Powerfund Portfolios Performance Review

Powerfund Portfolios Commentary

january 2008 performance review

February 15, 2008
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Powerfund Portfolios

All of our Powerfund Portfolios outperformed the major stock indexes in January – except Daredevil, down just a bit more than the Dow’s 4.5% drop. While our relative performance was good, most of our portfolios, save Safety, were still off significantly. We expect to clock another year beating the S&P 500 by increasing our stock fund allocations as the market continues to weaken. ...read the rest of this article»

december 2007 performance review

January 16, 2008
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Powerfund Portfolios

In the end, 2007 produced a lot of volatility but not much in returns. The S&P 500 was up just 5.5% for the year. Keep in mind no risk low fee money market funds returned about as much - Vanguard Prime Money Market returned 5.17% in 2007. The story was better for Dow and tech stocks. The Dow was up 8.89%, the Nasdaq was up 9.82%. Small cap stocks were the real losers, down 1.57% for the year, though this doesn't tell the story of how smaller cap value stocks underperformed, down almost 10% in 2007 (small cap growth was up 7.05%). Safer bonds were a decent place to be in 2007, with longer term government bonds returning just shy of 10% and the total bond market up about 7%. ...read the rest of this article»

october 2007 performance review

November 15, 2007
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Powerfund Portfolios

The market started the month of October by continuing the comeback from the August lows, but by the second week the strength had begun to fizzle. The real trouble (call it mortgage woes v2) didn’t strike until November 1st so for the month of October the Dow eked out a modest 0.38% return. The S&P 500 fared a little better with a 1.58% return, beaten by a big move – which is looking a lot like a last gasp – by small caps stocks, moving up 4.5% for the month. But all indexes pale in comparison to the Nasdaq as investors continue to rediscover the magic of tech and growth stocks – or at least want to get as far away from bank stocks as they possibly can. The Nasdaq 100 index rocketed by just over 7% for the month, while the Nasdaq as a whole gained 5.84%. ...read the rest of this article»

september 2007 performance review

October 16, 2007
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Powerfund Portfolios

The Dow climbed 4.16%, and the S&P 500 was up 3.72% in September. Both indexes beat smaller caps, which rose a relatively paltry 2.91% (Russell 2000) in comparison. Tech stocks were particularly strong, with the Nasdaq jumping 4.14%. Larger cap tech represented the best of both worlds, as the Nasdaq 100 index climbed 5.14% for the month. ...read the rest of this article»

august 2007 performance review

September 18, 2007
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Powerfund Portfolios

August came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. Miraculously the stock market recovered early losses – not all the losses from July, but the losses from early August. At the end, the S&P 500 was up 1.5% for the month, just outpacing the Dow’s 1.4% return. The real action was in tech stocks, with the NASDAQ up 3%. Even small cap stocks came back (though are still underperforming over the last year) with a 2.52% gain in the Russell 2000 small cap index. ...read the rest of this article»

july 2007 performance review

August 17, 2007
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Powerfund Portfolios

So far, August is among the strangest month for fund investors since before we started MAXfunds.com in 1999. In fact, it’s in one of the strangest months since we first got into the mutual fund business over 15 years ago…certainly up there with the Asian contagion, the Russian bond default, the dot com crash, and the junk bond crash. ...read the rest of this article»

June 2007 performance review

July 16, 2007
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Powerfund Portfolios

Stocks took a bit of a breather in June. The S&P 500 slipped 1.66%, and the Dow dropped 1.49%. Considering the strength of stocks earlier in the year, this is not much of a pullback. Small cap stocks, which have been underperforming slightly in recent months, were down just 0.57% in June. Surprisingly, tech stocks bucked the trend (the typical tech sector fund was up about 1%) and were, for the most part, up slightly in June, despite the fact that the NASDAQ as a whole fell 0.05%. ...read the rest of this article»

April 2007 performance review

May 16, 2007
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Powerfund Portfolios

April was almost shockingly strong for stocks. The S&P 500 jumped 4.42%, the Nasdaq 4.27%, and the Dow a whopping 5.87%. International stocks climbed just shy of 4%. Yet, the strength was mostly in larger cap stocks. The Russell 2000 small cap index was up just 1.8% in April, and has scored only a 7.83% gain over the last 12 months—a time period during which the S&P 500 climbed more than 15% and the Dow 17.6%. ...read the rest of this article»

March 2007 performance review

April 16, 2007
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Powerfund Portfolios

The Conservative Portfolio climbed 0.46% in March.The market has shrugged off February's sharp drop as though it were just a moment of baseless anxiety. We’re not in the camp that thinks that all systems are go and the real estate slowdown is only going to have minimal repercussions on the economy. We’d be more enthusiastic if stocks were lower – or if fund investors were less optimistic. ...read the rest of this article»

february 2007 performance review

March 17, 2007
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Powerfund Portfolios

Gulp. In our portfolio commentary from just four weeks ago, we said that "the market continues its heady ascent," and "if this keeps up unabated, it probably won’t end well.” A few days later, the Dow plummeted more than 500 points in just a few hours before partially recovering later in the day. After climbing back, it took another 250 point drop this past week. Nevertheless, due to big gains earlier in the year, the Dow is only down about 2%. The S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Russell 2000 (small cap index) are also all down for the year. ...read the rest of this article»

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