November was another great month for my Hypothetical Model Portfolio. As of the market close on November 30, 2006, the Hypothetical Model Portfolio* increased in value by $3934.75, or about 3.46% during the month of November. The Hypothetical Model Portfolio is now up $17,812.56 in 2006, a gain of 17.81%, as shown on the table below (click for a larger image of the table).
Emerging markets led the way in November, with the Templeton Russia closed-end fund (TRF)appreciating about 13.86% and the iShares Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) returning about 5.98%. Mid caps, small caps, and tech stocks were also strong performers. The Vanguard Mid Cap Index (VIMSX), the Vanguard Small Cap Index (NAESX), Vanguard Small Cap Value Index (VISVX), and the Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQQ) rose 3.83%, 3.04%, 3.10%, and 3.43%, respectively. The only other ETF or fund to return more than 3% in November was the Vanguard Developed Markets Index mutual fund (VDMIX), which returned about 3.83%. (VDMIX tracks the broad-based foreign stock MSCI EAFE index.)
The poorest portfolio performers in November were my holdings that invest in stocks of large cap companies and dividend-focused ETFs. The Vanguard Index 500 fund (VFINX), S&P 500 Financial components ETF (XLF), and iShares Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index Fund (DVY) returned 1.88%, 1.63%, and 0.71%, respectively.
The stock market continues to look strong as 2006 comes to an end. With a slight surge in December, my Hypothetical Model Portfolio can close the year up 20%.
*The Hypothetical Model Portfolio was hypothetically created with an investment of $100,000 with investments made as of the closing values on December 30, 2005. The reason why the total cost in the chart is greater than $100,000 is because the total cost accounts for the value of dividends reinvested into the mutual funds in the portfolio.
October 2006 Returns