Performance of First 6+ Years of the 3 Stocks to Wealth Newsletter First Published in April 2012
(Performance starting with $30,000)
April 12,2012 to market open on September 13, 2018 *
Assumptions Made in Creating Performance Chart:
- The account is fully invested in the 3 stocks that appeared in the newsletter each week. Includes compounding starting with $30,000 growing to $294,772 with the market order approach to enter new positions as defined below and $30k growing to $320,019 with the buy-limit approach to enter new positions – which is nearly an 11 bagger in just over six years. The black line labeled “S&P 500” is the growth in the $30,000 if you would have bought and held the S&P 500 for five years before fees.
- You hold our 3 top stocks each week. When a stock comes off the list of top 3 stocks and a new one replaces it, you sell the stock coming off the list at the market open price the trading day after the 3 Stocks to Wealth newsletter is published. (As of late 2018, the update is now published on Monday instead of Friday for changes on Tuesday). On average, about 1.5 to 2 of the 3 stocks change each week.
- The blue line indicates the performance using market orders to buy new positions. For the market order approach, you would use proceeds from selling the stock coming off the list the morning after the weekly update is published to buy the new stock on the same day at the market open price. We assume total funds at that point are split equally among the 3 stocks. This approach is not recommended due to the time delay that can occur between the sale of the old stocks and the purchase of the new stocks. Instead, we use the buy-limit order approach represented by the red line on the chart and explained below.
- The red line on the chart represents the performance if you would have used a 1.5% buy limit order to enter new positions the morning after the weekly update was published on the site. Meaning you put in a buy limit order to buy all new positions 1.5% below the open price the morning after the weekly update is published. If the limit order does not fill during that day, you would then change the order to a market order to achieve the market closing price. Using buy limit orders to enter positions in this manner nearly eliminates the negative affects of slippage when buying new positions and increases the performance over the market order approach as can be seen on the chart.
- Chart does not include slippage, commission and fees.
- Although it does not include slippage, the buy limit order approach greatly reduces any negative affects of slippage.
- A few stocks were bought out, merged or taken private before making the performance chart. If market data is unknown for a stock due to this or another reason, we assumed the stock made no gain. Generally, companies are purchased well above the current stock price. And the average gains were much higher than zero.
- The chart also leaves out dividends received. Some of the stocks featured in the newsletter have paid a dividend while held. Including dividends would increase the performance and would offset some or possibly all of the fees for large accounts.