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The Markets continue to be in a fog. Is the fog lifting? If not, when and how fast? Unfortunately, no answers to that with what they call 'uncharted water's with the ongoing major virus issue.
Quite a few of the stocks I watch haven't moved much in price lately, slightly up and slightly down over the trading days since the big drop. Suggests a bottom or new starting point in this world of the 'new' normal way of doing things.
One Blog I follow and I like they way they write their posts with a touch of comedy is called, Millennial Revolution.
The couple retired early in their lives when their goal of 1 million was reached with dedicated saving and investing. In the post link below you can see they got hit like everybody from the 'the big drop' this year but their portfolios are climbing slowly again. (Not the first time ... 2008 as well) The post shows a snapshot of what's happening with the pandemic impact as North America struggles to free itself of the virus. This can all be applied to the small and 'whale' investors as invests adjust to the whim of the Markets that stayed in.
They mention 'cash cushions' which is important and with the history/pattern of the Markets, there will be another bull market in the future. Could be months or a year(s) but once economies get rolling again, that's certainly a plus.
Personally, I'm a DIY(Do It Yourself) investor and read/compare strategies but follow my own path. I learn quick ... like what's solid ground and what looks like quicksand (too much risk) with some fun involved plus that satisfaction when making decent choices. It's something I enjoy in both the stock and crypto markets. Keeping in mind these markets can also be cruel and unforgiving with no one to pick you up, dust you off and make you money as a DIY'er but that's the risk I accept. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Oil is moving up in price while reserves remain full and OPEC cutting back production some. No explaining that as Tankers bob in our oceans full to the gills but China is back in production so using more oil as other countries attempt to do the same. That's one plus for the Markets but the oil business is certainly unpredictable in 2020, with the Saudi's stirring up the works.
There are some jewels in this covid-19 filled uncertainty with the stocks but like it all, I can't base future performance based on the past but ok for reference when making choices. For example, a REIT called RioCan (REI-UN.TO) updating they will be staying as is with their monthly dividend of 0.12 cents per share. That's fairly high compared to other REIT's in Canada.
Back in February, RioCan was over $25 a share, or unit ... today; under $14.
Probably will regain it's pre-covid-19 price last Feb at some point in the future.
There is a lot of sound advise and strategies when it comes to the stock markets. Some excellent books of which I bought a few to compare their recommendations and plans. Blogs ... there are many with a few I read on a steady basis like 'My Own Advisor', who not only shares his thoughts and long term goals with a dividend earning history but shares other investors theories and progress.
But ... when the Market suddenly implodes like it did in March of this year and seeing losses in the portfolio, all that advise and strategic planning is in question. Many just panic and sell but overall folks are in the Markets to make money so it always rebounds after a crash so I 'hold' in times like the big drop in 2008 and currently due to the covid-19 impact on the economy.
Next, where does the crash stop or 'bottom' and will it drop again from there after a lull. Unfortunately no one knows but can only speculate. That's where I am currently; waiting to buy where stocks and reits will rebound with some nice gains later. Be awesome to capture those gains but totally risky currently as Canada and the US slowly open things up after the prolonged lockdowns.
For example, Blackrock's XRE ... iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF. February's price was in the $20's per unit. Currently $14.99 per unit and floating around in that range. Some of the top reits in Canada are included which they adjust for performance and an increase in the monthly dividend for April.
One of many I'm watching. What do they call that? ... FIMO. 'Fear of Missing Out' on gains but patience is the main thing while I seek long term investments.
I'm tempted to make some buys where stocks are lower in price but continue to hold for now where the Markets are shaky, which is understandable as Canada and the US plan to slowly wake up their economies in stages.
With my current 'watch list' focused on Financials and REIT's, I bought some of BlackRocks 'FIE' etf that's into financials like Banks, etc and comes with a monthly distribution.
The Markets will remain rocky until Canada and the US begin reviving the economy in stages so I'm expecting the 'roller coaster ride' thing with the daily markets.
I've been watching the Markets here in Canada on a daily basis when open and what's happening in the US.
Yesterday and today the Markets are in the green so I have to assume many an investor figures the 'bottom' has been hit from the Covid-19 pandemic and oil issues ... coming back up.
But ... is it? When numbers from 'shuttered/waiting to reopen' companies due to the virus and the unemployment numbers come in ... Markets could take a further hit. Hopefully things turn more positive as the current news on the virus is that things are slowly getting better.
Meanwhile, I'm watching the stocks I'm interested in while they are at a low price.
Mainly REIT's and Finance related for now where most energy producers are impacted by the oil price war. Power and electricity outfits are a different story.
No change as yet with the Markets as they fluctuate wildly during the week. Stocks I'm looking at are low in price now and beckoning but I'll continue to hold until things get semi back to normal for now although the urge is to buy before they climb in value again. Worst scenario is Buy and another big selloff in the Market with no getting the Covid-19 under control yet and the Oil price war.
Better days ahead.
Hold, wait and watch is what I am doing these days as the Markets are in a frenzy. With the cold 'Bear' Market now a reality, there is no sympathy for investors who seek it after watching their portfolios go down in value, only wait for the opportune time to reset and restart from where the 'bottom' will eventually be.
An unsettled time in the Markets these days. I continue to hold and not sell my holdings as they have recovered somewhat. I still expect turbulence ahead as Canada and the US grapple with the Virus issue slowly spreading through the countries with the elderly more at risk.
