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Boy, I am glad January is over. No matter what your approach is to trading or investing, I think that had to be deemed a rough month. But I'm always interested in how rough it specifically was for readers.

Following on from

a few weeks ago, I'm going to start a monthly survey at the beginning of each month that takes a snapshot as to where we all stand. As reference, the

New York Stock Exchange

finished the month down 1.9%, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

down 1%, and the


down only 0.85%.

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Through January, I am...

Down more than 5%

Down 2% to 5%

Down less than 2% to up less than 1% (essentially flat!)

Up 1% to 4%

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And that is a wrap from the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints, where I'm embarrassed to say that even the 70-year-old rowers participating are in better shape than I am. By this time next year, though, I hope to at least be competitive with them!

Gary B. Smith is a freelance writer who trades for his own account from his Maryland home using technical analysis. At time of publication, he held no positions in any securities mentioned in this column, although holdings can change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Smith writes a daily technical analysis column for

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