I’m Back – Thoughts / Watch list
Guess who’s back? It’s been awhile since my last post. While I try to do weekly posts, life has been really busy lately. Landscaping has been cleared of the lock down and we have been at it full force. Of course the weather hasn’t been ideal, but a rain morning like today let’s me sit down and write out a post.
I stated in previous posts how the phone for landscaping has been dead since about March. We had 2 months of work previously booked but once we got the go ahead to work and people see us out and about the phone has been ringing off the hook. Business is really good. People have to stay at home why not make the place look mint?
It feels really good to be back at it – always love seeing the clients, the tan as well as the workout. Not to mention just leaving the house everyday again is a great feeling.
I have worked for certain clients for over 20 years now, and a lot of them are really wealthy. Some of them I talk about finances with. It’s interesting to hear what some of them are saying. Here’s a couple points some have made.
- Refinance now. – I have heard this from 3 people already. Money is cheap right now and banks are eager to lend it out. If things continue as they are and housing crashes and the economy pulls back. Banks won’t want to lend money later and your house wont be valued as highly. Get that money now
- Airbnb Will effect the housing Market – People aren’t renting from Airbnb anymore and real estate is overpriced specifically Toronto. One client has a friend who rented 30 different condos from people just to airbnb them out. He made a killing doing this. Yesterday he cancelled all 30 of those rentals, people just weren’t renting them out. They believe we will start to see big change in housing prices.
- Mixed Views on the Market – Some say get out. They sold in February and don’t plan on getting back in for at least a year. While others stress cashflow. Hold Quality Companies……
- Reits are going to get Beatdown – One of my clients manages bars and restaurants in Toronto. They are closed. Rent is 100 thousand a month for some of their locations. They are working on a deal with property owners that each month they are closed they don’t pay rent 1 month per year. Ie if they are closed 3 months they will make a 3 year deal to pay only 11 months of rent a year.
- Covid Ain’t going away – One of my clients runs a high risk cleaning company. Full hazmat suits, respirators and wash down stuff. They clean buildings when there is a person who has covid there. Ie a grocery store employee, jails etc… He has over 60 people working 24 hrs a day. Business is good but he’s worried everyone will get burnt out. We get back to normal to quick and cases explode. We fear a second wave, he talks about 5-6 waves. The world will be different… Vaccines take a long time to come to market.
It’s always great to pick other people’s mind’s especially successful people who have experienced a lot of these ups and down’s. I’ll be the first to admit I have relaxed when it comes to covid. I’m starting to have some beers with the neighbours. (while trying to keep a distance, but after a bunch maybe we get to close?) I have went fishing in the river with a buddy or 2. Easy to keep distance there but clearly the lock down is becoming a little more laxed in my book.
I have even debated letting our son play with our neighbours kid. (they are best friends) They both have been in lock down for roughly 2 month’s and should be safe but obviously they probably will get too close. I was hoping Ford would of said something abut kids being able to play with one friend but I guess not.
My wife’s uncle is still on a respirator in the states and doesn’t look good but think he is starting to recover. After talking to this client, maybe I need to take this covid thing more seriously again.
The Stock Market
This is a hard one. I really do feel the market is ahead of itself here. Like why are certain stocks hitting 52 week highs? Of course certain sectors will benefit and I understand that but some others I dunno. The last couple days we have seen some red again. I’ve mentioned before contemplating selling off everything. I don’t think I will do that, clearly the printing presses don’t mind running 24 hours a day. I don’t want to fight the fed, but I will get back to focusing on Blue Chip Stocks. We have seen a lot of companies cutting dividend’s, got to stick to the kings.
As for our reit’s I’ll continue to hold them and hopefully drip them, but expect a cut or 2 coming if this continues for much longer. I used to think about adding more, but this is a sector I’m just going to watch until things recover a bit. Long term they will be fine but short term there will be volatility.
