ESG Kick - 2 Years Later
One of the early "trends" I got caught up in early on in my investing journey was ESG. ESG was popular in the media I was consuming in the summer of 2020, and I particularly remember some podcasts explaining ESG and some positive ESG companies.
I fell so hard for ESG that I tried to add ESG score as a KPI to my Scorecard. I was using CNBC to dig into company profiles to find their ESG score, if any. After a few months, I realized that ESG was incredibly subjective and difficult to get a standardized numeric value.
Nonetheless, during this time period I added a few ESG-focused holdings (based off recommendations from newsletters & podcasts I was consuming as well as CNBC ESG scores).
Here are the 4 companies I purchased in my Taxable account on 7/29/20, and how they have performed in just over 2 years:
Purchase Price: $34.97
Current Price: $37.13
Gain: +6.18%
Current Scorecard Score: 3/6
Purchase Price: $33.68
Current Price: $48.98
Gain: +45.43%
Current Scorecard Score: 4/6
Purchase Price: $56.70
Current Price: $51.74
Gain: -8.75%
Current Scorecard Score: 1.5/6
Purchase Price: $34.17
Current Price: $39.94
Gain: 16.89%
Current Scorecard Score: 3.5/6
The only position I have added to (other than dividend reinvestment) is $CNA.
Additionally, I added $HASI to my Roth IRA when I started it, as it was one of the strongest holdings in my Taxable account at the time.
All 4 of these holdings are less than 1% of my portfolio, and if they remain this low when my 3 year holding period is up this time next year, I will be liquidating these positions. It will be interesting to check back in a year to see if I add any more to these positions or if they fizzle out.
Are there any investing trends you got caught up in? This exercise was definitely a learning experience for me!
June Portfolio Summary
June was an interesting month. Mr. Market continued its downward trend, and we ended up with the worst 1st half of the year in 50 years. If you are still here and investing, congratulations for weathering, hopefully, the worst storm of our lifetimes.

Personally, I had a pretty decent month. I collected a decent amount of dividends, restarted contributions to my Taxable account and was able to make some buys.

Let's get into it:

Not much to note in my Overall Top 10. This is the combination of both my Taxable and Roth IRA. All positions stayed the same as May, with some slight shifting in positions. Only percentage change was $VEA going from 7% at the end of May to 6% today. I will break down individual portfolios below.

Taxable Portfolio
% Change (vs S&P): -6.56% (+1.83%)
Contributions: $60
Dividends: $76.72 (+147% over June '21)
Buys: 1 share of $ABBV at $140.97 on 6/13
Dividend Reinvestments: 0.0278 shares of $CNA, 0.0279 shares of $DD, 0.0063 shares of $RTX, 0.0347 shares of $XLE, 0.0195 shares of $SCHD, 0.0392 shares of $VDE
Sells: None
Cash: 2.03%

Top 5 Positions:
  1. $CMA - 13%
  2. $VTI - 12%
  3. $VEA - 7%
  4. $PFE - 5%
  5. $VWO - 5%

Historic Trend:

Roth IRA
% Change (vs S&P): -17.19% (-8.8%)
Contributions: $0
Dividends: $30.23 (-4% over June '21)
Buys: None
Dividend Reinvestments: 0.0154 shares of $EMB, 0.0043 shares of $HSY, 0.0054 shares of $DD
Sells: None
Cash: 1.92%

Top 5 Positions:
  1. $VTI - 12%
  2. $VNQ- 12%
  3. $VIG - 9%
  4. $SBUX - 9%
  5. $HD - 7%

Historic Trend:

I am happy to have weathered this storm and continuing to be able to contribute and buy great companies.

I am a little concerned about performance of my Roth IRA, but keep the goal of the portfolio in the back of my mind - build a portfolio for dividend income for retirement. Seeing as I still have nearly 30 years (within 11 days) until I hit 59 1/2 & the penalty-free withdrawal age, I am not too concerned.

I am going to continue to stay the course and execute my plan. Hopefully Mr. Market will feel better with the summer sun and start turning this thing around!

Thanks for following along and I would love to hear any of your thoughts and questions in the comments!
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Dividend Forecast - Week of 5/30
Good morning!

Below is my incoming dividend schedule for this week and how I will be utilizing the dividends:

Taxable
$BUD - $0.54 per share, $0.55 total, cash
$CNA - $0.40 per share, $1.27 total, reinvesting

Roth IRA
None

Do you have any dividends coming in this week?
Portfolio Bracketology - $AAPL is the Champ!
Portfolio Bracketology has concluded and you have chosen $AAPL as your champ! $AAPL beat $VTI 21 - 16 in the final poll results (combined between Twitter and Commonstock poll).

Below is the final bracket:

The bracket was made up of all 55 of my active holdings - as verified here on @commonstock. Seeding was based on total return since initial acquisition date through 2/28/22. Final rankings are based on poll results - ranked in each round by initial seeding.

