Sunday, February 11, 2007

January 2007 Returns For My Model Long-Term Portfolio

January 2007 was decent month for my Hypothetical Model Portfolio, despite trailing the broader market returns. As of the market close on January 31, 2007, the Hypothetical Model Portfolio* increased in value by $1769.52, or about 1.22% during the month of January. The Hypothetical Model Portfolio has now gained a total of $22,246 since it was created in January 2006 with $100,000 and an additional $25,000 was added at the beginning of 2007.

Midcaps led the way during January, with the Vanguard Mid Cap Index Fund (VIMSX) rising about 3.65%. It would be nice if midcaps have a strong year in 2007, as they trailed the S&P 500 by about two percentage points during 2006. The next strongest performers in the portfolio were small caps and tech stocks. The Vanguard Small Cap Index (NAESX) rose about 2.40%, the Vanguard Small Cap Value Index (VISVX) rose about 2.01%, and the Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQQ) rose about 2.11%.

The weakest returns were turned in by the Templeton Russia closed-end fund (TRF) and the iShares Emerging Markets ETF (EEM). TRF plummeted about 15.12% and EEM rose a paltry 0.11%. The Russia stock market was steady during January and the value of the Russian and Eastern European stocks held by TRF was also steady. However, as I have discussed previously, closed-end funds typically trade at a variable premium or discount to their underlying Net Asset Value ("NAV"). According to ETF Connect, TRF traded at a 38.07% premium to its NAV at the end of December 2006 and at a 17.63% premium on January 31, 2007. TRF has traded at an average premium of around 10-15% since its inception in 1995 so TRF's premium compression is probably about over for now. If Russian and Eastern European stocks perform well this year TRF should provide another solid year of returns.

TRF paid a distribution of $566.33 on January 16, 2007. This distribution was declared at the end of December 2006 and I listed this as a "pending distribution" in the portfolio chart for December. As I mentioned in my earlier post regarding my 2007 portfolio rebalancing, this distribution was reinvested in the Vanguard mutual funds in the portfolio because these funds do not charge a transaction fee. On January 17, 2007, the following purchases were made with this distribution:
  • Vanguard Index 500 mutual fund (symbol: VFINX): 1.262 shares at $131.81/share, a total investment of $166.33
  • Vanguard Midcap Index mutual fund (symbol: VIMSX): 4.970 shares at $20.12/share, a total investment of $100.00
  • Vanguard Developed Markets Index mutual fund (symbol: VDMIX): 7.930 shares at $12.61/share, a total investment of $100.00
  • Vanguard Small Cap Index mutual fund (symbol: NAESX): 3.045 shares at $32.84/share, a total investment of $100.00
  • Vanguard Small Cap Value Index mutual fund (symbol: VISVX): 5.862 shares at $17.06/share, a total investment of $100.00

*The Hypothetical Model Portfolio was created with an investment of $100,000 in securities as of the closing values on December 30, 2005 and an additional $25,000 was invested n securities as of the closing values on December 29, 2006. The reason why the total cost in the chart is greater than $125,000 is because the total cost accounts for the value of distributions reinvested into the mutual funds in the portfolio.

December 2006 Returns


Anonymous said...

Dude, this is pretty sad. You created a model portfolio, but when it went in the toilet you stopped updating it?

Again, im sure you won't publish this comment unless you really want to foster open debate, but your blog and investment advice seem really weak.

Jim said...

^^ Hey, why don't you do us all a favor and let us look at your own blog if you think it is so easy?

I did stop updating information relating to this model portfolio because it became too much of a hassle to update it every month. I do have other things going on in my life and this blog is just a hobby.