Sunday, August 12, 2007

Portfolio A1 Losing Altitude Quickly

First, an apology. Last week I was on vacation and made a best efforts attempt to keep the information for Portfolio A1 current. As you can see from the transaction log below, I posted an ‘update’ of the portfolio too soon and missed the signal to sell Amkor Technology (AMKR) and replace it with AST Test Limited (ASTSF), the Taiwanese semiconductor testing company.

As it turns out, ASTSF lasted only one week in the portfolio and is being dropped along with Navistar International (NAVZ) in an effort to find a way to stop the bleeding.

The task of propping up the portfolio falls to Western Refining (WNR) and PepsiAmerican (PAS) – two relatively conservative plays that appear to be ideally suited to minimizing further downside risk rather than maximizing any gains from a bounce.

In the meantime, the equity curve tells the story of the damage. The total return is now -13.7% and the peak to trough drawdown currently sits at -22.6%. This will be a very difficult hole to dig out of, but I still like the long-term performance characteristics of this portfolio and have no intention of cutting the portfolio off without at least a year’s worth of performance statistics from which to learn some lessons.

A snapshot of the portfolio is as follows:

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