POCKETBOOK: Week ending Dec. 29, 2017

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  • Not every stock makes money

One of the honest-to-goodness realities of investing in stocks is that all stocks don’t make their shareholders money. In fact, every year—including in 2017— there are some winning doozies and some losing doozies.

Louis Navellier, in a recent email, included a listing of companies in which shares lost money and were on his “sell” list in 2017. Some included General Electric, down -43%, AmTrust Financial Services, down 63% and L Brands, down -44%.

Some of the winners on his “buy” list included TSL Education Group, up 150%, Align Technologies, up 146% and Burlington Stores, up 30%.

The way I see it, if your investments were up 10% or more, consider it a profitable year.

Wishing you another lucky year in 2018.


  • Market Quick Glance

After a year in which the equity market indices continued to make new highs and new highs and new highs, many investors were smiling all the way to the bank. That said, during the last week of 2017, all four indices followed below lost ground. Not a lot of ground—but all wound up lower than they had at the end of the previous week.

Below are the weekly and 1-year index performance results for four major indices— including the dates each reached new highs—according to CNBC.com based on prices at the close of business on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.

DJIA +25.08% YTD down from last week’s 25.26%.

  • 1 yr Rtn +24.72% up from last week’s 24.27%

The last new high for the DJIA was reached on December 18, 2017 of 24,876.07.


-S&P 500 +19.85% YTD down from last week’s 19.85%.

  • 1yr Rtn +18.87% up from last week’s +18.68%

The S&P 500 reached its latest new high on December 18, 2017 of 2,694.97.


-NASDAQ +28.24% YTD down from last week’s +29.29%.

  • 1yr Rtn +27.09% down from last week’s 27.77%

Nasdaq reached its latest new high of 7,003.89 on December 18, 2017.


-Russell 2000 +13.14%YTD down from last week’s +13.69%

1yr Rtn +12.64% down from last week’s +13.23%

The Russell 2000 reached its last new all-time high on December 4, 2017 of 1,559.61.


-Mutual funds

Although the final year-end numbers for mutual funds has yet to be published, the year-to-date average cumulative total reinvested returns for equity funds that fall under the broad U.S. Diversified Equity Funds heading were still charming.

On the day before the 2017 trading year ended, Thursday, December 28, 2017, the average return was 18.91%, according to Lipper. That’s up from the close on Thursday of the previous week of 18.57%.

Below are the best and worst average returns for the fund types that fall under the Lipper’s four broad equity fund category headings through 12/28/17:

  • U.S. Diversified Equity Funds

-best: Equity Leverage Funds, average +42.86%

-worst: Alternative Equity Market Neutral Funds, -0.06%


  • Sector Equity Funds

-best: Global Science/Technology Funds, +44.61%

-worst: Energy MLP Funds, -5.95%


  • World Equity Funds

-best: China Region Funds, +43.34%

-worst: Global Equity Income Funds, +17.30


  • Mixed Asset Funds

-best: Mixed-Asset Target 2055+Funds,+21.48%

-worst: Alternative Multi-Strategy Funds, +4.80%

Visit www.allaboutfunds.com for more information about how various equity and fixed-income funds have rewarded investors over the short-and long-term, based upon Lipper data. Short-term meaning weekly and monthly performance returns; longer-term includes quarterly, year-to-date, 1-yr, 2-yr, 3-yr and 5-yr returns.


  • Market volatility

2017 was a rewarding one for many. It was also a year in which the markets didn’t jump around as much as one might remember.

In fact, according to a recent SeekingAlpha story by Lance Roberts, the DJIA “enjoyed less adversity in 2017 than any other year in history going back over 100 years, (beginning data in 1915).”

Here’s hoping that 2018 is as easy going a year.

Happy New Year!








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