Step 2 Buy Securities This section is to make sure you are able to understand a brokerage statement and track returns. You generate such a statement using information from the portfolio you create in the CBOE VirtualTrade simulator available HERE. After establishing a free account, please click on the “Adjust Virtual Funds” link and add $75,000 to your account so that you start with $100,000 (the default is to start with $25,000). The first question is always: “What do I buy?” That is entirely up to you. An obvious suggestion is to use the stocks and/or ETFs that you researched in Step 1 above, or other local or national companies where you like/shop. You are free to purchase any security with a few caveats: 1. No one position in your portfolio may be more than 25% ($25,000) of your total portfolio value. 2. No less than five securities in your portfolio. Portfolio should include ETFs and Stocks. 3. I suggest you do not purchase any stock with a share price of $5 or less. They are usually very volatile and sometimes hard to research (which you will be doing in a later Paper). 4. You may trade in and out of securities as you see fit, but make sure you keep at least $50,000 invested and a core of 2-3 securities at all points. 5. You are allowed to use margin, but it will make your performance more volatile. Create the portfolio now, but you will need to complete the following steps before the deadline of this project. You need a history of a few weeks of returns to track the portfolio’s performance. Step 3 Track the Benchmark Portfolio You will be comparing the performance of your portfolio to a benchmark portfolio. The benchmark portfolio consists of: Fund Symbol Percent S&P 500 Index SPDR ETF SPY 60% Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index BLV 40% Step 4 Tabulate your Transactions and Holdings Prior to the paper due date, copy all of your transactions from VirtualTrade (“Account Activity”) into a spreadsheet and tabulate the realized and unrealized gains and losses on your portfolio, as well as your portfolio holdings. Step 5 Analyze your results Comment on your performance and compare it to the benchmark portfolio. Comment on outperforming and underperforming securities in your portfolio. What economic or firmspecific news had the highest effect on your performance?