I decided to start a new series of posts in my blog – monthly Portfolio Overview. While my regular monthly reviews cover Passive Income, this one will unveil what happened with my portfolio during the month in terms of market value.
I noticed that I am often not aware of what is happening with the holdings in my portfolio. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, as I am of opinion that it’s better to leave your investments and don’t touch them too often. But it may be nice to see how the portfolio changes, what holdings have the most weight in my portfolio and which positions could be increased to keep them up with others.
Portfolio Overview and Top/Bottom Positions
First of all, this is how my portfolio looked like on the 3rd of February:
Starbucks (SBUX) is currently the most profitable company in my portfolio (up $864, including dividends). Of course, most of those gains are unrealised, so it’s just profit on paper, as I am not planning to sell them yet.
The biggest laggard of the portfolio is a Lithuanian dairy producer – Vilkyskiu Pienine (VLP1L). The things were looking bright when I purchased them at the end of 2017 but it turned south pretty much straight away. I am thinking if I should just liquidate the position and allocate funds to a company which is paying dividends instead. On the other side, I don’t think there is much downside from here either. They are going to report their annual results next week, so I will think then if I should keep the position.
During January, I initiated a new position in my portfolio.
On the 29th of January, I bought 8 shares of DIS for $136.55/share for a total of $1099 (including commissions). You may read more about the purchase here.
This brings the number of companies in my portfolio to 21.
While most of the 2019 was very profitable to stock markets, January of 2020 brought some correction. It was well reflected in my portfolio as well:
There is quite a lot of red colour in the above table. I had three companies that dropped by more than 10%. The biggest laggards were Exxon Mobil (-14%), 3M (-13%) & Target (-11%). CVS Health almost made it to the list but haven’t reached the 10% threshold. The biggest influencers of this drop were the outbreak of coronavirus, falling oil prices and fears of a slowing global economy due to the aforementioned virus outbreak.
I had no companies climbing more than 10% this month. The biggest gainer was a REIT – Realty Income ( up 7.89%).
Top/Bottom Portfolio Positions
These were my Top and Bottom portfolio holdings in terms of portfolio value at the beginning of February:
This was actually revealing to me as I was composing the table. I wasn’t aware that Starbucks is back as my top position of the portfolio. Also, I wasn’t aware that BlackRock and Eastman Chemical are among my Top 5 holdings. I guess I should review my portfolio more often 🙂
As with regards to my bottom holdings, I am planning to increase my positions in Altria Group and Johnson & Johnson to get them closer to my other holdings. Who knows, maybe I already did this during February.
January brought some correction to stock market which is a healthy thing, in my opinion. It brought some opportunities to purchase companies at better valuations. On the other hand, there may definitely be some impact due to coronavirus which will be felt when companies report their results for Q1 of 2020.
I found it interesting to review my portfolio in this perspective as well. It highlighted some movements that I would have missed otherwise, since daily moves are usually minimal. It also made me think if I should keep some of my investments in my portfolio (Vilkyskiu Pienine) or allocate the funds elsewhere. I am planning to keep the tradition of reviewing my portfolio on the 2nd/3rd week of the month going forward.
As always, thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts in comments!