Rebalancing my portfolio by selling a few small positions

Today I sold:

10 shares Macquarie Group LTD @ AUD 111,60
45 shares Ryanair @ €15,49
3 shares Stamps.com @ $248,05
3 shares Berkshire Hathaway @ $200,14

Basically these are 4 small positions in my portfolio. Nowadays I consider positions below €1.000 small. These small positions are a leftover from the year I started with investing in stocks on a monthly level. At this time I had the tendency to buy 2 or 3 different stocks a month to be able to diversify my portfolio.

The 4 stocks listed above are not in the first third of my watching list. So I don’t expect to increase the size of the positions in this year. Also I have problems keeping informed about Macquarie Group, because Australia is far away and I rarely have articles or reports to read about Macquarie Group.

Although I’m pleased with the peformance and dividend of Macquarie Group I still decided to sell this position, because I consider it important to have articles and analysis availble so I have other sources than the presenations published by this bank itself.

As a result of my experience with Macquarie Group I added a rule to my personal investing guidelines to also ask myself the question if enough publications from others sources than the company website are available so I keep myself challenged in making an assessment if I can find enough articles about a share I’m considering buying.

As a result of closing these small positions I will be making another stock purchase later this month.