Portfolio Five Updated July, 2017

Portfolio Five is almost 5 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $4000 and the trustee $8000, for a total of $12,000.  The current value is $14,522, for a gain of $2522 or 21%, which is about 4.3% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here for details or see the link on the right of the page.

We are looking at several stocks.  ConocoPhillips (COP) has been hit hard by the decline in oil prices, but has kept a modest dividend.  Spirit Airlines (SAVE) has been a great stock but has come down recently.  Tata Motors (TTM) provides some diversity in terms of currency and emerging markets but is down about 20% from highs.  Juniper Networks (JNPR) has been doing well but long term they face risks from Amazon (AMZN) and the cloud.


Portfolio Eight Updated March 2016 – Tax Time

Portfolio 8 is half a year old.  The beneficiary contributed $500 and the trustee $1000 for a total of $1500.  The current value is $1341 for a loss of ($159) or negative (10.6%).

Portfolio 8 Updated March 2016

This portfolio consists of Mastercard (MA) and Tata Motors ADR (TTM).  Both stocks are down about 10% for the year so far.  Due to the fact that there are no sales and not much dividends (it has only been 6 months) there were no tax forms sent by the brokerage.

Portfolio Five Updated March 2016 – Tax Time

Portfolios four and five are 6 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $3500 and the trustee $7000 for a total of $10,500.  The current value is $10,435 for a loss of ($65) or (0.6%) or basically flat performance when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  The spreadsheet detail can be found here or in the links on the right.

We sold Seaspan (SSW), Yahoo (YHOO) and Sasol (SSL) this year while buying Union Pacific (UNP), Tata Motors ADR (TTM) and ConocoPhillips (COP).  Right now ConocoPhillips (COP) is on watch after cutting their dividend 75%, and LinkedIn was hit hard during their recent earnings guidance, also putting the stock on watch.

We had some gains and losses this year the brokerage account makes it easy to calculate taxes since it includes the original cost basis as well as the sales information.

Portfolio One Updated March 2016 – Tax Time

Portfolio One is our longest lived portfolio, starting right after 9/11 and is 14 1/2 years old.  The current value is $35,158 with the beneficiary contributing $7500 and the trustee $16,500, for a total of $24,000.  Thus the gain is $11,158 or 46%, which works out to about 4.5% / year over the life of the portfolio adjusted for the timing of cash flows.   The detail can be found on the links on the right or you can go here to download the spreadsheet.

There are 20 stocks in the portfolio, which is about the maximum I’d want to track in a single portfolio.  When we add new cash into the portfolio and / or sell existing stocks we are consolidating in order to keep at a maximum of 20 stocks.

We had three sales last year, with Garmin (GRMN), Yahoo (YHOO) and TransAlta (TAC).  We had four purchases with Box (BOX), Novartis (NVS), Tesla Motors (TSLA) and Tata Motors (TTM).

We had a net long term capital loss last year, driven primarily by TransAlta.  Up to $3000 in stock losses can be deducted against ordinary income so this at least should be helpful on the beneficiary’s tax form.  The portfolio earned $935 in dividends and had $70 in foreign taxes withheld (this can be deducted as a benefit on the US tax return).  It is important to realize the percent of total return that comes from dividends; while some companies like Tesla won’t pay dividends (because they are growing rapidly), the return on dividends from established companies is an important source of income growth for the portfolio.  I will be sending the tax information to the beneficiary from the brokerage company after completing this update.

Portfolio Five After 2015 Purchases and Sales

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Attached is an updated view of Portfolio Five after 2015 purchases and sales.  New stocks include ConocoPhillips (COP), Tata Motors (TTM), and Union Pacific Corporation (UNP).  Returns only include stock price rises and decreases not dividends (so dividend paying stocks are understated).

Portfolio One After 2015 Stock Purchases and Sales


Attached is a screen shot from Google Finance for Portfolio One after the purchases and sales from Fall, 2015.  New purchases are Tesla (TSLA), Tata Motors (TTM), Novartis (NVS) and Box (BOX).  The remaining cash also is updated.  The % return by stock does not include dividends (only “raw” stock price appreciation or depreciation), so dividend payers have a higher return than is listed.