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MMM-188: Happy Constitution Day! September 17

2012-09-10 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

BUY MY BOOK! A quick update of the Permanent Portfolio performance for 2012. Article by Brion McLanahan entitled “A Limiting Document?“ 16 Votes = No U.S.A.? Some key quotes from my book. For more information about The Original Counter-Argument, go to PlanetBoyer.com I ENCOURAGE you to Download this show thru iTunes! But, if you just cannot deal [...]…

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MMM-187: Announcing: The Original Counter-Argument book!

2012-05-15 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

I announce the publication date of my upcoming book: The Original Counter-Argument: The Founders’ Case Against the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century. I read the Preface I read the Background chapter. For more information about The Original Counter-Argument, go to PlanetBoyer.com I ENCOURAGE you to Download this show thru iTunes! But, if you just cannot deal with [...]…

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Here’s where I’ve been: Writing a Book!

2012-05-14

  I’ve been writing a book since last September, and it will be available for purchase on September 17, 2012. It is called “The Original Counter-Argument.” And for the subtitle you’ll need to inhale some air: “The Founders’ Case Against the Constitution and Warnings of Despotism, Adapted for the 21st Century.” Quick synopsis: I’ve taken the [...]…

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Lazy Portfolio Analysis

2012-02-28

This is the home of the Mad Money Machine Lazy Portfolio Analysis. The following table shows the returns of the Lazy Portfolios from the “Investment Professionals.” They are sorted by 5-year returns ending 2011. To see the contents of each portfolio, search for the portfolio name on this page. And now a different look at [...]…

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MMM-186: The Future is Unknowable. Invest Accordingly

2012-02-13 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

We announce the Winner of the Lazy Portfolio Smackdown for 2011 Simba’s spreadsheet shows how lazy portfolios performed against each other. Park City UT has enough snow for me. TOOL: Podcaster app for iPhone GURU: Ron Paul’s risky investing strategy. Here is the WSJ article. Here are his holdings (account required) Can gains still be [...]…

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Lazy Portfolio Results, With Dividends

2012-01-18

The dividend results are in, and I’ve updated the numbers, graphs, and tables. Not much change in the relative performance of the portfolios, but the year-end percentages did rise. And here is the table:  …

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2011 Lazy Portfolio Results (Preliminary)

2011-12-31

Another year bites the dust and Harry Browne once again wins. Here are the Lazy Portfolio Smackdown results for 2011. Note: these numbers are preliminary because mutual fund dividends have not yet been reported. So those lazy portfolios that hold mutual funds that pay dividends in mid to late December will probably end up about [...]…

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MMM-185: Treaty of the United Countries

2011-12-07 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

Something different for this episode! Imagine that a group of respected people from various Countries got together recently at some National Summit meeting (let’s say, in Philadelphia) for the explicit purpose of modifying their previous UN treaties and agreements with each other. At the outset of the Summit, it was declared that no one was allowed to talk about the Summit [...]…

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Lazy Portfolios YTD Thru October

2011-11-01

How do ya like ridin’ the roller coaster?  I prefer the Slow Train Comin’. Looks like the Permanent Portfolios are still victorious. Two months to go!     And for your tabular view:…

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I want some Bitcoins!

2011-10-27

I gotta admit, I am intrigued by Bitcoin. I love gadgets as much as the next guy. I spent my early years programming computers and designing information systems. I also love the idea of friction-free money. And of a currency that is, possibly, hyper-inflation proof. The innovations in the Bitcoin realm are coming quickly. And since I [...]…

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Updated Taylor Larimore 3 Fund Lazy Portfolio Results

2011-10-15

The Lazy Portfolio by Taylor Larimore with just three funds had the following performance, ending 30 Sept 2011: 1-mo: -5.2% 2-mo: -8.3% YTD: -5.2% Since 12/31/09: 5.4%…

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Errata: Larimore Portfolios

2011-10-15

I just received word that the Taylor Larimore 3 Fund and 4 Fund lazy portfolios that I have listed on this site are in error. There should only be a 3 Fund portfolio comprised of the following (and the %’s vary for individual investors): 40% Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX) 20% Vanguard Total [...]…

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It was an ugly September

2011-10-01

Here’s your monthly Lazy Portfolios update (not that you’re watching that often). click for full-size ugly graphology Let’s look at 1 and 2 month returns just for fun, ok? First, returns for September 2011: Next, returns for August and September 2011 combined: Ouch Rick Ferri! I think it was this time last year when I [...]…

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A (slightly) Longer Term View

2011-09-26

Whoosh, getting whipsawed in 2011. Let’s step back and take a slightly longer term view of the performances of the Lazy Portfolios. (Caution, none of these portfolios were rebalanced!) One thing that is particularly striking is that PRPFX took a much sharper dip so far in September than the pure Harry Browne 4xETF portfolios.  I [...]…

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MMM-184: Is Gold in a Bubble?

