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Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday Challenge Project Summary: February 8, 2010

Previous $500 Challenge Project Balances:

"The Three Sisters":

Investing "Sister" Balance: $811.29
Trading "Sister" Balance: $1,654.23
Interest Bearing "Sister" Balance: $250.30
Total Challenge Project Funds: $2,715.82

Introduction:
The original video explanation of the Challenge Project that began with $500, is to be found here. The Challenge Project is basically a demonstration of a model that anyone could at least follow along with on a weekly basis. It is my attempt without cost, to help out the 'little guy' when it comes to investing and trading by providing an example, a 'model' as it were ... as run by myself as a professional trader with real money, in sub-accounts that I own; following my own three sisters portfolio management system; albeit modified a bit to operate with low funds. From time to time, I provide snapshots of the broker statements.

Rule No. 2 of the Challenge Project states that each month, we can divvy up $100.00 as we wish between the various challenge project accounts. Some time ago I stated that I may split up Rule No. 2, into weekly segments; or $25.00 a week.

For this week, the $25.00 weekly deposit is being transferred to the Challenge Project SAVINGS Account.

Well, I did say that I would focus on strengthening the challenge trading account this quarter. Which is why I'm applying rule no. two towards the savings account. :) It's building the foundation underneath the challenge trading account. And yes, you'll continue to see this for the next few weeks.

Thus, when the Challenge Project is ready to take on it's next trade? It will have a more firm foundation in order to do so.

As far as the investing account ... I'm rather pleased it's held up as well as it has in this downturn. I was debating on averaging down here on each of the stocks. But as it's only down -0.61%, then I really see no reason to do so at this point.

The only stock that I might possibly decide to do so with, is Coca-Cola (KO), but in the current environment ... well I think I may be able to get KO for an even better price soon enough. If I were to average down with Coca-Cola (KO), then I would use the cash I have set aside to Dollar Cost Average (D.C.A.) already of the investing account's cash.

Here are the new balances for each of the Challenge Project ...

Challenge Project Balances After Rule No. 2 Deposit:

Investing Account Balance: $804.25
(YTD cash and equity is up +0.78 % Return is -0.61% )
  • 4.1665 shares of KO (DRIP on)
  • 3.0779 shares of JNJ (DRIP on)
  • 2 shares of MCD (DRIP is now OFF)
  • Cash: $263.51
-$64.00 of this cash I reserve to D.C.A. KO
-$64.00 of this cash I reserve to D.C.A. JNJ
-$84.00 of this cash I reserve to D.C.A. MCD
-This leaves $51.51 cash available
  • Additional $68.00 available from slush fund
Investing Account Balance Since Inception
(Can be Enlarged):



Stock / Futures Trading Balance: $1,654.23
(YTD cash and equity up about 3.64 % Return on Capital is 0.5 %)
  • 3% risk tolerance gives us $49.62 to risk per trade
  • Additional $68.00 available from drawdown / slush fund
Trading Account Balance Since Inception:
(Can Be Enlarged)


Savings Balance: $275.30
(YTD cash equity up about 37.4 % Return on Capital is 0 %)
  • $68.00 for a Slush fund / Drawdown Kill Switch fund
  • $139.30 for a Base Savings
  • $68.00 for Emergency Savings
Savings Account Balance Since Inception:
(Can Be Enlarged)


Total $500 Challenge Project Balance: $2,733.78

Total Challenge Account Growth Since Inception:
(Can Be Enlarged)



We'll be back to the Challenge Project next Monday ...

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Note: This is not an investment or trading recommendation. The losses in trading can be very real, and depending on the investment vehicle, can exceed your initial investment. I am not a licensed trading or investment adviser, or financial planner. But I do have over 13 years of experience in trading and investing in these markets. The Challenge accounts are run for the education of other traders who should make their own decisions based off their own research, and tolerance for risk.


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