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                   Cosmopolitan Investment Club™ Officers 2018

 Presiding Partner (President)  George Heim                     (Past President - Al Traynham)
 Education Partner (Education V.P.) Doug Kallevig                    (Past Education V.P. - Norm Grant)
 Financial Partner (Treasurer) Jerry Doffing                     (Past Treasurer -David Pierce)
 Recording Partner (Secretary) Sam Charchian                   (Past Secretary - David Mitchell)             
                   The Monthly "Swine-Investors" News Highlights 

     -The Official minutes of Cosmopolitan Investors 2018-

Important Notice:  The Cosmopolitan Investment Club meets at the DoubleTree Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN.  It is located at the Northwest Corner of Highways 100 and 494.  We meet in the "nine-mile grill", located just to the right and behind the front desk.         Note:  From years ago, some will remember the hotel as the Raddison South Hotel.

            Cosmopolitan Investment Club Meeting Minutes, November, 2018

Beloved Club President George Heim dropped the gavel and began the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Roll call:  A quorum was in danger at 6:30, but enough members wandered in, giving us a quorum so that we could conduct business.  Otherwise we would have shot some bulls, ate some dinner and gone home.    We also had a return guest, Joey Baron, who brought along his daughter Rebecca Baron.  We also had a walk-in guest in Daren Munson, who was unaware we are a dinner club. He didn't order, and bolted at the break.  We were especially sad to learn that Art (Ringo) Jensen was in the hospital and being fed intravenously.  He is still on a rough road to recovery from his cancer of the tongue.  We hope he is at the December meeting and feeling better.   

Meeting Minutes:  Hopefully, ALL of you have read the minutes online, since there is much frustration with the accompanying editorializing, as your humble secretary reads the minutes of the previous meeting.  All feeble attempts to amend the minutes were foiled, especially the part where the secretary refers to himself as Sagacious Sam.

Treasurer's Report Jerry Doffing read the monthly (highlights below) report which was approved:

Please note the balances from TD Ameritrade and ICLUB are off by $1,066.67 which is the amount of the food fund balance.

Our current value is $109,809.68, less contributions made in 2018 of $10,946.35 leaves an adjusted balance for contributions and withdrawals of $9,8863.33. Comparing this to the yearend valuation number of $89,908.48, we show a profit (realized and unrealized) of $8,954.85 or 10.996%. Given that the S&P 500 is up 2.34%, Dow is up 2.81%, and the NASD is up 4.99% - we remain noticeably ahead of all of the indexes!

Jerry also announced that if you  haven't paid your $500 annual contribution for 2018, you should bring a check at our December meeting.   After the November meeting stock selloff (see new business highlights below), we have a ton of cash to deploy for wiser investments.

A motion was made to suspend the rules to allow a motion concerning our annual "tip" to our charming waitress, Connie.  That passed.  So, Sam moved to give Connie a $100 extra tip for the Christmas Holiday season next month.  David Mitchell, who normally guards the treasury, moved to amend to $150.  During debate it was pointed out we gave $75 last year, and that $150 was too much.  The amendment failed, the motion carried.  Since we had suspended the rules, Jerry moved that at year end, we take our excess food cash account (from people who had a low attendance record) and route that money into our profit and loss" account.  That also passed. 

Membership:  We are now at full membership according to our bylaws.   A quasi-committee report by David Mitchell who has modified our "Partnership Agreement" in terms of Additional Partners, Contributions and club partnership agreement witness names and dates.  We will discuss and vote on this stuff at the December meeting.  David will send emails on the proposed changes for you to examine before our December meeting.

Stock Analysis:  Jerry provided an analysis of our current holdings and his recommendations which is briefly summarized below:

Buy/Hold:  Jerry ranked 4 holds, with just one buy...UNH.  

Sell/Hold:  Jerry suggested 5 sells; AAPL, BA, CRM, MA and V.

Watch List:  There were no additions or deletions from our current "watch list" which now consists of the following:  CHDN, AVGO, ATVI, SNE, LMT, ALXN, AMTD, and IAC.  note: Concerning Broadcom (AVGO); Wanting to learn more about Broadcom Limited, David Mitchell decided to get on the inside and spy around, so he applied for a job at Broadcom and was quickly accepted with alacrity and hired.  We now have an inside man to help us determine if we should keep AVGO on the watchlist or buy it.

·       Education No education segment was presented, since we have moved the educational report to the end of the meeting, where there usually is no time left.  Nevertheless, frustrated by our collective ignorance, our Education Partner, Doug Kallevig, took just one lousy minute to display several indexes on a single chart showing who's leading and lagging.  

Stock Presentations:

A lot of stocks were thrown out there for consideration:  Sam Charchian suggested we place a buy limit-order at $59.69 on Verizon (VZ) due to their leadership in the upcoming G5 ultra high-band network being developed. Lloyd Mielke offered Schlumberger (SLB) and Halliburton for consideration as to which has the uglier chart.  Guest Rebecca Baron threw out the Turkey (it was Thanksgiving) country ETF, TUR.  Given no one could name even one company in Turkey or what is going on in Turkey, this suggestion went nowhere too.  Sagacious Sam then offered AAPL for consideration on a buy limit-order even if we sell our current shares.  No one took a bite from that apple either.

Investment Business:

Before I begin, note that we saved a serious bunch of dough (about $3k) by dumping NVDA and XPO last month.  

A motion was made to dump all of our APPL at market.  This was amended to include a Buy/Stop order to repurchase our same 50 shares at $200.69.  The amendment and main motion both passed.

