It is good to periodically take a look at your holdings and the various sectors that you are invested in. My single largest sector is financials. It currently makes up 11% of my total investment portfolio. I like to limit any individual sector to 10%, thus I am slightly over-allocated. I am currently invested in six banks. I will be very surprised if I can make the same statement on December 31, 2008. Then again, I have been surprised several times over the last 18 months. At time of this writing, I owned BAC, BBT, MTB, RY, STI and USB.
Bank stocks make up a significant piece of my financials. For most of the year I held these banking stocks:
Bank of America Corporation (BAC) -20.9%The percentages above represent my year-to-date return (through 6/4/2008) for the period I held the stock. Not a pretty picture, for the most part. USB has been the lone bright spot.
BB&T Corporation (BBT) -2.5%
M&T Bank Corporation (MTB) +3.7%
Royal Bank of Canada (RY) -0.9%
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI) -20.1%
U.S. Bancorp (USB) +7.9%
Wachovia Corporation (WB) -30.7% -Sold 4/15/2008
In my article "Time is My Friend", I noted that I have too many bank stocks at six (seven with WB in my IRA). It was my desire reduce my bank holdings down to three to four stocks. Later the same month in my "State of the Dividend Address", I identified STI and MTB as my two weakest banks and moved them to "On The Shelf". I opted to wait and let the weakest bank stocks identify themselves over time before selling.
Fast forward to about a month and WB cuts its dividend. As per my policy, I immediately sell the stock. One down. Recently, MTB chose to leave its dividend flat at $0.70 and placed one foot in the grave. In an earlier stock analysis of BAC, I speculated it too would hold its dividend flat in September. As for the others:
I am currently invested in six banks. I will be very surprised if I can make the same statement on December 31, 2008. Then again, I have been surprised several times over the last 18 months.
At time of this writing, I owned BAC, BBT, MTB, RY, STI and USB.