2020 Top Investment Picks – Q2 Update

At the beginning of the year, I put together a list of Top Investment Picks for 2020 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 Q2.

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3 Recent Buys – BAM, FB, MSFT


A quick update on a couple of recent buys in the portfolio.

  • First purchase: I added to my position in Brookfield Asset Management (BAM.A.TO) @ CAD$44.00 with the recent weakness in stock price. There are still a lot of overhanging questions on the impact of BPY (Brookfield Real Estate subsidiary) on the parent company and how the commercial real estate market will play out, but I decided to incrementally add to my position here.
  • Second purchase: I added to my position in Facebook Inc (FB) @ $209.70. The recent backlash against FB from companies to pull ads was a good buying opportunity imo. Some of these companies have stated that this is a pause for just one month, while others have left it open-ended. Regardless, the revenue source is diversified with third party analytics showing that FB’s top 10 advertisers make only 1.5% of total revenue.
  • Third purchase: I continued building on my new position of Microsoft Corp (MSFT) @ $193.50. Recently I decided to go up the risk curve a bit and sold off most of my bond allocation & decided moving those funds to one of the two AAA rated companies with a long road of growth ahead. I am close to a full position now, but may add more in the future as my overall portfolio grows and sizing automatically changes.

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

Recent Sell – KMI, Bonds


A couple of sales in my portfolio recently as I try to align my portfolio closer to what I think is better for long term growth.

I sold and closed my positions in:

  • Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI). Loss = 26%
    • I’ve held KMI for a long time and held through the rough patch the company went through a few years ago. However, my capital is not only stagnant, but losing value by staying invested in this dog of a company/industry. So, decided to cut my losses & exit.
  • Bond portfolio: Sold off most of my bond holdings after some good gains, thanks to continued depression of interest rates.
    • Vanguard Total Bond Market Index ETF (BND). Gain = 8.3%
    • Vanguard Emerging Markets Bond Fund (VWOB). Gain = 23.5%
    • BMO Emerging Market Bond CAD Hedged ETF (ZEF.TO). Gain = 16%

Full Disclosure: Our full list of holdings is available here.

2 Recent Buys – MSFT, V


A quick update on a couple of recent buys in my portfolio.

  • First purchase: I initiated a new position in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) @ $187.00. This has been long overdue. After missing this gem hiding in plain sight, I decided to pay up and initiate a position in MSFT. The company has executed brilliantly over the years and continues growing market share quarter after quarter.
  • Second purchase: I added to my position in Visa Inc (V) @ $190.00. I am slowly building this position as we move further towards a cashless society. This company continues to execute and plenty of growth runway ahead.

Full Disclosure: Long MSFT, V. Our full list of holdings is available here.

3 Recent Buys – FNV, BIPC, ADYYF


A quick update on a couple of recent buys in my portfolio.

  • First purchase: Last week, I added to my position in Franco Nevada Corp (FNV.TO) @ $181.00. The recent pullback provides what I believe is a decent place to add in a marketplace where everything else seems overpriced & overextended.
  • Second purchase: This was a swap of my shares in Brookfield Infrastructure Partners. After the recent split between the LP units (BIP/BIP.UN.to) and C-corp (BIPC/BIPC.to), it seems like there is much higher investor appetite for the C-corp shares — likely due to simpler tax filing system for the US investors & fund flows. I decided to sell my BIP.UN.TO shares and buy the BIPC.TO shares instead.
  • Third purchase: I added to my position in Adyen NV (ADDYF) @ $1,190.00. Continuing to build on this position that I recently initiated a couple of weeks ago. See original post on my reasoning for going long Adyen here.

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

Full Disclosure: Long FNV.TO, BIPC.TO. Our full list of holdings is available here.