Portfolio Update #23 October 2020 – 107,320€
Amigos, welcome to another portfolio update, this time being for the month of October 2020.
Has anyone noticed the US election going on this week? I bet even the top-ranked Buddhist monks in the world heard about Trump’s tweets!
Quick Recap of October Numbers
- Portfolio value: 107,320 € (+1.45%) – details HERE
- Monthly Transactions (Deposits – Withdrawals): 2,108 €
- Monthly growth from investments: -1279 €
- Passive income: 446.9 € – details HERE
October was an excellent passive income month for me. I earned 446.9 € which could have covered 40.5% of my monthly expenses. The last time I crossed the 4 hundred line of passive income was back in December 2019.
I remember that one of my goals at the start of this journey was to earn 700€ a month of passive income by the end of 2019. That hasn’t materialized even today, although I was not too far off from reaching it in 2019, as I earned 593€ in December.
The goals I pursue today have shifted from those I had early days, I no longer prioritize my investments on ways to maximize my streams of passive income, but in accumulating long term capital appreciation instead.
However, I must tell you, my dear reader. I love earning passive income, and I love it a lot! It’s like a drug addiction, you just want to earn more and more, as long as the taxman doesn’t put an end to your excitement, obviously.
Anyway, let’s leave the “drugs” behind and have a look at how my investments performed during October:
October Portfolio Performance
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** 20 % discounted as estimate future withdrawal tax payments
Stocks didn’t do very well in October. The S&P 500 Index dropped about -3.3%. My dividend portfolio didn’t do any better either, but I am glad to see how the combination of my S&S ISAs actually did. I wonder if the outcome of investing in global funds is becoming more noticeable, as a larger diversification should mean less price volatility.
My UK pension, as usual, did better thanks to my employer contributions and tax reliefs.
As an overall, my portfolio decreased only -1.21%, which isn’t too bad.
The Pound Euro exchange rate remained at a similar value: From 1.10 at the of September to 1.11 at the end of October.
Alternative Investment Portfolio
My Alternative Investment Portfolio provided me with 232.68 € of passive income. That accounts for 52% of my total passive income this month.
During October, I managed to sell all my long-term standing loans on Robo.cash*, which put me in an exiting position and gave a nice income shot of 127.1€. At the time of writing, I have already fully exited this platform and received the cash successfully into my bank account. It’s all moved so well and smoothly that I feel even sorry for leaving this platform. I may consider joining back in the future, but only after:
- Tidying up my P2P lending mess a bit deeper.
- Seeing how EU platforms will adapt during 2021 to the EU rules for crowdfunding platforms published recently.
Besides this, I made my first investment of £200 for a 12.15% interest in my recently added Qardus* platform, which is based in the UK and operates under the FCA regulation.
Joining and making my first investment felt secure. I first had to pass a short test to confirm that my risk tolerance is adequate for this sort of investment, then I had to download the offer document, read it through and accept the investor’s agreement.
I should receive my first interest payment soon, as it pays monthly.
The following are the platforms which I am currently invested in, classified from 1 to 9 by my level of contentment. I have not included Qardus on the list yet, as it’s too early to express any level of contentment.
My investments on Crowdestate* are doing well. None of my loans has defaulted and all payments are on track.
As I am happy to keep my Crowdestate portfolio close to 2K, I am no longer withdrawing funds at this stage. I am building up cash on the platform until I can reinvest in more development projects.
Things still keep running fairly well at Estateguru’s*.
My portfolio consists of 35 loans (35 last month), where 31 are being paid on time and 4 are late (5 last month). I have no defaulted loans so far and withdrawals are processed on the very next day. It is a shame there’s a 1 EUR fee per withdrawal execution though. I only withdraw once a month to avoid paying too much on fees.
My account value is 1.8K, I plan to keep withdrawing until I get down to 1.5K (at least for now).
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As I commented above, all my loans on Robo.cash* were sold in October.
