I thought it would be some fun to look back at some of the Vietnam stock market exposures I have mentioned on the blog that I disclosed I owned personally, and see how they have fared. I do this with a little trepidation, as I know it has been a tough stock market environment over the last year but here goes..
Let’s get to the results quickly. I simply created some buy trades in the Sharesight Portfolio Tracker tool on the dates I mentioned the stock holdings in my blog, at levels they closed at back then. As I wanted to monitor this in the future, I have decided to make them equal weights with the exception of the Vina Capital Vietnam Opportunity Fund (VOF:LSE). I thought it would be a fun experiment to see how this mini concentrated portfolio went longer term in the future. To be a bit more realistic of how an investor might weight things, I have made VOF:LSE a 50% weight. After all it is highly diversified and more directly exposed to Vietnam. Whereas the other 5 holdings mentioned will likely be much more volatile being individual companies.
Don’t worry the 50% weight is hardly cherry picking, as VOF:LSE is showing a negative return and has not performed too much different to the benchmark I have chosen. It also hasn’t done much differently from the cumulative performance of the other 5 holdings.
Below is if an investor in the US for example, placed $50k in VOF:LSE, and $10k trades in the individual holdings.
Apologies if the display above is a bit unclear to read, but essentially we have a mixed bag of results that is down about 5%.
The strength in the USD has been mostly the reason for the negative return. This is because I have set this up from the perspective of an investor deploying USD cash in different currency investments above.
The portfolio experiment above is slightly worse at this point in time than the MSCI World Index ETF.
I thought keeping an eye on this would be a good process for me to do better at not losing sight of how some of these holdings are going. It will prompt be to do better keeping up with their reporting etc.
To make it more interesting I might introduce a new Vietnam flavoured holding for $10k every 6-12 months or so. That way it can be a bit like from an investor’s perspective that is in accumulation mode and sometimes putting some new savings into the market. It also might be a good process for me to encourage me to be on the lookout for more new investment possibilities with exposure to Vietnam.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is not financial advice of any kind and whilst I am sure no one would, just in case I would urge anyone not to blindly follow a blogger’s stock selections! I also stress that Vietnam related exposures only make up a very small part of my portfolio. I would never make my total portfolio look like the above. This is a Vietnam related stock market blog which is why I thought tracking this would be interesting!
If you were wondering when I made comments on the above holdings in the blog I have placed the links below.
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I also want to be clear that it does not yet support Vietnam listed stocks. However there is an option to track such holdings manually. For example that may be worthwhile if you hold a handful or less, amongst a bigger portfolio of dozens of other global holdings.
The audience of this blog tends to be global investors from developed countries so I thought Sharesight might suit them. i.e. those unlikely to hold exclusively Vietnam listed individual stocks.
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If you are not interested at all well out of courtesy I shall say now that kind of concludes the blog post in terms of discussing Vietnam related investments. If you are interested feel free to continue reading below as I mention why I like using Sharesight and other facts about how it works.
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