Posted by MartZee June 28, 2009
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Market monitor – Sectors & Industries


Here are the sectors from the last week.

Last 30 days [tag]performance[/tag] (top 5):

Technology +7.01%
Utilities +5.57%
Health Care +4.24%
Telecoms +2.06%
Consumer goods +0.25%

(Data retrieved from [tag]financial[/tag] websites such as [tag]MarketWatch[/tag], [tag]MSN Money[/tag], [tag]Yahoo Finance[/tag], and others)


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Posted by MartZee June 26, 2009
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Picks 06/22 – 06/26


New stock picks this week:

No new picks

Existing & new holdings:

Symbol Qty Last Gain($) Gain(%)
SYNA 26 38.10 31.22 3.25
V 27 63.82 -59.67 -3.35

Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $1,813.05

Account value = $1,857.88 (without margin)

Buying power = $0

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 2.47%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for JUNE 2009 = -16.35%

Portfolio Gain/loss for 2009 = -15.93%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -29.62%


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Market monitor – Sectors & Industries


Here are the sectors from the last week.

Last 30 days [tag]performance[/tag] (top 5):

Technology +7.20%
Utilities +5.06%
Health Care +3.32%
Financials +1.15%
Consumer goods +0.93%

(Data retrieved from [tag]financial[/tag] websites such as [tag]MarketWatch[/tag], [tag]MSN Money[/tag], [tag]Yahoo Finance[/tag], and others)


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Posted by MartZee June 19, 2009
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How many shares to buy per trade to protect your portfolio?


Have you heard advice such as “cut your losses quickly”, “do not risk more than 10% per trade”, “do not risk more than 6% of your portfolio” and similar? I have read about this in many books and I always wondered how to apply this advice to my tiny portfolio to protect it against loses. I always made it wrong and lost more than the advice recommended. But how to limit your trades correctly against inevitable loses? When I started trading a few years ago I was clueless about this topic. Later I created a strategy of money management and I though I finally solved this issue and my portfolio is protected. However a few days ago I realized I made another costly mistake. The mistake that reduced my portfolio by almost 14% within couple days even though my money management should protect it and I was supposed lose not more than 6%. What did I do wrong then?
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Posted by MartZee June 19, 2009
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Picks 06/15 – 06/19


New stock picks this week:

No new picks

Existing & new holdings:

Symbol Qty Last Gain($) Gain(%)
SYNA 26 38.92 52.54 5.48
V 27 61.37 -125.82 -7.06

Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,093.10

Account value = $1,813.05 (without margin)

Buying power = $0

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = -13.38%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for JUNE 2009 = -18.37%

Portfolio Gain/loss for 2009 = -17.95%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -31.32%

I made a costly mistake this week, which caused my portfolio lost more than allowed. Unfortunately I realized it too late. Well I corrected my strategy a bit, so hopefully next time this won’t happen again. I am going to write about this topic in my next post.


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Posted by Martin June 17, 2009
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GMCR stopped out


GMCR was sold on stop loss today:

06/17/2009  09:58:06 Sold 14 GMCR @ 55.3306



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IP stopped out


International paper was sold on stop loss order today:

06/17/2009 09:52:49 Sold 55 IP @ 13.6306



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Is Visa affected by delinquency?


Visa

The answer is easy – not, [tag]Visa[/tag] (V) is not affected at all. You may oppose this answer arguing that it is a [tag]financial institute[/tag], so when people stop paying their [tag]debt[/tag] in their Visa accounts the company gets hit. It is a big misunderstanding how Visa operates. Many people believe that Visa lends [tag]money[/tag] and even a friend of mine who trades [tag]stocks[/tag] told me when we spoke together and I informed him I bought some shares, that this may have been a dangerous move because these days delinquency ratio would grow up significantly.
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Market monitor – Sectors & Industries


Here are the sectors from the last week. Another shift in leading positions.

Last 30 days [tag]performance[/tag] (top 5):

Technology +10.54%
Basic materials +8.45%
Oil & Gas +5.05%
Consumer goods +4.81%
Financials +4.57%

(Data retrieved from [tag]financial[/tag] websites such as [tag]MarketWatch[/tag], [tag]MSN Money[/tag], [tag]Yahoo Finance[/tag], and others)


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Posted by MartZee June 12, 2009
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Picks 06/08 – 06/12


New stock picks this week:

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc (GMCR)
International Paper Co (IP)

Existing & new holdings:

Symbol Qty Last Gain($) Gain(%)
GMCR 14 60.43 -25.05 -2.88
IP 55 15.81 0.58 0.07
SYNA 26 38.46 40.58 4.23
V 27 64.36 -45.09 -2.53

Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,254.50

Account value = $2,093.10 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,398.60

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = -7.16%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for JUNE 2009 = -5.76%

Portfolio Gain/loss for 2009 = -5.28%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -20.71%

Although the stock market ended higher for the week, almost all my stocks in my watch list and in my account were hit hard. So, let’s see what will happen next week. Is this down trend beginning of a long term correction, or just profit taking? The most important would be Monday’s trading to find out.


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