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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$SQQQ as a hedge proved to be a winner

Over the past two weeks the market has been quite choppy, especially intraday, but overall it has continued to hold. In fact, the Nasdaq has gained 4.4% and the S&P500 1.1% while the Dow was basically flat at -0.2%.

The difference in performance can be explained by the stocks which compose these indices, with the Nasdaq obviously being packed with many technology stocks which have been outperforming most indices. To give a couple of examples, one of the technology ETF $XLK is up 5.1% this past two weeks, and the so called FAANG stocks are all above 4% with $NFLX up 9.4%.

The relative lack of technology stocks in the European indices, which are dragged down by many bank stocks ($XLF), is the main reason why the European stock markets have been laggards. The financial sector was already suffering from the dovish monetary policies of various areas of the world, with negative interest rates in Japan and Europe for example. The pandemic has only increased their pain as money printing continued everywhere, including the US.

Some say that March 23rd is when the markets bottomed: since then the 3 main US indices have recovered a lot of the previous losses due to the pandemic crisis with a gain ranging between 27 and 31%, while the European stock market has only rebounded by 14%. When they say that it is a market of stocks rather than a stock market, what they mean is that you have to pick the right indices if you want to invest in ETFs, or the right stocks if you want to have more chances of beating the market.

Here are my top 3 winners for these past two weeks:

$SQQQ +6.96% (this is a hedge)

$AMAT +5.07%

$BMY +4.51%

The earnings seasons is not over but its pace is certainly slowing down with a lot fewer companies reporting earnings next week: the one I will be watching most closely is $BABA on Friday.

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Have a great weekend everybody and invest responsibly !