By: Manisha Sethi May. 21, 2018

Youngs Advisory Group, Inc.’s SEC 13F filings on January 24, 2018, reported a portfolio value of  $131.70 million for the last quarter of 2017, with the top 10 holdings comprising 61.37% of its portfolio. Youngs Advisory Group’s largest holding is Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (APD) with 82,151 shares and a market value of $13.47 million. In fact, 81% of the firm’s portfolio consists of holdings from the financial services sector. Youngs Advisory Group, founded in 1996 by Webster Youngs, is based in Bethlehem, PA, where it is a registered fee-only wealth management firm and investment advisor. Its clients include high net worth individuals who recognize the need for experienced guidance in managing their wealth. Youngs Advisory Group is specialists in creating financial strategies and crafting investment portfolios to meet the individual needs of their clients—this they do by introducing a broad variety of investments with reduced correlation to traditional equity markets in order to balance risk with return goals. By harnessing diverse instruments such as dynamic funds, tactical exchange traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds, and other specialty vehicles, while selectively utilizing defensive long/short and covered-call strategies, their hallmark is favorable risk-adjusted growth with a tax-sensitive focus.

According to a study conducted by Raltin, 60% of Youngs Advisory Group’s new purchases have outperformed the S&P 500, out of which 21% or 9 new purchases beat the S&P 500 by more than 10%. On the other hand, only 20% or 8 of its new stocks underperformed the index by the same percentage. Further, only 3 of its new stocks out of a total of 44 new purchases between Q1 2014 and Q4 2017 underperformed the index by 20%. A detailed description of Raltin’s methodology can be found here. The following table enlists the various categories of new purchases relative to the performance of the S&P 500.

S&P outperformance categoryNumber of new stock purchasesTotal new purchases (% )
-20 to -10%511
Total stocks44


Youngs Advisory Group, Inc. bought 5 new stocks in the most recent quarter, one each from the finance and communications sectors. Schwab U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (SCHZ) from the financial sector comprises 2.5% of the investor’s portfolio. The table below lists all of the investor’s new buys in this quarter along with their number of shares and holding value.

StocksNumber of sharesHolding value ($1,000)
Schwab U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (SCHZ)63,2323,291
Schwab U.S. Large-Cap Growth ETF (SCHG)3,328235
Schwab U.S. Mid-Cap ETF (SCHM)4,310230
Bank of America Corp. (BAC)6,915204
Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA)1,170202

The following table shows the portfolio value of the fund for 5 quarters from Q1 2017 to Q1 2016, along with the top holdings in each quarter that outperformed the S&P 500. iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (IWF), Versum Materials, Inc. (VSM), Facebook, Inc. (FB),, Inc. (AMZN), etc. have all successfully outperformed the index.

PeriodTotal portfolio value ($Mn)Top holdings (ticker, % IRR difference from S&P 500)
Q1 2017126.77iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (IWF, 7.98)
Q4 2016127.78Versum Materials, Inc. (VSM, 15.51), Bank of America Corp. (BAC, 14.24)
Q3 2016119.36
Q2 2016119.49Facebook, Inc. (FB, 16.69)
Q1, Inc. (AMZN, 34.64), SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap Growth ETF (SLYG, 8.36)