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Company: Ceres Group
Yahoo Beta:0.86
Industry:Life insurance

Company Description:  Ceres Group, Inc., provides life and health insurance. Its two primary lines of business are senior products, which include life insurance, medical insurance, and annuities for Americans over 55, and catastrophic medical insurance for individuals and small businesses.

Purchase Date:15 Mar 2004 Sale Date:16 Feb 2005
Purchase Price:$6.83 Sale Price:$5.24
  --Split Adjusted:$6.83  --Split Adjusted:$5.24
Shares Purchased:300 Shares Sold:300
  --Split Adjusted:300  --Split Adjusted:300
Transaction Fee:$75.94 Transaction Fee:$68.26
Price Range (6 Months Prior):    Price Range (6 Months After):    
High$6.75 High$0.00
Date08 Mar 2004 Date01 Jan 1996
Low$3.85 Low$0.00
Date26 Sep 2003 Date01 Jan 1996
S&P (Purchase Date):$1,110.89 S&P (Sale Date):$1,210.34

Timing:  The company hit a six month high on the day we purchased it.
Reason:  We were looking for a small cap financial company. Ceres has good ratios, and we believe that the market for financial products for seniors will grow as baby bommers retire.

Reason:  Ceres Group has steadily declined in price.

S&P Gain: 8.95 % Annualized Gain: 10.73%
Stock Gain: -23.28 % Annualized Gain: -27.03%

Net Holding Return ($): $-621.20
Net Holding Return (%): -29.23 %