Stock Buys/Sales

stock buys

Hey everyone. Wow this market is all over the place these days. Now the fed decides to continue raising the rates, and I think we will continue going lower. Who knows though, I’ll just keep making stock buys and enjoy the cheaper drips.

As you can see the site has taken a new look and hopefully is a lot faster for everyone. There is definitely still some hiccups I need to sort out still. ie cloudflare and moving my domain over as well. fun fun. Gtmetrix shows it has been worth my while though as the site loads in around a second where before it took 5-8 seconds. Hopefully google decides to reward me with a higher page rank or something.

While this has been frustrating the last couple days, it will save me in the long run. I dunno how many nights I’ve tried grinding to improve the speed with caching etc to no avail. Hosting is a big factor.

The Sales

I have known for awhile that I need to even out our portfolio. We currently have about 5-6 holdings that are over 5% of our portfolio. It was a beginner move throwing so much money into certain companies, but some of them have just appreciated so much as well. Id like to lower these positions so they don’t impact my portfolio as much.

Enbridge was a huge mistake of mine. Now I got to back that up and say, I love them. They are a solid dividend growth stock (just raised div 10% again) with a backlog of projects to continue that dividend growth, but when I started investing, I dunno what happened. But I needed a sizeable position in each one of our accounts. It currently is over 10% of our portfolio, but its underwater…. I haven’t sold any yet, but really am debating it. Maybe sell like 5k and move it into Transcanada, but honestly I think Enbridge has a lot more potential. If it pops to $48 again (my avg cost), I’ll definitely lower that position.

Sell, Sell, Sell

I sold 15 shares of my TD bank position, just north of 70 bucks each… I made about 8% since last year plus dividends off the sale. Td was another big holding of mine and the dividend easily buys me another share each quarter so I dropped that down. Financials have become one of my largest sectors in the dividend portfolio. Id love to buy more bns eventually and get that dripping as well, but its time to make my portfolio better.

I sold our entire position in zdy (a bmo etf). I made about 3% in gains and its dividend of like 3% minus management fees… This was a holding in our rrsp account, and I just felt the US market had some great buys in sectors that Canada really lacks.

My final sale was 100 shares of Riocan. Again it was another holding over 5% of my portfolio. Love the company, but didn’t make much off them… lol. I brought in like 1% in capital gains and the dividend (in a yr and a half). I’m now getting over 40 bucks a month in dividends from them, so decided to even my positions out while still dripping a share a month.

I’m long all the stocks I mentioned (other than zdy etf) I just sold them to take a profit, and build a better portfolio. It was a beginner move for sure, but its all good. As I age, I guess I do get a little wiser! Cisco is another position over 5% but that’s there because I’m up 47% on them. Ill keep throwing money at the market to lower that percentage. =)

Stock Buys

Alright on to the buys right? Last week I posted my current dividend stock watch list. Clearly I like the financials these days, but decided to really hit up my lower sectors. With their next earnings report coming out, I decided to make a buy before.

I had $1050 from the sale of TD and just over $1100 cash, so we decided to buy 111 shares of Transcontinental. I feel they were just too cheap and are starting to transition their business in the right ways. A dividend growth streak of 16 years, 5 year growth avg of 6.6% and a payout ratio of 30%… Pfft pretty nice numbers, oh yeah a yield on cost of 4.33%. The stock was also over 40% off its 52 week high… While everyone thinks paper is a dying industry, they are diversifying and also posted a earnings beat last week. This purchase adds $93.24 to our forward dividends.

I sold those Riocan shares which gave me $2400 and change. The reit I have really wanted to start a position in has dropped pretty nicely lately. Dream Global REIT is a owner and operator of approximately 10 million square feet of office and mixed-use space in Germany and Austria. A great way to diversify away from Canada without the tax implications. A p/e ratio of 4.8 times and offers a current yield of 6.47%. We bought 197 shares, just enough to get the drip. Sweet this was a great way to replace those riocan shares. A little more money each month, with the added global diversification. This purchase adds $157.67 in forward income.

US Stocks

After the sale of zdy in our rrsp account we bit the bullet and ate the shitty Canadian dollar conversion. I was really debating this, but overall the tsx has really under performed and I dunno if I see the Canadian Dollar bouncing in value at the moment. My mid month each quarter is always our lowest month of dividends and with T, Abbvie and even JNJ (pays last month of quarter) at these prices I thought it would be a good move. We also had about $500 usd from dividends sitting waiting to be deployed.

Now JNJ is a great stock, I just don’t really want to touch it at the moment. I feel lawsuits are going to be coming from everywhere now. Also if these allegations are true we are talking almost 50 years of asbestos knowledge. Asbestos!!! You don’t play round with that. Their consumer confidence is going to get killed… Again they will survive, but with a p/e ratio over 26 I’m in no rush.

