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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Portfolio Update – Down 1.03% in August 2013

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

Ticker Price (C$) Price Change Percentage Industry
POW.TO $ 28.89 -2.17% 6.8% Finance, Specialty
FTT.TO $ 20.92 -5.34% 6.8% Industrial Services and Supplies
TCK-B.TO $ 26.52 10.22% 6.2% Basic Materials
DII-B.TO $ 36.00 -4.23% 6.8% Consumer Cyclical
IFC.TO $ 60.97 0.93% 6.7% Finance, Insurance
LB.TO $ 44.33 -1.60% 6.8% Finance, Diversified
BRK-B $ 126.48 n/a 7.2% Finance, Insurance
S&P Fund $ 147.54 -0.38% 45.8% US Equities
Bond Fund $ 219.72 -0.62% 0.0% Bonds
Cash 6.9% Cash
Total 100.0%

Overall my portfolio is down 1.03% since last month.  There were no cash contributions. For comparison my TI Index is down 0.24%, the DOW is down 4.45% and the TSX is up 1.34%.

My investments are down modestly.  They performed poorly against the TI Index and the TSX, but well against the DOW.

Winners this month include Teck Resources (TCK-B.TO) which is up 10.22%.

Losers include Finning (FTT.TO) down 5.34%, and Dorel Industries (DII-B.TO) down 4.23%.

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

Ticker Cost Basis 7/31/2013 Price Now Gain This Month Gain – Total
TCK.B $27.03 $24.06 $26.52 10.22% -1.89%
POW.TO $26.20 $29.53 $28.89 -2.17% 10.27%
IFC.TO $58.60 $60.41 $60.97 0.93% 4.04%
LB.TO $44.30 $45.05 $44.33 -1.60% 0.07%
FTT.TO $22.89 $22.10 $20.92 -5.34% -8.61%
DII.B $41.01 $37.59 $36.00 -4.23% -12.22%
BRK.B $112.48 $115.87 $111.22 n/a -1.12%
XRX $8.90 n/a $9.80 n/a 10.11%
Average -0.36% 0.08%

In summary, my value stocks are up 0.08% since purchase, but down 0.36% this month.

My bond holdings are at 0.0% after I reallocated funds to my S&P Fund.  I will return them to my target of 33.5%.  I have 6.9% cash which I can use to add new positions if prices fall.

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Portfolio Update – Up 1.86% in January 2013

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

Ticker Price (C$) Price Change Percentage Industry
T.TO $ 67.39 3.52% 4.9% Telecommunications
COS.TO $ 20.99 4.07% 5.6% Energy
PHY-U.TO $ 14.24 1.39% 5.3% Gold
POW.TO $ 26.23 3.35% 4.9% Financials
BMO.TO $ 62.99 3.50% 0.0% Financials
AAPL $ 454.44 -13.40% 5.9% Information Technology
INTC $ 20.99 3.24% 3.6% Information Technology
IVV $ 150.11 6.35% 9.0% US Equity Fund
XIU.TO $ 18.31 2.18% 6.2% Canadian Equity Fund
S&P Fund $ 126.65 5.49% 10.3% US Equity Fund
EAFE Fund $ 98.23 5.58% 11.1% Global Equity Fund
Bond Fund $ 223.00 -0.75% 24.4% Bond Fund
Cash 8.6% Cash
Total 100.0%

Overall my portfolio is up 1.86% since last month.  For comparison my TI Index is up 2.09%, the DOW is up 5.77% and the TSX is up 2.02%.

My investments have performed slightly less well than these indices.  Winners this month include Telus (T.TO) up 3.52%, Canadian Oil Sands (COS.TO) up 4.07%, Power Corp (POW.TO) up 3.35%, Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO) up 3.50%, Intel (INTC) up 3.24%, and my index funds which are up 3-6%.  Losers include Apple (AAPL) down 13.40% and Bonds which are down 0.75%.

My bond holdings are at 24.4%, which is a little lower than my target of 25%. I will rebalance.

Portfolio Update – Up 0.75% in March 2012

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

Ticker Price (C$) Price Change Percentage Industry
BCE.TO $ 39.94 -1.48% 0.0% Telecommunications
T.TO $ 57.88 0.52% 5.8% Telecommunications
COS.TO $ 21.04 -10.96% 4.6% Energy
ERF.TO $ 22.34 -6.68% 4.0% Energy
PHY-U.TO $ 14.44 -1.01% 5.7% Gold
RY.TO $ 57.81 3.83% 0.0% Financials
POW.TO $ 26.44 5.76% 4.5% Financials
SJR-B.TO $ 21.11 3.94% 3.9% Consumer Discretionary
SLF.TO $ 23.67 8.83% 0.0% Financials
TA.TO $ 18.70 -10.48% 3.4% Utilities
TRP.TO $ 42.83 -1.70% 4.4% Energy
AAPL $ 598.77 11.61% 4.9% Information Technology
S&P Fund $ 117.12 4.79% 14.4% US Equity Fund
Bond Fund $ 216.60 -0.33% 27.9% Bond Fund
Cash     16.5% Cash
Total     100.0%  

Overall my portfolio is up 2.80% since last month, including cash contributions. Without these cash contributions the portfolio would be up 0.75%.

