2012 Top 10 Stocks Q1 Returns 29.7%

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Jae Jun

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The first quarter of 2012 is already over and the portfolio I am most curious about, isn’t Berkowitz or Buffett, but the portfolio of the ten best stocks picked by you and other readers.

Michael Mauboussin mentioned in his book More than you Know, of an experiment where a classroom of students were asked to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar.

Every guess was incorrect. The closest answer was the average of all the answers, and that is precisely what I want to test; whether a small group of investors with similar investing methods can beat the market.

For the brief reasoning for each stock, go to the original 2012 stocks selection page.

2012 Q1 Performance Results

The Q1 performance is 29.7%.

So far so good but still 3 more quarters to go. But a good start is better than a lousy start. I’m interested in doing this each year to see how a collaborative effort performs over the long term.

Individual Performance

  • GRVY: 75.7%
  • BAC: 63.5%
  • WDC: 34.3%
  • GS: 28.6%
  • MSFT: 19.2%
  • AEY: 13.8%
  • ORCL: 13.5%
  • FRX: 13.3%
  • DELL: 10.8%
  • GLW: 6.3%



  • Avyalake

    may be you should also track the ones voted as least likely to be good picks? This would be a measure of the wisdom of the crowds from both ends? For instance, Netflix was not voted to be a likely candidate to recover.

  • Pretty good idea, but there so many weird, nonsense or non serious names in the list that the bottom wouldn’t matter.

  • BHB

    We should remove BAC from the list. No way anyone (including Moynihan) can peg an intrinsic value on that stock. I think they should trade anywhere from $1-$20. Therefore, no clue.

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