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 Four Updated February 2020

Portfolio 4 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 $23,284 for a gain of $6784 or 41%, which is 5.6% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  See a summary here or at the links section.

We had 2 sales in 2019 for a long-term loss of ($320) and $361 of dividends.

The current portfolio is doing well.  The stocks on watch are:

  • Box (BOX), a well run software / storage company which has been in the doldrums for a while.  I thought that they could be a takeover candidate which would cause the stock price to rise.  May sell not much happening
  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B) – this oil major has a high dividend but the stock has not done much for years.   Hit with recent oil price declines like the other oil majors.  May sell
  • Nucor (NUE) – we’ve had this US metals company for many years.  While well run, it hasn’t done a lot.  May sell

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

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