Thursday, August 16, 2018

Dividends and Volatility

There are several places where you will face volatility if decide to have your income from dividend stocks. First and probably the most volatility you will face is in the value of the stock. Secondly, your overall dividend growth will change from year to year. Thirdly, an individual stock can increase dividends one year and cut them the next or vice versa.

The value of your dividend stock portfolio can be calm sometimes and swing wildly other times. This can also be true of individual stocks. I do not worry about bear markets because I know all stocks are going to go down no matter how good (or bad) that they are. Generally, dividend stocks do not go down as much as the markets do, but they do go down.

In the last 2 bear markets my portfolio went down 30%. This happens in bear markets. It is not a time to panic. If your stocks go down in a bear market, I would not worry. I worry if my stock takes a dive when there is no bear market. My first stop to try to get a sense of what is going on is Stock Chase.

The growth in dividends will change from year to year depending on the economic climate and what is happening in the sector your stock is in. I have found in bear markets is that my overall dividend growth will decline. Sometimes because of the overall slow down of the economy my dividend increases are low. The lowest increase I have had is 3.9% in 2014. The year of 2010 was a low growth year with only a dividend growth of 5.3%. It has been a long slow recover from the bear market and decline of 2008 and I have had some low dividend growth years. However, dividends tend to growth more than inflation.

Some company will not cut or cancel dividends unless they absolutely have to. This is because dividend investors are an unforgiving lot. Stocks that cut or cancel dividends get hammered by the market. Some companies will keep their dividends flat for a number of years if they have some financial problems. They will hope that they can resolve the problems before they have to cut dividends. Other companies regularly declare what they believe that they can afford and ignore the market. Their dividends can go up and down over time. Generally, they will have increasing dividends over the longer term.

Know your companies and understand what their dividend policies are. Some companies will say what their dividend policy is and others you will be able to tell what it is from past history.

This volitivity is just background noise. If you can ignore the noise you can do well with dividend stocks over the long term. The best advise is never panic. People lose money in the stock market because they panic and do the wrong thing. Sometimes they buy because they think that they need to buy now otherwise the price of the stock will get to high in the future to buy, or they panic and sell because their stock has plummeted in price and they are afraid of losing more money. Never buy or sell because of panic. That is how you lose money.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX-BB, NASDAQ-BBRY) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Onex Corp. (TSX-OCX, OTC-ONEXF) ... learn more on Friday, August 17, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Robin Speziale

Robin Speziale is writing an occasional blog on his web site that you might be interested in checking out. The list of articles are showing here. You can join his mailing list here. His website is here.

Robin’s most recent article was called Small Companies; Big Dreams. If you have some extra money, sometimes it is not a bad idea to throw some money at interesting small caps. This way you do not risk much and if things turn out well for the company and the stock you might be able to give a boost to your portfolio and discover a new great stock.

I was recently reading his article on the Next 15 Capital Compounders. If you are building your portfolio you might want to take a closer look at these capital compounders.

I cover a few of these stocks. I am basically now only interested in dividend paying stocks. That is because I am living off my portfolio. However, when I was building my portfolio I was also interested in all good stocks whether or not they paid dividends

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Stingray Digital Group Inc (TSX-RAY, OTC-NONE) ... learn more. Next, I will write about BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX-BB, NASDAQ-BBRY) ... learn more on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 around 5 pm..

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Something to Buy August 2018

There is always something to buy in the stock market. On Tuesday, I put out a list of the stocks that I covered and showed what stock might be a good deal based on dividend yield. Now I am trying to categorize what sorts of stocks may be a good deal based on dividend yield.

The advantages to using dividend yield to judge how cheap or expensive a stock is, is that you are not using estimates or old data (like last reported quarter's data). You are using today's stock price and today's dividend yield.

For other testing, like using P/E Ratios and Price/Graham Price Ratios, you use EPS estimates or from the last reported financial quarter. When using P/S Ratios, P/CF Ratios or P/BV Ratios you are using data from the last reported financial quarter.

This system does not work well for old Income Trust companies. These companies had quite high Dividend Yields which will probably never be seen again. So, I started a column called VT (for Valid Test) and this applies to checking stock price using dividend yield. If it is not a valid test I use N to show this. For these stocks, you might be better comparing the current dividend yield to the 5 year median dividend yield.

However, no system is perfect. But if you are interested in buying a stock a list of stocks cheap or reasonable using dividend yield data might be a good place to start.

Categorizing stocks is not as simple as it might seem. Every site you go to has categorized stocks a bit differently. I try to keep this as simple as possible. See Something to Buy August 2018 Spreadsheet to see what stocks are showing whether a stock is relatively cheap based on historical high dividend yields (P/Hi), historical average dividend yields (P/Ave), historical median dividend yields (P/Med) or on 5 year median dividend yields (P/5Yr). As in other spreadsheets, you can highlight a line or a number of lines for better viewing.

In the following notes I am only going to list stocks showing as cheap using the historical high dividend yields (P/Hi) and historical median dividend yields (P/Med).

I follow 21 stocks in the Consumer Discretionary category. Three of these stocks (14%) are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield and they are DHX Media Ltd. (TSX-DHX, OTC-DHXMF), High Liner Foods (TSX-HLF, OTC-HLNFF) and Newfoundland Capital Corp (TSX-NCC.A). Dorel Industries (TSX-DII.B, OTC-DIIBF) has been removed from this list.

Seven (or 33%) of Consumer Discretionary are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Canadian Tire Corp (TSX-CTC.A, OTC-CDNAF), DHX Media Ltd. (TSX-DHX.A, OTC-DHXMF), High Liner Foods (TSX-HLF, OTC-HLNFF), Leon's Furniture (TSX-LNF), Newfoundland Capital Corp (TSX-NCC.A), Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp (TSX-PZA, OTC-PZRIF), and Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (TSX-RET.A, OTC-RTMAF). Dorel Industries (TSX-DII.B, OTC-DIIBF), Magna International Inc. (TSX-MG, NYSE-MGA), Molson Coors Canada (TSX-TPX.B, NYSE-TAP), and Thomson Reuters Corp (TSX-TRI, NYSE-TRI) have been removed from this list

I follow 11 Consumer Staples stocks. No companies are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Five stocks (or 42%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These are AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (TSX-AGT, OTC-AGXXF), Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX-ATD.B, OTC-ANCUF), Empire Company Ltd (TSX-EMP.A, OTC-EMLAF), Loblaw Companies (TSX-L, OTC-LBLCF) and Metro Inc. (TSX-MRU, OTC-MTRAF). There is no change from last month.

I only follow three Health Care stocks. None of these stocks are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two or 67% are cheap by the historical median dividend yield. The stocks are Johnson and Johnson (NYSE-JNJ) and Medtronic Inc. (NYSE-MDT). There is no change from last month.

I follow 10 Real Estate stocks. None of these stocks is showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Choice Properties REIT (TSX-CHP.UN, OTC-PPRQF) has been removed from this list.

