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  1. Start the 2nd quarter


    Stocks rallied on Friday as the bounce off of Thursday's reversal day low, followed through. The Dow did gain 66-points, but not all of the major indices closed in positive territory.

    For the TSP, the C-fund was up 0.37% on Friday, the S-fund was flat, the I-fund gained 0.70%, and the F-fund (bonds) lost 0.57%.

    For the weekly and monthly TSP ...
  2. Buy Apple

    Not now. Since the first trading day of the first quarter of 2012, Apple, Inc. advanced a whopping 48.04%! Compared to the best TSP S fund buy and hold performance of 14.45%; this is a 33.59% improvement as shown in the chart below.
    Transfer 5/26/ for 5/27/04-apple_3_31_12-png
    While working out at the gym years ago (2004), my wife purchased an Apple mini ipod gizmo. It did not take long for me to realize that they were on to something. After trying it, I had to have one, and soon I noticed so did everyone
  3. Volatility Ahead?

    March is now behind us and this market has been resilient to say the least, but how much longer can it levitate without a more serious pullback?

    Here's this week's tracker charts:

    CSB/REDUX Calculator-top-50-fund-allocation-jpg
    CSB/REDUX Calculator-2012-top-50-trend-jpg

    The Top 50 dropped their stock exposure by 8.14% to a total stock allocation of 78.06%. Longer term I think that's bullish given the high overall allocation, but caution is rising in the shorter term (days). ...
S&P 500 (C Fund)
DWCPF (S Fund)
Dow Jones U.S. Completion Total Stock Market Index (^DWCPF)
EFA (I Fund)
iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)
AGG (F Fund)
iShares Lehman Aggregate Bond (AGG)