Powerfund Portfolios Performance Review

Powerfund Portfolios Commentary

February 2013 Performance Review

March 3, 2013
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

What we’re really seeing here is the steady erosion in returns of anything other than bonds. Among the worst areas over the last five years – sporting serious negative returns of between 5 and 10% per year on average (as opposed to positive annualized returns of the same magnitude in U.S. stock funds) - are gold mining-oriented and commodities funds. Gold the metal is still higher than 5 years ago, though the yellow metal is finally showing some erosion in price and popularity.  ...read the rest of this article»

Stock Funds1mo %
PowerShares DB Crude Oil Dble Short (DTO)12.49%
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index (UUP)3.47%
iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)2.41%
American Century Utility Income (BULIX)2.29%
Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)2.16%
Homestead Value Fund (HOVLX)2.10%
[Benchmark] Vanguard 500 Index (VFINX)1.34%
Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)1.31%
Health Care Select SPDR (XLV)1.26%
PRIMECAP Odyssey Growth (POGRX)0.91%
Jensen Value J (JNVSX)0.63%
Scout International Discovery (UMBDX)0.10%
Satuit Capital Micro Cap (SATMX)-0.27%
Vanguard Telecom Services ETF (VOX)-0.78%
Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA)-1.15%
[Benchmark] Vanguard Tax-Managed Intl Adm (VTMGX)-1.36%
[Benchmark] Vanguard Emerging Mkts Stock Idx (VEIEX)-1.74%
Vanguard European ETF (VGK)-3.40%
Bond Funds1mo %
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index ETF (BLV)1.79%
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV)1.55%
Doubleline Total Return Bond (DLTNX)0.56%
[Benchmark] Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)0.54%
Metropolitan West Total Return (MWTRX)0.51%
American Century Core Plus (ACCNX)0.43%
American Century Government Bond (CPTNX)0.40%

January 2013 Performance Review

February 4, 2013
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

All this upside is starting to attract attention. Investors are warming to stock funds again. This tends to happen shortly before market dips, and if bonds continue to slide as stocks rise we would expect to cut back on equities and shift a little more to debt, but currently stocks are still more appealing valuation-wise than bonds are. ...read the rest of this article»

Stock Funds1mo %
Homestead Value Fund (HOVLX)8.59%
Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)8.49%
Health Care Select SPDR (XLV)8.17%
Jensen Value J (JNVSX)7.79%
PRIMECAP Odyssey Growth (POGRX)7.32%
Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)7.23%
Satuit Capital Micro Cap (SATMX)6.36%
[Benchmark] Vanguard 500 Index (VFINX)5.18%
[Benchmark] Vanguard Tax-Managed Intl Adm (VTMGX)4.44%
American Century Utility Income (BULIX)4.39%
Vanguard European ETF (VGK)4.28%
Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA)3.83%
Vanguard Telecom Services ETF (VOX)3.17%
Vanguard Telecom Serv ETF (VOX)3.17%
iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)2.26%
Scout International Discovery (UMBDX)1.63%
[Benchmark] Vanguard Emerging Mkts Stock Idx (VEIEX)0.61%
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index (UUP)-0.87%
PowerShares DB Crude Oil Dble Short (DTO)-11.66%
Bond Funds1mo %
Doubleline Total Return Bond (DLTNX)0.48%
Metropolitan West Total Return (MWTRX)0.19%
American Century Core Plus (ACCNX)-0.62%
American Century Government Bond (CPTNX)-0.63%
[Benchmark] Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)-0.71%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index ETF (BLV)-1.12%
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV)-5.03%

December 2012 Performance Review

January 3, 2013
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

Investing in markets that seem poised to plummet can be more rewarding than investing when things seem safe. Sadly many investors bailed out of stock funds in recent years. Good news on the bad news front: most every serious financial problem facing America was just kicked down the road. ...read the rest of this article»

