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How to Protect your Wealth by Investing in AI Tech Stocks

HOW to INVEST - THE POWER OF TRIMMING!

InvestorEducation / Learning to Invest Feb 19, 2023 - 08:09 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

InvestorEducation

As a reminder when I see an opportunity to buy target stocks at deep discounts then I don't tend to flinch and buy the panics, the falling knives, even if takes me to well beyond my target exposure as has been the case for many stocks during the bear market of 2022 because of what will likely follow, a rally to TRIM.

The objectives is to bank profits and free up cash for future buys, as my target is to be approx 15% in cash (current 7.2%), as with many things I take trimming for granted and assume everyone does the same to some degree i.e. the more target stocks fall the more I buy with a view to engage in trimming during a subsequently rally. If you don't trim then it is something you need to adopt as part of your investment strategy as over time it does add up! Substantially for two reasons -


1. It encourages buying the dip to a deeper extent than one otherwise would, as ones objective is for the position to oscillate around 100% invested over the long-run.

2. It releases capital during subsequent rallies to enable one to buy during the following dips any target stocks that present opportunities, and thus one always has capital at had to buy which has the psychological effect of seeing declines as buying opportunities to accumulate more rather than that a falling stock price is bad, which of course it will be perceived as being so only if one has not fired all of ones bullets or already far exceeded ones target holding, where for me the real danger level is being over 150% invested of target.

To illustrate this point I opened an ISA with IBKR early April, bunged in the maximum £20k and preceded to pile into the target stocks on my list, so given since early April the Dow is down 2%, S&P down 15%, Nasdaq down 22% one would imagine a tech heavy portfolio would be down somewhere between the S&P and the Nasdaq if not worse?

We'll the portfolio is actually FLAT since inception! Beats the Nasdaq, S&P AND DOW over the same time period. This is purely as a function of BUYING the DEEP discounts and then trimming on the rallies. The net result is that the overall portfolio stands at zero draw down which is set against any of the indices, let alone the ETF's and managed funds that only exist to line the pockets of the fund managers via their annual fees or worse as investors in the likes of ARKK are experiencing. And remember this is an ISA account so no complex trading involved such as shorting or options, just buying target stocks during the deep draw downs and then trimming on subsequent rallies, where the above portfolio currently stands at 96.5% invested, 3.5% cash, so primed for significant trimming during the current rally to rinse and repeat buying once more on the next dip. Whilst I do consider IKBR as a very good platform for trimming purposes i.e. very low commissions compared to virtually all other iSA providers, however it does have its quirks and complications which will likely be an issue for new users to get to grips with so do your own research on the pro's and cons before considering IKBR.

How to Trim?

Just as one scales into a position then one also scales out to some extent on the way up, the key difference is that one always only sells at a PROFIT. I.e. Say Google fell from 110 to 95, and I bought 10 shares each at 110, 100, and 95, then on the way up I would sell 10 at say 99, thus bank a $4 profit per share on those 10 shares, regardless of the fact that the average buying price for the 30 shares was $101.17, which on face value would seem like I sold at a loss but in reality I bought 10 shares for $95 and sold 10 for $99, and that is how I trim. free up capital to perhaps re buy Google at $95 again or lower given that one has more information than what one had when one originally bought Google at $95, the net result is no change in my portfolio i.,e. It would still show I own 30 shares however now if the platform is worth anything it 'should adjust for a lower average buying price, I though I prefer to do my own calc's in Excel.

So over time the average buying price goes down even if the stock goes nowhere, all whilst one always maintains a healthy amount of free cash on account without which one cannot buy any dips!

Another effect of actively trimming is that one is predisposed to pull the trigger and SELL a large chunk of ones portfolio in times of brewing uncertainty, as I noticed that during the second half of 2021 many patrons did not want to hear the likes of a brewing financial crisis, out of control inflation, and an impending valuation reset to at that time to a target of X20 earnings which seemed far fetched when the likes of AMD was trading on X60, Nvidia X90 etc. Clearly without any practice of actually SELLING then one is reluctant to do something that one is not practiced in this at the very least trimming and buying the dip develop experience in doing so otherwise many will find themselves reluctant to act. Which is why I sold 80% of my tech stocks portfolio BEFORE the end of 2021.

My portfolio current state 92.2% invested, 7.8% cash, my objective is to trim holdings to raise the cash percentage to at least 10% which would thus allow me to better capitalise upon any decline. I recently updated the Trend status column which indicates that most stocks have either bottomed or are bottoming. In terms of which stocks are in their buying zones - Google, AMD, META, Amazon, SMT, GPN, ADSK, CRPR. of these probably GPN, ADSK and CRSPR would perk my interest the most were I inclined to accumulate right now.

Table Big Image - https://www.marketoracle.co.uk/images/2023/Jan/AI-stocks-Big.jpg

So far only limited trimming in ASML, Micron, AVGO, KLAC, LOGI.

My current trimming ranges for most AI tech stocks are -

Google $101 to $122
AMD $78 to $110.
Nvidia $174 to $195
MSFT $261 to $292
TSMC $81.6 to $109
Qualcom $118 to $132
META $168 to $199 - Unlikely to trim any META.
Micron $57.2 to $74
AMAT $111 to $138
ASML $599 to $666
AVGO $576 to $631
LRCX $484to $533
Amazon $101 to $120
Intel $35 to $44
IBM $150 to $160
MED $155 to $192
Pfizer $53 to $57

Medium Risk Stocks
Arrow- $115 to $129
GPN - $117 to $135
HPQ $34.6 to $40
KLAC $414 to $436
Logitec $66 to $78
WDC $44 to $50
DIODE $90 to $98
ADSK $210 to $233
CRUS $85.5 to $95
GFS $67 to $78
INMODE $43 to $50
ULH $44 to $44

High Risk
CRSR $25 to $30
Tesla $156 to $196
Roblox $38 to $52
U $40 to $58

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