Recent Sell – New Gold Inc

NGD

This will be another quick update on a sale in my portfolio.

Last week I shared opening a new position in New Gold Inc (NGD.TO). I saw an opportunity after the stock price was down 35% after management announced delays in Rainy River project and shortfall in liquidity. The stock was over-punished and I figured it was due for a quick bounce. Right after I bought, New Gold stock bounced 10% which was good but I wanted to see how management was going to navigate going forward.

Yesterday, it was announced that the company was selling its 4% gold stream in the El Morro project to Goldcorp (GG) for $65M. This is a much better deal for Goldcorp than New Gold. However, it seems that investors in NGD like the news (uncertainty is a bigger evil than bad deals, it seems) and the stock price popped further. I decided to cash out and take my profits after holding the stock for just a few days.

To summarize: I sold 1,000 shares and closed my position in New Gold Inc (NGD.TO) @ C$3.95.

Total profit: $511 (14.86%)

Holding period: 8 days

Full disclosure: Our full list of holdings is available here.

Recent Sell – Seg Funds

As part of my new(ish) employment changes, I was offered a retirement matching plan. The catch was that I had to choose from a pool of segregated funds offered by an insurance company. These funds come with high management fees but in order to not leave money on the table, I decided to make regular contributions. I originally documented this in this post.

Once a year, I am given a freebie to withdraw funds and move them to my other self-directed retirement accounts, and I decided this was as good a time as any. I sold my positions in the following two funds. Going forward I will be repeating this move each January, so that my overall expenses fees remain low.

  • US Equity Index Seg Fund
  • International Equity Seg Fund

I will continue taking advantage of this benefit from my work and regular contributions into these funds will continue as usual on a monthly basis.

Full disclosure: Our full list of holdings are available here.

Recent Sell – Index Funds

I’ll keep this short. Another couple of sales to report in our portfolio.

Last week I sold two index funds that we’ve owned only since last year (holding period of about 18 months):

  • BMO S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF (ZCN.TO)
  • Vanguard FTSE All World Ex-Canada Index ETF (VXC.TO)

Recent Sell Decision

  • This stock market continues trading at crazy valuations while all fundamentals have collapsed underneath. I am cashing out at what I consider to be market tops.
  • Yes, this is market timing. Get over it 🙂

Overall return (including dividends during holding period of 18 months):

  • 3.6% for ZCN.TO
  • 4.2% for VXC.TO

Recent Sell – Magna International

Magna International

Another sale from my portfolio. Regular readers may be aware that I have been liquidating a lot of my portfolio as this market enters the nosebleed section. Valuations are at all-time highs and the world of finance looks just as dangerous as last decade, if not worse. I am of the opinion that holding large positions of cash going into the next crisis is a better strategy than trying to stay invested and trying to squeeze out an extra 1% or 2% in dividends or capital gains.

I sold 50 shares in Magna International Inc (MG.TO) @ C$57.00 and closed my position.

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Recent Sell – Bank of Nova Scotia

Another sale from my portfolio. Regular readers may be aware that I have been liquidating a lot of my portfolio as this market enters the nosebleed section. Valuations are at all-time highs and the world of finance looks just as dangerous as last decade, if not worse. I am of the opinion that holding large positions of cash going into the next crisis is a better strategy than trying to stay invested and trying to squeeze out an extra 1% or 2% in dividends or capital gains.

Last week, I sold 45 shares in Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO) @ C$71.00 and closed my position.

Recent Sell Decision

  • I have been selling for a variety of reasons — including market valuations, herd mentality from other investors, simplicity focus I desire and SWAN reasons. I have detailed all these thoughts in this post.
  • While the valuation of this particular stock is fine — its not overpriced by any measure, I decided to simplify my life and reducing the number of holdings. I want to follow a more concentrated approach to investing and betting big on a smaller set of companies.  So, the decision came down to whether I want to own two Canadian banks (the other one being Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)), which have the similar exposures operating and competing with each other. After some consideration, I decided that I want to own just one. TD’s balance sheet, risk-profile and growth prospects are better in my opinion. This led me to decide to liquidate BNS and exit the position.

Total profit (including dividends during holding period of ~2 years): 12.47%

Full Disclosure: Long TD. Our full list of holdings is available here.