I love my DOGS. Everyone gets that knowing when to sell a stock is much tougher than picking the one to buy (or it is identified as one of the great shortcomings of the individual investor). Yeah, yeah, we make it easy for ourselves: simply buy high, sell low, right? And that is the exact reason why I love my DOGS: buy/sell decisions are based on my simplistic calendar and spreadsheet methodology. Is it November? Check. Is this stock Continue reading
Having built these portfolios around November last year, I’m getting to that point where it’s time to dig deeper into my holdings and review possible candidates. My rules stipulate that I track holdings for sudden changes, but yearly reviews include candidate comparisons and dividend distributions.
Before I get to the reviews including a a look at performance, I have to share this gem from Motley Fools –
Imagine you pick 1 million random people from around the world every day,” said Toby McDade, chief investment officer of Momentum Fee Capital Management. “Some days, 51% would be in a good mood, 49% in a bad mood. The next day maybe it’s the opposite. Other days, random chance could mean 8% of people are really pissed off for no real reason. This is basically what the market is on a day-to-day basis,” he said.
Asked what his clients thought of this view, Mr. McDade laughed. “Oh my God, you think I could tell my clients that? How could I justify my salary?” Clients were told Monday’s gain was caused by a mix of reversing geopolitical instability, shifting uncertainty patterns, a risk-on atmosphere, and a perfect storm of beta meeting sigma. Noone knew what those words meant.
McDonalds, one of my core holdings, recently reported their Q1 numbers with sales declining 1.7% overall; much of the decline can be blamed on rivals, creating new competitive products with compelling discounts and adverse weather conditions. Continue reading
Whether you are a DIY investor, or currently still supporting an “advisor”, there comes a time – likely within 6 months of your most recent investment – that you find yourself doubting your sanity, or intelligence or stomach for all the excitement that Mr. Market has to offer. Continue reading
Since first implementing my DOGS strategy in 2002, I can honestly say that this has been the toughest time that I’ve had in the markets. Back then, I was trying to recover from a foreign ownership problem that had developed in my RRSP Continue reading