Stock Funds1mo %
[Benchmark] Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index (VEIEX)5.84%
iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)5.65%
Vanguard European ETF (VGK)4.32%
Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA)4.25%
[Benchmark] Vanguard International Index (VTMGX)3.85%
Satuit Capital Micro Cap (SATMX)3.74%
Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)2.88%
Scout International Discovery (UMBDX)2.86%
Vanguard Telecom Services ETF (VOX)1.78%
Jensen Value J (JNVSX)1.67%
PRIMECAP Odyssey Growth (POGRX)1.30%
Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)1.27%
Homestead Value Fund (HOVLX)0.92%
[Benchmark] Vanguard 500 Index (VFINX)0.90%
American Century Utility Income (BULIX)-0.25%
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index (UUP)-0.50%
Health Care Select SPDR (XLV)-0.89%
PowerShares DB Crude Oil Dble Short (DTO)-5.14%
Bond Funds1mo %
Metropolitan West Total Return (MWTRX)0.35%
Doubleline Total Return Bond (DLTNX)0.25%
American Century Core Plus (ACCNX)0.02%
[Benchmark] Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)-0.21%
American Century Government Bond (CPTNX)-0.29%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index ETF (BLV)-2.81%
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV)-3.74%

November 2012 Performance Review

December 5, 2012
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

Slowly but surely the Powerfund Portfolios are inching up on the S&P 500’s double-digit 2012 return. Competing against the S&P is a challenge because the portfolios are almost always at a lower risk profile because of our allocation to bonds. Even when we are closer heavily allocated to stocks and light on bonds (usually after big slides in the market) we are more diversified than the S&P 500. ...read the rest of this article»

Stock Funds1mo %
iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)2.98%
Satuit Capital Micro Cap (SATMX)2.73%
Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA)2.71%
Vanguard European ETF (VGK)2.48%
[Benchmark] Vanguard International Index (VTMGX)2.43%
PRIMECAP Odyssey Growth (POGRX)2.32%
Scout International Discovery (UMBDX)2.01%
Homestead Value Fund (HOVLX)1.96%
[Benchmark] Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index (VEIEX)1.33%
Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)0.60%
[Benchmark] Vanguard 500 Index (VFINX)0.56%
Health Care Select SPDR (XLV)0.53%
Jensen Value J (JNVSX)0.49%
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index (UUP)0.14%
Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)-0.74%
Vanguard Telecom Services ETF (VOX)-0.78%
American Century Utility Income (BULIX)-3.06%
PowerShares DB Crude Oil Dble Short (DTO)-5.17%
Bond Funds1mo %
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV)1.78%
Metropolitan West Total Return (MWTRX)0.58%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index ETF (BLV)0.41%
Doubleline Total Return Bond (DLTNX)0.35%
American Century Government Bond (CPTNX)0.27%
American Century Core Plus (ACCNX)0.20%
[Benchmark] Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)0.19%

October 2012 Performance Review

November 2, 2012
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

The good times for stocks came to an end in October, though not too abruptly. The S&P 500 was down 1.86% for the month, but is still up an impressive 14.16% for the year. The recent storm hitting the financial epicenter of America and the world had no negative impact on stocks other than a historic closing of the exchange. Surprisingly, foreign stocks did well while emerging market stocks declined. Bonds were essentially flat for the month, as were both Powerfund Portfolios.  ...read the rest of this article»

Stock Funds1mo %
PowerShares DB Crude Oil Dble Short (DTO)9.70%
Vanguard Telecom Serv ETF (VOX)5.96%
Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index (VEIEX)5.32%
Scout International Discovery (UMBDX)4.88%
Satuit Capital Micro Cap (SATMX)4.69%
Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)3.94%
Health Care Select SPDR (XLV)3.30%
Vanguard International Index (VTMGX)2.82%
Vanguard 500 Index (VFINX)2.58%
American Century Utility Income (BULIX)2.38%
Jensen Value J (JNVSX)2.32%
Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)2.23%
Homestead Value Fund (HOVLX)1.78%
iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)1.21%
PRIMECAP Odyssey Growth (POGRX)1.18%
Vanguard European ETF (VGK)0.62%
Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA)0.58%
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index (UUP)-1.70%
Bond Funds1mo %
Metropolitan West Total Return (MWTRX)0.56%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index ETF (BLV)0.48%
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV)0.35%
Doubleline Total Return Bond (DLTNX)0.18%
American Century Core Plus (ACCNX)0.18%
Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)0.11%
American Century Government Bond (CPTNX)-0.28%

