Powerfund Portfolios Trade Alert!

Powerfund Portfolios Trade Alert!

Trade Alert

April 7, 2020
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

We executed trades in both portfolios on April 3 (just over one month after our previous trades on February 28th) to cut way back on corporate bonds and deal with the cash from a liquidated inverse 3x oil ETF that the fund company shut down on March 27. This ETF returned around 90% since our buy at the end of February and at least offset huge losses in our inverse gold miners ETF (which declined significantly even though gold mining stocks were down in March). So wild were the oil swings in March that at one point when the Dow was in freefall on March 19, we were up about 379% from our buy, which did briefly offer a performance offset to our declining stock funds. ...read the rest of this article»

Trade Alert

March 3, 2020
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

We made some changes to both our model portfolios on Friday 2/28/20. And while there where quite a few trades, the overall risk level from the stock bond mix hasn’t really changed significantly, more so we changed the types of stocks and bonds we wanted to be in going forward in light of some recent swings. As it turned out though, it’s a pity we didn’t increase the stock allocation much because as of Monday the stock market has been staging an amazing rebound (or dead cat bounce… only time will tell!). But then it’s typical that the highest point gain ever should come after the fastest 10% drop from a peak. Tuesday is showing markets back in the red as an emergency rate cut isn’t working. It’s that kind of a market now… ...read the rest of this article»

Trade Alert!

January 9, 2016
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

It was a rough-and-tumble 2015 - a year in which most funds fell. Very few total portfolios of bonds and stocks posted gains in 2015. We've made some changes to keep portfolio downside risk low for the time being, and we're taking some winnings off ...read the rest of this article»

Trade Alert!

March 18, 2015
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

We're throwing open the windows, sweeping the floors, and tidying up both Powerfund portfolios with big spring cleaning trades in each. We're cutting back on a speculative short fund that's produced some of our biggest gains ever. We're waving goodbye to a fund we've held twice since 2003. And we're saying hello to a brand new position in an international bond fund of mystery - a fund category we ditched years ago when the Euro was riding high. Read all about it by clicking here. ...read the rest of this article»

Trade Alert

September 26, 2014
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

Today we sold our two PIMCO funds in our Conservative portfolio (and the majority of our PIMCO fund holdings in our client accounts) and moved into Vanguard Mortgage-Backed Securities ETF (VMBS). ...read the rest of this article»

Trade Alert

August 19, 2013
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

We executed a trade in both the Conservative and Aggressive Powerfund Portfolios on August 15th, 2013.  ...read the rest of this article»

September 2011 Trade Alert!

September 19, 2011
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

We’ve executed a trade in both the Conservative and the Aggressive Powerfund Portfolios today, September 19th 2011. The main goal is a small increase in stock fund allocation by 5% for the aggressive portfolio and 1% for the conservative portfolio because stocks, while riskier, are more attractively priced than bonds after the slide in stocks this year. More important to our methodology, fund investors are taking money out of stocks and going into bonds at elevated levels.  ...read the rest of this article»

June 2010 Trade Alert!

June 30, 2010
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

We're making trades in both the Conservative and Aggressive Powerfund Portfolios, effective June 30th, 2010. ...read the rest of this article»

May 2010 Trade Alert!

May 27, 2010
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

In recent commentary we noted pending trades to move us away from higher risk, cyclical bond and stock categories and towards lower default risk bonds and less cyclical stock fund categories. We want to be in fund categories that other investors are avoiding. During the last hurrah of this market comeback, investors are piling back into foreign markets, junk bonds, small cap, natural resource and commodities, and the like. ...read the rest of this article»

June 2009 Trade Alert!

June 30, 2009
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

Our roughly 60% return in four months (double the overall market) in the Financials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) marks a good exit point from financial services stocks. While financial stocks may have more upside, the bargains are gone and we don’t expect the sector to outperform the market going forward - the main reason to own a sector fund in the first place. For the time being we are increasing our bond allocation even though bonds are not screaming buys at current yields. We think we may see some more interesting stock fund opportunities in coming months. ...read the rest of this article»

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