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The top 5 holdings of Warren Buffett

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Posted by Guru Focus

on Friday, 16 November 2012 08:34

Warren Buffett is the most respected and successful investor in history. Buffett has been called "The Oracle of Omaha" for his impressive investing prowess. As of September 2007, he was the third richest person in the world. Buffett studied under the legendary Benjamin Graham at Columbia University. Graham had a major impact on Buffett's life and investment strategies. Buffett is Chairman of the miraculous Berkshire Hathaway, which he built from a textile company into a major corporation with a market cap in excess of $200 billion. Under Buffett's leadership, Berkshire shares averaged a 21.4% compounded annual gain in per-share book value from 1965-2006. 

These are the top 5 holdings of Warren Buffett

1. Coca-Cola Co (KO) - 400,000,000 shares, 20.1% of the total portfolio.

2. Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) - 422,549,545 shares, 19.4% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.8%
3. International Business Machines Corp (IBM) - 67,517,896 shares, 18.6% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 1.31%
4. American Express Co (AXP) - 151,610,700 shares, 11.4% of the total portfolio.
5. Procter & Gamble Co (PG) - 52,793,078 shares, 4.9% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 11.42%


Added Positions: WFCIBMGMNOVDVA,

Reduced Positions: JNJGEVUPS,

Sold Out: CVSDGIR,

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....to read details on each of the recent Companies Warren Buffet has added go HERE (scroll down 1/2 a page)

For the details of Warren Buffett's stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Warren+Buffett


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Market Forecast

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Posted by Todd Market Forecast

on Thursday, 15 November 2012 10:31

The stock market had a lot to contend with yesterday and it didn't contend very well.

DOW                                                         - 185 on 2350 net declines

NASDAQ COMP                                    - 37 on 1350 net declines

TSX                                                          -205 on 1,166 declines

SHORT TERM TREND                       Bearish


     After an up opening helped by better than expected earnings from Intel, it was downhill from there. Violence in Europe over austerity. Renewed tensions in the Middle East after a top Hamas official was killed by the Israelis, prompting Egypt to recall its ambassador.

     Also hurting was a hard line on taxes taken by Obama in an exercise of brinksmanship.

     Regarding Europe. I know exactly what has to be done. They need to start manufacturing things again and return to growth. Everything is now made in China. But, just like the U.S., they have bought into the "free trade" nonsense that is pushed by economists who happen to be wrong about almost everything. Sorry. I had to get that out.

     Germany is the only country that still makes things in Europe and curiously enough they have the only really healthy economy.

     Fourteen day RSI is oversold for the first time since the major low in early June (arrows), but let's not jump the gun. We still have a pattern of lower lows and lower highs.


TORONTO EXCHANGE:  Toronto was hit for a whopping 205 points. This will change our posture.

GOLD: Gold was up $2.

BONDS: Bonds were marginally lower.

THE REST: The dollar was higher again. Gold, silver and crude oil were up. Copper was lower.    


Our intermediate term systems are on a sell signal.

System 2 traders We had a buy. On Thursday buy the E-mini S&P 500 and or the SSO at the open, but do not pay more than 1353.00 for the former and no more than 54.38 for the latter. If it's trading up in the morning, wait for it to come to you. The market almost always trades lower at some point the day after a session like this.

System 7 traders are in cash. Stay there on Thursday.


 Retail sales was down 0.3%, more than the expected drop of 0.1%. PPI was negative 0.2%. the consensus was plus 0.2%. On Thursday we get CPI, initial claims, the Empire State index, Philadelphia Fed and oil inventories.


We're on a buy for bonds as of October 23.

We're on a buy for the dollar and a sell for the euro as of November 2.                

We're on buy for gold as of November 8.              

We're on a buy for silver as of November 8.

We're on a sell for crude oil as of September 25.        

We're on a sell for Copper as of October 12.    

We're moving back to a sell for the Toronto Stock Exchange TSX as of today November 14.

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A Better Way Than “Buy and Hold”

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Posted by Jonas Elmerraji - The Daily Reckoning

on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 07:28

In the late 1950s, John Bogle changed the investing world.

Bogle became the chief advocate for index investing, a strategy based around the idea that investors should stop trying to pick individual stocks, quit buying mutual funds, and just buy the big stock indexes.

