Stock Takers 2012 Q1 Bite On Dji

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Stock Takers 2012 Q1 Bite On Dji

  1. 1. “ Man Bites Man! StockTakers’ 2012Q1 bite on DJI.Our primary goal in portfolio management is not opportunism but systematic and pragmatic riskaversion. Our results are obtained using the simple and essentially free mechanisms of the marketilluminated by our theory and put into practice where stock price is greater than our Risk Price.In our view, an “investment” is simply (just and only) a deliberated purchase of risk as for anyother purchase. There is a “price of risk” that we may provably discover from the firm. Retailinvestment is gambling in absence of provably proactive discipline of risk aversion we provide.In this article, we provide our current view of just the DJI. Also we showi in detail our results of16% average from 2009 to date, based solely on our Risk Price analysis of balance sheets. Thatresult is 3% better than the market. Our result is also five times better than provided or can beexpected by standard methods. We use or own unique methods, by theory proven.The following Table 1 shows which companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Index11 we eitherbought or held (B) or sold or avoided altogether (N) and that each such decision was in effect forthe entire quarter (three months) between early 2009 and the end of 2011 (three years). Theextension into January February and March 2012 is also correct and will remain that pendingnew information as the year unfolds.Table 1: (B) Buy or Hold - (N) Sell or Avoid1 The Dow Industrial Companies, Dow Transports, Dow Utilities, S&P TSX Companies, NASDAQ 100, and S&P 500 NYSECompanies are registered trademarks of well-known companies and organizations with which we have no connection or are inany way connected to StockTakers Limited which is a registered company in Alberta, Canada.Page 1 of 6 February 2012 © Copyright StockTakers Limited, All Rights Reserved. Copying Prohibited. The author does not provide investment advice. In order to use reproduce or convey the material herein, in any way, written agreement must be obtained from the author or its agent Architypes Inc. StockTakers Limited is an Alberta corporation providing information on “likeables” equities. StockTakers Limited encourages your seeking tax law advisor for capital gains tax dispositions.
  2. 2. “ Man Bites Man! StockTakers’ 2012Q1 bite on DJI.For example, we bought Alcoa Inc in early 2009 and held it for the next fifteen months, sellingthe entire holding in the second quarter of 2010 (marked (N)) and re-acquiring it three monthslater in the third quarter of 2010, and finally selling it again during the second quarter of 2011(marked (B)) and the beginning of the third quarter (N); we have, moreover, not bought it sinceand dont hold it now.In general, we dont really care at what price the stock was bought though typically buy decisionsare made early in the quarter in which the company is first indicated (B)2 and sell prices aredetermined in the quarter preceding an (N) as in a (B)- to (N)-transition; sell decisions (and profittaking) are generally more complicated than buy decisions and explained in the Appendix.This portfolio returned 58% over three years or 16% per year (compounded) plus dividendswhich added another 2%-3% per year to our returns; transaction costs were for fifty-one buydecisions including twenty-six in the first quarter of 2009 and thirty-seven sell decisions insubsequent quarters in each of which the entire holding of one or more of the companies wassold because (and only because) of a (B)- to (N)-transition or change.During that time the Dow Jones Industrial Index gained 39% or 12% per year but the Index atvarious times (three times in three years) dropped 10%-15% in one quarter or less, and, ofcourse, Index-oriented investors do not generally have any “free cash” unless they sell or redeemsome of their holdings uniformly. In contrast, our portfolio never lost money but for a decline ofless than 1% in the second quarter of 2010 and again in the third quarter of 2011 and the cashposition remained positive at all times. The amount of cash available for re-investment (or otheruses) approached the original investment during the last six months of 2011 – there were just nomore opportunities for us in the Dow at that time and such monies could be allocated to buymore of what we have (fourteen to seventeen companies, currently) or used in other markets suchas the TSX, NASDAQ, or S&P 500 companies in which we have many new opportunities.DisclaimerThe table and our methods require some description which well provide below but, first of all,and most importantly, nothing that we say should be construed by any person as advice or arecommendation to buy, sell, hold or avoid the common stock of any of these public companiesat any time for any purpose. That is the law and we fully support and respect that law andregulation in every jurisdiction without exception and without qualification to the best of ourknowledge and ability. We can only tell you what we do and why we do it or have done it andwe also know nothing at all about the future or the future of stock prices of any company norwhy they are what they are, now.Appendix:Table 2: Stock Prices Effective By Quarter2 Our Price Table is in the Appendix and we also discuss the exact logic of our buy/sell decisions; the same logic applies to any and all thecompanies and does not depend on any special knowledge about the companies or even what they do.Page 2 of 6 February 2012 © Copyright StockTakers Limited, All Rights Reserved. Copying Prohibited. The author does not provide investment advice. In order to use reproduce or convey the material herein, in any way, written agreement must be obtained from the author or its agent Architypes Inc. StockTakers Limited is an Alberta corporation providing information on “likeables” equities. StockTakers Limited encourages your seeking tax law advisor for capital gains tax dispositions.
