New Blog/Podcasts: Summer Investing Decisions P art 2 and 3
What I’m Reading
External Environment Mind Maps
After the brief “correction” in October, the market basically pulled a Men In Black where it essentially looked at the pen and proceeded to forget the past and resumed its ascendency to record highs. I made a couple of moves on my portfolios to bank some profits and to open some new positions. This is despite my feelings that the stock market is still overpriced.
New Blog/Podcasts: Summer Investing Decisions P art 2 and 3
What I’m Reading
External Environment Mind Maps
In this first of a 3 part series, I share the thought processes that went into my investment decisions I made over the summer. In this post, I walk through the decisions I made in June.
Investment Decisions Taken:
Opened position in iShares Long Term Bonds (Ticker: XLB)
Sold position in Electronic Arts (Ticker: EA) for 11.6 percent gain (net Forex)
August was a quintessential roller coaster for stocks. In this post I share how I maneuvered through it. Despite the chaos I was still able to dip my toe into the markets as well as banking some profits in other positions.
New Position: Bought shares in Square Inc. (Ticker: SQ)
Bought more shares of Canadian Natural Resources (Ticker: CNQ)
Sold shares in iShares Gold Bullion ETF (Ticker: CGL.C)
Sold shares in Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (Ticker: VDC) for 19.5% gain (net Forex)
New Position: Bought Shares in Under Armour (Ticker: UAA)Read More
April saw the markets continue to melt-up and regain their losses from 2018. In a couple of cases I was able to lock in some nice gains and pick up some shares in areas that have actually been lagging the market surge. What’s even more pleasant is that the stocks and ETF’s involved below are one’s that I’ve held in the past and I think there are some takeaways we can get from it.
New Position: Bought shares in Cal Maine Foods (Ticker: CALM)
Bought more shares in iShares Pharma (Ticker: XPH)
Sold shares in Disney (Ticker: DIS) for 39 percent gain (net Forex)
Sold shares in Southern Copper Company (Ticker: SCCO) for 18.2 percent gain (net Forex)
March came in like a lion for my portfolio. An angry lion. My portfolios took some body blows that I really didn’t see coming and it forced me to make some hard decisions. There were also some good outcomes as well as some stocks continue to benefit from the market reinvigoration thanks to the 180 pivot by the Federal Reserve to pause on future interest rate increases for the rest of the year.
Sold shares in CVS Health Inc. (Ticker: CVS)
Bought more shares in Winpak Inc (Ticker: WPK)
Bought more shares in Southwest Airlines (Ticker: LUV)
Sold shares in Tiffany Inc (Ticker: TIF)
Bough more shares in Vanguard Emerging Market ETF (Ticker: VEE)
After coming off the previous month where I made no decisions to buy or sell stocks and ETF’s in my portfolio, February couldn’t be more opposite. The trigger that got me to move was the louder chatter that the Federal Reserve was going to put the breaks on any future interest rate increases. To me this sudden 180 degree shift by the Federal Reserve was a game changer for the markets.Read More
December brought more pain and angst in the markets. It forced me to make some tough decisions and take some losses, but it didn’t dissuade me from staying true to my investment ideology and my search for buying quality investments at a discounted price. In one case I had to do a 180 and retract my decision.
New Position: Bought shares in Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap ETF (Ticker: VCN)
New Position: Bought shares in Exon Mobil (Ticker: XOM)
New Position: Bought shares in Tiffany (Ticker: TIF)
Sold Shares in Johnson and Johnson (Ticker: JNJ) for 7.5 percent gain (Net Forex)
Bought more shares in Big Lots (Ticker: BIG)….and then sold it all
Sold shares in MGM Resorts for 21.1 percent loss (net forex)
There was a fair bit of hand wringing going into October, a month where there have been historically some iconic stock market meltdowns. The market was starting to show some signs of fatigue. At one point the S&P 500 index crossed below its 200 day moving average which hasn’t happened in literally years. Interest rates keep tracking up. The Mad King continued to elevate the trade trash talking and investors were getting nervous and stock prices in the early part were trending downward, but nothing crazy that motivated me to look into buying. Sue enough on October 23, the market had a fit. Suddenly words like “crisis” and “turmoil” were being thrown around, when historically they weren’t even scratches. It’s times like this where having my investing playbook is critical as it gives me an anchor to check in and review my investing ideology and how should be executing. It makes me review my Wish List to see if there are any stocks I’ve liked are now more affordable. The last thing I should be doing is panicking and reacting. It’s these stress points where we need to be put all the upfront hard work and making thought-out decisions.
With quite a few stocks that I owned had fallen in value enough that I thought it was worth jumping in and buying some more shares to lower my average cost down. There were also a couple of stocks/ETF’s that I had on wish list that had become a lot cheaper and thought it would be good to start building a position.
