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Nate Pile

Founder and Editor of Nate's Notes - "Helping Main Street Beat Wall Street Since 1995"

Investment Strategy

While there is no set formula Mr. Pile uses when choosing stocks, the first screen is always done at the fundamental level. For a company to even make it onto Nate’s list for consideration, it must have a compelling long-term growth story (be it a new product or a significantly better version of an existing product or service), and its management team must have a clear and sensible business plan against which investors can measure the company’s progress over the years. When looking at a company from this standpoint, Pile always asks himself a question he first saw posed several years ago in a book on Warren Buffet’s investment philosophy, namely “if the stock market closed for five years and we could not trade the stock again until the market re-opened, would we be still be happy buying the stock today?” If the answer is “yes,” then there is a chance the stock will make it into his portfolio.

Generally, speaking, Nate tends to build positions in stocks with a three- to five-year time period in mind, though as long as a company is continuing to execute on its business plan, he is likely maintain at least a partial position in the stock for a much longer period of time based on the old Wall Street maxim "When is the best time to sell a great growth company? Never!"  In fact, many of the stocks in Nate's Marketocracy portfolio have been there since the early 2000s (albeit with some scaling-in and scaling-out along the way in response to changed market conditions).

Along with the above, it is also worth noting that, given his background, a majority of his picks tend to come from the biotech and high-tech sectors.

(NMF) npile's Mutual Fund
17+ YRS (As of: 03/23/2020) 14.26% 7.80% View Fund Stats
15 YRS 12.60% 8.58% Beat the 75th percentile of mutual funds over 15 years.  
10 YRS 12.56% 12.10% Beat the 75th percentile of mutual funds over 10 years.  
5 YRS 1.46% 9.75% Fund has a 5 year track record.  
3 YRS 6.20% 10.13% Fund has a 3 year track record.  
1 YR -1.67% 6.68% Fund has a 1 year track record.  
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  • NMF Beat the 75th percentile of mutual funds over 15 years.
    Feb 29, 2020
  • NMF Beat the 75th percentile of mutual funds over 10 years.
    Feb 29, 2020

npile's Mutual Fund

NMF | Price History
NMF | Fund Positions by Styles
Color Name Allocation Today
Large Cap : Blend 29.25% 1.96%
Large Cap : Growth 20.97% 0.60%
Mid Cap : Growth 17.78% 0.19%
Small Cap : Blend 13.95% 0.27%
Unclassified Market Cap : Unclassified Style 9.01% 0.30%
Small Cap : Growth 4.60% 0.57%
Micro Cap : Growth 3.04% -0.34%
Micro Cap : Blend 1.09% -0.14%
Small Cap : Value 0.30% -0.04%
NMF | Fund Information

The information below pertains to model data only.

Fund Manager: Total Model Net Assets:
Nate Pile $13,477,616.15
Inception: Ticker Symbol: # of Securities:
October 30, 2002 NMF 20

While always given wide latitude for adherence to any strategy description, generally the npile:NMF model fund takes a long-term approach to investing in U.S.-based companies perceived to have above- average long-term growth potential. Positions are usually scaled into (and out of) over a period of several months, or even years. The npile:NMF model fund also has a bias towards owning stocks in the biotech and high-tech sectors, though other industries and sectors are often represented in the portfolio as well. It is important to note that the strategy description remains very general, and Nate Pile has wide latitude for varying from this strategy over significant periods of time and as he sees fit.

NMF | Turnover
Last Month N/A
Last 3 Months N/A
Last 6 Months 5.35%
Last 12 Months 10.77%
NMF | 5 Most and Least Profitable
Position Symbol Gains
1 AAPL $6,503,533.28
2 NVDA $3,465,180.28
3 CELG $2,736,471.39
4 ILMN $620,829.63
5 EA $474,971.58
Position Symbol Gains
1 MNKD -$2,288,088.14
2 TQNT -$207,428.55
3 HDGE -$144,422.49
4 DBA -$134,972.00
5 PHYS -$59,868.41
NMF | Skill Metrics
All Positions
Winning % 52.94%
Avg. Gain/Loss Ratio 4.49
NMF | Fund Positions by Sectors and Industries
Color Name Allocation Today
Technology 34.52% 1.43%
Health Care 32.59% -0.20%
Consumer Discretionary 13.28% 0.56%
Other 12.80% 0.41%
Materials 3.77% -1.25%
Financials 3.04% -0.34%
NMF | Recent Returns vs S&P 500
NMF 5.55% 4.98% 8.97%
S&P 500 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
NMF | Recent Returns
Period Returns S&P 500 Returns Returns VS S&P 500
Last Week 1.61% -6.21% 7.82%
Last Month -26.48% -32.84% 6.36%
Last 3 Months -23.49% 0.00% -23.49%
Last 6 Months -18.73% -24.30% 5.57%
Last 12 Months -20.65% -18.51% -2.14%
Last 5 Years -11.34% 20.27% -31.61%
Last 10 Years 167.13% 136.10% 31.03%
Since Inception 917.76% 258.38% 659.38%
(Annualized) 14.26% 7.61% 6.65%
Data as of: 03/23/2020
NMF | Alpha/Beta VS. S&P 500
Alpha 0%
Beta 0
R-Squared 0
NMF | 5 Best and Worst Returns
Position Symbol Inception Return
1 AAPL 7270.54%
2 CELG 943.29%
3 NVDA 698.43%
4 QRVO 579.68%
5 ILMN 83.88%
Position Symbol Inception Return
1 MNKD -60.98%
2 DBA -26.77%
3 HDGE -19.76%
4 PHYS -5.90%
5 DBC -4.67%