Here are my performance stats for the first six months of 2012. The first two columns are for my trading account. The next, "ESFT", is the ES Fantasy Trader. Following that I've now added the results for my IRA. The last is the Dow, my reference benchmark that I try to match or beat.
Date Trading, Month Tr. YTD ESFT YTD IRA YTD Dow YTD
1/31/12 7.41% 7.41% -0.50% 6.18% 3.41%
2/29/12 3.67% 11.35% 7.88% 9.02% 6.02%3/31/12 1.76% 13.31% 29.88% 10.05% 8.16%
4/30/12 2.35% 15.97% 41.75% 10.90% 8.17%
5/31/12 -1.92% 14.23% 26.63% 4.91% 1.45%
6/30/12 4.33% 19.17% 40.38% 2.80% 5.44%
It's not often that people are willing to share their results online, so here's a few I noticed this past week:
"My conservative-growth portfolio is currently up 11.9% year-to-date, while my aggressive portfolio is up 14.1%. By contrast, the S&P is up just 6.2% so far this year. I try to keep about 25 positions in each of these portfolios at any given point in time."
"Sound Advice’s record reflects its recent rally. Over the year to date through May, the letter is up 6.4% by Hulbert Financial Digest count versus 5.08% for the dividend-reinvested Wilshire 5000 Total Stock Market Index."
By any metric, I'd say we're doing pretty well. In fact, at the current rate this would be my best year yet. I was up just over 30% in 2009 and 2010 and down 1% last year. Right now, we're on track for a 38% year. I know, I shouldn't say anything, but the numbers are what they are Actually, even a 19% return is pretty good for a whole year, and I'm seriously considering just taking the rest of the year off... nah, who am I kidding - I'm hooked :-).