2011-09-07 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

Summer: Broke 80 three times, 9.3 handicap, won some tournaments. Lazy Portfolio results since 12/31/2009: Harry Browne PP up 30% Paul Boyer PP up 29% PRPFX up 28% next highest was David Swenson Yale up 15% lowest was Vanguard Windsor up 1.6% Rick Ferri Core Four up 10.7% If you are investing new money right [...]…

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Something to Crow About

2011-09-01

The divergence between the Permanent Portfolios and the other Lazy Portfolios might actually cause me to turn on the microphone and fire up a new podcast. Wow, lovin’ the PP.…

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Feeling Better Mid-Year

2011-08-11

I was feeling a little left out earlier this year… on my portfolio returns that is. But now I am feeling pretty good. Not that feelings should have anything to do with it! Table as of 10 August 2011.…

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MMM-183: Fifty? Fifty!

2011-03-24 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

The big 5-0. Golf and Arnold Palmer Zeros The Arnold Palmer Invitational The Cars have a new album coming out My new iPad 2 GURU: Richard Russell, after 50+ years, now recommends the Permanent Portfolio: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/investing-without-making-any-forecasts-2011-02-11?reflink=MW_news_stmp http://www.technologyinvestor.com/?p=5790 PRPFX expense at 0.82%. But you can get your own as low as 0.02% TOOL: Sony Blu-Ray player [...]…

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Spotting the Other Lazy Portfolios a Few Points

2011-02-01

One-twelfth of 2011 is already behind us and it appears that the Permanent Portfolios have decided to give the other Lazy Portfolios a head start on the year. Said another way: The Permanent Portfolios are ON SALE! Here is the table of returns through January. ID# Portfolio Name YTD Return P16 Vanguard Windsor 3.1% P21 [...]…

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Simba’s Spreadsheet is Updated for 2010

2011-01-26

For those of us who love to back-test different lazy portfolios, today we can spend our snow day using Simba’s spreadsheet, newly updated with 2010 returns. I forgot that his comparison page only goes back to 1985 and that I was the one who modified the page to go back to 1972. Guess I’ve got [...]…

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MMM-182: Silver and Gold

2011-01-05 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

Pre-1965 silver coins are worth 23x their face value. 2010 Results of the Lazy Portfolios TOOL: CarbonFin outliner Traffic Court The Department of Free I ENCOURAGE you to Download this show thru iTunes! But, if you just cannot deal with that then go ahead and Play the new show right now Got Feedback? Try any one [...]…

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Comparing Gold ETFs

2011-01-04

In the FWIW category, here is a chart comparing the annual performance of select Gold ETFs. What’s up with GTU?     The fund expense ratios (according to morningstar.com except GTU* ) are as follows: GLD: 0.40% IAU: 0.25% GTU: 0.38%* SGOL: 0.39% DGL: .75% UBG: 0.30%…

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Lazy Portfolios 2010 Year-End Wrap-Up

2011-01-02

As we flip our calendars over to 2011 (or reuse our 1994 calendars), it is time to reflect upon how the various Lazy Portfolios performed for calendar year 2010. See the chart below that shows the cumulative monthly returns and the summary table of 2010 returns. The lazy portfolio that had the highest returns for [...]…

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Lazy Portfolios Through November 2010

2010-12-01

The lazy portfolios did not all move in lock step during November — some went up and some went down. The PRPFX mutual fund took the lead with a monthly gain of 1.4% while the Paul Boyer PP and Harry Browne PP stayed relatively flat for the month. IFA Index Portfolio 100 gained over 1% [...]…

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MMM-181: Throwing the Bums Out

2010-11-05 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

Maybe Californians thought they were voting for HARRY Browne? My first “Fan” takes 20 seconds of my fame. Ding Dong the Wicked Witch is Dead It will be VERY INTERESTING if Ron Paul is made Chairman of the Monetary Policy Subcommittee Guru Roulette: James Wesley Rawles Listen to the Crawling Road Money Show podcast Kristina [...]…

