Financial Review 2021: My Portfolio Changes, Best and Worst Performers, and Future Predictions
A financial blogger should have a financial review, right? Here’s my inaugural review where I break down what happened to my finances and investments for the year. I’ll also make some predictions for 2022.
Note: if for some reason you want to know way too much about my personal life, here’s my 2021 personal annual review.
Whenever someone makes a claim that a certain investment is good, I try to ask: compared to what?
This is why I start this financial review looking at all my assets as a percentage of my total net worth. This helps me make comparisons with more context, and sets up the framework for the rest of this review.
Here’s what I’ll cover:
- Asset allocation changes
- My best, worst and favorite investments of the year
- Investing lessons + how my psychology of money has changed
- Future predictions
Asset allocation: “Whoa, that’s a lot of crypto”
I started off the year with stocks leading the major % of my holdings. Thanks to the crypto bull run of 2021, crypto overtook stocks to become 61% of my total net worth. This was unexpected, but I plan to hodl and let my winners ride. I still believe in a long, fruitful, if not volatile future in crypto, and will continue to buy using the 50/50 Bitcoin Ethereum Strategy.
I specifically called out Stablecoins as its own category, because I view it as a relatively safe cash equivalent that could earn me 8–10% interest. More on stablecoins later in the review.
Note: these calculations exclude the net worth of my home, because it’s an illiquid asset that I plan to keep forever. My primary residence would’ve constituted 20% of my net worth, and including it would’ve decreased the values in the table by 5–10% each.
Where to invest my future dollars?