Thursday 10 April 2014

Spring Cleaning, Part Deux (Portfolio Sale)

If you missed Part One - I am doing some major tidying-up on the DIY Income Investor portfolio by clearing out some investment 'dead wood'.

But the funny thing is: it's only 'major' in my head - the sales don't change anything in the portfolio, they just accept the paper losses incurred by bad decisions in the past.

Today's sale is Lloyds Banking Group (LSE:LLOY), the other main 'legacy' holding that pre-dated this blog. What a disaster owning this has been: originally it was perceived as a high-yield share of a stalwart 'safe as houses' banking institution; now Lloyds has become a taxpayer-owned near-fatal financial crash victim, recuperating but still not up-and-about.

Why I didn't see the signs - and why did I buy even more, in the hope of a recovery? Oh well, at least LLOY had the decency to stage a major recovery last year and I have only lost half the money I spent on it. Had I sold a couple of months ago (when there was some excitement about the potential recommencement of dividends) I could have done even 'better' - but that brief recovery was short-lived.

These two sales mean that now all my portfolio holdings generate some income - which should, after all, be the basic rule for any DIY Income Investor. That's not to say that all is peachy - there are still some loss-makers to deal with. The next phase of the portfolio clean-up is to begin to implement the stricter 'sell' criteria: the indicator I'm trying out is based on when the capital loss is more than 10 years' worth of current income.

[Sale price: half my original chips]

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1 comment:

  1. Oh brother, you ain't the only one! The Lloyds we inherited years ago are worth about a sixth of what they used to be, and the RBS at an 86% discount to purchase price are only a smidgin up from your Sisyphean boulder... I still like stop losses to try to calm my loss-aversive anxiety, although I realise that many people feel that they somehow insult their superb market judgement - "No, no. Just a temporary setback. So it's fallen 50% - I should buy some more because I know I was right to buy it the first time....." Such a dangerous philosophy, speaking from over-cautious old age.. I think I might try your new year Resolution, but watching it carefully - the price has improved slightly from your purchase date, although it seems to have had a pretty depressing six weeks. On verra!