  3. 3. “ Man Bites Man! StockTakers’ 2012Q1 bite on DJI.For example, Alcoa Inc closed at $11 in December 2008 and, based on our analysis effective asof the end of 2008, was a (B) in the first quarter of 2009; we bought it at $7 (please refer to theTable 2) and then held it for most of the the next thirty months, finally selling our entire holdingat $16 in the second quarter of 2011 because (and only because) of a transition from (B) in thesecond quarter of 2011 to (N) in the third quarter of 2011 (Table 1).The “timing” of the buy is unremarkable and, generally, we have no control or insight into whatthe stock price is or was or will be, even days in advance – nor does it really matter because thecompanies that we buy can be expected to be in our portfolio for long periods of time (typically,fifteen months) and a current “low price” or “high price” is only marginally relevant to thatdecision. Any company that actually demonstrates an (N)- to (B)-transition – which is a “statechange” rather than a mere “price change” - is eligible for inclusion in our portfolio (at anyprice) but those companies may also have different expected price and dividend behavior thatcould become a factor in our objectives for portfolio management and what we might buy(although that is not the case in Table 1 which simply records the calculated (B)- or (N)-state ofthe companies at that time).The “sell decision” is more complicated because we could take reasonable profits while stillholding a residual balance in the stock; for example, we bought Alcoa at $7 and might have soldhalf of our holding at $13 or $16 six months later and also established a zero cost base for theresidual. Sell decisions are also typically enforced by an automatic stop/loss that is executed byour broker and which we calculate in a simple way based on the current stock price (while still in(B)) and our estimate of the downside that might be expected and due only to volatility.Page 3 of 6 February 2012 © Copyright StockTakers Limited, All Rights Reserved. Copying Prohibited. The author does not provide investment advice. In order to use reproduce or convey the material herein, in any way, written agreement must be obtained from the author or its agent Architypes Inc. StockTakers Limited is an Alberta corporation providing information on “likeables” equities. StockTakers Limited encourages your seeking tax law advisor for capital gains tax dispositions.
  4. 4. “ Man Bites Man! StockTakers’ 2012Q1 bite on DJI.The same calculation can be used to buy reasonable long-dated puts in order to protect the priceand keep the company in our portfolio regardless of the future stock prices, particularly thosethat we might deem affected only by volatility. Our primary goal in portfolio management is notopportunism but systematic and pragmatic risk aversion using the simple and essentially freemechanisms of the market.PostscriptA picture is often worth a thousand words and the chart below (Exhibit 1) shows the actualportfolio value (in $000) divided between the equities and the cash account (exclusive ofdividends) and the behavior of a notional portfolio consisting of the entire Dow IndustrialCompanies (all thirty companies) at the same prices:Exhibit 1: The Perpetual Bond and the Dow Jones Industrial Companies (2009-2011)It is, first of all, nearly unheard of that a portfolio of equities (The Perpetual Bond, so named forgood reasons) can be crafted systematically to outperform the Dow - yet we have 16% per yearversus 12% per year in the Dow over a three period and we understand completely how that wasdone and how we can expect to continue to do it in the future – for decades if we like, beingconstantly in the market and seldom out of it.Our portfolio began with a cash investment of $1,153,000 in early 2009 and simply boughtblocks of 1,000 shares in each of the twenty-six companies designated (B) in Table 1 at theprices in Table 2, and it is now (February 2012) a portfolio of seventeen companies in the Dowworth $1,130,000 (light band) at the current prices and a cash account of $689,000 (dark band)which is presently unallocated.Page 4 of 6 February 2012 © Copyright StockTakers Limited, All Rights Reserved. Copying Prohibited. The author does not provide investment advice. In order to use reproduce or convey the material herein, in any way, written agreement must be obtained from the author or its agent Architypes Inc. StockTakers Limited is an Alberta corporation providing information on “likeables” equities. StockTakers Limited encourages your seeking tax law advisor for capital gains tax dispositions.
