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  • #46
    Re: Post-crash iTulipers' portfolio condition poll

    Originally posted by grapejelly View Post
    i'm down 50% on equities but up significantly on beans, tuna, peanut butter and corrugated boxes. Anyone seen a shopping cart that was there on the corner a minute ago?
    Oh, it was yours. I'm so sorry.

    PS : I dodged the two previous downfalls (2007/2008), but not this one. All in all, I'm about minus 7 or 8 %
    on all the family portfolios I manage.
    Now I'm only on cash, gold and a small energy line.
    Now I'm a fresh iTuliper I might try to follow your advice from this side of the pond…


    • #47
      Re: Post-crash iTulipers' portfolio condition poll

      Hadn't checked around the site until today. Was away giving support with limited web access. If measured in MXN (pesos), as it is all valued, I dodged the euro downturn, but didn't get on boat in the last week rise. I'm still up for the year (need to check numbers) by 4-5%

      Measured in USD, in the last two months I lost 36% at the worst (oct 9th, USD at 13.38 MXN spot) and so far since I've recovered 8% (oct 13th, 17:30 GMT, USD at 12.40 MXN spot)

      * Edit *

      12.15 MXN per USD at 22:25 GMT... It means almost another 2 % recovered...
      Last edited by ocelotl; 10-13-08, 05:31 PM.
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      • #48
        Re: Post-crash iTulipers' portfolio condition poll

        was down a bit over 20%, now back up a bit after buying near the bottom and selling a lot today. Never been TOO concerned as most of what i have is dividend paying energy related stox like TOT etc. So down or not
        I get paid to wait it out.


        • #49
          Re: Post-crash iTulipers' portfolio condition poll

          With realized positions, I'm up 14.3%.

          Unrealized is down 3.7% . . . and that's all paper gold -- CEF, GTU, GLD.

          I made most of my income from jumping in and out of paper gold (Since it was held less than a year, I'm hoping I can claim at the normal tax rate, although I realize some believe it will be taxed as a "collectible.)

          I know EJ recommends holding, but I haven't calculated whether I would have been better off doing that, or not. metalman, what % has your gold gone up or down so far this year?

          I also dabbled in Jack Crooks options program. I made some money there, but bailed out when he made 11 bad (or what looked like would turn bad) calls in a row IIRC. This is not a criticism of him, since what counts is the ultimate ratio of winners to losers, and for all I know his subscribers are making tons of money now.

          I stuck my toe in the commodity waters, and made a little profit. But I fortunately realized that demand destruction in the current recession/depression bode ill for commodities . . . and I was also fearing a market crash . . . so I bailed out before things went down.

          Also made a bit of money following EJs "Short the Market" tips.

          One thing that's not included in the 14.3% profit for this year are my TIPS. About 45% of my portfolio is in TIPS, and they are bringing in over 7% now (so after tax, I'm probably just keeping up with CPI inflation). In the past, I got some criticism of my TIPS holdings on this site, but if EJ's inflation call is correct, they are going to be a desirable investment in a world where just preserving what one already has is a laudable achievement. (I'm hoping profits in gold will compensate for the TIPS shortcomings.)

          About 95% of my self-education in economics has come through iTulip. By listening to EJ and the wise folks here at iTulip, I have learned a lot. But I also profited from following my own judgment . . . with the TIPS and going in and out of gold. I imagine there are people here who made a lot more . . . but as a total novice as of two years ago, I'm happy with how things have turned out so far . . . .
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