Here’s where my Grow Your Dough portfolio stands as of the end of February.
As you may — or may not — know, I’m participating in the Grow Your Dough Throwdown, a fun little challenge orchestrated by Jeff Rose and involving several personal finance bloggers. We’re all putting in $1,ooo a portfolio, and seeing what we can do to make it grow.
I’ve decided to take a dividend approach to my challenge portfolio. I probably won’t win overall, but it’s been a good excuse to start an income portfolio. Or at least what I hope will turn into an income portfolio.
Here’s how things stand at the end of February (well, I took the snapshots on Saturday, March 1) for my portfolio:
As you can see, I’ve got some cash that I need to put to work. I need to find a relatively cheap something to buy, since the cash isn’t doing me any good. I should probably buy another share of something I already own, but I can’t buy partial shares with where I’m at, so that leaves something new. I’m doing a little research on dividend yielding investments to see what I can come up with.
Replacing a Stock
I’ve never been a big fan of stock picking, so the fact that I had two individual stocks has been a bit odd for me. I did finally get tired of having AT&T in my portfolio, since it wasn’t doing that well. So, even though I’m not much in trading a lot, I went ahead and used a couple of my free trades from Kapitall to sell and then do something kind of stupid. I decided to buy a dividend-paying commodity fund.
Of course, the commodity fund isn’t doing any better than AT&T was, but I’ve never done anything with commodities, and there are those who think this is the year for commodities, particularly precious metals. So I figured I’d give it a try. The other funds are doing well enough, though. I’m not big on chasing the big score, though, so we’ll see if I can do ok with what I have.
So far, though, even with the losses in a couple of the investments, I’m still ahead. Kapitall even offers you a chance to see how you stack up against other indexes. Here is how I stack up, when looking at things over a period of a month:
As you can see, I’ve managed to keep pace with the S&P 500, probably due to the S&P International dividend fund I have. I’m ahead of the Dow — at least for the month — but the Nasdaq has me beat. Not too bad overall, really. At least, that’s what I tell myself. I’m trying to keep from getting too excited about the gains, before I go haring off and do something stupider than investing in a commodity-based asset.
I’ve also been happy to see dividends. Of course, I saw that one of the best dividend-payers was AT&T (it is a dividend aristocrat, after all) after I sold it. So now I’m hoping that the commodity fund at least pays out in a way that is competitive with the equity shares I sold.
So far, thinking about all of this has been a bit overwhelming for me. I’ve always been quite boring as an investor, so the idea of trading and checking my performance regularly is a bit out of character. But it’s been kind of fun so far, and I am interested to see how the other participants are doing.
What do you think of my portfolio?