It seems from news and reports the US will escape a recession and the Feds have lowered the interest rate to stimulate the economy. Canada is expected to follow suit but not announced yet as they watch the situation. Market heavyweights like Apple expect to get their China operation back up to speed so updates like that are glimmer of more stability.
Investors in for the long term over years should ride it out but understandably human nature and the panic/fear of losing hard earned/long invested money sets in.
For stock market investors, news is everywhere about the current 'down' state as some investors dumped their stocks since Monday in fear their portfolios will drop drastically and keep dropping. Today, there is no bottom as yet for better days ahead.
I hold and wait it out. Aside from the drop in equities, my REIT's for the most part are maintaining their price, dropped a few cents or have increased in value.
On the flipside, others buy during these times at lower prices to increase their unit holdings or stocks being considered, which have dropped to their personal price ranges; ripe for buying.
Others warn the Market bottom in the US and Canada may not see the 'bottom' for recovery yet and look for alternatives like GIC's, Bonds or Gold. Time and patience, as always, will tell.
My first Canadian REIT, Killam (KMP.UN) I bought over a year back has your average comparable monthly dividend to REITS on the TSX but unit growth, which doesn't happen much or at a slow pace, is the exception here where Killam was at $12.59 in February of 2018 and now at $21.88 per unit today.
A 3% dividend increase was announced a couple days ago
Interesting, where in the latest Workshop edition with Millennial Revolution; their ETF approach and Wealthsimple's pick for their investing exposure, returned near the same results in earnings and volatility. Their next workshop article is about going for it and funding ... to be published soon.
I'm reading a lot of different investing approaches in Blogs, newsletters and articles. Some are basically following another's portfolio with some additions/subtractions. In the end, an investor on a mission ... should study and choose what's right for him or her. Personally, I'm currently 100% into dividend paying stocks with REIT'S and ETF's with finance and the aim of having some or all 'dividend aristocrats' among the ETF holdings. Stand alone stocks that have potential are also on my radar as I grow my portfolio. Junior Mining and Oil, knowing the higher risk involved but just following at this time. On the fence, type of thing.
On the Blog, Millennial Revolution ... there are money related Workshops and the latest (#55) is about Wealthsimple as the author dives into popular Fin-teck. From background, to registering and exploring the site. Their next article will be about the ETF selection and their performance.
I'm researching 3 REIT related ETF's these days from these financials ... Vanguard, Blackrock and BMO. I'm kind of leaning towards the BMO (ZRE) currently at a price of $26 with a dividend per unit of 0.09 paid monthly.
Also with BMO, I like the ZWC, CDN Covered Call ETF, currently at $19.02 with a monthly dividend of 0.11 per unit.
On a stand alone REIT, Been researching Morguard REIT (MRT.UN), based in Quebec at $12.53 currently, with a monthly dividend of 0.08 per unit.
I primarily use the TD bank of Canada for their investor (WebBroker) site but funded Wealthsimple Trade to try out their no Trade fee and no minimum fund service.
In 2019, I did a lot of reading and studying, getting some tips and feedback from a Canadian friend out in BC about the stock market where he's been in the Bank and Tax business. Currently running a Tax office.
So, it's time for action with still a ton to learn about the various aspects and the pulse of the stock market.
I made some Trades over the last week where I'm mainly seeking Dividend paying stock at this time and need to be in by the 31st of January to collect the dividends I bought.
One of the more interesting is an Automotive Property REIT, APR.UN. Growing steady with property acquisitions that are leased by the major car companies out there. I also bought a TD ETF, TD Q Canadian Dividend ETF that concentrates on financials and REIT's. So far so good while looking to keep fees low and to a minimum. Mistakes will happen but we learn from them.
A no fee, no minimum amount with a 2.4% (annum, added monthly) savings/spending account is the latest product Wealthsimple out of Canada is offering. Secure and insured, I found that offer hard to resist.
They also offer tailored investment solutions, tax services and a no fee stock trading site, Wealthsimple Trade ... currently for cell phone 'App' use only. Desktop to come later.
A new year and with the building ETF craze, it's about comparisons, choices and monitoring prices ... holdings and dividends.
Blackrock and Vanguard continue to be competitive and off a wide variety of investments at decent 'Fees' in Canada. Looking at their REIT offer on both sites, one can see some similar holdings but also a different mix with different 'weightings' or more funds into one REIT compared to others.
Buying individual REIT's and stocks, investors just have the 'buy' and sell' fee, if any depending on the online trading site, bank, etc. No associated fee that comes with an ETF or Mutual Fund.
I'm also a fan of High Interest savings account as some institutions offer some attractive rates. '2% per annum' is more common these day as some outfits go higher, others lower with winter and summer rate boosts over 2% with Tangerine for example.
Let's compare using $2000 for example:
High Interest Saving Account at 2% per annum. $40 gain on the year but actually more as monthly interest is added building the account for the next month's addition of interest. And, good to have as a backup for the unexpected and liquid cash.
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) REI-UN.TO ... @ $26 per unit fluctuating. 76.92 units from a $2000 CAD funding.
REIT's usually don't move a lot in price but the current monthly dividend is 0.12 cents per unit: 76.92 x 0.12 = $9.23 or $110.76 for 12 months if nothing changes in the dividend distribution amount. Investors can repurchase more units at a discount or save the dividend cash. Compounding builds up over time. There's risk involved although it's low risk in my opinion, RioCan valued at near 15 Billion CAD.
Big difference in gains depending on how much risk, if any, one wants to take on.
Doing both is ideal in this scenario. Liquid cash with savings and ... building in the Markets with the option of having liquid cash in monthly dividends.