Thoughts on Future Stock Investments
Last week I shared my taxable stock investments and my retirement investments. I haven't paid much attention to them this year except recognizing after a dismal performance last year that I needed to increase my exposure to small-cap and international investments.
I have been concentrating my 401(k) contributions into international investments to help align my asset allocation to where I think it should be. Given where I am at - I think a investment portfolio of roughly 40-50% large-cap, 25-30% international, 25-30% small/mid-cap is where I would like my entire stock portfolio to be.
I recently sold some IBM stock and believe once my temporary assignment is over I will start having a little extra cash each month that I would like to add to my stock investment portfolio. I need to start thinking about how I would like to invest this money in my taxable accounts.
I have been studying a couple of businesses - PrePaid Legal, USG, Ebay, Johnson & Johnson, Lowes and thinking about gaining more exposure to the emerging markets through an index fund or ETF. I know I need to continue to focus on my investments and strengthening my long-term performance is a priority. I need to become a better investor. I am not sure how I am going to proceed yet, but I hope to sharpen my pencil and get to work in the next couple of months.
I'm hoping the stock market will tank between now and then to make this easier for me :-).
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