The Green Global Equity Income Portfolio (GGEIP) is a private strategy managed by Tom Konrad, Ph.D., CFA. GGEIP’s primary objective is a high level of current income with a secondary objective of long term capital appreciation. GGEIP only invests in the stocks and preferred securities of companies that have a net positive effect on the environment compared to the competitors they displace. Most stocks in the Portfolio are small or microcap, and an options strategy is used to enhance current income and reduce risk.
Dr. Konrad has managed GGEIP since December 2013. Total return after fees was 1.5% in 2014, 11.6% in 2015, 30.5% in 2016, and 25.6% in 2017.
The Portfolio is not currently open to outside investors. However, much of the research used in the strategy is also used to inform the Green Economy Strategy offered by JPS Global Investments.
The first half of 2018 has been difficult for most investors, including clean energy investors and dividend income investors. Through June, my broad dividend income benchmark SDY lost 0.6%, while my clean energy income benchmark YLCO lost 4.7%, including dividend income.
My picks were also down for most of the year, finally struggling back into positive territory at the end of May. They finished the first half up a solid 5.9%. The real money strategy I manage, the Green Global Equity Income Portfolio (GGEIP), also squeaked in to positive territory by 1.2% at the end of June.
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After a stormy winter for the broad market and clean energy stocks, including my picks, March and April brought relative calm. Better yet, my model portfolio has rebounded from its February lows, although its benchmarks (SDY for the broad market of income stocks and YLCO for clean energy income stocks) have mostly been treading water.
The gains were led by two of my less conventional clean energy picks, Seaspan (SSW) and InfraREIT (HIFR). Seaspan owns (mostly very efficient) container-ships, which most people would not associate with clean energy, but which I include because they they are much less energy intensive...