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Ed’s Full Portfolio Summary for August 2014   1 comment

Here are my final portfolio results for August:

Ed’s Overall: +1.47%
Ed’s IRA: -0.21%
Ed’s 401k: +3.03%
S&P 500: +3.77%
ACWI (all-world index):+2.58%
Nasdaq:+4.82%

Although I had 8 positive daytrades against 5 negative in my IRA, my final results were down 0.03%. The last multi-day trade was what put me into the red. Without that one, my daytrades were up 0.08%.

As for my 401k, it was a pretty good month, even if I didn’t beat the benchmarks:

DIS: 4.00 to $89.88 ( 4.66% , 43.19% overall, 44.34% overall with dividend)– bought at $62.77
GOOGL: 2.81 to $582.36 ( 0.48% , 33.37% overall, 33.37% overall with dividend)– bought at $436.655
JTP: 0.08 to $8.43 ( 0.96% , 6.31% overall, 10.77% overall with dividend)– bought at $7.93
MSFT: 2.27 to $45.43 ( 5.26% , 23.25% overall, 24.67% overall with dividend)– bought at $36.86
PSEC: -0.30 to $10.31 ( -2.83% , 3.51% overall, 6.67% overall with dividend)– bought at $9.96
SDRL: 0.99 to $37.25 ( 2.73% , 12.03% overall, 14.53% overall with dividend)– bought at $33.25

Posted September 2, 2014 by edmcgon in 401(k), Portfolio

Sell Silver Wheaton (SLW)   2 comments

I am selling Silver Wheaton (SLW) from my 401(k) account today. I originally bought it in anticipation of a pop in the price of silver when the “London Silver Fix” (aka “bankers rigging the commodities market”) ended this month. So far, no pop has occurred. When the condition passes for which you bought a stock, you sell the stock.

I will post an update when the sale goes through.

UPDATE: The order went through at $25.66 (including trading fees). The final line:

SLW: -0.45 this month, +3.46 overall to $25.66 (-1.72% this month, +15.59% overall, +15.98% overall with dividend)–bought at $22.20 on 5/30/2014

Posted August 18, 2014 by edmcgon in 401(k), Portfolio Moves, Precious Metals

Ed’s Full Portfolio Summary for July 2014   2 comments

It wasn’t difficult for my full portfolio to beat the benchmarks last month:

Ed’s Overall: +0.39%
Ed’s IRA: +0.68%
Ed’s 401k: +0.12%
S&P 500: -1.51%
ACWI (all-world index): -1.44%
Nasdaq: -0.87%

My 401(k) was mostly flat or negative:

DIS: 0.14 to $85.88 ( 0.16% , 36.82% overall, 37.97% overall with dividend)– bought at $62.77
GOOGL: -5.12 to $579.55 ( -0.88% , 32.72% overall, 32.72% overall with dividend)– bought at $436.655
JTP: -0.16 to $8.35 ( -1.88% , 5.30% overall, 8.49% overall with dividend)– bought at $7.93
MSFT: 1.46 to $43.16 ( 3.50% , 17.09% overall, 18.52% overall with dividend)– bought at $36.86
PSEC: -0.01 to $10.61 ( -0.09% , 6.53% overall, 8.64% overall with dividend)– bought at $9.96
SDRL: -3.69 to $36.26 ( -9.24% , 9.05% overall, 11.55% overall with dividend)– bought at $33.25
SLW: -0.16 to $26.11 ( -0.61% , 17.61% overall, 18.01% overall with dividend)– bought at $22.20

Daytrading in my IRA was the big positive for me in July, with 9 out of 11 daytrades being positive, and with the overall average return being +0.18%, which also gave me my best IRA performance (+0.68%) since January.

Posted August 4, 2014 by edmcgon in 401(k), Portfolio

Ed’s Full Portfolio Summary for June and the 2nd Quarter 2014   11 comments

For June, my 401(k) carried the bulk of my money:

Ed’s Overall: +3.83%
Ed’s IRA: +0.07%
Ed’s 401k: +7.64%
S&P 500: +1.91%
ACWI (all-world index): +0.42%
Nasdaq: +3.90%

Even within my 401(k), there was one shining star: Silver Wheaton (SLW), up 27.9%.

DIS: 1.73 to $85.74 ( 2.06% , 36.59% overall, 37.75% overall with dividend)– bought at $62.77
GOOGL: 13.02 to $584.67 ( 2.28% , 33.90% overall, 33.90% overall with dividend)– bought at $436.655
JTP: 0.05 to $8.51 ( 0.59% , 7.31% overall, 9.88% overall with dividend)– bought at $7.93
MSFT: 0.76 to $41.70 ( 1.86% , 13.13% overall, 14.55% overall with dividend)– bought at $36.86
PSEC: 0.68 to $10.62 ( 6.84% , 6.63% overall, 7.71% overall with dividend)– bought at $9.96
SDRL: 1.95 to $39.95 ( 5.13% , 20.15% overall, 22.65% overall with dividend)– bought at $33.25
SLW: 5.73 to $26.27 ( 27.90% , 18.33% overall, 18.73% overall with dividend)– bought at $22.20

In my IRA, my June daytrading results were similar to May: +0.05%, with 9 profitable trades, 5 losses, and one break-even.

