February 12, 2020

Portfolio Update February 2020

Here is our latest DIY Portfolio report.  

Another one may come your way in about 12 weeks.

You can access earlier portfolio updates here:

This report will probably be quite short because there’s not much to report. Our steady-eddy DIY Portfolio continues to do well. We are preparing for some money coming out and then, even more coming back into our stock portfolio.

As always, we’ll try to remain in a position for some buying if (or when we should rather say) markets happen to go south.

Many perhaps consider our recipe dull and borderline simplistic. Yet you can’t deny its efficiency, but the real secret may just be to have the nerves to stick to it no matter the circumstances.

Once more, I’ll remind you that I am not an investment or tax professional of any kind. The intent of this blog is not to give specific investing advice. Before investing yourself, we suggest you do all necessary research and consult a licensed financial professional if need be. 

React Calmly to Market Gyrations

We may soon face something even more daring than you know who, the dreaded coronavirus. Some may fear it will not only impact our stock holdings but could even threaten humanity itself.  

Without being too casual about it, let’s just stay calm because it won’t be the first nor the last crisis, financial or otherwise, we resilient humans face.

Our way to go about it is simple. Because nobody knows where the markets are heading, we never try to base our portfolio decisions on anticipation. We only think of selling if things are going well (prices have risen) and in the same matter, only think of buying if they are going bad (prices have fallen).

So, to resume on philosophy, stay calm and be prepared for some buying if things really go bad. We know, easier said than done.

Only Anticipating Because of Cash Flow Needs

We won’t anticipate what markets, or a particular stock will do. But we still take into account what our personal circumstances are and anticipate what they will be. So, if we anticipate we will or may need money soon, we will make sure enough of our money is accessible. And it’s obvious money invested in stocks is not easily accessible.

We will need some extra cash in the next few months, that’s why our DIY Portfolio is presently heavier on bonds (around 15%). We bought some short-term bonds not because we are afraid that markets will fall but rather because we know we will need to take some money out of our investments.

Later this year, we will have some new money accessible to invest so we will then buy stocks and our bond allocation will come back down, probably even close to zero.

Even though we don’t care and never bother about short-term gyrations, these special circumstances still gave us some chances to experience some market swings with our 80% stocks 15% bonds and 5% cash portfolio.

We’ve noticed that our portfolio did a lot better than the markets during slumps or down days. Our portfolio still went down, but not as much as the markets. This is not a surprise with our present allocation.

What is a little more unexpected is that our portfolio almost did as well as the markets during surges or up days.

We think the nature of the stocks we buy has a lot to do with it. Sure, our present more conservative allocation had some impact. But the steady solid stocks we choose to own probably had an even more prominent effect.

We’ll see how things go in the next few months.

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