  5. 5. “ Man Bites Man! StockTakers’ 2012Q1 bite on DJI.An investor with nerves of steel and no need for cash could simply have bought all thirtycompanies in the Dow for a similar cash outlay of $1.2 million in early 2009 and would nowhave a portfolio worth – randomly, so to speak - $1.7 million but still no cash other thandividends worth approximately $25,000 per year, a large part of which we would also be earningin The Perpetual Bond and adding to our cash hoard in addition to the capital gains that areshown in the above chart.Every investor has their own view of the market and which equities they are motivated to buyand sell; we have nothing to say about that and there is a vast industry of investment technology,data, opinions, and news services that – by our choice – we have nothing to do with and pay noattention to, particularly forward looking prognostications.Our method is based on the simple observation that investors are not in the market in order tolose their money but expect to maintain and even increase their real capital by obtaining ahopeful return that exceeds inflation, whether Consumer Price Inflation or Producer PriceInflation, nor do we care what those numbers are because we have no influence or insight intothe future; we merely expect that the companies themselves will do what they can to deal withthe factors of production and sales, and to stay in business, and that retail investing is essentiallya passive activity akin to gambling in the absence of a provably proactive discipline of riskaversion.In our view, an “investment” is simply (just and only just) a deliberated purchase of risk becausethere is a “price of risk” that we may provably discover from the firm balance sheet. Based onour Risk Price a company gets a (B)-rating from us if and only if the current and prevailing stockprice (despite volatility) appears to be above that price of risk. Otherwise it gets an (N)-rating.Our reasons for having any equity in our portfolios are clear, concise and consistent. The equitieswe hold are “likeables” tending to gain 67% of the time. We do not make stock prices but canreasonably respond to stock price tendencies, by our knowing the price of risk, the downside, andbuying and holding accordingly. That is new fundamentals from theory we have put into policyobtaining 29% IRR average. Know What You Have. Have What You KnowOur view is risk averse. Of course we require a fee for doing that. Call us for our help.Ernst and Hans Goetze,Architypes Inc and StockTakers LimitedHead Office76 Midridge Close SE 7 Balsam Avenue 351 Chemin BoulangerCalgary, AB Toronto, ON Sutton, PQT2X 1G1 M4E 3B3 J0E 2K0 450 538-1270Page 5 of 6 February 2012 © Copyright StockTakers Limited, All Rights Reserved. Copying Prohibited. The author does not provide investment advice. In order to use reproduce or convey the material herein, in any way, written agreement must be obtained from the author or its agent Architypes Inc. StockTakers Limited is an Alberta corporation providing information on “likeables” equities. StockTakers Limited encourages your seeking tax law advisor for capital gains tax dispositions.
  6. 6. “ Man Bites Man! StockTakers’ 2012Q1 bite on DJI.Page 6 of 6 February 2012 © Copyright StockTakers Limited, All Rights Reserved. Copying Prohibited. The author does not provide investment advice. In order to use reproduce or convey the material herein, in any way, written agreement must be obtained from the author or its agent Architypes Inc. StockTakers Limited is an Alberta corporation providing information on “likeables” equities. StockTakers Limited encourages your seeking tax law advisor for capital gains tax dispositions.

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