TSX Sinking Like a Stone & Rebalancing Your Index Funds

In case you missed it last week, the TSX index dropped like a stone to finish at 12,478 on Friday , down considerablely from the 13,000 when I last wrote on the index.

The good news out of this for any index investor is if you timed your rebalancing over the holidays, you might have cut you losses. I managed to luck out and cash out 10% of my TSX holdings prior to last week and move it to another fund. So I manged to cushion my personal lost to a mere 0.4% of my RRSP’s total value. If you weren’t so lucky it might be a good time to use any extra cash in your account to buy in, since these sell off’s tend to be a bit of an over kill (Does any remember the panic at the beginning of Nov 2006?).

There has been some debate lately on how to time your rebalancing. There is evidence to suggest that you should wait until a given class of assest is out by 5% or more rather than just doing it once a year. I personally can’t be bothered. I like my index investing because I can literally do it in my sleep. I only do one complete rebalance at the start of the year and otherwise just use my monthly cash installments to top any fund that is lower than the rest.

So that’s my method of rebalancing. If you have a great easy way to handle it better, I would love to hear about it, so please leave a comment.

2 thoughts on “TSX Sinking Like a Stone & Rebalancing Your Index Funds”

  1. I think your method is great actually. It’s easy to remember when to do it, does not take time at all, and I think the beginning of the year is a good time to do that.

    So far, I’ve tried to rebalance only with new RRSP contributions to avoid paying selling fees if an asset class has become too big…

  2. CMBR,

    Thanks. I agree you should try to avoid paying fees if possible and rebalance with tops up funds. In my case, the TSX part of my portfolio was almost 5% higher than it should have been so I had to sell some it to bring everything back in line.


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