Alimentation Couche-Tard: My core Consumer Defensive + Carrefour assessment

Alimentation Couche-Tard: My core Consumer Defensive + Carrefour assessment

The market does not like the idea of Couche Tard buying Carrefour. A common reason is that Couche Tard is stepping away from it's roots to tackle the grocery business. Second, and the only reason that matters in my view, is that Couche Tard's target of 15% EBITDA growth moving forward might be challenged in [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]