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Old 02-14-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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$100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

This is is an extra credit project for my Finance II class.
The rules are simple:
-$100,000 to invest (Trading simulator)
-The goal is a return of < 15%
-I have six weeks
-There are no penalties for not achieving this return, so the investments can be boom or bust

The moment the portfolio reaches 15%, I can stop right there. Suggestions?

Some background on me:
-7 year professional poker player
-Went back to school last year to study Finance (Interesting in Analyst and Trading positions)
-Very limited knowledge at this point
-Have been lurking this forum for a few months now (It has been an excellent resource so far)
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

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-The goal is a return of < 15%
1) Light money on fire
2) Achieve < 100% return
3) .......
4) profit (extra credit)

In all seriousness, learn how to use the greater than (>) and less than (<) symbols. Also this project is stupid since all it rewards is volatility and says nothing about savvy investing. Go big or go home since you only have 6 weeks, pick some penny stock that's touted by email or fax, great movement in those.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:57 PM   #3
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

agree with above

go here

http://www.google.com/finance/stockscreener

click add criteria

add beta

sort by beta, pick a stock with high beta
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:13 PM   #4
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

Pretty sure you meant > 15%


Go with an REIT like NLY or AGNC. Unless the stock drops in price (which is likely tbh), the dividend alone practically guarantees > 15%
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:25 PM   #5
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

Yeah it's a peculiar format for a Finance professor to use, particularly since I doubt I'll learn much from doing this. And ya > 15%...

So Beta refers to how an investment is doing relative to that finance market as a whole. When I add that criteria, what kind of time frame is that showing?
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:26 PM   #6
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

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Go with an REIT like NLY or AGNC. Unless the stock drops in price (which is likely tbh), the dividend alone practically guarantees > 15%
Time limit is 6 weeks.

This project is dumb. Just randomly gamble it up.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:37 PM   #7
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

Tell your prof to grow some balls and put something on the line so that people take it seriously. 15% of your grade sounds about right.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:39 PM   #8
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

seems like just a free chance at extra credit - i'd just buy a bunch of options.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:47 PM   #9
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

buy yourself a monkey

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...portfolio.html
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:55 PM   #10
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

Which school is this?
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:43 PM   #11
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

Is this for college or junior highschool? These kinds of assignments are such a stupid idea with nothing at stake.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:59 PM   #12
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

ProShares UltraPro S&P500 (UPRO)
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:59 PM   #13
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

Best bet; go long XIV (this is an ETN that is short VIX futures). These futures have a very high premium (because the volatility of volatility is very high) so when markets stay calm you should be able to make 15% in 6 weeks. If they don't this will drop like a rock.

A more complicated strategy would be to try to take binary bets - start with 15K - and double when you lose. Problem is finding a suitable vehicle to make these kind of bets on the stockmarket; but I'm sure it's there.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:05 PM   #14
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Re: $100,000 portfolio project: 15% return

Clearly this assignment is not optimal for my learning experience, so maybe we can get past that. I'd prefer to see more constructive responses. Much thanks for the few serious responses so far. For what it's worth, the extra credit is adding 3 grade levels to our lowest test score (what a nice professor, I know).
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:07 PM   #15
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Time limit is 6 weeks.

This project is dumb. Just randomly gamble it up.
ha, I'm blind. I didn't catch that.
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