2 Recent Buys – SLW, VWOB

A quick update on a couple of recent purchases in my portfolio. Things have been busy, so this post is a couple of weeks late…but better late than never.

Silver Wheaton Corp (SLW.TO) – added 50 shares @ C$28.50…which it turns out I was too early to pull the trigger. I still see tremendous value and will continue nibbling although I am getting close to a full position on this stock. Not much has changed…the business is sound and the fundamentals are fantastic. In addition, the company announced a great quarter earlier this month followed by a dividend increase of 20% (forward yield is just a shade under 1%). You can read about my original SLW purchase here.

Vanguard Emerging Markets Govt Bond ETF (VWOB) – Ive been interested in emerging market bonds for a while (see this post from May 2015) and finally decided to initiate a position. The fund gives me an exposure to emerging market sovereign bond market and pays approx 4.4% in fixed income going forward. This is only a very tiny position of a few hundred dollars for now as I dip my toes and think more about this position before committing more capital.

Disclosure: Full list of holdings can be found here.

 

American Water Works Dividend Stock Analysis 2016

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American Water Works Company (AWK) is the largest publicly traded water company serving approximately 15 million people in U.S. and Canada. It operates approximately 81 surface water treatment plants with approximately 500 groundwater treatment plants and 1,000 groundwater wells; 100 wastewater treatment facilities, 1,200 treated water storage facilities, 1,400 pumping stations, 81 dams, and 49,000 miles of mains and collection pipes.

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American Water Works appears to have turned the company around and cleaned up its books since facing a lot of challenges a few years ago. Earnings and free cash flow have turned positive and dividends have continued to grow over the years. The company provides a great opportunity for investors looking to water exposure, although it appears to be a bit overvalued currently.

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Why Gold?

Gold — It is the oldest form of currency, universally accepted by the human species across the world in different cultures and different eras of civilization. This shiny metal has always been attractive by one and all for a variety of reasons. But we are in interesting times….and while we get more educated and complicate our monetary system, the more people tend to forget what gold even is. Is it a currency? A commodity? Or as some claim, is it a pet rock (Hint: No)? In this article, I visit and present a few reason to own gold.

Money vs Currency

Over the past few months, I have been spending a lot of time reading and learning about gold and its place in human history and our current monetary system. Our present state has become overly complicated where central bankers control every little aspect of our lives through the currency. The fiat currency is only a piece of paper, a promise from the government that the value you hold in your hand is worth something. We can argue all day long about which paper is stronger than other forms of paper from around the world, but the point is just that — its a piece of paper that is worth something today but may not be worth the same tomorrow. In fact, that is the hope — that it is worth less tomorrow.

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Aswath Damodaran Podcast Interview

I was listening to this podcast yesterday and thought that it was a great resource that investors need to hear and keep in mind. It fits in nicely with a lot of the discussion I’ve been having with others in the investing community regarding valuation. It addresses a lot of points that I was trying to make in this post on Market Timing. Have a listen and feel free to share your thoughts/comments below.

Short Bio: Aswath Damodaran is Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. Professor Damodaran received a B.A. in Accounting from Madras University and a M.S. in Management from the Indian Institute of Management. He earned an M.B.A. (1981) and then Ph.D. (1985), both in Finance, from the University of California, Los Angeles. His student accolades are no less impressive: he has been voted “Professor of the Year” by the graduating M.B.A. class five times during his career at NYU. In addition to myriad publications in academic journals, Professor Damodaran is the author of several highly-regarded and widely-used academic texts on Valuation, Corporate Finance, and Investment Management. Professor Damodaran currently teaches Corporate Finance and Equity Instruments & Markets. His research interests include Information and Prices, Real Estate, and Valuation.

Podcast length: 1hr 22m

Masters in Business: Aswath Damodaran Interview

 

Passive Income Update – Oct 2016

Welcome to our monthly passive income update for October 2016. This is part of the scorecard series where we track our dividends and other sources of passive income. We also include changes and updates related to our investments during the month – showing the overall progress.

Passive Income  Update

Passive income for the month of Oct 2016 was C$596.94. The passive income for the month comprised of US$276.09 and C$226.98 (exchange rate is US$1 = C$1.34).

Passive income change is -21.38% QoQ and -10.40% YoY for the month. The passive income YTD is $7,135.27, which achieves 79.27% of our annual goal of earning $9K.

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