July was a month of solid financial progress with value of the portfolio increasing with gains in my Hong Kong equities and favourable FX movements accounting for most of the increase. Positive cash flow from the properties and positive savings added to the increase in net worth.
Here are the
1. my Hong Kong equity portfolio appreciated. I made small
additions to my positions in CCB, China Blue Chemical, Hang Seng Bank, Sinopec and China Metal Recycling. I sold my shares in Varitronix;
2. my AU/NZ
3.my ETFs rallied in line with the local
4. my commodities were flat with a small gain in silver being offset by falls in NICK and HOGS;
5. all of my properties were
occupied with all tenants paying on time. There were two small repair bills and one tenant reported a leak during the typhoon which will require some sealing work to be done;
movements were positive, as the NZD and AUD rose against the
7. my position in bonds remains small. I purchased some RMB sovereign bonds;
8. There were no open derivative
9. savings were solid with good income and moderate
expenses. A family holiday in Thailand came in under the accrued expenditure.
My cash position increased due to new investments being less
than savings, cash flow from properties and dividends received. I currently
hold 43 months of expenses in HKD cash or equivalents. This is above my target
floor of 24 months.
For the month, my net worth increased by 2.5%. The
year to date increase is 15.0%. I remain on track to retire at the end of 2012.