After a very merry Christmas on the share market, which saw the All Ordinaries Index gain 8% in the final two weeks of 2015, Santa took back all his presents in a tumultuous start to 2016, as fears over Chinese growth returned with a vengeance.
The All Ords ended the month with a loss of 5.4%. Our Growth Portfolio beat that by over 2%, but that will be scant consolation since it still fell 3%. Since inception in 2001, the portfolio has now returned 10.0% a year, compared to 7.2% for the All Ords.
Resources led the way down, with BHP Billiton, Origin Energy and South32 losing 14%, 13% and 8% for the portfolio. Only just behind were the portfolio’s ‘market-facing’ financial stocks, including IOOF Holdings (down 14%), Perpetual (down 11%) and Computershare (down 10.5%).
Against these, the plus side of the ledger was looking pretty thin, supported by some of the portfolio’s smaller stocks: billing software supplier Hansen Technologies (up 7%), serviced office provider Servcorp (up 6%) and probe steriliser Nanosonics (up 4%). ResMed supplemented these, with an 8% gain after a decent interim result.
Despite the volatility, the portfolio was happy with its positions and there were no additions or disposals during the month.
The investment objective is to achieve a return of 1% above the All Ordinaries Accumulation Index per annum over three year rolling periods by investing in a diverse mix of Australian equities and cash.
GROWTH OF $10,000
PEFORMANCE SUMMARY TO 31 JANUARY 2016
Source: Praemium, RBA. Returns are before expenses and fees. Returns are shown as annualised if the period is over 1 year. * Since Inception (SI) date is 1 July 2015.
|PERFORMANCE TO 31 JANUARY 2016||1 MONTH||3 MONTH||6 MONTH||SI* (P.A.)|
|Intelligent Investor Growth Portfolio||-3.01%||0.75%||1.37%||5.62%|
|ASX All Ordinaries Accumulation Index||-5.38%||-3.54%||-8.82%||-4.96%|
|Excess to Benchmark||2.37%||4.29%||10.19%||10.58%|
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