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Educated in Computer Sciences & Business, apt to academic styles. Interested in ornithology and black swans, and complexity. Utilitarian. Pseudonym A.K. is entirely for privacy, not meant to confuse people in Indonesia!
  • ETF mostly-Powershares test Portfoliation 5 comments
    Feb 27, 2011 8:05 PM
    Beginning on April 22, 2009

    I'd set up a paper portfolio - added XPH by selling PDP in August 2010 for balance.
    (So it is not wholly Powershares from Direxion)

    PDP  Powershares DWA Technical Leaders  
    PFM  ditto Dividend Acheivers
    PIV (renamed from Value Line(tm)  -  S&P 500 high quality - same difference.)
    PWC Dynamic market - Intellidex's
    XPH  SPDR Pharma.

    Yahoo Finance claims the initial $2500 play money times 4 is now at:

    $16,250  (with $866 of PDP -> XPH growing to drug value of $955)
    of which cash unassigned is $878.  Leading me to believe Yahoo thinks it's pretend money too.

    Discounting errors like that, each ETF is up about 50%, except the one up 80% and the drug one, up less over a shorter period (and smaller portion).

    Needless to say, this is annoyingly better than a real life portfolio of stock picks!
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  • Ambil Kembali
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    Author’s reply » Feb 27, 2011 All down today. Yet gains not eroded. Take heart in it.
    10 Mar 2011, 04:49 PM Reply Like
  • Ambil Kembali
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    Author’s reply » Holdings value $16,571. Not much change? I have to wonder if dividend's are just ignored or put into a CASH item. Little change from Feb. Checking...


    Yahoo finds no sign of Interest or Div transactions. I guess I should have done that myself? Might as well just - from now on we'll track the ETF performance. Relative to a beginning in April 2009.


    (Over at The Motley Fool they allow for dividend re-investment some.)
    9 Apr 2011, 07:08 PM Reply Like
  • Nicholas Pardini
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    Paper trading may be safer, but the real learning comes when you put some financial skin in the game. You've done this since 2009, so two years is enough (and maximizes the learning curve) time to paper trade.
    19 May 2011, 11:52 PM Reply Like
  • Ambil Kembali
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    Author’s reply » Thanks! Actually I had had XPH for a while. Used LIFO to raise cash with it well before its current (June 2011) difficulties. Modest gain.


    Personal holdings for A.K. are informed by components of the main 4 ETFs, and in that fashion considered to be fairly well diversified (except not at all in the drugs at the moment)


    Take care out there!
    9 Jun 2011, 12:12 PM Reply Like
  • Ambil Kembali
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    Author’s reply » Adding a better look from Yahoo's paper-trade with a
    snapshot "page 2" of this blog.
    24 Jun 2011, 01:30 PM Reply Like
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