Responsible Investor Portfolio Update, August 15th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $GILD $GRUB $SQQQ $SCO $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $ELC.MI $WBD.MI

Another positive week for the global stock markets with Europe over-performing the US. The Italian stock market jumped almost 5% while the Stoxx index gapped 2.77% higher. The Dow and the S&P500 were up 2 and 1%, respectively. The Nasdaq was very quiet and closed marginally higher.

There are increasing calls from investment banks for a potential future over-performance of the Stoxx versus the US Stock Markets which have run a lot: YTD, the S&P500 is up 4.7% while the Stoxx index is down 10% and the FTSE MIB lags behind with a -13,82%. There are exceptions within Europe: for example the Danish stock market being up 15% YTD and currently has a P/E of 31. With our portfolio consisting of European stocks for 68% at present, we are geared to benefit from a possible mid-term rise of the European stocks.

We have had 3 winners this week as $SYF , WeBuild and Elica rose between 5% and 7%. This week’s sell off in gold has negatively impacted on $NEM , down 7%, however this precious metal is expected to rise further in the near future.

$TCEHY continues to be hit by anti-China US policies and, more recently, by the dispute between $AAPL and $GOOG vs Epic Games, the company behind popular video game Fortnite in which Tencent has a stake.

Two of our positions hit the SL price, namely $SCO and $GILD. For the latter it might have just been bad timing as the fundamentals and the valuation remains strong: we might get back in if the earnings continue to grow and the technicals suggest an entry point.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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$NEM $LVMUY $LRLCY $BK $SYF $GILD $GRUB $SQQQ $SCO $PCG | Responsible Investor Portfolio Update, June 27th, 2020

This week was a roller-coaster for the global markets which pushed higher in the first two trading days to then loose strength and finish the week down. We still did not manage to have two consecutive negative days though !

In the US markets the #Dow suffered a 3.3% loss, followed by the #S&P500 which closed 2.9% lower than last week and the #Nasdaq which limited the loss to 1.9%. The weekly performance in Europe was no different, however all the three indices we follow more closely fared better than the US markets (#Stoxx -1.1%, #OMXC20 -1.3% and #FTSEMIB -1.6%).

Our RI Portfolio was nominally positive this week (+0,2%) and therefore outperformed these 6 indices by a weighted average of +2.6% thanks to selected stocks and especially to the hedges I had put in place during the preceding week, namely $SQQQ and $SCO.

We now have one full month of track record and I am pleased to see that we are showing a positive total return of 1.4% (+0,4% vs the Market).

There was only one Buy Alert this week, for precious metals stock #Newmont which benefited from the stock markets coming to a screeching halt. We also added to the triple inverse Nasdaq ETF $SQQQ position which proved to be the right move. With reduce and accumulate alerts the relative weight of the open positions change of course.

This week’s winners in our RI Portfolio were $SQQQ (+7,4% gain) and, once again, Grubhub (+8,1% gain).

No relative changes between the three currencies of the RI Portfolio.

We now have 15 open positions, 2 of which are leveraged hedges (inverse ETFs). Even in times of high valuations I keep finding cheap stocks and a possible further drop of the markets next week, especially around the quarter close, may offer an opportunity to initiate new positions.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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$BK $SYF $GILD $GRUB $SQQQ $SCO $PCG | Responsible Investor Portfolio Update, June 13th, 2020

Two weeks in, the Responsible Investor Portfolio is up 2.5% while the markets are only up 0.6%: that’s a +1.9% outperformance. As the RI Portfolio has stocks traded over multiple markets, the market performance is calculated as a weighted average.

This past week was particularly volatile and saw a sharp decline in the stock markets on Thursday 11th of June: that day the RI Portfolio was actually up, you can read the details in a previous post. This week’s outperformance is particularly significant as the markets were down 4.9% while our portfolio only lost 0.4% (+4.4.%).

We have made 3 trades this week: we sold CELL.MI for a 7.8% profit and bought $GRUB following rumours about a takeover from JustEat after Uber’s bid hit the wall. So far Grubhub is up 6.9%. The other trade is a hedge on oil.

The relevant currencies (USD, EUR and DKK) were neutral and therefore had no impact on the portfolio.

We now have 10 open positions, 2 of which we intend to keep on a short leash as they are leveraged hedges. There is still a long way to go to achieve a complete portfolio which requires several additional positions as well as a greater diversification across the various sectors.

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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.

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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 !

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Beating the #market

Another week in red has gone by, with the three major US stock market indices losing between 1.7 and 2.6%.

Perhaps the most significant development, however, relates to the price of #oil which has finally seen a spike from the lows of the beginning of the week. This is thanks to the expectation that the major producers may soon agree to cut production which should better align supply with the reduced demand. I have tried to play this with a very short term trade but didn’t actually succeed as I sold my $USO position too quickly with a marginal loss. It has taught me another lesson about how pointless short term trades can be, at least for me, as I am fundamentally a long term investor. Always invest in what you understand ! I did however benefit from a 12% gain in my Occidental (ticker $OXY ) position.

This week I have started a new long position in ConAgra Foods (ticker is $CAG ): I don’t expect it to work wonders, as it is a value stock, but to actually provide a single to low teens return within the next year or so and therefore some stability to my portfolio. I have bought it on Tuesday and have already achieved a 4.28% gain. It also pays a 2.8% dividend and the next quarterly ex-dividend date is expected in late April. I felt the timing was right as they have increased their guidance and now see FY20 adjusted EPS earnings per share above the high end of $2 to $2.07.

A similar investment made earlier in March is in General Mills (ticker is $GIS ) which this week has gained 9.4% !

Here is a simple graph created with Yahoo Finance to compare these two stocks with the three major US indices for this past week. How did your portfolio fare compared to them?

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I currently have 14 long positions in my eToro portfolio and 9 out of 14 have beaten the US market this past week. Ultimately, beating the market is the most important goal.

Be an active investor and invest responsibly.

Have a great weekend, all !

Has #volatility peaked ?

Has volatility peaked ? Difficult to say, what’s certain is that over the past 4 weeks the US markets have wiped out all the gains of the last 3 years, basically since Trump’s presidency started. Some say that coronavirus has only been the trigger of the neutralisation of a rally on steroids caused by liquidity injection and tax breaks, ie not of true #earnings growth. While more #liquidity is coming, it would appear that monetary policy alone is not going to be a sufficient cure for the market and that fiscal policy is also needed as well as an effective way to put an end to this biological crisis.

Intro over. So what can investors do in these difficult times ? Last week we talked about raising cash and inverse funds. The situation has not changed as volatility remains high although it has decreased from about 80 to about 60 this past week.

In the meantime, it helps looking at what the new earnings are saying. $ACN for example, a company on my watchlist, has beat expectations early this week but halved their revenue forecast. This company traditionally releases earning much earlier than most S&P companies, which are not due for a few more weeks.

Another interesting observation. The Norwegian krona has tanked and lost about 20% compared to the Euro in the past 20 days: that is a massive drop for a currency of a country with AAA rating ! #Norway has been seriously hit by the virus, is not part of the EU which prevents them from accessing the benefits of QE and is heavily reliant on $OIL which is down >50% over the past month. Not looking good for Norway, but is their currency a possible future investment opportunity when the situation stabilises ?

This week 3 of our long positions have hit the stop loss limit, namely $SYF, $RR.L and $OXY . It is very important not to let your losses run beyond 7 to 20%, depending on your risk profile and whether they are dividend payers or not, so it is advisable to insert suitable stop losses, thankfully this is function that works well on many trading platforms. I continue to watch $SYF closely as I think there will be a great buying opportunity in the not too distant future, whereas I think $RR.L will be under prolonged pressure due to their reliance from the aviation industry and $OXY won’t recover until $OIL rebounds unless they are taken over.

As always, be patient and invest responsibly !

Happy weekend to all.

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