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Performance Update: Week 19

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David Pinsen


  • It's been six months since I presented three hedged portfolios and 10 top names in week 19 of my Marketplace service (October 5th). Here's how everything did.
  • Two out of the three hedged portfolios outperformed their expected returns, and outperformed SPY, despite risking only single-digit declines.
  • The top 10 names were up 11.54% (unhedged), vs. 5.26% for SPY. This was the 16th time out of 18 since June 8th that our top names beat SPY.

Race car driver. Scottish race car driver Sussie Stoddart and her helmet (credit: Elist 10)

Bulletproof Investing: Week 19 Performance

Each week since the beginning of June, I have presented at least two hedged portfolios created by Portfolio Armor to my Bulletproof Investing subscribers. This is an "investing with a helmet on" approach, and these portfolios are designed to last six months at most. I have promised to publicly share the final performance of each of these portfolios. Here, I update the final performance of the three hedged portfolios and the top 10 names (unhedged) that I presented in the 19th week I offered my service.

Bulletproof Investing Background

In the beginning, when I offered my service, I presented the $1 million portfolio with the highest ratio of possible upside to possible downside over the next six months, and the $100,000 portfolio with the highest ratio of possible upside to downside. In many cases, the portfolios that scored best according to that ratio were hedged against smaller than 9% declines. Some of those tightly hedged portfolios have often underperformed their expected returns, so recently I've shifted to presenting portfolios hedged against larger declines, though during the recent correction some of the tightly-hedged portfolios have outperformed - you'll see another example of that below, where the highest performing portfolio from October 5th was the one hedged against the smallest decline.

One thing I've kept doing since the second week is presenting my system's top names each week, and also a portfolio comprised of them, hedged against a >9% decline over six months. Let's look at what I presented in week 19 and how it did.

Portfolio 1

This was the $100,000 portfolio initially presented here. The data below was as of October 5th. The primary securities here were Align Technology (ALGN), Alibaba (

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I developed the hedged portfolio method of investing at Portfolio Armor, and I run a Marketplace service at Seeking Alpha based on it called Bulletproof Investing.

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Comments (4)

I do not understand your comment. Alibaba isn’t in the garbage business?
Im glad that I sold the Chinese garbage BABA.
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Just about to hit the 50dma on a weekly chart. http://bit.ly/duZ1er
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