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2023 Q3 Portfolio Update: Hitting a speed bump

After having a good return of 25% in H1, my portfolio hits a speed bump in Q3.

2023 Performance YTD

My Portfolio: 19.19%

Vanguard 500 Index: 12.95%

Performance since inception (Jan 2021)

My Portfolio: -11.5%

Vanguard 500 Index: 18.64%

(Based on an arbitrary starting amount of $10,000)

Unfortunately, the momentum gained in H1 couldn't be continued in Q3. By the end of Q3, my portfolio's YTD returns had dropped from 25% to 19%. This drop of ~4% for my portfolio is quite similar to the performance of the S&P 500 index (which drops 3.7%). NASDAQ drops 4.1% and DJIA drops 2.7%. All three major indexes suffered the worst quarterly loss since last year's third quarter. All in all, my portfolio has very similar performance to the major indexes this quarter.

Despite this quarterly loss, all the major indexes remain to be up for the year.

The main reason for the drop in the indexes is relating to an expectation that inflation is going to be around for longer and also the Fed's hawkish stance towards the economy. Rate cuts are expected to happen later in 2024 and hence a prolonged period of elevated interest rate looms over the economy. Investors are thus more cautious and adopt a risk-off approach, leading to the sell-down in the market. For the indexes, most of the losses are concentrated in September. In the case of my portfolio, most of the losses are concentrated in August though as that is the month when most of the constituents in my portfolio post a larger loss.

For an overview of the YTD performance of the constituents in my portfolio, refer to the below table.


The China related equities continue to be in the red. In fact, MCHI continues its slump and is now further in the red. ARKG had a huge reversal from being +20% in return by end of June to posting a negative 1% return YTD by the end of September. Almost all the constituents in my portfolio have a negative growth in Q3 with the exception of BRK.B and Shell. Energy continues to be the best performing sector with crude oil prices surging to 11-month high (can anyone still remember when most people thought that O&G stocks are all doom and gloom three years ago?)

Again, I am not making any changes to the portfolio choices for now. The next review of the portfolio choices will come on 1 Jan.

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