The rational, cautious and logical part of me has finally gained control after the longest frolic and detour engineered by my right brain in history has been finally squashed. Fortunately, most of the stocks purchased were consumer staples paying good dividends. We, and I mean both sides of me, are back on the same page playing with the rule book. The most important rule is the VIX allocation model and its limited exceptions.
Game Plan for the Next Six Months/Negativity from Eric Savitz (Abelson's Twin?)/SEC Dropped the Ball on Bernie in 1992
I did sell the 100 XKK that I just bought in my IRA at 3.8 for $4.45. Buys of CPB LQD SYY XKK/Regressive Taxation-Cap & Trade/ With the semi-annual interest payment of $40, this brings the second trade of this kind to a successful conclusion with about a $90 profit with the dividend after commissions. Maguire Properties/WAG/Goodyear Tire TC xkk/GE I have mentioned that I will trade any speculative position in an IRA at the drop of a hat. I am keeping the 550 shares owned in the regular account. That position, along with many others, provides the cash flow that I will use to purchase other securities when the trading rules permit it.
In the Roth Ira, I bought the ETF for Canadian stocks (EWC) at 15.55, taking a partial position. I will go up to a 100 shares total in the retirement accounts and up to 300 in the taxable accounts. I sold out of my position in the retirement account at over 35 (look at a five year chart at the clear double top formation). The Canadian market has suffered a similar drop to the U.S.. The Canadian energy stocks have been slammed especially hard. Their banks seem to be in better shape than ours. The index is also populated with a few gold miners like Barrick and GoldCorp, along with Potash (POT). iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund (EWC): Overview I have not started a position back in the taxable accounts.
I also bought a few shares of Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) at 13.73, and this company's shares have just been crushed over the past year. This would be the type of position where I will ultimately acquire a maximum 100 share position with at least three separate orders spaced over time, averaging down at lower prices, or just quit buying if the stock starts to rise too far above the current level that it becomes unattractive as a contrarian play to me. BAM: Summary for BROOKFIELD ASSET MGT - Yahoo! Finance This is a link to BAM's last earnings release.Brookfield Asset Management Announces Strong Operating Cash Flow of $1.4 Billion for 2008: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance BAM is an owner of a variety of hard assets, including hydroelectric facilitiesPower, timberland Timberand office buildings in several major cities including NYC and London. Property
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