2 Recent Buys

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A quick update on two purchases in my portfolio. Without further ado, here are the details.

  • First purchase: I added to my position in Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) @ $1,175.00. Alphabet is a recently new position in my portfolio that I initiated in August and slowly adding to build to a full position.
  • Second purchase: I added 100 shares in Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) @ $20.00. KMI is my only pure pipeline play, which has turned things around pretty well over the past couple of years, although it is still pretty leveraged. Not a lot of 5% yielders as the yields continue to fall, so adding this at a 5% yield will increase forward dividend income by $100. It is also expected that dividends will be raised by 25% next spring, so thats a pretty good growth rate.

What are your thoughts on these purchases. Share a comment below.

Full Disclosure: Long GOOGL, KMI. Our full list of holdings is available here.

Baby R2R’s Portfolio Update – Q3 2019

This post is part of the series where I 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 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.

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Quarterly Update – Q3 2019

Welcome to the quarterly update for Q3 2019. 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

Q3 2019 saw a lot of activity in our portfolio.   We added to the following positions.

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2 Recent Buys – BAM, SPGI

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A quick update on two purchases in my portfolio. As with the last iteration, this one also includes a new position in the portfolio.

  • First purchase: I added 75 shares of Brookfield Asset Management (BAM.A.TO) @ CAD$70.24. I have been adding to my BAM position regularly over the past few months and getting close to a full position. The stock yields 1.2% and adds US$48 in annual dividends.
  • Second purchase: I initiated a new position in S&P Global Inc (SPGI) @ $245.00. SPGI barely needs any introduction as one of the most recognizable names in finance, esp the debt market as every company that needs to raise funds needs to go through a debt rating process. While companies can issue bonds without a rating (which is inefficient and punitive by the markets), companies simply pay the ratings agency SPGI/MCO/Fitch to have their bonds rated. SPGI has a deep and wide moat and operates in four division (ratings, market intelligence, Platts, and Indices). Overall, SPGI has a terrific business model, thoughtful capital allocation, great management, and a dividend champion (dividend grower for 46 consecutive years). The valuation is a bit on the expensive side, so I have started off with a small starter position and will look for pullbacks to add and build to a full position. Here’s a link to the Investor Factsheet for further reading.

What are your thoughts on these purchases. Share a comment below.

Full Disclosure: Long BAM.A.TO, SPGI. Our full list of holdings is available here.

2019 Top Investment Picks – Q3 Update

At the beginning of the year, I put together a list of Top Investment Picks for 2019 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 Q3.

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