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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sometimes? It's just about Holding On ...

There is a prevalent view that becoming a market professional is all about 'making calls' or 'buying stocks' or 'selling stocks'. There is the ever present idea in the minds of many that a market professional is constantly on the phone, reviewing charts and making 'predictions'.

Not so.

At times ... it's just about hanging on for the ride. Because as I mentioned some time ago ... buy and hold is not dead.

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with my silver. Honestly. And it gets a little more than aggravating when I'm told by others what to do with my own assets. Especially by people who have not even taken the time to read my overall portfolio strategy.

Silver Futures
(click chart to enlarge)

At this point, I still have my silver classified as an asset in my own personal side-pocket. In other words, it's not a trade. It's a 'holding'. To be sure, a holding that's risen in value 384.2%. But it's still my holding, and I will decide if I move it from 'asset side-pocket' to a pure trade, and sell it off.

At the present time, since I frequently travel to Mexico, it's working as a wonderful hedge against a cheaper U.S. Dollar, which has only sunk about -17%

Moving on to some of my equity holdings ...

Johnson and Johnson (JNJ)



Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
(click chart to enlarge)

Two days of action erases 150 days of a down trend in Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). With that in mind, the way I setup the dividend investing portfolio for both A.C.C., as well as the Challenge Project, I am now positive on the return in terms of yield for the year. For A.C.C., by 4.013 %, and for the Challenge Project, by 3.134%. And as we learned from the conference call? Buybacks are still in the works. So regardless of short term price action, I have an asset that will be returning value to shareholders.

Ok, enough said on that route. Let's move on to General Mills (GIS)

General Mills (GIS)
(click chart to enlarge)

We are just beginning to make an attempt at breaking out of the weekly range. Hopefully, this trend can continue, but I'll just have to keep an eye on it in coming weeks.

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