Portfolio Eight Updated January 2022

Portfolio eight is 6 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $3500 and the trustee $7000 for a total of $10,500.  The current value is $18,548 for a gain of $8,048 or 76%, which is 14% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here for a summary or to the link.

This year we sold Baozun and Sumo Logic and bought Nike, Square / Block and Tesla.  Nvidia also split shares.

The portfolio is doing well.  There are gains in Nvidia, Mastercard and Paypal (even though Paypal is down recently with hits to the software companies and payment processors).

Portfolio Six Updated January 2022

Portfolio Six is nine years old.  The beneficiary contributed $5000 and the trustee $10,000 for a total of $15,000.  The current value is $28,020 which is a gain of $13,020 or 87%, which is 11.1% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here for a summary or to the link.

This year we sold three stocks (Facebook, Sumo Logic and Baozun) and bought three stocks (Intel, Paypal and L’Oreal).  Nvidia (NVDA) also split shares.

The portfolio is overall doing well.  The largest gains have been tied to NVDA, OKTA, Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM), Union Pacific (UNP) and Procter & Gamble).

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 Eight Updated July 2021

Portfolio eight is almost six years old.  The beneficiary contributed $3000 and the trustee $6000 for a total of $9000.   The current value is $17,408 for a gain of $8,408 or 93% which is 19% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here for details or to the link on the right.

We are watching Baozun may sell due to China headwinds even though they seem to be a good company.

Portfolio Seven Updated July 2021

Portfolio seven is almost six years old.  The beneficiary contributed $3000 and the trustee $6000 for a total of $9000.  The current value is $15,466 for a gain of $6,466 or 71%, which is 15.7% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here for details or to the link on the right.

The portfolio is doing well overall but we are looking at Alibaba (BABA) which is a giant company doing well but buffered by changing regulations in China, and Baozun the e-commerce enablement firm in China as well.  Will look at plans and may consider selling them.

Portfolio Five Updated July 2021

Portfolio Five is almost 12 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $6000 and the trustee $12,000 for a total of $18,000.  The current value is $38,767 for a gain of $20,767 or 115%, which is 11.4% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  You can see the details here or at the link on the right.

The stocks in the portfolio are generally doing well.  Alibaba and Baozun have been hit with headwinds out of China.  Right now there is $7,452 in cash, mostly from the sale of Appian (APPN), which rose quickly and we sold and have not yet reinvested the funds.

It is minor and doesn’t impact value but we moved these portfolios from UTMA to owned by the beneficiary and the provider flipped all the individual stocks to reinvest dividends so now we have a lot of fractional shares.  I turned that off and it is minor in the grand scheme but an annoyance because I work here to tie out to the penny.

June Performance Summary

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Our portfolios continue to perform well, like the overall market.  We are up about 30% over the last year, net of contributions.   US markets are up around 40% during that period, but our portfolios are about 20% cash / gold along with non-US stocks so it is roughly equivalent.

There are a few stocks that haven’t performed as well as the market as of late; Alibaba (BABA) the Chinese internet giant, SUMO Logic (SUMO) the cloud analytics company, and Baozun (BZUN) the Chinese e-commerce fulfillment company.  However, the performance wasn’t terrible for these 3 companies, just not nearly as good as the overall market.

We are looking at companies to consider buying for the summer investment round.  I am performing research now on candidates.

This year we moved three of the accounts over to “limited agency” status from trust funds; this has become necessary as the beneficiaries get older.  This is a one-time effort that took some time given that the steps are not simple nor clearly laid out.  Even today I noted that many of the individual stocks were set to reinvest dividends, which I turned off because it causes challenges in tracking and is minor in the grand scheme if you reinvest cash regularly (as we do with new investments).

April Performance Review

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Since our last updated in mid-February (approximately the market “top”), the value of our positions has declined by about 5% overall, with some portfolios hardly moving and others declining over 10%. The differences were driven by:

  • What percent of the portfolio is in cash or bonds – 25+% portfolio two, 30+% portfolio three, 20%+ portfolio four, with the heavier the cash and bond weighting the lower the decline
  • Amount of high growth stocks in portfolio – certain stocks that have been great performers that are considered “growth” and generally trade as a multiple of sales (say 20-30x sales) such as Tesla (TSLA) and Cloudflare (NET) and Sumo (SUMO) fell as the market moved from growth to value in the first quarter

Given that these portfolios represent a log-term investment for each of the participants and would be a portion of their total net worth (i.e. they often hold other cash in savings or other accounts), we try to be reasonably heavily invested in the market, but each participant has their own risk tolerance.

