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A Case for Stock Diversification

January 22, 2014

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed on December 31, 2013, at its all-time high.

This index is comprised of 30 stocks that are considered the bluest of the blue chips.  While the index closed at its all-time high, five of the stellar stocks that were in the index since December 31, 1999, closed down varying percent’s from 25% to 45%, while the DJIA was up over 43%!  Actually, these five were a drag because without them the DJIA increase would have been much greater.  The prices were adjusted for splits but dividends were not figured in.  See the top table.

This is a clear illustration of the importance and benefits of diversification. While the five stocks dropped, the other twenty-five as a group had respectable gains.  Also, a point of interest is that two of the stocks added since December 31, 1999, had losses during this 14 year period – Cisco and Pfizer ((losses of 58% and 5%).  Diversification is a sound strategy!

The Dec 31, 1999 and 2013 DJIA components appear in the table shown below.

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Nicole Lorenc from our New Brunswick assisted in the research and
calculations for this blog. 

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert Nagler permalink
    January 22, 2014 4:35 pm

    HI ED VERY GOOD ARTICLE ENJOYED READING IT

  2. 6hawthorne permalink
    January 22, 2014 4:37 pm

    HI ED I THINK YOU SHOULD PUT ALL YOUR PARTNERS NETWORK IN FORM OFA BOOK EACH ONE THE ARTICLES ARE INTERESTING AND TIMELY BOB NAGLER

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