The Lucky 13

The portfolio, which has become known affectionately as “The Lucky 13,” was designed to emphasize sectors of the market that while perhaps were currently out of favor, nonetheless offered exemplary fundamentals and attractive dividend yields. Thirteen stocks were also sufficient to establish the foundation for a portfolio while leaving room for expansion when opportunities become available throughout the year.

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In short, The Lucky 13 has been extremely successful and not surprisingly, quite popular. While not every stock in each Lucky 13 portfolio has been a winner, there have been sufficient winners in each group to produce fifteen years of positive total returns, twelve of which have exceeded 10%. Through 2016, the arithmetic average annual return for the portfolio is 12.69%. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 11.83%. For comparison purposes over the same time period, the arithmetic average annual return for the S&P 500 is 6.14% and a CAGR of 4.47%.

Investment Quality Trends provides stock data and information to subscribers with varying degrees of investment expertise and experience in portfolio construction. Accordingly, unlike some newsletter services, we do not suggest or maintain model portfolios. Because we follow such a wide variety of companies that are dynamically moving in price, along with a steady influx of new subscribers, such an approach would be impractical for our particular application.

For tracking purposes, however, the Hulbert Financial Digest has maintained a portfolio for Investment Quality Trends since 1986. This portfolio consists of all the companies in the Undervalued and Rising Trend categories, which at any given time, could total well over one hundred companies; clearly too many companies to follow on a practical basis.

Additionally, many studies have shown that the optimum number of stocks for an individual portfolio is twenty-five. That number is appropriate for diversification while not allowing the portfolio to become unwieldy. Accordingly, investors must be selective and fashion a diversified portfolio of Undervalued and Rising Trend stocks based on personal preferences, investment objectives, financial conditions and tolerance for risk.

Lucky 13 Annual Returns 2000 - 2016


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Investment Outlook

investment outlook articles

The Investment Outlook can be found in each issue, and is where our Editor presents his thoughts on the general state of the markets, a specific stock or industry, or a discussion about value identification and our methodology.

Since assuming the helm as Managing Editor in 2002, Kelley Wright has penned the majority of commentaries, which have ranged far and wide afield. Whether didactic, philosophical or with a touch of whimsy, Kelley most definitely has never been one at a loss for words.

The Timely Ten

the timely ten

Whether you are looking to build a portfolio from scratch, are partially invested and looking to add new positions, or are fully invested and merely in need of some affirmation and hand holding, The Timely Ten presents our top ten recommendations as of each issue.

Short of utilizing the personal investment management services of our sister company, IQ Trends Private Client Asset Management, this is as close to real time as you can get.

Newsletter Performance

IQ Trends newsletter performance statistics

Performance data for the Investment Quality Trends model portfolio is compiled and maintained by the Hulbert Financial Digest, an independent third party.

The benchmark index for the Investment Quality Trends model portfolio is the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index. Since 1986 the Investment Quality Trends model portfolio has demonstrated, on average, approximately 15% less risk than the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index.

About the Charts

about the charts

In each issue, with the exception of the first of the quarter, IQ Trends publishes four of our proprietary charts. These charts range from new entries into the Service, new entries into the Undervalued category or modified Profiles of Dividend Yield, companies in the Timely Ten, or companies that exhibit characteristics that show promise.

As a value added benefit to our subscribers, IQ Trends now allows access our archive of proprietary charts. No longer will subscribers have to wait for their favorite company to fall into one of the above mentioned categories for its chart to be published.