Jun 1, 2021
OPTIMISM #29 - June 1, 2021Stock prices continue to climb on more good news. My Canada bias is shining, as are your dividends and overall returns.
May 14, 2021
OPTIMISM #28 - May 14th 2021There are many positive & interesting things recently happening worth noting. Those over age 75 receiving OAS pension will get a one-time bonus payment of $500 plus a boost of 10% overall, bringing the maximum from $7,384 per year to $8,122 or $677 per month.
Apr 22, 2021
OPTIMISM #27 - April 22nd, 2021Financial planning is a puzzle. Some of the of pieces fell out of the box and are missing. Others are blank. We have to colour them in ourselves.
Apr 14, 2021
OPTIMISM #26 - April 13th, 2021Dividend increases are mainly slow but steady these days. Companies are cautiously making increases, but wary of future risks as well as consumer optics of doing ‘too well’ in Covid times.
Mar 19, 2021
OPTIMISM #25 - March 19, 2021he Canadian market is flat today, but our portfolios are up. It’s been like this quite a few days in the past month. The culprit… Shopify.
Feb 25, 2021
OPTIMISM #25 - February 24, 2021It’s your birthday. I know, not really, but when you see your most recent statements, you will know what I mean.
Feb 11, 2021
OPTIMISM #24 - February 11, 2021There is much to be optimistic about these days. Cardinal Capital’s CIO Evan Mancer expects value-oriented portfolios to go 15% higher this year. (that’s us)
Dec 21, 2020
OPTIMISM #23 - December 21, 2020Finally. The days start to get longer again. Or … the biggest night of the year! Good either way. Its nice to see more recent dividend increases:
Dec 8, 2020
OPTIMISM #22 - December 8, 2020I was thinking it would be a good idea for us to write ourselves a letter. With special instructions to open when the next market correction happens.
Nov 23, 2020
OPTIMISM #21 - November 23, 2020Not much need to be optimistic as the rebound in share prices is doing it for us. I believe there is much more upside in banks, pipeline and telco shares among others.
Nov 9, 2020
OPTIMISM #20 - November 9, 2020What a day. You are being rewarded for your patience. The Canadian broad market (TSX) is up 1.19%. My dividend stocks are up 4.42%
Oct 27, 2020
OPTIMISM #19 - October 27, 2020Which month is statistically the best in the stock market? If you said December, you are correct.
Oct 15, 2020
OPTIMISM #17 - October 15, 2020Super article in the Globe today about Sherry Cooper, the former BMO Economist. Her attitude towards investing mirrors ours. Here is the link...
Sep 29, 2020
OPTIMISM #16 - September 29, 2020I chopped the text below from a Norman Rothery column in the Globe and Mail last week called Making the Case for the sleepy approach to Dividend Investing.
Sep 23, 2020
OPTIMISM #15 - September 23, 2020Markets look really ugly today, but upon closer examination the pain is focussed on energy, marijuana and Shopify stocks. Damage is generally minimal in our not so boring dividend payers and others such as CN Rail and Canadian Tire are up nicely.
Sep 11, 2020
OPTIMISM #14 - September 11, 2020Another great week. Many dark clouds in the media, but more positive stuff happening. 1. September 1st. CFO Larry Froom bought $100,000 of H&R REIT.
Aug 31, 2020
OPTIMISM #13 - August 31, 2020It is the last day of August, now my favourite month starts. Weather is still beautiful, but Kelowna is quieter. Days are warm but nights are cool.
Aug 8, 2020
Optimism #11 - August 8th, 2020The only newsworthy news I can see out there is that Joe Biden may have chosen a running mate and we may be closer to finding a vaccine.
Jul 30, 2020
OPTIMISM #10 - July 30th, 2020I have been searching for new signs of optimism and hope I don’t sound like a broken record. If you’ve known me for a while you know that I am generally a realist. My wife says I’m a pessimist.
Jul 3, 2020
OPTIMISM #9 - July 3, 2020It’s been an interesting week or two since my last commentary. News has been positive. 1.The New York Times report Wall Street’s best quarter since 1998:
Jun 22, 2020
OPTIMISM #8 - June 22, 2020Trends never seem to go in straight lines, but the general direction seems positive. I like this wording: “ …risk is more often in the price you pay rather than the company purchased.”
Jun 10, 2020
OPTIMISM #7 - June 10, 2020I am sharing a funny story a client reminded me of. In late 2009 RBC stock (RY) was rising out of the ashes of the 08/09 crash from under 30$ per share.
Jun 3, 2020
OPTIMISM #6 - June 3, 2020Reading the morning news, I find it ironic that there is very little to be optimistic about and yet it’s better than what’s on TV. However, if you look at share prices of our beloved dividend growth stocks, quite a different picture emerges.
Apr 30, 2020
OPTIMISM #5 - April 30, 2020First of all, congratulations for not cracking under pressure, not selling when the prices fell. And cheers to those who bought more shares on sale.
Apr 14, 2020
OPTIMISM #4 - April 14, 2020If you look closely, beyond the sensationally negative news channels, there are many signs of optimism. I like to watch what the people at the helm of Canada’s great companies are buying.
Apr 6, 2020
OPTIMISM #3 - April 6, 2020Sometimes there is wisdom in denial. When your investment account statements arrive in the mail, consider not opening them. Maybe write ‘ do not open until September 30th on it, or something like that, and file it away.
Mar 31, 2020
OPTIMISM #2 - March 31, 2020I hope this finds you and your families safe and healthy. I thought this was brilliant. From George Athanassakos, a York University professor of Value investing, in the Globe and Mail last weekend: