September 2, 2018

Portfolio update, August 2018

Nothing interesting happened during August, the gold conitues to fall, all my other investments show the same downtrend. My personal finance goal for this year.

Also I want to experiment a bit, but with “real” money, that’s why I bought AMD and Intel stocks for about $50 each just to see how it goes.

Public and some other instruments

Type ISIN Name Result (CHF)
Bonds IE00B43TCW70 Vanguard Global Bond Index Fund -56.84
Metals CH0106027128 UBS ETF (CH) - Gold hedged (CHF) (AUCHAH) -253.99
Metals US4642851053 iShares Gold Trust (IAU) -200.08
Equity US9219097683 Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS) -28.96
Equity US9229087690 Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) -5.95
Equity US0079031078 AMD -0.65
Equity US4581401001 Intel -1.92
Equity VIAC Pillar 3a +72.11

August 1, 2018

Portfolio update, July 2018

The very first drop on a graph: My personal finance goal for this year.

There is still plenty of cash on my balance, because I’m a bit hesitant to buy any equity, because I still expect expenses in August (move, apartment cleaning, settling in), however the biggest part of cash allocation is security deposits for two apartments, I hope to get one back somewhere in September or October.

The drop is explained by one particular event: I leased a car. Everything about owning a car, especially a new one and especially leased one could be described with the following GIF, but I have never had a new car and despite pretty good public transportation here in Switzerland, it is much more convenient to reach many places with a car.

Burning Money.

Burning Money. The Fairly Odd Parents.

This July I got rid of the rest of Synchrony funds and switched to Vanguards VXUS and planning to add VTI to cover the whole world of stocks. Also I went with iShares Gold ETF instead of ZKB’s Gold ETF and I am planning to switch CHF hedged gold ETFs later.

Public and some other instruments

Type ISIN Name Result (CHF)
Equity CH0042630043 Synchrony World Equity (ETF)
Metals CH0139101601 ZKB Gold ETF
Bonds IE00B43TCW70 Vanguard Global Bond Index Fund -64.96
Metals CH0106027128 UBS ETF (CH) - Gold hedged (CHF) (AUCHAH) -214.08
Metals US4642851053 iShares Gold Trust (IAU) -87.71
Equity US9219097683 Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS) +17.60
Equity VIAC Pillar 3a +119.38

July 1, 2018

Portfolio update, June 2018

After a few months of waiting I finally received an income tax return from the previous country, topped up VIAC slightly and bought more gold, as it falling. I found out that currency hedging of gold does not make a lot of sense to me, so this time I went with iShares Gold Trust ETF.

Also I reclassified some private investments to bonds instead of equity, as it actually convertible obligations, not shares.

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The first half of year looks pretty good and definitely much better than the start:

My personal finance goal for this year.

June 1, 2018

Portfolio update, May 2018

Suprisingly, I have reached my goal for this year, 100 000 CHF of net worth. The number is not yet final as I expect some expenses soon, but I hope, I won’t reduce it much.

In May I’ve got the first vesting event of my employer’s equity compensation scheme and topped up a bit an account at Viac.

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April 30, 2018

Portfolio update, April 2018

Not many changes this month: I’ve added again 1000 CHF to VIAC and have bought additional gold ETF.

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April 1, 2018

Portfolio update, March 2018

This time I decided to re-classify some instruments to make the pie chart more simple. I have not found yet a list of instruments my pillar2 pension invested into, but I could assume they should be pretty conservative, so I could consider them as “bonds” in that case. I still do have a large percentage in cash and it is because of small numbers, I consider this cash as “safety-net” and I don’t think it should be less than three months of living expenses, so it is going to look like a huge chunk of my net worth for some time.

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February 28, 2018

Portfolio update, February 2018

Thanks to MustachianPost’s forum, last week I learned that Swiss Government bonds officially have a negative yield, so I decided to sell it with 4.35% loss over almost a year. At my scale, this kind of loss is not a big deal and I think I understand a meaning of negative yield bonds, but just hope for the best.

When I bought an ETF containing these bonds I was thinking of it like of “diversification strategy”, but never actually checked what’s going on there. Now I really feel that I need to define a target distribution of my portfolio, maintain discipline and do a little bit more research before buying any ETF.

Shame on me.

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February 1, 2018

Portfolio update, January 2018

This month two things happened: I bought Vanguard’s Global Bond Index ETF and I received an update on some of my “risky” investments — SnappCar got a new investment round and share price was updated.

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January 2, 2018

Goal for 2018

It is hard to start something from scratch and plain goals like “go from 0 to 100” or “save XX thousands” do not really work for me, as they don’t take into account stocks/ETFs price changes, I decided to cheat and set the goal for this year as total 100 000 CHF of net worth, and basically I’m starting with 40% of this goal reached.

My personal finance goal for this year.

So far I'm doing better than expected, but it's been just one month.

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