Welcome to the ever rising stock market era where nothing that used to matter really matters anymore. One could call it state capitalism.
Another week of growth across the board with the US markets leading the push towards ATHs. With the US presidential election now just 90 days away, chances are that more stimulus and more bubble blowing policies will be implemented. That’s all well and good in the short term, but will happen in the long term ? If momentum is dictating the current market direction, at some point valuations will matter, one would think.
In the meantime our portfolio was basically flat this week due to a couple stinkers, namely $TCEHY -which has been affected by Trump’s attack to Chinese stocks- and Italian Contractor WeBuild which has now dropped below 1.1€ and is very close to my line in the sand. On the positive side, $GRUB becomes our first position to pass the 30% mark, a capital appreciation threshold I use to determine when to have take profit (TP) ready: more on this in future weekly updates.
We have sold our position on $IMA.MI on Monday with a nice +14% profit in just one week ! No other changes to the portfolio this week but there are many stocks on my watchlist, such as $CSPG, $SMSFT and $AMAT.
From this week onwards you will see all the stop loss (SL) prices which have been defined so far. A general rule I follow is to consider a 7 to 10% loss to determine the SL price depending on whether it is a divided stock or not and on the general market performance. The SL price increases if the investment relates to a leveraged ETF. And with every rule, there are always exceptions of course !
The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.
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ETFs are an efficient way of investing in markets or sectors for which one would otherwise have to hold multiple positions to reproduce. This is especially true is you have a limited capital to invest, say up to 10k Euro or Dollars.
We opened a 2% position in $EWZ which reproduces the Brazilian stock market. While the outbreak seems to be nearing the peak only now over there, the stock market fall has been so significant that some of the stocks in that market are greatly undervalued, e.g. Petrobras. As always, we will be vigilant and prepared to act if the outlook changes.
We also hold a 2% position in $INDA which mirrors the Indian stock market. I have opened this one due to a favourable technical pattern, something I do rarely as I am mainly guided by fundamentals when selecting stocks and ETFs.
At present I have 21 open trades (4 of which at $SQQQ trades bought at different price levels). When I am fully invested, I target having 30-40 open trades with an average percentage of 3% each, though some positions may be higher or smaller depending on the strategy. It is very important to be diversified across the various sectors but also to have enough positions to avoid being severely affected by a major swing in an investment with too high a relative weight. While this limits the potential for greater gains, it does protect you on the downside and makes your portfolio more resilient.
Here are the 4 trades in my eToro portfolio from this past week (May 18th to May 22nd):
- $AMAT +5%
- $XLK +2 %
- $DUE.DE +2% (thanks to the positive Zew numbers in Germany, we might be back)
- $EWZ +2% (we might be back in this one too)
The US stock market is up about 3% this week and 5 of my positions have outperformed them, namely $KO, $SYF, $USO, $IRM, $VIAV. The European stock markets have also grown by about 2%.
In my eToro portfolio I am 35% in cash, 8% in hedges and the rest are long positions in stocks and, to a lesser extent, ETFs and cryptocurrencies.