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A few moments ago, checking my holdings in my Trading Account, I noticed that Morningstar had hit a 'sale point' and I sold 27 shares, 1/6th of my 167 share holding, at $52.32. These shares had been purchased 11/22/05 at a cost basis of $32.57. Thus, this represented a gain of $19.75 or 60.6% on the original purchase. This was my second sale of Morningstar shares, having sold 33 shares of Morningstar 2/16/06 at a net of $42.94, which was at a gain of $10.37 or 31.8%.
As you may know, my strategy in this account is to sell portions (currently 1/6th of remaining shares) at targeted appreciation points, which I have set at 30, 60, 90, 120, then 180, 240, 300, 360, then 450, etc. This sale also creates a 'buy signal' entitling me, since I am well under my maximum 25 positions (currently holding 15 positions) to add a new position to my holdings. As I like to say, "that nickel is burning a hold in my pocket already!"
When do I plan to sell Morningstar shares next? As I noted above, on the upside, if the stock should appreciate to a 90% appreciation point, then I shall be selling 1/6th of my 140 shares (23 shares), or on the downside, if the stock should retrace 50% of the highest sale point, or back to a 30% appreciation point (1.3 x $32.57 = $42.34) then I plan on selling all remaining shares.
I believe that this pattern of selling gaining stocks slowly and partially and declining stocks quickly and completely will prove to be an effective strategy at creating a winning portfolio. Of course, this is a work in progress, and time will tell if this will be successful!
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