It has come to my attention that several people are concerned about my posting the ongoing performance of this portfolio. They seem to be concerned that I don't list the amount of money going into the TSP every month. I only show the money going into the brokerage accounts.
When I started publishing this portfolio online, it wasn't my intent to influence others to invest the way I do. Originally, this portfolio was published for a way to keep my son updated as to what was going on in his portfolio and as a teaching tool, to show him how and why I bought and sold positions.
My son is in the military and has traveled all over the world. Having a blog was the easiest way to communicate. We understood that others would be able to eavesdrop, and we had no problem with that.
Since the portfolio was published for my son's benefit, I never thought to ask what his monthly TSP contributions were. They show up on his pay stub, so I assumed he already knew that. Now that others are following along, they want to compare the results with other strategies and to do that they need more information.
The blog wasn't set up for that purpose, but I have nothing to hide. That's why I announce all moves in advance, something other public portfolio's don't do. And more importantly, I don't hide my mistakes. At the end of every month's update is a list of companies that used to be in this portfolio. People can see for themselves whether I made the right decisions in selling or not.
I don't breathe a sigh of relief when I'm able to remove a position from the portfolio and it goes unseen forever, saving me from embarrassment. I don't get to simply brag about my successes, the failures are there for all to see as well, and that's where the true lessons come from. It's only through our failures, and our efforts to avoid making them again that we learn to become better investors.
So, the mistakes stay and the TSP monthly contributions will be shown in future monthly updates under the TSP section of the update.
The bi-weekly contribution is $63.93. That's in addition to his $500 per month contribution to his brokerage account.