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Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q4 2018

Last Updated on August 30, 2019 by Mr. FightToFIRE
Total portfolio worth

This past quarter just shows how fast things can change. In my first report, I had decent gains for most of my stocks. Fast forward 3 months and the picture looks completely different.

There is a clear negative decline between the first and second report I made. There is one reason why my wealth grew regardless. I kept earning money.
Because of that, I could deposit 11,500 EUR into my investment portfolios. 10,000 EUR went into the Beobank portfolio that holds active funds and 1,500 EUR to my personal trading account with Lynx.

Quarter Amount (€) QoQ (%) QoQ (€)
Q3 50,251.59
Q4 56,811.63 +13.054 +6,560.04

While my wealth didn’t grow as much, I’m not too worried though. In fact, I see this is an opportunity. I should be able to get more value for my money when I purchase new shares in 2019.

If at one point you want to see my latest status, I have a separate menu item with my latest portfolio status. In due time this page will contain a timeline with all my quarterly report posts and their respective wealth level.

Keep Calm and Carry On INVESTING
Nothing else to do

Personal portfolio overview

EUR stocks

Coming from a profit of 2.853% I’m now in the negative territory at -9.53%. A drop of -2.85 – 8.53 = -12.38%.
The two stocks that held the fort are:

Finally, I have 58.87 EUR in cash.

Symbol Description Sector Quantity Close Price Cost Basis Current Value Unrealized Profit/Loss % Gain/Loss
Total 9021.81 8145.91 -875.9 -9.71
CEUS ISHARES MSCI EMU SML-C ACC ETF Broad 3 167.46 606.78 502.38 -104.40 -17,21
COFB COFINIMMO Financials 6 108.10 668.31 648.60 -19.71 -2.95
CPXJ ISHARES CORE MSCI PACIF X-JP ETF Broad 10 115.88 1173.47 1158.80 -14.67 -1.25
CSX5 ISHARES CORE EURO STOXX 50 ETF Broad 3 93.45 311.57 280.35 -31.22 -10.02
DX2Jd X MSCI EUROPE SMALL CAP ETF Broad 20 36.62 861.99 732.40 -129.59 -15.03
HOMI HOME INVEST BELGIUM Financials 8 91.60 702.83 732.80 29.97 4.26
IUS3 ISHARES S&P SMALL CAP 600 Broad 8 48.66 456.14 389.32 -66.82 -14.65
KIN KINEPOLIS Consumer Cyclicals 10 47.85 580.00 478.50 -101.50 -17.50
RBOT ISHARES AUTOMATION&ROBOTIC-A ETF Broad 157 5.37 1014.48 843.40 -171.08 -16.86
SBIO INVESCO NASDAQ BIOTECH ETF Broad 30 26.60 923.30 798.00 -125.30 -13.57
SOF SOFINA Diversified 5 162.80 732.53 814.00 81.47 11.12
UBI UBISOFT ENTERTAINMENT Technology 11 69.76 990.41 767.36 -223.05 -22.52

USD stocks

The below table contains my stocks denominated in USD. Since the currency rate fluctuates daily, it impacts the total portfolio wealth counter. To keep it simple I will use the rate applicable at the time of writing every quarter (give or take a day). You can find the rate used at the top of this page.

Just like my euro stocks this quarter, my dollar-based stocks received a bit of a beating as well.
Coming from pretty much B/E I received a decline of 0.08 – 19.96 =  -19,88%.

Symbol Description Sector Quantity Close Price Cost Basis Current Value Unrealized Profit/Loss % Gain/Loss
Total 4073.19 3259.91 -813.29 -19.96
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Communications 5 139.09 832.89 695.45 137.44 -16.50
CSKR ISHARES MSCI KOREA USD ACC Broad 5 138.82 887.58 694.10 -193.48 -21.80
IBB ISHARES NASDAQ BIOTECHNOLOGY Broad 5 94.84 518.34 474.20 -44.14 -8.51
IEMA ISHARES MSCI Emerging Markets ACC Broad 28 30.77 1030.58 861.56 -169.02 -16.40
NVDA NVIDIA CORP Technology 4 133.65 803.81 534.60 -269.21 -33.49

Actively managed portfolio

My portfolio at Beobank containing actively managed funds dropped quite a bit as well.
With a new deposit of 10,000 EUR, I did at the end of November the decline in absolute numbers is now larger of course.
With only one day remaining it’s safe to make a final balance for the year. In percentage the drop is a strong -19.13 – 2.80 = -21.93%.

Pension fund

Just like the other stock portfolios, my pension fund took a beating this quarter as well.
I deposited an additional 20 EUR this month to have the correct amount to make full use of the extra-legal benefit my employer offers for pension saving.
I already had 940 EUR deposited, but the max. level to be optimized for the 30% tax deduction (and additional benefit) is 960 EUR.
An initial plus of 5.86% is now a loss of -5.86 – 2.28 = -8.14%.

Alternative investments

I call them investments but they are more like speculative positions.
I take a calculated risk with these (especially the cryptocurrency one) expecting to reap the benefits in the longer term but most likely lose it all at one point.

Forex managed account

The forex account had a good run until December. The loss got reduced to -58.47% (5741 EUR) on 11 October, coming from 63.25%. Alas, forex is a volatile endeavor and a few weeks and some bad trades later, it sank -4.7% deeper compared to Q3.

Nr. Inception Date Description Current Value Cost Basis % Gain/Loss
1 January 2016 Actively managed forex account 4431.20 13825.15 -67.95

Coinbase cryptocurrency account

Cryptocurrencies… Time will tell if this is done for or if we get a resurgence.
This past quarter it sank 58.77 – 77.25 = -18.48% further.

Nr. Inception date Coin Cost Basis Current Value % Gain/Loss
480.15 109.20 -77.25
1 March 2018 Bitcoin 123.09 54.40 -55.80
2 March 2018 Litecoin 357.06 54.80 -84.65

Savings accounts

Besides one additional deposit into my high-interest rate limited deposit account and a bit of paid interest, nothing changed.

Next year will bring change: I plan on moving my money from Moneyou Plus to Medirect’s Fidelity savings account.
It won’t be with all my savings though. I will transfer all but 4K EUR. This amount will be used to purchase new ETF shares. The transfer will most likely happen at the end of Q2 to make optimal use of the last deposits I did to Moneyou in 2018.

Personal achiements

Having reached the end of the year I can say I reached one personal milestone: doing 50 strict push-ups in one go.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the other personal milestone, I didn’t find as much interesting material to read about starting a blog and writing for it then I thought. As a result, I stopped at 3.

As far as next year goes, I already gave you a look ahead, so in the coming weeks and before the 31st of January you can expect new milestones for 2019. I can already tell you the focus will be on reading more personal finance and economy-related books.

I'm a developer for a major financial institution in Belgium that is present in over 40 countries. I have over 8 years of working experience in the development of customer applications focussing on all aspects of banking. This helped me gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of a commercial bank. All of this experience in both banking and life culminates in this blog about personal finance and my fight towards FIRE.

Quarterly Portfolio Reports
1. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q3 2018
2. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q4 2018
3. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q1 2019
4. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q2 2019
5. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q3 2019
6. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q4 2019
7. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q1 2020
8. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q2 2020
9. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q3 2020
10. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q4 2020
11. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q1 2021
12. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q2 2021
13. Quarterly Portfolio Report – Q3 & Q4 2021
14. Yearly Portfolio Report – 2022
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