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

  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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Mon, May 14 2012 » Announcements, Blog » Comments Off on Here’s where I’ve been: Writing a Book!

Lazy Portfolio Analysis

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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Tue, February 28 2012 » Analysis, Announcements, Blog, Portfolio Smackdown » Comments Off on Lazy Portfolio Analysis

Lazy Portfolio Results, With Dividends

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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Wed, January 18 2012 » Analysis, Blog, Portfolio Smackdown » Comments Off on Lazy Portfolio Results, With Dividends

2011 Lazy Portfolio Results (Preliminary)

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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Sat, December 31 2011 » Analysis, Blog, Portfolio Smackdown » Comments Off on 2011 Lazy Portfolio Results (Preliminary)

Lazy Portfolios YTD Thru October

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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Tue, November 1 2011 » Analysis, Blog, Portfolio Smackdown » Comments Off on Lazy Portfolios YTD Thru October

I want some Bitcoins!

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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Thu, October 27 2011 » Announcements, Blog, Fun » Comments Off on I want some Bitcoins!

Updated Taylor Larimore 3 Fund Lazy Portfolio Results

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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Sat, October 15 2011 » Analysis, Blog, Portfolio Smackdown » Comments Off on Updated Taylor Larimore 3 Fund Lazy Portfolio Results

It was an ugly September

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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Sat, October 1 2011 » Analysis, Blog, Portfolio Smackdown » Comments Off on It was an ugly September

A (slightly) Longer Term View

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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Mon, September 26 2011 » Announcements, Blog, Portfolio Smackdown » Comments Off on A (slightly) Longer Term View

Something to Crow About

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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Thu, September 1 2011 » Blog, Portfolio Smackdown » Comments Off on Something to Crow About

Feeling Better Mid-Year

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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Thu, August 11 2011 » Blog, Portfolio Smackdown » Comments Off on Feeling Better Mid-Year