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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Outlook for 2018

Happy New Year! 2017 is in the books and its been a great year for investors all over. The US equity markets are flying high as all major indices continue to ring in all-time highs month after month; the multi-decade bond peak seems to be in, as interest rates are now on the upswing — not just in US, but in other countries as well. The commodities markets are starting their bull run as inflation is starting to rear its head after years of potential deflation, disinflation, and stagflation. New tech like blockchains and the cryptocurrency mania is capturing the imagination of the masses and making plenty of investors obscenely rich in a short period of time. But at the same time, every single sector/market has some dark clouds on horizon too — as investors get carried away and assume that risk has been mitigated which may not necessarily be the case.

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