My Hypothetical Model Portfolio performed very well during April, generating its largest returns since October 2006. As of the market close on April 30, 2007, the Hypothetical Model Portfolio* was up $5,131.37, or 3.47% during April. The Hypothetical Model Portfolio is now up $7375 in 2007, a gain of 5.07%, as shown on the table below (click for a larger image of the table).
All of my holdings were up except for the Templeton Russia closed-end fund (TRF), which had fourth consecutive monthly drop in value due primarily to its ongoing premium compression, as I have discussed previously. Tech stocks, large caps, and financials led the way, with the Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQQ) rising about 5.58%, the Vanguard Index 500 mutual fund (VFINX) rising about 4.42%, and the SPDR Financial components (XLF) rising about 3.87%. International equities were also strong, with the Vanguard Developed Markets index fund (VDMIX) rising about 3.81% and the Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) rising about 3.73%. Small caps lagged during April - the Vanguard Small Cap Index mutual fund (NAESX) rose about 2.67% and the Vanguard Small Cap Value Index (VISVX) rose a paltry 1.84%.
The Hypothetical Model Portfolio has risen the same amount as the S&P 500 (with dividends reinvested) - 5.07% so far during 2007. Considering that TRF is down over 19% so far this year, I'm pleased that the Hypothetical Model Portfolio has risen the same amount as the S&P 500. As of April 30, 2007, the premium on TRF is down to 2.91%. I suspect that TRF's premium compression is pretty much over and expect TRF to start outperforming other holdings in the Hypothetical Model Portfolio just like it did during the last few months of 2006.
*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.