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A few weeks ago, 2 weeks to be precise, as I don’t write very much anymore, I did something that I had never done before.
That was to sell positions in order to raise cash.
The positions that I sold, weren’t in my usual “covered option” portfolio. They were all uncovered index funds that I had held for quite a while and had some nice long-term profits on them, as they just went along for a long market ride.
2 weeks ago on a day that the DJIA went about 144 points higher, I sold 50% of those accumulated shares.
I did so because I saw nothing to warrant the belief that we were heading even higher, at least not for a basket of stocks kind of portfolio.
Individual names, maybe. A basket? Not so much.
But, I did so with the intention of going back in with the cash to buy once again, although not all at once if the S&P 500 had retraced a mere 3% or so.
In those 2 weeks, the portfolio that held those index funds outperformed the S&P 500 by 0.5%, partly because the S&P 500 fell about 0.1% in that time period.
Don’t think about it too much. That’s my advice. Yes, as you read this, the federal government remains a hot tub gurgling a witch’s brew of dysfunction and malice. Yes, the president is still tweeting insults at television hosts while his administration works to perhaps suppress voters and leave tens of millions of people without health…