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It is my firm belief that 80% of money managers can't outperform the SP 500 index over time due primarily to the fees they charge their clients. Each and every individual person intent on having the happiest retirement possible could and should take charge of their retirement portfolios and invest in simple index/mutual funds and/or a balanced portfolio like the one I have set up to maximize returns over decades of performance. My ratios and distributions are based on my book - Investing Better Than A Money Manager: The Rise Of Retail Investing.

Past Performance

Here is briefly how my portfolio evolved from its inception when I became more of an active investor in 2014 in the market until now. Notice, I spent several years before 2014 putting some funds into the market now and then at random as I finished school and got married and started a family, etc., which I didn't really follow or record.

Year Welsh Portfolio SP 500 2014 $77,053 2015 $81,233 -0.81% 2016 $91,494 9.64% 2017 $142,363 19.38% 2018 $162,607 -6.29% 2019 $230,093 29.01% 2020 $316,104 16.28% 2021 $402,037 27.04% 2022 $349,496 -19.48%

Contributions

Contributions make up a vital component of your portfolio, especially when you are starting out, as they are the building blocks of tax advantaged savings for retirement. The more money you have, the more concern you should have with taxes. This is why when you start out investing, you should try to add to accounts like IRAs ASAP instead of putting the money into regular taxable investment accounts.

Contributions

HSA

IRAs

401(K)

Jan 2022

$0

$0

$0

Feb 2022

$0

$0

$500

Mar 2022

$0

$0

$3,760.44

Apr 2022

$0

$0

$500

May 2022

$10,000

$0

$2,000

Jun 2022

$0

$0

$5,205.53

Jul 2022

$0

$0

$500

Aug 2022

$0

$0

$2627.77

Sept 2022

$0

$0

$4,000

Oct 2022

$0

$0

$2,300

Nov 2022

$0

$0

$500

Dec 2022

$0

$0

$6,515.12

YTD CONTRIBUTIONS

$10,000

$0

$27,908.86

Here is how my portfolio is performing compared to the SPDR SP 500 Trust (SPY) over 2022.

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Fund

SPY

Welsh

Welsh Minus Contributions

% Gain Jan 2022

-5.32%

-8.12%

-8.12%

% Gain Feb 2022

-3.62%

-0.88%

-10.15%

% Gain Mar 2022

3.59%

3.3%

2.3%

% Gain Apr 2022

-9.03%

-6.2%

-6.4%

% Gain May 2022

0.24%

1.3%

-2.09%

% Gain Jun 2022

-9.02%

-6.21%

-7.66%

% Gain Jul 2022

9.91%

13.66%

13.51%

% Gain Aug 2022

-3.79%

-5.32%

-6.01%

% Gain Sept 2022

-9.9%

-7.8%

-8.9%

% Gain Oct 2022

8.12%

5.96%

5.3%

% Gain Nov 2022

5.95%

-0.01%

-0.02%

% Gain Dec 2022

-6.12%

-1.16%

-3%

YTD GAINS

-19.48%

-13.07%

-22.5%

Regular contributions to your retirement portfolio help your portfolio to grow even during less than ideal months where you fail to outperform the SP 500. Not every month will be a winner, but regular contributions can help make anyone's performance look great over time.

My portfolio is divided up to start 2022 at around 73% stocks and around 27% mutual and index funds with the goal to increase stocks to over 80% of my portfolio over time. My current setup has swayed to 77% domestic exposure and 23% international as I have pushed in a lot of my chips in on Petrobras (PBR). I have about 2.5% of my portfolio in bond mutual funds so that I know how they work and to have at least a little exposure to this sector over time. I plan to have bonds be a very small portion of my portfolio up to right around age 65. Diversification lifts my whole portfolio's returns over time, so finding the best stocks in every sector is a goal for me each and every year. Here are some of the main changes since my last portfolio article in November of 2022.

