This is a continuation of my efforts to restructure and simplify my portfolio. As I start my Maybank Monthly Investment Plan into a few REIT ETFs from today, I have decided to sell my last profitable individual REIT holdings – Starhill Global REIT (SGX: P40U).
Sale Proceeds: S$610
Profit Amt: S$20
Profit %: 3.28%
I’m now stuck with a number of individual stock positions in losses of varying degree. The worst ones are in the Telecommunications, Oil & Gas and Media industries i.e. M1, Starhub, SembCorp Marine, SembCorp Industries and SPH. The unrealised losses add up to about S$12,000, which is terrible.
I can’t even exit these positions with the current bull market and this goes to show how bad my individual stock picking skills are. Somehow, I chose a few of the worst-performing blue-chip stocks to be in my portfolio. I’m wondering whether I can still make small profits in the end if I wait long enough and these industries improve. It’s kind of like waiting for time to fix my mistakes, which is a benefit of long-term investing. Haha.
In the meantime, I hope to gradually reduce my portfolio to just ETFs so I can focus on my Dollar-Cost Averaging (DCA) and Value-Cost Averaging (VCA) index investing strategy. Without having to worry about how my individual stocks are performing. I plan to accumulate my ETF holdings to a large enough size such that I only need to do occasional portfolio rebalancing. While receiving dividend income (albeit lower) and reinvesting some of the dividends.