The beat the TSX portfolio (hypothetical ticker BTSX) has a wonderful longer term habit of beating the market. The strategy is dead simple. BTSX will simply hold the top ten yielding stocks from the TSX 60. It will change the constituents (holdings) for the first trading day of each year, and it will continue to hold those ten stocks throughout the year. The beat the TSX portfolio underperformed in the pandemic year of 2020 as value was certainly out of favour. But it is charging back. The BTSX portfolio was back to its winning ways in 2021 and 2022. Keep reading, as I have also updated the performance for 2023.
Here is the dedicated site for the beat the TSX portfolio – dividendstrategy.ca. The simple strategy has a long-term history of outperforming the market, to a very meaningful degree. Below you will find performance updates up to the end of 2022.
The Beat The TSX Portfolio for 2022
With 5 energy companies in the mix, the portfolio is (obviously) well positioned in 2022 due to the ongoing strength in oil and natural gas prices. Pipelines are also taking advantage of the energy trends.
- The BTSX portfolio has delivered 12.45% in 2022, to the end of March.
- The TSX Composite is up 4.0%.
BTSX delivered 5.1% in January and then tacked on another 2.6% in February, and 4.7% in March. The standard deviation represents the volatility of a stock. A higher number points to a higher level of volatility.
The returns of individual assets to March
There is only one loser in the group. It is not surprising that the energy producer (Suncor) is the top performer. That said, Suncor has underperformed the energy index (XEG) by about 7% in 2022.
Update to the end of May 2022
The portfolio has delivered returns of 14.7% to the end of May 2022. The BTSX tacked on more than 2% from the end of April update.
- BTSX 2022 up 14.7%
- Canadian stocks down 1.4%
- U.S. stocks down 12.8%
Just as the energy producer Canadian Natural Resources led the way in 2021, Suncor is energizing the portfolio in 2022. The pipelines are also moving the portfolio in the right direction.
Performance update to the end of July 2022
From May to the end of July, the Beat The TSX Portfolio declined modestly.
- BTSX is up 8.7% in 2022
- The TSX Composite is down 5.6%
- U.S. stocks are down 12.7%
We see energy driving the bus. The pipelines are delivering some robust (and somewhat surprising) inflation protection. Financials are weak. The Telcos are hanging in there.
BTSX update to end of October 2022
From July, the Beat The TSX Portfolio declined modestly, but continues its generous outperformance of the Canadian and U.S. markets. The energy holdings continue to float the portfolio. Algonquin has run into trouble and is out of favour. Scotiabank is the worst performing Canadian big 6 bank.
- BTSX is up 3.4% in 2022
- The TSX Composite is down 6.2%
- U.S. stocks are down 17.8%
BTSX update for total 2022
November and December were not kind to stock markets. The Beat The TSX Portfolio declined modestly and gave up its positive gains for the year. That said, BTSX still greatly ouperformed the TSX Composite and the S&P 500.
- BTSX down 1.85%
- TSX down 5.82%
- S&P 500 down 18.16%
Here’s the performance of the 10 stocks for 2022. The energy exposure was not enough to float the portfolio in 2022.
The 2023 Beat The TSX Portfolio
For 2023, there is only one change. We remove Suncor and add struggling CIBC.
I will have to admit that I am very surprised that BTSX 2023 is (marginally) outperforming the TSX Composite in 2023. BTSX had a sizable lead in the Spring, but that lead has been trimmed.
The period is January of 2023 to the end of June 2023.
Those who sold Algonquin on the dividend cut might now be giving their head a shake. That dividend cut market the recent bottom for the stock.
Also, Power Corp was beat up in 2022. It found the bottom at the very end of 2022, setting up nicely as a portfolio addition in January of 2023. Yes, BTSX went value hunting.
And stay tuned for the Better Than BTSX Portfolio (BTB) that tracks the 11-20 top yielding stocks in the TSX 60. That introduces a less risky approach to high dividend investing.
Also, the next tier of high dividend stocks has historically outperformed the highest tier of dividend yield in Canada. I will test this historical pattern.
More 2022 portfolio post updates
Here’s a look at the Canadian Wide Moat Stocks.
The incredible dividend growth in Canadian oil and gas stocks.
The U.S. stocks in my RRSP portfolio trounced the market from 2020.
The individual holdings – BTSX 2021
Here are the holdings, from dividendstrategy.ca. This also includes the starting yield for 2021.
On this link you find this article on the beat the TXS BTSX portfolio. That post offered the portfolio for 2019 and the 2020 BTSX portfolio. You’ll see there is not a lot of turnover, there are only two replacements for 2021 from 2020. There was only one replacement in 2020 from 2019.
