Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 2013 update ($238,300 +$4,470 or +1.8%)

The portfolio changes:
Accumulate additional $3,500 as part of my annual savings plan ($42,000 a year or $3,500 a month)
↑ Annual bonus added towards financial independence investment - $10,000
↑ EUR is up towards USD – 1,581 USD
Grand total additions: $15,081 USD

Vanguard Energy ETF stocks are down $1,300
↓ Gazprom and Company  shares are down $4,490 combined
↓ Emerging market mutual funds are down $1,980
↓ Precious metals down $970
↓ RUB and GBP   are down to USD, causing loss combined 1,871 USD
Grand total losses are $10,611 USD

I did some shopping by buying:
-         200 Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) shares at total price of $14,300
-         2,000 Rosneft (OJS1:FRA) shares, following my Energy stock analysis  at total price of $13,900
-         1,600 Gazprom (GAZ:FRA) shares. The company is at its lowest price in a while. Dividends are expect to be 4-5% and the long term growth prospect. 

-         Gazprom stock is being heavily speculated on. Couple of years ago the company would worth 3 times more. Fundamentally it hasn’t changed – strong resource base and good dividends. Good thing about it – being a state controlled it is not moved by dividend growth seekers. Many companies start compromising their investment strategies, paying the dividends instead. This would affect so called total shareholder return (dividends + difference is share price in a given period). Gazprom continues heavily invest in future growth, only next year alone proposed investment programme is over $44bn.
-         While keeping my nest egg in different currencies has its advantages – keeping it balanced, downside of it keeps losing money right now, as USD is relatively strong.
-         I invested in Vanguard S&P at the market peak, while many a waiting for a correction (~10%).  The reason and missing the bull was entirely personal and done for sanity of mind.  No regrets there.
-         Still over 43% of my nest egg is in cash. I will aim to reduce it to 25% by end of the year.


  1. I can understand how balancing multiple currencies can be difficult. Having some liquid money on hand is pretty smart in case a great opportunity comes along :D But I agree that you shouldn't need more than 25% of your assets in depreciating paper money. Do you have any plans to deploy your extra cash or are you waiting for a meaningful correction in the stock market first?

  2. Hi Liquid,
    On my way to financial independence it is exactly what I did. There is a quite fine balance between investing in retirement oriented portfolio and financial independence one. I deployed all of my cash and now need to start re-building my emergency fund %-)
    You see, market correction will unlikely to help the financial independence, as such. More over, I think that people and institutions were sitting for such a long time on piles of cash, that they will keep on putting in stocks, in spite the fact that they overvalued and dividends payouts are going down by a year.