Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OAS and Immigrants

There is a rather sympathetic article at the CBC about immigrants having to prove that they actually have lived the necessary time in Canada to get OAS. I do not like to see governments give its citizen a hard time, but you also have to be realistic.

Canada is already known as a soft-touch money wise. We cannot just give everyone that applies OAS. This is coming from our taxes and I think that it is realistic that people who apply have to prove that they have fulfilled the residency requirements. Surely if they lived and worked in Canada, there would be tax records. Also companies keep records of employees for a surprising long time.

On my other blog I am today writing about Davis & Henderson Corp. (TSX-DH, OTC-DHIFF) ...continue...

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. Follow me on Twitter.

Monday, April 14, 2014

What's in Your Portfolio

Even though the TSX is quite full of resource stock, I have very little in this category. This is because you cannot just tuck this sort of stock away in your portfolio for the long term. If you have these stocks you have to always be keeping an eye on them.

For most other sorts of stock, if you look at them once a year, I think that is basically fine. Of course, all sorts of stocks can cause you problems. Examples are Insurance Companies in Financial Services, Reitman's in Consumers, TransAlta in Utilities, and SNC-Lavelin in Industrials.

Below is a chart of what I have in each sector. I have always had a lot of my portfolio in Financial Services and Utilities. For resources, I generally have had between 1 and 2% in this sector.

Sector Percentage
Financial Service   28.19%
Utilities 25.32
Industrial 19.18%
Consumer 13.78%
Real Estate 6.79%
Cash 3.76%
Resources 1.67%
Other 1.31%


On my other blog I am today writing about Toromont Industries Ltd. (TSX-TIH, OTC-TMTNF) ...continue...

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. Follow me on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

March 2014 Dividends

I have noticed that March 2014 was a very good month for dividend increases on my stocks. Lately I have noticed there have been months when I have had no dividend increases or just 1 or 2. In March 2014, of the 49 stocks I own, 27 or 55% gave me a dividend in March 2014. Of the 27 stocks that gave me a dividend, some 11 or 40% gave me an increased dividend.

March 2014 was a very good month indeed. My dividend income is up by 3.45% this year. This is good considering I have taken a big hit to my dividends because of my investment in TransAlta (TSAX-TA) which have recently decreased their dividends by some 38%. My spreadsheet showing this result and the stocks giving dividends is located here.

On my other blog I am today writing about Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX-SLF, NYSE-SLF) ...continue...

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. Follow me on Twitter.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Something to Buy

There is always something to buy in the stock market. On Wednesday of last week, I put out a list of the stocks that I covered and showed what stock might be a good deal based on dividend yield. Now I am trying to categorize what sorts of stocks may be a good deal based on dividend yield. Thing generally change very slowly and nothing much has changed since last month.

Categorizing stocks is not as simple as it might seem. Every site you go to has categorized stocks a bit differently. I try to keep this as simple as possible. See my spreadsheet at here. As in other spreadsheets, you can highlight a line or a number of lines for better viewing.

A number of Consumer Staple stocks seem to be cheap. Examples would be Dorel Industries (TSX-DII.B A) and Metro Inc. (TSX-MRU). This has not changed from last month. (Please note that Canada Bread (TSX-CBY) is being bought out.) A number of energy stocks also seem cheap. Examples are Canadian Natural Resources (TSX-CNQ); Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX-CVE) and Suncor Energy (TSX-SU) and this has not changed from February.

There are not that many cheap companies in Finance, but the banks mostly seem on the cheaper side. Of the banks that I follow, TD Bank (TSX-TD), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX-BNS), Royal Bank (TSX-RY) and National Bank (TYSX-NA) since seem to be priced rather reasonably. However, I note that Bank of Montreal (TSX-BMO) is no longer cheap.

There are not many companies cheap in the Tech sector except for small companies like Calian Technologies Ltd (TSX-CTY) and Evertz Technologies (TSX-ET) and this is the same as for February 2014.

The infrastructure type utility companies are still not cheap. Examples of these sorts of companies are TransCanada (TSX-TRP) and Enbridge Inc. (TSX-ENB). What utility companies that are cheap, seem to be cheap for a good reason. A current example is Atlantic Power Corp (TSX-ATP). TransAlta Corp (TSX-TA) is not only cheap looking at the 5 year median dividend yield. This company has just cut their dividend.

On my other blog I am today writing about Melcor Developments Inc. (TSX-MRD, OTC-MODVF)...continue...

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. Follow me on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dividend Stocks April 2014

The theory is that you should use the dividend yield to see if a dividend stock is selling at a stock price that is relatively cheap. A stock price is considered cheap if it is selling at a dividend yield higher than the historical high yield or higher than the historical average yield. See my spreadsheet at dividend growth stocks that I just updated for April 2014.

I am showing whether a stock is relatively cheap based on historical high dividend yields (P/Hi), historical average dividend yields (P/Ave) or on 5 year median dividend yields (P/5Yr). See these fields on the right side of the file. You can highlight a particular stock using your cursor to highlight the appropriate line.

There are always some stocks to buy because they are priced reasonably. There are always stocks to currently avoid because they are overpriced. Looking at dividend growth stocks that are selling at stock prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical average dividend yield are probably the best bet.

