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  • These are my 2nd quarter results.
  • The portfolio is beating the market.
  • No transactions costs let me have trade how I want.

This is my second quarter, halfway year review of my all Vanguard ETF portfolio. My 1st quarter results are here. Below is the table of my updated positions as of June 30th.

Ticker

Cost per share

Closing price

% Chg

Annualized yield

ETF

BLV

85.87

89.89

4.37%

13.29%

ETF

MGV

54.46

58.28

8.18%

25.58%

ETF

VCLT

86.15

90.25

8.40%

6.22%

EFT

VCR

102.15

109.18

5.90%

14.07%

ETF

VIG

71.11

77.95

8.21%

20.15%

ETF

VNQ

74.68

74.84

0.21%

6.73%

ETF

VOX

80.35

87.96

9.47%

23.09%

ETF

VTV

73.54

80.95

10.64%

26.13%

ETF

VXF

80.41

87.74

4.60%

10.88%

ETF

VXUS

51.58

54.29

3.77%

11.31%

ETF

VBK

125.12

127.39

2.97%

11.92%

ETF

VUG

91.61

98.90

8.26%

41.77%

ETF

VO

111.16

118.67

6.76%

33.31%

ETF

VBR

98.31

105.50

7.31%

62.60%

ETF

VPU

91.56

96.70

6.42%

53.51%

ETF

VEU

51.97

52.29

0.62%

20.53%

ETF

VSS

109.23

111.16

1.77%

70.36%

ETF

VGK

59.72

59.95

0.39%

12.40%

ETF

VV

89.86

90.01

0.41%

14.65%

ETF

VCLT

90.68

90.25

4.52%

3.89%

ETF

VWO

37.33

43.13

5.90%

0.55%

ETF

VWOB

76.59

80.72

6.92%

19.21%

ETF

VXUS

52.24

54.29

5.82%

17.95%

ETF

VYM

61.98

66.32

8.46%

17.69%

ETF

VNQ

69.55

74.84

8.81%

6.81%

ETF

VPU

92.11

96.68

5.80%

36.60%

ETF

EDV

96.13

104.74

3.44%

13.41%

ETF

MGV

54.81

58.28

6.70%

15.24%

ETF

VAW

106.27

111.76

5.17%

41.47%

ETF

VB

110.00

117.12

6.85%

31.62%

ETF

VBK

122.18

127.39

3.67%

13.75%

ETF

VBR

98.93

105.50

6.63%

22.39%

ETF

VCLT

84.00

90.25

11.70%

11.63%

ETF

VCR

100.79

109.18

6.61%

32.50%

ETF

VDC

104.24

115.84

4.60%

10.87%

ETF

VDE

123.33

143.96

6.29%

21.35%

ETF

VFH

44.90

46.38

4.60%

15.77%

ETF

VGT

90.92

96.79

8.48%

37.16%

ETF

VHT

107.14

111.63

5.30%

21.93%

ETF

VIG

71.47

77.95

5.57%

13.26%

ETF

VIS

99.30

104.24

3.74%

12.49%

ETF

VOO

166.90

179.43

6.41%

31.41%

ETF

VOT

90.65

96.37

6.74%

29.88%

ETF

VPL

58.40

62.24

7.60%

23.63%

ETF

VPU

93.20

96.69

4.51%

27.62%

ETF

VTV

78.09

80.88

3.57%

27.94%

ETF

VWO

39.53

43.13

7.87%

18.98%

ETF

VEA

42.38

42.59

0.50%

16.22%

ETF

VGK

59.60

59.95

0.59%

19.49%

ETF

VTV

78.09

80.95

4.23%

252.86%

ETF

VT

61.84

62.23

0.63%

23.20%

ETF

VEA

41.24

42.59

4.51%

19.37%

ETF

VIS

99.46

104.24

4.81%

20.72%

ETF

VCR

103.71

109.18

5.27%

22.90%

ETF

VAW

105.14

111.76

6.30%

27.75%

ETF

VCLT

86.21

90.25

5.44%

22.30%

Total

9.77%

20.07%

(The % change may be higher on some investments due to the reinvestment of dividends as those increased the # of shares. I have not revealed exact numbers of total investment or number of shares as some things should remain private. I am more concerned on the returns vs the market indexes anyways.)

I am pleasantly surprised on how well I am doing. I am still beating all three benchmarks. My return for the year is 9.77%, about a $3,500 gain which includes $1000 in realized gains. I have sold a lot of EDV and VCLT. The S&P was the closest and is up 7.72%. The DOW and Russell 2,000 index have lagged; 3.13% and 4.8% respectively. This quarter alone my portfolio increased 4.5% while the DOW and Russell only increased 2.57% and 1.5% respectively. However, the S&P did a little better than my portfolio at 4.82%.

I had two investments that did really well, VCLT and VTV. They have gained over 10% already. I have actually held onto VCLT for over a year now and bought when it was in the lower $80s. It yielded 5% at that point. VTV has done really well too. It invests in large cap stocks and some of its largest holdings are Exxon (NYSE:XOM), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), and Johnson and Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Large cap stocks are doing quite well this year. My biggest losers are VV, VEU and VGK. VV and VEU didn't increase much because I bought them right before the quarter ended. VGK hasn't gained much either. This invests in European stocks and they haven't done as well as U.S. stocks have this year.

I thought it was going to be harder to make a decent return this quarter compared to the first quarter. There weren't any huge drops in the stock market. It just climbed steadily higher. I thought there was a lot less volatility this quarter but there were enough small drops to be able to invest in a lot more ETFs. I had 114 buy/sell transactions. I think this was high because I changed my automatic investment plan and now put money into my accounts every week. I get addicted to trading so I am buying shares all the time. This is ok, as I have saved $798 in transactions costs with the free trades.

My trading strategy is still the same. I sell portions of investments that have gained over 10% and if I have the cash I dabble into any ETF that has dropped 1-2% on any given day. I have dramatically increased the number of different ETFs in my portfolio. I have invested in almost all of the ETFs that Vanguard offers except a lot of their government bond funds. I did add VHT and VGT which was missing in the first quarter. I really haven't been that lucky with my investment picking as the market as a whole as gone up and the DOW is almost at 17,000,

At the start of the 2nd quarter I had 24 investments. That has now reached 42 different ETFs. The table below shows only the ETFs that I have over a 2% weight in. Only 20 of my 42 funds have a weight greater than 2%. Some have multiple pieces to the pie because they are in different brokerage accounts, IRA, Roth IRA ect. 29% of my total portfolio is in VCLT. Most of my weights are 1% or less because I like to dabble with very little money.

My prediction for the third quarter is that I expect similar results like the second quarter. The economy will continue to grow steadily with some bumps along the way. When the bumps happen I will invest. I think it has been pretty quiet recently. Another 4% return would be pretty nice. I will update at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Disclosure: The author is long all tickers mentioned. The author wrote this article themselves, and it expresses their own opinions. The author is not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). The author has no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Source: Vanguard Portfolio Part 3: 2nd Quarter Results