The Bounceback Portfolio invests in the 10 worst performing FTSE 350 stocks of the previous year and holds them for the 3-month period, January-March.
The Bounceback Portfolio for 2016 recorded the best performance ever for the strategy: a 3-month return of 38.5%, compared with a FTSE 350 Index return of -1.4% for the same period.
The following table lists the ten worst performing FTSE 350 stocks in 2016. These are the ten stocks that will comprise the 2017 Bounceback Portfolio.
Return in 2016
Return since 31/12/2016
Restaurant Group (The)
Sports Direct International
International Personal Finance
IG Group Holdings
McCarthy & Stone
The final column gives the returns for the individual stocks for the first six days of the 2017. The portfolio as a whole has seen a return of 2.4% for the first six days of 2017, against a return of 1.9% for the FTSE 350 Index.
The Bounceback Portfolio is meant to be held until the end of the March 2017, but it is good to see that it has started the year well so far.
The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in July over the last ten years. For example, Greene King has an average return of 7.3% for the month of July. Each stock has risen in July in nine of the past ten years, while Greene King is the only FTSE 350 stock to have risen in July for all the last ten years.
The following table lists the two FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in July over the last ten years. For example, Petra Diamonds has an average return of -6.6% for the month of July. Both stocks have fallen in July in eight of the past yen years.
An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong July stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak July stocks by an average of 12.4 percentage points each July for the past ten years.
The idea of the Bounceback Portfolio is that a portfolio of the 10 worst performing FTSE 350 stocks in one year has historically beaten the index in the first three months of the following year. This is explained in further detail in the UK Stockmarket Almanac 2013 and in this post at the beginning of the year.
The following chart shows the performance of the stocks in the Bounceback Portfolio 2013
The portfolio as a whole increased 2.4% in the first quarter 2013, but this was less than the FTSE 350 Index, which rose 9.2% in the same period. This is the first time since 2002 that the Bounceback Portfolio has under-performed the index in the first quarter.
A related strategy is the Dogs of the Dow, where the ten stocks in the Dow Jones Index with the highest dividend yield on the final day of the year are bought. So far, this portfolio is faring better than the above Bounce back Portfolio.
The 2013 edition of the Almanac looks at the historic monthly performance of the FTSE 350 sectors. Here we look at the Financial Services sector.
The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Financial Services sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 1999. For example, since 1999 on average the Financial Services sector has out-performed the FTSE 100 Index by 2.3 percentage points in January.
The strongest months are January and March – the sector has under-performed the market only four times in the past 13 years in January.
The weakest month has been February – the sector has out-performed the market only five times in this month in the last 13 years.
The 23 stocks in the FTSE 350 Financial Services sector [NMX8770] are-
The 2013 edition of the Almanac explained the Bounceback Strategy, whereby a portfolio of the 10 worst performing stocks in the FTSE 350 in one year is held for the first three months of the following year.
A portfolio of such stocks has out-performed the FTSE 350 Index in every year since 2002.
The following table lists the 10 worst performing FTSE 350 stocks in 2012 (i.e. these comprise the Bounceback Portfolio for 2013).