Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, October 17th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $BRK $AMWL $AAPL $JD $ADSK

It was a choppy week for the stock markets which continue to be dominated by the two narratives of the US presidential election and of Covid-19 numbers. The US stock markets were mildly positive, led by the Nasdaq (+0.8%), while the Stoxx declined 0.8% and the Italian index was 1.0% lower. The Danish stock market continues its rise and added another 0.6% gain.

The first significant week of the Q3 earnings saw notable beats in the banks stocks which have been lagging for most of the year. One of our bank stocks, $BK reported better than expected earnings on Friday. But it was not all rosy in that sector as $WFC missed earnings and tumbled on Thursday. Our exposure to the bank sector is limited and we will likely keep it that way for a while.

The earnings of one of our consumer cyclical stocks, $MC.PA, were extremely positive thanks to a beat on both the top and the bottom line: Q3 revenue was up by almost 4B€ ! The stock rallied 5% and is now up 13.6% since we bought it. Next week $SYF will report earnings.

We have reduced our $GRUB position this week: the stock has run a lot, +13.2% just in this last week, and after the takeover news I felt we needed to protect our profits in case the market or the stock was attacked by sellers.

The Covid-19 numbers are exerting more pressure on the physical world while e-commerce and tech companies in general thrive. I am getting ready to make a move on an online retailer (spoiler: not $AMZN) and I would like to increase our exposure to the technology sectors with companies such as $AAPL and $ADSK. Let’s see if this week will be the right one.

Our Responsible Investor portfolio was up 1.6% this week: based on the weighting of our stocks relative to the indices they are traded on, this corresponds to a 2.0% market beat.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, October 10th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $BRK $DQ $AMWL $AAPL

All stock markets were markedly higher this week, led by the US indices which rallied for most of the week, fueled by the president’s alleged recovery from C-19 and the possibility of another stimulus bill being passed in the not too distant future. Biden has increased his lead in the run for the presidency and while his policies are not considered positive by most Wall Street investors, the markets love clarity and stability, which a clean win would provide. Uncertainty and unpredictability have often led to an increase of volatility.

Up to now very few S&P 500 companies have reported their Q3 earnings and next week the earnings season goes in full swing with some large banks and it will be interesting to see whether or not they will be able to deliver better results compared to previous quarters. Year to date investing in banks has meant being on the losing side and valuations are very currently attractive; whether or not the stock prices will rise will mainly depend on their ability to grow their earnings.

Our Responsible Investor portfolio was up 2.4% this week. We have finally seen some positive movement on Webuild which closed the week 5.3% higher. The opening of the Gerald Desmond Replacement Bridge in the US was a significant milestone: let’s see whether the growth will continue over the next few weeks. The banks and financial stocks in our portfolio were on fire this week: $SYF is now up 34% since we bought it in late May. $GRUB has now reached the 30% mark and I would also like to mention our recent buy in the transportation sector $DSV.CO which is up 7% in less than 3 weeks.

We have made one buy this week, Warren Buffet’s $BRK-B which is a well known diversified business. While the purchase was triggered by a technical signal, it is intended to have a stabilising function similar to the one a position in bonds would have in a portfolio which mainly consists of stocks. In the past I have typically owned a 10-15% position in governmental bonds, mostly from BBB countries, but in this period I find corporate bonds or stable companies like Berkshire -which offer a moderate yet steady capital appreciation in the long term- more attractive.

The current positions of our portfolio amount to about 42% of the available capital, which means that we have 58% in cash. I am therefore always on the lookout for new buys: on my watchlist I have a renewable energy company like $DQ, a telemedicine play like $AMWL as well as $AAPL which will deliver a special event next week during which the launch of the new iPhone 12 is expected.

Some of our stocks pay a dividend, either yearly or quarterly: from this week onwards I will report the dividend adjusted growth of our portfolio. So far the dividends received have increased our overall performance by 0.8%, which is significant given that less than 5 months have passed since inception.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, October 3rd, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $NOW $QCOM $DQ $FDX $AMWL $CIEN $AAPL $GOOG

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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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, September 26th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $NOW $QCOM $DQ $FDX $AMWL $SNOW

If it wasn’t for a strong day on Friday, all US markets indices would have been down this week, but the Nasdaq somehow pulled off a 1.2% weekly push higher, whereas the S&P500 was 0.6% lower and the Dow lagged with a 1.7% decline. The Russell 2000 (the US small caps index) tanked finishing the week 4% lower. The situation wasn’t that different in Europe as the Stoxx was down 1.1%, the Italian FTSEMIB even lower with a 1.4% decline and the Danish OMX25 was only nominally higher.

Finally a buy, and the first stock from the transportation sector in our Responsible Investor portfolio: DSV Panalpina ($DSV.CO), a Danish shipping company. I have been meaning to go long on this stock for months and waited for a pull back that never came. This is one of the typical mistakes of irrational investors who are often unwilling to buy a stock that is always going up. In fact, if the stock is undervalued, the fact that it is appreciating is a pro, not a con, because investors have all they need, ie valuation and momentum, on their side.

The pressure is mounting on Nikola ($NKLA), the latest hype in the EV stocks as the CEO resigned just days after Hindenburg Research released a report accusing the CEO of overstating claims on the readiness of Nikola’s technology and misinforming investors. After a fall of 42% in just one week the stock is still worth 7B$ with annual sales of 440k$: think about that for a moment. The stock is still up 88% YTD but has fallen 75% from the July high. I will keep staying away from it and have another EV stock on my watchlist.

