Portfolio Two Updated April 2022

Portfolio Two is 17 1/2 years old.  The trustee contributed $18,200 and the beneficiary $27,000 for a total of $45,200.  The current value is $72,659 for a gain of $27,460 or 60.8%, which is 6.7% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here or to the link for more details.

This portfolio contains a mix of ETF’s, cash and individual stocks.  The ETF’s mainly track the market and cash is even so let’s talk about some of the stocks, as follows:

  • Meta (FB) and Alibaba (BABA) are down significantly.  Meta has been hit with the tech downturn and Apple privacy changes and Alibaba has been hit by regulatory and tech crackdowns in China
  • Cloudflare (NET) is an innovative tech company with a high valuation (in terms of price to sales, one of the highest for tech companies) and it has been variable recently, although it has bounced back from recent lows
  • Nike (NKE) and L’Oreal (LRLCY) are relatively recent purchases that are in the consumer product space and they are down since we bought them (although not as big as the tech drops)

Portfolio Eight updated April 2022

Portfolio 8 is 6 1/2 years old. The beneficiary contributed $3500 and the trustee $7000 for a total of $10,500. The current value is $15,449 for a gain of $4949 or 47% which is 9.7% / year. See details here or in the link on the right.

Like the market as a whole our stocks have gone down recently.  Some items under review:

  • New purchases Block (SQ) and Nike (NKE) have gone down since we purchased them
  • OKTA (OKTA) had been a great performing stock but they went down with the high growth software stocks as well as an acquisition the market did not agree with and a recent hack
  • Paypal (PYPL) was another well performing stock that fell significantly when they had an earnings call and offered cautions on future growth

Portfolio Seven Updated April 2022

Portfolio Seven is 6 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $3500 and the trustee $7000 for a total of $10,500.  The current value is $12,542 for a gain of $2,042 or 19%, which is 4% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  See here or the link on the right for the details.

This portfolio was hit by some recent stock drops.

  • PayPal (PYPL) had a bad earnings call and limited forward guidance of profits and the stock dropped a lot.  We will be re-evaluating this stock.
  • Recent acquisitions Block (SQ) and Nike (NKE) fell with the market after we bought them
  • Alibaba (BABA) the massive Chinese e-commerce company has been buffeted by the deteriorating relationship between China & the USA and a crack down on tech companies in that country as well

We will look at what to do about these stocks.

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 Seven Updated January 2022

Portfolio Seven is 6 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $3500 and the trustee $7000 for a total of $10,500.  The current value is $14,317 for a gain of $3817 or 36%, which is 7.8% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here for a summary or to the link.

This year we sold Bauzon (BZUN) and Sumo Logic (SUMO) and bought Nike (NKE), Block / Square (SQ), and Tesla (TSLA).

Gains have primarily come from Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM), PayPal (PYPL) and Mastercard (MA). PayPal is down about 40% recently with the reduction in payment and tech stocks but still is well run, but something to watch. We should strongly consider selling Alibaba (BABA) the regulatory climate in China is very harsh right now (may also be a long term buying opportunity).