Quarterly Update – Q3 2019

Welcome to the quarterly update for Q3 2019. This is part of  a series where I track our financial progress on a quarterly basis. I present three parts in this series: (i) Investment & Portfolio Update, (ii) Passive Income Update, and (iii) Goals Update.

1. Investment & Portfolio Update

Q3 2019 saw a lot of activity in our portfolio.   We added to the following positions.

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2 Recent Buys – BAM, SPGI


A quick update on two purchases in my portfolio. As with the last iteration, this one also includes a new position in the portfolio.

  • First purchase: I added 75 shares of Brookfield Asset Management (BAM.A.TO) @ CAD$70.24. I have been adding to my BAM position regularly over the past few months and getting close to a full position. The stock yields 1.2% and adds US$48 in annual dividends.
  • Second purchase: I initiated a new position in S&P Global Inc (SPGI) @ $245.00. SPGI barely needs any introduction as one of the most recognizable names in finance, esp the debt market as every company that needs to raise funds needs to go through a debt rating process. While companies can issue bonds without a rating (which is inefficient and punitive by the markets), companies simply pay the ratings agency SPGI/MCO/Fitch to have their bonds rated. SPGI has a deep and wide moat and operates in four division (ratings, market intelligence, Platts, and Indices). Overall, SPGI has a terrific business model, thoughtful capital allocation, great management, and a dividend champion (dividend grower for 46 consecutive years). The valuation is a bit on the expensive side, so I have started off with a small starter position and will look for pullbacks to add and build to a full position. Here’s a link to the Investor Factsheet for further reading.

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

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

2019 Top Investment Picks – Q3 Update

At the beginning of the year, I put together a list of Top Investment Picks for 2019 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 Q3.

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Passive Income Update – Sep 2019

Welcome to our monthly passive income update for Sep 2019. This is part of the scorecard series where I track our dividends and other sources of passive income. I 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 Sep 2019 was CAD$868.26, which comprised of US$184.35 and CAD$623.07 (exchange rate is US$1 = CAD$1.33).

The change for the month is -18.06% QoQ and 55.03% YoY for the month. This brings our passive income to $6,870.28 YTD and achieves 85.88% of our annual goal of earning $8K.

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Outlook for October 2019

Fireworks in the high-growth sector is seeing investors turn towards value stocks after a long pause. The drawdown and divergence was something to behold during the month of September as the selloff provided some good opportunities in the growth space — although valuation in general still seems pretty high.

The US Fed continued its easing policy with another rate cut and September also saw liquidity issues in the overnight repo rate — resulting in the NY Fed stepping in. Most central banks around the world have started easing as the US$ continues getting stronger, so the currency wars are far from over.

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