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Old 02-26-2005, 06:44 PM   #1
 
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Hi,

A couple of questions -

First, I should mention that both my wife and I are 38 years old.

We have money mostly in stock and bond mutual funds - mostly domestic, but some int'l - both in taxable and retirement accounts. Also have some money in stocks in my taxable account. Some of these funds and stocks I absolutely love - BRKB and MPGFX to be specific. With all the talk about the stock market trading sideways or down for the next decade, I'm wondering if I should sell and hold the cash for when a bargain appears. But I also am familiar with the concept of compounding and the velocity of money - benefits I would most definitely not get by selling. What do you think?

Also, I know that commodities are doing very well now. I'm very tempted to invest some money in something like PCRAX or the close-ended fund Jim Rogers runs. While I'm very tempted, I also know that chasing a trend - following the herd - can turn out to be disasterous. What do people here think? Am I too late to the party on commodities? Part of me thinks that I should just be patient and wait to find an asset that has been run down so badly that it is a bargain.

I'm sure that these questions have been asked a million times already. I appreciate your taking the time for this.
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Re: Chasing
Old 02-26-2005, 07:53 PM   #2
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Re: Chasing

I have read most Jim Roger's book. It is an interesting book to say the least. I see nothing wrong with putting a small portion of a portfolio in commodities.

As far as which direction the market is going: NOBODY KNOWS! The "experts" can say whatever they want but the truth is none of them know where the market is headed.

I'm a firm believer in having an asset allocation plan and sticking with it through thick and thin. You'll drive yourself nuts trying to figure out which way the market is heading.

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Old 02-27-2005, 06:46 PM   #3
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Also, I know that commodities are doing very well now. *I'm very tempted to invest some money in something like PCRAX or the close-ended fund Jim Rogers runs. *While I'm very tempted, I also know that chasing a trend - following the herd - can turn out to be disasterous. *What do people here think? *Am I too late to the party on commodities? *Part of me thinks that I should just be patient and wait to find an asset that has been run down so badly that it is a bargain.

I'm sure that these questions have been asked a million times already. *I appreciate your taking the time for this.

I would place value on what Jim Rogers has to say. I recently bought the Pimco fund although you may want to consider the institutional shares PCRIX as opposed to the A shares PCRAX. Cheaper fund, less expenses.

From what I have read commodity bull markets run about 18 years so I do not think it is too late to get in if you plan on holding. I would also stay diversified in other asset classes as well including cash.

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Old 02-27-2005, 06:57 PM   #4
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JLP and GTM said it. A globally and asset class wise low cost well diversified portfolio is the way to go.
I (and many smarter than me) certainly think that adding PCRIX to a well diversified portfolio is a clever move. Check out www.raddr-pages.com for a great - easy to understand study of the added value.

Before considering commodities you should however first consider how much risk you want to take, adjust your equity/fixed income/other split accordingly and then stick to it.

Cheers, Ben
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Old 02-28-2005, 02:31 PM   #5
 
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I took the plunge and invested a small percentage of my entire portfolio in PCRIX. Thanks to the information I found on this board, I was careful to invest with funds in my non-taxable account.

Thanks to all who replied.
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