Quarterly Update – Q1 2017

Welcome to the quarterly update for Q1 2017. This is part of  a series where I track our financial progress on a quarterly basis. I present three parts in this series: (i) Investment & Portfolio Update, (ii) Passive Income Update, and (iii) Goals Update.

1. Investment & Portfolio Update

Q1 2017 saw a decent amount of activity in our portfolio.
We initiated/added to the following positions.

We continued adding to the following funds

  • BMO S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF (ZCN.TO)
  • Vanguard All-World Ex-Canada Index ETF (VXC.TO)
  • BMO Aggregate Bond Index ETF (ZAG.TO)
  • BMO Emerging Bond Index ETF (ZEF.TO)
  • Vanguard Emerging Market Bond ETF (VWOB)
  • US Equity Index (Seg) Fund
  • Intl Equity Index (Seg) Fund
  • Scotia Monthly Income (Mutual) Fund

Reduced/Closed positions: We reduced exposure in the following funds in Q1

In addition, I traded in and out of New Gold. Purchase post & sale post detailed here.

Q1 saw 10 (+1 initiation) dividend increase announcements in our portfolios. The companies from our portfolios increasing their dividends and details of portfolio changes are summarized below.

Passive Income Update – Mar 2017

Welcome to our monthly passive income update for March 2017. 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 March 2017 was C$675.55. The passive income for the month comprised of US$269.97 and C$313.79 (exchange rate is US$1 = C$1.34).

Passive income change is -52.74% QoQ (big payout in annual dividends in Dec 2016) and -21.66% YoY for the month. The passive income YTD is $2,067.19 and achieves 20.67% of our annual goal of earning $10K.

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Top Dividend Raises & Cuts for March 2017

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. Companies which not only pay dividends, but raise them year after year have been shown to perform better overall for investor returns. On the flip side, it is also important to keep an eye on the dividend cuts, which could signal troubling times ahead for a company. This post captures the announcements of changes in dividend amount for the week – both increases and cuts.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

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2017 Top Investment Picks – Q1 Update

At the beginning of the year, I put together a list of top picks from the investment community and track them on this website. This is just meant to be a fun exercise to see how the picks do. As part of the process, I intend do provide quarterly updates on the picks to see how they are doing. This is the update after Q1.

Note that you can track the progress anytime by going to the Stock Picks page.

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Outlook for April 2017

Q1 wrapped up with more disconnect between the fundamentals and the performance of equity markets. There are plenty of very questionable areas of the economy which are being widely discounted as investors are herded towards the edge of the cliff. The mantra has been to remind everyone that There Is No Alternative (TINA), and US stock market is the only place to invest if you want to make any money. That playbook has been going on for a while, as the focus shifts from monetary policy to fiscal policy. The Trump administration has failed to deliver on any of the promises so far, and it will be interesting to note when the investors’ patience will run out.  
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