Portfolio Experiment - Month 6

31 May 2017 22:40
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Month six into the Motif portfolio experiment and the markets keep chugging upwards as the portfolio return grew to 9.56% from last month’s 6.75%. As a basis the S&P has grown 7.73% so we have a nice beat versus the market.

Dividend Income

Projected April dividend income $35.77
Actual April dividend income $36.64
Growth of +$0.87

Income grew thanks to raises from P&G (PG), Petmed Express (PETS), Omega Healthcare (OHI), Apple (AAPL) and Artesian Resources (ARTNA).

Good news received came from Cracker Barrel Restaurants (CBRL) who announce a dividend increase and a special dividend for the next quarter so we should see a nice pop in future dividends.

Portfolio Value

Pre-Retirement Retirement
Starting Value $10,000 $10,000
Current Value $10,956 $10,956
Cash Balance $170.84 -
Cash Distributed - $170.84
Total Portfolio Value $11,126 $10,956
Total Return 11.13% 9.56%

What happened to sell in May? The market keeps on moving higher and my tech stocks (AAPL & MSFT) keep leading the charge but they were not alone for driving portfolio returns.

Petmed Express (PETS) knocked it out of the park when they reported earnings and the market rewarded them by sending their stock price from $24/share to $35/share. Another contributor was 3M (MMM) as this stock soared above $200/share and has risen 18.6% since it was acquired.

In our pre-retirement account after we factor in dividends the total return is a whopping 11.12%. Never did I believe the portfolio would be at this point by May.

From a sector perspective, Commodities are still getting severely hit (down 18%) but all other sector are positive however I will note that financials did retreat slightly.

Portfolio Sector & % Allocation Gain/Loss
BASIC MATERIALS - 4% -17.75%
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY - 12% 2.42%
CONSUMER STAPLES - 12% 19.33%
FINANCIALS - 10% 1.7%
HEALTHCARE - 10% 10.5%
INDUSTRIALS - 10% 11.7%
REAL ESTATE - 15% 11.8%
TECH/COMMUNICATIONS - 13% 17.38%
UTILITIES - 6% 14.83%
BONDS & INCOME - 8% 4.13%
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