The majority of stocks had gone quite a bit lower. However, thanks to their defensive nature, REITs were able to remain relatively steady for a while.
The first quarter of 2020 was a thrill ride. Especially March turned out to be crazy. When you compare it to Q4, all my investments took a nosedive. From an all-time high for my personal portfolio to a new low.
Well, this was an interesting month for obvious reasons. The Coronavirus took a hold of the world this month after it caused a lockdown in China. It’s not exaggerated to say the coronavirus has the world in its grip. The upside to this for me personally is that it means I barely made any expenses besides groceries. I did make one large purchase after receiving a tax deduction on my apartment.
Until a couple of weeks ago, the markets stayed unphased by the ever-expanding coronacrisis. Forward three weeks and the markets caught a serious fever. You got to wonder: with steep a decline as we saw these past two weeks, is it time to go in a bit more and “buy the dip” during this coronavirus crisis and are we heading for recession version 2020?
Something interesting happened about a week ago. As you might have read –on my twitter feed or on the blog– I signed the deed of the mortgage and apartment. As a result I’m official the owner the apartment and the land the building is build on; Partially when it comes to the land. What I hadn’t mentioned was that I got a 16,575 EUR tax deduction!
ESG and SRI are two acronyms used for ethical investing. Thanks to the recent surge in ethical investing the Belgian bank NewB found enough investors to get all the funds to receive a banking license. This makes them the first bank focusing mainly on ethical investing and banking. What started as an idea in the aftermath of the financial crisis to change banking forever, much as the crisis did, is now a bank with a license. Ethical investing is taking off!
This February update is finally a lighter one. The start is the end of my trip to my fiancee’s home country. After this, things have remained relatively calm beside the occasional date night. We saw “Little Women” for example. Unfortunately, my Savings Rate still isn’t above 50%.
2020 is almost over with the coronavirus still floating across the globe infecting thousands of people daily, but multiple vaccines are about to fight back. The market originally went into panic mode and sold off all of the gains it made this year, and then some, but quickly recovered.
January update comes after a fun but tiring month. It started where December ended, in Istanbul. It then ended in yet another country: my girlfriend’s home.
John C. Bogle barely if ever bought any individual stocks. I’m going against this a bit by using a core-satellite strategy for my portfolio.