Shadow Stock Portfolio Rewards Investors Who Stayed in Stocks
Well, we finally made it! As of the end of February the Model Shadow Stock Portfolio is 7% above its pre-crash (June 2007) high.
It is scary to see a portfolio drop 60% and difficult to stay the course and not sell. Many investors reduced their equity holdings (beyond the reduction supplied by the market) near the March 2009 low, and I know several individuals who closed out of equities completely a bit before the low.
Ideally, we all should have rebalanced and added equities through the bad time. Congratulations to any of you who had the discipline to do this. I didn’t in my personal portfolio and, in fact, while I kept my equity holdings, I did switch a bit into safer, dividend-paying holdings. Consequently, I am not quite back to even.
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