It has been 2 months now since I first updated my portfolio of investments last November 2008. I’ve been recently updating myself with regards to the Stimulus Plan being implemented by the US Government to combat the effects of one of the worst financial crisis of all time and to bring the whole economy back to its “normal” operations.
The Government plans to “pump prime” the economy to boost consumer confidence so that businesses will benefit from it. The plan includes tax rebates to households, tax incentives of businesses, and direct intervention of the FED in the stock market to buy stocks of financial companies that were hardly hit by the financial crisis.
Analysts were saying that the economy will “probably” start to pick up during the 4th Quarter of this year most especially during the months of November and December. As of now, I sometimes check my stock trading account from time to time and I was shocked to see that on average, the market turnover value of the stocks for a particular trading day was so small that sometimes, it didn’t even reach Php 2 Million. Wow! That’s really a bear market!
Anyway, all my portfolio investments were, in no doubt, still down as of today. I was happy that some stocks are slowly picking up as of now and the most notable of these are the following:
Ayala Corp. (AC) – up by 21.66%. This is probably mainly because of the announced cash dividend of Php 2.00 per share with exdate January 6 and Payment Date of February 3. I will receive my second cash dividend this coming February 3. That is passive income!
Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) – up by 22.8%. This is probably mainly because of the cash dividend announced which I already received. It is a small amount though since a 10% tax was already deducted but hey, it is another passive income!
Others stocks that considerably went up include:
SM Investments (SM) – up by 20.9%; Megaworld Corp, (MEG) – up by 18.8%
Geograces Holdings (GEO) – up by 17.5%; Alliance Global Inc. (AGI) – up by 10.8%.
However, there is one stock that considerably went down and that is Philex Mining Corp. (PX) that shed 14.7% of its value.
Overall, my direct stock investments increased by 15.07% due to value of the stocks that climbed up which was mentioned above.
With regards to my UITFs and Mutual Funds Investments, they are all at a loss to wit:
BPI Equity Fund losing 33%% of its original principal value;
Metro Equity Fund losing 41.56% of its original principal value; and
Sun Life Equity Fund losing 5.02% of its original principal value