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Evolution of an Investor: 5 Years in Results Begin to Materialize

by Bradley Voight on 03/04/17

In October of 2014 I wrote a piece called Evolution of an Investor, Lessons from the First Three Years. Those first three years were trying to say the least! Wading through all the lies and myths and trying to gain the necessary knowledge to get a foot in the door and actually make money from owning stocks. Trade is in the name of nearly every online broker leaving the unwitting to think trading is the only way to make any profits. Options or mathematical mysticism, whatever you wish to call them, are way over the heads of almost everyone, me included and I sort of understand them! Mutual Funds, the only way for the "common man" to diversify and manage risk, I found to be over-diversified dividend eating monsters relentlessly mashing up the dividends of their holdings and spitting out a small sliver for you, the mutual turtle shareholder.

Today, after 5 1/2 years of nearly all of my waking hours spent learning and researching, results are coming in. My wife has come on board after her first pick, Kroger, went from 33 to 77. We bought 100 shares for $3300. When the dust settled a year and a half later, our $3300 was $7400 and my wife was convinced that individual stock ownership was for us. We bought Kroger because the company was buying back shares and reducing the amount on the open market and same store sales growth was up for ten years running. We have closed our Kroger position with a $4100 profit. Next came Republic Services. Bill Gates bought over $200 million worth in the spring and summer of 2015 and we bought 100 shares with him @ $38. Republic is now at $61. I sold 30 shares @ $55 for $1650 and now have 70 remaining shares earning 2.32% in dividends. In December of 2016 I bought 50 shares of Nvidia corporation @ $33 selling 25 shares @ $66 for a profit of $800. Meanwhile the stock continued to run up as high as $120 and I am holding. The reason I bought Nvidia is because their chips are in big in gaming and autonomous vehicles and because they are a major player in the internet of things or IoT. Three examples of how paying attention and doing a little research can make you money that you never actually "worked" for.

Smalltime's Macroeconomic Outlook Remains the Same

by Bradley Voight on 11/22/16

The world economic picture is still one of expansion and not contraction. The presidential election, with all it's fireworks, does not change anything about the business cycle. That is why I am sticking with my macro forecast of continued economic growth world wide. Everyone is trying to prepare for the crisis that just happened and that clouds their vision of what is actually happening on the ground. In the 92 months since the market bottom on March 9th of 2009, there are 14 million more people working. Those 14 million people are spending money and even getting raises. Weekly applications for unemployment are at a 43 year low, according to the bureau of labor statistics. 

Donald Trump holds the missing piece of the puzzle to put America, and the world, into a growth's the infrastructure, stupid! The American Society of Civil Engineers spells it out in plain English here. If Trump can spend half of the $3.6 trillion that is recommended in the engineers report card, we are in for 4 to 5 % GDP growth! Plus there is 55 trillion dollars in private wealth being left from the Baby Boomers to the Millennials and gen X'ers. I'm betting on America through at least 2022 and I encourage everyone to join me! Just remember that there are no sure things but there are high degrees of probability!

S&P 500 Approaching Smalltime's Call of 2220, Dow 7% Away from 20,000

by Bradley Voight on 08/23/16

The major indexes are marching toward the levels we anticipated way back in 2014. Why and how did I make such a prediction? First I considered that the sell off in '08-'09 took the markets to extreme lows and left companies sorely undervalued. Second, I looked at the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index and saw that '08-'09 produced the longest factory slowdown since the end of WWII and the third longest factory downturn in 75 years. I also considered interest rates on the 10 year treasury note reaching historic lows around 1.5%. The rates are low because the population of America, and the developed world, is aged and all managed portfolios are heavy in fixed income. The fact is older people invest in bonds to preserve the capital that they have accumulated over their lifetimes. The baby boomer generation is set to pass on that accumulated wealth to the tune of 59 trillion dollars over the next 20 years with that money flowing to a generation who is younger and more risk averse than the boomers. This to me means that stocks could go to levels that would seem absurd today, like the S&P 500 at 4500 by the year 2020, which I think will happen. These and other factors I mentioned in earlier posts are what has driven the market to these levels and what will continue to drive markets for the next several years. Wal-Mart and Target are among several large companies that have given raises across the board to lower wage workers. Those raises will not be saved, but will be spent driving corporate profits higher and expanding P/E multiples in the marketplace.

It Takes Time to Produce Results in Investing

by Bradley Voight on 06/18/16

You may look at the Smalltime Model Portfolio and say, "hey, you lost over $1000, what a dumb ass!" Yes I feel like a dumb ass when I look at the balance in the account, but when I look at it from a longer term perspective, things change. Revolution Lighting (RVLT) grossed $26 million in 2013, $76 million in 2014, and $129 Million in 2015. The company is projecting 2016 revenue in the range of $180-$190 million. Mean while the stock price has gone nowhere but down, with me buying more on every new good news event from the company. You see growth costs money and when those investments finally begin to pay off, the earnings per share will rise, which in turn drives the stock price. If I am wrong then I just picked up a bunch of trash for no financial gain, but I still helped in a small way. If I am right, I'll make money off of something everyone views as worthless.

Interest Rates Are Low Due to Demographics in the Developed World, Not the Fed

by Bradley Voight on 06/15/16

Interest on the German 10 year bund went below zero for the first time ever this week as the US ten year bond is nearing 1.5% again, a level not seen since August of 2012. It is actually very simple to figure out, the developed world is aging and the emerging economies represent the youth needed to spur growth. India has surpassed China in annual growth rate pushing above 7% and lets not forget that India is the worlds largest democracy! India is also trying to build out it's infrastructure growth with renewable energy sources rather than dirty old coal. 

The US population is 300 million. India and China together growing at even 5% is 5% on 2 billion people, or roughly 28 percent of the world. America is 4 % of the world. US multinationals make 80% of their revenue overseas so I am sticking by my bullish call, which is that the world economy is likely to keep expanding through 2020 with very few hiccups. Cross your fingers and hold on, Dow 20,000 just around the bend!

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