Portfolio Update: December 2016

The year is ending and I actually prepared for the season of giving and joy by selling a few positions in the past few weeks, locking in some decent gains in the progress. Pretty delighted to know that my returns from my shares is close to 10% for 2016 after a poor 2015.

More details in another post in a couple of weeks’ time.

This is also probably the last update in such a format as I am almost ready to implement my version of the permanent portfolio on January 2017.

Besides making things more clean-cut, it should also make it easier for me to keep track of my progress in building up my early semi-retirement fund.

1. Core Portfolio


I will probably not add anymore Berk B shares before the end of this year as the continued appreciation of the USD together with the stock’s price rise means that I am very close to the $30,000 mark.

Asset Avg Bought Amount Price Valuation Allocation
STI ETF $2.92 12,800 $2.97 $38,016 31.2%
Berkshire B $134.50* 120 $166.36 $28,947 23.7%
SSBs $1.00 15,000 $1.00 $15,000 12.3%
Cash (SGD) $1.00 40,000 $1.00 $40,000 32.8%
Total $121,963 100.0%

2. Local Stock Portfolio

As STI neared 3,000 and sentiment improved last week, I took the opportunity to offload 9,000 Genting shares @$0.985, 600 shares of DBS @$17.86 and 1,500 of UOL shares @$6.24. That’s more than $25,000 taken off the table and back into the warchest.

Stock Amount Price Valuation Allocation
ST Engg 6,500 $3.290 $21,385 19.42%
Kingsmen 27,700 $0.630 $17,451 15.85%
MCT 10,000 $1.400 $14,000 12.72%
HK Land 1,000 $9.019 $9,019 8.19%
CCT 6,000 $1.495 $8,970 8.15%
Semb Corp 3,000 $2.910 $8,730 7.93%
SingPost 5,500 $1.465 $8,058 7.32%
Boustead 9,000 $0.825 $7,425 6.74%
Super Grp 4,000 $1.285 $5,140 4.67%
MTQ 10,000 $0.410 $4,100 3.72%
M1 2,000 $1.935 $3,870 3.52%
Bou Proj 2,700 $0.720 $1,944 1.77%
Total $110,092 100.00%


3. Emergency Funds

I bought another 40 shares of SPDR Gold at $112 two weeks ago. And yes, I intend to buy a little bit more within the next two weeks.

Asset Amount
CPF OA $39,000
Cash (SGD) $20,000
FCL Bonds $21,000
Alternative Currencies $36,000
Total $116,000



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4 thoughts on “Portfolio Update: December 2016

  1. The Finance Smith

    I have been toying with the idea of using a permanent portfolio approach as well. Will be monitoring your portfolio updates closely to see how it is working out for you. Might slowly incorporate your implementation actions into our asset portfolio as well. Hope you don’t mind!


    1. My 15 HWW Post author

      Hi TFS,

      Why would I mind? If it can help more people, why not?

      I would probably be writing a post soon to further explain how I intend to execute this portion of my portfolio and I do hope it provides some insights to you!

  2. B

    Hi 15hww

    Congrats for a good 10% return this year.

    I’m actually surprised you are going into full blown permanent portfolio in 2017. Thought all along youve done pretty well there. I guess you are trying to spend less time and more passive towards your investment. Id also be interested to see how you did there with the permanent portfolio.

    1. My 15 HWW Post author

      Hi B,

      The year hasn’t ended and let’s not count the chickens to early.

      I think I will start the permanent portfolio in 2017 but it will just be a portion of my portfolio, so probably not full-blown?

      At this stage, I would prefer to hedge and diversify and maintain a few different strategies.

      Let’s hope the permanent portfolio won’t disappoint.