It's this time of the year again. Need to explain myself what am I doing. Lot's of worries around the world: Ukraine (it's a real war in Europe, make no mistake), Greece, ISIS. Ebola just subsided (don't know why that one scared investors). And yes, collapse of oil prices (only really rich people think it's bad). But let's not forget, worries are good for investors. They allow us to get good entry points. And bull markets climb a wall of worry. It's scary when everybody's happy (remember March 2000?) Portfolio goal. Growth. This is high beta, unapologetic growth portfolio with some safeguards and some boring investments. The goal remains unchanged.
Basic Principles. Most of the stocks in this portfolio were chosen for long term investment, which, for me, is about 18 months. Every stock is under review all the time, with a major review of the portfolio twice a year. I can trade around any position if I feel like it. The portfolio is not diversified by sectors. Diversification reduces risk, but it also reduces potential gain. No change in basic principles either.
Strategy. Most money is invested in US. But I increased my European exposure lately. Europe is coming back. Domestically, with GOP controlling Congress, we might get into some ugly fights, with possible veto and government (or parts of government) shutdowns. I think every such fight is a buying opportunity.
Paradigm Changers. These are stocks of companies that are changing business in sectors or even in the whole world.
Pure brain company. Company designs ARM CPUs for a wide range of mobile devices and licenses them to different companies. Most smartphones and all tablet computers I know run on ARM CPUs. Additional plus in current environment: it's a European company, based in UK.
Added to position since last review
Risk: Tech world is changing quickly, somebody can invent a revolutionary new design and beat ARMH.
Bought this company because of instability in the world. Company makes missiles, including popular air-to-air AMRAAM and SIdewinder, radars, software, i.e. most sophisticated military equipment.
Reinvested dividends since last review.
Sold since last review: l'Oreal (OTCPK:LRLCY), Diana Containerships (NASDAQ:DCIX). I hate all shipping now. As for l'Oreal, I sold it just to take profit, can return at a lower level
I have a group of closed-end funds, which are bought when at discount to net asset value or at low premium and sold at high premium. There are two groups of funds: corporate bond funds and muni funds. There are too many of them and they are rotating too fast to present them in the portfolio review. Watch my trades on Twitter, @afilonov
Disclosure: The author is long ARMH, DSW, EADSY, FB, GOOG, GOOGL, HSBC, MMM, PII, RTN, SAN, TWTR.
Additional disclosure: I have no position in DCIX or LRLCY. Positions can change any time.