Welsh Portfolio

Stocks

Index/Mutual Funds

Bonds

Domestic

International

Jan 2022

73%

27%

2.6%

82%

18%

Feb 2022

74%

26%

2.6%

93%

7%

Mar 2022

74%

26%

2.4%

94%

6%

Apr 2022

75%

25%

2.5%

96%

4%

May 2022

73%

27%

2.5%

62%

38%

Jun 2022

73%

27%

2.6%

77%

23%

Jul 2022

75%

25%

2.3%

71%

28%

Aug 2022

74%

26%

2.4%

70%

30%

Sept 2022

75%

25%

2.5%

71%

29%

Oct 2022

75%

25%

2.3%

72%

28%

Nov 2022

74%

26%

2.4%

74%

26%

Dec 2022

74%

26%

2.5%

77%

23%

Here are the details of my personal~$349K portfolio then, based on values of approximately $40K, $400K, and $4 million broken down by sectors with brief descriptions of each stock in each sector. The best thing about my portfolio setup is that it is scalable so that people interested in following a similar path can set up their portfolios to follow my path no matter how small or large their holdings are. With fee-free trading and the advent of fractional shares, investors are more capable than ever in setting up amazing portfolios even when starting from scratch.

The Welsh Portfolio

The Information Technology Sector

Aim = 15% of my Stock holdings

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

QCOM

$700

$7,000

$70,000

DELL

$230

$2,300

$23,000

VMW

$290

$2,900

$29,000

AMD

$2,590

$25,900

$259,000

% Portfolio

14.8%

1. QUALCOMM (QCOM) is a major technology solutions provider for companies like Apple (AAPL) and will be an integral part of upcoming transformational secular revolutions like 5G. Its recent victories against Apple in court have boosted its value as Apple can't shake the company by trying to make its own chips. I always like to have at least one chip company in my portfolio at all times with a couple never a bad idea.

ACPS = $61.92

2. Dell (DELL) is a legacy holding which continues to aggressively seek MA opportunities like the value acquisition of the $67B EMC deal and the spin-off of the hybrid cloud giant VMware (VMW) at the end of October 2021, which it formerly owned ~80% of the stock of. Michael Dell is a shareholder winner through and through and following in his stock footpaths I think is a good long-term decision. The VMware spinoff should allow Dell to deleverage significantly while allowing the free cash flow to hit its remaining debt burden opportunistically before Michael Dell moves on to his next future MA opportunity. The sale of VMware to Broadcom (AVGO) potentially next year in 2023 could open up Michael Dell and Dell itself to lots of new opportunities now that it can officially cut all ties with VMware besides what is truly mutually beneficial to both parties.

ACPS = $21.52

3. VMware: I acquired VMware as a spin-off from Dell. Now I get to hopefully enjoy it being acquired by Broadcom for ~$61B. I plan at this time to opt in for receiving all Broadcom stock when the deal closes, but that won't be until 2023 most likely. When I do my IRAs later this year, I might opt in to beef up this position markedly to take advantage of the arbitrage and for future Broadcom shares.

ACPS = $51.57

4. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD): Bought back into this stock as one of my favorite chip companies at a tremendous value in my opinion as the stock is about half off of 52-week highs. I love the CEO Lisa Su and also its most recent deal to acquire Xilinx for ~$35B which closed early in 2022. AMD continues to bully incumbents like Intel (INTC) relentlessly and I see AMD continuing to eat Intel's lunch in the coming years as well. More than doubled my shares of AMD in September as I work to rapidly build this position up over the back half of the year. Added an additional 100 shares in October as I want to build my technology sector back up towards 20% again. A nice run in November helped get me back to even on my investment with tons more upside I believe coming.

