I have not been writing much about The Smith Manoeuvre Strategy for the past months because I was simply too lazy to make some modifications to my investment portfolio. I was aware that I had to do some tweaking for my investments strategy.
I am heavily concentrated in financials (National Bank dividend fund) and in oil and other natural resources (Sprott Canadian Equity Fund). But the most important part: I am 100% in the Canadian market.
Now that the market is down and that everybody is selling the stocks cheap, it is the perfect timing to buy more shares of good mutual funds. I would rather go by trading indexes but since I am injecting money on a monthly basis into my portfolio (and it doesn’t show much these days 😉 ), I have no other choice but to pick funds instead of indexes.
So I cancelled my $400 periodic investment into the National Bank dividend fund and decided to split this amount among 4 funds. On top of that, since I am paying a very low interest rate and that I have enough cash flow to afford it, I decided to increase my monthly investment to $500.
$100 in Altamira Canadian Index Fund
I wanted to keep of my monthly investment into Canadian equity as I think that the Canadian market will go up over the long run. There are several good undervalued companies that will pick up on the next economic boom. On top of that, the Altamira MER’s is only 0.53%. So I will be almost on the target to follow the index.
$150 in Altamira US index fund
Based on the same reasoning regarding the MER’s, Altamira indexes funds are pretty cheap and the US fund is hedged against currency risks. I wanted to start diversifying my risk with another country. As the American market took at good kick in the teeth in 2008, I think it’s a perfect timing to buy an American index fund.
$150 in Omega preferred shares
Canadian preferred shares are mostly issued by financials, insurance companies and resources companies. Since they took a major hit in 2008, we have great chances to see this type of class coming back with great strength. In addition to that, the Omega preferred shares (managed by ING) is the first Canadian fund of being 100% invested in preferred shares.
$100 in Omega American consensus
Why am I putting more money into the American market? Because I love the way the Omega American consensus picks its stocks. To learn more about the trading model developed by Validea capital, you can click here and read about my review of their Omega funds. Their trading method is based on mathematical models and, therefore, gets rid of all kind of emotions in the trading equation.
I decided to pick American consensus instead of international for 2 reasons. I truly believe in the American market capacity of coming back stronger than international equity. The second reason is based on the fact that many great American companies make a lot of their revenue outside the United States. Therefore, I am still expanding my diversification a little bit to the international market.
Disclaimer: I am buying those funds but this post should not be considered as any kind of recommendation of buying or selling any of the above. Please trade carefully ;-)…and at your own risk!
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