10/1/03-As the stock market and our holdings have been down through much of September, yet wanting to remain on schedule for a target of half a million dollars in equities by year-end, I've added five bargain securities to our Essential Value Portfolio in the last couple days:
Following the stock prices' drop last month and our new investments, the average asset return being lowered by these purchases and their commissions, as of close of business today the portfolio's performance stands at just +0.4%. Total investments in the Essential Value Portfolio, since its commencement in August, have been $23,430. The portfolio's current value is $23, 522.
Nonetheless, our total current holdings participated in the substantial market gains that occurred today. Overall assets are thus already ahead several thousand dollars.
Earlier in the afternoon my wife, Fran, and I checked out some laptop computers at Fry's in north Austin. We found that the Fujitsu N series appears to meet our needs at a not too exorbitant price. More shopping, both online and in physical establishments, may be necessary to refine and nail down the best, most cost effective deal available. Nonetheless, with total costs for the ideal laptop and its accessories in the neighborhood of $2200 or so, this will not be an impulse purchase. (It took us close to six months of careful shopping to pick out our wedding rings, and they wound up costing just $500.)
10/13/03-The Essential Value Portfolio, initiated on 8/18/03, is now up 4.8%. The latest transaction was a purchase of 100 shares of Men's Wearhouse (MW) on 10/6, at $28.01 per share. Altogether, the ten stocks in the portfolio cost $26,261, including $300 in commissions, but are worth $27,528 at the close of business today. The Standard and Poors 500 is up 4.5% since 8/18 and now stands at 1045.
10/22/03-I added to our Essential Value Portfolio shares today, as shown below, to raise our total equities back to the minimum target level, despite the recent downturn.
The total invested in the Essential Value Portfolio so far has been $31,110, including $360 in commissions. Since inception (8/18/03), there has been a 0.8% net total return on the portfolio.
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