ACPS = $79.70

The Health Care Sector

Aim = 15% of my Stock holdings

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

ARWR

$2,830

$28,300

$283,000

MDT

$310

$3,100

$31,000

PFE

$420

$4,200

$42,000

LLY

$360

$3,600

$36,000

% Portfolio

15%

5. Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (ARWR) is a permanent large stock position in my portfolio as an RNAi juggernaut entering key Phase 2 and 3 trials in 2022. A lovely balance sheet with key partnerships with Johnson Johnson (JNJ), Amgen (AMGN), Takeda (TAK), Horizon (HZNP), and a new ~$1 Billion licensing deal in November of 2021 with GSK (GSK) significantly de-risks its TRiM platform as it continues to expand into additional cell types. Amgen continues to slowly progress Olpasiran (AMG 890), its collaboration candidate with Arrowhead along with a successful Johnson Johnson update in November 2021 on JNJ-3989 for hepatitis B virus. Takeda will help co-develop and co-commercialize Arrowhead's lead candidate ARO-AAT preparing Arrowhead for independent commercialization of its wholly owned candidates while it continues to find partners for new candidates like the recently revealed ARO-XDH with Horizon. Arrowhead partnered with GSK for its NASH candidate ARO-HSD, proving once again its TRiM platform is in big demand as it continues to expand its pipeline so fast that it can't progress all of its candidates by itself as a smaller sub $5B company.

A setback in its ARO-ENaC candidate led to a tremendous buying opportunity in the stock in 2021, which is still in effect in my opinion. ARO-ENaC is neither the company's lead product nor a very important one in Arrowhead's ever growing pipeline of candidates. Investors will have gotten an update on Arrowhead's pulmonary plans at the Pulmonary RD day on May 26, 2022.

I originally used the ARO-ENaC debacle to expand my shares of Arrowhead from 410 shares up to 530 shares. I expanded my shares in Arrowhead again in January of 2022 by buying an additional 70 shares to bring my total up to 600 shares. I bought an additional 100 shares in May of 2022 bringing me up to 700 total shares. I am fine sitting on my current shares for a while as one of my largest positions especially with a potentially exciting November on the horizon as a big month for new data. Here's a recent article I did on the potential data release at AASLD this fall between Johnson Johnson and collaboration partner Arrowhead.

ACPS = $45.56

6. Medtronic (MDT): Health care device maker that I think has significant upside from COVID-19 variants for years to come. Hospitals will need the best equipment companies like Medtronic as health issues from COVID-19 could and seem poised to persist for years.

ACPS = $83.13

7. Pfizer (PFE): A healthcare behemoth with a big stake in the fight against COVID-19. Seems like a great potential long-term winner at a great value compared to some of its peers. Brand new deals like its latest ~$3.2B deal with the government mean excess cash flows should continue to shower down on stockholders.

ACPS = $35.86

8. Eli Lilly (LLY): A favorite healthcare stock of mine that I easily jump back into and rarely sell except when I see big opportunities arise for a short-term trade. Great collection of commercialized drugs and a great developmental pipeline of possibilities, including Alzheimer's candidate donanemab. Bought a few more shares in October as I slowly build this position back up as it continues to make all-time highs.

ACPS = $329.52

Sold: Summit Therapeutics (SMMT) Had a very nice pop in Summit shares in December as the company got a partnership done which it had been looking for a while. I sold out for a nice gain on the big pop but the stock has been on a rampage ever since then leaving me high and dry without any more shares. Win some and lose some but I wish I would have just stayed the course and let things develop without pulling triggers. I mean just look at this.

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The Communication Services Sector

Aim = 10% of my Stock holdings

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

DIS

$950

$9,500

$95,000

GOOGL

$520

$5,200

$52,000

META

$1,800

$18,000

$180,000

% Portfolio

12.7%

9. Disney (DIS) will crush Netflix (NFLX) in growth over the coming decades in my opinion as its streaming platform continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The company has its ups and downs, but I think it's a major force moving forward for decades to come especially with the appointment of Iger back into the CEO position again. Bob Iger has been a blessing for the stock in the past and I see his changes turning the company's momentum around here pretty quickly.

ACPS = $171.78

10. Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG): One of the FAANG names producing amazing results as always even in a bear market. I have a decent amount of exposure to the FAANG names with my mutual funds, but it is hard to have too much of these juggernauts. Not selling even after the recent disappointments.

ACPS = $104.94

11. Facebook (META) This tech giant has been absolutely obliterated over the course of 2022 as large tech companies in general have faltered. Meta though has taken the cake though as a punching bag especially after its most recent earnings report in October where it dipped another 25% the day after reporting.

