Recent Sell – FIH, NVO


We are in correction territory with the ongoing fall in the equity markets. During the ongoing selloff, I decided that I needed to shed a couple of the names that I had been considering for a long time before things went even deeper in the red. This is part of the portfolio cleanup that I’ve been working on and this iteration includes two recent sales.

First sale: A company that has lagged and severely underperformed in my portfolio even though on the surface it looks promising and has good assets. I decided to exit my position in Fairfax India Holdings (FIH.U.TO). The stock has not performed at all over the past few years and continues to trade below book value.

Total loss = 24.6% (holding period = ~2.4 yrs)

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2 Recent Buys – SPGI, FSV


A quick update on two purchases in my portfolio.

  • First purchase: I added to my position in S&P Global Inc (SPGI) @ $294.00 last week. SPGI still remains a small position in my portfolio and I continue to buy every dip until I get to a full position. SPGI is one of the beneficiaries of the growing worldwide debt markets as each issued bond needs to get rated by SPGI (and other rating agencies). There are of course other segments of the business in addition to the Ratings segment growing well quarter after quarter. This is my second iteration of the purchase. See previous purchase here.
  • Second purchase: I added to my position in FirstService Corp (FSV.TO) @ $144.94. Another position that has remained relatively small and I continue to build up as I want to increase the relative size of this position in my portfolio. FSV is a real estate operating company with majority of its operations in the US. This is my third iteration of the purchase. See previous purchases here.

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

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

Recent Buy – GOOGL


A quick update on a recent purchases in Baby R2R’s portfolio from last week.

Frequent readers may be aware that in addition to the education fund, I run a Nest Egg fund for Baby R2R where I earmark a portion of my portfolio and track it as part of her Nest Egg.

In early 2019, I had bought BCE Inc (BCE.TO) and added that to Baby R2R’s portfolio, but I have decided to reverse that call as I don’t see much growth in that stock going forward. I want to hold stocks for her that have a better growth profile over the next 20 years and have a good reinvestment in the business rather than focused on dividend payouts. I have not sold the BCE shares, and continue to hold them in my portfolio.

With the above goal in mind, I have decided to add Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) to her portfolio. I was able to initiate a position @ $1,430.00.

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

Passive Income Update – Jan 2020

Welcome to our monthly passive income update for Jan 2020. 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 Jan 2020 was CAD$832.78, which comprised of US$76.74 and CAD$731.48 (exchange rate is US$1 = CAD$1.32).

The change for the month is 15.04% QoQ and 12.73% YoY. I am setting a $10K goal of passive income for 2020, so this achieves 8.3% of the goal.

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Outlook for February 2020

It’s earnings season and the investing world gets weirder by the day. In this bizzaro world largest companies in the world have their stock gap up 8% (Amazon) or gaps down 8% (Facebook) after earnings release. A move of this type was the domain of microcaps, not a $900B/$600B company. Regardless, the expensive market keeps getting more expensive and the pocket of opportunities keeps shrinking — atleast in the US market.

On the central bank front, the bond market is all but pricing in two rate cuts by the Fed. Liquidity still continues to flood the market which is evident as the money sloshes around in the system.

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