Powerfund Portfolios Performance Review

Powerfund Portfolios Commentary

February 2012 Performance Review

March 2, 2012
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Powerfund Portfolios

Typically emerging market stocks rebound faster than the US stock market when the market heads back up (like we saw in January) but there seems to be some fears around that the emerging markets era of outperformance is waning and the US may be more insulated than faster growing markets from Europe’s ongoing troubles.  ...read the rest of this article»

January 2012 Performance Review

February 2, 2012
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Powerfund Portfolios

The big gains in foreign markets doesn’t quite wipe out last year’s losses, but it’s a good start to the year. The bond market highlights this re-embracing of risk. Higher risk bonds topped the list in January with emerging market bond funds up around 5%, followed by high yield bonds up over 3%. The safest government bond funds were roughly flat to slightly up.  ...read the rest of this article»

December 2011 Performance Review

January 4, 2012
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Powerfund Portfolios

For 2011 our Conservative Portfolio was up a respectable 3.5% while our Aggressive Portfolio’s winners couldn’t overtake the drag of foreign markets and financials, giving us a 0.41% loss for the year. A drop of less than one-half of one percent may compare favorably to most global portfolios (the Morningstar Global Allocation category was down about 4% for 2011), but we consider it a disappointing result. ...read the rest of this article»

November 2011 Performance Review

December 2, 2011
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Powerfund Portfolios

October’s sharp rebound fizzled in November, and a late month rebound wasn’t enough to push the S&P 500 back into positive territory. The market’s slight dip for the month was similar to the bond market’s slip, resulting in a down November for most investment mixes.  It doesn’t seem it but the S&P 500 is up just under 1% (with dividends) for the year. Once again, foreign stocks underperformed US stocks last month. ...read the rest of this article»

October 2011 Performance Review

November 2, 2011
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Powerfund Portfolios

One oddity of the new market environment is everything that is somewhat risky to very risky has been moving in near perfect sync - so wild swings tend to hit everything the same way, making well diversified portfolios appear quite risky. Longer term government bonds –which have limited long term appeal at current low rates, remain the best offset to sliding everything, almost always going up significantly when fears drive riskier global assets down. ...read the rest of this article»

September 2011 Performance Review

October 3, 2011
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Powerfund Portfolios

This is how America’s fascination with foreign stock investing ends. It is also not far off from when we add some emerging market stock funds back into the Powerfund Portfolios. While the 10 year return for non-emerging foreign stock funds still beats the S&P 500, all the huge inflows into foreign funds were in the last five years, and for the last five years US stocks have been ahead. ...read the rest of this article»

August 2011 Performance Review

September 2, 2011
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Powerfund Portfolios

Another negative month. With August’s 5.45% drop, the stock market is now down four months in a row and about 10% in total since the end of April, enough to push the market into slightly negative territory for the year (talk about the old Wall Street adage ‘sell in May and go away’). But  considering we were down about 20% top to bottom from July 22nd to the lows in August, being down ‘only’ 10% feels sort of fortunate. ...read the rest of this article»

July 2011 Performance Review

August 2, 2011
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Powerfund Portfolios

The big news remains the government debt drama, which as of this writing appears to be over, if by over you mean pushing the bulk of the problem ahead a few months. At least government bond holders will get their money. Of course, this was never really in question. As proof look at one of the highest performing fund category last month: long term government bonds, up 4.4%. So basically when there is panic in the air, people flood to treasuries - even when the panic is OVER treasuries. ...read the rest of this article»

June 2011 Performance Review

July 2, 2011
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Powerfund Portfolios

June was worse than May in the stock market, but a big rebound during the last few days of the month trimmed the losses to just 1.67%. Before the recent rebound investors started pulling money out of stock funds. The pattern this year has been almost inversely perfect: investors started to put money into US stock funds right before the slide started.  ...read the rest of this article»

May 2011 Performance Review

June 2, 2011
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Powerfund Portfolios

April’s upward move in stocks fizzled in May with a 1.15% drop in US stocks. Foreign stocks slipped 2.83% after rising sharply in April. In recent days the market took another dive with a sharp pullback on June 1st. The main fear seems to be a newly slowing economy, but we’re sticking to our take that newly sliding home prices are the real trouble spot. Stocks can’t go in a different direction from home prices forever. ...read the rest of this article»

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