Why would an investor take such a hands-off approach? Bogle cited research that proved that most actively managed mutual funds don’t beat the market — and on top of that, they charged hefty management fees for their mediocre performance. The data was damning, and Bogle’s fund, the Vanguard 500 Fund, became one of the most popular investment funds in history, today worth more than $26 billion.

The Vanguard 500 fund doesn’t pick stocks. Its managers don’t have opinions on which indexes are best. It just tries to mirror the S&P 500 Index as closely as possible. And it does it for a tiny management fee.

Today, there are scores of index funds and ETFs that mirror all sorts of different market indices. If you want to buy “the market” or “stocks in general,” just plow some cash into one of the funds. Passive, hands-off investing has become the norm for scores of investors in the last five decades, becoming the “buy and hold” strategy that most people know about.

So, if passive index investing is so great, why would you ever want to pick a stock again? Well, it’s because the hands-off, buy and hold approach isn’t so great after all.

Today, I want to bust some myths about everyone’s favorite way to invest…

For starters, there’s no such thing as a “buy and hold forever” approach (no matter what certain octogenarian billionaires in Omaha may claim). That’s because everyone who’s ever tried it is broke.

Even though everyone in the industry calls index investing “passive,” there’s really nothing passive about it. The Dow, the S&P, the Russell — they’re all active investment strategies. Don’t follow?

Of all of the stocks that were part of the original Dow Jones Industrial Average, only General Electric is still a part of the index. All told, the index has changed 48 times since it was created — all of those changes being picked by the editors of The Wall Street Journal. That means that the Dow is, in fact, an active stock-picking index.

It’s how they unloaded garbage names like Kodak, Chrysler, and Woolworth when they hit the skids…

The S&P 500 is no different. S&P components are picked by a committee at Standard & Poor’s, who try to make the index mirror the 500 biggest stocks on the market. Since the rules on who makes it into the S&P 500 are largely based on who’s the biggest, stocks that fall get tossed out, and stocks that increase in value get added. So, in other words, the S&P committee is selling the losers and buying the winners. It’s the very reason why Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a bigger chunk of the S&P 500 now, and Enron isn’t. We’ll get back to that in a minute.

The bottom line is this: passive investing doesn’t spare investors from the risks of stock picking. It just takes the stock picking off of portfolio managers’ plates and leaves it up to Dow and S&P. Clearly, that hasn’t worked very well lately. In the last 12 years, for example, the S&P 500 has actually lost just over 2%. So much for “buy and hold” always working out in the long-term.

But there is a different way to invest — a better way… 

The key is in that phrase I mentioned from the S&P: selling losers and buying winners. It’s ironic, but the most successful long-term strategy any fundamental investor can point out is in essence a technical approach known as “trend following”.

The main idea behind trend following is simple: the market moves in big, long-term trends, and if you can identify them, you can ride them. It’s an approach that some of the most successful investors in history have used — and one you can use too.

Trend following can also avoid the pitfalls that index investors have struggled with over the past few years. You see, the S&P’s approach to trend following is crude at best. Since correlations between stocks in the S&P are very high, it’s not as effective at reducing risk as it could be. That’s why a purpose-built trend following approach makes so much more sense than all of this buy-and-hold brouhaha.

So, what would it look like?

For trend followers, there are basically two steps to figuring out what to buy: identifying when a trend begins and identifying when a trend ends. To do that, we don’t rely on emotion or opinion — instead, it’s critical to base any investment decisions on a set-in-stone system.

Today, we’ll construct a quick one.

Spotting a Trend Using Math

If you’re familiar with “technical analysis” at all, you’ve probably heard of a moving average. In short, it’s the average price of a stock over a set number of days. A moving average is a stellar indicator of trend — if it’s moving steadily higher, then we know that a stock is generally moving higher over the time period that we’ve set. More importantly, we can define moving averages mathematically, so, we’ll go ahead and use a moving average as our “trend indicator”.

For simplicity’s sake, we’ll apply it to just one investment: the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE:SPY).

So let’s create a quick rule. If SPY moves above the 300-day moving average (a long-term average that approximates a year’s worth of price data), we’ll buy. If it falls below the 300-day, we’ll sell. In real terms, that rule says that if SPY moves above the 300-day moving average, Mr. Market is entering an uptrend, and if it moves below, it’s entering a downtrend.

