Last year Nuance (NUAN) was my favorite name going into 2007. It had a big year. I have sold it down some. At one point RICK’s was my largest position. I have sold that way down in the 20’s. Sold more today above $29. I had a really big position in Gold and Silver stocks but was stopped out of many names in August (that is part of the business). SLW and PAAS are my biggest metal positions as we head into 2008. I still like PHO – my proxy for water.
Going into January, here are my biggest stock positions (I have over 50 right now):
2. Interactive Brokers (IBKR)
3. Nasdaq – (NDAQ)
4. Nuance (NUAN)
5. Synaptics – SYNA (I need to change this ASAP)
With almost 30 percent of my hedge fund in stocks right now, I am close to my limit for comfort. Wallstrip, the travel and private investments take too much of my time…AND I LOVE IT THAT WAY.
Most important, it’s the level/allocation that helps me stay focused on long-term trends and avoid noise and fear . It is the main mistake beginners and veterans make. Investors are not allocated properly for their risk profiles.
I do want a bigger allocation to stocks because of money inflows and liquidity events in my portfolio so I will be making an allocation to Blackstar (no financial relationship) for January 2008. It’s my first hedge fund allocation in a few years. My friends Cole and Eric have added a short overlay to the long only program and I just love it. It took me 5 minutes to understand and Eric and Cole hate shorting as much as me so they have not taken this lightly.
Coming on strong to replace Synaptics (SYNA) is Amazon. I added more below $85 a few weeks back even though I said I would wait for it to cross $100. The Kindle is obviously a non event as it relates to financials…good or bad. Lot’s of recent Amazon posts to remind you why it deserves a top 5 allocation in my holdings.
Noticeably absent for the first time in three years is Garmin. No Google or Baidu on the book. SINA is my only China stock.
I am expecting/hoping for a 50 percent pullback in solar stocks at some point, but that will be a gift. There is no supply and 2008 will not change that situation. I only own WFR, FSLR, JASO (recent buy) and CSIQ (sold way down in the 20’s).
So far this holiday season we are cold, but having a great time. Hope you are having some great times too.