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Upton Sinclair’s Advice for Improving Your 401(k) Returns

2010-11-04

Here’s a video I put together quickly around IFA’s Quote of the Week 79. Upton Sinclair’s quote is, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” The quote applies to your 401(k) plan and those who make their salary upon recommending actively-managed funds.…

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Lazy Portfolios Through October 2010

2010-11-01

Just a quick update on the performance of the Lazy Portfolios through Halloween. What a move they have had since August. Is it a repeat of the move that we saw from Feb – Apr? I’ll update you in a couple of months and we will find out. In the meantime, I don’t really care [...]…

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Subscribe to the Crawling Road Money Show Podcast

2010-10-26

Craig at Crawlingroad.com/blog has just released episode one of a new podcast that talks about the Harry Browne Permanent Portfolio. I encourage you to subscribe to it in iTunes and listen to every episode he puts forward in the future. It is going to be great. Use this link to subscribe in iTunes (copy and [...]…

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Max Drawdown in Lazy Portfolios 2001 – 2009

2010-10-22

Instead of using Standard Deviation as the measure of a portfolio’s risk, I have been looking at using Max Drawdown which I believed could be more user-friendly. Standard Deviation involves complicated statistical computations. Could you explain Standard Deviation to your grandmother? Max Drawdown would be easier to explain. It is the largest peak to trough [...]…

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Bernstein Views Bernstein

2010-10-16

At the Bogleheads 9 Reunion in Philly this past week, I had the opportunity to show Dr. Bill Bernstein the first part of the video we put together that featured Dr. Bill Bernstein’s quote.  He laughed and laughed. And he signed my copy of his book. And here is the video:…

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MMM-180: The Golden Boglehead

2010-10-16 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

I recount the great time I had at Bogleheads 9 Reunion in Philly and find out why the Bogleheads laugh at gold. I ENCOURAGE you to Download this show thru iTunes! But, if you just cannot deal with that then go ahead and Play the new show right now Topics in this week’s show include: [...]…

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Some Observations From Bogleheads 9 and From Jack Bogle Himself

2010-10-14

I have the rare privilege of attending the Bogleheads 9 reunion in Philly this year. I wanted to attend the one much closer to my home a couple of years ago, but was way too late in registering. They only let 120 or so folks attend these things. So I registered early enough this year [...]…

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Proof You Gotta Own Some Stock

2010-10-11

You gotta own some stocks, but how much? I took the Paul Boyer Permanent Portfolio and varied the percentage of stock ownership from 0% to 100% in 5% increments while keeping gold, long term bonds, and cash divided equally among the remaining amount. Then I plotted each portfolios return vs. risk for 1975 through 2009. Take [...]…

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Two and 3/4 Years of Lazy Portfolios

2010-10-04

Not satisfied with just 2010 Year-to-date results? How about results from January 2008 through September 2010? Here is the graph: (click for larger graphic) If you cannot read this, it says that the permanent portfolios are up about 20% since January 2008 and just about everything else is still negative.…

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Lazy Portfolios Thru September 2010

2010-10-01

Here is a chart plotting the end-of-month returns for the lazy portfolios. Wow, what a roller coaster ride if your portfolio was 100% in stocks. On the other hand, wow, what a nice smooth ride if you were in one of the three permanent portfolios. The Paul Boyer Permanent Portfolio remains in the lead with [...]…

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Video Lessons: Proper Benchmarking and Alpha

2010-09-30

How can you properly determine if your investment have met your expectations? Watch “Proper Benchmarking and Alpha” for a lesson on measuring risk against a complete set of important factors. These videos are based upon IFA’s Quote of the Week Issue #82. Part 1: Part 2:…

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MMM-179: Vertigo

2010-09-19 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

VERTIGO! Listen to Shrugging Out podcast. OLD: D vs. R. New: P vs L. Inflation or deflation? A cool tool. A cool Guru. I ENCOURAGE you to Download this show thru iTunes! But, if you just cannot deal with that then go ahead and Play the new show right now Topics in this week’s show [...]…

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Lazy Portfolios Thru August 2010

2010-09-01

The Permanent Portfolio style lazy portfolios continue to do well. Listed below is a table of YTD results for 25 portfolios or funds that I am tracking. The contents of each portfolio are listed in an earlier post. The Paul Boyer Permanent Portfolio continues its lead, having returned 9.8% so far in 2010. It differs [...]…

