Juggling With Knives: Profits, protection and planning for volatility in stocks, bonds, real estate, and real life.

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Jubak’s Picks

Stocks for a
12-18 Month Horizon


Performance

2019
+10.2%

2018
+10.2%

2017
+13.2%

Since Inception
+584%

Top 50 Stocks

50 Best Stocks in the World


Performance

2019
+21.19%

2018
-8.22%

2017
+28.1%

2016
+21.5%

Dividend Income

Stocks That Pay You


Performance

2020
+15.71%

2019
+4.90% 

2018
-15.52% 

2017
+6.48% 

 2016
+26.8%

Volatility

Exploiting Temporary Market Trends


Performance 2017:
+53.06%

Perfect 5 ETFs

Active/Passive Portfolio


Performance since
October 2017

+23.46%

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Oil falls to lowest level in five months; Brent breaks below $60 a barrel

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China promises to cut taxes, increase spending to stimulate economy

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Ominous weakening today, September 6, below the surface in U.S. stocks

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This market’s volatility puzzle–it’s as if investors and traders don’t think risk is climbing in the general market

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Next earnings season test after Netflix? Microsoft

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I’m buying the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF in my Perfect 5 Portfolio today

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2020 was a great year for Dividend investing: my Dividend Portfolio showed a total return of 15.71% for 2020

2020 was a great year for Dividend investing: my Dividend Portfolio showed a total return of 15.71% for 2020

It’s unusual, to say the least, to have a dividend portfolio match the returns on the Standard & Poor’s 500–especially in a year when the S&P 500 was setting an all time high–but that’s what happened in 2020. My Dividend Portfolio showed a price gain of 12.28% for 2020. Add in the 3.43% dividend yield and the total return for the portfolio for the year was 15.71.%  For the year the S&P 500 returned 16% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average returned 7%.

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Closing all of my Options hedges in the Volatility Portfolio; holding off until January or February to add new downside protection

Closing all of my Options hedges in the Volatility Portfolio; holding off until January or February to add new downside protection

Stock have moved up so strongly that the Put Options I own in my Volatility Portfolio are no longer providing any significant downside protection against a market downturn. Especially since two of the three–the Puts on MGM Resorts International, and Vale l expire on December 18. The last Put, the one on American Airlines, expires on January 15, 2021, but I’m closing that position as well.  I’m also selling my two Call Options on Barrick Gold, and the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF since they also expire on December 18 and they are also so far out of the money the holding is pointless. Those Calls on gold were also added as protection against an outbreak in market volatility that never arrived.

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Can’t swim against the cash flood anymore–selling my ProShares Short Russell 2000 ETF out of the Volatility Portfolio tomorrow

Can’t swim against the cash flood anymore–selling my ProShares Short Russell 2000 ETF out of the Volatility Portfolio tomorrow

I bought the ProShares Short Russell 2000 ETF (RWM) back on October 30 because I felt then that the market wasn’t pricing in any of the potential problems likely to hurt the U.S. economy over the next couple of months. I picked the small cap Russell 2000 index for my downside bet because it was showing the most sensitivity to news–good and bad about the economy. Well, I got the sensitivity part right. But I missed the effect of huge cash inflows on stocks in general and the Russell in particular. Right now potential bad news and even actual bad news doesn’t matter much. Stocks keep going up. At the close on December 9, Wednesday, I had a 19.89% loss in this position after today’s slight 0.69% drop in the Russell 2000 (and 0.72% gain in this short ETF.) I’m not willing to let this loss get any bigger so I’m selling this position.

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Taking my 200% gain in Kensington/QuantumScape today and selling this position

Taking my 200% gain in Kensington/QuantumScape today and selling this position

Shares of what was once Kensington Capital Acquisition (KCAC) and is now QuantumScape (QS) are up 203.3.7% since I bought Kensington back on October 13, 2020 in my Volatility Portfolio. But Quantumscape isn’t planning to have its solid state lithium ion battery in production until 2024. And most investors don’t understand the wave of dilution that’s about to hit the now public shares of QuantumScape. So I’ll be taking my profits tomorrow.

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Cast your vote today for the Kensington merger

Cast your vote today for the Kensington merger

If you bought shares of Kensington Capital Acquisition (KCAC) along with me on October 13, you’re received a solicitation for a proxy vote to approve the reverse merger of Kensington with privately held QuantumScape, a startup solid state lithium battery company. The merger is a way for QuantumScape to go public. (Kensington was the 14th and last pick in my Special Report: 10 Stocks for the Post-Coronavirus economy on my JubakAM.com subscription site. I added it to the Volatility Portfolio on October 13. Kensington has called a special meeting for shareholders for November 25 to approve the merger. You can vote online until 11:59 p.m. tonight. I plan to vote in favor of the merger, since that’s the whole reason for owning shares of Kensington. Kensington is a SPAC.

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Buying ETF to short Russell 2000 (and U.S. economic growth) tomorrow to add more downside protection

Buying ETF to short Russell 2000 (and U.S. economic growth) tomorrow to add more downside protection

Yesterday, October 28, I posted that I would put off buying more downside protection against volatility in this nervous market for one more day. The plunge in stocks on Wednesday made downside protection more expensive–fear increases the demand for downside hedges–and the uncertainty introduced by the release on Thursday of third quarter GDP growth figures (with the possibility that the market would rebound strongly from Wednesday’s drop) both argued for waiting until Friday, October 30 to buy my next hedge. Well, the GDP news is behind us and the market climbed relatively modestly today, which made hedges cheaper, so tomorrow I’ll be adding shares of the ProShares Short Russell 2000 ETF (RWM) to my Volatility Portfolio.

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Autoliv beats on prospects for global auto recovery–but I think you’ve got better stocks to play this trend

Autoliv beats on prospects for global auto recovery–but I think you’ve got better stocks to play this trend

Autoliv (ALV) reported third quarter earnings per share of either $1.48 (non-GAAP) or $1.12 (GAAP). (GAAP is generally accepted accounting principles.)  That consensus was $1.09 a share on Wall Street. Revenue of $2.04 billion was in line with expectations and up 0.5% year over year. For the full 2020 year the company said it expects a 14.5% drop in revenue–versus Wall Street projections for a 15.05% decline. While those results may seem lackluster, they represent a huge improvement for the maker of auto safety systems.

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This website is based on my book, Juggling with Knives. Both the book and website are about volatility in everything from stocks and bonds to real estate, and real life topics such as jobs and education.

This website keeps the content of the book fresh and the advice and strategies up to date. If you've purchased the book, you've earned a one year free subscription. Use the Coupon Code in the book to start your FREE subscription when you Subscribe on this website.

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