Our portfolio was down this week, but not as much as the market. This is thanks to tech stocks like $GRUB, utility company $PCG and our latest purchase $DSV.CO, all up 3+%. $NEM was hit because of the sharp decline in the price of Gold. Both our banks stocks were affected by the weekly downturn. Overall, though, it is good to see our RI portfolio having beaten the market this week.

It looks like there is no going back to the previous normalcy, at least not in the near future given the rising number of Covid-19 cases globally, therefore shipping stocks are poised for further growth. On my watchlist I have $FDX which looks grossly undervalued based on future earnings estimates. It is up 57% YTD whereas competitor companies like $UPS and $DPW.DE are up 37% and 11%, respectively.

After months of depreciation relative to the euro, the dollar has been showing signs of strength: the EUR/USD is down from 1.18 to 1.16 and is now at the 138.2% Fib level from the March 11th relative high: will it rebound from here ? I periodically report on the the EUR/USD as our portfolio is calculated in USD and has a mix of stocks traded in USD, EUR or DKK, the latter being pegged to the EUR.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, September 19th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $NOW $QCOM $DQ $DPW.DE $AMWL $SNOW

This past week was better that it might seem for the stock markets which were affected by the weakness in the technology sector. Because of the relative weight of the FAANG stocks the performance of main indices was dragged down by their underperformance. The Nasdaq and the S&P500 were down 0.6% and 0.7%, respectively, while the Dow, which does not feature as many tech stocks as the two other main US indices, was basically flat.

One can be amused by the IPO frenzy that is roaming the markets of late, suffice to consider this week’s debut of $SNOW, but should thread very carefully when investing in them. Most of the time these stocks are very volatile and their track record is either not there, or comes from quarters preceding the IPO in which the company did not have to follow the stringent reporting requirements set by the SEC: be careful out there, and invest responsibly !

In the meantime many headlines keep the market volatile, from the premature death of US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg (suggest you listen to Michael Moore’s latest Rumble podcast) to Democratic-party nominee Joe Biden desperately seeking latino votes in swing states and the rising number of Covid-19 cases globally which is causing another round of lockdowns in some European countries. Despite this, the European Stoxx index was up 0.3% this week, while Italy’s stock market lagged behind, and was down 1.5%.

No purchases this week for our RI portfolio but I am itching for new buys! I just don’t trust the environment at the minute and especially these volatility levels. Patience is a virtue and that’s especially true for responsible investors. On my watchlist are stocks like $DQ (energy), $DPW.DE (courier services), and $AMWL (telemedicine).

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, September 12th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $NOW $QCOM $ZS

Happy Saturday from Copenhagen whose stock market continues to push higher. After a negative week, in the last 5 days the OMX index rose by 2.1% to levels now very close to all time highs. The European stock markets in general had a very good week, with the Stoxx index up 1.7% and the Italian FTSEMIB growing by 2.2%. As our portfolio consists in European stocks for 65%, it is not surprising that we have had a great week ourselves with a 2.3% increase versus a market performance of 0.4%.

The US stock markets were down, especially the Nasdaq which fell by 4%. The technology sector was the laggard and yet our two tech stocks, $GRUB and $TCEHY outperformed the Nasdaq which is a sign of their relative strength. After a long period which started in late March when it almost seemed that it didn’t matter which stock investors decided to buy we are now back to a market of stocks and picking the right one will be key.

There were several good news of our Italian stocks: Inwit and Raiway rose by 9.1 and 7.5%, respectively. On the automotive side, $UG.PA continues its rise: with this week’s 6.1% increase it is up 17% since my buy alert. Consumer discretionary also had a good week, especially in the luxury sector as the 3.4% weekly increase of $MC.PA demonstrated. It was a negative week for the bank sector and our two positions weren’t immune: it will be interesting to see if this downward trend continues in which case we will have to pull the plug.

I continue to like lots of candidate stocks to add to our portfolio, such as $NOW, $QCOM or $ZS but I would like to see the volatility reduce before we make our next buys. As always I will send a Buy Alert on this website and on Twitter if the time is right.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Update, September 5th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI

At the beginning of the week the stock markets kept going higher as if there was no tomorrow but on Thursday they came to a screeching halt. More importantly, the Friday morning rally did not last long and the week ended with a second consecutive down day. I cannot even remember when we had two red days in a row last time !

While nobody knows what happens next, with the upcoming US presidential election and economies around the world still struggling to pick up, I cannot see governments stopping the support of the stock markets with more “propping” policies. Analysts are raising S&P500 quarterly earnings estimates for the first time since Q2 2018, Factset reports. Only time will tell and we will be quick in raising cash if the downtrend continues.

Despite the end of week selloff the Dow and the S&P500 managed to pull off a nominal increase of 0.24 and 0.16%, respectively, whereas the Nasdaq fell 1.6%. The European stock markets had a similar decline with the Stoxx down by 1.25%; the FTSEMIB retraced by 1.49% and the Copenhagen Nasdaq fell by 2.5%. The Danish stock market currently has a whopping P/E of 32.8 which is even higher than that of the S&P500 which stands at 30.5.

No changes to our portfolio this week. For the second week in a row our best performer was $SYF which is up 23.2% since we bought it and has now overtaken $GRUB. Car-maker UG.PA had a great week and was up 3.8%. Our other tech stock $TCEHY fell 4.7% but the fundamentals remain intact.

On my watchlist there are stocks like $VEEV, $QCOM and $GOOG. This recent selloff can present an opportunity for shopping at more reasonable prices.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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