Jubak Picks Portfolio Performance 1997-2017
Buy and hold? Not really.
Not by a long shot.
So what is the stock-picking style of The Jubak Picks portfolio?
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I try to go with the market’s momentum when the trend is strong and the risk isn’t too high, and I go against the herd when the bulls have turned piggy and the bears have lost all perspective. What are the results of this moderately active — the holding period is 12 to 18 months — all-stock portfolio since inception in May 1997? A total return of 483% as of December 31, 2017. That compares to a total return on the S&P 500 stock index of 125% during the same period.
Jubak Top 50 Portfolio Performance for 2017
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In The Jubak Picks I identified ten trends that were strong enough, global enough, and long-lasting enough to give anyone who invested in them a good chance of beating the stock market averages.
To mark the publication of my new book on volatility, Juggling with Knives, and to bring the existing long-term picks portfolio into line with what I learned in writing that book and my best new ideas on how to invest for the long-term in a period of high volatility, I’m completely overhauling the existing Top 50 Picks portfolio.
You can buy Juggling with Knives at bit.ly/jugglingwithknives
Dividend Income Portfolio Performance for 2017
Every income investor needs a healthy dose of dividend stocks.
Why not just concentrate on bonds or CDs?
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Because all the different income-producing assets available to income investors have characteristics that make them suited to one market and not another. You need all of these types of assets if you’re going to generate maximum income with minimum risk as the market twists and turns.
For example: bonds are great when interest rates are falling. Buy early in that kind of market and you can just sit back and collect that initial high yield as well as the capital gains that are generated as the bonds appreciate in price with each drop in interest rates.
CDs, on the other hand, are a great way to lock in a yield with almost absolute safety when you’d like to avoid the risk of having to reinvest in an uncertain market or when interest rates are crashing.
Dividend stocks have one very special characteristic that sets them apart from bonds and CDs: companies raise dividends over time. Some companies raise them significantly from one quarter or year to the next. That makes a dividend-paying stock one of the best sources of income when interest rates start to rise.
Bonds will get killed in that environment because bond prices will fall so that yields on existing bonds keep pace with rising interest rates.
But because interest rates usually go up during periods when the economy is cooking, there’s a very good chance that the company you own will be seeing rising profits. And that it will raise its dividend payout to share some of that with shareholders.
With a dividend stock you’ve got a chance that the yield you’re collecting will keep up with rising market interest rates.
But wouldn’t ya know it?
Just when dividend investing is getting to be more important—becoming in my opinion the key stock market strategy for the current market environment—it’s also getting to be more difficult to execute with shifting tax rates and special dividends distorting the reported yield on many stocks.
I think there’s really only one real choice—investors have to pull up their socks and work even harder at their dividend investing strategy. That’s why I revamped the format of the Dividend Income portfolio that I’ve been running since October 2009. The changes aren’t to the basic strategy. That’s worked well, I think, and I’ll give you some numbers later on so you can judge for yourself. No, the changes are designed to do two things: First, to let you and me track the performance of the portfolio more comprehensively and more easily compare it to the performance turned in by other strategies, and second, to generate a bigger and more frequent roster of dividend picks so that readers, especially readers who suddenly have a need to put more money to work in a dividend strategy, have more dividend choices to work with.
Why is dividend investing so important in this environment? I’ve laid out the reasons elsewhere but let me recapitulate here. Volatility will create repeated opportunities to capture yields of 5%–the “new normal” and “paranormal” target rate of return–or more as stock prices fall in the latest panic. By using that 5% dividend yield as a target for buys (and sells) dividend investors will avoid the worst of buying high (yields won’t justify the buy) and selling low (yields will argue that this is a time to buy.) And unlike bond payouts, which are fixed by coupon, stock dividends can rise with time, giving investors some protection against inflation.
The challenge in dividend investing during this period is using dividend yield as a guide to buying and selling without becoming totally and exclusively focused on yield. What continues to matter most is total return. A 5% yield can get wiped out very easily by a relatively small drop in share price.
