Portfolio Four Updated November, 2014

Since we updated portfolios five and six in November it made sense to also update Portfolio Four.  The beneficiary contributed $3000, the trustee $6000 for a total of $9000.  Current value is $11,400 for a gain of $2400 or 26% which is almost 7% / year.  Go here for the detail or to the link on the right.

The same stocks Westpac, Garmin, and Wal-Mart have been major contributors to the gain.

Portfolio Six Updated November, 2014

Portfolio Six is our newest portfolio, it is two years old going on year 3 now.  The beneficiary contributed $1500, the trustee contributed $300 fora total of $4500.  The current value is $5022 for a gain of $522 or 12%, which is about 6% / year.  See the detail here or go to the link on the right.

The portfolio is doing well.  P&G and Baidu are doing well.

Portfolio Five Updated November, 2014

Portfolios Four and Five are each 5 years old, with the beneficiary contributing $3000 and the trustee $6000, for a total of $9000.  The current value is $11,175 for a gain of $2,175 or 24%, or about 6% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  You can see the detailed portfolio here or use the link on the right.

Yahoo and Westpac have been big gainers, and there aren’t any big losers in the portfolio right now.  In the past we sold Alcoa (AA) and since then it went up significantly; Alcoa had slashed its dividend and performed poorly over the years, but since has gotten its act together.

Portfolio Four Updated October 2014

Portfolios Four and Five are each 5 years old, with the beneficiary contributing $3000 and the trustee $6000, for a total of $9000.  The current value is $10,856 for a gain of $1856 or 20%, or about 5% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Check the detailed spreadsheet here or on the links to the right.

We will watch the new holdings Coca Cola FEMSA (hit by rising US dollar) and LinkedIn (hit by recent turmoil in internet stocks).  We also have seen some declines lately in oil stocks caused by drops in the price of oil (there are three in the portfolio, Devon, Statoil and Shell).  Finally, Nucor came above our purchase price after years of waiting and has dropped 15% recently on fears of a global slowdown.

Portfolio Three Updated October 2014

Portfolio three is our third longest lived portfolio, at seven years.  The beneficiary contributed $4000 and the trustee $8000, for a total of $12,000.  The current value is $13,638, for a gain of $1638 or 15%, or 3% / year adjusted over the life of the portfolio.  Go here for the spreadsheet detail or click on the link on the right.

The portfolio has almost half turned over in the last year, as 5 new stocks were added, out of the 11 total.  A recent purchase LinkedIn has had some turmoil with the tech stock issues but is a good longer term play, but we will watch it.  We are also watching Weibo, a Chinese internet stock hit by the same tech turmoil.

From the more traditional stocks, Siemens has been hit as the Euro has fallen vs. the dollar recently.  We will also watch Yahoo to see what happens with the Alibaba stock they own post IPO.

Of the stocks we’ve sold, mostly it is good riddance.  In particular Cliffs’ Resources went off a cliff since we sold it, down from $18 to $7.  The stock perhaps could be a good candidate for a purchase in the future as a value play.  We are trying not to ride stocks like that too far down.

Portfolio Two Updated October 2014

Portfolio Two is our second longest lived portfolio, at over ten years.  The beneficiary contributed $5500 and the trustee $11,000 for a total of $16,500.  The current value is $25,036 for a gain of $8536 or 51%, which works out to about 7% over the life of the fund when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  See the details here or the link on the right.

We will be watching a few stocks.  Transalta has declined and has a dividend that might be unsustainable.  Yahoo went up on the Alibaba IPO and we will watch what they do in the future.  Both Diageo and Siemens have been hit by the fall in the UK Pound and the Euro vs. the dollar and we will keep them on watch as well.

Portfolio One Updated October 2014

Portfolio One is our longest lived portfolio, at 13 years.  The beneficiary contributed $6500 and the trustee $14,500 for a total of $21,000.  The current value is $34,188 for a gain of $13,188 or 63%, which is approximately 6.6% / year.  You can see the portfolio details here or click on the link on the right.

Generally stocks have been in trouble recently so I updated the portfolio to check on everything.  We may put a stop loss on Trans Alta (TAC) soon because it has dropped about 12% in the half year or so that we’ve owned it and they have a high dividend which may be unsustainable (it is currently paying out 6.7%).

Another one to watch is eBay.  eBay has been a good performer and they recently bowed to activist investors and are going to spin out fast-growing PayPal into a separate company.  We may sell or just hold on to PayPal shares depending on how it works.

We will also keep an eye on the Norwegian energy company Statoil (STO).  They had a run up this year but gave it back recently.  They have a good dividend and are in Norwegian currency which provides a hedge against the US dollar but also which falls when the dollar rises (as it has been doing recently).

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