Asset AllocationIn the fourth quarter, my asset allocation was reasonably close to my target. My philosophy is to buy the best dividend stocks available and adjust my allocation using my 401(k) and other investments, when needed. None of the variances are above my 2.5% tolerance, so I will adjusted them with future purchases.
2010-Q4 PerformanceFor the year, each of my income portfolios outperformed the S&P, and all underperformed Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B). Below are the YTD performances of various categories along with my S&P 500 benchmark (VFINX):
|Portfolio||Wtd. Avg.||2010 YTD|
|Pocket Change (9/08)||15.1%||16.6%|
|S&P 500 (VFINX)||1.7%||14.9%|
|Income Stocks vs S&P||5.3%||2.7%|
|Income Stocks vs BRK||9.7%||-4.3%|
When weighted with results from 2008 forward, all my income investments out-performed the S&P. As I have previously stated, it is my desire to beat the S&P over the long-run, so I don't pay a lot of attention to short-term performance either positive or negative. For more details on the performance of my income portfolios, including year-by-year performance and cumulative chart, please click here.
Passive IncomeFor Q4/2010 my passive income averaged $1,184/month, up slightly from the $1,010/month in Q3. The increase resulted from additional investments, dividend growth and from higher income on cash holdings as I moved them from a MMA to short-term bonds. 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-April. As always, thanks for reading!
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