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The Siren Songs of Active Management

2010-08-03

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Lazy Portfolios Through July 2010

2010-07-31

The permanent portfolios continue to do well. See previous posts for full details about the contents of each lazy portfolio. The Paul Boyer Permanent Portfolio has risen 1% per month so far with small volatility. 12.5% VBR, 12.5% VWO, 25% TLT, 25%, GLD, and 25% SHY. You can do it! ID# Portfolio Name YTD Return [...]…

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Lazy Portfolios Thru June 2010

2010-07-04

We have arrived at mid-year 2010 and can now take a look at the half-year results of the lazy portfolios we have been tracking. It looks like the Paul Boyer Permanent Portfolio has gained 1% per month this year. Just four of the portfolios are positive with three of them based around the Permanent Portfolio [...]…

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Permanent Portfolio volatility in May

2010-06-02

Dave sent this to me and said I could post it for all of you. Nice analysis of how the Permanent Portfolio did last month. Permanent Portfolio performance during the very volatile month of May This May was the worst May since 1940.  The Dow and VTI (total stock market) both had losses of -7.9%.  Volatility has [...]…

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MMM-178: A Look Back, A Look Forward

2010-05-31 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

How have lazy portfolios performed so far in 2010? How do you get started investing in the Permanent Portfolio? I ENCOURAGE you to Download this show thru iTunes! But, if you just cannot deal with that then go ahead and Play the new show right now Topics in this week’s show include: Review the performance [...]…

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Lazy Portfolios Thru May 2010

2010-05-29

Here are the Year-To-Date returns of the Lazy Portfolios through the end of May 2010. The components of each portfolio are listed at the end. The “Paul Boyer Permanent Portfolio” is my modification of the Harry Browne Permanent Portfolio where instead of investing 25% in the total US stock market, we invest 12.5% in US [...]…

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Mark Hulbert Writes About the Permanent Portfolio

2010-05-19

In his MarketWatch article today, Mark Hulbert writes, Would you be interested in an all-weather portfolio that, despite hardly ever changing its composition, performs creditably in almost all market environments? Hulbert characterizes the Permanent Portfolio this way: Browne’s idea was to invest in a basket of asset classes, each one of which has a low [...]…

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Present Permanent Portfolio Performance…

2010-05-07

So, how has the Harry Browne Permanent Portfolio done so far in 2010? Thru yesterday’s market turmoil, the components have done the following: VTI +2.8% (Stocks) TLT +9.2% (Bonds) SHY +1.3% (Cash) GLD +10.4% (Gold) And the total portfolio, assuming 25% in each at the start of 2010 is… +5.9% How’s that compare with YOUR [...]…

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MMM-177: Harry Browne’s 16 Golden Rules of Financial Safety

2010-05-05 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

I present Harry Browne’s 16 Golden Rules of Financial Safety and talk about his Permanent Portfolio. I ENCOURAGE you to Download this show thru iTunes! But, if you just cannot deal with that then go ahead and Play the new show right now Topics in this week’s show include: Radiohead – No Surprises Read Harry [...]…

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Permanent Portfolio Discussion Forum

2010-04-30

If you have any questions about Harry Browne’s Permanent Portfolio, head over to the Permanent Portfolio Discussion Forum that CraigR just started over at CrawlingRoad.com. Experts there have studied it from all angles and can help you get it implemented yourself. And here’s the book you need to read:…

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iPad Cat Teaches Investing

2010-04-24

The latest video from MadMoneyMachine studios:…

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MMM-176: Things Are Messed UP

2010-04-09 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com

Mulch Guy showed up. EPCOT Candy Lady. GURU MediumTex. Quotes. What’s UP with UP? Voiceover class. TOO: FireCalc. Bonus: iPad unboxing. I ENCOURAGE you to Download this show thru iTunes! But, if you just cannot deal with that then go ahead and Play the new show right now Topics in this week’s show include: Mulch [...]…

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MMM-175: The Perfect Portfolio

0000-00-00 :: Paul Boyer, MadMoneyMachine.com
Length: 31s

Disney World in Feb. iPhone and earphones. Jakob Fugger. VBR, VWO, TLT, GLD, SHY: The Perfect Portfolio. Tool: My Personal Index. Lego Mindstorms. I ENCOURAGE you to Download this show thru iTunes! But, if you just cannot deal with that then go ahead and …

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