During this rotation into value stocks, some sectors which had been battered such as energy (Exxon-Mobil and Chevron) and Financials and some general retail have come back strong. There are many of these stocks in the portfolios (such as Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble, and many others) but they generally represent a lower portion of the total “value” because the tech stocks have risen so much that their position size is much bigger.

We also see variances by region, with Chinese stocks rising and US stocks generally rising (at least in some sectors) but European stocks stagnant. Since these portfolios seek to choose both US and overseas stocks, we also will see changes in value based on changes in currencies and country-specific dynamics. We do not intend to “predict” which ones will rise and fall, but we encourage a balanced mix of stocks by sector and region / currency where possible.

Some specific stocks have fallen and are “on watch”, including:

  • Alibaba (BABA) – a well run Chinese company with huge cloud presence (like AWS) and a giant financial arm (called ANT), this group has run afoul of regulators and Chinese politics.  It is down about 25% from its high
  • Cloudflare (NET) – Cloudflare runs an advanced online system and trades for more than 30x revenues… making it susceptible to falling when it doesn’t perform exceedingly well in revenue growth or when interest rates increase.  It is down about 20% off its high
  • Tesla (TSLA) – the grand-daddy of all stock high flyers is down about 20% from recent peaks
  • Sumo Logic (SUMO) – SUMO has lost about half its value from peak recently.  While SUMO is still growing quickly, it recently acquired a company and is not exceeding expectations
  • Baozun (BZUN) – Baozun, the Chinese e-commerce support company, is down about 30% off recent highs.  The company was part of a short squeeze and impacted by US / China relations overall, but core operations are solid
  • Gilead (GILD) – this large pharma stock has lost about 20% of its value, despite having high earnings and dividends.  It does not play significantly in the covid space and is a bet for focus on other drugs and treatments in the post-covid era.

By portfolio:

  • Portfolio one -BABA, NET
  • Portfolio two – BABA, NET
  • Portfolio four – TSLA, NET
  • Portfolio five – SUMO, NET, BABA, BZUN
  • Portfolio six – BZUN, GILD, SUMO
  • Portfolio seven – BABA, BZUN, SUMO
  • Portfolio eight – BZUN, SUMO

Portfolio Update April 2020

The markets have moved up and down since the lows hit in March, 2020. The government has taken a number of moves to shore up the market, including reducing interest rates, back-stopping some industries, and even buying some corporate debt instruments and ETF’s. After some incredible moves up and down, the markets are back to about where they were at the end of Q3 2019.

Portfolio April 12, 2020
Portfolio April 12, 2020

Our stocks mostly went down with the overall market, although some performed better. Specific sectors, like energy and airlines, were particularly hard hit. The Coronavirus is making us reconsider our core assumptions in light of how the market has been performing recently. We may sell out of some sectors to avoid potential further declines.

Portfolio One:

  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) – while well run and with a good dividend, the energy sector is facing significant challenges with reduced oil prices and this stock has been stuck and declining for a decade.  Consider selling.
  • Toronto Dominion (TD) – this is a well run Canadian Bank with trading exposure.  However, banks face unknown challenges with debt defaults and trading commissions have recently evaporated.  Consider selling

Portfolio Four:

  • Oracle (ORCL) – Oracle is famous for being ruthlessly well run and has held up well in the market turmoil.  However, they piled on debt to keep up earnings per share through stock buybacks and are generally passed by in most areas of Technology.  Consider selling
  • Nucor (NUE) – A good company with a good dividend that hasn’t risen in many years even in a favorable regulatory environment.  Consider selling
  • Royal Dutch Sell (RDS.B) – large European oil & gas producer hit hard by oil price downturn.  Consider selling
  • Westpac Banking Group (WBK) – large Australian bank hit by recent market turmoil and other issues.  Has been stagnant or falling for many years.  Consider selling

Portfolio Five:

  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e-commerce enabling company has been down for some time in terms of stock price.  Poised to be successful in future growth.  May want to consider selling
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM) – Canadian bank with high dividend that has been down more than the market.  Consider selling
  • General Motors (GM) – US car maker hit by reduced demand for cars and fight with the president.  Consider selling
  • Siemens (SIEGY) – German industrial company that is spinning off components and hit with market events.  Consider selling.  May look at buying pieces of the company later post restructuring

