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My Tracking Sheet
In my last post, I forgot to mention that I will continue to allow public access to my personal tracking sheet to see the stocks I’m most interested in.
When I add or remove a stock, I immediately post the move in my StockTwits Feed.
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Managing Market Risk / Reward
FYI, my personal tracking sheet also shows what mode I’m in: Green Light, Yellow Alert, Orange Alert, or Red Alert.
I use LONG-TERM charts (like the 40 year S&P 500 chart below) to gauge the overall risk / reward of the stock market (I also use them for my individual stock investments).
Anything near the top of the chart has proven to be a great time to take profits out of stocks and seek to make money elsewhere (long-term government bonds usually work great from those points).
Anything below the gray line has been a safe buying zone, with the exception of Red Alerts…
…and I’ve only been in Red Alert mode twice EVER (in late-1999 5-months before the Internet crash and in mid-2007, 5-months before the financial crisis).
Anything near the bottom white line represents a generational (near once in a lifetime) long-term opportunity.
I’ve saved (and made) a LOT of extra money over the past 25 years using this as a guide:
During a Green Alert – Unless otherwise noted, I’m in Green Light mode (owning stocks without fear).
During a Yellow Alert – Conceptually, I want to keep most of my favorite stocks, but get rid of the third I like the least. With that money, I want to buy something like RWM, which goes up when the market goes down (and vice versa). By doing this, I’ll be 50% “hedged” (hedged = protecting the stocks you like/own against a stock market drop).
Explained: if you have $3 of stock and sell a third, you now have $2 in stocks… and if you put that other $1 in RWM, you have protected/hedged half of the $2 you still have invested in stocks).
During an Orange Alert – Just before the COVID crisis, I issued my first-ever Orange Alert. I saw the crisis coming, but didn’t see it impacting the market quite as badly as the crashes of 2000 or 2008 (which proved correct).
Conceptually, for an Orange Alert, I want to sell 50% of my positions (the ones I like the least… keeping pretty much everything I “LOVE LOVE”). With that money, I want to buy something like RWM to protect those positions. In doing so, I’m FULLY hedged.
Explained: (if you have $3 of stock and sell half, you now have $1.50 in stocks… and if you put that other $1.50 in RWM, you have protected/hedged 100% of the $1.50 you still have invested in stocks).
During a Red Alert – I sell almost everything and bet AGAINST the market by being heavily invested in things like RWM (which, again, goes UP when the market goes DOWN)… but again, these instances are extremely rare. I’ve only been in Red Alert twice in my life (luckily, those two times were 2000-2002 and 2007-2009, which resulted in big profits).
How / When To Get Back In – When the market is dropping, I don’t want to try to call the bottom. Only God can do that. Instead, I make my best guess and START buying EARLY. The reason is simple — my guess has a 50/50 chance of being too optimistic or pessimistic. So, if I wait for the market to drop as much as I expect, I have a 50% chance of missing the bottom (and with it, the great opportunity to buy low).
So, I try to think of it as 5 stages: very early, early, on time, later, and much later. I want to buy a LITTLE “very early”. I want to buy a decent chunk “early”. I want to buy a LOT near the levels where I think the market will bottom, but I also want to keep a little in cash in case we go even lower, so I can buy later or much later.
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