Gold & Oil Stocks Weighing Down Portfolio

THE ENLIGHTENED-AMERICAN PORTFOLIO SPREADSHEET Enlightened-American Portfolio: +7.5% in 2012 (my actual IRR, including cash balance) Dow Jones Industrial Average:+8.6% Nasdaq: +19.8% S&P 500: +12.8% DJ Wilshire 5000: +13.4% Russell 2000: +13.3% With the exception of the Dow, the major indices are doubling my YTD returns (tripling in the case of the NASDAQ).  Not only is [...]

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Portfolio Review: Cautious Approach Struggles To Keep Pace With Market

THE ENLIGHTENED-AMERICAN PORTFOLIO SPREADSHEET Enlightened-American Portfolio: +7.3% in 2012 (my actual IRR, including cash balance) Dow Jones Industrial Average:+6.1% Nasdaq: +13.3% S&P 500: +8.5% DJ Wilshire 5000: +9.1% Russell 2000: +8.5% As I have often mentioned, my primary investment objectives are to outperform in down markets and keep within shouting distance during up years. 2012 [...]

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Buying Frontier Communications (FTR)

I opened a position today at $4.26 per share. Share prices have fallen drastically due to continued customer losses, declining revenue in its higher margin businesses, a large debt load over 3x EBITDA and concerns about the recent Verizon transaction that more than doubled the company’s size. Its current yield of 17.5% suggests the market [...]

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Portfolio Review: Markets Shoot Out of the Gate In Jan

THE ENLIGHTENED-AMERICAN PORTFOLIO SPREADSHEET Enlightened-American Portfolio: +6.1% in 2012 (my actual IRR, including cash balance) Dow Jones Industrial Average:+4.1% Nasdaq: +9.3% S&P 500: +5.3% DJ Wilshire 5000: +6.2% Russell 2000: +9.3% Yikes! With my large cash position, I am going to find it hard to maintain this pace if market keeps this up. No reason [...]

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Bye-Bye ExxonMobil, Hello Total

Yesterday I sold out of my ExxonMobil (XOM) position and bought Total SA (TOT). XOM is approaching my estimated fair value so my selling discipline forced me to sell. TOT is definitely one of the uglier houses on the energy block but the market seems to be over discounting the company just on a reserves [...]

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Exiting Penn West Expl. (PWE) … Sort Of

I have been looking to sell PWE around $20  for some time … for a rundown of my reasons, please see this article.  Investor optimism at the start of a new year provided that opportunity but instead of outright selling the shares (and missing out on future gains), I instead sold PWE $20 June 2012 [...]

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