Chatter Around the World – 84

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

Greece Debt

Greece’s Debt Due

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Recent Buy – TD Bank

TD Bank

February is turning out to be a month where I am putting a lot of cash to work. I hate seeing cash sitting there in the investment accounts doing nothing rather than being invested and working for me. A cornerstone of growing wealth and passive income over the years via dividend growth investing is to make my cash work for me, let it stay invested, compounding over time and avoid frequent trading in and out of positions. In staying true to tradition, I have continued putting the cash the work by investing in the 25th company of the portfolio.

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United Parcel Service Dividend Stock Analysis

UPS United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) is a globally recognized name that has become the go-to company for package and mail delivery. The company is the largest package delivery company in the world with operations in over 220 countries and a massive fleet of trucks, vans, bikes, planes at its disposal. The company sees almost every high profile investment firms/hedge funds as investors ranging from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Carl Icahn, Dan Loeb’s Third Point, Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment, etc. The company is a dividend grower with a record of 6 years of consecutive raises, with its last raise at 9% and currently appears to be undervalued.

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Top 5 Canadian Foundation Stocks

Canada This post follows an inspiration I got from reading Dividend Diplomats’ post on Top 5 Foundation Dividend Stocks for a Portfolio. In their post, the Diplomats recommend five stocks that beginner investors can use as foundations of a long term portfolio. The post discusses various stages in the process to whittle down the selection and eventually settles on five companies – McDonalds (MCD), Procter & Gamble (PG), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Consolidated Edison (ED), and AT&T (T). These are all fantastic choices and I own shares in two of those companies (JNJ and T), and agree that these companies provide any beginner with a great foundation for dividend investing. In this article, I want to focus on Top 5 Canadian Foundation Stocks.

Why?“, you may ask. If a beginner wants to invest in great companies, whats wrong with the stocks discussed above. Well, short answer is – nothing really. However, an investor may have plenty of reasons for picking Canadian stocks. For starters, a Canadian investor may be looking to build a portfolio in his/her Tax Free Savings Account or non-registered account, which provides better tax incentives for Canadian companies; or simply looking for familiarity of the companies (people like to invest in companies that they are familiar with, as they potentially understand how the business works, and feel more comfortable investing in them). An international investor could simply be looking for blue chip names in the Canadian market to gain some exposure. For this reason, I have put together my picks for the top Canadian stocks with dividends. Note that these are simply my picks, and each investor may lean one way or another and go with different companies. Please perform your own analysis and consult with your financial advisor before investing in any of the stocks mentioned here.

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Chatter Around the World – 83

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

Health Risk

Leading causes of death, infographic from NHS UK

 

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