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Author: JeanDavid Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 76395  
Subject: Re: IRA capital gains convert to ordinary income Date: 4/17/1998 5:49 PM
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<Thank you for sharing your story about your dud. I am
truely happy for you for your success in attaining a
45% return.

 But your financial situation is more the exception
than the rule.>

Well, that unlikely rate of return sure is. It was
hanging around much closer to 20%, underperforming the
S&P 500 until fairly recently. The IRR for the last 12
months has been so high because of, among others, the
following (these are annualized rates of return over
the times I have held them (some of these times are
quite short)):

RTN.A   +323%*
PMTC    +297%*
DD      +289%
PFE     +265%
CATP    +241%
DELL    +238%
__
* No longer held

These are ATYPICAL, but I have held some of them for a
while and they sure help. Even BRK.A is doing +59.06% for me, which may not be as impressive, but is so substantial that it is now occupying the largest single position of my portfolio (now only 18 stocks).

It is true that I have been investing, Wisely most of the time, but Foolishly since August 1996, since about 1967 and not all those investments worked out badly.
According to Quicken, my annualized rate of return for
all my investments has been only 14.71% which may help
to give some perspective to all this.
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