September is finally over and has seen the global markets go lower despite the uptrend in the last trading days of the month. Our Responsible Investor portfolio has beaten the market over this period by 0.9%. In mid to long term investing this is crucial because compounding is amplified relative to the market average performance. When friends ask me how to invest 10k € I suggest that they buy a US market index ETF because that´s too small a sum to diversify your portfolio with a group of stocks with which you can aspire to beat the market. Starting from 30 to 40k €, however, one can have about 25 to 35 different stocks, ETF or bond positions and it makes more sense to pick a diversified group of superior stocks rather than accepting the market average return.
I don´t normally keep a stock beyond a loss of 10% and in that respect construction company Webuild is a “stinker”: because I believe the stock has a great potential for capital appreciation and is somewhat subject to the fluctuations of the Italian stock market, I have not pulled the plug yet. This week I have lowered the stop loss price as you can see from the table below and when the technicals are right, I might even send an accumulation alert.
Volatility seems range-bound lately, especially in the last 3 weeks. It remains well above 20 and the news flow is such that there are less opportunities for it to reduce particularly considering there are now only 30 days to the US presidential election and one of the candidates has contracted Covid-19. The recent pullback has provided an entry point to a few good stocks such as $CIEN $AAPL $GOOG and $ORSTED.CO, let’s see if the coming week will be a good time to make a purchase.
Banks and financials were the strongest positions of our portfolio this week, with $SYF advancing by 9.2%, followed by $DANSKE.CO (5.7%) and $BK (4.0%). Our two consumer cyclical stocks, both trading on the French stock market also showed their strength as $MC.PA gapped 3.9% higher and $OR.PA rose by 1.9%. In the meantime very soft inflation data were published in Europe and with the second wave in full swing in most countries, it will be interesting to see what is the next move the ECB will make on the monetary policy side.
The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.
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