So, how would that simple strategy have fared over the last fifteen years? The chart below shows the hypothetical profit and loss of sitting back and letting that simple system trade for you:


All told, you’d end up with gains of 74.3% — nearly double the 40% and change that a buy and hold approach would have earned you. But there’s an even more exciting story there…

See the handful of flat lines (with red arrows pointing to them) over that period? Those are the times you’re out of the market because the system said “sell”. So you didn’t touch stocks for almost 2 years while the tech bubble was bursting, and you were out of the market for all of 2008! I think you can see just how dramatically this system reduced the risks of being an investor.

Because despite that “hands off” approach to investing, you still beat the market by a wide margin.

Remember, the rules we just made up are crude. By adding some extra simple short selling rules to the approach, our trend following system could have upped its total profits to 80.8%, and actually made substantial profits when the floor was falling out for everyone else in 2008.

Our crude trend following system produced a chart that’s hard to believe, especially when you consider the fact that it includes two of the biggest market crashes in most investors’ memories.

There’s a lot an investor can do to improve performance beyond what I’ve shown you here — adding individual stocks, more complex rules, or introducing statistical optimization are all things that can easily improve returns under a trend following system.

But the key here is the fact that following trends (and not trying to predict them) can fuel some incredible returns while smashing risks much lower than you’d see from a “buy and hold” approach.


Jonas Elmerraji, CMT,
for The Daily Reckoning

About Jonas Elmerraji

Jonas Elmerraji, CMT, is the co-editor of STORM Signals and Penny Stock Fortunes, and a contributor to Agora Financial’s Trend Playbook. Jonas got his start on the fundamental side of the market, poring over financial statements and valuations to find sound investments – today, he specializes in blending fundamental and technical analysis. Jonas is a senior contributor to TheStreet.com, and has been featured as an investment expert in Forbes, Investors Business Daily, and CNBC.com among others. 

Jonas holds a degree in financial economics from UMBC and the Chartered Market Technician designation.

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Marc Faber: Prepare for a Massive Market Meltdown

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Posted by Marc Faber

on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 02:06

Markets Will Drop at Least 20% "Actually I am not surprised the market is selling off because technically the market was weak already for a couple of months and we are in a down trend Mr Obama's economic policies are obviously not good for an economic expansion". Gloom, Boom & Doom' report editor Marc Faber reacts to Obama's victory and how it will impact investors in this Video Report 3:40 minutes:



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The Bottom Line: No Bottom Yet

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Posted by Don Valiloux - Timing the Market

on Monday, 12 November 2012 02:13

The Bottom Line

Technical action by equity markets was a negative surprise. Furthermore, short term technical action has yet to show signs of bottoming and weak economic news this week attributed to Hurricane Sandy will not help. Preferred strategy is to accumulate equities and Exchange Traded Funds with favourable seasonality at this time of year that already are showing technical signs of performance or outperformance relative to the market (S&P 500 Index for U.S. markets or TSX Composite Index for Canadian markets). Sectors include agriculture, forest products, transportation, industrials, mines & metals, home builders, semiconductors, China and Europe.

The TSX Composite Index fell 183.61 points (1.48%) last week. Intermediate trend is neutral. Support is at 12,137.18 set on October 15th. Resistance is at 12,529.77. The Index remains above its 200 day moving average and below its 20 and 50 day moving averages. Short term momentum indicators are trending down, but have yet to show signs of bottoming. Strength relative to the S&P 500 Index remains positive.

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Percent of TSX Composite stocks trading above their 50 day moving average fell last week to 41.37% from 54.22%. Percent is in an intermediate downtrend.

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Percent of TSX Composite stocks trading above their 200 day moving average fell last week to 51.41% from 57.83%. Percent is in an intermediate downtrend.

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The S&P 500 Index fell 34.35 points (2.43%) last week. Intermediate trend is down. Support at 1,396.56 was broken on Wednesday. The Index remains below its 20 and 50 day moving averages and closed at its 200 day moving average on Friday. Short term momentum indicators are oversold, but have yet to show signs of bottoming.

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Percent of S&P 500 stocks trading above their 50 day moving average dropped last week to 31.60% from 49.60%. Percent continues an intermediate downtrend.

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Percent of S&P 500 stocks trading above their 200 day moving average dropped last week to 55.40% from 65.20%. Percent continues an intermediate downtrend.

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Bullish Percent Index for S&P 500 stocks fell last week to 65.40% from 70.20% and remains below its 15 day moving average. The Index remains in an intermediate downtrend.

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