Portfolio 4 Updated August 2017

Portfolio 4 is 8 years old.  The trustee contributed $8000 and the beneficiary $4000 for a total of $12,000.  The current value is $14,957 for a gain of $2,957 or 25% which is about 5% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here or to the link on the right for more details.

We need to make some decisions on stocks prior to investing:

  • Devon (DVN) – energy company hit hard by the decline in oil and gas prices.  Likely sell
  • Spirit Airlines (SAVE) – discount airlines down recently due to increased competition from major airlines.  May sell
  • Nucor (NUE) – metals company under continuous pressure from cheaper overseas imports.  May sell
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Portfolio Four Updated March 2015 – And It’s Tax Time

Portfolios four and five are both five and a half years old. The beneficiary has invested $3000, the trustee $600, for a total of $9000. The fund value is $11,051 for a gain of $2051 or 22%, which works out to about 5.9% / year across the life of the portfolio. You can see the details here or go to the links on the right side of the page.

The portfolio has many dividend stocks and in 2014 earned $341, or a yield of about 3.2% / year. That is a great yield and helps performance over the long term. There were no stock sales in 2014.

Currently we have a few stocks on watch:

– Nucor (NUE) – the US steel maker downgraded its profit targets since the US is being “flooded” with foreign steel from loss making state owned companies (primarily in China). It is surprising that the stock didn’t fall further with this decline in earnings guidance
– Devon (DVN), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B) and Statoil (STO) have all been hit by the crashing price of oil. Also Shell and Statoil are in UK Pounds and Norwegian Kroner and both of these currencies have declined vs. the US dollar, which adds to the difficulties. For now we are holding on to these although they also are on watch
– Coca Cola Femsa is the latin America (Mexico mainly) distributor of Coke. It has been hit by the declining peso like all foreign investments. We will hold but likely put a collar on this stock in case it falls much further. Would be good to have investments in Mexico since it is a rising economy

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.

New Stop Loss Orders

Our stop loss orders have expired.   I went through the stocks and picked out a few more per portfolio.  These expire in 60 days (6/3/14) or if they are executed.

Portfolio One

Twitter (TWTR) is at $44.  Put in a limit at $35.  The stock has dropped since we purchased it and is very volatile.  Twitter got dumped on by the market and fell quickly, hit limit and we sold

Portfolio Two

Splunk (SPLK) limit at $60.  This stock has been a great portfolio but don’t want to ride it too far down.  Hit limit and sold off.  Note the stock has continued to fall far below this number, into the 40’s. Glad we sold.  At some point may look to get back in the stock

– Facebook (FB) limit at $50.  Same as Splunk.

Portfolio Three

– Splunk (SPLK) limit at $50 per above.  Hit limit and sold off

– Baidu (BIDU) limit at $140, has been down since we’ve bought it

Portfolio Four

– Nucor (NUE) limit at $46

– Seaspan (SSW) limit at $18

Portfolio Five

– Seaspan (SSW) limit at $18

– Baidu (BIDU) limit at $140, has been down since we’ve bought it

Portfolio Three

– Seaspan (SSW) limit at $18

– Baidu (BIDU) limit at $140, has been down since we’ve bought it

 

 

Revised Stop Loss Orders

Generally these portfolios are roughly balanced between US stocks and overseas stocks (ADR’s bought on US Exchanges).  Recently there has been a shakeup in the overseas markets, as their currencies have begun falling vs. the US dollar (which drives a corresponding drop in the value of the stock since we receive value based on the US currency).

As such we’ve been evaluating the stocks and stop orders outstanding, and are adjusting the stop loss orders to reflect the downside risk (some already realized) on non US stocks.  Since we try to limit stop orders to 1/3 of the stocks available (or less, ideally) we are going to take the stop loss orders off some US based stocks.

Here are the new stop loss orders (and existing ones have been canceled and replace with new ones looking 60 days out rather than having them expire at odd dates).

Portfolio One

  • Urban Outfitters (URBN) – keep at 35 (don’t want to ride this back down) Executed
  • Philip Morris International (PM) – keep at 80 (had a big run, don’t want to fall below) Executed
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) – keep at 15 (same)
  • CNOOC (CEO) – now at 159.. at 150 (Chinese stocks have been hit by the emerging market currency issues and also potential defaults with the “trust” vehicles).  SNP, another Chinese oil company, hit its stop loss target and sold off Executed
  • WIPRO (WIT) – at 12.88 – make at 12 (WIPRO has had a great run, but the Indian rupee is also at risk)
  • Yandex (YNDX) – at 38, – make it 35 (Yandex had a good run, but now the Russian ruble is also subject to emerging market contagion) Exccuted

Portfolio Two

  • Urban Outfitters – URBN – at $35 (don’t want to ride this back down) Executed
  • Yandex (YNDX) – at 38, – make it 35 (Yandex had a good run, but now the Russian ruble is also subject to emerging market contagion) Executed

Portfolio Three

  • Urban Outfitters (URBN) – at $35 (don’t want to ride this back down) Executed
  • CNOOC (CEO) – now at 159.. at 150 (Chinese stocks have been hit by the emerging market currency issues and also potential defaults with the “trust” vehicles).  SNP, another Chinese oil company, hit its stop loss target and sold off Executed
  • Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) – now at 19.33… at 18.  Cliffs was hit hard recently and we want to put a floor on this.