At the time of writing this, I have fully exited the platform successfully. Total profit amounts to 328.7€, which is about a 12% XIRR.
The outlook at Crowdestor’s* is worsening. Out of 19 loans I am invested in, 7 are delayed (5 last month).
The recently added secondary market is rather rubbish. I placed all my loans on it and I sold none of them.
We’ll see how things keep progressing. I hope it will improve.
5. Property Partner
Property Partner finally paid some rental dividends in October!
All property valuations were updated. That gave a boost into my virtual account.
As things seem to be getting slowly better at Property Partner’s, my level of contentment with this platform raised above RateSetter’s.
During this second lockdown in the UK, universities and schools are still “open”, so I am hoping that there won’t be the need to remove all dividend payments again.
RateSetter is having a tough year as it was forced to halve interest rates for the rest of 2020 in an attempt to stabilize their provision fund. Obviously this is better than facing bankruptcy or stopping all payments as Grupeer or Property Partner did back during the first lockdown.
I am on the slow process of trying to exit this platform. I requested all my funds back in August. There are 18,850 investors (19,993 last month) in front of me before I can withdraw my money.
At this speed, I could take me about 3 years (give or take) to get my money back…
Housers is a no-escaping-way total disaster at the present moment. My Housers page speaks by itself.
Repayments for the Albufera loan started, so that will give an uplift to monthly income.
I got many projects that are not generating any income at all. One of them was recently sold. That should free me some cash soon.
Looking forward to it!
8. Fast Invest
Fast Invest monthly income is stabilizing. I have not requested any new withdrawal yet as I am waiting to free up some more cash in my account. The aim is to avoid paying to much on withdrawal fees.
October was a quiet month for my dividend portfolio, which only generated 1.46 EUR of passive income.
This is the outlook of my holdings at the end of the month:
My dividend portfolio finished badly in the red for the majority of my positions. I am about to exchange the red for the green colour so you guys think I know what I am actually doing? Hah… 😉
Putting on the side my free shares (which are in fact performing better than my formal positions), I own shares from 15 companies. I think this is quite the limit number of companies I want to own. Many of them do their quarterly reports during the same day or week, and it’s challenging keeping track of this. In fact, I have not done my homework and skipped many quarterly reports 🙁
I definitely don’t want to end up with a portfolio of 50-100 positions. I’ve never understood why people do this and how they manage to keep an eye on all of them.
In addition, I wonder how Joe Biden presidency of the US will affect the markets and the big tech industry over the next few months, especially when corporate taxes get increased.
In my case I will keep calm and carry on investing, just like this guy keeps playing the piano in Barcelona amidst the chaos:
(Thanks Hot Head for the video)
Only one company paid dividend in October:
- Cisco (CSCO): 1.46€
Total Dividend Income in October: 1.46 €
New Holdings And Purchases
All contributions to my dividend portfolio came from earned free shares. Thanks again for using my referral link.
- SmileDirectClub, Inc. (SDC) 2 shares @ $12.54 *FREE SHARE*
- SmileDirectClub, Inc. (SDC) 1 share @ $9.47 *FREE SHARE*
- SmileDirectClub, Inc. (SDC) 1 share @ $9.15 *FREE SHARE*
The €45K Project Fund
Another month, another £54 saved as a non-smoker and put in the 45K Project Fund.
I withdrew all sitting cash from Abundance due to the lack of interesting investments and invested in Qardus* instead. Albeit I don’t think Qardus investments are as ethical as those from Abundance I am still going to count them in this recovery fund.
So far The 45K Project Fund consists of:
- Abundance Investment: 1,103.1 EUR
- Kiva: 42.26 EUR
- Qardus*: 222 EUR
So far, I have recovered 3.03% of my loss = 1,367.36 EUR
43,632.64 EUR left to go.
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This is it for this month, hope you have a great month of November wherever you are. Take of yourself and your loved ones and stay safe. Much love.