Investing and Finance Blog

Austerity in a post-COVID world

Austerity in a post-COVID world

In 2012 The IMF studied the correlation between credit-default-swap spreads and various economic indicators. Long term indicators—for deficits, economic growth and spending on pensions and health care—had little impact on spreads. But larger short term primary deficits (which exclude interest) were associated with notably wider spreads. So, too, was weaker current-year growth. Solvency should be [...]

Consumer Behaviour and US Politics — COVID19 Week 9

Consumer Behaviour and US Politics — COVID19 Week 9

Home burnout setting in? Back in an April poll, most Americans indicated they were hesitant to return to pre-COVID-19 activities once the curve was flattened. However, mobility data is showing that most regions of America have started to back away from sheltering-at-home. In late April, the number of US counties that had over 50% of [...]

Sharesight: Tracking your Investment Portfolio — a visual walkthrough.

Sharesight: Tracking your Investment Portfolio — a visual walkthrough.

A common question I receive is what method I use to track my portfolio. There are ways to do this manually in Excel, although I find that process too laborious and prone to error. My preference has always been a “one-stop shop” type of program where I can input (or have automatically updated via broker) [...]

Stocks, Output, Employment, Debt: A look at 08/09 and current data

Damn, I missed the 20% upswing. Shame. Did you also participate in the 30-50% drop down?(scroll down for stock examples: Apple, Google, Waste Connections, Royal Bank, CIBC, Enbridge, Fortis, CN Rail)A bear market is known for one thing: volatility. It’s great for trades — if you can time it right.We WILL see a lot more [...]

Latecycle Portfolio: November 2019 Purchases

Latecycle Portfolio: November 2019 Purchases

I added five stocks to my portfolio the past month: Canwel Building Materials, Pembina Pipeline, Emera, Fortis, and Brookfield Property Partners. Spotlight:Canwel Building Materials (CWX) CanWel is a national distributor of construction materials, building products and a supplier of pressure-treating lumber in Canada.It serves an intermediary role in the construction materials supply chain. It made [...]

LateCycle Porfolio: August 2019 Purchases and Reflection

LateCycle Porfolio: August 2019 Purchases and Reflection

Let me start off with a small reflection: I am feeling bearish. And with good reason. The Trump/China affair is putting serious downward pressure on global stocks, coupled with sentiment that global growth is slowing and a recession is imminent within the next 12 months. What does this mean for my leveraged portfolio? First, it [...]

Simple principles for successful investing

Simple principles for successful investing

The most effective investment strategies revolve around a few simple principles that are easy to follow, repeatable, proven over time and based on facts. Here are three strategies to help keep you on track with achieving your investment goals: Diversify A staple strategy that many investors choose is diversification. When one category is underperforming, another one might be on [...]

Active vs Passive Investing

Active vs Passive Investing

For the long-term equity investor, the debate between active and passive strategies rests on three main considerations:  Market efficiencyPortfolio constructionHistorical performance Let's look at each in more detail. Market Efficiency At the centre of the active versus passive debate is the question of whether stock markets are efficient. What is an Efficient Market? In an [...]

Diversification 101

Diversification 101

In the world of investing, one thing is certain – markets will go up and down as economies move through different cycles of growth, taking investor emotions along with them. Managing such emotions, at both the peaks and valleys of the market, is one of the hallmarks of successful investors. Whatever happens in the market, [...]

Budgeting for Success

Budgeting grows your nest egg. There is no easier way to keep money in your pocket than setting a reasonable expense limit each month and sticking to it. One cold day in December, after spending far too much on UberEats, I decided to take budgeting seriously. I created Google Sheets spreadsheet with the first page [...]

Transcontinental Case Study

Transcontinental Case Study

Transcontinental (TCL.A) is a communications company that primarily operates in printing, packaging and media businesses. The company is the largest commercial printer in Canada and the fourth largest in North America. Following its acquisition of Coveris, Transcontinental is among the top ten flexible packaging companies in North America. (RBC Insight) Watchlist: Tier 1Price: $16.8Yield: 5.3%Sector: [...]

Research Process

Research Process

I utilize five sources for investment decisions:1) My Watchlist2) Morningstar Monthly Picks3) RBC Insight4) FAST Graphs5) Annual + Quarterly Reports 1) My Watchlist Tier 1: - Companies with a minimum 15 years of increasing dividends- Big 5 Canadian banks (RBC, TD, BNS, CIBC, BMO)- Brookfield Tier 2: - Companies with a minimum 5 years of [...]

Genesis: The Beginning

Genesis: The Beginning

In the beginning there arose an idea.Many would consider leveraging equities as misguided in what, by all indicators, is: late in the cycle; the end of a ten year bull run; the precursor to a recession.After months of research and deliberation, I decided to invest on my own terms regardless of these facts. Without sounding [...]