Million Dollar Portfolio

Inspired by The Motley Fool's "best-of-the-best" portfolio-building service

To learn more about our Million Dollar Portfolio strategy, please watch the brief but insightful introductory video below...

Then simply scroll down to get a more in-depth look at everything from this strategy's goals and objectives... to who this strategy is designed for... to the particular portfolio management process it incorporates.


View a transcript of this video

Million Dollar Portfolio SMA: Philosophy and Strategy

The MDP Strategy seeks to identify, buy, and tenaciously hold great companies. For us, great companies have at least three of the following traits:

A clearly defined and compelling mission — not just making a substantial profit: Great companies are also out to reshape markets, deliver wonderful customer experiences, reward shareholders, and sometimes even improve the world.

Significant competitive advantages: Whether it's valuable intellectual property, irreplaceable assets, economies of scale, high switching costs, or vast network effects, great companies have strong and durable competitive advantages.

Superior growth in revenue, cash flow, or dividends: Great companies can grow faster than inflation and the overall economy, using pricing power, operational efficiency, and smart capital allocation in positioning themselves to beat the market.

Capable, incentivized leaders with capital allocation chops: Well-run companies have managers with intrinsic and extrinsic incentives to run the business with shareholders in mind, and who can allocate capital to grow the business, enhance competitive advantages, and reward shareholders.

Large and growing market opportunities: Great companies own significant or increasing shares of large and growing markets and have substantial business optionality. A great company can become an especially great investment when its current market size is dwarfed by its addressable market.

Financial fortitude: A company can stay or become great only if it has the financial strength — a healthy balance sheet, sustainable cash flows, and/or easy access to cost-efficient capital — to invest and grow the business at high rates of return and, when appropriate, return capital to shareholders.

The MDP Strategy employs a balanced investment philosophy with respect to value and growth philosophies. In addition to the traits listed above, the portfolio managers require a valuation that is attractive relative to their assessment of future company performance, though their investment decisions are not dictated by the outputs of valuation modeling. We employ a long-term buy and hold approach, and the ideal holding period for an individual stock is at least several years — ideally compounding value for shareholders over long periods of time.

The MDP Strategy can hold companies with any market cap. Great businesses come in all shapes and sizes, and we look to invest across the entire spectrum of the domestic market.

We also will not attempt to time the market, and we will seek to stay fully invested, which we define as a cash position of less than 10% of assets following the model.

Portfolio Management Process

The MDP Strategy is generally composed of at least 20 positions. To limit the risks associated with highly concentrated holdings, the MDP Strategy does not allocate more than 10% of the model to shares of any one company.

We'll regularly review and adjust the MDP Strategy's allocations to particular companies and sectors to maintain a diversified mix of investments that offer the best overall potential for long-term growth of capital. Companies will be sold if there are unfavorable developments affecting the company's long-term prospects, if the value of the shares is no longer attractive, or if capital is needed to purchase a more compelling opportunity.

Positions at time of purchase will range in size from 2% to 5% of the model. The upper limit on the position size for shares in any individual company is 10% to allow room for successful investments to appreciate in value. On the lower end of the range, capital will be added to positions that fall below a 2% allocation if we remain confident in the company's prospects. Otherwise the position will be sold and the proceeds invested elsewhere.

We'll maintain target allocations for each stock in the MDP Strategy and monitor deviations of actual allocation from the target on a regular basis to ensure that desired exposures are maintained. The aim of managing exposures is balanced against the MDP Strategy's long-term buy and hold philosophy, which includes us being mindful about minimizing unnecessary transactional costs.

Account minimums may apply. All investments involve risk and may lose money. MFWM makes no assurance that investment objectives will be met. Clients should be aware that their individual account results may not exactly match the performance of the Model Portfolios. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Motley Fool Wealth Management retains the right to revise or modify portfolios and strategies if it believes such modifications would be in the best interests of its clients.

Portfolio Managers

Tony Arsta David Meier

Investment Objectives

The investment objective of the MDP Strategy is to achieve long-term capital appreciation by owning a diversified portfolio of great businesses. The model pursues its objective by investing primarily in common stock of U.S. companies.

Who Should Invest

The MDP Strategy is for investors who are seeking a Foolish take on domestic company exposure for their portfolio and have a long-term investment horizon of at least three years.

We believe that buying and holding sound companies goes hand in hand with sound investing, and we'll fit these companies together into a diversified portfolio with the aim of beating the S&P 500's total returns.

To discover everything you need to know about becoming a client, simply click the button you see below.