The continued success of this portfolio has as much to do with the stocks we buy, as it does with the stocks we sell. To reiterate what this portfolio is intended to do, and what type of investor it is designed for, I suggest you read the very first article about the Young And Restless Portfolio from 11/17/2012.
Now, nine months into the development of this aggressive portfolio, we have turned an initial $80,000 investment into a portfolio value of over $119,000. By selling both Netflix (NFLX), and Google (GOOG) to book outstanding gains, and dumping Apple (AAPL) and BlackBerry (BBRY) to limit losses, the management of this portfolio has navigated extremely well.
We have also redeployed the profits back into other stocks that could potentially add even greater growth. The smaller cap stocks are considered a higher risk of course, but each has a very strong story behind them; Achillion (ACHN) and Galena (GALE) fall into this category, and my opinions can be reviewed in my most recent articles in each: Galena Biopharma and Achillion Pharmaceuticals.
Yes, we left some profits on the table with NFLX and have some holdings that have not developed as of yet. That being said, the goals of this unique retirement portfolio are quickly being met.
An Update With Surprises
Nobody is more surprised than me by the rapid rise in Facebook (FB) share jumping back to the IPO price, but that is why we bought the stock when it was cheap. FB could become our next GOOG folks.
Amazon (AMZN) keeps defying the naysayers by continuing to build its ecosystem and driving growth in virtually every area. Even missing estimates has not deterred this stock, and I believe that the sheer size of the company and its moat will continue to baffle and confound the critics. Whether they like it or not, the naysayers cannot deny the fact that the share price keeps heading north. We have not even entered the strongest time of the year for this company.
Another anchor stock is also beginning to come around; Yahoo (YHOO). The company seems to be rebuilding everything it has quite nicely, and the new CEO has been doing a solid job. Progress is now finally being reflected in the share price.
All of this being said, let's take a look out the progress of the portfolio itself; The "Young and Restless" portfolio now consists of Galena Biopharma, Amazon, Facebook, Yahoo, Achillion, and Zynga (ZNGA).
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Simply Put, Portfolio Management Has Been The Key To Success
The title of this article says it all, as does the very first paragraph. With an aggressive portfolio such as this one, we cannot sit back and just watch what happens. We need to be actively involved and not be afraid to make two key decisions.
- Never be afraid to take profits.
- Cut your losses when the odds are stacked against you.
All too often, growth investors will stick to the belief that high flying stocks will continue to fly, and losers will always come back. This thinking will destroy this strategy faster than AAPL dropped from $700 to $400/share.
Having a clear understanding of what your goals are with a retirement portfolio of this type, is critical in navigating the market. Thus far, we have done a solid job.
What Is Next?
As always, I am on the lookout for stocks that could help us achieve our ultimate goal; become wealthy at a young age to secure a wonderful financial future. With this goal in mind, I have my sights set on a stock that I just wrote about, Ambarella (AMBA).
You can read my opinions about AMBA right here. Based upon my analysis, I will be buying $10,000 of the stock on Monday morning. I feel quite strongly that this company will outperform and I consider it a strong buy.
Disclaimer: The opinions of this author are not recommendations to either buy or sell any securities. Please remember to do your own research prior to making any investment decisions.