Recent Buy – Toronto-Dominion Bank

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Stop the presses! I made a purchase of a large cap dividend growth stock 🙂

jk…As most readers may be aware, I have been deploying a lot of my capital into precious metal equities (and the regular index fund purchases) lately. Heck, I’ve only had two or three transactions in the past six months where I have bought a dividend growth stock for my portfolio. This is because I see more value and opportunity in the precious metal sector and that has consumed my focus lately. However, about 1/3 of my portfolio is still invested in dividend growth stocks that brings in a sizable amount of passive income each month. This transaction is another move on that front as I saw a good opportunity to add to an existing holding.

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Recent Buy – B2Gold Corp

Another transaction in my portfolio last week. Gold prices have been taking a hit lately and I see a good buying opportunity, even though I am sitting at full positions in most of my gold equities. However, the valuation looked attractive enough for me to add more and possibly trade around my core position.

Last week I added to my B2Gold Corp (BTG)(BTO.TO) position. In this particular case, I decided to buy the US-listed stock — ticker: BTG; but to keep things simple, I will treat it as the BTO.TO in my portfolio page, as it is the same company. I bought 500 shares of B2Gold (BTG) @ US$2.93.

B2Gold is one of the larger junior mining companies. The Fekola project is arguably one of best gold mines going into production this year — and is slotted to produce upto 50,000 oz of gold to begin with before ramping up next year. For the most part, I think investors are under appreciating the size of this project and the potential of B2Gold. The management is fantastic and has a proven track record of building and producing gold mines in the past. This is the same team the built and sold Bema Gold (that’s where the ‘2’ in B2Gold comes from) to Kinross Gold in 2007 for $3B.

This is my 4th purchase of B2Gold shares (see purchases #1, #2, and #3). I now hold a sizeable position in B2Gold, making it one of my largest holding in the portfolio. Once the share prices recover after this slump in metal prices, I might swing trade a bit or write covered calls to take some profits. But I will not be forcing any moves just for the sake of it. For the long haul, I am happy holding the shares as we are still early in the gold bull market.

Full Disclosure: Long BTO.TO, BTG. Our full list of holdings is available here.

2 Recent Buys – BBB, KL

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A quick update on a couple of purchases in my portfolio adding to my existing positions.

  • On Friday, I added 4,000 shares in Brixton Metals Corp (BBB.V) @ C$0.52. Couple of weeks ago, I initiated a position in this microcap silver/gold/cobalt exploration company. Following my purchase, the stock prices shot up, but finally pulled back last week after it was disclosed that $4M was raised in a private placement. The PP deal consists of shares at $0.50 and flow thru shares at $0.55, in addition to warrants exercisable at $0.70 for 24 months. That sounds like a decent floor price for me and I decided to add on the pullback bringing my total position to 9,000 shares with an average price of $0.46.
  • Yesterday saw a huge reversal in the precious metal (and base metals as well) miners performance. It turned into a bloodbath at the end of the day and the GDXJ (junior gold/silver mining ETF) fell close to 10%. The space has been acting extremely that is confounding everyone as there is a disconnect from the metal prices — gold and silver prices have been climbing as the equities fall. This was too great an opportunity to pass up and I decided to add buy 230 shares in Kirkland Lake Gold (KL.TO) @ C$8.79. I put in a low-ball offer at $9 after seeing a 8-9% fall in shareprice, but managed to get executed even lower — I love flash crashes! 🙂 For those unaware, this is a newly merged company between Kirkland Lake and Newmarket Gold forming a new mid-tier company with approx 500K oz in annual production. The jurisdictions are as secure as they can come – Canada and Australia, has a fantastic management in place and the board is chaired by none other than Eric Sprott. New discoveries and extensions of mineralization show nothing but great news for the company and this pullback was a great opportunity for me to add shares. After this purchase, Kirkland Lake becomes one of the largest holdings in my portfolio.

Full Disclosure: Long BBB.V & KL.TO. Our full list of holdings is available here.

Recent Buy – Brixton Metals Corp

Another new position in my portfolio. Regular readers are aware that I have been bullish on the precious metals space since mid-2016. The new bull market started last year after a painful 4-5 years and provided investors with lucrative returns over the year. 2017 doesn’t seem to be much different — and investors are seeing almost identical performance through the start of this year as they did in 2016. My top investment pick for the year, a junior gold miner ETF (GDXJ) is up 30% YTD. You can see the live tracking of the top picks on this page.

Earlier this week I initiated a position with 5,000 shares in Brixton Metals Corp (BBB.V) @ C$0.42. Brixton Metals is a gold/silver/cobalt exploration company that operates in Canada.

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Recent Buy – Baby R2R’s New Portfolio

At the beginning of January, I set the following goal for the financial well being of our baby daughter. I am happy to report that I have started putting this plan into motion.

> New portfolio for our daughter – In 2016, my wife and I welcomed our daughter. Time to set things in motion for the financial well being of our baby daughter.

  • We have opened up a new RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan) account, which allows us to save and invest for her post-secondary education. The plan allows us to get education grant money from the government and is tax-deferred on the income generated. We intend to start investing this money soon and will post an update on which stocks/ETFs we chose.
  • In addition to the RESP plan, we intend to start a DRIP plan to put away a small amount of money each month (starting off with $100/month for now) that will be her nest egg when she is an adult. Time is one of the most powerful weapons in an investor’s arsenal and starting off a DRIP plan allows us to let the investment compound over the course of 20-ish years. I’ll post an update soon on which stock I am picking for this plan.

The Education Plan

A quick background on the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). RESP is an account type available to Canadians to save, invest and grow funds for post-secondary education. While not only limited to kids, it is generally targeted to help parents save for their kids’ education. The best part of this plan is that the government matches the contributions via the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG). The grant amount is 20% of contributions to a max of $500 per year. So, to maximize the benefits, we would contribute $2,500 per year into this account.

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