Monday, April 4, 2011
Freedom Fund Update
Another month is over and it's that time to update the Dividend Portfolio once again. I've decided to name my portfolio. Most hedge funds and mutual funds name their respective fund, and since I manage my own fund I figured I would name it.
My portfolio will now be called Freedom Fund.
I decided to name it that, because freedom is exactly what I'm looking for. By investing in dividend growth stocks I'm looking for freedom from the rat-race. I'm looking for freedom from being a wage-slave. This blog is documenting that journey. From here on, I will likely refer to my portfolio as the Freedom Fund.
I have updated the weightings that each company have, as they have changed from March due to market gyrations, as well as my recent purchases of JNJ and TEF. I haven't made any other changes to the listing of the Freedom Fund, but I may include information on yield, DGR and other possible specs in the future.
I now own shares of 15 companies. I think this is an appropriate diversification level for me right now, based on the total size and market value of my holdings. I will discuss diversification in the near future, as there is a lot of disagreements between how much diversification is really necessary for an individual investor. I think the two most famous sides of each camp are Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch. Warren Buffett believes in concentrated bets on a few smart investments. Peter Lynch was famous for seemingly never coming across a stock he didn't like. I don't have a necessary goal in mind for how much diversification I'd like to have, but I think having shares of 25-30 companies when I'm all done is probably appropriate.
My total equities market value is currently at: $28,845.28.
This is an increase from my last published value of: $26,735.65. This increase is mostly due to my infusion of cash towards the end of March, with which I made my two purchases.
Overall, I'm satisfied with the progress of the Freedom Fund. I like all my holdings currently, the only one I have any thoughts of making a change with is perhaps TOT. It is not a dividend growth stock and I purchased it when the rig went down in the Gulf last summer. I think it's still attractively valued and I purchased it with a yield near 7%, so my yield-on-cost is very attractive. I am holding on due to those two reasons.
I hope for continued success with the Freedom Fund.
Thanks for reading.