So T or Abbvie? Both great stocks at nice prices, great dividend histories too. But Canada’s dividend growth healthcare sector sucks, and its my 2nd lowest sector. I ended up buying 34 shares of Abbvie the other day at basically 84 bucks each. Thinking the fed’s wouldn’t raise rates and we might have a Christmas rally.. Nope! Ahhh well, love the company and seeing all the dividend raises they keep announcing. My Yield on cost is 5.04%. This adds $145.52 in forward dividends.


Well a lot of moves lately. Not always a good thing, when you factor in trading costs. I thinned out or eliminated 3 positions and added 3 new ones. The stocks added to our diversification both globally and in different sectors. The sales eliminated $281.40 in dividends but the new buys will bring in $396.43 per year. Overall I think it was a great move long term.

What are your thoughts on all these moves? Would you thin out your Enbridge position if you were me? or wait a bit? What would you buy?


16 Responses

  1. Matthew says:

    Hey Rob some nice moves here. TransContinental sounds very appealing. Also good job on diversifying the portfolio. I like the idea of trimming your stocks, you may have given me an idea I have quite a bit of Fortis and BCE that I could possibly trim.


    • Rob says:

      hey Matt

      Thanks man. It definitely feels good trimming them down, Enbridge is a hard one at the moment… Still debating the Transcanada move.
      If they are a lot higher id say why not. Fortis to bip may not be a bad switch up. Same sectors and pay months. BIP may actually have a higher yield atm.
      cheers man!

  2. Congrats on the buys. I’m a big fan of TCL – especially at these prices. Was #2 on my screen – and that was before it dropped so much. Definitely want to pick some of that one up – hopefully it stays low until the new year when I get my tax refund..hah

    • Rob says:

      hey Jordan

      Thanks man, yeah tcl has been all over the place. Up one day down another. Guess that’s the market though! Most likely things will continue to slowly go down, I don’t see any big deals at the moment to spark the market! Maybe if trump eliminates tariffs? lol
      Lucky the wife go’s back to work next month, We need to just keep throwing money at the market and enjoy the lower prices.

  3. DivvyDad says:

    It must be the season, as I’ve just finished tweaking my portfolio and will be sharing the details tomorrow. It looks like you’ve made some nice changes, and on the US side I do really like ABBV.

    I’ve got a couple of overweight positions as well, but for now I’ve opted to leave them and focus new capital on the lagging positions. If I wasn’t happy with the performance of my overweight positions, I might trim some but for now I’m holding tight.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Rob says:

      hey dd

      Glad to hear, lots of people make the same mistake.. It probably is the season, right at the end of the year. Tax loss harvesting creates some even better deals out there. Gotta say Abbvie is one of those stocks I have wanted for a long time. All you guys boasting about their massive dividend raises, now i can finally take part. Got to love it!

      I feel ya about those overweight holdings, I love endbridge but man is it a huge chunk of my portfolio. lol! Look forward to seeing your moves.

      cheers man

  4. Mistakes are going to happen. That’s part of dividend investing. It is important to take the right lessons from each investment and apply them going forward. Sounds like you are well on that path. But I like the purchases you made with your capital and I’ve added shares of ABBV over the last few months as well. I would like to add to my Canadian Bank exposure, so personally, I would have held TD. I own a small portion of CM but and considering adding to it, BNS, or one of the others. However, if you are overweight and are looking to shed, I understand your position. Enjoy the re-vamping and dividend income!


    • Rob says:

      hey Bert

      Thanks man! Yeah im a huge fan of td but felt it would be good to diversify a little more and maybe up a position in another bank to enable the drip.

      definately love holding abbvie finally!

      cheers man

  5. Dividend Deluge says:

    Those JNJ lawsuits sure raise a big questions about the company. I’m not planning to sell though, but it is interesting to see how that works out. Enbridge is still a newcomer in my portfolio as I bought some shares back in April. I am not planning to sell any shares in near future but it is only about 5 % of my portfolio too, so it is hard to say should you thin your position. Personally I probably would not sell any ENB shares, but that is just my opinion.

    • Rob says:

      hey Deluge

      yeah its a hard decision… Ultimately i think i will trim my position a bit. Love them though. haha!

      jnj will be fine, but definately makes you question their products.

      cheers man

  6. TD, ENB and REI are really getting cheap. Since I don’t have TD yet, it will be a perfect opportunity to start a small position. I’m not sure about Transcontinental and how their digital transformation will take place. Hopefully the stock will turn around.

    • Rob says:

      hey German

      Riocan really hasnt been losing much but those canadian banks keep dropping!
      I think it would be a great time to buy them.


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