For the 2nd quarter, my results were similar, only better, except for my IRA:

Ed’s Overall: +5.25%
Ed’s IRA: -2.13%
Ed’s 401k: +12.63%
S&P 500: +4.69%
ACWI (all-world index): +3.65%
Nasdaq: +4.98%

Overall, I am pleased with my results, especially since I beat all my benchmarks on both the monthly and quarterly results, although I do need to improve my IRA results. I have a strategy for doing that, although I am not quite ready to discuss it yet. It is still in the testing stages.

Posted July 9, 2014 by edmcgon in 401(k), Portfolio

Ed’s Monthly Portfolio Summary for May 2014   Leave a comment

May’s results were a little bit better, but still not beating the benchmarks overall:

Ed’s Overall: +1.23%
Ed’s IRA: -1.52%
Ed’s 401k: +4.23%
S&P 500: +2.10%
ACWI (all-world index): +2.01%
Nasdaq: +3.11%

My 401(k) was my shining star last month. Here are the individual stock results:

DIS: 4.67 to $84.01 ( 5.89% , 33.84% overall, 34.99% overall with dividend)– bought at $62.77
GOOGL: 36.77 to $571.65 ( 6.87% , 30.92% overall, 30.92% overall with dividend)– bought at $436.655
JTP: 0.14 to $8.46 ( 1.68% , 6.68% overall, 8.61% overall with dividend)– bought at $7.93
MSFT: 0.54 to $40.94 ( 1.34% , 11.07% overall, 11.81% overall with dividend)– bought at $36.86
PSEC: -0.02 to $9.94 ( -0.20% , -0.20% overall, -0.20% overall with dividend)– bought at $9.96
SDRL: 2.78 to $38.00 ( 7.89% , 14.29% overall, 14.29% overall with dividend)– bought at $33.25
SLW: -1.66 to $20.54 ( -7.48% , -7.48% overall, -7.48% overall with dividend)– bought at $22.20

In my IRA, my daytrades finished at 10 profits and 3 losses. However, the losses were large enough to drop my overall profit on daytrades to 0.02%.

Posted June 2, 2014 by edmcgon in 401(k), Portfolio

Buy Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC)   2 comments

Sometimes, markets overreact to silly things. For example, they hear “SEC investigation”, and a stock drops like a watermelon off the Empire State Building. However, sometimes the SEC is just telling a company, “You need to restate your financials to include your holding companies.” No fines, no courtrooms, nothing ominous (unless the restated financials are bad).

Such is the case with Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC). From everything I have read, even if the SEC wins this battle (PSEC is appealing the SEC’s finding), PSEC will not be revealing anything Enron-esque, nor will it have a negative impact on PSEC’s dividend, which will yield about 13% this year (slightly above their 5 year average). With PSEC selling below book value now (book is $10.68, and today’s price is in the $9.90’s), now is the time to strike.

As for their business, the main thing to remember is “business development company”. They do just about every type of financing possible for small to mid-sized businesses.

I will be adding PSEC to my 401k, as I would like to keep it for quite awhile.

UPDATE: PSEC was added to my 401k at $9.96.

Posted May 15, 2014 by edmcgon in 401(k), Portfolio, Portfolio Moves

Buy Silver   6 comments

An important press release from the London Silver Market Fixing Ltd., otherwise known as “large banks that manipulate the price of silver for their own benefit”:

The London Silver Market Fixing Limited (the ‘Company’) announces that it will cease to administer the London Silver Fixing with effect from close of business on 14 August 2014.

In the past few decades, silver hasn’t moved much, aside from it’s recent run up into the $40’s. Now that the big banks will be stepping aside, we should see some serious movement in the silver market.

On top of this, the price of silver is already near it’s bottom, around the $19 area, but currently trading at $19.56. The technicals show silver with a multiple bottom, which is a bullish sign. In addition, both the MACD and the PPO show silver with bullish momentum, while the RSI is neutral (not overbought or oversold).

My recommendation: buy silver. For conservative investors, I recommend ETFS Physical Silver Shares (SIVR), an etf backed up with physical silver. For companies, I still would recommend Silver Wheaton (SLW), although their price can also be impacted by gold since they have started moving into that market too. For more daring players, there is ProShares Ultra Silver (AGQ), which is a double-leveraged etf.

Later, I will be adding SLW to my 401(k), and AGQ to my IRA. While silver can drop a little, I feel safe that the bottom is in.

UPDATE
: I added AGQ to my IRA at $63.55.
UPDATE: I added SLW to my 401k at $22.20.

Posted May 14, 2014 by edmcgon in 401(k), Portfolio Moves, Precious Metals