This report showed that the company is not controlling costs, which the market is not a fan of, while we are in a technical recession with a potential real recession happening over the coming years no matter how you define recession. It is looking more and more like Meta bottomed after its October earnings report making my large purchase a potential phenomenal buy over the coming years.

ACPS=$98.21

The Financial Sector

Aim = 15% of my Stock holdings

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

GBTC

$2,320

$23,200

$232,000

HSBC

$240

$2,400

$24,000

% Portfolio

9.9%

12. Bitcoin (BTC-USD) is digital gold in my opinion and the future of finance as a potential bedfellow to or eventual replacement of not only the U.S. dollar, but to all fiat money in the coming decades. I plan on holding Bitcoin stock for the next 20+ years and to very rarely if ever sell shares, so month-to-month performance means little to me at this point. I plan on it being a long-term top 3 stock position in my portfolio at all times and will consider adding significant shares to my position if the coin drops below the $15K level. I added 100 more shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (OTC:GBTC) stock again in August of 2022 as it continues to hover around $20k a coin. A much bigger buy of Bitcoin in October as I added an additional 700 shares as I try to build this position back up to one of my largest positions.

November brought about another Crypto winter for digital currencies with the FTX catastrophe. Short term pain for Bitcoin with long term gains as I believe Bitcoin continues to show why it is best in class in the space as other coins continue to zero out. Looking to add to my bitcoin position possibly with some dividends in December of 2022.

At under 10% of my total portfolio again I will be looking to add shares of bitcoin over the coming months as one of my main adds. I'm a long-term bull so buying big dips is fine for me as I still see it as a revolutionary technology for future generations potentially.

ACPS = $22.84

13. HSBC Bank (HSBC) is a legacy holding that might finally see some upside if the United Kingdom can ever get Brexit resolved and new trade opportunities sorted out in the midst of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. That, of course, might be a big if. Looks to be a stock on the chopping block when I do my IRA contributions for 2022.

ACPS = $48.91

The Consumer Discretionary Sector

Aim = 8% of my Stock holdings

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

TSCO

$680

$6,800

$68,000

TSLA

$730

$7,300

$73,000

AMZN

$750

$7,500

$75,000

% Portfolio

8.4%

14. Tractor Supply Company (TSCO) quietly continues to perform as one of the best companies in retail, mostly immune to Amazon's (AMZN) dominance. Its acquisition of Petsense makes a lot of sense now, especially with the explosive growth of everything pet in the wake of COVID-19.

ACPS = $79.76

15. Tesla (TSLA) is a newer position again for me after selling the proceeds from my Twitter trades. It was originally not on my buy list, but Elon Musk selling ~$8.4B of Tesla stock to help fund his upcoming potential purchase of Twitter allowed the high-flying Tesla stock to trade under $800 a share. After a phenomenal earnings report, I'm more than happy to buy back into Tesla's story as I have made great money on it in the past. An extra-large position now as I doubled my stock position in July. Tesla's stock had a 3-1 split in August which I see as bullish for the company long-term especially with its potential as a former meme stock. Once Musk's Twitter obsession passes along with the headlines, I wouldn't be surprised to see a surge in Tesla share price as Musk turns his attention back to his main concern.

ACPS = $255.37

16. Amazon Bought a nice chunk of Amazon stock with my Summit stock sale as well as Petrobras dividends. This stock is amazingly cheap so a solid buy in my mind no matter what. Not sure when the market will turn around or even if it will in 2023 but great companies at great prices make for great buys.

ACPS= $83.73

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The Consumer Staples Sector

Aim = 4% of my Stock holdings

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

PG

$590

$5,900

$59,000

PEP

$590

$5,900

$59,000

% Portfolio

4.6%

17. Procter Gamble (PG) is a legacy holding that sports a decent growing dividend along with many best-in-class brands like Olay, Head Shoulders, Dawn, and Charmin. Always nice to have some stalwarts for the upcoming recessions and depressions.

ACPS = $92.59

18. PepsiCo (PEP) is a phenomenal drink company with brands like Pepsi-Cola, Gatorade and Tropicana, along with amazing growth in the snack category with Frito-Lay that, in my mind, sets it apart from competitors like Coca-Cola (KO).