Five stocks (or 50%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Artis REIT (TSX-AX.UN, OTC- ARESF), Choice Properties REIT (TSX-CHP.UN, OTC-PPRQF), Granite Real Estate (TSX-GRT.UN, NYSE-GRP.U), H & R REIT (TSX-HR.UN, OTC-HRUFF) and Melcor Developments Inc. (TSX-MRD, OTC-MODVF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 8 Bank stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Three stocks (or 38%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX-BNS, NYSE-BNS), and CIBC (TSX-CM, NYSE-CM). Toronto Dominion Bank (TSX-TD, NYSE-TD) has been removed from this list.

I follow 14 Financial Service stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Eight (or 57%) stocks are showing cheap by the historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Accord Financial Corp (TSX-ACD, OTC-ACCFF), AGF Management Ltd (TSX-AGF.B, OTC-AGFMF), Alaris Royalty Corp (TSX-AD, OTC-ALARF), CI Financial (TSX-CIX, OTC-CIFAF), Equitable Group Inc. (TSX-EQB, OTC-EQGPF), Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (TSX-GS, OTC-GLUSF), IGM Financial (TSX-IGM, OTC-IGIFF) and Power Corp (TSX-POW, OTC-PWCDF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 6 Insurance stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Six stocks (or 100%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX-GWO, OTC-GWLIF), Industrial Alliance Ins. and Fin. (TSX-IAG, OTC-IDLLF), Intact Financial Corp. (TSX-IFC, OTC-IFCZF), Manulife Financial Corp (TSX-MFC, NYSE-MFC), Power Financial Corp (TSX-PWF, OTC-POFNF) and Sun Life Financial (TSX-SLF, NYSE-SLF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 32 Industrial stocks. Because I have so many and Industrial is not very descriptive, I have divided my Industrial stocks into 4 separate categories under Industrial. They are Construction, Industrial, Manufacturing and (Business) Services.

I have 6 Construction stocks. None are cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two stocks or 33% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are SNC-Lavalin (TSX-SNC, OTC-SNCAF) and Stantec Inc. (TSX-STN, NYSE-STN). There is no change from last month.

I have 3 stocks I have left with the sub-index of Industrial. None are cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two stocks or 67% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Finning International Inc. (TSX-FTT, OTC-FINGF), and Russel Metals (TSX-RUS, OTC-RUSMF). There is no change from last month.

I have 7 Manufacturing stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Three stocks or 43% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Exco Technologies Ltd. (TSX-XTC, OTC-EXCOF), Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (TSX-HPS.A, OTC-HMDPF), and PFB Corp (TSX-PFB, OTC-PFBOF). Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX-ITP, OTC-ITPOF) has been removed from this list.

I follow 16 Services stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Three stocks or 19% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Canadian National Railway (TSX-CNR, NYSE-CNI), Pason Systems Inc. (TSX-PSI, OTC-PSYTF), and Transcontinental Inc. (TSX-TCL.A, OTC-TCLAF). Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc. (TSX-RBA, NYSE-RBA) has been removed from this list.

I follow 8 Material stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. One stock or 13% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. That stock is Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (TSX-HDI, OTC-HDIUF). This last list has not changed from last month.

I follow 10 Energy stocks. Two stocks or 20% are showing as cheap by the historical high dividend yield. They are Ensign Energy Services (TSX-ESI, OTC-ESVIF) and Mullen Group (TSX-MTL, OTC-MLLGF). There is no change from last month.

There are five stocks (or 50%) showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Canadian Natural Resources (TSX-CNQ, NYSE-CNQ), Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX-CVE, NYSE-CVE), Ensign Energy Services (TSX-ESI, OTC-ESVIF), and Mullen Group (TSX-MTL, OTC-MLLGF). Suncor Energy (TSX-SU, NYSE-SU) has been removed from this list.

I follow 8 Tech stocks. None are showing as cheap by historical high dividend yield. Four stocks (or 50%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Absolute Software Corporation (TSX-ABT, OTC-ALSWF) Computer Modelling Group Ltd. (TSX-CMG, OTC-CMDXF), Evertz Technologies (TSX-ET, OTC-EVTZF) and Maxar Technologies Ltd (TSX-MAXR-NYSE-MAXR). There is no change from last month.

I follow 7 of the Infrastructure type utility companies. None are showing as cheap by historical high dividend yield. Three stocks (or 43%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are AltaGas Ltd (TSX-ALA, OTC-ATGFF), Enbridge Inc. (TSX-ENB, NYSE-ENB), and TransCanada Corp (TSX-TRP, NYSE-TRP). Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (TSX-ENF, OTC-EBGUF) has been removed from this list.

I follow 12 of the Power type utility companies. Only ATCO Ltd (TSX-ACO.X, OTC-ACLLF) is showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. This has not changed from last month.

Five stocks (or 42%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. Those stocks are ATCO Ltd (TSX-ACO.X, OTC-ACLLF), Canadian Utilities Ltd (TSX-CU, OTC-CDUAF) and Emera Inc. (TSX-EMA, OTC-EMRAF), Fortis Inc. (TSX-FTS, OTC-FRTSF) and Just Energy Group Inc. (TSX-JE, NYSE-JE). This has not changed from last month.

I follow 4 of the Telecom Service type utility companies. No stocks are showing as cheap by historically high dividend yield. Three stocks (or 75%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are BCE (TSX-BCE, NYSE-BCE), Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX-SJR.B, NYSE-SJR) and Telus Corp (TSX-T, NYSE-TU). Quarterhaill Inc (TSX-QTRH, NASDAQ-QTRH has been removed from this list.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Choice Properties REIT (TSX- CHP.UN, OTC- PPRQF) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Newfoundland Capital Corp. (TSX-NCC.A, OTC-none) ... learn more on Friday, August 10, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Dividend Stocks August 2018

First, I want to point out that not all of the stocks I follow are great investments. I follow a diverse selection of stocks. There are some that I would never invest in personally. I follow a number of resource stocks even though I personally have little invested in this area. I follow what I find interesting and with resource stocks, I think it is important for Canadians to know what is happening in the resource area. On the other hand, I do follow of good number of great dividend growth stocks.

The theory is that you should use the dividend yield to see if a dividend stock is selling at a stock price that is relatively cheap. A stock price is considered cheap if it is selling at a dividend yield higher than the historical high yield or higher than the historical average yield or historical median yield. See my spreadsheet at dividend growth stocks that I just updated for August 2018. On this list,
  • I have 6 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I have 35 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield
  • I have 65 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical median dividend yield and
  • 67 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
When I did my list last list in December 2017,
  • I have 7 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I have 44 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield
  • I have 74 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical median dividend yield and
  • 76 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
When I did my list in January 2014,
  • I had 9 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I had 45 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield and
  • 39 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
If you had one share of each stock, total dividends last month would be $170.28. This month dividends would be $170.01 which is a reset figure after the changes noted below. Of the stock that I follow 4 stocks has raised their dividends since last month.

Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX-ATD.B, OTC-ANCUF)

Barclays PLC (LSE-BARC, NYSE BCS) Husky Energy (TSX-HSE, OTC-HUSKF) Industrial Alliance Ins. and Fin. (TSX-IAG, OTC-IDLLF)

Last month I showed Andrew Peller Ltd (TSX-ADW.A, OTC-ADWPF) as having a dividend increase, but I did not update my spreadsheet to the new dividend. I have done this for this month. EnerCare Inc. (TSX-ECI, OTC-CSUWF) price has jumped because it is being taken over by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P (TSX-BIP.UN, NYSE-BIP). For SmartCentres REIT (TSX-SRU.UN, OTC-CWYUF) TD has finally got the distribution amount right.

Also, of the stocks that I follow, 0 stocks decreased or suspended their dividends.

Most of my stocks started out as Dividend Payers. Currently 14 stocks are not paying any dividends and this would be some 9.03% of the stocks that I follow. Four of these stocks never had dividends, so 7.74% of the stocks I follow have suspended their dividends. The three stocks that never paid dividends are Ballard Power Systems Inc. (TSX-BLD, NASDAQ-BLDP0, Blackberry Ltd. (TSX-BB, NASDAQ-BBRY) and Trigon Metals Inc. (TSX-TM, OTC-PNTZF).

I am showing whether a stock is relatively cheap based on historical high dividend yields (P/Hi), historical average dividend yields (P/Ave), historical median dividend yields (P/Med) or on 5 year median dividend yields (P/5Yr). See these fields on the right side of the file. You can highlight a particular stock using your cursor to highlight the appropriate line.

There are always some stocks to buy because they are priced reasonably. There are always stocks to currently avoid because they are overpriced. Looking at dividend growth stocks that are selling at stock prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical median dividend yield are probably the best bet.

The stocks that are selling at prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical high yield could be good stocks to buy. However, these stocks may be selling so cheap because of current troubles, especially financial troubles and should be treated with caution. Do not forget that I have all the stocks I follow on this spreadsheet and some are much better investments than others.

You should always investigate a stock before you buy. Sometimes different stocks in certain sectors are just out of favour or the stock market is just in one of its declines. However, a stock may be relatively cheap because it has problems. That is why you should always investigate a stock before buying.

Looking at stock this way is equivalent to a stock filter. A main problem I know of is for the old income trusts. These companies have generally lowered their dividend yields forever and they will probably never get back to the old dividend yield highs they made as an income trust company. For these stocks, you might be better comparing the current dividend yield to the 5 year median dividend yield. I also started a column called VT (for Valid Test) and this applies to checking stock price using dividend yield. If not a valid test I use N to show this.

Also, on some stocks I have a lot more information years in my spreadsheets than for other stocks. So, finding a stock on the list as "cheap" is only the first step in finding a stock to buy. This is the same with any other sort of stock filters that you can use.

The last thing to remember is that I have entering figures into a spreadsheet. I could put them in incorrectly, I can transpose figures and I can misread figures. This is another great reason why you should check a stock out before investing. As this is just a filter, it works better on some stocks than on others.

See my entry on my methodology in establishing the historical dividend yield highs and lows for the stocks that I cover. I have an entry on my introduction to Dividend Growth. You might want to look at my original entry on Dividend Growth Stocks. I have also written about why I like Dividend Growth companies.

On my other blog I wrote today about Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX-L, OTC-LBLCF) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Choice Properties REIT (TSX- CHP.UN, OTC- PPRQF) ... learn more on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my website for stocks followed and investment notes. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter or StockTwits. I am on Instagram with #walktoronto.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Enbridge

In a recent article on the Money Show site Gordon Pape talks about Enbridge. He says it is becoming boring again and that this is a good thing. He thinks that the CEO Al Monaco and his team are taking the company in the right direction.

Gordon Pape is a well know author and I take his views seriously. But with everything, you should read what others say but make up your own mind about what is right for you.

I go down to the Money Show convention every year. There are always some interesting speakers and there is always something to learn. So, I do find it worthwhile and I think it is worthwhile no matter what level of investing you are at. Gordon Pape is a well know author and I take his views seriously. But with everything,

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Savaria Corporation (TSX-SIS, OTC-SISXF) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Ballard Power Systems Inc. (TSX-BLDP, NASDAQ-BLDP) ... learn more on Friday, August 3, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

June 2018

I have all my investment in TD WebBroker. They were late in delivery of their June statements and they only came near the end of July. I found the final tally quite interesting. The value of my portfolio only increased by 0.69% year to date. This is slightly better than the TSX which increased year to date by 0.42%. This is in great contrast to my increase in dividend income which year to date is up by 10.5%.

This is a huge discrepancy between the performance of the value of my portfolio and increase in dividends. The TSX has recovered somewhat from the end of June, but year to date to July 27, 2018 it is still only up by 1.14%. The thing is that the TSX seems stalled, but my companies are increasing dividends.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about TECSYS Inc. (TSX-TCS, OTC-TCYSF) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Savaria Corporation (TSX-SIS, OTC-SISXF) ... learn more on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

TSX Underperforming

There is a recent article by Peter Hodson on the Financial Post talking about why the TSX is underperforming currently. Too much resources and financial stocks and little tech are the main reasons.

Personally, I have lots of financials and little in resources. I have almost 30% in Financials, but less than 1% in resources. This is probably the reason I tend to outperform the TSX. I also am heavily invested in Dividend Growth Stocks and they also tend to outperform other stocks.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX-DII.B, OTC-DIIBF) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Pulse Seismic Inc. (TSX-PSD, OTC- PLSDF) ... learn more on Friday, July 27, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Another Source of Income 4

This is a continuation of Another Source of Income ; Another Source of Income 2 and Another Source of Income 3 published earlier.

If you want to know what stocks to invest in, you cannot do better than take advise from the Investment Reporter of MPL Communications. See their recent report on How to beat inflation with growing dividends.

The blogger Dividend Earner Dividend Earner has put out an entry on the Best Canadian REITs to buy.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Obsidian Energy Ltd TSX-OBE, NYSE-OBE) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX-DII.B, OTC-DIIBF) ... learn more on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Another Source of Income 3

This is a continuation of Another Source of Income published last week and Another Source of Income 2 published earlier this week.

I thought I would share with you what can be accomplished by dividend investing. On the site of Passive Canadian Income, the author talks about his dividend income in June 2017 and Jun 2018.

He has been into investing during the year, but the point is that he has raised his income of June 2017 of $152.70 to $621.28 in June 2018. This is terrific. He lists all the stock he has, most of which is Canadian.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Artis REIT (TSX-AX.UN, OTC-ARESF) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Atlantic Power Corp (TSX-ATP, NYSE-AT) ... learn more on Friday, July 20, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Another Source of Income 2

This is a continuation of Another Source of Income published last week.

