REIT

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) are tax free business entities that invest in real estate developments and multi-family housing. There are strict compliance requirements to maintain this tax status. In general, the investors must by paid at least 90% of the earnings every year.

Value Investment Fund Status Week 24 – Maintaining Position

Value Investment Fund

This past week, the Value Investment Fund grew 2.1% matching many of the major indices in the market.

The fund is well ahead of schedule and is on track to surpass 52% return for fiscal year 2021. Driving the unrealized gains are the REITs. This table illustrates how much has accrued since the purchases in late October, early November. Unlike many other investments, there are no performance indicators to assist investors during interim accounting periods. With REITs, an investor has to wait for the quarterly report to determine performance. Given the sound value of the underlying real estate, there is no concern regarding each position taken by the value investment fund. 

Value Investment Fund – Status on March 31, 2021

Value Investment Fund

The Club’s Value Investment Fund grew dramatically during March 2021. The Fund grew 10.1% driven by increases across the board for all investments. Total actual gain during March was $13,143 as illustrated in the report below.

As stated multiple times throughout the lessons and tutorials, high quality stocks have less risk and thus react remarkably well when the market goes down and recover quickly upon market rebound. Furthermore, high quality stocks provide many opportunities to earn good rewards if properly purchased at less than intrinsic value and sold upon market price recovery. Here is the Value Investment Fund’s status report for the end of March 2021.

Value Investing – Monitoring Performance (Lesson 17)

Monitoring Performance

Monitoring performance is the single best tool to ensure success with value investing. Comparing results against expectations provides the basis for good decisions. In business, this is known as the feedback loop. In effect, a variable input is changed, results are recorded, compiled and reported in a understandable format. Any unexpected results are analyzed and input changes are implemented. The pattern is repeated. The end goal is to generate continuous improvement. With business, improvement is stated in the form of profit; with investment funds, it is stated in the form of  percentage of return on the overall invested capital. Thus, managing an investment fund is just like operating a business; the goal is to improve overall performance.

Throughout this series of lessons in Phase One of the program, it has been stated and reiterated several times. The goal of value investing is to generate returns that far exceed the returns of several indices. A value investor should expect at least a return on their investment in the mid-twenties as a percentage per year. The real goal is to generate 30% plus with returns. If the investor does their research properly and adheres to the four principles of value investing, achieving 30% plus per year on average is doable. But without monitoring performance of the fund, an investor cannot make the necessary timely adjustments to achieve the annual goal.

Value Investment Fund Status Week 21 – Disappointment

Value Investment Fund

After five of the prior seven weeks with 3.5% or more of growth per week, this past week saw the Value Investment Fund with a disappointing reduction in value of 2.6%. One of the drawbacks of value investing is that, at times, the investor feels like their portfolio just isn’t exciting. But at the end of the day, value investing isn’t about excitement, it’s about generating good overall return over the long haul. There isn’t anything exciting about 30 to 40% returns per year. It pales when you hear stories of some investors that earned 200% or more on their investments. The reality is that the 30 to 40% returns per year come with minimal risk; whereas others have extreme risk and sometimes they are rewarded with outstanding returns. You hear about those outstanding returns, you never hear about the huge losses those risk takers absorb. 

The fund is still well ahead of schedule and will surpass 48% return for fiscal year 2021. It is currently at 40.5% through the first 21 weeks. All of the respective investments on are on hold waiting for them to work their way to the target sales price. As they head towards those targets, there are going to be weeks like this past week whereby the entire market was down a half percent. In turn, this does impact value investment funds. Certain industries had greater setbacks and of course real estate investment trusts were one of those industries. During this past week, the REITs pool of investments experienced a 4% downturn. Still, REITs are leading the way for the fund with unrealized gains of $21,470 on a $70,000 investment basis over the 21 week period. An investor should be thrilled with results like that; but it just is disheartening when there is a minor setback. Adherence to the fourth principle of value investing, patience, will pay off.