September 2012 Performance Review

October 2, 2012
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

2012 is turning out to be a good year for stocks and bonds. With September’s 2.58% increase in the S&P 500 equities are up just over 16% since Jan 1. The YTD total bond market fund is up 4% through the end of September. This in the face of on-again-off-again Euro death spiral news and a domestic economy that, while not stalling, is sputtering or at least misfiring outside of technology.  ...read the rest of this article»

Stock Funds1mo %
PowerShares DB Crude Oil Dble Short (DTO)9.70%
Vanguard Telecom Serv ETF (VOX)5.96%
Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index (VEIEX)5.32%
Scout International Discovery (UMBDX)4.88%
Satuit Capital Micro Cap (SATMX)4.69%
Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)3.94%
Health Care Select SPDR (XLV)3.30%
Vanguard International Index (VTMGX)2.82%
Vanguard 500 Index (VFINX)2.58%
American Century Utility Income (BULIX)2.38%
Jensen Value J (JNVSX)2.32%
Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)2.23%
Homestead Value Fund (HOVLX)1.78%
iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)1.21%
PRIMECAP Odyssey Growth (POGRX)1.18%
Vanguard European ETF (VGK)0.62%
Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA)0.58%
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index (UUP)-1.70%
Bond Funds1mo %
Doubleline Total Return Bond (DLTNX)1.10%
Metropolitan West Total Return (MWTRX)1.07%
American Century Core Plus (ACCNX)0.19%
Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)0.11%
American Century Government Bond (CPTNX)-0.09%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index ETF (BLV)-0.69%
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV)-2.54%

August 2012 Performance Review

September 1, 2012
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

In the absence of scary economic news, stocks drift higher – like the roughly 2.25% gain in August. We would expect this to continue if we avoid a deep recession and any debt market shocks that drive rates higher.  ...read the rest of this article»

Stock Funds1mo %
Vanguard European ETF (VGK)4.68%
Vanguard International Index (VTMGX)3.15%
Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA)3.29%
Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)2.92%
Vanguard 500 Index (VFINX)2.24%
PRIMECAP Odyssey Growth (POGRX)2.47%
Homestead Value Fund (HOVLX)2.13%
Satuit Capital Micro Cap (SATMX)1.92%
Scout International Discovery (UMBDX)1.81%
Jensen Value J (JNVSX)1.69%
Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)1.48%
Health Care Select SPDR (XLV)1.17%
iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)0.78%
Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index (VEIEX)0.43%
Vanguard Telecom Services ETF (VOX)-0.04%
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index (UUP)-1.81%
American Century Utility Income (BULIX)-2.96%
PowerShares DB Crude Oil Dble Short (DTO)-19.31%
Bond Funds1mo %
Doubleline Total Return Bond (DLTNX)1.10%
Metropolitan West Total Return (MWTRX)1.07%
American Century Core Plus (ACCNX)0.19%
Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)0.05%
American Century Government Bond (CPTNX)-0.09%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index ETF (BLV)-0.69%
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV)-2.54%

July 2012 Performance Review

August 2, 2012
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

The rebound in stocks at the end of June carried through to July, though with some slides along the way. It’s a market scared of another collapse, yet it keeps finding support from (probably) not much else than the trillions of dollars globally that needs to be invested and the fact that cash and bonds should be very low return assets for the next few years. ...read the rest of this article»

June 2012 Performance Review

July 3, 2012
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

The S&P 500 Index got off to a rocky start in June but ended up with a just over 4% gain for the month, pushing the index to a near 10% return so far in 2012. Bonds were basically flat even as investors stuffed tens of billions of new money into bond funds while taking money out of stocks. The Vanguard S&P 500 now yields significantly more than the bond index fund: 2.2% vs. 1.88%, both including fund fees.  ...read the rest of this article»

May 2012 Performance Review

June 2, 2012
Category: 
Powerfund Portfolios

Apparently somebody jumped the gun on the whole stock market ‘sell in May and go away’ cliché. U.S. stocks have been going down since early April, but the selling picked up last month - resulting in a 6% S&P 500 slide and turning the 1-year return for the benchmark negative.  ...read the rest of this article»

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