Portfolio Update – Up 2.07% in March 2014

My portfolio balances at close of trading on 31st March were: 

Ticker

Price (C$)

Price Change

Percentage

Industry

DII-B.TO $36.99

-0.16%

8.9%

Consumer Cyclical, Home Furnishing
JPM $67.13

6.74%

10.2%

Finance, Insurance – Property and Casualty
CCA.TO $57.35

6.22%

9.0%

Consumer Cyclical, Broadcasting
LB.TO $47.22

2.10%

8.8%

Finance, Financial Services – Diversified
BRK-B $138.18

7.99%

10.2%

Finance, Insurance – Property and Casualty
XUS $25.80 n/a

19.8%

S&P500 ETF
XBB $30.51 n/a

19.8%

Bond ETF
Cash

13.3%

Cash
Total

100.0%

 

Overall my portfolio is up 3.64% since last month. Not including cash contributions my portfolio is up 2.07%.   For comparison my TI Index is down 0.04%, the DOW is up 0.83% and the TSX is up 0.88%.

My investments are up and performed very well against the TI Index, DOW, and TSX.

Winners this month include JPMorgan (JPM) up 6.74%, Cogeco (CCA.TO) which is up 6.22% and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) up 7.99%.

There were no losers.

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Portfolio Update – Up 0.61% in Febraury 2014

My portfolio balances at close of trading on 28th February were:

Ticker

Price (C$)

Price Change

Percentage

Industry

DII-B.TO $ 37.05

-8.06%

8.3%

Consumer Cyclical, Home Furnishing
JPM $ 62.89

2.05%

9.9%

Finance, Insurance – Property and Casualty
CCA.TO $ 53.99

6.89%

8.7%

Consumer Cyclical, Broadcasting
LB.TO $ 46.25

1.43%

8.9%

Finance, Financial Services – Diversified
BRK-B $ 127.95

3.05%

9.8%

Finance, Insurance – Property and Casualty
Cash

54.3%

Cash
Total

100.0%

Overall my portfolio is up 0.61% since last month. There were no cash contributions. For comparison my TI Index is up 3.47%, the DOW is up 3.97% and the TSX is up 3.76%.

My investments are up but performed poorly against the TI Index, DOW, and TSX.

Winners this month include Cogeco (CCA.TO) which is up 6.89% and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) up 3.05%.

The loser was Dorel Industries (DII-B.TO) down 8.06%.

I am still carrying a lot of cash but I expect to add bond funds this month.

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Portfolio Update – Up 2.26% in September 2013

My portfolio balances at close of trading on 30th September were:

Ticker Price (C$) Price Change Percentage Industry
POW.TO $ 29.05 0.55% 6.7% Finance, Specialty
FTT.TO $ 23.61 12.86% 6.9% Industrial Services and Supplies
TCK-B.TO $ 27.68 4.37% 6.3% Basic Materials
DII-B.TO $ 37.06 2.94% 6.4% Consumer Cyclical
IFC.TO $ 61.71 1.21% 6.6% Finance, Insurance
LB.TO $ 44.71 0.86% 6.7% Finance, Diversified
BRK-B $ 117.01 -7.48% 7.0% Finance, Insurance
S&P Fund $ 148.23 0.47% 12.2% US Equities
Bond Fund $ 220.83 0.50% 33.1% Bonds
Cash 8.1% Cash
Total 100.0%

Overall my portfolio is up 2.26% since last month. There were no cash contributions. For comparison my TI Index is up 0.67%, the DOW is up 2.16% and the TSX is up 1.05%.

My investments are up considerably. They performed very well against the TI Index, the TSX, and the DOW.

Winners this month include Finning (FTT.TO) which is up 12.86%, Teck Resources (TCK-B.TO) up 4.37% and Dorel (DII-B.TO) up 2.94%.

Losers include Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) down 7.48%.

Let’s take a look at my value stock portfolio.

Ticker Cost Basis 8/30/2013 Price Now Gain This Month Gain Total
TCK.B $27.03 $26.52 $27.68 4.37% 2.40%
POW.TO $26.20 $28.89 $29.10 0.73% 11.07%
IFC.TO $58.60 $60.97 $61.78 1.33% 5.43%
LB.TO $44.30 $44.33 $44.74 0.92% 0.99%
FTT.TO $22.89 $20.92 $23.69 13.24% 3.49%
DII.B $41.01 $36.00 $37.50 4.17% -8.56%
BRK.B $112.48 $111.22 $113.51 2.06% 0.92%
XRX $8.90 n/a $9.80 n/a 10.11%
Average 3.83% 3.23%

In summary, my value stocks are up 3.23% since purchase, and up 3.83% this month.

My bond holdings are at 33.1% which is close to my target of 33.5%.  I have 8.1% cash which I can use to add new positions if prices fall.

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Adding Berkshire Hathaway

I have decided to add Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) to my portfolio.  Berkshire does not meet my basic criteria, which demand a dividend of 2.5% or more (Berkshire pays none) but I admire the investment philosophy of Berkshire’s CEO, Warren Buffett.

Berkshire’s price has pulled back 5% from recent all-time highs of $118.94 to $112.48.

  • Buy BRK-B @ $112.48