Portfolio Four

  • Nucor (NUE) – from $41 to $55, now $48.  At $46 KEEP
  • Seaspan (SSW) – from $15 to $25, now $21… At $18 KEEP

Portfolio Five

  • Seaspan (SSW) – from $15 to $25, now $21… At $18 KEEP
  • Yandex (YNDX) – at 38, – make it 35 (Yandex had a good run, but now the Russian ruble is also subject to emerging market contagion) Executed I thought this was set up but I missed it.  Now at $38 again will set one up at $35

Portfolio Six

  • Seaspan (SSW) – from $15 to $25, now $21… At $18 KEEP
  • Yandex (YNDX) – at 38, – make it 35 (Yandex had a good run, but now the Russian ruble is also subject to emerging market contagion) Executed

New Stop Loss Orders Entered

Back in October we set up some stop-loss orders.  None of these orders were executed because the market has been up since then (for my stocks, at least).  Since the orders didn’t occur they were free to set up and it is free when they expire (or I cancel them).  We did “pull the trigger” on some stocks that have been on watch (Riverbed, Bancolumbia).

Stop loss trades are good for 60 days, and then they expire.  Given that the market has been on a tear, it makes sense to set up some more stop loss trades in case we move into an extended downward phase – I don’t want to watch the run-up and then watch them go back down.

While there isn’t a “rule” on stop losses, I am going to make some now.  In general:

– I don’t want more than 1/3 of a particular portfolio in “stop loss” mode (this may not apply if you have only a few stocks, like 4 or 6).  These are long term investment vehicles, and I don’t want to deal with re-buying an entire portfolio after a 10% small market correction

– If a stock needs to be sold, then sell it, don’t use stop losses as a wimpy sales mechanism.  We did clean up a couple of stocks that were on watch recently

– Remember that while stop loss orders can prevent you from taking a big loss, they also take you “out of the market” if it goes right back up

– Sales near year end will generate gains that may generate additional taxes for the government.  In general these portfolios are not as tax sensitive because they are owned by individuals who don’t pay much in taxes but if we had a big selloff it could cause them to pay some additional amounts to Uncle Sam

– Finally, remember that money sold off needs to be re-invested.  Back in 2007 I sold off some stocks that made big runs, and we did well and many of the stocks haven’t reached their pre-crash peaks.  However, that money has to be re-invested, and often the stock you pick is as over-valued as the one that you are selling.  This isn’t a free lunch…

Portfolio 1 – 20 stocks

  • Urban Outfitters – URBN – at $35 (don’t want to ride this back down)
  • PM – recently dropped from $92 to $85… Stop loss at $80
  • SNP – went from 70 in July to 90 then down to $84.  Stop loss at $78
  • TSM – was down to $12 then up to $20 now at $17.  Stop loss at $15
  • CMCSA – from $37 to $50… a big run… At $44
  • EBAY – big rise and then recently from $58 to $52…  at $47

Portfolio 2 – 18 stocks

  • Urban Outfitters – URBN – at $35 (don’t want to ride this back down)
  • SI – from $82 to $131…  At $123
  • SNP – went from 70 in July to 90 then down to $84.  Stop loss at $78
  • WYNN – from $94 to $164… at $150
  • FB – $20 to $51, now $47… at 43
  • SPLK – $26 to $75, now $72… at $65

Portfolio 3 – 10 stocks

  • Urban Outfitters – URBN – at $35 (don’t want to ride this back down)
  • SI – from $82 to $131…  At $123
  • WYNN – from 94 to 164… at $150
  • SPLK – $26 to $75, now $72… at $65

Portfolio 4 – 10 stocks

  • NUE – from $41 to $55, now $51.  At $46
  • SSW – from $15 to $25, now $21… At $18

Portfolio 5 – 9 stocks

  • SI – from $82 to $131…  At $123
  • SNP – went from 70 in July to 90 then down to $84.  Stop loss at $78
  • SSW – from $15 to $25, now $21… At $18

Portfolio 6 – 4 stocks

  • SSW – from $15 to $25, now $21… At $18

 

Portfolio Four Updated November 2013

Portfolios Four and Five are both four years old.  The beneficiary contributed $2500 and the trustee contributed $5000 for a total of $7500.  The value is $9284, for a gain of $1784 or a 24% gain, which is 7.2% / year.  The portfolio can be viewed here or in the links on the right.

There are ten stocks in the portfolio, with 4 overseas stocks and 6 US stocks.  The portfolio is getting to the point where changes in one stock won’t significantly impact the total value overall.

The portfolio is doing well, with Nucor on a stop loss to not go below the original purchase price (it was underwater for several years) and for Oracle because it is near a multi-year high and facing cloud competition.  The positions are generally doing well, with Westpac (Australian bank) and Wal-Mart the best performers.