This is an exciting day for me as I am posting my first monthly update; my Investment Hunting Portfolio Update. This month I took advantage of current market uncertainty around the energy sector by initiating positions with National-Oilwell Varco, Valero Energy Corp, VLO, and BHP Billiton, BBL. Additionally I am testing out two newer investment brokers, Loyal3 and Robinhood. I initiated two small positions through Loyal3 in McDonald’s and Walmart. I purchased VLO using Robinhood. I’ll post a follow-up on my satisfaction with both brokers later this month. Lastly I purchased a position with Boeing, BA. I added $3,960.43 to my Investment Hunting Portfolio, and $1,884.61 to my 401k and Roth 401k. My total January contribution was $5,845.04.
The market was volatile in January. Because of volatility, my Dreams Fund actuals for January 2015 have not gone up by $5,845.04, however, I am not concerned. As a long-term investor I am happy with my positions and confident in my analysis of each company I purchased stock in.
January 2015 Portfolio Updates
Month over month, my Investment Hunting portfolio, 401k and Roth 401k, and Savings/Emergency fund actuals are as follows:
Investment Hunting Portfolio
At the beginning of 2015, my portfolio cost basis was $19,176.98. January ended with a cost basis of $23,336.67; which is a 21.7% increase. My January increases or actuals were $24,765.21 on January 1st and ended on January 31st at $25.313.49; which is a 2.2% increase. I closed my position with DATE, and moved the funds into a position with Boeing. This transaction totaled $1162.82 transferred. Additionally I added $3,960.43 to my portfolio.
401k and Roth 401k
My balance as of December 31st, 2014 was $103,461.33. My balance at the end of January 2015 was 104,440.66, which is a gain of $979.33. However I added $1,884.61 in January so the total loss was $911.28. This drop represents a .008%.
My emergency savings account was $49,085.54 on December 31st, 2014. This account ended January 2015 at $42,174.35. The difference is $6,911.19. I carry no debt so this account fluctuates by $10,000 any given month. The reason for the drop in January was Christmas expenses and a large tutoring bill for my son. I will see a large increase in this balance on February 28th when I receive my annual bonus :-).
Month Over Month Actuals
When everything is added up, my month over month actuals from December 2014 to January 2015 went from $177,312.08 to $171,628.50. This is a $5,683.58 reduction in my net worth. I attribute this change to softness in the market and before mentioned Christmas and tutoring expenses.
Full Disclosure: Long on NOV, BBL, MCD, WMT, BA, VLO. I sold out my position of DATE