Back in November 2019 I was celebrating a milestone of €20k my portfolio reached. Well, it seems that I will need to celebrate this occasion one more time, as my portfolio is down below the mark.
The last week of February was the worst so far for my portfolio. It’s actually interesting to experience such downtrends, as you may finally see how psychology works when your real money is on the line. Luckily, I am just at the beginning of my journey and don’t rely on my portfolio appreciation or dividend income, so it’s not so worrisome.
In this post I will review my portfolio for the previous month. It will show biggest moves, top/bottom positions, any portfolio changes and something extra.
Portfolio Overview and Top/Bottom Positions
Let’s start with the overview of portfolio, as it stood on the 29th of February:
The biggest change is in the overall value of the portfolio. It went down from €21067 to €19202, which is a decrease of 8.8%.
Starbucks (SBUX) is still the best performer in terms of capital appreciation while Lithuanian dairy producer Vilkyskiu Pienine (VLP1L) is the biggest laggard.
Another first time for my portfolio – all of my positions were in red in February:
Almost half of my portfolio positions (10) reported losses exceeding 10% during the month. Ironically, it was led by one of my latest purchases – Disney (DIS) which fell by 16.75%. Coronavirus hit the company pretty hard, as it is hurting multiple avenues of Disney’s revenues – parks, movies etc. If this was enough, company’s CEO Bob Iger unexpectedly declared a departure on the 25th of February.
Other names that suffered losses of more than 10% include Exxon Mobil (XOM), Eastman Chemical (EMN), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Vilkyskiu Pienine (VLP1L), Altria Group (MO), Blackrock (BLK), CVS Health (CVS), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) & Pfizer (PFE). I got tired writing down so many names.
Interestingly, the best performing stocks (even though still negative) were some of my European holdings – Tallina Kaubamaja Grupp (TKM1T), Telia Lietuva (TEL1L) & Uniqa Insurance (UQA). It shows that geographic diversification is somewhat limiting the losses.
Top/Bottom Portfolio Positions
These were my Top and Bottom portfolio holdings in terms of portfolio value at the end of February:
There are some changes compared to last month. While first three companies in the top positions didn’t change, Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Eastman Chemical (EMN) are no longer among the top positions. They were replaced by Illinois Tool Works (ITW) & CVS Health (CVS).
Regarding my smallest positions, the only change from last month is Vilkyskiu Pienine (VLP1L) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) switching places.
March should bring a lot of changes, as the volatility in the market is really high, but let’s not jump ahead of us.
I added a little to the smallest positions of my portfolio this month on the 18th of February:
- 1 share of Johnson & Johnson for $150.51;
- 2 shares of Altria Group at $45.09/share for a total of $90.18.
You may read more about the purchases here.
This time, I decided to also review my portfolio based on Sectors. This is how it looks like at the moment.
Consumer Staples is the leading sector in my portfolio with almost 15%. It is closely followed by Consumer Discretionary, Communications, Healthcare and Industrials.
Energy has the smallest part of the pie with 2.4%. REITs, Utilities & Materials are also at the lower end.
Going forward, I would like to keep Consumer Staples and Healtchcare among the leaders. I am thinking to increase my exposure to REITs in the nearest future. Perhaps I should create some framework of how much I want to have in each sector but that’s a plan for the future.
I have a feeling that nowadays it’s hard to assign a company strictly to a single sector. There are a lot of companies that have some IT elements and can earn income from a wide area of fields.
If you would like to read more about sectors, I covered them in this post last year.
February was probably the worst month in terms of portfolio losses in my short investing history. It looks like March will be even worse but the month isn’t over yet. Anyway, I am not panicking and it’s better to experience such downtrends earlier rather than later. It gives some perspective and gets you thinking if any adjustments to your portfolio should be made in the future.
How is your portfolio doing lately? Are you doing any active steps in this volatile market? As always, thanks for reading and don’t hesitate to leave your comments! 🙂