Here are final rankings of all 55 holdings based off the results of the bracket (Initial in Parentheses):

  1. $AAPL (3)
  2. $VTI (8)
  3. $O (21)
  4. $HD (42)
  5. $VDE (4)
  6. $BAM (11)
  7. $LOW (32)
  8. $TGT (47)
  9. $XLE (5)
  10. $ABBV (9)
  11. $SCHD (16)
  12. $KO (19)
  13. $VWO (20)
  14. $PFE (26)
  15. $SCHB (27)
  16. $PEP (31)
  17. $CMA (1)
  18. $CARR (2)
  19. $DD (6)
  20. $FUN (7)
  21. $RTX (10)
  22. $SCHF (15)
  23. $VEA (17)
  24. $MCD (24)
  25. $VNQ (28)
  26. $LEG (29)
  27. $SBUX (30)
  28. $HAS (40)
  29. $UL (43)
  30. $DIS (51)
  31. $COIN (52)
  32. $CTRE (53)
  33. $RVT (12)
  34. $VIG (13)
  35. $IEMG (14)
  36. $IEUR (18)
  37. $HASI (22)
  38. $PG (23)
  39. $CNA (25)
  40. $BUD (33)
  41. $CL (34)
  42. $HE (35)
  43. $TIPX (36)
  44. $VTEB (37)
  45. $PPL (38)
  46. $HSY (39)
  47. $CSX (41)
  48. $NSC (44)
  49. $LQD (45)
  50. $KMB (46)
  51. $BLV (48)
  52. $EMB (49)
  53. $T (50)
  54. $CRON (54)
  55. $CHWY (55)

Are there any surprises? Anything that stands out to you?

What are your overall thoughts on Portfolio Bracketology?

I had tons of fun putting this together and getting insight into people's perspective and thoughts on these companies holdings!
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That seems rad to me! I’ve never thought of putting your holdings head to head in a bracketed to-the-death tournament before! How do you determine the lineup to begin with?
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Q2 Portfolio Alignment
I do my best to stick to a routine cadence when it comes to investing. I have written about some of my methodology here, if you are interested.

Just like doing routine maintenance on your car, I do routine maintenance on my portfolio. The first weekend of each quarter I review my holdings and make updates to conviction ratings, reinvestment strategy and make any sales to trim positions. This routine alignment ensures I am on my intended path, but is also scheduled, so I don't go off the rails and make drastic changes on a whim.

Some of my rules for my portfolio alignment:

  • Sales - My rule is to trim overweight positions that I have held for 3+ years or sell positions that are <1% of my portfolio after 3+ years of holding.
  • Dividend Reinvestment - Reinvest dividends of S&P beaters in Taxable. Reinvest dividends of underweight holdings in Roth IRA.
  • Conviction Rating - Review each holding and record gut conviction (blind to previous rating)- either Low, Medium or High.

Taxable Brokerage

Sales:
None. $CMA and $VTI were candidates for me to sell, but I do not feel the need to trim these positions right now.

Dividend Reinvestment (Changes Only):

Conviction Rating (Changes Only):
  • $ABBV - Medium to High
  • $BUD - Medium to Low
  • $T - Low to Medium
  • $COIN - Medium to High
  • $DD - High to Medium
  • $MCD - High to Medium
  • $PEP - High to Medium
  • $PFE - High to Medium
  • $PG - High to Medium
  • $RTX - Medium to High
  • $RVT - Low to Medium
  • $SCHD - High to Medium
  • $UL - Medium to Low
  • $VIG - High to Medium

Roth IRA

Sales:
None. Could have trimmed $VWO and $VEA but didn't feel the need.

Dividend Reinvestment (Changes Only):

Conviction Rating (Changes Only):
  • $DD - High to Medium
  • $HSY - Medium to High
  • $KMB - High to Medium
  • $VIG - High to Medium
  • $VNQ - High to Medium

Reviewing my Conviction changes in both accounts, I am definitely leaning more conservative in most areas.

What are your thoughts? Do you do any portfolio maintenance activities? Would love to hear!

Have a great Sunday!
Dividend Trackers...?
I got a special dividend from $CNA this morning, which I wasn't expecting.

I use Merrill Edge as my brokerage and their dividend income tool is spotty, at best. I have found that it is more of a predictor based off past dividends and payment dates.

The Merrill tool has worked up until now, but I am looking for something more accurate as I continue to grow and improve my information that I am sharing.

I know @dividenddollars uses simplysafedividends.com. What other tools are out there?
💸Dividend Forecast for the Week of 3/7💸
Below are my incoming dividends this week:
Taxab****le
$CNA - $0.40 per share, $1.27 total, cash
$TGT - $0.90 per share, $3.60 total, cash
$HE - $0.35 per share, $2.16 total, cash
Rot****h IRA
None
Do you have any dividends coming in this week?
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Upcoming Earnings Calendar (Feb 7th - 11th)
Hey guys!

A key week is ahead of us! Here's what I'm interested in:

  • $APPS - One of my largest holdings. I'd like an update on the progress of single-tap and the tests they were running with Meta $FB. I'm also interested in seeing how their device footprint is expanding after their latest deals.
  • $DIS - They've invested heavily on Marvel and Star Wars series for Disney+, so let's see if this translates to lower churn and higher growth.
  • $NET - Really interesting stock but the valuation seems too high. Let's see if there's a good opportunity to enter post-earnings.

Good luck!

If you'd like an easier way to track earnings dates, you can automatically sync your portfolio's earning dates to your personal calendar with just a couple of clicks here.

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Upcoming Earnings Calendar! (Nov 1-5)
Hey guys! Here's next week's earnings calendar! Several very interesting companies set to report earnings. Here's the one's I'm most excited about and why:

  • $APPS: any sign of iOS ad dollars shifting to android (Digital Turbine's revenues are mostly from android).
  • $Z: an update on the real estate market and iBuying
  • $LYFT and $UBER: is mobility in the US back to pre-pandemic levels?
  • $COIN metrics on the NFT market.
  • $PENN and $DKNG update on the mobile sports betting market.
  • $ATVI number of Call of Duty Warzone players. The last reported number was 100MM.
  • $CRSR: comments on the supply chain issues they're experiencing.
  • $MELI: update on the Brazilian e-commerce market. Relevant for $SE's expansion.
Comment below which earnings report you are looking forward to the most!
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