Monday, October 31, 2005

Right Only Half The Time

My portfolio consists of the winners and the dogs. The portfolio currently consists of 13 stocks (6 with gains and 7 with losses). The way to make money in the stock market is to ride your winners and to cut your losses. This requires discipline, which is something I'm still working on. I've been very good in riding my winners, but not so good in cutting my losses. Fortunately, the losses have been relatively small and make up only a tiny percentage of the portfolio. Here's the total % gain / loss for each individual security as of the close on 10/31/05. When I have some time, I'll generate the annual % return for each security.

Ticker% Total Return
Biogen IDEC (BIIB) -42.77%
Boston Scientific (BSX) -12.32%
CYTYC (CYTC) -9.69%
Genzyme (GENZ) +267.44%
Invitrogen (IVGN) +285.06%
Johnson&Johnson (JNJ) +10.94%
Microsoft (MSFT) -34.94%
Pfizer (PFE) -23.75%
Qiagen (QGEN) +220.22%
NASDAQ 100 (QQQQ) +40.00%
Sepracor (SEPR) -8.22%
Amgen (AMGN) +47.45%
Genentech (DNA)+307.22%


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