If you spend the dividends you receive from your stock portfolio your portfolio will grow but slowly. You are better off reinvesting any dividends received. It took me 11 years reinvesting my dividends to get to a portfolio of $100,000 and then another 11 years to have enough to retire on. My portfolio grew quite rapidly after I got to $100,000.

If you start a portfolio, it can be your raining day fund. Problems always come up and you will have far less stress if you knew you had some money to tie you over. When I was working my company announced they were going to downsize. This meant people would lose jobs. I was less stress than anyone else because I know that if the worse happened I my portfolio income to fall back on. It was not large at that point, but it could income if I lost my job and had trouble finding a new one.

The last thing to mention is that if you buy dividend growth stocks, you get compounding working for you.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about TMX Group Ltd (TSX-X, OTC-TMXXF) ... learn more. Next, I will write Artis REIT (TSX-AX.UN, OTC-ARESF) ... learn more on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Another Source of Income

For anyone wanting income they should look at investing in dividend growth stock. Dividend growth stock generally start out with a lower return than interest rates but since the dividends increase over time you will have increasing income. We are living in usually times where dividend yield can be higher than interest but this will not last and it is seldom the case.

You can fund your purchase in a number of ways. You can save to buy stocks in a high interest savings account of a bank. You can open a credit union account as often credit unions will give a better rate then banks. You can open a plain vanilla mutual fund with one of the big five banks. Often you can make arrangements to automatically put money into the mutual fund. You can use a line of credit.

The type of company to start with buying would be from the financial sector, the consumer sector, or the utility sector. I review lots of companies. You can also look at Dividend Growth Investing & Retirement blog with his website here. For company you want to invest in you should check it out on Stock Chase to get a feel for the company and to see if there are any major problems. You can google the company with “stockchase” after the company’s name and you should be directed to information on that stock.

You are better off look at the information on the above blog than say the Dividend Aristocrats index list. The Dividend Aristocrats list can have some real dogs in it and if you are a novice you would not know what to look for.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Morneau Shepell Inc. (TSX-MSI, OTC-MSIXF) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Inter Pipeline Ltd (TSX-IPL, OTC-IPPLF) ... learn more on Friday, July 13, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my website for stocks followed and investment notes. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter or StockTwits. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My Stock Reviews 2018

You might have noticed that I am now looking at the long term returns of stocks. Sometimes it is a very long term review as for stocks I own I often have data going into the 1980’s. I have recently read too many stocks reports on why you should buy a stock and the coverage is only the past year or sometimes the last quarter. I feel you have to base buying a stock on more than that.

I have kept reporting on the relatively cost of stocks. I have found that it makes a big difference to your long term return what you pay for a stock. You may not be able to get a stock cheap but buying it at a reasonable rather than expensive price can really make a difference.

The last thing that I want to mention that I am also focusing on is debt. A number of economist feel that company’s with too much debt will fair badly in the next recession.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Empire Company Ltd (TSX-EMP.A, OTC- EMLAF) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Morneau Shepell Inc. (TSX-MSI, OTC-MSIXF) ... learn more on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Something to Buy July 2018

There is always something to buy in the stock market. On Tuesday, I put out a list of the stocks that I covered and showed what stock might be a good deal based on dividend yield. Now I am trying to categorize what sorts of stocks may be a good deal based on dividend yield.

The advantages to using dividend yield to judge how cheap or expensive a stock is, is that you are not using estimates or old data (like last reported quarter's data). You are using today's stock price and today's dividend yield.

For other testing, like using P/E Ratios and Price/Graham Price Ratios, you use EPS estimates or from the last reported financial quarter. When using P/S Ratios, P/CF Ratios or P/BV Ratios you are using data from the last reported financial quarter.

This system does not work well for old Income Trust companies. These companies had quite high Dividend Yields which will probably never be seen again. So, I started a column called VT (for Valid Test) and this applies to checking stock price using dividend yield. If it is not a valid test I use N to show this. For these stocks, you might be better comparing the current dividend yield to the 5 year median dividend yield.

However, no system is perfect. But if you are interested in buying a stock a list of stocks cheap or reasonable using dividend yield data might be a good place to start.

Categorizing stocks is not as simple as it might seem. Every site you go to has categorized stocks a bit differently. I try to keep this as simple as possible. See Something to Buy July 2018 Spreadsheet to see what stocks are showing whether a stock is relatively cheap based on historical high dividend yields (P/Hi), historical average dividend yields (P/Ave), historical median dividend yields (P/Med) or on 5 year median dividend yields (P/5Yr). As in other spreadsheets, you can highlight a line or a number of lines for better viewing.

In the following notes I am only going to list stocks showing as cheap using the historical high dividend yields (P/Hi) and historical median dividend yields (P/Med).

I follow 21 stocks in the Consumer Discretionary category. Four of these stocks (19%) are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield and they are DHX Media Ltd. (TSX-DHX, OTC-DHXMF), Dorel Industries (TSX-DII.B, OTC-DIIBF), High Liner Foods (TSX-HLF, OTC-HLNFF) and Newfoundland Capital Corp (TSX-NCC.A). There is no change from last month.

Eleven (or 52%) of Consumer Discretionary are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Canadian Tire Corp (TSX-CTC.A, OTC-CDNAF), DHX Media Ltd. (TSX-DHX.A, OTC-DHXMF), Dorel Industries (TSX-DII.B, OTC-DIIBF), High Liner Foods (TSX-HLF, OTC-HLNFF), Leon's Furniture (TSX-LNF); Magna International Inc. (TSX-MG, NYSE-MGA), Molson Coors Canada (TSX-TPX.B, NYSE-TAP), Newfoundland Capital Corp (TSX-NCC.A), Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp (TSX-PZA, OTC-PZRIF), Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (TSX-RET.A, OTC-RTMAF), Thomson Reuters Corp (TSX-TRI, NYSE-TRI), There is no change from last month.

I follow 11 Consumer Staples stocks. No companies are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Five stocks (or 42%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These are AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (TSX-AGT, OTC-AGXXF), Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX-ATD.B, OTC-ANCUF), Empire Company Ltd (TSX-EMP.A, OTC-EMLAF), Loblaw Companies (TSX-L, OTC-LBLCF) and Metro Inc. (TSX-MRU, OTC-MTRAF). There is no change from last month.

I only follow three Health Care stocks. None of these stocks are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two or 67% are cheap by the historical median dividend yield. The stocks are Johnson and Johnson (NYSE-JNJ) and Medtronic Inc. (NYSE-MDT). There is no change from last month.

I follow 10 Real Estate stocks. None of these stocks is showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Choice Properties REIT (TSX-CHP.UN, OTC-PPRQF) has been deleted from this list.

