In the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve (although I don’t have time for trick or treaters), I’ve enjoyed carving pumpkins, having pumpkin in my casserole and munching on pumpkin seeds but was it a horror show for me, investment-wise?
During the recent stock market upheavals, I made a point of not checking my investment numbers (apart from my Dogs of the FTSE portfolio). I didn’t see the point of scaring/torturing myself.
So I was able to ignore all the hysterical news and remain blissfully ignorant…until now!
Firstly, how did I get on with my savings?
I saved 41.2%, which sees my average savings rate going down a little to 44.4%.
It’s all downhill from now until the new year as the spendy months are here, plus I need to pay off my holiday flight.
The above savings includes top ups from £430 matched betting profits (from last month), £78.20 from TopCashback*, £20 lotto winnings and £80.40 affiliate income from OddsMonkey (thank you to all who signed up via my links!).
Shares and Investment Trusts
No new investments, I just topped up existing ones.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
Well, I can confirm that the value of my Future Fund was affected negatively by the volatile markets.
It might be easier to show to what extent with a graph:
No need to panic – it’s just sort of back to where it was in June, so no disaster.
I was preparing myself for the worst and as with the recent budget, in the end, not a lot happened.
It would be good to get back over the £150k mark by the end of the year, so let’s hope things pick up over the next month or so. My balance now stands at £145,068 and I will continue to invest as normal.
Dividends and Other Income
The markets tanked yet my dividends continued to roll in regardless: Continue reading