Recent Sell – KL


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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Practice Makes Perfect Even with Investments

Photo by Timisu / CC0 Creative Commons

The following is a Peco medija contribution

Spending time on your investments isn’t all you have to do to succeed.

You know how the old saying goes; practice makes perfect. And while this is certainly true for artists, athletes, and musicians, is it the same for those of us with investment portfolios? The answer is a resounding yes, and here’s why.

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Annual Update – 2018 Review

Welcome to the annual 2018 update. This is part of  a series where I track our financial progress on a regular basis. I present three parts in this series: (i) Investment & Portfolio Update, (ii) Passive Income Update, and (iii) Goals Update.

1. Investment & Portfolio Update

2018 was quite an interesting year. The broad equity markets performed very well for the first 9 months of the year, but ended the year poorly with the S&P 500 returning -4.4% for 2018. Regular readers of this blog may be aware that I have been defensively positioned with lots of gold equities, utilities and almost no allocation to the tech sector. As a result, my portfolio did pretty well for the year. I finished the year with a return of +4.86%, a difference of 9.26% compared to S&P 500 returns.

Changes to our portfolio are summarized below.

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Passive Income Update – Dec 2018

Welcome to our monthly passive income update for December 2018. This is part of the scorecard series where we track our dividends and other sources of passive income. We also include changes and updates related to our investments during the month – showing the overall progress.

Passive Income  Update

Passive income for the month of December 2018 was CAD$1,098.59, which comprised of US$147.37 and CAD$898.17 (exchange rate is US$1 = CAD$1.36).

The change for the month is 96.16% QoQ and -27.5% YoY. I would’ve received a bigger annual dividend in December had I not sold some of my index funds in August, but I have no regret for doing that since the timing worked out great before the Q4 2018 correction started and I would’ve lost a lot more capital by staying invested.

This brings our passive income to $9,238.40 for the year of 2018 and achieves 83.99% of our annual goal of earning $11K, well below the target.

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