I Am a Balanced Investor

by Kristina on September 21, 2010 · 5 comments

libra stampAs you may know from a previous post, I recently changed financial institutions. I had no problem with my previous financial institution but I decided to change everything over to a new institution, including one of my retirement accounts.

To determine if I made a good financial decision I am going to track this retirement account with the new Mutual Funds from my new financial institution.   This retirement account is from a pension plan with my previous employer.  Since I started contributing to this pension plan in 2005 I have made two major changes.  The first change was when I terminated my employment and I transferred the pension plan to my financial institution. The second change is current as I transfer the retirement savings plan from my first institution to the second institution where it is currently held.

I am a Balanced Investor. This means that I prefer to hold a 60/40 asset allocation of investments between growth and fixed income.  I don’t want to take too much risk, but I also do not want too much security.  Because of my age, I should be taking more risk.  However I am a Libra (October 9th), and this balanced investor profile just supports my Libra zodiac sign quality of never being able to make a solid decision.

Since I am 29 years old, and I have at least another 26 years until I retire, I do want some growth (not too much) in my portfolio.  Therefore, I have invested my entire portfolio in Mutual Funds.  I currently have 62.05% of my portfolio invested in Equity Mutual Funds, and 37.95% invested in Income Mutual Funds.  This is a normal 60/40 split between Equity and Income for a Balanced Investor.

Although my portfolio always holds a 60/40 split between fixed income and growth, the majority asset allocation does vary.  From 2005 until late 2007 I had a majority of growth in my portfolio.  However, in early 2008 I switched the majority to secure fixed income investments such as government bonds and large corporate bonds.  Now in the fall of 2010 I am back to a growth majority in my portfolio.  We will continue to watch my retirement savings account with quarterly updates to see how it performs with my new financial institution.

The book value of investment accounts is based on the total dollar amount invested, plus any reinvested distributions such as interest, dividends, and capital gains.  Unfortunately, I do not have the original book value of this account from when the pension plan was held with my previous employer from January 2005-June 2009.  This information is as of July 2009 when I transferred the account from my previous employer to my previous financial institution.

This is the value of my Retirement Savings Plan as of July 1, 2010 with my previous Financial Institution

Investment #of Units Price/Unit Market Value Book Value
TD CDN Equity 186.855 $23.62 $4413.52 $4389.23
TD CDN Index 233.77 $17.27 $4037.33 $4078.91
TD Mortgage 41.07 $61.29 $2517.24 $2552.16
TD Real Return Bond 168.00 $15.77 $2649.42 $2539.79

Total Market Value: $13,617.51
Total Book Value: $13,560.09

(Photo By ZeeWeez)

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1 ZFarls September 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

Nice, clearly conservative but if thats what type of investor you are that is cool. I really don’t like you blaming it on being a Libra and it sounds insanely stupid, but whatever works for you. Fortune favors the bold, not the indecisive because they were born in a certain year according to astrology. Check you horoscope to see if you should add some money in today.(sounds wierd?)

2 Kristina September 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

My horoscope told me that I am going to get married today. I think we all know from reading this blog that getting married (for my boyfriend Nick and I) is definitely not in the cards right now. I am the type of investor who wants growth but not too much risk, even though I’m investing over the long term.

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