ACPS = $106.77

The Industrials Sector

Aim = 6% of my Stock holdings

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

J

$1,080

$10,800

$108,000

SPCE

$130

$1,300

$13,000

% Portfolio

4.7%

19. Jacobs Solutions (J) is a legacy holding I have loved for years. A long-time no-debt company that makes super-smart acquisitions. It now has very low-debt and initiated a small dividend which it should be able to grow annually over the coming years like it did in January of 2022 by 10%. Its focus on carbon neutrality and diversity in its workforce makes it a prime target for the younger generation. Jacobs could also experience sustained tailwinds for years due to Biden's infrastructure and spending bills.

ACPS = $68.41

20. Virgin Galactic (SPCE) looks ripe and tasty for another re-entrance at its current price. I love Virgin Galactic's volatility as I have made good money in the past buying low and selling high. Commercial space flight for Virgin Galactic looks probable for the beginning of 2023, so it is a long buy-and-hold scenario but one I'm willing to wait on as a small position.

ACPS = $13.21

The Materials Sector

Aim = 1% of my Stock holdings

Stock $40K $400k $4M CLF $400 $4,000 $40,000 % Portfolio 1.6%

21. Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) is a favorite material stock for me and is a good value again trading about half off of its recent 52-week highs. It is still making money hand-over-fist and has fixed its former debt problems means it can handle the upcoming recession easily enough. Just a teeny tiny position to start as I think it could easily drop more as I slowly build this position back up. I am still hugely overweight in energy and oil so no big hurry to get my materials sector up to previous levels again means I see oil itself as a material. Added shares of Cliffs again in August taking it from a microscopic holding to a small one at this time in my portfolio. Doubled my position in Cliffs in October as I built it up to a regular sized holding in my portfolio again.

ACPS = $16.69

The Energy Sector

Aim = 20% of my Stock holdings

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

HAL

$630

$6,300

$63,000

PBR

$5,320

$53,200

$532,000

BOIL

$350

$3,500

$35,000

% Portfolio

24.4%

22. Halliburton (HAL) is a U.S.-based oil service company that dominates services in the North American market. Small position with no real plans to expand even though it has been on fire to start 2022 but has cooled off lately.

ACPS = $36.48

23. Petrobras (PBR.A) (PBR) is a dividend legend. Even with the election of leftish former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva back into the Presidency, Petrobras is still on track to pay a massive dividend at the end of 2022 and beginning of 2023 to investors. It appears that the new incoming regime is at least signaling that it won't take an "interventionist" stance initially against Petrobras, but will work with the company and markets over time to make desired changes to its policies. This could include changes over time to Petrobras's dividend policy to perhaps invest in additional refining. Lula's transition team also is looking to set fuel pricing policy for Brazil instead of Petrobras going forward as well.

I had a big decision to make around the last dividend ex-date on Nov. 22, 2022 on whether to keep or sell some or all of my Petrobras shares in response to the new incoming regime. After much deliberation I decided to maintain my current position for a couple of reasons. First, the new liberal regime's election win is already well reflected in the stock price going from around $16 a share when former President Jair Bolsonaro looked to have a chance to win the election to where it sits now around $10 after the latest dividend ex-date.

Even with a new regime coming in, dividends still are flowing and look to continue to flow in the future. This is the main reason I am holding shares in Petrobras in the first place. Brazil is and will continue to be Petrobras's biggest shareholder. The company pays huge amounts of its profits to the state both in the form of taxes and dividends which it uses to fund its social programs. Sure there will be changes to policies, but at the end of the day Brazil needs the dividends as much as investors, especially after a down year for the markets.

Here's a list of current and upcoming dividends after I made Petrobras a top holding in my portfolio in May of 2022 when I bought 6,450 shares.

