October 16, 2020

Get Irked - Investments in Play - October 16, 2020

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The Week’s Biggest Winner & Loser

Twilio (TWLO)

Twilio (TWLO) remains the cloud darling as the stay-at-home economy becomes more solidified. TWLO provides the back-end consumer-facing cloud apps need, and analysts upgrades continue pushing the stock higher, jumping +6.61% in an otherwise dead week to earn the spot of the week’s Biggest Winner.


The excitement over IBM’s (IBM) announcement last week that it would be spinning off its cloud division from its legacy products division seemed to wane this week as IBM pulled back -3.86% to earn the week’s Biggest Loser spot. 

Portfolio Allocation

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Target Position Size

Get Irked - Investments in Play - Current Holdings - October 16, 2020

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Portfolio Breakdown

Get Irked - Year-to-Date Performance - Investments in Play vs. Speculation in Play - 2020 Year-to-Date Performance

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Year-to-Date Performance

Current Position Performance

Square (SQ)


1st Buy 8/5/2016 @ $11.10
Current Per-Share: (-$114.40)*

Disney (DIS)


1st Buy 2/14/2012 @ $41.70
Current Per-Share: $17.95

Apple (AAPL)


1st Buy 4/18/2013 @ $14.17
Current Per-Share: (-$62.40)*

Boeing (BA)


1st Buy 2/14/2012 @ $79.58
Current Per-Share: (-$372.32)*

Nvidia (NVDA)


1st Buy 9/6/2016 @ $63.10
Current Per-Share:  (-$102.82)*

Take Two (TTWO)


1st Buy 10/9/2018 @ $128.40
Current Per-Share: $31.22

Nike (NKE)


1st Buy 2/14/2012 @ $26.71
Current Per-Share: (-$29.94)*



1st Buy 7/26/2017 @ $167.29
Current Per-Share: $77.99

Twilio (TWLO)


1st Buy 8/8/2019 @ $125.71
Current Per-Share: (-$16.25)*

Tesla (TSLA)


1st Buy  3/12/2020 @ $111.30
Current Per-Share: (-$11.86)*

Salesforce (CRM)


1st Buy 6/11/2018 @ $134.05
Current Per-Share: $79.91

Logitech (LOGI)


1st Buy 11/11/2016 @ $24.20
Current Per-Share: $25.15

Skyworks (SWKS)


1st Buy 1/31/2020 @ $113.60
Current Per-Share: $84.00



1st Buy 11/6/2018 @ $120.87
Current Per-Share: $71.62

Berkshire (BRK.B)


1st Buy 8/2/2019 @ $199.96
Current Per-Share: $142.22

Dow (DOW)


1st Buy 5/13/2019 @ $53.18
Current Per-Share: $38.21

Canopy (CGC)


1st Buy 5/24/2018 @ $29.53
Current Per-Share: $14.65

JP Morgan (JPM)


1st Buy 10/26/2017 @ $102.30
Current Per-Share: $89.06

GW Pharm (GWPH)


1st Buy 7/25/2018 @ $142.28
Current Per-Share: $100.00

* Indicates a position where the capital investment was sold.
Profit % for * positions = Total Profit / Original Capital Investment

A negative share price indicates the dollar amount of profit for each share currently held.

This Week’s Moves

No Moves This Week: Planning for Future Volatility

With the 2020 presidential election mere weeks away, we can expect significant volatility in the stock market in the coming days and weeks. Accordingly, I’m making plans for both up days and down days.

In September, the S&P 500 sold off a little more than 10% in a garden-variety correction, so I’m using the levels where my Investments in Play portfolio found support as initial buying targets. You can see my current buying price targets for all three of my portfolios – Investments in Play, Speculation in Play, and the Pandemic Portfolio – on the Stock Shopping List which I update nearly daily.

As always, I Buy in Stages which means my next buy is never my last buy in a stock; I always leave cash on the sidelines in case we see a more extreme selloff.

Some analysts suggest the market is due for a generational 90-year selloff, arguing that the -35% drop we saw in March 2020 wasn’t significant enough to qualify. These analysts refer to data stretching back into the 17th century where an historic selloff of 50-75% occurs every 90 years.

When was the last generational selloff? 1929. Add 90 years and you get a target date of, you guessed it, right about now.

That being said, my approach to long-term investing has always been one of moderation. If you subscribe to the 90-year selloff theory, sell all of your stocks, and the market skyrockets from here, when do you get back in? Do you ever trust the market again?

For me, I like to play both sides and have plans for when the market goes up and when the market goes down. Sure, I’m not avoiding all of the downside risk with this strategy, but I’m also not missing out on all of the upside.

Want Further Clarification?

As always, if you have questions about any of my positions or have positions of your own that you’re curious about – feel free to leave a comment below!

See you next week!

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