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May 29th, 2009 – Comment

Lou, It looks like a dead cat bounce and I wondered what you thought about the “go away in May’ strategy. My savings have recovered somewhat but I was considering picking some proven money maker stocks like J&J & Kraft  …etc.and let go some mutuals containing US equities and possibly trading money market funds for […]


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Lou,

It looks like a dead cat bounce and I wondered what you thought about the “go away in May’ strategy. mayMy savings have recovered somewhat but I was considering picking some proven money maker stocks like J&J & Kraft  …etc.and let go some mutuals containing US equities and possibly trading money market funds for actual bank shares …TD,RB and BM . Any thoughts ?  I’m 54 and counting and don’t want another Oct 8th wake up call…love the show on AM640…appreciate the input.

Sincerely

Doug

Hi Doug,

I think you have identified a solid strategy. Buy great companies when they are cheap!  Johnson & Johnson and Kraft foods are both off of their highs and paying an attractive dividend. JNJ pays 3.6% while KFT offers a 4.5% dividend yield. But lets not forget that they are both US equities which you were thinking of trimming from your portfolio.

Given that both companies have international operations that will shield them somewhat from the travails of the US economy, you still have to reconcile the fact that the major part of their business comes from the US.  The idea of moving your capital out of the US isn’t a bad one given that it appears that Canada is better positioned to weather the current storm.

Moving out of cash and into Canadian bank stocks is bmo2another example of looking for solid companies at low prices. All of the banks have been lifted by the rally that started on March 9 and yet still offer attractive dividends. The Bank of Montreal dividend offers a 6.7% yield which given the tax treatment of dividends only makes it sweeter.

When it comes to being 54 and not wanting another wake up call I would say that you might have to reconsider your investment profile. It sounds like you have become more risk averse and need to start moving more of your assets into lower risk categories that reflect your concerns.

As far as applying the “sell in May and go away” strategy I think that you are wise to be aware of seasonality that effects certain sectors but you are best  served reviewing the charts of the stocks that you own on a regular basis. A regular review will give you  a better handle on how your investments are performing.

Happy Capitalism!

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