I have been saying that housing here in Canada is in a bubble and will eventually pop. We have been bringing in a lot of immigrants which is great and definitely helps the housing market but I would think that would of stopped during this situation. I don’t know for sure. The air bnb thing is definitely real. My sis in law normally rents her condos in Toronto out for airbnb but that’s been dead so now just rents to a monthly tenant. Condo values have dropped this year already. Values dropping in Toronto should be a indicator and I think it will slowly spread to surrounding areas. Plus with more people working from home these days (A trend I seeing sticking around) will downtown property’s be as desirable?
This is one we are really debating. I have done it before and I think it was a solid move. We put that money into higher paying income producing assets and increased our yearly passive income by $12,000. Im not a fan of debt but some debt can be good. Don’t go finance cars or pay crazy interest rates. If you got those debts pay them off asap. But our current mortgage is 2.58% and due for renewal in 2 years. I think we could get a new rate between 2.5 and 3% no problem and pull out a lot of equity once again. A stack of cash would be great for a market crash or even cheaper housing / cottage. If things get really bad, cottage prices will be the first to drop. A cottage wouldn’t produce much cash flow in the current environment but would be pretty nice for the family and could be lucrative in the future. A cottage is something we have always talked about but I realize it’s not a good investment move. Cashflow is key. The values would have to really plummet.
A rental has always been the plan to add to our next source of passive income, if things get really bad there will be lots of opportunity’s out there for people with some cash. Who know’s what will happen? Things may just rebound and we will just look back and say wow 2020 what a fu&ed up year… haha
Either way I’m sticking to the plan buying some stocks monthly, 250 in xaw etf only thing that has changed is we are starting to stack some cash. I never used to do that before but believe its a good idea in these times.
Well my rant was 1300 words so I will keep this short. I have 3 companies I’m currently debating buying this week. JNJ, MMM and Microsoft.
JNJ – One of everyone’s favourite dividend stocks. It’s not a steal at the moment but it isn’t overpriced either in my eyes. They raised their dividend last month in the heat of the pandemic and proved to me just how solid they are. We got a small position in them but I feel healthcare is a great industry to be in. Their earnings shouldn’t be affected much from this covid situation and if they come up with the vaccine watch out! Who will? I dunno but this is one stock that let’s you sleep well at night. Pays their dividend, raises their dividend and business is good.
MMM – 3m tends to always drop right before I want to make my purchase. The whole world wants their masks right now. What a moat! but at the same time other segments of the company will be lagging. In my opinion they are cheap right now. Yielding over 4.3% for a dividend king? That will get the chops wet right? I just wonder if earnings from q2/ q3 will offer a even better value. Their payout ratio is getting up there, but I think their dividend is safe.
MICROSOFT – Tiny yield but oh so much growth. Huge moat and with everyone working from home these days they should benefit. Everyone loves microsoft and I need more tech. They aren’t cheap though. I set target prices and they flirt with those numbers but then take off. Maybe I should just ignore valuation and buy them! They also have tonnes of cash on hand.
I think I cant post this without mentioning the Canadian Banks. They are seriously cheap! BNS currently offers over a 7% yield, Bmo is just under 7. Royal at 5.2% Td 5.7%
Wow massive yields. Sure there are some risks but Canadian banks are known to be some of the best banks in the world! Those dividend’s have been paid out for a very long time too! My financial sector is a little high at the moment but if these banks go much cheaper, I may just have to buy more. Seriously check them out…
Well there you have it, my thoughts and some thoughts from what my wealthy clients are saying. No one knows what will happen for sure, but I don’t think it’s bad to start thinking a little more defensively. Sorry for not being so active on the site lately. Life’s busy and honestly I’m not watching the market as much. Most of my dividend’s continue to be paid, the family’s healthy, our kid’s are crazy and the sun is starting to shine again. Life continues to make me smile.
Stay healthy everyone and enjoy the long weekend? haha!
Curious out of the 3 stocks I mentioned which would you buy at current prices? Or are you buying something else?
Hey I’m Rob, creator of Passive Canadian Income.
In 2011 me and my wife had almost $60,000 in debt and a negative $7,000 Net Worth. Through hard work and financial education we paid all that off. Now we are focusing on increasing our Passive Income Streams to make the money work for us. Feel Free to Follow along the Journey by clicking the Social Media links below or subscribing to get notified of new posts on the sidebar.