Well, that was an interesting quarter to say the least. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus quickly ran its course and the pandemic finally looked to be coming to a close, giving us all a glimmer of hope. Vladimir Putin however decided the world hadn’t seen enough turmoil. The war in Ukraine has thrown the entire globe into a state of disorder. I don’t want to opine on current events politically, but from an investment perspective this war has had a number of impacts.
Given the sanctions placed on Russia, we have seen a rapid rise in the price of oil. We all see it at the gas pump, but maybe more importantly this has put a further strain on the already tight global supply chain. The price of shipping has skyrocketed and the cost of moving product is now astronomical. As an American, it calls into question our reliance on foreign imports. The Biden administration has put an emphasis on American made products to reduce this reliance. Combined with rising interest rates and general inflationary pressures, markets look murky at best.
We saw a quick drop in all markets at the beginning of the quarter followed by a small recovery towards the end of March. Should the war escalate and more countries join the fray, expect continued volatility throughout global markets. My portfolio of course did not escape the quarter unscathed. Things could have gone a whole lot worse, but it is never fun losing money. I take solace knowing my portfolio is filled with strong companies. They make use of market downturns by buying back lower priced shares and eating up market share from weaker competitors.
As of 4/1/2022, my 10K portfolio is worth $16,801.98. When I started on 8/19/18, the SPY had a price of $285.06 and my account started with $10,000. As of 4/1/2022 the SPY had a price of $451.64. In reality, the SPY has done even better due to dividends given out, so I have accounted for dividend reinvestment in the return calculation.
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As we can see, I had a rather abysmal first quarter, particularly as compared to the S&P index. I lost by more than 10% in the quarter to SPY. Not great, but it happens. A little disheartening to see that I’m now losing overall since inception. If I cannot outperform the index, why even put all the time into investing. I could just buy the S&P, sit at home playing video games all day and get better results. Ultimately in the long term, I don’t think that will be the case. I’m pretty confident, maybe irrationally so. Over the course of many years and decades, I expect to do meaningfully better than the index. Of course, so too does everyone else. Only results will show the truth.
I had three main losers in the quarter, Facebook, Etsy, and my group of semicap equipment manufacturers(Lam Research, KLA and Applied Materials). All had valid reasons to have fallen, but perhaps the drops are overblown. I personally would buy more of each at these lower prices if I had available cash, but I am fully invested so cannot. I actually have acquired quite a few more shares in other accounts I manage, particularly of the semicap companies which I believe offer very favorable risk/reward ratios.
I actually made zero real transactions this past quarter. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe this is the first quarter since I started this portfolio that I have not made any changes. I like the companies I invest in and at this point I think just sitting back is the right course of action.
Due to my portfolio DRIP, I did however make a number of very minor transactions. As we can see, my portfolio now makes a handful of purchases automatically due to dividend reinvestment every quarter. These are very tiny purchases, but over time they will add up.
As always, I would like to thank you for taking the time to give this a read! Feel free to leave some comments or questions. Best way to reach me is on Twitter, follow me @TheGarpInvestor.