Having been through 3 bear and 2 bull markets, our history is rich.
We’ve accomplished quite a bit on both sides of the equation, recently experiencing the brighter side of things from March 23, 2020 (Covid trough) to January 3, 2022 before a microcap winter for many, including us.
During this period of nearly 21 months, we posted an average 134.96% rise in holdings that were initiated after December 31, 2016 and closed and/or still open by the time the bull market ended (a total of 67 unique model portfolio stocks). Yes, while it’s true that the 2020 Covid bull run was a great outlier period when it was hard to lose money, we still managed to beat the S&P by 20%. Furthermore, the stats we highlight later will show that we had above-average returns well before this 2016 to 2021 timeframe. As an initial example, in each of the last 10 years going back to 2012 through the year 2021, we’ve logged at least 7 stocks per annum that have gone on to at least double during our holding period.
When 2022 came along, it created another challenging period for investors. Last year put into perspective just how unpredictable and frustrating investing can be, especially when you are dealing with a group of stocks that investors might tend to ignore or abandon, lending to thin trading and extended periods of price stagnation or decline. When some of 2021’s duds turned into 2022 duds, we knew we were in for a disappointing ride. But a little later, we’ll get into the strategies we are employing that are perfect for the next bull market, which we feel is right around the corner. Our goal is to even better the performance we logged in the prior bull markets.