Five stocks (or 50%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Artis REIT (TSX-AX.UN, OTC- ARESF), Choice Properties REIT (TSX-CHP.UN, OTC-PPRQF), Granite Real Estate (TSX-GRT.UN, NYSE-GRP.U), H & R REIT (TSX-HR.UN, OTC-HRUFF) and Melcor Developments Inc. (TSX-MRD, OTC-MODVF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 8 Bank stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Three stocks (or 38%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX-BNS, NYSE-BNS), CIBC (TSX-CM, NYSE-CM) and Toronto Dominion Bank (TSX-TD, NYSE-TD). National Bank of Canada (TSX-NA, OTC-NTIOF) has been deleted from this list.

I follow 14 Financial Service stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Eight (or 57%) stocks are showing cheap by the historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Accord Financial Corp (TSX-ACD, OTC-ACCFF), AGF Management Ltd (TSX-AGF.B, OTC-AGFMF), Alaris Royalty Corp (TSX-AD, OTC-ALARF), CI Financial (TSX-CIX, OTC-CIFAF), Equitable Group Inc. (TSX-EQB, OTC-EQGPF), Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (TSX-GS, OTC-GLUSF), IGM Financial (TSX-IGM, OTC-IGIFF) and Power Corp (TSX-POW, OTC-PWCDF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 6 Insurance stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Six stocks (or 100%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX-GWO, OTC-GWLIF), Industrial Alliance Ins. and Fin. (TSX-IAG, OTC-IDLLF), Intact Financial Corp. (TSX-IFC, OTC-IFCZF), Manulife Financial Corp (TSX-MFC, NYSE-MFC), Power Financial Corp (TSX-PWF, OTC-POFNF) and Sun Life Financial (TSX-SLF, NYSE-SLF). Sun Life Financial (TSX-SLF, NYSE-SLF) has been added to this list.

I follow 32 Industrial stocks. Because I have so many and Industrial is not very descriptive, I have divided my Industrial stocks into 4 separate categories under Industrial. They are Construction, Industrial, Manufacturing and (Business) Services.

I have 6 Construction stocks. None are cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two stocks or 33% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are SNC-Lavalin (TSX-SNC, OTC-SNCAF) and Stantec Inc. (TSX-STN, NYSE-STN). There is no change from last month.

I have 3 stocks I have left with the sub-index of Industrial . None are cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two stocks or 67% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Finning International Inc. (TSX-FTT, OTC-FINGF), and Russel Metals (TSX-RUS, OTC-RUSMF). There is no change from last month.

I have 7 Manufacturing stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Four stocks or 57% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Exco Technologies Ltd. (TSX-XTC, OTC-EXCOF), Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (TSX-HPS.A, OTC-HMDPF), Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX-ITP, OTC-ITPOF) and PFB Corp (TSX-PFB, OTC-PFBOF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 16 Services stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Four stocks or 25% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Canadian National Railway (TSX-CNR, NYSE-CNI), Pason Systems Inc. (TSX-PSI, OTC-PSYTF), Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc. (TSX-RBA, NYSE-RBA) and Transcontinental Inc. (TSX-TCL.A, OTC-TCLAF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 8 Material stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. No stocks are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. This is the same as last month.

I follow 10 Energy stocks. Two stocks or 20% are showing as cheap by the historical high dividend yield. They are Ensign Energy Services (TSX-ESI, OTC-ESVIF) and Mullen Group (TSX-MTL, OTC-MLLGF). There is no change from last month.

There are five stocks (or 50%) showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Canadian Natural Resources (TSX-CNQ, NYSE-CNQ), Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX-CVE, NYSE-CVE), Ensign Energy Services (TSX-ESI, OTC-ESVIF); Mullen Group (TSX-MTL, OTC-MLLGF) and Suncor Energy (TSX-SU, NYSE-SU). This last list has not changed from last month.

I follow 8 Tech stocks. None are showing as cheap by historical high dividend yield. Four stocks (or 50%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Absolute Software Corporation (TSX-ABT, OTC-ALSWF) Computer Modelling Group Ltd. (TSX-CMG, OTC-CMDXF), Evertz Technologies (TSX-ET, OTC-EVTZF) and Maxar Technologies Ltd (TSX-MAXR-NYSE-MAXR). There is no change from last month.

I follow 7 of the Infrastructure type utility companies. None are showing as cheap by historical high dividend yield. Four stocks (or 57%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are AltaGas Ltd (TSX-ALA, OTC-ATGFF), Enbridge Inc. (TSX-ENB, NYSE-ENB), Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (TSX-ENF, OTC-EBGUF) and TransCanada Corp (TSX-TRP, NYSE-TRP). This has not changed from last month.

I follow 12 of the Power type utility companies. Only ATCO Ltd (TSX-ACO.X, OTC-ACLLF) is showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. This has not changed from last month.

Five stocks (or 42%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. Those stocks are ATCO Ltd (TSX-ACO.X, OTC-ACLLF), Canadian Utilities Ltd (TSX-CU, OTC-CDUAF) and Emera Inc. (TSX-EMA, OTC-EMRAF), Fortis Inc. (TSX-FTS, OTC-FRTSF) and Just Energy Group Inc. (TSX-JE, NYSE-JE). Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (TSX-AQN, NYSE-AQN) has been deleted from this list.

I follow 4 of the Telecom Service type utility companies. No stocks are showing as cheap by historically high dividend yield. Four stocks (or 100%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are BCE (TSX-BCE, NYSE-BCE), Quarterhaill Inc (TSX-QTRH, NASDAQ-QTRH), Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX-SJR.B, NYSE-SJR) and Telus Corp (TSX-T, NYSE-TU). Quarterhaill Inc (TSX-QTRH, NASDAQ-QTRH has been added to this list.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Premium Brands Holdings Corp (TSX-PBH, OTC-PRBZF) ... learn more. Next, I will write about Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX-SU, NYSE-SU) ... learn more on Friday, July 6, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Dividend Stocks July 2018

First, I want to point out that not all of the stocks I follow are great investments. I follow a diverse selection of stocks. There are some that I would never invest in personally. I follow a number of resource stocks even though I personally have little invested in this area. I follow what I find interesting and with resource stocks, I think it is important for Canadians to know what is happening in the resource area. On the other hand, I do follow of good number of great dividend growth stocks.

The theory is that you should use the dividend yield to see if a dividend stock is selling at a stock price that is relatively cheap. A stock price is considered cheap if it is selling at a dividend yield higher than the historical high yield or higher than the historical average yield or historical median yield. See my spreadsheet at dividend growth stocks that I just updated for July 2018. On this list,
  • I have 7 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I have 44 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield
  • I have 74 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical median dividend yield and
  • 76 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
When I did my list last list in December 2017,
  • I have 8 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I have 49 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield
  • I have 74 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical median dividend yield and
  • 79 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
When I did my list in January 2014,
  • I had 9 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I had 45 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield and
  • 39 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
If you had one share of each stock, total dividends last month would be $169.89. This month dividends would be $170.01 which is a reset figure after the changes noted below. Of the stock that I follow 4 stocks has raised their dividends since last month.

