7/1/14-No monitored stocks have been sold since the last entry.
The following is my regular summary of quarterly results (statistics through 6/30/14) for the asset approaches followed here:
As was true at the end of the last quarter, once again the current targets for total equity dividends and book value have been exceeded. Equity dividends are already $20,439, while total equity book value stands at $977,227, less than $28,000 short of the year-end target.
To review, guiding principles here include that our portfolio's total equity book value increase an average of 13.5% or more a year, while maintaining a dividend yield on that book value of 2.0% or better. In the long run, increases in book value generally lead to higher market prices. Most of my wife's and my holdings are in tax-deferred accounts. Given that, everything else being equal and assuming for instance that neither of us has an untimely death just as we enter a new bear market, even after taxes these levels of book value advancement plus dividends are likely to result in average annual total returns of 15% or more.
Through the close of trading on 6/30/13, our net asset value (total after-debt holdings, such as bond and stock assets, reserves, collectibles, and real estate equity) is $1.39 million. The equities portion of this is just over $893,000. Equity market value to book value is 91.42%. A significant portion of N.A.V. remains in money market funds, in case we can take advantage of a correction or bear market by buying assets at significantly greater discounts than are presently on offer.
The S&P 500 Index has continued to demonstrate bull market resilience in the face of a relatively lackluster economy and conditions abroad that could sooner or later have negative implications for the U.S. gross national product. I believe no correction of even 10% has occurred for a few years, and no bear market since late 2008 through early March, 2009. Other indexes are performing with strength as well. How long can their "happy time" persist? Only someone from the future could provide a valid answer. Meanwhile, though hoping to still be substantially invested, I am getting more cautious.
An equal blend of our followed portfolios, if such a combination could be fashioned despite different start times, would have provided an annualized performance of 14.99%. With dividends added, this would be about 16.67%. So (knock on wood) we remain fairly competitive with the gains of the indexes, at least as represented by the S&P 500.
These are the present Low Price to Book Value portfolio open positions: ABLT; ACAS; AEG; AEY; AGII; AHL; AIG; ANAT; AOSL; AUQ; BBOX; BDR; BIF; CDE; CEP; CLF; CNA; COCO; CUO; ELP; EZPW; FVE; GBLI; GENC; GGB; GURE; HIG; HMY; HNR; HWG; IAG; IOT; KCLI; KELYA; LUKOY; MANT; MSN; MT; NTT; NWLI; OIIM; PBR; PFIN; PGH; PKX; PRE; PZE; QCCO; REGI; RFP; SCHN; SGMA; SNE; SSRI; STLY; STRL; SYA; TATT; TCK; TDS; UMC; VOXX; and VOYA. I may add to some of these positions from time to time.
And here are our current Dividend Value portfolio holdings: AP; BGCP; BRKS; COP; CSPI; DCM; EC; ESV; FIG; GME; IAG; INTC; PETS; PSEC; RDS-A; RGR; STO; SUP; T; TEO; TICC; USMO; UVV; VIV; and WSTG. I may also add to some of these positions from time to time.
Good luck with your own returns over the second half of 2014!
7/3/14-The following assets have been sold since the last entry:
After these three redemptions, our Low Price to Book Value portfolio closed positions total return record has fallen to an annual rate of just over 27%. This has, of course, been achieved during a bull market. No doubt things will look rather more modest once the coming bear market finally sets in. In any case, with the still open positions also considered, this portfolio's overall net annual return remains a little better than 19% before dividends, 20% with yield included.
Am getting ready to be away for the weekend, and I do not have other assets to recommend at this time.
We wish everyone a great 4th of July commemoration.
7/12/14-No assets among monitored portfolios have been sold since the last entry.
Alphabetically, my current top-five Dividend Value equities are: COH; DEST; RGR; UVV; and WSTG.
My new featured Dividend Value security is Destination Maternity Corporation (DEST) (recent price $22.59). DEST meets Benjamin Graham's bargain stock value and safety criteria.
Destination Maternity Corporation will be added to our nest egg at its market price in early morning trading on Monday, 7/14/14.
7/13/14-Alphabetically, my current top-five Low Price to Book Value equities are: ELP; ISH; PKX; SVT; and TDS.
My new featured Low Price to Book Value security is International Shipbuilding Corporation (ISH) (recent price $21.20). ISH meets Benjamin Graham's bargain stock value and safety criteria.
International Shipbuilding Corporation will be added to our nest egg at its market price in early morning trading tomorrow, 7/14/14.
7/25/14-No assets among monitored portfolios have been sold since the last entry.
Alphabetically, my current top-five Low Price to Book Value equities are: EZPW; GGB; HDNG; MSN; and REGI.
My new featured Low Price to Book Value security is Hardinge, Inc. (HDNG) (recent price $12.44). HDNG meets Benjamin Graham's bargain stock value and safety criteria.
Hardinge, Inc. will be added to our nest egg at its market price in early morning trading Monday, 7/28/14.
7/28/14-No assets among monitored portfolios have been sold since the last entry.
Alphabetically, my current top-five Dividend Value equities are: AMSWA; AP; CAJ; CATO; and ELP.
My new featured Dividend Value security is The Cato Corporation (CATO) (recent price $30.30). CATO meets Benjamin Graham's bargain stock value and safety criteria.
The Cato Corporation was added to our nest egg at its market price in early morning trading today, Monday, 7/28/14.
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