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Old 08-07-2015, 07:19 AM   #301
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YTD minus 1.63% based on time weighted return including fees, margin interest and dividends but not any deposits or withdrawals.

Sounds plain vanilla but I was up 14%+ in the first quarter and had a few periods where I was up 20%+ for the year.

What is not working - AAPL since their last earnings report and all the energy names.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:43 AM   #302
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It's amazing so many posts with returns better than the S&P 500!
Yeah, pretty amazing. The equity portion of my portfolio is dominated by a low cost TSM index fund and overall has a 55/40/5 (approx) AA. That leaves me well below the S and P 500 performance YTD.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:24 AM   #303
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YTD up 5.9%. Was up 7.1% the start of the week, until my FOX and DIS positions have gotten crushed. Buying more FOX and DIS on the open.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:51 AM   #304
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I'm at +3.1% YTD. My AA is 60/40 so I use Vanguard Wellington as my benchmark. VWENX is +2.1% YTD so I'm feeling good about my performance so far.
IMO you can't really use Welly as a benchmark nowadays because it's 100% US, I think the Vanguard Moderate Lifestrategy fund is much better (even though it's all indexes). Welly, even though it's an active fund, is really not a good measure of the total picture if you have a diversified portfolio.
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:26 PM   #305
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YTD: 8.19%
1 yr: 14.39%
3 yr(annualized): 21.03%
5 yr(annualized): 17.3%

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Old 08-09-2015, 08:15 AM   #306
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:36 PM   #307
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As of 7/31/2015. Fidelity just posted. The S&P was at 3.35%. So I beat it with indexes, mostly by dollar cost averaging.

After tax account 4.69% (cash, IVV, IVW,DVY,PFG)
Rollover IRA 6.58% (IVW)
Roth 6.32% (IVW, IWM, QQQ, FHLC,GLD)
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401K - 4.02% (VIIIX,VEMPX,VDIPX)

Mostly all indexes. Buy on dips if I can, regular buys every month.
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Down just a little over 3% YTD as of today. Not pretty, but own a little too much of CVX. So not horrible considering........
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Gotta wait until tomorrow since today's most interesting numbers aren't showing up on the web sites yet.
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:42 PM   #310
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:10 PM   #311
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Similar here... down 1.6%. That is comparing today's value + YTD transfers to checking for living expenses to beginning of year value so effectively the YTD change in the value of our retirement funds if we had not taken any withdrawals.
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Down just a little over 3% YTD as of today. Not pretty, but own a little too much of CVX. So not horrible considering........
Same here, but because of overweight in EM and some material stocks. Sold most of them recently.
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Up 3% collectively, as preferreds stocks which is 75% of my funds are doing well. VTSAX which is the other 25% is dragging me down.


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Down 0.74% on a 50/50 AA.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:29 PM   #315
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Up 3% collectively, as preferreds stocks which is 75% of my funds are doing well. VTSAX which is the other 25% is dragging me down.


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How can preferred stocks be quite such a free lunch? Up when the market is up and up when the market is down.

If they perform like that, why don't people go heavily leveraged into them?
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Investors looking for reliable dividends? Among the stocks still positive for the year are utilities and REITs, not just preferreds. They are way off their high, but remain positive for the year.

Today, they are down too, but about -1%, compared to the S&P at -3.19%.
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so far my fidelity blue chip growth and contra are still up ytd .
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:54 AM   #318
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Wouldn't this thread be more interesting if both your high and low for the year were posted? This would give an indication of the portfolio's beta.

I don't grab a snapshot every day, but on 2/26 I was up 3.5% for the year and as of yesterday, down 3.1% for the year. Like I said, "easy come, easy go". I don't have a way to do IRR by asset class, but that might be an interesting new project.
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:08 AM   #319
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As of 8/21, breakeven for the taxable accounts. +0.3% for the deferred accounts.
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How can preferred stocks be quite such a free lunch? Up when the market is up and up when the market is down.

If they perform like that, why don't people go heavily leveraged into them?

Well long term nothing can be a 100% free lunch. If 10 year treasury jumped to 6% Im sure they would feel some major pressure (Im not worried about that). But you need to remember an investment grade preferred yielding 6.5% that has a 70 year history of paying their dividend is not going to be tossed out along with everything else in the market. These are also illiquid meaning people buy them and stuff them in the vault. In fact four of them I own didn't even trade a share yesterday. The utility preferreds aren't trading vehicles because they are too hard to accumulate. You cant leverage yourself into a 12 million dollar issue; mutual funds, etfs, etc cant buy into them. Now those bank preferreds ETFs such as PFF are liquid, but I have no use for them and will not buy them.


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