For the record if I was holding or following the BTSX approach, I would keep the past holdings and simply add any new holdings each year.
Also, I am happy to see Canadian energy producer Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ) make it into the portfolio. In October I had suggested that readers take a look at the value in Canadian energy stocks. That suggestion was about 300% ago, ha.
The record of BTSX outperformance.
We see significant and consistent outperformance over the 10-year, 20-year and 30-year time frames. It is not difficult to build a successful stock portfolio. If you approach an advisor or planner and they suggest that you should sell all of your successful Canadian big dividend payers – run away. Those Canadian dividend stocks can be incorporated into a sensible balanced portfolio. You might build around a BTSX or Canadian High Dividend approach.
In 2020 the BTSX portfolio underperformed considerably. That underperformance trend was duly noted when we checked in on the Canadian dividend ETFs in 2020. Value stocks were out of favour during the pandemic. Though we’ve seen a reversal towards value at the end of 2020 and into 2021. Earning and dividends are back. Year to date a high dividend approach such as Vanguard’s VDY has almost doubled up on the returns of the market.
The 2021 returns for BTSX
Yes, the beat is back. For 2021 to end of April.
- BTSX 22.61%
- TSX Composite 10.72%
And let’s have a look at the individual holdings.
Eight of the holdings kept the beat.
When I wrote on the Beat The TSX portfolio in December of 2020, I had suggested that there was greater value in the high dividend strategy from that point in time.
From that Cut The Crap Investing post …
The BTSX portfolio is down by 10% in 2020 while the TSX 60 is up by 6.8% to the end of last week. That is a significant underperformance. This is when patience will/may pay off for those that embrace the BTSX approach. If history repeats, there is even more value today in that high yield mix; so says that drastic underperformance in 2020.
Why does it work?
The BTSX finds successful and profitable companies that pay out large dividends. The TSX 60 screen adds a “bluer chip” layer. And certainly do not discount the value of the generous and mostly growing dividends. That is more than important. And the strategy of selecting the TSX constituents with the greatest dividends is a classic value play. It finds some of the most beat up companies in the index. As the stock prices go down, up goes the current dividend yield. You are often buying much greater current earnings (compared to the market) to go along with the greater dividends.
The approach also finds solid sectors with wide moats – financials, telcos, utilities and pipelines at the core.
The 2021 first half update.
You’ll find the first 6 months update post on dividendstrategy.ca.
The outperformance continues …
The Beat The TSX Portfolio maintained its lead over the TSX Composite through the third quarter .
And here’s the returns comparison to the end of November 2021. I just had to look. The rates of return have increased slightly for the BTSX and the TSX.
Holdings performance to the end of November 2021.
We can see that Canadian Natural Resources, Power Corp and Shaw have been the main driver of that market beat. I was happy to see Canadian Natural Resources find its way into the BTSX. It has been well over a year that I suggested we take a look at investing in Canadian oil and gas stocks.
The final beat in 2021
Here’s the returns for the individual assets.
- Pembina 36.1%
- Enbridge 30.0%
- TC Energy 20.3%
- Bell 27.9%
- Power Corp 49.9%
- CNQ 82.6%
- CIBC 41.5%
- Shaw 78.4%
- Scotiabank 38.0%
- Emera 22.3%
Average of 42.7%
- For 2021 the TSX 60 delivered 27.9%.
- The TSX Composite returned 25.1%
Outperformance for BTSX of 14.8% of the TSX 60.
We continue to see that the TSX 60 is superior to the TSX Composite. For couch potato portfolios I suggest the TSX 60 (XIU) on the Canadian ETF portfolio page.
Here’s the wonderful year-end update post on dividendstrategy.ca.
Longer term outperformance
And even more impressive, here’s what happens when you outperform over time. An average of 2% to 2.5% annual outperformance can ‘add up’ to a tremendous advantage in portfolio value. Of course, that’s life changing.
As always, past performance does not guarantee future market crushing. 🙂
We can’t argue with success.
It’s a viable investment idea that you might use or build around. For more Canadian growth you might bolt on the Canadian tech sector. You might layer in other types of stocks such as the Canadian retail stocks.
And of course always consider the total portfolio mix and risk level. Geographic diversification is important. Know the tax considerations. And ensure the investment portfolio and approach is part of a greater life and financial plan.
The self-directed investor can check in with a fee for service planner. You’ll find the planning basics and checklist in that post. And this might also be a good time to read my personal finance book. Ok it’s a blog post. I only needed 1000 words.
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