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Then I converted the percentages to dollars based on a theoretical $1000. (aj2)

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What would you think of upping the ante? If you're thinking of using a theoretical starting sum of $1000, why not consider $10,000 or even $100,000? You should then keep track of the cost of commissions for the stock transactions that take place as they can have a direct effect (over time) on the performance of your investments.

I'm assuming that you might want to keep your commissions at around 1-2% of the portfolio. If so, it's obviously much easier to do this when the average (theoretical) stock transaction is at least $1000.

If you are using an online broker like Datek, your average commission would be $10 per stock transaction. If the transaction is at least $1000, your commissions are staying at the targeted 1%.

It's easy to keep track of the overall performance of your index when you use the Fool's "My Portfolio" feature.

Good luck but remember that things never work out the same on paper as they do in real life. The thought process can be skewed unless we are actually reaching right down in our pocket and grabbing a handful of our hard earned dollars to ante up.

bs5

P.S. If you change stocks as often as you've changed names, you will surely go broke paying commissions.
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