Bought more shares in Las Vegas Sands (Ticker: LVS)
Bought more shares in Activision Blizzard (Ticker: ATVI)
Bought more shares in iShares US Financials (Ticker: XLF)
Bought more shares in Nutrien (Ticket: NTR)
Bought more shares in Winpak (Ticker: WPK)
New Position: Bought shares in iShares Germany ETF (Ticker: EWG)
New Position: Bought shares in Electronic Arts (Ticker: EA)
We’re half-way through the year and so I thought it would be a good time to check back into my ROBO portfolio to see how it’s doing and if there is anything interesting going on. Three and half years ago I decided to try an experiment and find out for myself. I setup an account with one of the big Robo Adviser firms and invested $5000 of my own money into it. My goal was to go through the process and blog about my experience and more importantly, the results. I said that we need a good five years to really get a handle on how effective these services are compared to traditional wealth management services. Well, we're coming upon the 4th anniversary of my ROBO account, so let’s take a look at how it’s doing at the mid-year mark.Read More
Just because it's summer doesn't mean you lift your foot off the investing pedal. I ended up making several moves in June as some of my positions had crossed my return threshold and I had to make some decision on whether to hold on or sell and bank the profit. I also made a decision to add another stock to my portfolio as well as remove a hedging position.
Bought more shares in Big Lots (BIG)
Bought more shares in Southwest Airlines (LUV)
Sold shares in Williams Sonoma (WSM)
Sold shares in Baidu (BIDU)
Sold shares in Gold ETF (CGL)
New Addition: Bought shares in Starbucks (SBUX)
April was a bit calmer in terms of investment decisions compared to the past few months. With markets zigging and zagging at a much more frequent rate now, opportunities to buy some stocks and ETF’s have presented themselves. At the same time a couple of opportunities came up that I really didn’t have specifically on my Wish List, but they fit into some of my core investing ideology in terms of exposure to sectors I would like to be invested in.Read More
Three years ago I decided to try an experiment. I setup an account with one of the big Robo Adviser firms and invested $5000 of my own money into it. My goal was to go through the process and blog about my experience and more importantly, try to find if using this type of service can generate better returns than if I did it myself or used a traditional adviser. I said that we need a good five years to really get a handle on how effective these services are compared to traditional wealth management services. Well, we’ve now crossed the 3-year anniversary of my ROBO account, so let’s take a look at how it’s doing now.Read More
We start a new year with hope that the investment decisions we make will lead to positive outcomes, hopefully this year, but if not then at some point in the future. The year has started off with a bang as the markets around the world have surged and continue to set records. This month I did not add any new positions, but added to existing positionsRead More
While my core investing ideology revolves around buying quality businesses, I also try to structure my portfolio to have exposure to certain business themes that are evolving in business. In the past, I've developed themes in the areas of water stocks, luxury/discount retail stocks, and even investing in a world of Trump. We live in a time where having the most market share does not necessarily translate into being the leader in the market. Market share is nice but if you can control the distribution channel in how products are accessed by customers, you can build a durable competitive advantage, which is something Warren Buffet loves. If you wanted to sell a product in a retail, you would need to go through the gatekeeper who would charge you a fee to get into their operating system (OS) or ecosystem. Traditionally that would have been a department store or some kind of physical retail store in a mall. This is changing. The distribution channel in the 21st century has become online. The Internet.
Whoever can offer a compelling online platform/ecosystem/operating system will have a durable competitive advantage as consumers will stick to and out of convenience be loyal to an operating system and the stock market will put a premium on those companies that own the OS for a specific sector or industry.
I set out to try to figure out who the next great stocks are or could potentially be the companies that will own the OS for the Pillars of Companies I often refer to when I try to figure out what stocks to buy.Read More
One of the values I feel strongly about as an investment coach is that I practice what I teach…and be transparent about it…good AND bad. It’s one thing for me to coach people how to make better decisions and develop and teach courses on how to buy and sell stocks and ETF’s. It’s another thing to model the behaviour. Throughout the year I’ve shared and tweeted (#trade2017) with you the investment decisions I’ve made throughout the year. Well it’s that time of the year where we set scroll down the page and see what I what I did right and more importantly what I did wrong…and did I gain any insights that will help me become a better investor?Read More
As we begin a new year, we get blitzed by Wall Street and Bay Street money "experts" and soothsayers with variety of predictions and forecasts of where stock markets, economies, and interest rates will be heading. Then...nothing. No follow-up to see if these people actually have the chops to predict the future. I always like to roll back the tape to see how those predictions panned out.Read More
With the Canadian dollar increasing in value by just over 10 percent recently, I decided to do a little cross boarder shopping in July and increase some of my US stock holdings. At the same time, I used the stronger Loonie to add some new stocks to my portfolios.Read More
June brought a month of decisions on whether to hold or sell a few positions in my portfolios as they had crossed my personal return threshold.Read More
As we cross the mid-pole mark in 2017, it seems like a good time to check in on my Robo Portfolio that I created two and half years ago. For those jumping on for the first time, I wanted to try to find out if this new type of investment service which was taking the industry by storm a few years ago does any better job of creating wealth for investors compared to the traditional methods of investing (i.e. Do-It-Yourself or having a professional manage your money on your behalf).Read More
I made a couple of investment decisions in April, one building upon previous posts where I’m trying to figure out where to put money in the Mad King world we live in right now. The other decision was a sell decision that was a bit of surprise.Read More