International Bond & Equity Portfolio Up 297% Last Month

by | Sep 23, 2007 | Archives

The latest review of the five multi currency portfolios we created November 1, 2006 and have tracked since shows how fast portfolios can recover and how quickly the US dollar can fall.  This quick fall and fast recovery created a 297% rise in one of our model portfolios in just the last month. Here are the portfolios.

Here is an excerpt from Multi Currency Update #26 that I sent to subscribers of the Multi Currency Educational Service yesterday.  

“The Emerging Markets Portfolio which lost half its value from July 20 through August 17 has recovered all that loss and has risen and extra 19.37% to boot. That’s a 27% increase from the July 20 value and a whopping 182% rebound from its August 17 low.   This rebound has been funded mainly by strong returns in Chinese and Turkish equities.

The Dollar Neutral Portfolio has jumped almost as much, up 167.60% from the August 17 depression. However it is the Dollar Short that is truly phenomenal, up 297% in just a month.

The Green Portfolio looks impressive.  Given a bit of low interest rate boost in the equity markets this portfolio could end the year with a 200%+ gain. However its recovery was not as strong as the other portfolios (though neither was its drop).

Yet most of this movement is meaningless…just noise.  No reliable indicators could have predicted the exact moment of the drop or the timing of the rebound.  Here is what really counts.”

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In this latest update I also pointed out to readers that this type of performance is way beyond the norm.

The update said: “We can expect 7% to 10% annual return in the stock market as a function of global nominal GDP growth.  To attain higher growth we must either increase risk or trust luck.   Leveraged multi currency portfolios (we call Multi Currency Sandwiches) increase risk.  If you leverage one time at 4% interest as an example (invest $100,000 and borrow $100,000 for example) a 10% return grows to 16%.  A two times loan (invest $100,000 and borrow $200,000) increases return to 22% per annum.

Yet if the market heads south, losses mount much faster as well.  A look at the volatility of the ten portfolios we have created and tracked these last two years shows how performance can be enhanced but how leverage increases risk as well.”  You see the comparison of the tow portfolios when you subscribe at the link above.

In this message let’s see how that Dollar Short Portfolio rose so much in one month.

Here was the Dollar Short Portfolio valuation on August 17, and September 19, 2007.


% of  PortfolioCurr.InvestmentInvested Amt.8-17 Value9-21 Value
10.% AUD5% BK Nederlandse Gemeenten30,00030,370.1433,113.28 
4%BRL12.5% Brazil Rep. of 05.01.1612,00013,244.43 15,468.64
10%GBP6.3% Rabobank Nederland 20.03.0930,00030,546.2730,825.27
5%HUF6.5% Hungary Gov. 12.08.08 15,00015,981.52 17,403.54 
4%ISK9.5% Iceland 13.06.2008 98.9612,00011,488.5712,762.80
5%MXN9% Mexican Bonos 22.12.201115,00014,215.05 14,562.89
6%NZD6% KFW 15.07.200918,00017,934.4719,677.89
4%TRY10.25% KFW 09.02.200812,00013,196.8514,930.56
5%EUR 6.25% Turanalem Finance BV15,00014,084.3214,943.58
5%EUR 4.75% Iss Global A/S15,00015,190.5516,538.22
5%EUR 8.62% NXPBV 15.10.201515,00012,522.0813,498.40
7%EUR Jyske Invest Favourite Equities 83.0021,000 22,505.27  26,406.71
5%EUR Jyske Invest German Equities   80.2515,00018,226.7920,340.84 
5%EUR Jyske Invest High Yield Corporate Bnd15,00015,635.6016,608.02
5%JPYJyske Invest Japanese Equities15,00015,901.6416,003.87
5%EURJyske Invest European Equities 120.8015,00015,977.1417,794.09
10%EURJyske Invest Emerging Mkt Bds(Euro) 30,00031,973.7834,406.67

On August 17, the total investment of $300,000 ($100,000 invested and $200,000 borrowed in US dollars) with accrued interest had risen to $321,614.36. The $200,000 loan payoff at 6.875% interest amounted to $212,451.39 leaving a net amount of $109,162.98 or 9.16% profit in ten months. Though this was well down from its high of the year, this is still an outstanding return on a conservative, well diversified mixed portfolio of equities and bonds.

Yet look how due to the dollars fall and lowered US interest rates, almost every investment in the portfolio jumped, a lot, over the month.  

On September 21, 2007 the total investment of $300,000 ($100,000 invested and $200,000 borrowed in US dollars) with accrued interest had risen to $348,816.92. The $200,000 loan payoff at 6.875% interest still amounted to $ 212,451.39 (the next month’s interest had not yet been added) leaving a net amount of $136,365.53 or 36.36% profit in eleven months.  That’s a 297% increase over the month before!

There are three points we can learn from this.  First, when a currency crashes, profits can come (or go) very quickly.  Second markets are really jittery to move so much, in such a short time. Third, leverage enhances everything good and bad.

Until next message may everything you do be enhanced to the good!


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