December saw a further reduction in net worth with losses in equities compounded by adverse currency movements. The end result was a 2.12 percent decrease in net assets.
For the year to date, the portfolio is down 3.96 percent. The adjusted change from when I retired in September 2013 is a 21.61 percent increase. Hong Kong liquidity stands at 39.90 months of estimated outgoings, significantly increased from the start of the year's 26.68 months due to net asset sales and a new mortgage loan.
Here are the details:
1. my Hong Kong equities fell. I added a few more shares in CK Assets (HK:1113) to the portfolio;
2. my AU/NZ equities were were down ... again. There were no new transactions;
3.my equity ETFs were down (India, Hong Kong and China) in line with the local markets;
4. my position in silver was more or less unchanged. I slightly increased my position in silver;
5. all tenants are paying on time and all properties are let;
6. the AUD and NZD were down against the USD/HKD;
7. my position in bonds remains modest. There were no additional purchases this month. Recent interest rate increases have pushed the holding values of some of my bonds to below par - since I intend holding to maturity (other than a solitary perpetual) this is not a problem. I have a margin facility in place and my carry trade is doing its thing and generating a small amount of additional income;
8. expenses were moderate as I low as we did not take a holiday this Christmas.
My HK cash position rose during the month due to full occupancy on the properties and a number of dividends being received. I currently hold 39.90 months of expenses in HKD cash or equivalents (up from 26.68 months on 1 January).
Total household gearing ((debt+accruals)/assets) is 8.85% of total assets – with a partial pay down in a margin facility offsetting declines in asset values. Property prices are as at 1 January, 2018 and will not be marked-to-market until year end and I do not net off cash. With a mark-to-market of equities, bonds and FX this number will fluctuate even if the amount of debt is being slowly amortised.