Top 100 Index Rises 12.7% a Year for 5 Years Through March 2017At the end of March, the BetterInvesting Top 100 Index (BIXX), reflecting the portfolios of Main Street investors, increased 12.7 percent annually for the previous five years, versus annual growth of 14 percent for the Standard & Poor's 500 Equal-Weight Index (based on a total return for both indexes in which dividends are reinvested).
The index fell 0.13 percent from the end of February, the first drop since October. BIXX's total return index ended March at 381.68, compared with 382.19 at the end of February. Without dividends reinvested, the index was 291.15 at the end of March, an annual increase of 10.7 percent for the past five years.
The BetterInvesting Top 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 3.1 years in 2016, 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 March, the most common stocks acquired by investment clubs that subscribe to club-accounting portal myICLUB, in terms of number of clubs buying, were:
1) Facebook (FB)
2) Apple (AAPL)
3) Amazon.com (AMZN)
4) Snap Inc. (SNAP)
5) Visa (V)
6) Air Lease (AL)
7) Bank of America (BAC)
8) Exxon Mobil (XOM)
9) CVS Health (CVS)
10) Ford Motor (F)
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.