Going forward, I will continue to report on the cash thrown off by the portfolio—since I recognize that many investors are looking for ways to increase their current cash incomes. But I’m also going to report the total return on the portfolio—so you can compare this performance to other alternatives—and I’m going to assume that an investor will reinvest the cash from these dividend stocks back into other dividend stocks. That will give the portfolio—and investors who follow it—the advantage of compounding over time, one of the biggest strengths in any dividend income strategy.
What are some of the numbers on this portfolio? $29,477 in dividends received from October 2009 through December 31, 2013. On the original $100,000 investment in October 2009 that comes to a 29.5% payout on that initial investment over a period of 39 months. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 8.27%.
And since we care about total return, how about capital gains or losses from the portfolio? The total equity price value of the portfolio came to $119,958 on December 31, 2012. That’s a gain of $19,958 over 39 months on that initial $100,000 investment or a compound annual growth rate of 5.76%.
The total return on the portfolio for that period comes to $49,435 or a compound annual growth rate of 13.2%.
How does that compare to the total return on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index for that 39-month period? In that period $100,000 invested in the S&P 500 would have grown to $141,468 with price appreciation and dividends included.) That’s a total compounded annual rate of return of 11.26%.
That’s an annual 2 percentage point advantage to my Dividend Income portfolio. That’s significant, I’d argue, in the context of a low risk strategy.
Portfolio Related Posts
On Wednesday, September 23, shares of Albemarle (ALB) and SQM (SQM), the two dominant lithium producers in the world, fell 11.56% and 11.82%, respectively, on an announcement at Tesla’s (TSLA) Battery Day that the electric car maker would start its own lithium mining operation in an effort to drive down battery costs. (The company also announced that it is developing a new battery technology that would reduce the amount of lithium used in a rechargeable battery.) Getting the price of a battery down by reducing costs and/or improving energy density is the key to making an electric car economically competitive–without subsidies–with a fossil-fuel vehicle. On Thursday, September 24, however, Albemarle shares closed up 3.59% and SQM gained 2.73% in a generally lackluster market. Why the difference?
With the Standard & Poor’s 500 falling 2.37% at the close and the NASDAQ 100 down 3.16% for the day, shares of Illumina (ILMN) climbed 1.67%. Yesterday and today the selling of Illumina looks to have exhausted itself.
Shares of Illumina (ILMN) dropped 8.44% today, September 16, on reports by both Reuters and Bloomberg that the genetic sequencing marketing leader is in talks to acquire Grail, a still private startup focused on blood tests for the early detection of cancer. I think it is the potential purchase price–$8 billion–that has stuck in investors’ craw today. The last valuation of Grail in its previous round of private funding was $6 billion. Grail had filed this month for an initial public offering this month. And…
Long-delayed performance report for Jubak Picks Portfolio–total return 10.2% in 2018 and 10.2% in 2019
When is a 10.2% total return good? When, as in 2018, it beats the 4.56% loss on the S&P 500. And when is a 10.2% total return bad? When, as in 2019, it trails the 31.29% total return for the S&P 500.
Just want to make sure that everyone caught this sell decision that I made first on my subscription JubakAM.com website. I’m selling Agenus (AGEN) and Amyris (AMRS) out of both my Jubak Picks and Volatility portfolios.
Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/B) hit the headlines yesterday on news that it had made a big buy in shares of Japanese trading companies. To me that looks like a typical Buffett value play on commodities and international trade at a time when the market in general has eyes only for technology shares.
In Special Report: Meeting Your Retirement Challenge on my subscription site JubakAM.com, I suggested that when temporary factors created an opportunity to buy the shares of a solid, predictable, cash flow generating company, with a yield of 4% you should jump at the stock. Well, Pfizer (PFE) after some weakness this week on news that the governors of the Dow Industrial Average were kicking the stock out of the index, has hit my dividend buy range near 4%. (We’re bouncing around near 3.99% and 4.00% as of 3:30 p.m. New York time today.) I’m adding it to my Dividend Portfolio today.
Shares of Barrick Gold (GOLD) are up 11.10% today to $29.99 as of 1:30 p.m. New York time on Monday, August 17.The continued climb in Barrick Gold shares comes on the strength of an ongoing rally in gold prices and news that broke on Friday that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had bought shares of Barrick Gold during the quarter that ended on June 30. Interestingly in that context, Barrick Gold has raised its dividend by 14% to 8 cents a share.