Current Value (As at 30th May 2018) = £169,321 including cash
Target for 8th November 2018 = £186,000
Value at commencement of this blog on 1st August 2012 = £51,684.02.
Monthly contributions since commencement of blog = 36mths @ £300 plus 32 months @ £750 = £34,800
Capital Growth is £163,200 less (£51,684+£34,800) = £76,716

Friday, 28 April 2017

Increased holding in Senior

This weak I decided to double my shareholding in Senior (SNR) to 1560 shares. I think this company is significantly undervalued at £880 million given that it has been regularly in profit and has a growing turnover (and dividend).  It should be taken into account that the company was trading at 350 just 2-years ago (the SP this week is about 215) and the conditions of the marketplace for Seniors products in aerospace, defence and energy look strong - well, stronger than they have done in the past 18 months - and the outlook looks better.
I will be happy to achieve an SP of 250+ in the next 6 months and can see that happening for a company that appears to have turned a corner and now has the wind in its sails.

A couple of the shareholdings in the SIPP have been treading water for the past few months, and I will be looking at all the constituents of the SIPP in depth over the weekend with a view to closing some positions and opening new ones.
As of today, the SIPP value is £130,800 (the shareholdings are detailed to the right) and that value includes a cash holding of £1,937.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

5-year review

As my SIPP will be 5-years old come August this year, I've undertaken an exercise on my SIPP to investigate how I am performing - and my performance managing my own SIPP has been okay but nothing to write home about.

Back in August 2012, I transferred all my pension funds into a Hargreaves SIPP (where it still is) and set myself a goal of growing the SIPP by 20% per annum (plus any contributions of my own). The SIPP value back then was £51,684. Hargreaves send out a statement every November (to coincide with my birthday, presumably so that you can plan your way to retirement) and I've used those statements to monitor my performance.

Essentially, If I had put my money into an account that paid interest at 13.91% per annum (with my contributions paid in as & when) then I would have been at the value I was at as of 1st November 2016. Is that performance any good? Well, it is certainly better than putting the money into a Building Society or bank paying 1.60%pa or something similar.

However, if I had put my entire SIPP into nothing else but 3i Group (investment trust) PLC (LSE: III) which was trading at approx 215 in August 2012 my SIPP would now have a value of over £185,000 plus the £22,200 contributions plus the dividends (which have averaged about 4%pa) and then there's the growth on the dividends, and the dividends on the contributions (which would take me an age to work out, and even then it would only be an approximation).  I think a conservative estimate would be a SIPP worth £220,000-plus.
Shares in 3i Group are trading at 775.

I think I can safely say that I'm underperforming.  

From 1st August 2012 to 1st November 2013
Starting SIPP Value = £51,684
Contributions in period = £4,200 (14 months @ £300)
Dividends in period = £1,237.65
Growth in period = £8,970.59
Value as at 1st November 2013 = £66,092.26

From 1st November 2013 to 1st November 2014
Starting SIPP Value = £66,092.26
Contributions in period = £3,600 (12 months @ £300)
Dividends in period = £1,432.72
Growth in period = £4,485.48
Value as at 1st November 2014 = £75,610.46

From 1st November 2014 to 1st November 2015
Starting SIPP Value = £75,610.46
Contributions in period = £4,950 (9 months @ £300 plus 3 months @ £750)
Dividends in period = £2,397.88
Growth in period = £8,506.33
Value as at 1st November 2015 = £91,464.67

From 1st November 2015 to 1st November 2016
Starting SIPP Value = £91,464.67
Contributions in period = £9,000 (12 months @ £750)
Dividends in period = £3,231.93
Growth in period = £8,934.56
Value as at 1st November 2016 = £112,631.16

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

General Election announced for 8th June 2017

Totally out of the "blue", the Prime Minister has announced a General Election to be held on 8th June.
The effect has been immediate on my SIPP and (to it's detriment) as the £ has risen to US$1.27 - its highest value in months (since October 2016). That has taken nearly 0.80% off the value of the SIPP.
Where it will end up immediately prior to the election is anyone's guess.
The GE puts a huge dilemma on the voting public of Britain.  It was one thing to vote for or against a particular political decision wrapped up in the Referendum but, if you want a "hard" Brexit and you were a Labour voter at the last GE living north of Watford, will you really want to vote Conservative on 8th June?
And if you did vote Conservative at the last election, but voted "Remain" in the Referendum, will you really want to vote for the Conservatives again if - as many will - you live in the South-East of England and you have benefitted from the EU for decades?
This GE is far from simple to predict - despite many thinking it will be a "walkover" for the Conservatives - and I can see there being many surprise results. What I am aware of, from a personal point of view, is that I have not yet met a "Remain" voter who considers that they may change their vote if given the opportunity again, but I have met a few "Leave" voters who would like to reconsider.
Where there is uncertainty, there is opportunity - and that means for the next 6 weeks I will be paying very close attention to my investment portfolio's.  Both my SIPP (which I detail on this blog) and my ISA (which is about half the value of the SIPP and is being managed with the intention of paying off my mortgages in about 8 years time) will be managed with the intention of making the most of the turmoil.
Fair-play to Theresa May for having the audacity to make this decision, which will be considered brave or stupid depending on the result come 9th June.  I (for one) would not have made such a decision if I were in her shoes, as I would have held the office until 2020 and made certain of the Brexit strategy before heading for the polls - and I voted "Remain" in the referendum.
My prediction? I can see another coalition government, one which brings together the Labour, Lib-Dems and the Scottish Nationalists under one leader - unfortunately, that may have to be Jeremy Corbyn.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter 2017 SIPP Update

Good recent progress in the markets has seen my SIPP put on some decent value.
On 3rd April the SIPP had a value of £128,000 and since then I have made my monthly contribution of £750 and the value has grown to £131,880 as close of business today (13th April 17).

