For those of you new to this website, in this post, I discuss the recent changes I made in my dividend portfolios and also discuss about my portfolio diversification strategies.
Another month passed by. I keep pumping new money and accumulating more income producing assets. Currently, my investment assets are at record high level.
Usual market volatilities create more buying opportunities for long term investors.
In July, I spent around $4400 and purchased 6 different investment assets.
My rate sensitive stocks are taking hits due to the recent interest rate movement. I take this as an opportunity to invest for long-term.
I will keep adding some stocks in August, and from September, I will stop adding new money for few months and start focus to reduce some debts. This could sharp up my buying power. Also, we could see some improvements in Canadian dollar against U.S dollar, so I could start adding some U.S stocks for diversification purpose.
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Here is the changes I made in my dividend portfolios in July 2017:
The changes made in my Canadian portfolio in July 2017.
- added 15 shares of PWF at $33.02
- added 25 shares of CGX at $49.40
CGX price dropped sharply after I made the purchase due to lower than expected earnings. I may consider adding few more positions if I see some value here.
- initiated 70 units of NVU.UN at $20.92
- added 50 shares of AQN at $13.05
- added 18 units of BPY.UN at $29.90
The changes made in my U.S dividend portfolio in July 2017.
- added 1 unit of XLV at $79.15 I will continue to add this ETF at least one per month as long as the price is reasonable.
With new purchases and few dividend hikes in July, my estimated yearly passive income increased to $8224.
My portfolio has a very little to health Care stocks, so I decided to buy health care ETF using dividends in my U.S dollar registered accounts. Hopefully, I could buy at least one unit per month using dividends receive in my U.S registered account (without injecting new money). I will continue to add this ETF as long as the price is reasonable.
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I have updated the portfolio pages with these changes.
Now, let’s look my portfolio diversification.
Portfolio Geographical DiversificationThere are no big changes in my diversification strategies from the last updates.
|Country||Target asset allocation||Current asset allocation|
|Fixed income (bonds and pension)||20%||5.82%|
My Canadian portion of my investments have increased a bit from my last update due to recent rally in my Canadian holdings.
My fixed income portions have been keep improving for last 18 months because of my pension plan contributions.
Portfolio diversification – sectors & fixed income
Actually, (I guess) there are only 10 sectors, but I have divided my dream portfolio by 15 sectors including fixed income/bonds/employer pension.
Please note this is not the way professional fund managers or experts diversify their funds. This is my own diversification strategy.
You may consider create your own diversification strategy (if you don’t have one) to minimize investment related risks in your portfolios.
Some information to highlight:
My fixed income portion is getting improving with my employer pension contribution. Since I have a defined benefit pension plan, I reduced/eliminated my bond holding.
My 80% of investments are in Canada. I am waiting for improvement in Canadian dollar to move some money into U.S market. It is really a long wait. I really don’t want to purchase U.S stocks using Canadian dollar at this time. It is like paying around 35% premium to the current price.
As you might have noticed, I began to build health care sector using an ETF called XLV. It is now moved from 0% to 0.25%. I will keep adding XLV for upcoming months as long as the unit price stays low.
|Sector||Target asset allocation||Current asset allocation|
|Fixed income (bonds & Employer Pension)||20%||5.82%|
|Industrials & Infrastructure||5%||9.34%|
|Energy & Materials||5%||2.55%|
|Miscellaneous & Preferred shares||5%||2.10%|
|International & Diversified ETFs||5%||1.52%|
Please share your thoughts about my holdings and recent purchases. Also, do you have any portfolio diversification strategy? And how often do you balance your portfolio?