Jerry moved to sell all our shares of Boeing (BA) at market.  That passed.   He then moved to sell all our shares of MasterCard (MA) at market.  That passed too.  He also moved to sell all of our Visa (V).  That passed.  On a major roll, with only resistance from David Mitchell, Jerry moved we sell all of our Salesforce.com (CRM).  That passed.  He then moved to cancel our previous limit-order on our $280 ILMN.  That passed.  He finally moved to cancel the $164 limit-order on IAC.  That also passed.  Tim Deegan was fearful the current limit-order may trigger upon market open (giving us IAC) before the cancel was submitted and was struggling on how to dump it immediately.  John Drewitz moved that if we own IAC, we dump it at market immediately.  That passed.  

·       The Finale':  Guest comments by Joey and daughter Rebecca, as usual, were mostly about being impressed by the sagacity of our beloved secretary.

Closing:  It was 8:30, George Heim dropped the gavel.  

Liar's Poker Highlights:  Only 4 Liar's poker players showed up this month, so the game was postponed to December.  The October highlights are below:

We had 7 players for Liars' Poker with the inclusion of Dr. Dave and Tom Nyberg.  We missed Tim Deegan, but were fortunate to have a good group playing.  It started out with Dr. Dave determined to take the King of the Hill away from the pompous self-award bearing Norm Grant.  After several failed costly attempts, Dave backed off.  Art was his usual self, bidding conservatively sometimes, and then going forward like a madman with outrageous bids.  Norm and Jerry were somewhat subdued all evening until late, when a miracle and a misstep by Tom Nyberg enabled the normally subdued Jerry to go for the Grand Slam.  We were all shocked when he took the throne from Norm.  Bill Kalina actually was a bit more aggressive, which caused him to overstep losing a few rounds. Sam, played brilliantly and left with a few bucks ahead.  Art had a rough night...financially.  As usual, Jerry made a few "love dates" during the game, as his mind seldom roams from "chicks" and "strippers", except when he was watching the Packers game on his phone.  Winning KoftheH was a miracle.  See photos below.                        

Section 2 article d.- Dumb-Ass-Loser Rule:  If a slam bid is made (the bubble has none) and the total count is also zero, then the dumb-ass bidder (who went for the grand slam) is obligated to: rise, apologize, and pay out $2 to each player.  Optional: He should apologize profusely to the King and offer him a drink.

                       Click on:   Liars Poker Rules  to play properly.

Important Links:      Letters-to-the-Editor ;   Club Photos;   Official Partnership Agreement 

                        Cosmopolitan Swine Investment Club

What is "Swine Investing?"     Some say, "Bulls make money, and Bears make money, but pigs get slaughtered."  We say rubbish! The Comsopolitan Investment Club contains members who are Bulls and some who are Bears.  Yes, and even swine. We have Swing Traders, and "Buy & Holders". Some dabble in derivitives and Exchange Traded Funds.  We sometimes buy for Capital Appreciation and sometimes for income.  We have members who are very knowledgeable about stocks and others who know precious little.  We have members who study charts and others who pour over balance sheets, income statements and cash Flow statements.  Some are bottom-up investors, some are top-down.  Some spit on the IBD and some spit on the Value Line. We've got 'em all, except you, so feel free to visit, and check us out at our next meeting.  Lately, we've become the Nihilistic Investors:  We don't buy much or sell at all.  We hold 'em.  Oh yeah, we play "Liars Poker" following the formal meeting tooOINK!   Find Us 

 Link:  Partnership Agreement                                    

Key Links:

 Club Photos

 Letters to the Editor


Who are we?  We are "Swine Investors" who meet on the Third Monday of each month.  We are an "Open Club" to all levels of stock investors.  Note that we are a dinner club and usually invest in the market each month.  Several members of the group are also members of the Cosmopolitan Toastmasters Club.  Several members are NOT.  Use the Contacts links at the bottom of this page to ask questions and let us know if you would like to visit -just to "check us out".  We are an "open" club.  You are most welcome.  Oink!

"It's much more important to avoid losing money than it is to make money.  If you avoid the big loses, you make money almost by default.".......Jerry Doffing, SFTH International

"No one can outsmart the market; you treat the market like you're dancing with a gorilla.  If it wants to lead, let it"......Norm Grant

"Market research tells you what happened yesterday.  Sensitivity tells you where the world is going".....Wade Grantham

Typical Meeting Room

  

Where decisions are made!

"Arrogance destroys more money than stupidy" and "Broad Diversification is plainly and simply often a hedge for ignorance"...Past President, Richard P. Nyberg 

 

Member Responsibilies

1. Education:  Our Assistant Presiding Partner is considered our "Education Partner".  He will lead or assign discussions/debates on topics such as: Top/down vs. Bottom/up investing, Value vs. growth, buy/hold vs Active Trading, using limits and stops vs. market orders, Nihilism: awesome power of doing nothing, etc.
2. Action:  Members are encouraged to come prepared to make a recommendation for our portfolio.  You may suggest: selling one of our stocks or adding more shares or resetting a Limit Order or Stop Order, or buying a new stock or option; your responsibility  is to prepare at least one idea for our next meeting -which will probably NOT be adopted.

Links: Cosmopolitan Investment Club Partnership Agreement     Liars Poker Rules

                                       The Swine Investors

Note:   This is an actual group photo of 5 members (from left to right):      Dave, Bill, Jerry, Norm and George. We meet on the Third Monday of each month at the same pigsty; from 6:30p to about 8:30.  We are about a dozen members and have "dinner" (for $20),  Later, several members play some competitive  "Liars Poker".    More Photos.  You are most welcome to visit us.

Email Contact:    WebMaster Sam Charchian