With great pleasure, I announce the launch of The Samurai Fund!
Thesis: Through random selection based solely off permutations of reader’s names (personal or site title), we are able to create a long-only mutual fund that will outperform the S&P 500 index!
Fund Details: $1,672,003 billion launch, $100/share NAV, with 17 positions equally weighted. Concentrated multi-strategy portfolio with defensive names in the alcohol and utility space, as well as higher beta names in technology and health sciences. Small caps and large cap names included. S&P 500 start value 1,115 benchmark.
Investment Outlook 2010: The stock market continues to rebound, but at a slower pace. Inflation and interest rates remain benign, leading to a re-emergence of consumer spending. Housing stabilizes with 30-year mortgage rates staying below 6.5%. The government maintains record spending to stimulate the economy and the unemployment rate begins to fall in the second half of the year. The S&P 500 increases by 10-15% with a blue-sky target of 1,322.
Duration & Rules: One year. The bottom 3 performers will be up for review every quarter. To stay in the fund, one must write a convincing argument as to why we should not cut our losses. Picks down more than 20% also will be re-evaluated.
Goals: To have fun, learn something about the stock markets, prove a theory that luck plays a big part in performance, and to build better relationships with the community.
Contributors: Please retweet and spread the word to any of the social media sharing sites below. We need all the support we can get to outperform the professionals! Contributors are encouraged to provide updates and commentary as the months progress. If anybody wants to do a portfolio analysis below, please feel free to do so!
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