January 16, 2017 Leave a comment
Portfolio Four is a bit over 7 years old. The beneficiary contributed $4000 and the trustee $8000 for a total of $12,000. The current value is $13,932 for a gain of $1932 or 16%, which is about 3.3% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows. You can see the detailed spreadsheet at the link on the right or download it here.
The portfolio is generally doing well. We sold LinkedIn (LNKD) because they were bought by Microsoft and gave up on Coca Cola FEMSA (KOF) which was hurt by the decline in the Mexican Peso and recent election results. We did not sell many of the energy companies which (mostly) held on to their high dividends and have risen recently with the uptick in oil prices. It is important that you look at the “total return” which includes dividends because some stocks look like they have losses just based on price bought vs. today when in fact they’ve been positive due to dividends.
The portfolio had about $240 in dividends for an average yield of about 1.7%. This is a good rate but down a bit from last year because we sold Seaspan (SSW) and Garmin (GRMN) which had high dividends. Most of our sales are still OK in hindsight but Garmin has gone up a bit since we sold it. We had a long term capital loss of $474 due to sales of LNKD and KOF, above.