Portfolio Five Updated April 2022

Portfolio five is 12 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $6500 and the trustee $13,000 for a total of $19,500.  The current value is $35,277 for a gain of $15,766 or 80%, which is 8.2% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here or to the link on the right for more details.

Portfolio five has been impacted by the market decline, as follows:

  • We made some purchases earlier in the year of Appian (APPN), Intel (INTC), Block (SQ) and SNAP (SNAP) that fell 30% – 50% after the purchase.  We will look again these stocks
  • We bought Activision (ATVI) which did well (up 20%) with an acquisition offer from Microsoft; we should sell at this point
  • Cloudflare (NET), OKTA (OKTA) and PayPal (PYPL) have all been impacted recently.  Cloudflare fell far but came back.  OKTA made an acquisition that the market did not like and was hit by a hack and the general decline in software valuations.  PayPal stopped giving forward guidance and was hit hard by the market.  We will re-look at these stocks

Portfolio Five Updated January 2022

Portfolio Five is 12 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $6500 and the trustee $13,000 for a total of $19,500.  The current value is $40,195 for a gain of $20,695 which is 106% or 9.9% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here for a summary or to the link on the left.

This year we had three sales – Alibaba (BABA) for a small gain, Sumo for a small loss, and Baozun (BZUN) for a larger loss.

We purchased 6 new stocks – Appian (APPN), Activision / Blizzard (ATVI), Intel (INTC), Snap, Block (formerly Square) (SQ), and Tesla (TSLA).

Generally the portfolio has been doing well.  There are 19 stocks in the portfolio and it is quite diverse.

Recently we’ve seen declines in some former high flyers Cloudflare (NET), Paypal (PYPL), and OKTA (OKTA).  We saw some new highs with Infosys (INFY), Union Pacific (UNP) and Procter and Gamble (PG).

Portfolio Five Updated Feb 2021

Portfolio Five is 11 1/2 years old. The beneficiary contributed $6000 and the trustee $12,000 for a total of $18,000. The current value is $36,700 for a gain of $18,701 or 104%, which is 10.9% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows. Go to the link on the right for details or here.

During 2020 there was a net long term gain of $5592, which mainly came from selling Appian (APPN). Dividends totaled $268.

The portfolio is going well. Big gain stocks include Cloudflare (NET), Nvidia (NVDA), Okta (OKTA), Paypal (PYPL), Infosys (INFY) and Procter and Gamble (PG). There is $7393 in cash to consider re-investing as well.

For capital gains – if your income is under $40,000 (as a single filer) in 2020 the long term capital tax rate is ZERO. Thus this was a good year to sell Appian! The long term tax rate is 15% for income > $40,000 but less than $441,000.

Portfolio Five Updated November 2020

Portfolio Five is 11 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $6000 and the trustee $12,000 for a total of $18,000.  The current value is $31,765 for a gain of $13,865 or 77% which is 8.5% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here or to the link on the right for more detail.

Gains in the portfolio have been driven by Appian (APPN) which has had a huge run up lately, Cloudflare (NET), Nvidia (NVDA), OKTA (OKTA), Paypal (PYPL), Alibaba (BABA), Union Pacific (UNP) and Procter and Gamble (PG). There are 17 stocks in total in the portfolio, the others are doing OK or are too new to rate. SAP (SAP) was hit recently with their earnings report but is still up overall, and Alibaba (BABA) is still up significantly but fell with the deferral of the ANT IPO.

Portfolio Five Updated December 2019

Portfolio 5 is 10 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $5500 and the trustee $11,000 for a total of $16,500.  The current value is $21,627 for a gain of $5,127 or 31%, which is 4.5% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  See the details here or at the link on the right.

Bigger gains came from Appian (APPN), Union Pacific (UNP), and Procter and Gamble (PG).  There are 17 stocks in the portfolio.

 

Portfolio Four Updated December 2019

Portfolio Four is 10 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $5500 and the trustee $11,000 for a total of $16,500.  The current value is $22,566 for a gain of $6,016 or 37%, which is 5.1% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  You can see a summary here or at the link on the right.

The portfolio has 19 stocks.  Big gains have come from Appian (APPN), Elbit Systems (ESLT), Procter & Gamble (PG), Oracle (ORCL) and Wal-Mart (WMT).  It is important to factor in the impact of dividends on stocks held a long time; for example Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B) and Westpac (WBK) look like “losers” from a stock price perspective – but when dividends are (properly) included, they move into the winning column.

