Here’s the post-2007 update for my portfolio. All the quotes are from the close of December 31, 2007. As usual, I’m not posting my IRA investments.
Stocks I’ve bought since 2005:
|Symbol||Shares||Current Price||Current Value||Purchase Date||Cost||$ Gain||% Gain|
| || || ||08/02/2005||685.50||39.6|
My Annualized Gain: +31.7%
SP 500: +5.5%
Wilshire 5000: +6.1%
Russel 2000: +4.6%
I sold quite a bit during the second half of 2007. I sold my positions in Columbia Sportswear, Chipotle, and Select Comfort. I also sold half of my Ctrip stock.
I sold Columbia Sportswear because its footwear wasn’t the hit I thought it would be. I still think the company will do fairly well, but there are better places for my money. Select Comfort, on the other hand really does look like its in trouble. Its same-store sales figures have been disappointing and its marketing has been lackluster to say the least. Chipotle and Ctrip, are still both great companies. They just weren’t quite great enough to justify the price at which they were trading. In the event of a major correction or an off-quarter, I could buy back into either one.
I have a small investment in an index fund and my IRA investments. I carry margin debt, so my portfolio isn’t actually worth the amount listed above..
What a brutal few months. The market as a whole is down from where it was 6 months ago, but my holdings have been clobbered without mercy. The pain probably isn’t over, either. That’s what I get for investing in small and relatively un-hyped companies. It’s worth it, though.
I’m pleased with my choices for the most part, but there has definitely been one weak area of my portfolio– biotech. I can’t really say for sure if this is due to the unpredictable nature of the sector, or to my own relatively weak understanding of it. In any case, the business prospects of both FLML and PANC have deteriorated significantly. Panacos, in particular, is just a setback away from bankruptcy. Neither stock is a good candidate to sell, though, since the market has already priced them for their less certain futures.
Perhaps the most painful decisions I’ve made were those of inaction. I saw Suntech Power more than double in value before I bought it, and I missed a six-bagger in Baidu since I first identified it.
Right now, I see better opportunities than I have since starting the Toshuo Portfolio in 2005. Buffalo Wild Wings, Shanda (盛大), Motion Technology Corp., and Loop.net are absolute steals!
 Some stocks have split.
 I carry a margin balance. That means that I’ve borrowed money to make some of my investments. The liquidation value of my account isn’t actually the total listed above.
Legal Disclaimer: All of the information in this article is accurate to the best of my knowledge. However, I make no guarantee about the accuracy of anything written above. I’m not responsible for any mis-typings, or any other errors in the information. If you purchase any stock solely because I did, you do so at your own risk.