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Semi-Annual Update

The overall performance of many strategies that I have proposed at various times has been reasonably good during the current year.

The best performer has been the annually updated portfolio of utility stocks (29%) followed by the quarterly updated Naive Graham portfolio of leveraged ETFs (24%). The annual portfolio of select funds and Simple GMR have been the worst performers, the former having suffered from the break down of the biotech sector this year. Perhaps the select fund portfolio will revive in the second half if the biotech sector improves. Simple GMR has not lived up to its promise since January 2015, and unless it shows significant improvement in the second half of the year, it may have to be abandoned.

Here is the summary of YTD returns of the ones that I have been following.

Annual Strategies ( https://seekingalpha.com/instablog/709762-varan/4679576-annual-portfolios-2016-beyond )

All returns are based on purchase at close on January 4, 2016.

Select Funds

0.20%

Nasdaq 12

8.00%

Nasdaq 12 Hedged

11.20%

Utilities

29.90%

Leveraged

16.70%

Contra Momentum

10.50%

Naive Graham ( https://seekingalpha.com/instablog/709762-varan/2990923-naive-graham-passive-investing-according-to-the-master )

Market (VTI/TLT)

11.40%

Mid Cap Value (IJJ/TLT)

15.40%

Small Cap Value (IJS/TLT)

15.00%

iShares Value

13.80%

iShares Growth

11.80%

Fidelity Value

11.50%

Fidelity Growth

7.50%

Guggenheim Value

13.10%

Guggenheim Growth

9.70%

Vanguard Value

12.10%

Vanguard Growth

10.40%

Leveraged

24.80%

Quarterly Updated Select Fund ( https://seekingalpha.com/instablog/709762-varan/251242-a-low-drawdown-strategy-for-sector-rotation-for-fidelity-select-funds )

YTD Return 11.2%

Simple GMR ( https://seekingalpha.com/instablog/709762-varan/3118475-simple-gmr )

YTD Return -1.6%

All but two of the strategies have beaten the major market indices, and only one has suffered a loss.