Recent Buy – IPL


A quick update on another purchase to wrap up January 2018. This time, its a purchase adding to my dividend growth portfolio after a long time. Its been hard to find value in this market, except in the basic materials sector. However, as I mentioned in the Outlook for 2018 post, I am looking to pull some money off the table as I have overextended in this sector of the economy — with my investment portfolio sitting close to 50% in that one sector. I am still bullish on the sector, but looking to deploy funds elsewhere in the economy, and I have been looking at related commodity plays.

For this purchase, I have looked at the energy sector and decided that I could use with some more exposure and increase my annual dividends from an existing company in my portfolio. Continue reading

Recent Buy – CRZ


My first purchase of 2018. It didn’t take me too long for the first purchase, even though I was hoping to wait until things cool down a bit. However, when dealing with a high momentum sector, its better to “go with the flow” instead of sitting on the sidelines and regret missed opportunities.

I decided to put more money into the marijuana sector (again) with a new position in my portfolio. I bought 300 shares in CannaRoyalty Corp (CRZ.C) @ CAD$4.60.

Continue reading

Recent Sell – Seg Funds


This is part of my annual sale in my employer-offered retirement matching plan. As part of the employment compensation package, I am encouraged to contribute to a group retirement plan, to which my employer matches 50% of the funds. The catch was that I had to choose from a pool of segregated funds offered by an insurance company. These funds come with high management fees but in order to not leave money on the table, I decided to make regular contributions. I originally documented it in this post.

Once a year, I am given a freebie to withdraw funds and move them to my other self-directed retirement accounts. My last such move was exactly a year ago in Jan 2017. I sold my positions in the following two funds. Going forward I will be repeating this move each January, so that my overall expenses fees remain low.

  • US Equity Index Seg Fund
  • International Equity Seg Fund

I will continue taking advantage of this benefit from my work and regular contributions into these funds will continue as usual on a monthly basis.

Full disclosure: Our full list of holdings are available here.

Recent Sell – CNR


Here’s a quick update on a sale in my portfolio. Sales are always hard, especially when times are good and investors are riding the coattails of one of the best performing bull markets in modern times. When things are rosy, we tend to feel that the good times will continue forever. How many times have we heard from various commentators in the media that this market will never go down, or we will never see a financial crisis in our lifetimes. It is this kind of hubris that sends me running for the hills.

Regardless, its the insane valuations for some of the stocks that I regard as a selling point. What lies ahead…can the company keep its revenues and earnings rising year after year? This particular sale has been a hard one as I consider it an extremely strong company and want to continue holding for a long time. But you know what they say about falling in love with your investments…

Continue reading

Baby R2R’s Portfolio Update – Q4 2017

This is the second update in a new series where I intend to share the progress of Baby R2R’s investment portfolio. I started documenting this in Q3 2017 and intend to provide quarterly updates.

Baby R2R was born in Spring 2016 and a few months later, I setup her education fund to which I contribute on a regular basis. We live in Canada, so we take advantage of the RESP program (Registered Education Savings Plan), an account type where we can save and invest for our child’s benefit for secondary education. In addition to tax advantages, we also receive an education grant, which matches upto 20% of the saved amount (upto a max of $500 per year). How can anyone say no to free money? 🙂

In addition to the education fund, we also decided to start a Nest Egg fund, where we save and invest for Baby R2R and let compounding do its job over the course next couple of decades. The two accounts take different approaches to investing strategy.

Continue reading