Life has been busy during 2015 outside of my portfolio but relatively quiet in terms of portfolio activity. Current portfolio holdings (in order of position size) include Costco (COST), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B), Google (GOOG), the S&P 500 ETF (SPY), IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), MSCI (MSCI), American Express (AXP), Union Pacific (UNP), Express Scripts (ESRX), Caterpillar (CAT) and Full House Resorts (FLL).
COST was purchased over a decade ago at approximately $30 per share. BRK was acquired in recent years at approximately $65 per share, GOOG was purchased about a year ago, MSFT was purchased around $20 per share and AXP was purchased at around $78 dollar per share after the loss of the Costco card agreement. IBM and ESRX were acquired due low valuation.
CAT and UNP were purchased during 2015 due low valuation/stock price weakness tied to the decline in oil-energy-commodity prices and perceived weakening demand in China. MSFT, MSCI, AXP and FLL were value bets and/or special situation positions with activist investor activity.
Based on topics included in my January 3, 2015 post combined with discussion of past, present and future holdings I will attempt to answer some basic investment "how to" questions for emerging non-professional investors.