Recent Buy – BND

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A quick update on a recent purchaseΒ in my portfolio.

Over the course of past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about protecting assets from the ongoing (and increasing) instability in the equity markets. I have a sizable position in defensive positions with a lot of gold equities exposure, but that comes with a lot of volatility. I wanted to provide some more inertia in my portfolio here.

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Baby R2R’s Portfolio Update – Q4 2018

This post is part of the series where I share the progress of Baby R2R’s investment portfolio. I started documenting this in Q3 2017 and intend to provide quarterly updates.

Baby R2R was born in Spring 2016 and a few months later, I setup her education fund to which I contribute on a regular basis. We live in Canada, so we take advantage of the RESP program (Registered Education Savings Plan), an account type where we can save and invest for our child’s secondary education. In addition to tax advantages, we also receive an education grant, which matches upto 20% of the saved amount (upto a max of $500 per year). How can anyone say no to free money? πŸ™‚

In addition to the education fund, we also decided to start a Nest Egg fund, where we save and invest for Baby R2R and let compounding do its job over the course next couple of decades. The two accounts take different approaches to investing strategy.

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Recent Sell – KL

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My first sale of 2019. Sales are always hard, especially when times are good and everything seems to be going well for the investment in question. Personally, I have a harder time timing the sales than timing the purchases. When things are rosy, we tend to feel that the good times will continue forever.

Human psyche & investing seem to always fight each other on this front. We buy/invest when we feel good and sell when we are depressed about our investment picks. This sale has been especially hard for me as it has been my best investment to date.

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Goals for 2019

A new year and new set of goals/target to set. A new year is a good time to dwell on goals to set — not just financial but also personal and professional goals. To make steady progress on a regular basis requires determination, patience and of course a target in mind. Setting and writing down goals and working towards them are one of the best ways to make progress. As far as financial goals go, the long term goal still remains the same — achieve financial independence that will provide us with more freedom to do what we want out of life. Following are the goals that I am setting for 2019.

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