- Cooling measures in China
- Property-cooling measures in Singapore
- Turmoil in the Middle East
- Inflation fears (worsening into stagflation)
- Natural disasters - Australia floods, New Zealand earthquake and Japan earthquake/tsunami/radioactive contamination/volcanic eruption
- Downgrading of Spain and Portugal
Even though my dividends portfolio contain resilient blue-chips like SPH, Starhub, SingTel and Singpost, I am still rather concerned because the nuclear plant crisis can worsen very quickly. Japan is the world's 3rd largest economy. Many global corporations have business dealings with Japan in one way of another. If this turns out to be another Chernobyl, Japan's economy will be severely affected and so will Asia.
Stocking up on Blue-chips:
My dividends portfolio is still in the black after all the recent dreadful events. This proves that my overall portfolio is resilient enough to withstand reasonable amounts of continuous shocks. At first, I wanted to be passive and stay on the sidelines. However, I remember Warren Buffett's famous words "When others are fearful, you should be greedy. When others are greedy, you should be fearful". One of my fellow CNA forum members named ThreeCents has an investment rule, "For a wonderful company, be delighted when its stock price falls, be regretful when its stock price rises."
A few blue-chips are approaching attractive prices. Therefore, I decided to ignore my initial fears and do a major clean-up of my portfolio. I cut loss for K-Green Trust, CitySpring, FSL. I then took profit for EpiCentre and PLife REIT. Next, I re-directed the fresh funds into more lots of SingTel and F & N. I will also accumulate more SPH shares if the price approaches $3.70
This major clean-up will further fortify my dividends portfolio against future shocks. You might want to do a consolidation of your portfolio too.
Finally, I pray that all my Japanese readers are safe and sound. Japan will emerge from this crisis stronger, just like my portfolio. ^^