2 Recent Buys – CU, NGD

Some quick updates for the recent moves in my portfolio. I made a few purchases in January that I never got around to documenting, so here it is.

I made the following purchases in January 2017

  • 100 shares of Canadian Utilities Ltd (CU.TO) + 1 STO covered call
  • 1,000 shares of New Gold Inc (NGD.TO) *New position*
  • + New portfolio for my daughter – details coming soon in a separate post

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Recent Buy – Silver Wheaton Corp

This will be another quick update on my recent purchase. As most are aware, its been a bloodbath in the precious metals space after the interest rate raise. The raise was almost 100% guaranteed, and continued strength in the US$ was also guaranteed. So I was waiting for this event to unfold before I made the next purchase in the precious metals space.

Thanks to a more hawkish note from the Fed — that they will raise interest rates 3 times next year (we’ll see if there is any weight to that…since they also promised us 4 raises this year); there was increased volatility and we saw a mini-correction in bond substitutes such as REITs and precious metals as the US$ surged. The DXY reached a high of 103 post-announcement.

Watching the bloodbath all day, it was too hard to pass up on the opportunity and I decided to buy and add to my Silver Wheaton Corp (SLW) position after it fell 9% on the day.

I bought 100 shares of Silver Wheaton Corp (SLW) at US$17.00. This purchase adds US$24 to my forward dividend income.

However, I decided to use my US$ in the investment account instead of the CAD$, so I have both SLW and SLW.TO currently — but for the most post, I will treat them as the same on this blog going forward.

Silver continues to languish and is currently hovering at the $15-16 handle, which I believe is an extremely attractive price for this chameleon metal — which acts both as a precious metal and as an industrial metal. To read more about the company itself, I will simply link to my original post where I profiled Silver Wheaton.

Recent Buy – Silver Wheaton Corp

Have you made any moves post-rate raise? Share your thoughts below.

Recent Buy – Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

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A quick update on a recent purchase in my portfolio this week. I had a GTC order sitting on this company for a little while which got executed and I managed to pick up a nice chunk of shares at a decent valuation.

I bought 200 shares of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (AQN.TO) @ C$11.00. The company currently yields 5% adding US$84.70 (the company pays dividends in US$) to my forward dividend income.

Only new developed since last purchase earlier this year is that the company is now cross-listed on the NYSE (symbol: AQN). Other than that, its business as well. The company is well run, provides great exposure to US utilities in all three subsectors — electric, natural gas and water, has arguably the most impressive revenue growth and earnings growth story in the sector, and offers lucrative dividends, which are expected to rise by 8-10% over the next few years.

To read a more detailed description, check out my last post where I profiled this company.

Recent Buy – Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

Full Disclosure: Long AQN.TO. My full list of holdings can be found here.

 

2 Recent Buys – SLW, VWOB

A quick update on a couple of recent purchases in my portfolio. Things have been busy, so this post is a couple of weeks late…but better late than never.

Silver Wheaton Corp (SLW.TO) – added 50 shares @ C$28.50…which it turns out I was too early to pull the trigger. I still see tremendous value and will continue nibbling although I am getting close to a full position on this stock. Not much has changed…the business is sound and the fundamentals are fantastic. In addition, the company announced a great quarter earlier this month followed by a dividend increase of 20% (forward yield is just a shade under 1%). You can read about my original SLW purchase here.

Vanguard Emerging Markets Govt Bond ETF (VWOB) – Ive been interested in emerging market bonds for a while (see this post from May 2015) and finally decided to initiate a position. The fund gives me an exposure to emerging market sovereign bond market and pays approx 4.4% in fixed income going forward. This is only a very tiny position of a few hundred dollars for now as I dip my toes and think more about this position before committing more capital.

Disclosure: Full list of holdings can be found here.

 

3 Recent Buys – PAAS, FNV, NMI

Whenever I make a purchase, I like to share my buys to document my journey towards financial independence. As regular readers are aware, I have broken from the DGI pack and sold some of my investments to move to a cash position. I shared details on my motivation to do so in this post. In that post, I have indicated that I am bullish only on one type of investment currently — hard asset, and more specifically gold and silver.

Earlier in the month, during the Chinese national holidays of Golden Week, the gold and silver market saw significant pullbacks — thanks to the paper traders and shorts having a field day week. It was a great opportunity for investors like me to load up on some gold/silver equities at a discount. I managed to pull trigger on three such instances. One incremental addition to an existing position and two new stocks for my portfolio.

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