Like Watching Paint Dry

Mother's Little Helper portfolio was DOWN today -$563.00 (+0.48%). Overall GAIN YTD: +144.11 (+0.12%). Our benchmark index, the S&P 500 is DOWN Year-To-Date -0.96% http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/sandp/ "Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas." - Paul Samuelson I made my buys for the year on December 28, 2017, see the new portfolio here (Click Here). The Boring Truth I lost 1/3 of my readers shortly after I announced this years portfolio of index funds. After a 45+% year gain in 2017, a switch to an all index fund portfolio has been met with more disdain than glee. Either my previous posts weren't edu

Charting Myself?

Mother's Little Helper portfolio was DOWN today -$21.23 (+0.02%). Overall GAIN YTD: +391.85 (+0.33%). Our benchmark index, the S&P 500 is DOWN -0.14% http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/sandp/ "Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them." - Frederick Douglass I made my buys for the year on December 28, 2017, see the new portfolio here (Click Here). Measuring Myself Only do those things that you can measure. Seek constant improvement. Be the man my dog thinks I am. These are all great words of wisdom, but none of this really means anything until you actually apply measurement to yourself. How d

Adding To The Portfolio

Mother's Little Helper portfolio was UP today +$818.47 (+0.69%). Overall GAIN YTD: +417.83 (+0.35%). Our benchmark index, the S&P 500 is DOWN -0.25% http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/sandp/ “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals & happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson I made my buys for the year on December 28, 2017, see the new portfolio here (Click Here). Today's Big Move Today I made the decision to add to the portfolio. This market has shifted up on us several times this year and its only April. In a previous post I commented on my belief that commodities are going to be the big investment theme for the next several years. I

The Masterful Long Con?

I'm not reporting on the portfolio today, I'll update the value soon. Today some disturbing legislation popped up amidst the busy news that made me wonder...WTF. It takes years to get a bill before congress, so I dug a little deeper...like they say, Follow The Money. Please read this short civics lesson before reading the story: The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service is an eleven-seat board comparable to a board of directors of a private corporation, except in service of the American postal system. Nine members are appointed by the President of the United States, subject to confirmation by the Senate (and usually first deliberated in the Senate's Committee on Homeland S

Tesla Only Get's 35% Charge?

Mother's Little Helper portfolio was UP today +$516.43 (+0.51%). Overall GAIN YTD: +1,768.21 (+1.77%). Our benchmark index, the S&P 500 is UP +1.31% http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/sandp/ “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals & happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson I made my buys for the year on December 28, 2017, see the new portfolio here (Click Here). Today's gains The portfolio was up today a modest 0.51%, but that helped edge the year-to-date gain up to +1.77% which is still ahead of the S&P 500 at +1.33%. Treasury yields, gold, and crude oil prices advanced, while the U.S. dollar stayed about the same. The Federal Reserve

2008 Again?

Mother's Little Helper portfolio was DOWN today -324.55 (+0.32%). Overall GAIN YTD: +368.30 (+0.37%). Our benchmark index, the S&P 500 is DOWN -0.65% http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/sandp/ "What we know about the global financial crisis is that we don't know very much." - Paul Samuelson (economist) I made my buys for the year on December 28, 2017, see the new portfolio here (Click Here). If You Hated Yesterdays Post... Seriously, if you hated my post yesterday, just stop here, you won't like today at all. Banks Sell Off on Good News? Yesterday I said the banks would be huge, I was right, their earnings and revenues were huge. But I was wrong about how investors would respond. So someone

Banks Will Be Huge

Mother's Little Helper portfolio was UP today +$359.88 (+0.36%). Overall GAIN YTD: +$696.91 (+0.70%). Our benchmark index, the S&P 500 is DOWN -0.36% http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/sandp/ “Banks do not create money for the public good. They are businesses owned by private shareholders. Their purpose is to make a profit.” ― John Rogers I made my buys for the year on December 28, 2018, see the new portfolio here (Click Here). Banks Reporting Earnings Earnings season is kicking off and first up are the major banks. On Friday we get reports from JP Morgan Chase, PNC, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. Unless we get a big surprise the banks should be reporting some huge upbeat numbers. The combina

Beating the S&P 500 Again

Mother's Little Helper portfolio was UP today +$1,716.72 (+1.71%). Overall GAIN YTD: +$500.43 (+0.50%). Our benchmark index, the S&P 500 is DOWN -0.63% http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/sandp/ "The universe is based on 'fair exchange'. What you give you will get" -Guruji Sri Sri Poonamji I made my buys for the year on December 28, 2018, see the new portfolio here (Click Here). Inching Ahead The S&P 500 Index is down year to date -0.63%, yet our mix of index funds is handily beating the market. At this point the portfolio isn't up enough to provide the 'I don't care what the market does' margin of safety, but we seem to be on the right path. Where's the BLOG? Some of my readers have wondered

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