Time for more trades! IntelligentSpeculator portfolio is back..!

By: ispeculatornew
Date posted: 01.11.2010 (5:00 am) | Write a Comment  (2 Comments)

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As was the case last year, all trades in the IntelligentSpeculator were closed out on December 31st and we are now about ready to restart. Last year was a successful year with most long/short trades coming out on top. In 2010, I will be using two different types of trades:

-Long only
-Long/short (which regulars are more used to seeing here)

How I trade

As always, I will continue to trade mostly technology stocks with possibilities to trade more “macroeconomic trades” through ETF’s. Since I am tracking the S&P500, all unused funds are going to go to buy shares of “VTI”, the Vanguard S&P500 ETF. With holidays and everything i was busy and did not get a chance to update it yet but the portfolio section will contain all info on trades, positions and performance. It should be vastly improved from 2009 as weeks go by:) Hopefully performance will be as well although getting about 2% per trade on long/short trades is fairly good, especially when you consider that most trades were in and out within a month or so.

As always, I greatly appreciate comments on trades as well as suggestions. I’ve had many good comments concerning certain positions I had on stocks such as Blue Nile, Apple and Yahoo and look forward to hearing more from you in 2010.

Usually I publish stock picks on Monday’s (when I have money available within the fund) but I spent more time this weekend looking over my general strategy for the next few months which left me less time. I have a spreadsheet that allows me to follow about 25 technology (mostly internet related) stocks, their earnings, news and stock movements. Depending on valuations mostly but also partially on technical parameters, that allows me to pick names that should gain.

As should any disciplined investor, I generally use a 20% stop loss or “stop win” to get out of trades. Since these are not used intra-day, it can happen that the win or loss becomes more important but this helps me to be disciplined and avoid being either greedy or put too much on a losing trade.

So stay tuned tomorrow as I make my first pick of the new year!

Please let me know if you have any suggestions, questions or comments as we go along!

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2 Comments

  1. Comment by Jay — January 11, 2010 @ 6:32 am

    IS,

    Thank you very much for your posts. Great analysis and good write ups. would you please publish the spreadsheet that you are referring to in this entry?

    Thanks
    Jay

  2. Comment by IS — January 11, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    @Jay – thanks for comments. Sure, will publish it this week and explain how I use it

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