Portfolio Update April 2019

Thanks to my steadily growing portfolio of stocks, ETFs and bonds, I approach financial independence one step at a time.

Once a month, I keep track of my recent portfolio additions. This is my monthly portfolio update for April 2019.

Portfolio Overview

On my way to financial independence, I constantly try to improve my income situation. To this end, I pursue a core-satellite investment strategy.

The core of my investment strategy is a broadly diversified ETF portfolio. However, I’m not a huge fan of dollar cost averaging. Therefore, I looked for a more profitable alternative to invest in index funds. My preferred strategy is called Value Averaging.

My ETF portfolio is complemented by a high-yielding stock portfolio, which I manage according to my own stock screener. Here, I clearly focus on a long-term buy-and-hold approach.

As of April 12, 2019, I owned 15 stocks, 7 ETFs and 4 Bonds with a total value of €104,706.83 or $118,072.55 (previous month: €98,286.61).

ETFs

According to my Value Averaging strategy, I didn’t have to add any further shares to my ETF portfolio last month.

Stock Market Index Issuer Cost Basis Market Value Weight Distribution Type
DAX Deka 2000 2198.90 0.0470 distributing
STOXX Europe 600 Comstage 7749.81 8388.31 0.1794 distributing
STOXX Europe 600 Lyxor 3754.50 4008.34 0.0857 accumulating
MSCI North America Comstage 7468.19 9317.23 0.1993 distributing
FTSE North America Vanguard 3437.34 3771.93 0.0807 distributing
MSCI Pacific Comstage 3164.34 3331.16 0.0713 distributing
MSCI Emerging Markets Deutsche AM 5777.86 15732.96 0.3365 accumulating
Total 33352.04 46748.83 1

Stocks

On March 18, I made use of a special offer by the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, when you could order shares of the largest listed German companies free of any fees and charges.

On the one hand, I added once again to my existing positions in Allianz and Munich Re, mainly because of their high dividend yields.

On the other hand, I also bought further shares of global healthcare group Fresenius and Europe’s largest software manufacturer SAP.

On top of that, I also initiated my first position in a chemical company – BASF.

In total, I bought shares for about €7,400 last month.

Company Shares Cost Basis Market Value Weight Dividends YoC
Allianz 20 3754.00 4158.08 0.0741 180 0.0479
AT&T 135 4050.65 3833.40 0.0683 242.37 0.0598
BASF 19 1269.77 1343.49 0.0239 60.8 0.0479
BMW 30 2535.00 2241.60 0.0399 105 0.0414
British American Tobacco 75 2501.13 2642.85 0.0471 173.69 0.0694
CVS Health 35 2549.78 1616.45 0.0288 61.63 0.0242
Daimler 30 2104.50 1695.60 0.0302 97.5 0.0463
Fresenius 47 2518.26 2422.73 0.0432 37.6 0.0149
Gilead Sciences 35 2547.40 2045.55 0.0364 78.04 0.0306
Japan Tobacco 150 4128.67 3080.10 0.0549 178.84 0.0433
Münchener Rück 19 3722.10 4061.92 0.0724 175.75 0.0472
Novo Nordisk 75 2409.90 3311.10 0.0590 81.74 0.0339
Royal Dutch Shell 560 12363.71 16393.41 0.2920 931.8 0.0754
SAP 27 2535.30 2677.80 0.0477 40.5 0.0160
Southern Company 100 3999.98 4610.94 0.0821 211.99 0.0530
Total 52990.15 56135.0200 1.0000 2657.25 0.0501

Bonds

My bond portfolio also grew for the first time since October 2016.

After the crash of my Turkish lira bond, I hesitated to make another bond investment.

However, I got convinced by a relatively new crowdfunding platform called ecoligo*, as it allows you to participate in rather small ventures in emerging and frontier markets.

I recently invested in 3 solar projects in Kenya, Ghana and Costa Rica.

Issuer Country FX Cost Basis Market Value Weight Interest
KfW Turkey TRY 2933.24 1635.00 0.8450 140.88
ecoligo* Kenya EUR 100 100 0.0517 6
ecoligo* Ghana EUR 100 100 0.0517 6
ecoligo* Costa Rica EUR 100 100 0.0517 5.5
Total 3233.24 1935 1 158.38

That’s it for the moment. My next portfolio update is expected to be released on May 10, 2019.

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