Value Investment Fund Status Week 20 – Super Growth

Value Investment Fund

The Club’s Value Investment Fund had the best week, March 13, 2021, this fiscal year-to-date. The Value Investment Fund grew a whopping 6.5%, $8,867 over the prior week’s ending balance. This is all due to the COVID relief package signed into law. Over the past week, the DOW grew 4.0% and the S&P 500 grew 2.6%. The Fund’s strong growth was spearheaded by the REITs pool of investments. As stated in multiple articles about the rebound for REITs written over the last five months, once the pandemic fear subsides, the market price recovery will accelerate for real estate intrinsic value based companies. Last week the REITs pool balance was $88,550; this week’s ending balance is $94,876, a 7.1% increase.

Value Investment Fund – Status on February 28, 2021

Value Investment Fund

The Club’s Value Investment Fund leaped forward during February 2021. The Fund grew 11.31% driven by increases across the board for all investments. Total actual gain was $13,207.07 as illustrated in report below.

As stated multiple times throughout the lessons and tutorials, high quality stocks have less risk and thus react remarkably well when the market goes down and recover quickly upon market rebound. Furthermore, high quality stocks provide many opportunities to earn good rewards if properly purchased less than intrinsic value and sold upon market price recovery.

Value Investment Fund Status Week 16 – Another Good Week

Value Investing

Another good week, the REIT pool of investments improved another $4,094 driven by Equity Residential and UDR’s actual results from the 4th quarter of 2020. Although the market responded positively to the results, the facilitator believes that UDR didn’t perform as well as Equity or Essex during the last quarter. This requires an in-depth review of UDR once their full annual report is released later this month. It might be time to dispose of this investment as the author feels that its growth to a higher value will be too slow to justify a continued hold with this investment. That report will be posted to this website prior to month’s end. For now, all three holdings are doing well with an $18,266 unrealized gain in just over three months off a $70,000 investment. This is a 26% actual gain, an approximate annual return of around 82%. 

Value Investment Fund Status Week 15 – Amazing Movement Forward

What a great week! Essex Property Trust reported their 4th quarter results and as expected, the stock’s market priced jumped almost $20 higher per share. The interesting part is that it wasn’t as if Essex reported great results; actually, their financial profits were in line with the third quarter profit. The market was holding back on amping this stock because it doesn’t know how to evaluate pricing equity based apartment complex real estate investment trusts. Per the article written several weeks ago, ‘Intrinsic Value of Essex Property Trust’, Essex’s intrinsic value is approximately $255 and a reasonable market value for this stock is around $285 to $290 per share. 

On Friday the 5th of February, 2021, the stock closed at $258.10. Thus, the market price is approximately the intrinsic value of the company on a per share basis. If the first quarter results mirror the 4th quarter performance, the stock price will surpass $270 and well on its way towards the target sell price. It may take two more quarters to acheive this reasonable market recovery price. In the interim, this single stock with several thousand dollars of unrealized value will keep the investment fund on target for the fiscal year goal of more than 30% return. The other two REITs report this week; if their results are similar to Essex’s, then the Fund’s balance will have a solid foundation for the next six months.

The historical high for Essex Property Trust is $331.30 back in October of 2019.

Value Investment Fund – Status on January 31, 2021

Value Investment Fund

The symbolism of the stock market are the bear and the bull. There is a third, the sloth for slow change. January is best stated as a sloth month. The stock market as a whole retracted 2%; but, the Value Investment Fund grew a meager .4% from $116,231 on December 31, 2020 to $116,727 on January 31, 2021.

As stated multiple times throughout the lessons and tutorials, high quality stocks have less risk and thus react remarkably well when the market goes down and recover quickly upon market rebound. Furthermore, high quality stocks provide many opportunities to earn good rewards if properly purchased at intrinsic value and sold upon market price recovery.

On December 31, 2020, the Investment Fund’s balance was $116,231. During the month of January 2021, the DOW Jones Industrial Average decreased 2.04% from 30,606 to 29,983. This club’s fund, increased a meager .4%. The difference is directly associated with the REIT pool. That pool’s balance on December 31st was $67,775 and it now stands at $79,582 including an additional $10,000 of basis tied to a second tranche purchase of Essex Property Trust (see the article for Essex’s intrinsic value calcultion).