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I was checking my portfolio today and realized that my Alliance Data Systems (ADS) had hit an 8% loss, and thus was sold from my portfolio. A few minutes ago, I sold my 200 shares of ADS at $35.68. I purchased these shares 6/16/05 at $39.10. Thus, I had a los of $(3.42) or (8.7)% since my purchase.
What do I do now? As per my previously stated strategy, when I sell a stock within my portfolio at a loss, I consider this "bad news" and thus do nothing, or as I like to say, I "sit on my hands". I still have a significant, if shrinking, margin balance, and I shall use the proceeds to pay this down. I am waiting for "good news", that is a sale of a portion of one of my holdings at a gain, prior to adding a position. I am now down to 20 positions in my stated goal of 25 positions in my portfolio.
How low would I go in shrinking my positions? I plan, if necessary, to drop down to a minimum level of 6 positions. Consider half a portfolio (12 positions) at neutral, 25 positions at "fully invested" and 6 positions at "minimally invested."
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