2010 was a great year in the markets, and a decent year for the Rayno Portfolio, but let's not get too excited. It's like being happy about getting a new Toyota after your buddy totaled your Porsche. That's how I view the 2009/2010 market in the context of the 2008 financial debacle. Yes, I like the Toyota, but can I get the Porsche back too?
The Rayno Model Portfolio delivered a solid 9% gain -- 10.4% total if you include dividends. This is a slight underperformance in the S&P gains. But please keep in mind that we advised readers to go to 100% CASH (or better yet gold) at the beginning of 2008 -- and so our 2008 Model Portfolio lost no money in one of the worst financial crises in history. A 10.4% gain looks a lot better when you managed to avoid the 35% decline two years earlier.
The Rayno Model Portfolio still has a track record of having NEVER LOST MONEY, and the cumulative returns since 2005 are now in excess of 40% total since 2005. Again, a lot of this goes back to the decision of going to 100% cash in 2008.
Sometimes the best way to make money is to avoid losing it.
The results of the model portfolio are below. To summarize, there were some volatile results in our picks. Our best pick was silver, via the Silver ETF (SLV), which was up 70%. As you know we have been fans of the precious metals for many years, and we believe they are in strong, secular bull markets that will continue. I'm still a huge silver bull.