Andrew Peller Ltd (TSX-ADW.A, OTC-ADWPF)

Empire Company Ltd. (TSX-EMP.A, OTC-EMLAF) Equitable Group Inc. (TSX-EQB, OTC-EQGPF) Medtronic PCL (NYSE-MDT)

For SmartCentres REIT (TSX-SRU.UN, OTC-CWYUF) TD has says that the distributions are now $1.88. TD has been wrong before on the distributions for this stock. I can get no confirmation of an increase. G&M says that the distributions are still $1.75. I am leaving the dividends unchanged for this month and will change my spreadsheet when I can confirm an increase.

On June 20, 2018, Dollarama Inc. (TSX-DOL-OTC-DLMAF) did a 3 to 1 split. This is reflected in my spreadsheet.

Also, of the stocks that I follow, 0 stocks decreased or suspended their dividends.

Most of my stocks started out as Dividend Payers. Currently 14 stocks are not paying any dividends and this would be some 9.03% of the stocks that I follow. Four of these stocks never had dividends, so 7.74% of the stocks I follow have suspended their dividends. The three stocks that never paid dividends are Ballard Power Systems Inc. (TSX-BLD, NASDAQ-BLDP0, Blackberry Ltd. (TSX-BB, NASDAQ-BBRY) and Trigon Metals Inc. (TSX-TM, OTC-PNTZF).

I am showing whether a stock is relatively cheap based on historical high dividend yields (P/Hi), historical average dividend yields (P/Ave), historical median dividend yields (P/Med) or on 5 year median dividend yields (P/5Yr). See these fields on the right side of the file. You can highlight a particular stock using your cursor to highlight the appropriate line.

There are always some stocks to buy because they are priced reasonably. There are always stocks to currently avoid because they are overpriced. Looking at dividend growth stocks that are selling at stock prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical median dividend yield are probably the best bet.

The stocks that are selling at prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical high yield could be good stocks to buy. However, these stocks may be selling so cheap because of current troubles, especially financial troubles and should be treated with caution. Do not forget that I have all the stocks I follow on this spreadsheet and some are much better investments than others.

You should always investigate a stock before you buy. Sometimes different stocks in certain sectors are just out of favour or the stock market is just in one of its declines. However, a stock may be relatively cheap because it has problems. That is why you should always investigate a stock before buying.

Looking at stock this way is equivalent to a stock filter. A main problem I know of is for the old income trusts. These companies have generally lowered their dividend yields forever and they will probably never get back to the old dividend yield highs they made as an income trust company. For these stocks, you might be better comparing the current dividend yield to the 5 year median dividend yield. I also started a column called VT (for Valid Test) and this applies to checking stock price using dividend yield. If not a valid test I use N to show this.

Also, on some stocks I have a lot more information years in my spreadsheets than for other stocks. So, finding a stock on the list as "cheap" is only the first step in finding a stock to buy. This is the same with any other sort of stock filters that you can use.

The last thing to remember is that I have entering figures into a spreadsheet. I could put them in incorrectly, I can transpose figures and I can misread figures. This is another great reason why you should check a stock out before investing. As this is just a filter, it works better on some stocks than on others.

See my entry on my methodology in establishing the historical dividend yield highs and lows for the stocks that I cover. I have an entry on my introduction to Dividend Growth. You might want to look at my original entry on Dividend Growth Stocks. I have also written about why I like Dividend Growth companies.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Intact Financial Corp (TSX-IFC, OTC-IFCZF)... learn more. Next, I will write about be Premium Brands Holdings Corp (TSX-PBH, OTC-PRBZF) ... learn more on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my website for stocks followed and investment notes. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter or StockTwits. I am on Instagram with #walktoronto.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Investing Without People

Recently Howard Marks of Oaktree put out a memo on what he thinks might be the effect of passive investing. He discusses both Index Investing and ETFs. It is a long but very interesting memo. See the memo on Oaktree site.

I thought a very interesting point was that we have never been through a bear market with such a large portion of passive investment. Will there be liquidity problems?

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Parkland Fuel Corp (TSX-PKI, OTC-PKIUF)... learn more. Next, I will write about Saputo Inc. (TSX-SAP, OTC-SAPIF)... learn more on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New Computer

I am getting a new computer and moving to Windows 10. The new computer I bought is an Acer Aspire GX Desktop. I currently get gamer computers as they are the only ones with the speed and RAM I feel I need. This one is at 3.6 GHz with 16MB of RAM.

I have resisted upgrading from my computer than is running Windows 7 to Windows 10. It is hard to get used to a new operating system. I will have to get used to new versions of Microsoft Office. It is getting easier in some ways now because you can just google a question and someone will have already put up on the internet what to do.

I bought this new computer at Best Buy. They promised for $150 to set up my computer. They wanted me to bring in my old computer to use to set up and transfer data. However, I do not want to let go of it as I use my computer all the time. I am taking in an external hard drive with my data and strict instructions on how I want it set up. I will let you know how this works out.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (TSX-AQN, NTSE-AQN)... learn more. Next, I will write about CI Financial Corp (TSX-CIX, OTC- CIFAF)... learn more on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 around 5 pm or perhaps Thursday, June 21, 2018 around 5 pm. I am getting my new computer tomorrow, so I doubt if I will be able to blog then. I will skip a blog to my Investing Economics Mostly site.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Canadian Banks

If you want a technical look at Canadian Banks, you should look at this article by Greg Schnell on The Canadian Technician. He likes National Bank (TSX-NA, OTC-NTIOF), CIBC (TSX-CM, NYSE-CM), and Bank of Montreal (TSX-BMO, NYSE-BMO) best.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX-ITP, OTC-ITPOF)... learn more. Next, I will write about Alcanna Inc. (TSX-CLIQ, OTC-LQSIF)... learn more on Friday, June 15, 2018 around 5 pm

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Next Recession

I got my computer back from the shop and my power came on late last night. So I will try to catch up with my blogging.

Michael Pento writing in Town Hall Finance thinks that the next recession will be caused by defaults by companies with high debts. This is because of interest rates rising and some companies will have to pay a lot more for their debt.

I think that he might be right and maybe with current investing we need to stay away from companies with high debt levels. I realize he is talking about the American market, but this could apply to Canada too. Interest rates are rising here too. In bad times companies with high debt levels can get into problems. It could certainly be worse the next time because of rising interest rates.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Waste Connections Inc. (TSX-WCN, NYSE-WCN)... learn more. Next, I will write about Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX-ITP, OTC-ITPOF)... learn more on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sorry no blog today

My computer has stopped working so I had to take it to a repair shop.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Something to Buy June 2018

There is always something to buy in the stock market. On Tuesday, I put out a list of the stocks that I covered and showed what stock might be a good deal based on dividend yield. Now I am trying to categorize what sorts of stocks may be a good deal based on dividend yield.