Portfolio Six:

  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e-commerce enabling company has been down for some time in terms of stock price.  Poised to be successful in future growth.  May want to consider selling
  • Royal Dutch Sell (RDS.B) – large European oil & gas producer hit hard by oil price downturn.  Consider selling
  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) – while well run and with a good dividend, the energy sector is facing significant challenges with reduced oil prices and this stock has been stuck and declining for a decade.  Consider selling

Portfolio Seven:

  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e-commerce enabling company has been down for some time in terms of stock price.  Poised to be successful in future growth.  May want to consider selling
  • General Motors (GM) – US car maker hit by reduced demand for cars and fight with the president.  Consider selling

Portfolio Eight:

  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e-commerce enabling company has been down for some time in terms of stock price.  Poised to be successful in future growth.  May want to consider selling
  • General Motors (GM) – US car maker hit by reduced demand for cars and fight with the president.  Consider selling

 

Portfolio Eight Updated February 2020

Portfolio Eight is 4 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $2500 and the trustee $5000 for a total of $7500.  The current value is $10,347 for a gain of $2906 which is 38%, or 11.1% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  See the detail here or at the link on the page.

In 2019 there were no sales for tax purposes and we had $91 in dividends.

Right now the portfolio is doing well.  There are 2 stocks to keep an eye on:

  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e-commerce company seems well run but has been hit by Chinese events
  • General Motors (GM) – world wide iconic car maker has a good dividend but has been hit by recent events in China.  They have also been making pre-emptive efforts to cut costs

 

Portfolio Seven Updated February 2020

Portfolio seven is 4 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $2500 and the trustee $5000 for a total of $7500.  The current value is $10,955 for a gain of $3455 or 46% which is 12.9% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  You can see the detail here or at the link on the page.

During 2019 we did not have any sales for tax purposes, but we did have about $107 in dividends.

Right now the portfolio is doing well.  There are 2 stocks to keep an eye on:

  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e-commerce company seems well run but has been hit by Chinese events
  • General Motors (GM) – world wide iconic car maker has a good dividend but has been hit by recent events in China.  They have also been making pre-emptive efforts to cut costs

 

Portfolio Six Updated February 2020

Portfolio 6 is 7 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $4000 and the trustee $8000 for a total of $12,000.  The current value is $14,858 for a gain of $2,858 or 24%, which is 4.7% / year when adjusted for timing of cash flows.  See details here or at the link.

During 2019 we had 2 sales for a long term capital loss of ($307) and dividends of $221 for tax purposes (see 1099 for exact values these are estimates).

The stocks on watch for this portfolio are

  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) – while this oil and gas company is well managed and has a high dividend, the stock price has not improved in many years and the large oil companies were hit recently with the reduction in commodity prices.  Will be painful to give up on this stock but am considering it
  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B) – like Exxon Mobil, this integrated oil and gas company pays a very high dividend but has not improved in many years.  It also was hit by recent commodity price drops
  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e commerce company is well run but has been hit by recent geopolitical events

Portfolio Five Updated February 2020

Portfolio 5 is 10 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $5500 and the trustee $11,000 for a total of $16,500.  The current value is $22,877 for a gain of $6377 or 39% which is 5.3% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here for details or to the links on the page.

In 2019 we had 3 sales for a long term loss of -$430 and $367 in dividends.

Right now we have a few stocks we are looking at:

  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e-commerce enabling firm keeps getting hit by headwinds.  Well run but may sell
  • General Motors (GM) – hit by labor unrest and now Chinese issues.  Holding up OK.

Portfolio Eight Updated December 2019

Portfolio 8 is a bit over 4 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $2500 and the trustee $5000 for a total of $7500.  The current value is $9,557 for a gain of $2,057 or 27%, or 8.2% / year when adjusted or the timing of cash flows.  You can see the summary here or at the link on the right.

The portfolio holds 9 stocks.  The biggest winner is Mastercard (MA) and the others have been doing OK.  General Motors (GM) and Baozun (BZUN) are down a bit overall.

Portfolio Eight Updated July 2019

Portfolio Eight is almost 4 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $2000 and the trustee $4000 for a total of $6000.  Current value is $7278 for a gain of $1278 or 21%, which is about 7.8% / year across the life of the fund.  See here for details or go to the link on the right.  We will look into selling General Motors (GM), Baozun (BZUN) and Nvidia (NVDA) this summer before buying additional stocks.