Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, October 24th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $BRK $UMC $AAPL $JD $ADSK $BYDDF

The global markets were down this week, especially the European indices which are battling with rising covid-19 cases. The Italian stock market distinguished itself from the others thanks to Moody’s upgrading its outlook from negative to stable while maintaining the rating unchanged at BBB: the FTSEMIB recovered on Friday and finished the week with a 0.7% loss while the Stoxx was down 1.7%. The Danish stock market fell as much as 2.9% as the country saw the Rt growing again, effectively reversing the trend which was initially showing a containment of the second wave: despite this week’s fall, investing in the Danish stock market has been rewarding so far in 2020 as the Copenhagen OMX25 is up 22% YTD.

The US stock market indices were also down this week. Interestingly, the three main indices (Dow Jones, SP500 and Nasdaq) were mostly in sync in the first three trading days of the week, as if they were in waiting mode for the last US presidential debate which polarised the attention of the media and of the world on Wednesday night. While the debate was not as balanced as the ad by the two contenders of the Utah state, it did seems like a decent confrontation between Trump and Biden, especially compared to the first one. The last two trading days of the week, however saw the SP500 recover some of the losses and finish with a 0.4% decline while the Dow and the Nasdaq fell 0.85 and 0.9%, respectively.

$SYF beat earnings on Tuesday and announced a multi-year extension of the financing and credit card relationship with $WMT and Sam’s Club. It also declared a $0.22/share quarterly dividend which corresponds to an annual forward yield of 3.27%. The stock goes ex-dividend on October 30th and the dividend is payable on November 12th. Next week $NEM, $DSV.CO, $GRUB and $PCG will report earnings.

You will remember that we had reduced our $GRUB position last week: the stock is down 2.5% since then, so it was good call. I will be watching its price action to determine whether the time is right to exit the rest of our position. As stock prices follow earnings and earnings expectations it will be critical to see what results the company reports this coming Tuesday for Q3.

Last week we talked about three stock on our watchlist which can benefit from the (post-)pandemic world. Those still apply but again I don’t like the volatility levels and the nearing US presidential election date won’t help in the short term. This week I would like to add a couple to our watchlist: the first one is an EV play, BYD Company Ltd (ticker: $BYDDF), and the other is a semiconductor stock, $UMC, out of Taiwan.

Our Responsible Investor portfolio was down 0.8% this week whereas the market was 0.9% lower which means that we have beaten the market again, however marginally.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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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 Update, August 29th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $ELC.MI $WBD.MI

Just when one might have started thinking that the FED was running out of ideas to sustain the growth in the stock market, Jay Powell announced an unprecedented change to the inflation policy from 2% as a goal to 2% on average as the target. Not that inflation has gone up during years of balance sheet expansion, including in the EU, but it does provide more room should it pick up and pass the 2% mark. That news depreciated the dollar even further relative to the euro.

In more recent news, Japan was hit by the sad news of their long-standing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing to step down due to illness after 8 years of service and one year before the natural end of his term. This exerted pressure on the Japanese stock market as it can be seen from the drop the $EWJ ETF had on Thursday. It will be interesting to see whether his successor will continue to embrace the so-called “Abenomics” and maintain the stability Abe achieved by ending a streak of several predecessors who only lasted 1 year on average as PMs of Japan.

The US stock markets have had an impressive week with the three main indices all closing 2%+ higher. Europe had a good week as the Stoxx index moved 1.1% higher but the national stock markets performance varied: for example Italy was up 0.7% while Denmark was down 0.3%.

No changes to our portfolio this week. Our best performer was $SYF which gapped 7.8% higher, followed by one of our two banks stocks, $BK, which grew by 5.1%. $GRUB fell 4.4%, however that’s not concerning given how much it has run over the past weeks.

On my watchlist there are stocks like $WDAY, $QCOM and inverse ETFs such as $SQQQ.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

2000828 RIP

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Update, July 25th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $GILD $GRUB $SQQQ $SCO $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY

I was on holidays for the last two weeks and while I took a break from the weekly blog, I kept an eye on the markets and even sent three buy alerts over this period. So much has happened within the span of a fortnight, from the worsening of the pandemic in the US, to the diplomatic tension between the US and China and the start of the earnings season. While the first two may offer an excuse for a correction, all eyes are on earnings which will be the reality check for this frothy market.

Two months have passed since the inception of the Responsible Investor Portfolio and we are still in the black with a total return of 1.9% (excluding dividends) whereas the market is up 1.3% (0.6% market beat).

The majority of our 18 portfolio positions are traded in European currencies whereas 43% is in USD. Over the last two weeks the USD has lost 4.4% vs the Euro and this impacts on our portfolio on which I report in USD.

We initiated a position in Tencent the week before last and also one in the Italian contractor WeBuild (previously trading as Salini). Following the approval of the EU Recovery Fund and a positive technical signal, I also sent a buy alert for an ETF which reproduces the price of a selection of European dividend stocks and is traded on the Italian stock market, EUDV.MI.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

200724 RIP

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$LVMUY $LRLCY $BK $SYF $GILD $GRUB $SQQQ $SCO $PCG | Responsible Investor Portfolio Update, June 20th, 2020

The global markets were consistently positive this past week, with Italy’s #FTSEMIB leading with a 3.9% gain. Our RI Portfolio lagged behind due to the hedges I had put in place. I had increased our hedges as I felt the markets were “tired” of going up but the week was largely positive in the end. Well, we are still showing a positive total return and we are only 3 weeks in since inception ! Also, I’d rather always loose on my hedges than on my core positions..

We have initiated 4 new positions this week, all in the European markets: two consumer French large caps, Luis Vuitton and L’Oreal and two Italian stocks, one in the media sector and the other one in the technology sector. We have also accumulated on Pacific Gas and Electric Company. With reduce and accumulate alerts the relative weight of the open positions change of course.

This week’s winners in our RI Portfolio were Italy-based Terna (+8,4% gain) and Grubhub (+6,2% gain).

The USD lost some ground compared to the EUR (0.9%) while there was no impact of the Danish krona. This means that in a portfolio in USD, the European stocks will have lost some of their value.

We now have 14 open positions, 2 of which are leveraged hedges (inverse ETFs). We are almost half way through along the path to achieve a complete portfolio. The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception and now includes the investment strategy for each position.

200619 RIP

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$GRUB $SCO $SQQQ : was your portfolio up on Thursday June 11th ?

The markets were way overbought and last Wednesday I decided to add a couple of hedges, namely $SCO (a double inverse ETF on oil) and $SQQQ (a triple inverse ETF on the Nasdaq). The relative weight of these positions meant that as the US markets tanked about 5% on Thursday the 11th of June, my Responsible Investor portfolio was up. Only a little, but green.

Photo 12-06-2020, 08.22.10

If on average over the mid to long term the markets go up, and you beat them, you should do well with your investments.

Enjoy the weekend !


$INDA and $EWZ : two ETFs to invest in G20 stock markets

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.

Brazil and India

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.

$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 !