Recent Stock Activity – Updated as of the end of March

Earlier in the year we had a mini-correction of sorts. Since then, many of the stocks in the portfolio have recovered, but some haven’t. I went through the recent stock performance of all the stocks in the portfolio and here are a few that were highlighted.  Recently updated again…

  • Appian (APPN) – Appian creates low-code software for corporations.  They went IPO in 2017 and had a big run up; since then their shares have been volatile.  Our portfolios bought in at about $23-24 / share and now it is at $25, although it briefly hit over $40 / share (which is why the current price is about 60% of its 52 week high).  Watching for now
  • Comcast (CMCSA) – Comcast has been on a 5 year + run but recently hasn’t bounced back from the recent dip and is about 20% below its’ peak.  Comcast lives in a very complex regulatory and technological environment that is difficult to summarize without being an expert in that field (which I’m not).  Watching for now
  • Dow Dupont (DWDP) – Complicated chemical company about to split into multiple units.  Had some senior resignations and is down about 20%.  Watching for now
  • Elbit (ESLT) – Israeli defense contractor recently picked up Uzi machine gun maker from Israeli government.  Down about 20% recently.  Watching for now
  • Facebook (FB) – a whole series of publicity gaffes and issues with privacy have damaged the stock recently
  • General Motors (GM) – GM had been on a good run lately and has a 4% dividend which is also helpful.  They recently took a 20% hit and haven’t bounced back. On watch
  • Juniper (JNPR) – Juniper is a networking company that was a potential takeover candidate (there was talk of this in the market and the stock went up).  In general I feel that this company will either be bought out or be damaged by the move to the cloud and the rise of players like AWS.  It is down about 15% from its peak and may be time to sell (although it could also shoot back up if it became a serious takeover candidate)
  • Procter and Gamble (PG) – Procter and Gamble is a storied company with a reputation for being well run.  They are down almost 20% from their peak and haven’t come back.  Like GM they have a nice dividend of 3.5%.  The question is – is P&G going to be hurt badly by companies like AMZN or do they have enough brand firepower to thrive long term (they definitely will survive in some form).  Will watch this but hate to give up on what seems to be a well run company
  • Tesla (TSLA) – Tesla is a wild-card company whose valuation is dependent on Elon Musk’s awesome salesmanship.  Recently it has taken a 30%+ hit for a number of reasons including delays in their newest car lines.  May want to sell
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) – Wal-Mart is also down about 20% from its peak, for various reasons, including never-ending competition from Amazon.  They also are now looking to buy Humana which is interesting

Stock Selections for 2017

Below are our stock selections for 2017:

US Stocks

  1. Appian (APPN) – $24, 52 week range $17-$27, $1B market cap, no dividend, almost no debt.  Appian is an internet software company that provides automation software for corporate customers.  Well run and growing fast, went public recently and has done well since the IPO

2. Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) – $179, 52 week range $63-$191, $107B market cap, almost no dividend, $4B debt.  Nvidia makes chips for games and graphics cards and these chips are also being used for AI and machine learning use cases.

3. General Motors (GM) – $42, 52 week range $30-$42, $61B market cap, 3.8% yield, $55B debt.  GM is an iconic, global auto manufacturer with strong worldwide presence including China and has invested heavily in electric car technology.  Non US sales total 58% of volume (but a smaller percentage of profits).

4. Snapchat (SNAP) – $15, 52 week range $11-$29, $18B market cap, no dividend, no debt.  Snapchat went public and recently has lost almost half its value.  The company has over $2B in cash but is running a large loss due to operational expenses and acquisitions.  However, it is still strong in market and mind share and could also be an acquisition candidate for the right price

International Stocks

5. Baozun (BZUN) – $36, 52 week range $11-$41, $2B market cap, no dividend, little debt.  Baozun is a Chinese e-commerce provider for many major companies.

6. ABB (ABB) – $25, 52 week range $20-$25, $54B market cap, 3% yield, $7B debt.  ABB is a Swiss company and European conglomerate with strong interests in power and electricity generation.

Other

7. Gold ETF (IAU) – $12, 52 week range $11-$13, no dividend.  This ETF tracks the price of gold.  In case of a market correction (prices go down), gold often holds its value on a comparative basis.  On the other hand, gold pays no dividends and does not generate profits

We looked at bitcoin but there currently isn’t a direct bitcoin ETF and if someone wanted to trade bitcoin or ether they would be better off trading it directly.  These sorts of crypto currencies can cause taxation and other related issues and are too complex for this portfolio at the current time.