Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Five Greatest Stocks Update-April 2015

It has been almost three and a half years since I wrote my post on The Five Greatest Stocks for the Next Five Years on October 30th 2011 and during that time I believed that the overall performance of these stocks would beat the performance of the S&P 500 (SPY), but I never thought that the portfolio would return almost double the amount of the index this soon. I suspect being part of a great bull market and having Under Armour (UA) part of the portfolio can't hurt. Without further ado....

Amazon (AMZN), $421.78: Total Return of 97.6%.

Apple (AAPL), $125.15: Total Return of 129.5%.

Google (GOOGL): $548.77: Total Return of 85%.

MasterCard (MA), $90.21: Total Return of 163.9%.

Under Armour (UA), $77.55: Total Return of 267.5%.

The Total Return of The Five Greats Portfolio was 148.7%.

The Total Return of the S&P 500 (SPY) was 78.5%.


Stats and charts courtesy of low-risk-investing.

In conclusion, these five great companies continue to be strong and well positioned in their industries, I continue to believe that the portfolio as a whole will continue to out-perform the S&P 500 going forward.


Special note: I have been questioned many times from my followers and readers on how exactly can a small investor invest in these five stocks when the prices of the shares are so high. The simple solution is to use the investment services of Motif Investingwhere a small investor can create their own portfolio of up to 30 stocks with a minimum investment of $250.


Disclaimer: All articles are written as an opinion of the writer or writers. The contributors on this website are not professional investment advisors. These articles are written to share investing ideas that may be of interest to the reader. Always seek the advice of a professional investment advisor before investing.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Stock Market Performance And The Presidents

With the Presidents Day holiday approaching I thought it was a good idea to write an article showing the performance of the stock market during the terms of Presidents since Richard Nixon. I decided to start with Nixon because I was born in 1969. Performance numbers for Presidents before Ronald Reagan are based on the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Index which can be obtained by reading a study by Colin Cieszynski at CMC Markets and performance numbers during and after Reagan will be based on the S&P 500 Index.

Richard Nixon (1969-1974): Annual Return of -3.5% & Total Return of -19.7%.

Gerald Ford (1974-1977): Annual Return of +13.5% & Total Return of +32.6%.

Jimmy Carter (1977-1981): Annual Return of -1% & Total Return of -4%.

Ronald Reagan (1981-1989): Annual Return of +10.6% & Total Return of +124.5%.

George H. W. Bush (1989-1993): Annual Return of +14.5% & Total Return of +71.9%.

Bill Clinton (1993-2001): Annual Return of +17.4% & Total Return of +262.9%.

George W. Bush (2001-2009): Annual Return of -3.9% & Total Return of -27.4%

Barack Obama (2009-Present): Annual Return of +19.5% & Total Return of +144.8%.

So there you go, not too many surprises except maybe that President George Bush the elder was not re-elected despite having pretty good performance numbers and that his son was re-elected with such terrible performance numbers. I would say, going forward that the main thing to watch now is whether President Obama can top the unbelievable stock market performance of President Clinton. Time will tell.

Note: Performance numbers for the S&P 500 are derived from the performance of Vanguard's S&P 500 Fund (VFINX) and the S&P 500 Index ETF (SPY). Performance stats courtesy of  Longrundata.comBuyupside, and CMC Markets.
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Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Performance Update from a Forgotten Portfolio

As I was doing some reviews of old posts that I had written, I stumbled upon a post from March 2012 titled, A Dividend Portfolio for the Ages and then I realized that I never made another update like I do with my Five Greats articles. I began to wonder why I did not follow up and realized that some of the dividend stocks on the list I no longer own and that I had sold out of them during 2012, but my curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to know how this portfolio had done nevertheless. I do still own some of the stocks here and am also thinking about taking position of a few of the ones I sold.

I will compare the portfolio to the S&P 500 since March 1st, 2012 to December 31st, 2014 and I will also show how each individual stock has performed. Total returns will include both dividends reinvested and price appreciation.

