Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio – March 2015 Update – The Good and The Bad

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Date posted: 03.19.2015 (4:13 am) | Write a Comment  (0 Comments)

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oil-sands2As many of you know the Ultimate Sustainable dividend portfolio was built over a year ago as an attempt to slowly become financially free. I usually do monthly updates but I got late on this latest update and one month slow became 2-3… but I’m back, and ready to get more active:) There is certainly good and bad news here:

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Without further wait, let’s get started. Here are the portfolio holdings as of last night:

TickerNameSharesMar 18 PricesMar 18 Values
OMCOmnicom Group Inc34$78.13$2,656.42
MSFTMicrosoft Corp77$42.50$3,272.50
JCIJohnson Controls Inc45$50.28$2,262.60
PEPPepsiCo Inc/NC33$94.64$3,123.12
ETNEaton Corp36$68.52$2,466.72
DOVDover Corp29$72.10$2,090.90
ITWIllinois Tool Works Inc31$99.81$3,094.11
XLNXXilinx Inc42$41.60$1,747.20
SJMJM Smucker Co/The24$112.61$2,702.64
BLKBlackRock Inc16$377.76$6,044.16
TROWT Rowe Price Group Inc34$83.88$2,851.92
OXYOccidental Petroleum Corp27$74.01$1,998.27
CRCCalifornia Resources10$7.08$70.80
XOMExxon Mobil Corp24$86.07$2,065.68
ADIAnalog Devices Inc49$59.67$2,923.83
HASHasbro Inc34$61.43$2,088.62
MATMattel Inc48$23.96$1,150.08
AFLAflac34$63.62$2,163.08
BAXBaxter International29$68.55$1,987.95
IVZInvesco Ltd72$41.78$3,008.16
CVXChevron23$106.70$2,454.10
TXNTexas Instruments Inc35$58.30$2,040.50
VWOVanguard FTSE Emerging Markets62$40.94$2,538.28
BNDVanguard Total Bond Market39$83.35$3,250.65
Cash$4,445.35
USDP$64,497.64
SPX18.0277627$3,861.45$69,613.34

Dividends Received

This is a very interesting portion as there is solid growth in the monthly income

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Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio News

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Returns

This is unfortunately the bad part in terms of now lagging the S&P500 total return index by a few thousand dollars, there are a few factors that would explain the lag, the main ones in my opinion:
-oil: the USDP has a lot more correlation with the price of oil than the S&P500 which certainly played a role
-bonds: we added some other types of exposure such as bonds, through ETF’s which will tend to outperform in tough markets and underperform in rising ones.
-Mattel: clearly, this has been a difficult one to hold on to and I’ll certainly review it but just look at this chart:

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Trades

With almost $5000 in cash in the portfolio, it will soon be time to start trading, expect some news on that front perhaps as soon as next week.

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