It’s been almost a month since my previous update. It’s currently the September school holidays and I’ve taken leave to spend some time with the family. My portfolio is mixed as my equity is all right although my Singapore Government Securities took quite a beating. I bought near par and if I sell now I will suffer paper losses of about 10-12%.
The good thing is I invested in the bonds for safety and also for long-term cash flows and intend to continue holding them until maturity.
I am still walking on this path towards financial freedom but just that I spend less time documenting my journey through this blog and more time focussing on developing my career skills as well as learning to use interesting models to understand businesses’ financial statements.
There’s only about a quarter more to the end of 2013 and this year my portfolio returns would be poor due to realises losses from selling my First Ship Lease Trust which was bought many years back in a moment of folly and as I failed to monitor how poorly the shipping was affected since the global financial crisis.
Again, the tuition fees paid from such lessons are painful but instructive going forward.
Be well and prosper.