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My individual holdings are a mix of ETFs, stocks, and cash in my accounts with more freedom and mutual funds in employer sponsored accounts. Because the employer sponsored accounts are limited to mutual funds, the amount of overlap in my portfolio is higher than it would otherwise be.
The following list contains my current holdings and shares that I am currently considering taking a position in. The list also includes a couple placeholders as I try to pick out the fourth triple net lease REIT I'm interested in. I filled in the third mREIT slot with JMI because I see a solid trading opportunity.
Name of Fund
Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF
Fidelity Spartan® Total Market Index Fund Fidelity Advantage Class
Fidelity Spartan® 500 Index Fund Fidelity Advantage Class
Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Fidelity Spartan® Real Estate Index Fund Fidelity Advantage® Class
Vanguard REIT Index ETF
Schwab U.S. REIT ETF
National Retail Properties
Realty Income Corp.
Triple Net #4
Schwab International Equity ETF
Schwab International Small-Cap Equity ETF
Fidelity Spartan® International Index Fund
Phillip Morris International
Fidelity Spartan® U.S. Bond Index Fund
Schwab U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF
Javelin Mortgage Investment Corp.
Cash in my investment portfolios
From that list, the ones that I'm not currently holding are:
XOM, WMT, O, Triple Net 4, CYS, DX, and JMI.
As an American, I'm heavily invested in domestic equities and I classify all foreign investments as international.
As I mentioned last month, I'm including mREITs with cash since I'm expecting to make more short-term plays on market pricing failures in the sector. At this point the "mREITs and cash" combination is all cash.
My goal of starting a position in preferred shares is underway, but I could only get a tiny fraction of my intended order size. Due to poor liquidity, preferred shares need to be approached with limit orders. I put mine in and hoped for a full execution on weakness. When the trade confirmation came in I thought it might be a full execution, but sellers were only offering a tiny amount of shares.
In late March the domestic index prices became appealing enough that I started selling shares. I'm not selling off all of my domestic equity, but I didn't see a reason to remain overweight on the sector. Instead, I'll use the cash for any opportunities I find with the mREITs and for funding limit orders on preferred shares. My targets tend to be illiquid and I may set price targets that are materially below the normal trading range, so it will require a decent chunk of cash to fund the orders I want to keep active.
Individual Companies / ETFs / Mutual Funds
The next chart breaks down the allocations by the actual ticker.
VTI / FSTVX / FUSVX / SCHD
The first four investments offer exposure to the U.S. market while having very low expense ratios. SCHD is making my portfolio just a tiny bit overweight on the established dividend companies, which makes things feel slightly less volatile in a market that has been fairly volatile. FUSVX simply puts an emphasis on the larger companies.
Last time I wrote about my domestic equity position, I indicated a desire to reduce the allocation to this section. Since then, I followed through on the plan. My domestic equity allocation was around 55% and is now under 42%.
VNQ / FSRVX / SCHH
The REIT ETFs and mutual fund exposure give me some fairly heavy diversified exposure to the sector, but I'm reducing the weighting on the ETFs to emphasize individual companies here as well. I sold my position in SCHH previously to free up some cash for another purchase, but I had dividend reinvestment turned on. I'm technically long SCHH, but the position is less than .01% of my total portfolio.
The REIT ETFs had solid rallies again and are moving much closer to convincing me to sell off a portion of my position. I'll probably be selling shares in VNQ rather than FSRVX because I want the proceeds in an account where I have dramatically more flexibility.
Lack of Bonds
At the start of the year my bond exposure was 0% or very close to it. I've moved that up to 5%, though it would've been nice if I had done it sooner. I felt the treasury yields at the start of the year were relatively nice, given the macroeconomic environment, but opted to slowly work my way into the position rather than buying it all immediately.
SCHF / SCHC / PM / FSIVX
Phillip Morris has been a beast for me so far this year. Other investments were up and down quite a bit. I've been debating buying more Phillip Morris. It isn't because I want to follow the trend, it is because I see solid fundamentals, reliable sales, and the dollar has weakened significantly, which improves the amount of cash they can expect to create with foreign sales. Since 100% of their sales are foreign, the exchange rate has a significant impact on sales and profits.
I started moving in the right direction, but weak liquidity can be a pain. If I had my order in a couple days earlier, I might have gotten full execution. Since I identified the company I wanted to hold, the shares have moved up a bit. The name of the company was deliberately excluded because the poor liquidity already messed up my ability to get execution on the trade.
Update on Preferred Shares
I prepared this piece over the weekend and was still awaiting execution. While I was putting the finishing touches on it over the next couple days, the execution came in. The tickers for preferred shares can be tricky because several financial systems assign different names. They are the O series for Gladstone Commercial Corp. (NASDAQ:GOOD). The most common ticker I've found for them is GOODO.
I'm happy with the way the portfolio is developing. As indexes move higher, my allocations to cash also move higher due to selling off pieces of my ETF positions. I still like the low-fee index ETFs as a key part of investing, but I see quite a bit of opportunity in being patient and looking for my moments in the mREITs (many of which I believe are currently too expensive). The preferred shares of companies I research looks like another great option for making some solid plays that should increase in the yield on the portfolio and provide it with more stability in value from one month to another.
Disclosure: I am/we are long VTI, FSTVX, FUSVX, SCHB, SCHD, MO, FCX, FSRVX, VNQ, SCHH, NNN, STOR, SCHF, SCHC, FSIVX, PM, FSITX, GOODO, SCHZ.
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