War is here - what I am doing with my portfolio

The war started in Ukraine last night and futures are down in a big way this morning. It is going to be an ugly day with my portfolio - there is no way to avoid it.

So what should I do with my portfolio today? Absolutely nothing!

I am not planning to take any action on my portfolio…no buys…no sells…I am not even going to look at the numbers. There is no point in doing so on a day like today.

When war breaks out, this is what usually happens:

Rationality exits the market. Many people sell out of panic or fear or lack of trust in the future of their holdings. Those who need the cash get out quickly to stem the pain and reserve their balances. Those on margin get recalled by their lending institution and they lose their shirt. Stock prices are not dependable as a barometer to use for placing buy and sell orders, imo.

All the “military experts” come out of the closet to share their geo-political knowledge via media outlets. Good-to-know info that is based on guesses and is useless to an investor.

Most fintwit go mostly silent - they have no idea what to say or what to do. Many of them have never been through a war situation or experienced markets when military action is in progress. This is a good time to clean up your twitter feed by unfollowing those who are not insightful when it is needed most.

Folks start buying hedges at exorbitant prices. They do not realize that it is already too late to put on a hedge on your portfolio. The time to buy a hedge is when the market is in an uptrend and hedges are cheap.

So coming back to my plan for today and the next few weeks:

  1. While I am not going to look at my portfolio, I am going to watch the broad market, sector, and commodity indexes closely. These will give us clues….over several days….as to how the market dynamics are shaping up, where there has been an over-reaction and which sectors/markets will remain depressed for a while.

  2. There are going to be war updates on every channel to keep me informed of Putin’s march on Kiev. The actual battles could be short-lived, causing immense death and destruction along the way. The larger war will likely take months to play out and at some point, the markets will have priced in the new political landscape and will move on.

  3. About 90% of companies have reported their Q4 2021 earnings and provided 2022 guidance. I am going back to these earnings reports, especially for my holdings, and re-scoring them using my analysis approach. I will update my shortlist of the highest scoring and lowest scoring companies. This list will guide my next actions.

  4. Once I have my updated shortlist, I will identify $ amounts that I want to add to these stocks and price-points that I want to use for buy limit orders.

Today is not a day for FOMO or FUD. Neither is it a day to sell or even buy, irrespective of whether you see “great prices” on the screen.

It is a day to create a clear action plan and to stick to the plan.

Beachman (twitter.com/Iwannabeontheb2)


Russia/Ukraine is not a major market for US companies. Direct earnings impact should be small. Energy impact in Europe could be significant.

But mostly its fear of uncertainty. Unanticipated impact.

Should be ok once things settle down. But overvalued assets, very high PE remains a concern. Downward momentum may continue.


Guess again. Never seen so much green 10 minutes til close.

Probably because of this:


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Probably because of this:


Not only is it hard to read a teleprompter but there is no emotion in the rendering. If it were a Broadway play if would fold overnight.

This is how the market works:

Over the past two days the market demonstrated how it reacts to uncertainty,

Wednesday: What is going to happen in Ukraine? NASDAQ -2.57% (Denny -5.4%)
Thursday: Russia invades Ukraine? NASDAQ +3.34% (Denny +6.7%)

Those are huge moves. Not everyone can handle this kind of volatility. Cathie Wood sold out Palantir a few days ago. Yesterday PLTR up 13.42%!

X-post at Value Hounds: https://discussion.fool.com/phaz-welcome-to-the-quotvalue-worldq…

Denny Schlesinger


I was looking at Tesla at $705 and couldn’t pull the trigger on margin. I need a clear mind for my trip toDeath Valley.