Annual Update – 2016 Review

Welcome to the annual 2016 update. This is part of  a series where I track our financial progress on a regular basis. I present four parts in this series: (i) Investment & Portfolio Update, (ii) Passive Income Update, (iii) Blog Update, and (iv) Goals Update.

1. Investment & Portfolio Update

2016 saw a big change in direction of my overall portfolio. I decided to cut the number of individual stocks I own as life has gotten busier both personally and professionally. In addition, the current economic environment does not give me a lot of confidence to stay fully invested and decided to move to a cash-heavy position over the summer.
On an ongoing basis, I continue to invest in index funds regularly, which gives me broad market exposure and is currently on “cruise-control”. I have a smaller set of companies that I focus on and make bigger bets on each instead of spreading myself too thin by investing in 40, 50, or 100 companies. Studies have shown that the Unique risks drops substantially by owning as little as 12 stocks. To be on the safer side, I want to focus on a approximately 20 companies and invest in those stocks instead. I have discussed more about this topic in the past — see this post. As a result, you will notice a lot of sales in the following image.
I present the following image which summarizes all the purchases (excluding the regular ETF/seg fund purchases which occur regularly on a monthly basis), all the sales, and all dividend increases in my portfolio.

Companies listed without any activity during the year mean that we did not add or remove these positions in our portfolio, nor did those companies have any change in dividend policy. These investments remain dormant in our portfolio.

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Results: 2016 Top Investment Picks

As we ring out the year 2016, its time to look back and evaluate some of our investment picks/decisions. At the end of 2015, I reached out to the investing community and asked them to pick one investment security as their top pick for the year 2016. Plenty of the said bloggers responded and I was happy to compile the list and track them over the year.  The original post from Jan 2016 can be found here — it is interesting to see what everyone was thinking back then and how the picks played out over the year.

Again, I would like to remind readers that this was meant to simply be a fun exercise and should not be considered investment advise. Please do your own research before investing in any securities.

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Top Investment Picks for 2016 – Q1 Update

Top Investment Picks for 2016

At the start of the year, I polled 33 bloggers for their top investment picks for the year 2016. The original post can be found here. The picks ranged from small- to mid- to large-cap investments and even one recommending holding cash. All in all, very interesting picks. As promised, here is a quarterly update on the picks.

Note that these picks are simply meant to be a fun exercise and should not be treated as investment advise one way or another.

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Top Investment Picks for 2016

Top Investment Picks for 2016

As the new year rolls out, I decided that it would be a fun experiment to run and collect top investment picks for 2016. I reached out to the community of bloggers that I regularly interact with and asked them to participate in this collection.

The rules were simple: Pick one investment (either a stock or a fund or a commodity or any other form of investment), and present a short & quick investment reason behind the pick. Most bloggers I reached out to were happy to comply and shared their pick. I intend to present the data here in this post and track the investments over the course of 2016 on a regular basis (on a quarterly basis perhaps?).

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