Good Morning

I thought I would give a brief list of the things that have happened over the past few weeks.

  1. We bought a house! It is a bit more inland that our island living arrangement of the past few months. Good Bye Covid Garden. We have about a 1/3 of an acre now and I no longer throw money away by renting.
  2. Our investments during the pandemic are already bringing returns. If you follow the financial posts you’ll know that I am interested in investment. The thesis that investing post crash seems to be holding up pretty well so far and has fully recovered. The allocation of how that recovery happened was completely upside down in how I thought it would play out though.
  3. The new garden space be about 8 times the size of the Covid garden. I’ll post some videos soon, but we need to get through the hot August first. Our first task will be to section off the yard for the new garden area.
    1. We already have some of the following from the previous homeowner: Moringa, Papaya, Banana, Turmeric and Ginger growing in the yard!
  4. Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias is bearing down today. We don’t expect any damage here, but it will be rainy all day.

New Seed Order Coming!

I am very excited. I just placed a seed order with Baker Creek. Here is the list:

Black Beauty TomatoTX12506/28/20
Blue Beauty TomatoTX11006/28/20
Blue Berries TomatoTX11106/28/20
Brad’s Atomic Grape TomatoTX13306/28/20
Green Zebra TomatoTG10306/28/20
Rosa Bianca EggplantEG10506/28/20
Chicago Pickling CucumberCU18106/28/20
Galeux D’ Eysines SquashSQ15606/28/20
Solar Flare LettuceLT18506/28/20

Some of these are really for pure enjoyment. The tomato crop has been decent, so I thought I would stock up on the odd varieties that might have an element of fun. I am really looking forward to the Black Beauty and Atomic Grape Tomato.

The Eggplant is really a final attempt for me to like eggplant, so I picked one that had great reviews and looks neat!

I will trial a few of these for the fall garden. Hopefully, at our new house.

Sincerely – Mr. SNH.

COVID Garden Update 2020_05_31

Happy Sunday SNH’ers,

After the fiasco with the aphids, we are rebuilding. The pole beans have been replanted and another row has been set to grow into the chicken wire fence. We also have some good stuff coming out this week. We took another harvest of jalapenos. Mrs. SNH kindly let me have a few slices to make the salsa (pic below) with a ripe tomato from the garden. She also made some fantastic garlic cheese bread that I will post later.

I also got the opportunity to pick a fine yellow bell pepper which was used in a lasagna on Saturday night. I have really enjoyed the fresh produce coming out of the garden. The flavor has been much better than the store bought stuff.

Speaking of store bought, the local publix is charging 3.99/lb on fresh tomatoes. At that rate, if you can grow them, they really are a money saver. I would estimate that we are about $.03 in for each tomato plant. Talk about some value!

The Folks are also having some success out in California with their tomatoes. Their plants are fully loaded at this point and just waiting to ripen. I’ll see if I can’t find a picture and post that too.

Hope you are all staying safe. Keep investing, growing and loving your family!

Great Salsa with our jalapenos and tomatoes.
Yellow Bell Pepper hiding in there for our Saturday night lasagna!
The watermelon keeps getting bigger. We will likely build a new raised bed to house the watermelons this week. I’ll be able to put away the grow bags soon and start cleaning things up for a move at the end of summer.
Cowpeas still green after the aphids. Still working on controlling those buggers.
Beautiful sweet Roma’s getting bigger. First time I have ever grown romas.
The garden as a whole if you have been following the last few weeks. I hope to have a nice timelapse when this garden concludes.

COVID Garden Update 2020_05_10

Greetings SNH’ers, it has been a busy week at #realjob, but this weekend I was able to get into the garden and hopefully, work a few more improvements. I planted a few more of the tomato starts, we are now 15 total tomato plants at various stages.

I also took a healthy dose of lawn clippings and put them into the plant channels as a nitrogen booster. Ants are all over the place and other insects are eating everything. Mrs. SNH suggested another round of neem oil.

Here are some pics of the fun.

Whole Garden Picture

Investing: Taking a look at metrics: Beta

I haven’t done a financial post in a while due to the depressing view of how Covid has changed the market landscape. I am back on the horse and thought I would examine how some of the metrics work that you may see in your stock analysis profiles in your investment and retirement accounts.

The Covid effect on your retirement portfolio was an alarm bell for me regarding risk. Most advisors qualify stocks and people into 3 risk groups: Sometimes, you see some designations in between these 3.

  1. High Risk
  2. Moderate Risk
  3. Low Risk

These risk profiles help an advisor define the portfolio that you should adhere to for your financial goals. I fall in between the High and Moderate profile since I have a good recovery time. If you’re in the same boat, don’t fret over the Covid dip. I believe this represents a buying opportunity for long term investors. Since I don’t have a fiduciary to assist with our goals, I wanted to examine how some of the metrics like Beta might be an indicator of risk. For reference, Beta is a measure of how much your stock choice varies against the stock market as a whole. So, if the idea is true, then those low risk stocks will have a low beta, but also return a lower percentage of gain over time. Conversely, when the market is in a big dip, it is also likely that they will swing further that the market as a whole.

I took data from my IRA provider and graphed return vs beta for large and mid caps with a beta between -1 and 2. 574 stocks were returned in the filter. It looks like there is a pretty decent correlation between the total return (5 years) and the beta value as stated above. Of course, we should consider that we have been in a Bull market for quite a bit of time and this data also represents the current drop due to Covid 19.

With concern to risk, those who move less in the market also tend to have less total return (under 300%). Those stocks who have a beta above 1 largely represented the largest gains in the last 5 years.

There is some caution though as you examine beta vs risk. There are multiple factors that should go into making decisions about how you invest. I was surprised at a few really strong performers on the list like Microsoft who had a Beta rating of .95 and Ascendis Pharma (.94), but had one of the best returns of all the companies. This tells me that Microsoft and Ascendis are still a great play for both those with lower risk and maybe* those who want to see the potential for a very high return. On the flip side, some like Darden Restaurants have only returned 28% over the last 5 years and maintain a higher Beta at 1.2, but would not likely be considered an investment in my book due to the low return in what was a strong bull market.

The conclusion here is that Beta is a good metric to judge how your stocks might perform relative to the market as intended, but it doesn’t dictate what the returns will be. It also warrants further investigation since there are clearly outliers that might indicate very weak companies with low returns in largely positive markets such as Darden. I think that Beta will be a go-to indicator for stock selection, but needs to be combined with many others to form a personal score factor.

–Notice–

I am not a professional investment advisor and use this blog to examine ideas on my own accord. Do not use these writings as professional investment advice. I do not currently hold a position in MSFT, DRI or ASND.