John Cofran's  Instablog

John Cofran
Send Message
John Cofran is a professional individual investor and money manager with 23+ years experience, and over $15,000,000 in assets under management. He is a former Pricewaterhouse auditor with degrees in Finance, Accounting and Economics from Boston College. In addition to building several highly... More
  • August Portfolio Recap 2 comments
    Sep 7, 2010 8:08 AM | about stocks: PBI, PFF, JNK, JNJ

    August (August 2 - September 3) produced seesaw action, with a late month rally closing the S&P essentially flat at 1,104. During the month the S&P tested, and held, the 1,040 level we have been discussing as key support.

    Here at Cofran Capital, we had a solid month, producing gains of 2.8%. Our defensive portfolio stance, coupled with significant dividend income, allowed us to book consistent profits with limited volatility. As we enter the de facto first trading day of September, our 21% cash pile will provide opportunities to make quick gains during a traditionally volatile September month. We will use new capital and dividend income to move closer to a fully invested position on any weakness in late September and mid October.

    Overall Sentiment:  Cautious to Neutral
    Portfolio Yield: 7.62%
    Projection: Range-bound. Support near 1,060; Resistance near 1,130. Break-out to 1,280 this winter.

    Top 5 Positions:

    1. Cash - 21%
    2. Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI)- 6%
    3. iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index (NYSEARCA:PFF)- 4%
    4. SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond (NYSEARCA:JNK)- 4%
    5. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)- 4%

    Disclosure: Long: PBI, PFF, JNK & JNJ
    Stocks: PBI, PFF, JNK, JNJ
Back To John Cofran's Instablog HomePage »

Instablogs are blogs which are instantly set up and networked within the Seeking Alpha community. Instablog posts are not selected, edited or screened by Seeking Alpha editors, in contrast to contributors' articles.

Comments (2)
Track new comments
  • Giorgio
    , contributor
    Comments (177) | Send Message
    How are you playing the JNK?


    I find it productive to buy the JNK and sell a DTM Call and just retreive the .833% yield per month. I sell the call to protect me in case this low-beta ETF actually declines 20-30%
    20 Sep 2010, 11:36 AM Reply Like
  • John Cofran
    , contributor
    Comments (225) | Send Message
    Author’s reply » Giorgio,


    I maintain a long position in JNK both for yield and as a hedging strategy for the portfolio. I like the strategy you have outlined, however it would negate the hedging properties of JNK within my portfolio. I do not foresee a likely scenario that would jeopardize JNK to the tune of 20 - 30%.


    I hope that helps. Thank you for reading and for your inquiry.
    20 Sep 2010, 12:33 PM Reply Like
Full index of posts »
Latest Followers


  • $TGI CEO buys 250,000 shares this week in the open market.
    Feb 4, 2016
  • $TGI CEO buys 250,000 shares in open market.
    Feb 4, 2016
  • out of $DE
    May 1, 2015
More »

Latest Comments

Instablogs are Seeking Alpha's free blogging platform customized for finance, with instant set up and exposure to millions of readers interested in the financial markets. Publish your own instablog in minutes.