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2016 February Update


The selection list was generated before the February 25 market opening. Price histories, adjusted for splits and dividends, were downloaded from Yahoo.


Comprehensive Strategy investments

Selection list

                                    MERIT    PRICE   GROUP AND END MARKET  
ARG    Airgas Inc                   1930    141.70  Chemicals          intl
MCD    McDonald's Corp               589    117.06  Restaurants     US/intl
CCI    Crown Castle                  439     86.30  Util, Telecom    US/Aus
LB     L Brands                      432     83.19  Apparel          US/Can
MO     Altria Group                  422     61.36  Tobacco Prods   US/intl
RAI    Reynolds American             409     50.95  Tobacco Prods        US
SPG    Simon Property                401    189.17  Real Estate        intl
CCE    Coca-Cola Enterprises         385     49.47  Beverage, Soft       EU
HD     Home Depot                    351    125.61  Home Furnish        NAm
LMT    Lockheed Martin               332    216.63  Aerosp & Def    US/intl
EL     Estee Lauder                  331     92.02  Personal Prods     intl
AZO    AutoZone Inc                  314    777.83  Auto Parts       US/Mex
AGN    Allergen plc                  310 X  284.70  Drugs              intl
NEE    NextEra Energy                308    116.00  Util, Energy     US/Can
TJX    TJX Companies                 304     74.24  Retail,Variety  US/intl
UNH    UnitedHealth Group            302    120.20  HC Plans             US
KMB    Kimberly-Clark Corp           299    132.35  Personal Prods     intl
COST   Costco Wholesale              293    153.87  Retail,Variety  US/intl
TRV    Travelers Cos                 292    108.48  Insurance       US/intl
CMCSA  Comcast Corp                  287     58.40  Entertainment      intl

Portfolio

Purchases are now confined to long-term call options. The portfolios for stocks and call options have been transferred to the portfolio for investments.

I sold GILD because it developed a downtrend.

I chose HD for the purchase. Stocks higher in the list were disqualified because they were being merged (ARG), were already investments (MCD, CCI, LB, CCE, and RAI), were in the Real Estate group (SPG), or were in the same group and end market as an existing investment (MO):

                   GROUP AND END MARKET           START            END     
300 GILD          Biotechnology      intl   04/25/14  22,206  02/05  25,588

                   GROUP AND END MARKET           START        END OF MONTH
150 AGN           Drugs              intl   02/25/15  43,907  02/29  43,516
500 CCI           Util, Telecom    US/Aus   12/15/14  37,778  02/29  43,250
500 CI            HC Plans        US/intl   03/25/15  64,479  02/29  69,805
20 CMCSA          Entertainment      intl   01/25/16  14,564  02/29  17,800
1200 GMKYY        Packaged Goods  US/intl   09/26/14  49,921  02/29  76,092
20 CCE17C50       Beverage, Soft       EU   04/24/15   5,824  02/29   6,600
14 EL17C85        Personal Prods     intl   10/23/15  11,079  02/29  17,220
10 HD18C130       Home Furnish        NAm   02/25/16  13,246  02/29  12,650
10 LB17C93        Apparel          US/Can   09/25/15  10,516  02/29   5,700
4 LMT18C220       Aerosp & Def    US/intl   12/15/15   8,567  02/29   8,080
3 MCD17C90        Restaurants     US/intl   12/15/14   2,320  02/29   8,235
10 NI117C45       Util, Energy         US   01/27/15   3,096  02/29   1,400
28 RAI17C38.75    Tobacco Prods        US   02/25/15   7,075  02/29  33,880
14 STZ17C125      Beverage, Hard     intl   08/25/15  18,611  02/29  35,840
14 TJX17C70       Retail,Variety  US/intl   03/25/15  11,457  02/29  13,300
10 TRV18C115      Insurance       US/intl   11/25/15  10,812  02/29   7,500

Capital gains, investments

Thousands of US$
   MAR   APR   MAY   JUN   JUL   AUG   SEP   OCT   NOV   DEC   JAN   FEB
                                              50     4    -2    -7    13

Capital gains, stocks

Thousands of US$
   MAR   APR   MAY   JUN   JUL   AUG   SEP   OCT   NOV   DEC   JAN   FEB
    -4   -11    16     6    -4    -8   -13                              

Capital gains, call options

Thousands of US$
   MAR   APR   MAY   JUN   JUL   AUG   SEP   OCT   NOV   DEC   JAN   FEB
   -11   -14     4    -7    12    -6    -2                              

Comprehensive Strategy hedges

Because the January Barometer was negative, all stocks and call options in the Comprehensive Stragegy investments portfolio will be hedged with put options. Hedging will start on April 18 and end on October 10.

Capital gains

Thousands of US$
   MAR   APR   MAY   JUN   JUL   AUG   SEP   OCT   NOV   DEC   JAN   FEB
         -24    15     5    47    73    29   -90                        

Irregular Strategy

Buying in the Irregular Strategy has ended.

Capital gains

Thousands of US$
   MAR   APR   MAY   JUN   JUL   AUG   SEP   OCT   NOV   DEC   JAN   FEB
     1     0    -9   -12     3     1     2    -4    -9    -7     7      

Real Estate Fund Strategy

Portfolio

The $18,352 proceeds from the sales on January 6 were reinvested:

                      DESCRIPTION                 START        END OF MONTH
14 IYR17C72     iShares US Real Estate      08/25/15   6,375  02/29   5,110
42 IYR17C76     iShares US Real Estate      10/23/15  18,395  02/29   7,938
33 IYR18C72     iShares US Real Estate      02/25/16  17,359  02/29  17,325
14 IYR18C75     iShares US Real Estate      12/15/15   8,237  02/29   5,600
14 IYR18C76     iShares US Real Estate      11/25/15   7,719  02/29   4,830

Capital gains

Thousands of US$
   MAR   APR   MAY   JUN   JUL   AUG   SEP   OCT   NOV   DEC   JAN   FEB
     3   -28    -7   -22     9   -15    -8    10    -2     2   -15    -5

Easy Strategy

Portfolio

Because the January Barometer was negative, the Easy Strategy portfolio will be sold on April 18 and the proceeds will be reinvested on October 10.

                      DESCRIPTION                 START        END OF MONTH
60 SPY17C205       SPDR S&P 500 ETF         10/09/15  76,855  02/29  40,860
6 SPY18C190        SPDR S&P 500 ETF         01/25/16  11,233  02/29  12,438
6 SPY18C194        SPDR S&P 500 ETF         02/25/16  10,993  02/29  11,100
8 SPY18C210        SPDR S&P 500 ETF         11/25/15  14,939  02/29   8,664

Capital gains

Thousands of US$
   MAR   APR   MAY   JUN   JUL   AUG   SEP   OCT   NOV   DEC   JAN   FEB
   -12     1                                  18     3   -22   -39    -1