BetterInvesting 100, Main Street’s Index, Rose 4% in April, 15.8% Annually for the Past 10 Years
May 2, 2019 — The BetterInvesting 100 Index (BIXX), reflecting the portfolios of Main Street investors, increased 4.0% in April. For the previous 10 years, the annual return was 15.8% versus annual growth of 16.2% for the S&P 500 Equal-Weight Index (based on a total return for both indexes in which dividends are reinvested). The BetterInvesting index’s five-year gain of 11.6% a year outperformed the 10.2% annual increase for the S&P 500 EWI.
BIXX’s total return index ended April at 508.61, versus 488.88 at the end of March. Without dividends reinvested, the index was 376.69 at the end of April, an annual increase of 13.8% for the past 10 years and of 9.9% for the past five years.
The BetterInvesting 100 Index comprises the most popular holdings of investment clubs, employing annual data from the myICLUB.com online club accounting program. Solactive calculates the index, which began on April 9, 2007, at a base value of 150. BIXX is equal-weighted, meaning that each component constitutes the same percentage in the index.
BIXX reflects actual portfolio decisions by individual investors in investment clubs, while other indexes are weighted heavily toward decisions by large institutional investors. BetterInvesting’s individual members and investment clubs tend to have a longer-term focus than do institutions, with clubs’ average holding period for stocks at 3.2 years in 2018, according to myICLUB.com data.
Holding quality stocks selling at reasonable prices for the long term allows clubs and individual investors to benefit from the return these stocks often earn when the market recognizes their excellence. Long-term investing also reduces the costs of trading, which effectively increases return.
In April, the most common stocks acquired by investment clubs that subscribe to club-accounting portal myICLUB, in terms of number of clubs buying, were:
1) Disney (DIS)
2) Boeing (BA)
3) Apple (AAPL)
4) Microsoft (MSFT)
5) Amazon.com (AMZN)
6) Canopy Growth (CGC)
7) Visa (V)
8) CVS Health (CVS)
9) Fastenal (FAST)
10) FedEx (FDX)
BIXX includes companies of all sizes, from small and medium-size firms to the world’s largest companies. To see the top 100 companies held by BetterInvesting members, go to the BetterInvesting website at www.betterinvesting.org.
To track the performance of BIXX, go to the Solactive site: www.solactive.com/?s=betterinvesting+100.