Portfolio Update

After the two recent sell transactions, my portfolio is slightly changed. Therefore, I provide an update below. A lot has happened since the first time that I posted my portfolio. Well, I guess that is a little exaggerated but everything is relative. Since then, I have revisited each of my positions and particularly looked at their total expense ratio (TER) which is the ongoing costs of owning such funds. It is expressed in % and deducted from the the fund itself meaning I will never get a bill for it. It is just that a fund’s portfolio value is reduced by this percentage over the course of a year. You can find all of the TERs of the funds that I invest in, in the table below. A simple average of those TERs is 0.52%. Before, I sold two positions this simple average was almost 0.9%. So, by paying closer attention to which positions I want to own, I was able to almost half my annual fund management expenses. I am quite happy about that.


Also, I still have to decide what I will reinvest the proceeds from those two divestments into. I am thinking about either Vanguard’s FTSE All-World High Dividend Yield UCITS ETF or adding to my existing SPDR S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats ETF. The former has a TER of 0.29% and the latter of 0.45%. Both pay dividend quarterly. Vanguard offers a dividend yield of 3.9% (as per most recent factsheet per end of Oxtober) and the SPDR ETF has a dividend yield of 3.9% (as per 08-12-2016). Either way, I am not in a rush to be any of those two, but most likely it will be one of those two funds.


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4 thoughts on “Portfolio Update

  1. Nice work on lowering that average TER on your portfolio. Looks like it was really worth it to sell those 2 positions. I’m not so familiar in the ETF range, but the options you mention both have a high dividend yield. What is their growth rate over the pas few years? Maybe that changes some perspective in returns over the long haul.


    • Hi Divnomics,
      Thank you for your comment. I had a look at the returns of those two ETFs and in my mind they do not differ that much. So, my current thinking is to buy the one I don’t own yet because it pays dividends in different months. In that way I can smothe my income a little bit. I know, this is very behavioral instead of economics or so but I like it. I have not bought the ETF yet. I guess I am waiting for a better entry point. Who knows, maybe I get a chance tomorrow after tonight’s FED decision. We’ll see.
      Thank’s for stopping by.


  2. I need to park my money somewhere in the next couple of weeks. The Trump Bump has definitely skewed my analysis a little bit and what I thought was going to happen has clearly not gone in the direction I thought. I guess that’s why timing the market is bad 🙂


    • Hi MSM,
      Thank you for your comment. I know, timing is very difficult. I tend not to time but to price or value might be a better word. If the dividend yield or any other metric ain’t what I want it to be, I don’t buy. We’ll see. Also, I plan to write a post soon on patience.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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