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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Kirk's Two Investment Letters

There may be some confusion because I write two different, but related, newsletters.

#1 "Kirk Lindstrom's Investment Letter" is $155 a year and uses the "core and explore" method to invest. It has two core portfolios plus an explore portfolio of individual stocks. My aggressive core portfolio has 80% equities while my "conservative" core portfolio has 50% in equities. I recommend people start by getting their proper core portfolio created THEN add individual stocks I cover in my explore portfolio to build your own explore portfolio for 5 to 20% of your investment portfolio total. I have target prices to buy and sell my explore stocks so I find I almost look forward to market declines to get really great prices for stocks I can sell later at higher prices. Of course, following this explore portfolio is more work than buying index funds and rebalancing once a year that I recommend for my core portfolios. Compared to "other newsletters" costing more, my core portfolios and general stock market coverage in the first 11 pages of the 35 page monthly letter offer significant value even for those who don't dabble in individual stocks.

#2 I write "The Retirement Advisor" with David Korn. We sell this for a very modest $99. We offer three model portfolios. We do not recommend individual stocks but we have articles that discuss current financial events such as economic data and Social Security COLAs. We also have articles to help you save money plus we find CDs with FDIC paying the highest rates. Our most aggressive portfolio has 50% in equities. Our most conservative portfolio contains no equity exposure.

Difference: The conservative (50:50) core portfolio in "Kirk Lindstrom's Investment Letter" is slightly more aggressive than the aggressive model portfolio #1 in "The Retirement Advisor." Over the very long term, you should expect the most aggressive portfolio to have the highest returns but at a price of higher volatility. When we started the "The Retirement Advisor" in 2007 we thought people like Bob Brinker were far too aggressive with equity exposure recommendations for retired people at such a risky time for the markets. If you recall, Brinker's Model Portfolio #3 was nearly 2/3rds in equities when the markets peaked. As our great returns show, we were right.

From 1/1/1999 Through 11/09/09
Kirk's 80:20 Aggressive Core Portfolio is up 50.9%
Kirk's 50:50 Conservative Core Portfolio is up 67.3%
Kirk's typically 70:30 Explore Portfolio is up 142.3%
80% Core Aggressive plus 20% Explore is up 69.1%
90% Core Conservative plus 10% Explore is up 74.8%
100% Total Stock Market (VTSMX) is up 18.2%
100% Total Bond Market (VBMFX) is up 77.7%
80% VTSMX and 20% VBMFX is up 30.1%
50% VTSMX and 50% VBMFX is up 47.9%

YTD through 11/09/09
Kirk's 80:20 Aggressive Core Portfolio is up 23.1%
Kirk's 50:50 Conservative Core Portfolio is up 16.5%
Kirk's typically 70:30 Explore Portfolio is up 24.8%

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The Retirement Advisor Model Portfolios all began with $200,000 on 1/1/2007
The Retirement Advisor Portfolios Dollar Value on 10/31/09 Change
Model Portfolio 1 $205,877 2.9%
Model Portfolio 2 $218,720 9.4%
Model Portfolio 3 $237,182 18.6%
DJIA 12,501.52 on 1/1/2007 $9,712 (24.0%)
S&P500 1,418.30 on 1/1/2007 $1,057.08 (28.0%)
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