Most of the growth in value has come from my Blackrock Smaller Companies IT (BRSC) which was valued at £12,285 on 3rd April but is at £13,308 today.  Segro (SGRO) has also made healthy progress from £7,132 to £7.572 today. However, progress has been fairly decent across the portfolio.

Looking ahead, I'm hopeful of good growth to come from Segro (SGRO) as the company now has a stranglehold on the warehouse space at Heathrow Airport and this should make great contributions to earnings this year now fully incorporated into the company. I'm expecting the company to be promoted to the FTSE100 this year - the SP will only have to be 495+ to guarantee promotion, and it's at 480 today - and if that is achieved we could quickly see another 5% of increase as funds balance their portfolios.

G4S (GFS) is well on the way to recovery now - I managed to purchase 50% of my current holding at 195 in May'17 with the other 50% purchased at an average of 245 - and the SP is currently at 307 and growth looks likely to continue.

GVC Holdings (GVC) has been a revelation, and goes from strength to strength. It is almost certain to make further acquisitions this year and is another company with a target of being in the FTSE100.

Finally, Lancashire Holdings (LRE) will have their AGM in early May followed by the release of the 1st-quarter figures for 2017 and, on the proviso that no news is good news in the insurance business, the numbers should be good enough to suggest another Special Dividend in December is on the cards.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

How is the forecast going?

When I started this blog, the intention was to build a SIPP fund value of over £500,000 by my 65th birthday on 8th November 2024. At the current level of contributions (£750 a month) and if I can achieve 15% per annum growth (including dividends) then I can hit my target of £500,000 on 8th November 2024.

The fund had to be at £125,000 on my last birthday (8th November 2016) to be "on target" and the fund value at that time was and at that time it was valued at £110,000 plus £3,000 in cash - so trailing a fair bit which was disappointing as in early October the SIPP had a total value of almost £120,000.

There will be ebbs & flows in the value and recent performance has been encouraging. The revised target for 8th November 2017 is £153,000.

That is calculated at
Target for 8th November 2016 = £124,615
Growth @ 15% pa = £18,692
Contributions: 12 @ £750 = £9,000
Growth on contributions 7.5% = £675
Total = £152,982
Dividends are currently £3,362 in the year 2016-17

Monday, 3 April 2017

Contributions to date and current holdings - April 2017

The value of the SIPP at commencement of this blog on 1st August 2012 was £51,684.02

Since that date, my contributions to the SIPP have been

Sept-2012 to July-2015

35 @ £300 = £10,500

August-2015 to March-2017

20 @ £750 = £15,000

Total contributions = £25,500

BAE (BA.) 1095 shares worth £6,936
Blackrock Smaller Co IT (BRSC) 1170 shares worth £12,285
G4S (GFS) 2023 shares worth £6,190
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) 390 shares worth £6,468
GVC Holdings (GVC) 1017 shares worth £7,307
Imperial Brands (IMB) 170 shares worth £6,595
JPMorgan Emerging Markets IT (JMG) 655 shares worth £4,775
Lancashire Holdings (LRE) 1195 shares worth £7,940
Legal and General (LGEN) 2396 shares worth £5,886
Pacific Assets IT (PAC) 1192 shares worth £4,650
Paysafe Group (PAYS) 8000 shares worth £36,920
Sage Group (SGE) 925 shares worth £5, 832
Schroder Asia-Pacific IT (SDP) 1292 shares worth £4,732
Segro (SGRO) 1578 shares worth £7,132
Senior (SNR) 780 shares worth £1,615
Cash = £2,952
Portfolio Value = £128,000 (approx.)

Retained and sold in past 18 months

It has been a long time since I update the Pension Builder blog, and a lot of changes have happened in the meantime.  However, some significant holdings remain an integral part of the portfolio, such as:-

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – was 620 shares, now it’s 390 shares

GVC Holdings (GVC) – was 1000 shares, now it’s 1017 shares

Lancashire Holdings (LRE) – was 1000 shares, now it’s 1195 shares

Optimal Payments (PAYS) – was 10000 shares, now it’s 8000 shares

Segro (SGRO) – was 1300 shares, now it’s 1578 shares

BAE (BA.) - was 185 shares, now it’s 1095 shares

Blackrock Smaller Co IT (BRSC) – was 895 shares, now it’s 1170 shares


Those that have been sold off completely are:

Fidelity Asian Values (FAS) was 1190 shares

Hill & Smith Holdings (HILS) was 375 shares

International Capital Group (ICP) was 643 shares

Laird (LRD) was 402 shares

RPS Group (RPS) was 686 shares

Brown Group (BWNG) was 492 shares

Ashmore (ASHM) was 300 shares

RSA Insurance (RSA) was 200 shares

Unilever (ULVR) was 58 shares

Pearson (PSON) was 72 shares

Cenkos (CNKS) was 870 shares