Portfolio Experiment - Month 2

04 Feb 2017 16:03
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January we saw the Dow break the 20K level only to retreat a small bit and then trade sideways for the remainder of the month. A second month into the Motif portfolio experiment and one thing is becoming clear is that diversity by sector pays off.

Dividend Income

Projected dividend income $26.77
Actual dividend income $26.81
Growth of $0.04

Dividend income for January was much easier to predict as the ETFs (which have a variable dividend payment) do not have distributions during the month of January. Actual dividend income came in 4 cents more than planned thanks to a small dividend increase from W.P. Carey (WPC). This small increase represent an increase of 0.15% and while small is much better than no increase (or a decrease).

Portfolio Value

Pre-Retirement Retirement
Starting Value $10,000 $10,000
Current Value $10,279 $10,279
Cash Balance $35.10 -
Cash Distributed - $35.10
Total Portfolio Value $10,314 $10,279
Total Return 3.14% 2.79%

With the markets zig-zagging all month I was surprised to see our portfolio total return increase from 2.71% in December to 3.14% & 2.79% for the two different scenarios. I attribute the slight gain in thanks to a well-diversified portfolio. Consumer Discretionary & Staples performed less than December’s performance but this was compensated with gains in Basic Materials, Healthcare and Technology.

Portfolio Sector & % Allocation Gain/Loss
BASIC MATERIALS - 4% 4.75%
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY - 12% -3.33%
CONSUMER STAPLES - 12% 0.33%
FINANCIALS - 10% 2.90%
HEALTHCARE - 10% 1.3%
INDUSTRIALS - 10% 2.9%
REAL ESTATE - 15% 4.4%
TECH/COMMUNICATIONS - 13% 10.9%
UTILITIES - 6% 0.66%
BONDS & INCOME - 8% 1.1%
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