Portfolio Experiment - Month 7

02 Jul 2017 12:58
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Month seven into the Motif portfolio experiment and the markets were churning in June from a proposed Amazon buyout of Whole Foods and a Tech sell-off but that didn’t slow the markets as the S&P 500 ytd return grew from 7.73% to 8.24%. The motif portfolio was no slouch either as it also grew its ytd return to 11.15% from 9.56%.

Dividend Income

Projected June dividend income $35.39
Actual April dividend income $36.27
Growth of +$0.88

Income grew thanks to a raise from Travelers Insurance (TRV).

Now that the first half of the year is behind us we have 14 out 25 holdings who have increased their dividend payouts and we should start to see more significant increases of actual to planned monthly dividends.

Portfolio Value

Pre-Retirement Retirement
Starting Value $10,000 $10,000
Current Value $11,156 $11,156
Cash Balance $207.11 -
Cash Distributed - $207.11
Total Portfolio Value $11,363 $11,156
Total Return 11.36% 11.15%

Petmed Express (PETS) continues to knocked it out of the park as their share price has risen from $35/share to $40/share. I happened to own PETS in my personal portfolio and did sell a significant portion of this position at $41/share and re-deployed the money. However for this experiment we are letting it fly.

From a sector perspective, Commodities improved slightly but are still down 17%. Consumer staples has soared but that is slightly skewed thanks to PETS. Tech took a big drop but it was offset with gains from Financials, Industrials, and Healthcare. All year long I have seen sectors rise and fall, this really shows how a diversified portfolio can offset losses and allow it to grow.

Portfolio Sector & % Allocation Gain/Loss
BASIC MATERIALS - 4% -16.5%
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY - 12% 2.00%
CONSUMER STAPLES - 12% 26.92%
FINANCIALS - 10% 4.3%
HEALTHCARE - 10% 11.5%
INDUSTRIALS - 10% 13.2%
REAL ESTATE - 15% 15.0%
TECH/COMMUNICATIONS - 13% 13.7%
UTILITIES - 6% 16.8%
BONDS & INCOME - 8% 4.23%
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