Portfolio Eight Updated February 2020

Portfolio Eight is 4 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $2500 and the trustee $5000 for a total of $7500.  The current value is $10,347 for a gain of $2906 which is 38%, or 11.1% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  See the detail here or at the link on the page.

In 2019 there were no sales for tax purposes and we had $91 in dividends.

Right now the portfolio is doing well.  There are 2 stocks to keep an eye on:

  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e-commerce company seems well run but has been hit by Chinese events
  • General Motors (GM) – world wide iconic car maker has a good dividend but has been hit by recent events in China.  They have also been making pre-emptive efforts to cut costs

 

Portfolio Seven Updated February 2020

Portfolio seven is 4 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $2500 and the trustee $5000 for a total of $7500.  The current value is $10,955 for a gain of $3455 or 46% which is 12.9% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  You can see the detail here or at the link on the page.

During 2019 we did not have any sales for tax purposes, but we did have about $107 in dividends.

Right now the portfolio is doing well.  There are 2 stocks to keep an eye on:

  • Baozun (BZUN) – Chinese e-commerce company seems well run but has been hit by Chinese events
  • General Motors (GM) – world wide iconic car maker has a good dividend but has been hit by recent events in China.  They have also been making pre-emptive efforts to cut costs

 

Portfolio Three Updated February 2020

Portfolio three is 12 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $6500 and the trustee $13,200 for a total of $19,700.  The current value is $26,940 for a gain of $7240 or 37% which is 4.4% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  See details here or at the links section.

This portfolio sold off individual stocks in late 2019 and moved into ETF’s for career reasons.  The ETF’s have been doing well since their purchase in late 2019.

There will be taxes for this portfolio tied to the sales of the individual stocks sold as well as the usual dividends earned.  These will be pulled off the 1099 for year end.

Portfolio Two Updated February 2020

Portfolio 2 is 15 1/2 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $8000 and the trustee $16,200 for a total of $24,200.  The current value is $46,438 for a gain of $22,438 or 93%, which is 7.3% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  See a summary here or at the link on the side.

The ETF’s in the portfolio are doing well.  We sold the ETF IBB this year for a $200 gain, and had some small gains paid out from the ETF HEFA (Vanguard ETF’s don’t pay out gains or losses) as well as dividends.

There is a lot of cash at $12,799 with $5100 in the bond fund (BND).  May want to consider putting some of it back in the market or in the gold ETF (IAU).

Portfolio Eight Updated December 2019

Portfolio 8 is a bit over 4 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $2500 and the trustee $5000 for a total of $7500.  The current value is $9,557 for a gain of $2,057 or 27%, or 8.2% / year when adjusted or the timing of cash flows.  You can see the summary here or at the link on the right.

The portfolio holds 9 stocks.  The biggest winner is Mastercard (MA) and the others have been doing OK.  General Motors (GM) and Baozun (BZUN) are down a bit overall.

Portfolio One Updated October, 2019

Portfolio One is our longest lived fund, at 18 years.  The beneficiary contributed $3000 (net of withdrawals) and the trustee $18,000 for a total of $21,000.  The current value is $50,749 for a gain of $29,749 or 146%, which is 6.8% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  You can see a summary at the link on the right or here.

Right now the portfolio has 20% cash and 18 individual stocks, which are doing well.  To date, dividends have contributed $8,171 to our returns which is 27% of our total returns.  Often dividends are ignored when you just look at price trends but they are significant in the longer term.

September 2019 Overview

We are about to select stocks for 2019.  I just took a bit to update the portfolios that we keep in a consolidated Google Sheets document with the latest stock sales and cash updates and tied them out to the brokerage statements.

2018-9 have been choppy years with ups and downs (up about 15% for US markets over the last 18 months or so), but we’ve generally done OK as you can see below (I will calculate performance for each portfolio adjusting for the timing of cash flows after purchasing the 2019 stocks).

These numbers also reflect the $10,500 in contributions that we just made (7 beneficiaries contributed $500 each and the trustee $1000 each for a total of $10,500 – with one more to go).