Last year I put my Roth contribution in a Fidelity sector fund concentrating on banking and investing (Fidelity Select Financial, FIDSX). It did pretty well and after it went up 20% I exchanged it for a high-yield bond fund in September (FAGIX). I wanted something more conservative than equities which had gone up a good bit, and it seemed like there was still a lot of turmoil ahead relating to the fiscal cliff. However, I think FIDSX ended up a little ahead of where I sold it.
For 2013, I realized that I could put the entire contribution in an existing Roth fund I already have, Vanguard’s Small Cap Value (VISVX), and that would get that balance up high enough to upgrade to Vanguard’s “Admiral shares” which have a lower expense ratio. It isn’t a huge difference, 0.24% for VISVX and 0.10% for the admiral shares (VSIAX), but why not? It’s half the cost.
To fund it, I figured I would sell some emerging market shares (VEMAX) I have that have gone up 20% since I bought them and then buy the rest of the $5,500 maximum allowable contribution with some short-term bond fund shares.
Not real exciting, but I do think small caps will continue to do well this upcoming year. Now that I’ve paid off my mortgage, I also went ahead and maxed out my deferred compensation contributions for 2013 and opened a 401k, which seems like double-dipping, but you are allowed to do both. I may have bit off too much by adding the 401k, but I can reduce it later.