The advantages to using dividend yield to judge how cheap or expensive a stock is, is that you are not using estimates or old data (like last reported quarter's data). You are using today's stock price and today's dividend yield.

For other testing, like using P/E Ratios and Price/Graham Price Ratios, you use EPS estimates or from the last reported financial quarter. When using P/S Ratios, P/CF Ratios or P/BV Ratios you are using data from the last reported financial quarter.

This system does not work well for old Income Trust companies. These companies had quite high Dividend Yields which will probably never be seen again. So I started a column called VT (for Valid Test) and this applies to checking stock price using dividend yield. If not a valid test I use N to show this. For these stocks, you might be better comparing the current dividend yield to the 5 year median dividend yield.

However, no system is perfect. But if you are interested in buying a stock a list of stocks cheap or reasonable using dividend yield data might be a good place to start.

Categorizing stocks is not as simple as it might seem. Every site you go to has categorized stocks a bit differently. I try to keep this as simple as possible. See Something to Buy June 2018 Spreadsheet to see what stocks are showing whether a stock is relatively cheap based on historical high dividend yields (P/Hi), historical average dividend yields (P/Ave), historical median dividend yields (P/Med) or on 5 year median dividend yields (P/5Yr). As in other spreadsheets, you can highlight a line or a number of lines for better viewing.

In the following notes I am only going to list stocks showing as cheap using the historical high dividend yields (P/Hi) and historical median dividend yields (P/Med).

I follow 21 stocks in the Consumer Discretionary category. Four of these stocks (19%) are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield and they are DHX Media Ltd. (TSX-DHX, OTC-DHXMF), Dorel Industries (TSX-DII.B, OTC-DIIBF), High Liner Foods (TSX-HLF, OTC-HLNFF) and Newfoundland Capital Corp (TSX-NCC.A). Dorel Industries (TSX-DII.B, OTC-DIIBF) has been added to this list.

Eleven (or 52%) of Consumer Discretionary are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Canadian Tire Corp (TSX-CTC.A, OTC-CDNAF), DHX Media Ltd. (TSX-DHX.A, OTC-DHXMF), Dorel Industries (TSX-DII.B, OTC-DIIBF), High Liner Foods (TSX-HLF, OTC-HLNFF), Leon's Furniture (TSX-LNF); Magna International Inc. (TSX-MG, NYSE-MGA), Molson Coors Canada (TSX-TPX.B, NYSE-TAP), Newfoundland Capital Corp (TSX-NCC.A), Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp (TSX-PZA, OTC-PZRIF), Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (TSX-RET.A, OTC-RTMAF), Thomson Reuters Corp (TSX-TRI, NYSE-TRI), Goeasy Ltd. (TSX-GSY, OTC-EHMEF) has been deleted from this list. Magna International Inc. (TSX-MG, NYSE-MGA), Molson Coors Canada (TSX-TPX.B, NYSE-TAP), Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp (TSX-PZA, OTC-PZRIF), has been added to this list.

I follow 11 Consumer Staples stocks. Jean Coutu Group Inc. (TSX-PJC.A, OTC-JCOUF) has been amalgamated with Metro. No companies are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Five stocks (or 42%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These are AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (TSX-AGT, OTC-AGXXF), Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX-ATD.B, OTC-ANCUF), Empire Company Ltd (TSX-EMP.A, OTC-EMLAF), Loblaw Companies (TSX-L, OTC-LBLCF) and Metro Inc. (TSX-MRU, OTC-MTRAF). Jean Coutu Group Inc. (TSX-PJC.A, OTC-JCOUF) has been deleted from this list.

I only follow three Health Care stocks. None of these stocks are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two or 67% are cheap by the historical median dividend yield. The stocks are Johnson and Johnson (NYSE-JNJ) and Medtronic Inc. (NYSE-MDT). There is no change from last month.

I follow 10 Real Estate stocks. Canadian Real Estate (TSX-REF.UN, OTC-CRXIF) has been bought out by Choice Properties REIT (TSX-CHP.UN, OTC-PPRQF). One of these stocks is showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield and it is Choice Properties REIT (TSX-CHP.UN, OTC-PPRQF). Five stocks (or 50%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Artis REIT (TSX-AX.UN, OTC- ARESF), Choice Properties REIT (TSX-CHP.UN, OTC-PPRQF), Granite Real Estate (TSX-GRT.UN, NYSE-GRP.U), H & R REIT (TSX-HR.UN, OTC-HRUFF) and Melcor Developments Inc. (TSX-MRD, OTC-MODVF). SmartCentres REIT (TSX-SRU.UN, OTC-CWYUF) has been deleted from this list and Choice Properties REIT (TSX-CHP.UN, OTC-PPRQF) has been added.

I follow 8 Bank stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Four stock (or 50%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX-BNS, NYSE-BNS), CIBC (TSX-CM, NYSE-CM) National Bank of Canada (TSX-NA, OTC-NTIOF) and Toronto Dominion Bank (TSX-TD, NYSE-TD). National Bank of Canada (TSX-NA, OTC-NTIOF) has been added to this list.

I follow 14 Financial Service stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Eight (or 57%) stocks are showing cheap by the historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Accord Financial Corp (TSX-ACD, OTC-ACCFF), AGF Management Ltd (TSX-AGF.B, OTC-AGFMF), Alaris Royalty Corp (TSX-AD, OTC-ALARF), CI Financial (TSX-CIX, OTC-CIFAF), Equitable Group Inc. (TSX-EQB, OTC-EQGPF), Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (TSX-GS, OTC-GLUSF), IGM Financial (TSX-IGM, OTC-IGIFF) and Power Corp (TSX-POW, OTC-PWCDF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 6 Insurance stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Five stocks (or 83%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX-GWO, OTC-GWLIF), Industrial Alliance Ins. and Fin. (TSX-IAG, OTC-IDLLF), Intact Financial Corp. (TSX-IFC, OTC-IFCZF), Manulife Financial Corp (TSX-MFC, NYSE-MFC) and Power Financial Corp (TSX-PWF, OTC-POFNF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 32 Industrial stocks. Because I have so many and Industrial is not very descriptive, I have divided my Industrial stocks into 4 separate categories under Industrial. They are Construction, Industrial, Manufacturing and (Business) Services.

I have 6 Construction stocks. None are cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two stocks or 33% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are SNC-Lavalin (TSX-SNC, OTC-SNCAF) and Stantec Inc. (TSX-STN, NYSE-STN). There is no change from last month.

I have 3 stocks I have left with the sub-index of Industrial. None are cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two stocks or 67% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Finning International Inc. (TSX-FTT, OTC-FINGF), and Russel Metals (TSX-RUS, OTC-RUSMF). There is no change from last month.

