October 2018 – Watch list / 1 Sale
Hey Hey Hey
It’s Monday Morning and here in Canada it’s thanksgiving. So happy Thanksgiving! Life is pretty good and I have a lot to be thankful for.
- I have a huge family now and generally everyone is in great health.
- We have a boy and girl who do their best to wake us up early everyday. To take advantage of the day?
- My wife is absolutely solid, and she still likes me =)
- Roof over our head, and clothes on our back
- A great group of friend’s
- This online community, (All of you) for posting your financial thoughts/ buys etc. Always letting me grow and learn something new. Also for encouraging me and keeping me motivated to keep creating post’s on the website and grow our passive income.
Thanks, and I hope all of you are having / had a great weekend. On Saturday we had a typical thanksgiving meal with the wifes side of the family. Sunday my family decided to switch it up and save the turkey’s. We went for a Mexican taco night theme. Was a sweet time. I love me a soft taco!
October 2018 – Watch list / 1 Sale
Every month we do our best to continue putting money into the market and grow our passive income. Sometimes things come up and we sell a stock. Generally Ill try to keep the same stocks and not sell them. (Last year I sold a bunch but they were beginner mistakes, and learning lessons)
On Friday I decided to sell our whole position of Manulife financial. This was one of my original buys and I think I bought it 2 years ago for around $16-17 bucks. We sold at $22.50 a share and locked in roughly a 28% gain not including the dividend’s.
What happened? Carson Block of Muddy Water’s (a famous short seller) last week claimed he was shorting Manulife financial. At first I thought the dip would be a great time to add to our position. So I decided to look into why he was doing so.
Normally Id ignore short sellers as I’m investing for a long term horizon. Carson stated he was shorting manulife based on a court trial that just happened and most shareholder’s had no clue of. Essentially some company with access to a tonne of money bought a policy from the 90’s that clearly states the policy holder can put unlimited money into the policy whenever they want. Doing so will guarantee the holder a 4% interest rate on the funds as well as possibly more bonuses.
Here is the link to Caron’s Interview about it.
Based on what Carson says The contract is a sure thing in the US courts and could essentially destroy manulife because we live in a lower interest rate environment compared to the 90’s. He does state Canada courts are different though and they can bend for the companies well being. If they did it would be business as usual.
I really doubt manulife will go Bankrupt and the courts may look at this and say this is a policy from the 90’s and shouldn’t apply to current times. By the sounds of it the policy was poorly written at the time though. I have decided to cash out and take my profits off the table. We will see after the courts decision if I will return to be a shareholder.
BNS – Bank of Nova Scotia – Typical…. This has been my go to stock as of late. A top 5 Canadian bank that is making some great moves, and yet the stock price remains cheap imo. At its current price of 75.27 per share, It offers a p/e ratio of 11.2x and a dividend yield of 4.52%. Very nice. With rising interest rates, banks should do well!
IPL – Inter Pipeline Ltd – At close to 52 week lows, Ipl is a great dividend growth stock with a nice p/e ratio and dividend yield. At 22.39 a share its p/e is 15.1 times and has a monthly dividend of 14 cents offering a solid 7.5% yield. If I recall right it’s payout ratio is around 60% which is nice! I would sell my Altagas shares if I did this as I’m wondering how safe their dividend is at the moment.
DRG.UN – Dream Global REIT – The stock has pulled back quite a bit this past week. Clearly the notion of rising interest rates is hitting interest sensitive stocks. I like this stock and the diversification it offers. Currently it yields 5.88% which it pays out monthly.
LB -Laurentian Bank of Canada – A regional Bank that has just been killed this year. It had some bad loans and got called out about them. They have a good history of raising their dividend though. Currently they offer a p/e of 7.8 times and a massive 6.07% yield! Morningstar has a 4 star rating on them and a fair value of just north of 47 bucks. Representing a 10% upside along with this massive yield. I don’t like the name as much as TD, Bmo, National or bns though. (My other banks)
Well there you have it, my current watch list as well as my recent sale. Within the last week the market has slid a bit and created some better opportunity’s for us investors. I think this month Canada will raise interest rates after the recent Nafta (or new name) deal. This will put more pressure on the utility, pipeline, reit’s and teleco sector’s going forward. Rates will continue to rise slowly though, I think.
What are your thoughts? Are You buying anything? Manulife buying opportunity or get out?
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.