The stocks that are selling at prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical high yield could be good stocks to buy. However, these stocks may be selling so cheap because of current troubles, especially financial troubles and should be treated with caution. Do not forget that I have all the stocks I follow on this spreadsheet and some are much better investments than others.

However, you should always investigate a stock before you buy. Sometimes different stocks in certain sectors are just out of favour or the stock market is just in one of its declines. However, a stock may be relatively cheap because it has problems. That is why you should always investigate a stock before buying. Also, not all the stock I follow do I consider good stocks to have in a portfolio.

Looking at stock this way is equivalent to a stock filter. A main problem I know of is for the old income trusts. They are generally lowered their dividend yields forever and they will probably never get back to the old dividend yield highs they made as an income trust company. For these stocks, you might be better comparing the current dividend yield to the 5 year median dividend yield.

Also, on some stocks I have a lot more information years in my spreadsheets than for other stocks. So, finding a stock on the list as "cheap" is only the first step in finding a stock to buy. This is the same with any other sort of stock filters that you can use.

The last thing to remember is that I have entering figures into a spreadsheet. I could put them in incorrectly, I can transpose figures and I can misread figures. This is another great reason why you should check a stock out before investing. As this is just a filter, it works better on some stocks than on others.

See my entry on my methodology in establishing the historical dividend yield highs and lows for the stocks that I cover. You might want to look at my original entry on Dividend Growth Stocks.

On my other blog I am today writing about BCE Inc. (TSX-BCE, NYSE-BCE) ...continue...

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. Follow me on Twitter.

Monday, March 31, 2014

CPP

For people complaining that CPP should be an entitlement, they seemed to have forgotten that CPP started off in 1966 as a pay as you go plan. My parents voted for this plan. Do you know why? My father got full CPP pension after paying for only 10 years.

This is exactly how what we, the boomer generation, have been voting. We have voted for others people's money to be spent. This includes all sorts of social programs, like health care and OAS. We are highly in debt and putting this debt on future generations. We seemed to have voted for things that we do not wish to pay for.

I know that people say let the rich pay, but I doubt if there is enough money in the world to satisfy our wants. We have taxes that are too high and debt that is too high. Both slow down economies. So we could end up with little or no growth in our economy. Are our children going to be able to make enough money to pay off our debts? I cannot see this ending well.

CPP was only fixed in 2000 to be better at covering future liabilities by increasing the amount employees and employers must pay into the plan. At that time the message was that CPP was fixed for the next 20 years. However, I must admit that any report I have currently seen, seems to imply that CPP is solvent for now and needs no fixes in the near term.

Jamie Griff's rant against the CPP is all wrong. Yes, we have paid into CPP, but the question is have we paid enough into it? Certainly the first people to benefit from it did not. And, please note that my father did not talk about the great deal he got with CPP, instead he felt he deserved the pension because he had paid CPP premiums.

On my other blog I am today writing about TransCanada Corp (TSX-TRP, NYSE-TRP) ...continue...

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. Follow me on Twitter.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Charities and Coercion

I just got a note from the company that owns the apartment building I live in about their Spring Hope Drive for Food. Not only did this notice come with the unusual "We can make a difference" slogans, but under Tenant Instructions is "Opt-out Forms available". So if I do not care to participate they want me to fill out and sign a form? I cannot even begin to write how offensive I find this. I know that everyone feels that their favourite charity is great and everyone should support it, but this goes way beyond that. This is so arrogant that it is unbelievable.

I am assuming that they are trying to embarrass their tenants into giving something for their favourite charity. Well, I do not easily embarrass and I greatly resent the attempt. I will do what I usually do to such efforts and try to ignore them the best that I can.

Food Banks have never been my favourite charity. There are just so many charities that you can support and I feel that one must carefully pick and choose what charities you want to support. My opinion of Food Banks is that they may be part of the problem and not part of the solution for helping the poor. I find it shocking that Food Banks have a hard time getting volunteers to stock their shelves. Why are there not the people who go to Food Banks volunteering for this?

This reminds me of when I was working. I worked for a number of life insurance companies and they strongly supported the United Way. I had problems supporting the United Way. It was reported that only 70% of the money they collected went on to the charities they supported and 30% was for administration. I also did not like reports on how much the top people at this charity were making in salary.

I cannot find anything online to support the above statements. There is however, an article in the G&M in 2010 talking about salaries for charities and how high they can be. Mind you, I could not find one talking about the salaries at the United Way.

One thing I did not like about the United Way was it bragging that it helped 1 of 3 Torontonian. Why would 1 in 3 people in this city need help from them? What we need to do is help the ones who really need help. This is one reason I support the Salvation Army. I feel that they really target the truly needy. It took a lot of effort on my part of make sure my donation at the time of the United Way campaign went directly to the Salvation Army. (They obviously did not trust me to donate directly to the Salvation Army, which I did anyway because it is a charity I do support.)

On my other blog I am today writing about AltaGas Ltd (TSX-ALA, OTC-ATGFF) ...continue...

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. Follow me on Twitter.