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Last night, while reviewing my sale strategy with my son, who is still learning about investing and not quite sure about what I do :), I realized that I had "missed" a sale target on my strongest stock in my portfolio, Quality Systems (QSII).
If you are new to my strategy, I personally like to sell my losers quickly (as I just did with my ANF stock--see previous post) and sell my gainers slowly; selling 1/4 of remaining position at targeted price gains of 30, 60, 90, 120%; and then 180, 240, 300, and 360%; with planned sales increasing by 30% intervals x 4, so that the next sale gains would be at 450, 540, 630, and 720%...etc.
Anyhow, somehow, since I do all of this manually :(, I missed a sale on Quality Systems. Since I am at 24 positions, this would also be a signal to me normally to be entitled to add a postion to the portfolio. However, since this was a mistake, I shall be sitting on my hands.
Back to the point, I realized last night that my gain on QSII exceeded 300% which would be my 7th sale of shares of this stock. Until this morning, I had sold QSII six times (!), which would make the last sale at the 240% target.
A few moments ago, I sold 25 shares (of my 102 share position remaining) at $69.02. These shares were acquired 7/28/03 with a cost basis of $15.50 (!!), thus giving me a gain of $53.52/share or 345.3%. I am thus closing on my next sale target of 360%!
Anyway, I shall not be going to 25 positions until I get a real (not delayed) sale at a gain! And in the interim, this also works to reduce my significant, but hopefully gradually shrinking, margin level!
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