 13 of its abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the American Association of Cancer Research, which begins April 6 in Washington, D.C.
Or perhaps, like myself, you'd be satisfied to own shares of iShares Japan Index ETF (EWJ), which, as the following chart shows us, has had an impressive year preceded by a few dismal ones.
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