Date Shares owned before Ex-Date Dividend Jun 27, 2022 6,450 $4,451.19 July 27, 2022 6,450 $4386.24 Sept 8, 2022 5,000 $6,337.89 Sept 27, 2022 5,000 $6,472.02 Dec 28, 2022 5,000 $3,024.40 Jan 26, 2023 5,000 $3239ish

Plus, you never know with countries like Brazil. Maybe the market selling off shares is an overreaction which could turn into a relief rally at the beginning of 2023 if President Lula's upcoming reforms are not as drastic as much of the market fears.

Nothing like a giant dividend from Petrobras to end 2022. The stock has been suffering lately but it won't take long for these giant dividends to pay for the stock itself.

ACPS= $13.18

24. ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas (BOIL) Bought a regular position in U.S. Natural gas as the Freeport LNG export facility in Houston, Texas looks to hopefully restart operations here potentially in a few months. Re-opening means increased exports to Europe, for example, which should help support or raise prices here in the States. Think prices here are way too low so I'll be looking to add some shares here soon to lower my average cost. This is a levered product with large volatility so be careful out there. Smaller positions and be ready to sell at the drop of a hat on big up days if you want to be safe. Looking at this massive drop in price over even the past month or so shows you its upside if the momentum switches.

ACPS=$27.90

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The Utility Sector

Aim = 1% of my Stock holdings

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

DUK $250 $2,500 $25,000

% Portfolio

1%

25. DUKE (DUK) Bought a small position in Duke Energy again as I try to diversify my portfolio how I want again to start the year. Need to add a little bit more here and there but with the market beaten down so much over the last year it's hard because I see so many deals out there. Just a solid large utility with a really nice dividend. My placeholder instead of cash.

ACPS=$104.08

The Real Estate Sector

Stock

$40K

$400K

$4M

AMT

$670

$6,700

$67,000

% Portfolio

2.6%

26. American Tower (AMT) is a premier U.S. cell phone tower company aggressively expanding globally across a few more continents. 5G evolution could be a lucrative tailwind for years to come. Can't think of a reason to add another real estate play, so I just plan to keep adding to this holding over time.

ACPS = $111.38

Bonds (2% of my Stock holdings)

This asset class is currently satisfied by my mutual fund holdings.

My top 10 Holdings and Percentage of my Portfolio

Stock

Sector

% Portfolio

Petrobras

Energy

15.2%

Arrowhead

Healthcare

8.0%

Advanced Micro Devices

Financial

7.4%

Bitcoin

Healthcare

6.6%

Facebook

Cons Serv

5.2%

Jacobs Solutions

Industrials

3.1%

Disney

Com Serv

2.7%

Amazon

Con Disc

2.0%

Tesla

Con Disc

2.0%

QUALCOMM

Info Tech

2.0%

Total % of Portfolio

~54.2%

Stock Watch List:

Stocks I am looking to add to my portfolio or add shares to in the coming months.

GBTC to build up my Bitcoin holdings up and over 10% again as crypto winter continues. Also looking for some more Duke shares along the way to build up my Utility sector which I use to sell when I see big opportunities come along.

Best of luck :).

Editor's Note: This article discusses one or more securities that do not trade on a major U.S. exchange. Please be aware of the risks associated with these stocks.

This article was written by

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B.S. Psychology University of Missouri-Columbia MBA University of Missouri-Columbia Full time investor looking to capitalize on market overreactions and looking for value where others see nothing but wreckage. Long term buys and short term trades to build wealth.Investing Better Than A Money Manager: The Rise Of Retail Investing - By Trent WelshI have an investing book with the title above on Amazon written for beginning retail investors looking to set up a self-directed portfolio with their IRA's, 401k's, or other retirement or trading accounts. It details how to pick and choose stocks amidst the different sectors and how to figure out how much in each sector an investor should have to help achieve diversification.Please take a look at it and let me know your thoughts. Thanks and Best of luck to all :).

Disclosure: I/we have a beneficial long position in the shares of PG, PEP, BOIL, PBR, HAL, GBTC, HSBC, ARWR, LLY, PFE, MDT, J, SPCE, CLF, DUK, AMD, QCOM, VMW, DELL, DIS, META, GOOGL, AMZN, TSLA, TSCO, AMT either through stock ownership, options, or other derivatives. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.