Simple Tricks to Help You Save More in 2020

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Struggling with cash? You’re not alone.

There are plenty of people throughout the US today that wish they had a little more money to put into their savings accounts at the end of each month. However, finding the extra money you want for the future is easier said than done.

Fortunately, the new year is here, and that means that it’s time to get inspired and get motivated with some new tips and tactics for saving money. We’ve rounded up some simple tricks that could help you to save more as you move into 2020.

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Outlook for 2020

Happy New Year! 2019 is in the books and what a year it has been. Almost every asset class did well in 2019 and investors have been well rewarded for staying invested.

The US economy is chugging along as the stock market rings in new all time highs. The US Fed has pivoted from raising rates to cutting over the year, so debt rollover has become a lot more manageable for companies.

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Top Investment Picks for 2020

As the new year rolls out, it’s time to share the annual investment pick contest that I run. This is the 5th year in the running. This is merely meant to be a fun experiment to run and collect top investment picks for 2020 from a community of investors I regularly interact with. There are still some great picks from the 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 top picks, and I invite you to check them for ideas. Remember that investing is a long game — so, focusing on short intervals like a year is not prudent — even though this contest focuses on one year return. Plenty of older picks are still good hunting grounds if you are looking for investment ideas.

The rules were simple: Pick one investment (stock, bond, fund, currency, commodity, cryptoasset or any other form of investment security), and present a short & quick investment reason behind the pick. I will track this progress over the year and provide quarterly updates on this blog.

Top Investment Picks for 2020

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 not take this as investment advice. If you decide to pursue these investments, please do your due diligence before investing in any of the securities mentioned.

Without further ado, here are the top picks from the investing community for 2020.

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Results: 2019 Top Investment Picks

As we welcome the new year, it’s time to look back and evaluate some of our investment picks/decisions. At the end of 2018, I reached out to the investing community and asked them to pick one investment security as their top pick for the year 2019. Plenty of folks responded and I was happy to compile the list and track them over the year.  The original post can be found here. Picks from previous years are indexed on this page. It is always interesting to see what everyone was thinking a year ago and how the picks played out over the year.

Again, I would like to remind readers that this was meant to simply be a fun exercise and should not be considered investment advise. Please do your own research before investing in any securities.

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2 Recent Buys – CSU, BIP

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A quick update on two purchases in my portfolio from last week. These will probably be the last purchases of the year.

  • First purchase: I added to my position in Constellation Software Inc (CSU.TO) @ $1,229.48. I had already built up a full position, but the recent pullback was too enticing to ignore. I decided to go overweight and add more to my CSU position. This is my fourth iteration of the purchase. See previous purchases here.
  • Second purchase: I added to my position in Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP (BIP.UN.TO) @ $65.40. The announcement to split between LP & C-corp sent the shares soaring over the past few months and the recent pullback finally allowed me to add more to my position. A current yield of just above 4% is a decent price to pay, with a dividend growth announcement of between 5-9% expected in Feb 2020.

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

Full Disclosure: Long CSU.TO, BIP.UN.TO. Our full list of holdings is available here.