2 Recent Buys

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A quick update on two purchases in my portfolio. Without further ado, here are the details.

  • First purchase: I added to my position in Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) @ $1,175.00. Alphabet is a recently new position in my portfolio that I initiated in August and slowly adding to build to a full position.
  • Second purchase: I added 100 shares in Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) @ $20.00. KMI is my only pure pipeline play, which has turned things around pretty well over the past couple of years, although it is still pretty leveraged. Not a lot of 5% yielders as the yields continue to fall, so adding this at a 5% yield will increase forward dividend income by $100. It is also expected that dividends will be raised by 25% next spring, so thats a pretty good growth rate.

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Full Disclosure: Long GOOGL, KMI. Our full list of holdings is available here.

2 Recent Buys – BAM, SPGI

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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.

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

2 Recent Buys – JNJ, GOOGL

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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 20 shares of Johnson & Johnson @ $127.50. During the mayhem of Aug 23, thanks to Trump’s tweets and escalation of trade war, I was able to pick up a few shares of JNJ. JNJ has been undergoing a bit of a weak performance due to ongoing litigation (which later turned into a $572M fine), and some expected revenue drop this fiscal year. However, top line growth should return back to normal starting next year, so I have been adding to my shares in this position over the past few months. The stock yields 2.96% and adds $76.00 in annual dividends.
  • Second purchase: I initiated a new position in one of the largest companies in the world; with 3 shares of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) @ $1,184.00. There are a lot of reasons to own GOOGL – one of the most forward looking companies, founder-operated, arguably best tech talent in the world, largest online ad platform, wide moat (can you imagine life without Google…not just as consumers, but also as a business?), good capital allocation and reinvestment in business, optionality play on unmonetized segments that will sooner or later get commercialized (Alphabet’s subsidiaries include Calico, CapitalIG, DeepMind, Google, Google Fiber, GV, Jigsaw, Loon, Makani, Sidewalk Labs, Verily, Waymo, Wing, and X). This is a starter position in what I expect to be a core holding for years to come, and will continue adding shares in coming months.

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Full Disclosure: Long JNJ, GOOGL. Our full list of holdings is available here.

2 Recent Buys – BAM, TWLO

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A quick update on two purchases in my portfolio. A correction seems to be ongoing and I decided to put some capital to work. One new company added to my portfolio in this iteration of purchases.

  • First purchase: I added 50 shares of Brookfield Asset Management (BAM.A.TO) @ CAD$66.95. Brookfield has been gobbling up assets across the world at a record pace. With alternate assets in demand and blue sky outlook over the coming years and decades, BAM is still a great buy at these levels. The stock yields 1.32% and adds US$32.00 in annual dividends.
  • Second purchase: A new position and my first SaaS stock. I opened a new position with 25 shares of Twilio Inc (TWLO) @ $124.84. This will be a bit more speculative on my part as it deviates a bit from my usual type of investments. Twilio is a programmable communication platform, with no direct competition and rapid growth in revenue (85% YoY revenue growth as of Q2 2019) and a ‘Rule of 40’ of 76%. The company boasts 162K businesses as customers, with more being added each quarter. The company makes extremely sticky software that has high switching costs (read: wide moat), but comes with risks based on current valuation. I have been tweeting about this company over the past few weeks — see this thread for more info.

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

3 Recent Buys – KMI, RACE, CSU

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A quick update on three purchases in our portfolios. It is getting harder and harder to find good value plays as the market seems be pushing the boundaries on the valuation front. With a lot of stocks trading close to 52-week highs, pickings have been pretty slim. However, due to an oversized cash position, I decided to pay up and put some capital to work.

  • First purchase: I added 200 shares of Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) @ $19.97. I wrote more about my KMI decision during my last iteration in March. Click here to read about the reasoning. The stock yields 5.0% and adds $200.00 in annual dividends.
  • Second purchase: I added 25 shares of Ferrari N.V (RACE) @ $165.35. I wrote more about decision to buy this company earlier in July. Click here to read about the reasoning.
  • Third purchase: I added 6 shares of Constellation Software (CSU.TO) @ $1,252.00. Constellation continues to execute well and aggregate small VMS companies led by a brilliant leadership team. A small dividend is paid (yield of 0.4%), but this is a growth-focused stock.

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