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The Dow Transports

March 21, 2013

Drama.  The Perpetual Bond™ of  just the twenty Dow Transportation Companies has returned a staggering +28% since December but, as has been famously said, we didn’t do it alone. The Dow Jones Transportation Index is itself up by +18% and is widely regarded as a harbinger of “business activity” and the Dow Jones Industrial Index is also up by +10% so far this year. But new heights seem to disturb “risk seeking” investors who, justifiably, can not believe their “good fortune”, not knowing whence it comes or where it’s going because mere “volatility” investing and “diversification” by negative correlations of “risk-adjusted expected returns” describes the past but not the future, and unlikely, tomorrow or next week.

In contrast, there are twelve companies from the Dow Transports (of twenty companies) that have been in the Perpetual Bond™ since at least September of last year and are in the Perpetual Bond™ now, and we know exactly how they got there and when and how they will be leaving. Please see Exhibit 1 and 2 below.

Exhibit 1: The Perpetual Bond™ in the Dow Transports – Cash Flow Summary

The Perpetual Bond in the Dow Transports - Cash Flow March 2013

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The Cash Flow Summary (Exhibit 1 above) is our standard high-level and simplified summary of the portfolio activity – what we bought, held or sold at the indicated prices (please see Exhibit 2 below for the companies that are in the portfolio and when) – but it does not include the details of the actual transactions, transaction costs, and the dividend earnings as they come. However, we generally buy and hold at the market price whenever a company becomes eligible for the portfolio, that is, when the ambient stock price appears to be at or above the Risk Price (SF) which is always accurate and our best estimate of the current “price of risk”. Selling is more difficult because in some cases we are sold out at the stop/loss price (please see $Stop/Loss in Exhibit 2 below) or we extend our holding time by “collaring” the current stock price (please see any of the (B)(N)-Company Posts for examples).

The Cash Flow Summary is based on blocks of 1,000 shares at the market prices so that in September, for example, the portfolio had only six companies in it (Count Line) with a market value of $347,000 (Portfolio Line) and a Cash Account of $44,000 (Cash Line). The “Companies” Line shows the value of all the companies in the Dow Transports at the same time and is a portfolio that simply buys and holds all the companies, all of the time. Its return is +20.4% since December whereas the portfolio return of the Perpetual Bond™ is +28.2% since December (Total Line which includes changes in the Cash Account due to buying and selling). Negative entries in the Cash Account indicate buying on margin which is not required but a convenience, and the Count, Buy, and Sell lines show the portfolio size and how many companies we bought or sold during that month.

Exhibit 2: The Perpetual Bond™ in the Dow Transports – Portfolio Summary

The Perpetual Bond in the Dow Transports - Portfolio March 2013

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A company is in the Perpetual Bond™ if and only if the ambient stock prices appear to be at or above the Risk Price (SF) (shown as March (SF) in Exhibit 2 but may vary from quarter-to-quarter as new balance sheet information becomes generally available) and these are marked as a (B); all the others are marked as (N) and a company enters the portfolio on an (N)- to (B)-transition and leaves the portfolio on a (B)- to (N)-transition using our usual “selling discipline”.

The $GAP is the difference between the current stock price and the Risk Price (SF) and will be positive if the company is a (B) but can be negative if the price is “collared”. The Delta is our estimate of the stock price volatility (please see our Post, Popoviciu’s Volatility, October 2012) and is used to set the $Stop/Loss Price. We note that if the entire portfolio is sold at the $Stop/Loss prices (which is unlikely) then its value decreases from $735,000 to $671,000 for a minus (9%) loss.

We also note that the market value of all the companies that are in the current portfolio is $183 billion and that the portfolio “scales” without change in the strategy; in effect, $567 million in at the end of December is now worth $735 million (plus dividends) and can’t be less (with reasonable attention) for rest of the year and could still be more – which should pay some bills, would it not.


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