For comparison my TI Index is down 0.18%, the DOW is up 2.01% and the TSX is down 1.99%.

My investments have done quite well compared with the TI Index and the TSX, but not as well as the DOW. Winners this month include Apple (AAPL) and Sun Life (SLF.TO). Losers were TransAlta (TA.TO) Canadian Oil Sands (COS.TO) and Enerplus (ERF.TO).

My bond holdings are at 27.9%. I will rebalance to 30%.

Portfolio Update – Up 1.39% in January 2012

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

Ticker Price (C$) Price Change Percentage Industry
BCE.TO $ 40.88 n/a 6.4% Telecommunications
T.TO $ 56.52 n/a 6.3% Telecommunications
COS.TO $ 24.86 6.92% 5.9% Energy
ERF.TO $ 23.90 -7.54% 4.7% Energy
PHY-U.TO $ 15.17 7.29% 6.5% Gold
BMO.TO $ 58.29 4.31% 5.2% Financials
POW.TO $ 24.38 2.35% 4.6% Financials
SJR-B.TO $ 19.90 -1.73% 4.0% Consumer Discretionary
SLF.TO $ 20.09 6.30% 3.8% Financials
TA.TO $ 20.36 -3.14% 4.0% Utilities
TRP.TO $ 41.25 -7.37% 4.7% Energy
S&P Fund $ 109.09 2.88% 16.0% US Equity Fund
Bond Fund $ 218.20 0.50% 26.7% Bond Fund
Cash     1.1% Cash
Total     100.0%  

Overall my portfolio is up 17.34% since last month, including significant year-end cash contributions. Without these cash contributions the portfolio would be up 1.39%.

For comparison my TI Index is up 3.83%, the DOW is up 3.40% and the TSX is up 4.16%.

My investments have not done as well as the benchmark TI Index, the Dow or the TSX. Winners this month include Canadian Oil Sands (COS.TO) and gold. Losers include Enerplus (ERF.TO) and TransCanada Pipeline (TRP.TO), whose Keystone XL pipeline is still be used as a political football in the US.

The additional cash contribution, which was used to buy stocks, has diluted my bond holdings down to 26.7%. I will rebalance to 30%.

Portfolio Update – Down 1.30% in November 2011

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

Ticker Price (C$) Price Change Percentage Industry
COS.TO $ 21.45 -7.14% 6.1% Energy
ERF.TO $ 26.65 -3.86% 6.2% Energy
PHY-U.TO $ 15.56 5.31% 8.0% Gold
BMO.TO $ 59.66 1.31% 6.4% Financial
POW.TO $ 22.29 -11.20% 5.0% Financial
SJR-B.TO $ 21.07 4.36% 5.1% Technology
SLF.TO $ 18.46 -26.63% 4.1% Financial
TA.TO $ 21.99 0.27% 5.2% Energy
TRP.TO $ 42.88 1.20% 5.8% Energy
S&P Fund $ 104.82 2.12% 16.7% US Equity Fund
Bond Fund $ 213.50 0.82% 30.9% Bond Fund
Cash     0.6% Cash
Total     100.0%  

Overall my portfolio is down 0.42% since last month, including additional cash contributions. Without these cash contributions the portfolio would be down 1.30%.

For comparison my TI Index is up 0.28%, the DOW is up 0.76% and the TSX is down 0.39%.

Markets have been very choppy this month, with the Dow rallying over 4% just today. The European debt crisis is the main factor that seems to be restraining prices. Greece is about to default on its debt, Italian debt is yielding 7% and even Germany is having trouble in its bond auctions. However, earnings are good and even consumer sentiment seems to be improving.

The US Government has still not resolved its earlier debt crisis. The debt ceiling was raised in August only when politicians agreed to create a “super-committee” to find deficit reductions. Well, apparently the supercommittee has failed to do so. Trouble may lie ahead there.

My portfolio has not performed well compared with the TSX or compared with my TI Index. My bonds and gold have done well, but the equities have been mixed. Sun Life (SLF.TO) is down a whopping 26% this month. If Sun Life had remained at the same price as it was last month then my portfolio would be UP marginally for the month.

My bonds are now 30.9% of my portfolio, which is too high. I will rebalance now (buy/sell prices of trade not recorded as this is a routine rebalancing).