Dividend Growth Returns Year to Date

It didn’t get off to a good start. But 2016 is shaping up to be a fine year for the Dividend Growth portfolio.

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Source: http://covestor.com/sizemore-capital/dividend-growth Data as of June 3, 2016. Past performance no guarantee of future results.

Through June 3, the Dividend Growth portfolio was up 17.3% in 2016, including dividends and allowing for a 1.5% management fee. That compares to a 2.7% return for the S&P 500. And Dividend Growth generated those returns while actually taking less risk than the S&P 500. The portfolio had a beta of 0.95 and an R-squared of 0.60, meaning that only 60% of my portfolio’s returns were explained by movements in the S&P 500.

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Source: http://covestor.com/sizemore-capital/dividend-growth Data as of June 3, 2016. Past performance no guarantee of future results.

Much of the outperformance in 2016 can be attributed to the portfolio’s allocation to REITs (about 22%) and MLPs (about 15%). So the portfolio’s continued performance will depend on the performance of these sectors. Given that I consider these sectors to be rare pockets of value in an otherwise expensive market, I’m optimistic on that count.

Charles Sizemore is the principal of Sizemore Capital, a wealth management firm in Dallas, Texas.