Hedge fund manager life, here I come. Thoughts of a high rise condo on the Upper East Side and summering in the Hamptons are certainly in my future now that I’m curating investments for the masses. Ok, I confess this isn’t exactly true in a literal sense. (or legal sense..or well, probably ANY sense.)
Ok, ok…I didn’t technically create my own mutual fund. But what I did do is select a group of stocks to purchase in an M1 Finance “pie” where they will be automatically maintained. And I can invest or sell from this selection of stocks on an ongoing basis at no cost. To me, that sounds a lot like a mutual fund with a zero expense ratio and no commissions for transactions. And that’s attractive.
The “Pies” I Created
My own lazy portfolio
Not exactly killing it.
Update 4-24-19: Well things turned around.
“Go Catch Growth Fund”
I also created, what I’m thinking of as a growth fund. The selection of stocks are mostly tech-based and I chose based on the fact that these stocks don’t pay a dividend as of the time of selection. This means that as long as none are paying dividends, any gains within this fund wouldn’t be subject to income tax until you sell.
So it’s cheap or free to carry. Below is a glimpse of my “Go Catch Growth” fund. Click the link to see all my selections which if I’m lucky could beat a blindfolded monkey choosing stocks by throwing darts at a dartboard.
Hand selected by me.
a quarterly return as of 2/11/2019 according to M1 Finance.
Of course in the future, any one of the companies might start to pay a dividend and thus an income tax bill. I could always kick a stock out if that happens.
Here’s my selection of companies. They say that sometimes a monkey playing darts can select stocks better than a professional MBA on Wall Street so let’s see how I can do.
Obligatory Disclaimer: I’ll point out that while I have over 23 years of experience investing, I’m not a professional financial advisor or licensed broker. This post is for entertainment purposes and you should check with a professional financial advisor before purchasing or selling any stocks.
I am also an affiliate of M1 Finance which means I’ll earn a commission on some signups generated from clicking a link on this page. If you signup based on the links on this post, you’ll get a $10 credit for opening a new account. Get the details by reading on