Cryptocurrencies – Getting My Feet Wet

I was glad to see a lot of interest and follow up questions and comments from readers on the Blockchain post last week. As I mentioned in that post, I have been spending the better part of the summer reading voraciously and learning anything and everything I can on the topic. This area of technology has completely grasped my imagination and I cant help but try to make sense of things currently and envision what the future economies will look like. Rest assured, I think most industries will be disrupted – some for the better, some for the worse in the coming years/decades as the blockchain tech improves rapidly.

I’ve known about blockchains for a few years now, but never really took a deep dive as I had no vested interest. But now the technology has advanced quite a bit and so has the hype. To motivate myself to read and learn more, I started off earlier this summer with some skin-in-the-game. I decided to finally take a plunge and open a small investment in cryptocurrencies.

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Investing in Green Bonds with CoPower

I have always been intrigued with investing in renewable energy. A couple of years ago, I looked into installing a rooftop solar system to generate passive income by selling the generated power to the grid during on-peak hours. However, after some researching, it turned out that the initial investment was quite steep (approx. $30,000) and the generated returns were not sizeable enough to warrant it. In addition, there is no way to shelter the income from taxes, so I dropped the idea after some serious consideration.

Equity Space in Renewables

Over the last year or so, I started researching yieldcos – spinoffs from utility companies, which focus on the renewable space. There are plenty of such companies, which provide juicy yield in the market such as Brookfield Renewable Partners (BEP), TransAlta Renewables (RNW.TO), NextEra Energy Partners (NEP), 8Point3 Energy Partners (CAFD) to name a few. Analyzing these companies financially, I concluded that most of them are heavily debt-laden and provide immense risk as far as the principal goes, while searching for that high yield. This is the risk that comes with investing in equities and instead of investing in each individual company, if I was looking for equity investment, I’d rather look for a broader ETF – YieldCo Index ETF (YLCO) is the only one I am aware of that specializes in this space giving exposure to the sector.

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2017 Top Investment Picks – Q2 Update

At the beginning of the year, I put together a list of top picks 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.

Note that you can track the progress anytime by going to the Stock Picks page.

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2017 Top Investment Picks – Q1 Update

At the beginning of the year, I put together a list of top picks 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 Q1.

Note that you can track the progress anytime by going to the Stock Picks page.

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Top Investment Picks for 2017

As the new year rolls out, I decided that it would be a fun experiment to run and collect top investment picks for 2017. I reached out to the community of bloggers that I regularly interact with and asked them to participate in this collection. I performed the same exercise and the post garnered a lot of attention from the dividend investing community and readers in general. I recently posted the results on how the overall picks did over the course of the year in 2016. There are still some great picks from the 2016 top picks, and I invite you to check them for ideas. Anyway, back to the 2017 list…

The rules were simple: Pick one investment (either a stock or a fund or a commodity or any other form of investment), and present a short & quick investment reason behind the pick. Most bloggers I reached out to were happy to comply and shared their pick.

Top Investment Picks for 2017

Before I present the picks, I would like to remind the readers that these are simply picks based on current outlook and each investor should perform due diligence before investing in any of the companies mentioned. Also, the investors I reached out to are long term investors, so I discourage readers to trade in and out of these investments based on the data presented here simply because it is their top pick at the moment. It is very hard to predict what the stock/market will do over the course of one year, let alone a quarter or two.

Without further ado, here are the top picks from the blogging community for 2017. Some of the investors are not necessarily bloggers, and are some folks I regularly interact with via social media and other forums — in which case, I have linked to their public profile. The ‘DGF’ referred to next to some of the names refers to Dividend Growth Forum.

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