Asset AllocationThere are three areas that I am focusing on from an asset allocation perspective.
I. Employer/Company Stock
As discussed in the previous reviews and in "My Dirty Little Secret", I have been over-allocated in my employer's company stock. During the third quarter I made significant progress bringing this allocation in line. On September 30th my company stock holdings made up 12.7% of my total portfolio compared to 18.7% on June 30th and a target allocation of 10.0%. I lowered my allocation by exercising employee stock options for cash, selling shares held and allocations in my 401(k). My next trading window will open in November and I plan to continue a steady reduction until I obtain my target allocation.
II. International Holdings
I increased my international holdings from 18.1% to 22.8% vs. a target of 24%. This increase was primarily the result of a reallocation of my 401(k). As discussed in "International Income Investing", going forward, my primary focus will be on U.S. equities in my dividend income portfolio. I will continue to use my 401(k) and my Asset Allocation Portfolio to ensure an adequate international allocation.
III. Cash/ Fixed Income Allocation
I continue to focus on my Cash/Fixed Income allocation. My target is 27% and I am currently at 27.2%, up from the 22.8% at the end of June. Again, the largest source of the increase was from reallocation within my 401(k).
2009-Q3 PerformanceThe third quarter was very kind to my portfolio. Through June I had trailed the S&P 500, but my income portfolio's year-to-date performance passed the S&P in July before slipping back behing it in September. Below are the YTD performances of various categories along with my S&P 500 benchmark (VFINX):
|Portfolio||Wtd. Avg.||2009 YTD||2008|
|Pocket Change (9/08)||7.4%||13.9%||-7.3%|
|S&P 500 (VFINX)||-12.2%||20.0%||-36.3%|
|Income Stocks vs S&P||9.0%||-0.3%||15.9%|
|Income Stocks vs BRK||13.7%||16.3%||11.7%|
Passive IncomeFor Q3/2009 my passive income averaged $714/month, down from the $822/month in Q2. The decrease resulted from dividend cuts in my non-income portfolios and lower interest rates on cash holdings. The above amounts include all sources of passive income in my taxable accounts, primarily interest and dividends. It excludes my Roth IRA, 401(k) and blog income (which is not passive).
The next update will be in mid-January. As always, thanks for reading!
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