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A Spring Bounce

Spring is in the air as temperatures warm up to a tolerable level here in Chicago. The S&P 500 index’s total return was down 1.6% for March, fairly typical of index performance for the month.

The Model Fund Portfolio was flat for the month, declining only 0.1%, while the Model Shadow Stock Portfolio, which invests in micro-cap value stocks, gained 4.6%.

The Model Shadow Stock Portfolio’s 4.6% increase for March handily beat both of its comparison benchmarks: The Vanguard Small Cap Index fund (NAESX) gained 1.2% and the DFA US Micro Cap Index fund (DFSCX) gained 2.3% in March. Year to date, the Shadow Stock Portfolio has gained 5.5%, while the NAESX is up 4.7% and the DFSCX is up 3.1% over the same time period. Since its inception in 1993, the Model Shadow Stock Portfolio has a compound annual average return of 17.0%, while the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index fund (VTSMX) has gained 9.4% annually over the same period.

The Model Fund Portfolio’s 0.1% decline in March compared to a 1.0% decrease for the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index fund. Since its inception in June of 2003, the Model Fund Portfolio has a compound annual average return of 9.3%, slightly trailing the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index fund over the same time period, which gained 9.5%.

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