My portfolio tends to underperform in bull markets and outperform in bear markets. That means my portfolio never gets the great returns in the bull markets, but never gets the lows in the bear markets. It is less volatile. I think that over all I get a better return.
My portfolio does not mirror the TSX. The TSX is mostly banks and resources. I have the banks but I have less than 1% of my portfolio in resources. I never buy a resource stock for the long term.
Ben Graham I think certainly got it right for the individual investor. He said that the individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator. I think that it is acting like a speculator that causes individual investors to lose money. It is not that I have not lost money on a stock; it is just that over all I have made money.
I make compounding work for me. For example, I bought Emera in 2005. On my original stock purchase after some 12 years I am making a dividend yield of 11% whereas the current yield is around 4.45%. Take the stock Fortis Inc. I bought stock some 21 years ago. On this stock I have a dividend yield on my original purchase of 23%. The current yield is 3.59%. I also bought Royal Bank some 21 years ago and I am making a dividend yield of 48% on my original purchase. Its current yield is 3.76%.
Banks are particularly good in having good dividends that grow well. But you also have to diversify. You cannot diversity in the Canadian market as much as you can in the US market, but we do have a variety of utilities, consumer and industrial stocks.
On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp (TSX-PZA, OTC-PZRIF)... learn more. Tomorrow, I will write about Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (TSX-HPS, OTC- HMDPF)... learn more on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 around 5 pm.
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