The 12 Dividend Stocks:

BHP Billiton (BBL): $43, Total return for period was -27%.

Balchem (BCPC): $66.64, Total return for period was 148.2%.

Digital Realty Trust (DLR): $66.30, Total return for period was 6.5%.

W.W. Grainger (GWW): $254.89, Total return for period was 28.1%.

Intel (INTC): $36.29, Total return for period was 48.7%.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): $104.57, Total return for period was 74.9%.

MasterCard (MA): $86.16, Total return for period was 107.5%.

Microsoft (MSFT): $46.45, Total return for period was 58.3%.

Starbucks (SBUX): $82.05, Total return for period was 75.7%.

T. Rowe Price (TROW): $85.86, Total return for period was 48.6%.

Union Pacific (UNP): $119.13, Total return for period was 128.1%.

Exxon Mobil (XOM): $92.45, Total return for period was 15.2%.

The total return of the dividend portfolio was 59.4%

The total return of the S&P 500 was 59.5%


Chart courtesy of Low Risk Investing.

Unbelievable that the portfolio managed to match the S&P 500, though when I originally wrote the article over two and a half years ago I truly expected that it would actually beat the Index. I am sure many of you are wondering why the portfolio did not perform better and I suspect that the under performance of BBL, DLR, and XOM have something to do with this. As many investors know, stocks that are related to energy or commodities have been major laggards, but will probably have better performance going forward.

Will this dividend portfolio end up performing better than the S&P 500? Only time will tell, but in my opinion after all is said and done in a little bit over two years from now this group of stocks will prevail.

Special note: I have been questioned many times from my followers and readers on how exactly can a small investor invest in these twelve stocks when the prices of the shares are so high. The simple solution is to use the investment services of Motif Investingwhere a small investor can create their own portfolio of up to 30 stocks with a minimum investment of $250.


Disclaimer: All articles are written as an opinion of the writer or writers. The contributors on this website are not professional investment advisors. These articles are written to share investing ideas that may be of interest to the reader. Always seek the advice of a professional investment advisor before investing.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Five Greatest Stocks Update-Year End 2014

Before I share the performance numbers of the The Five Greatest Stocks for the Next Five Years, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Today I am going to show how well the Five Greats performed against the S&P 500 since October of 2011 when I first started tracking it as well as how the portfolio performed this year.  Please note the prices reflect splits and total returns include dividends reinvested. So, without further ado...

Amazon (AMZN), $310.35: Total Return of 45.4%.

Apple (AAPL), $110.38: Total Return of 101.6%.

Google (GOOGL): $530.66: Total Return of 78.9%.

MasterCard (MA), $86.16: Total Return of 151.1%.

Under Armour (UA), $67.90: Total Return of 221.8%.

The Total Return of The Five Greats Portfolio was 119.7%.

The Total Return of the S&P 500 (SPY) was 75.2%.

The Total Return of The Five Greats-2014 was 14.5%

The Total Return of the S&P 500-2014 was 13.5%


Well, the portfolio as a whole continues to perform well versus the S&P 500 since 2011, but what is a bit surprising is that it actually eked out better gains for the year versus the Index.


Stats and charts courtesy of low-risk-investing.

In conclusion, these five great companies continue to be strong and well positioned in their industries, I continue to believe that the portfolio as a whole will continue to out-perform the S&P 500 going forward.


Special note: I have been questioned many times from my followers and readers on how exactly can a small investor invest in these five stocks when the prices of the shares are so high. The simple solution is to use the investment services of Motif Investingwhere a small investor can create their own portfolio of up to 30 stocks with a minimum investment of $250.


Disclaimer: All articles are written as an opinion of the writer or writers. The contributors on this website are not professional investment advisors. These articles are written to share investing ideas that may be of interest to the reader. Always seek the advice of a professional investment advisor before investing.