I have 7 Manufacturing stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Four stocks or 57% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Exco Technologies Ltd. (TSX-XTC, OTC-EXCOF), Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (TSX-HPS.A, OTC-HMDPF), Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX-ITP, OTC-ITPOF) and PFB Corp (TSX-PFB, OTC-PFBOF). Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX-ITP, OTC-ITPOF) has been added to this list.

I follow 16 Services stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Four stocks or 25% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Canadian National Railway (TSX-CNR, NYSE-CNI), Pason Systems Inc. (TSX-PSI, OTC-PSYTF), Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc. (TSX-RBA, NYSE-RBA) and Transcontinental Inc. (TSX-TCL.A, OTC-TCLAF). Wajax Corp (TSX-WJX, OTC-WJXFF) has been deleted from this list and Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc. (TSX-RBA, NYSE-RBA) has been added.

I follow 8 Material stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. No stocks are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. This is the same as last month.

I follow 10 Energy stocks. Two stocks or 20% are showing as cheap by the historical high dividend yield. They are Ensign Energy Services (TSX-ESI, OTC-ESVIF) and Mullen Group (TSX-MTL, OTC-MLLGF). There is no change from last month.

There are five stocks (or 50%) showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Canadian Natural Resources (TSX-CNQ, NYSE-CNQ), Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX-CVE, NYSE-CVE), Ensign Energy Services (TSX-ESI, OTC-ESVIF); Mullen Group (TSX-MTL, OTC-MLLGF) and Suncor Energy (TSX-SU, NYSE-SU). This last list has not changed from last month.

I follow 8 Tech stocks. None are showing as cheap by historical high dividend yield. Four stocks (or 50%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Absolute Software Corporation (TSX-ABT, OTC-ALSWF) Computer Modelling Group Ltd. (TSX-CMG, OTC-CMDXF), Evertz Technologies (TSX-ET, OTC-EVTZF) and Maxar Technologies Ltd (TSX-MAXR-NYSE-MAXR). There is no change from last month.

I follow 7 of the Infrastructure type utility companies. None are showing as cheap by historical high dividend yield. Four stocks (or 57%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are AltaGas Ltd (TSX-ALA, OTC-ATGFF), Enbridge Inc. (TSX-ENB, NYSE-ENB), Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (TSX-ENF, OTC-EBGUF) and TransCanada Corp (TSX-TRP, NYSE-TRP). This has not changed from last month.

I follow 12 of the Power type utility companies. Only ATCO Ltd (TSX-ACO.X, OTC-ACLLF) is showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. This has not changed from last month.

Six stock (or 50%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. Those stocks are Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (TSX-AQN, NYSE-AQN), ATCO Ltd (TSX-ACO.X, OTC-ACLLF), Canadian Utilities Ltd (TSX-CU, OTC-CDUAF) and Emera Inc. (TSX-EMA, OTC-EMRAF), Fortis Inc. (TSX-FTS, OTC-FRTSF) and Just Energy Group Inc. (TSX-JE, NYSE-JE). Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (TSX-AQN, NYSE-AQN) has been added.

I follow 4 of the Telecom Service type utility companies. No stocks are showing as cheap by historically high dividend yield. Three stocks (or 75%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are BCE (TSX-BCE, NYSE-BCE), Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX-SJR.B, NYSE-SJR) and Telus Corp (TSX-T, NYSE-TU). There is no change on this last list from last month.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Lassonde Industries (TSX-LAS.A, OTC-LSDAF)... learn more. Next, I will write about Power Corp of Canada (TSX-POW, OTC-PWCDF)... learn more on Friday, June 8, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter. I am on Instagram. Or you can just Google #walktoronto spbrunner8166 to see my pictures.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dividend Stocks June 2018

First I want to point out that not all of the stocks I follow are great investments. I follow a diverse selection of stocks. There are some that I would never invest in personally. I follow a number of resource stocks even though I personally have little invested in this area. I follow what I find interesting and with resource stocks, I think it is important for Canadians to know what is happening in the resource area. On the other hand I do follow of good number of great dividend growth stocks.

The theory is that you should use the dividend yield to see if a dividend stock is selling at a stock price that is relatively cheap. A stock price is considered cheap if it is selling at a dividend yield higher than the historical high yield or higher than the historical average yield or historical median yield. See my spreadsheet at dividend growth stocks that I just updated for June 2018. On this list,
  • I have 8 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I have 49 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield
  • I have 74 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical median dividend yield and
  • 79 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
When I did my list last list in December 2017,
  • I have 6 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I have 40 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield
  • I have 68 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical median dividend yield and
  • 69 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
When I did my list in January 2014,
  • I had 9 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I had 45 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield and
  • 39 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
If you had one share of each stock, total dividends last month would be $167.13. This month dividends would be $169.89 which is a reset figures after the changes noted below. Of the stock that I follow 13 stocks has raised their dividends since last month. Lassonde Industries increased their dividend by 32.8% after last year’s 19.6%. Maybe I should look into getting some of that.

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (TSX-AQN, NYSE-AQN)
Bank of Montreal (TSX-BMO, NYSE-BMO)
Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX-CP, NYSE-CP)
Finning International Inc. (TSX-FTT, OTC-FINGF) Lassonde Industries (TSX-LAS.A, OTC-LSDAF)

Loblaw Companies (TSX-L, OTC-LBLCF)
National Bank of Canada (TSX-NA, OTC-NTIOF) Onex Corp (TSX-ONEX, OTC-ONEXF)
Pembina Pipelines Corp (TSX-PPL, NYSE-PBA)
Power Corp (TSX-POW, OTC-PWCDF)

Sun Life Financial (TSX-SLF, NYSE-SLF) Telus Corp. (TSX-T, NYSE-TU)
TMX Group Ltd. (TSX-X, OTC-TMXXF)

On May 8, 2018, Choice Properties REIT (TSX-CHP.UN-OTC-PPRQF) bought out Canadian Real Estate Trust (TSX-REF.UN-OTC-CRXIF) using shares and cash. I must admit, I too the shares. I will start to follow Choice Properties. On May 31, 2018 DHX Media Ltd (TSX-DHX, OTC-DMQHF) started trading under one symbol of DHX. There used to be two of DHX.A and DHX.B for multiple voting shares and common shares. Also the over the counter shares used to be DHXMF and they are now DMQHF.

On May 11, 2018 Jean Coutu Group Inc. (TSX-PJC.A, OTC-JCOUF) was amalgamated with Metro Inc. (TSX-MRU, OTC-MTRAF). This company is being dropped from my list. Liquor Stores N.A. (TSX-LIQ, OTC-LQSIF) changed its name and symbol to Alcanna Inc. (TSX-CLIQ, OTC-LQSIF). Note that the OTC symbol does not seem to have changed.

Also, of the stocks that I follow, 0 stocks decreased or suspended their dividends.

Most of my stocks started out as Dividend Payers. Currently 14 stocks are not paying any dividends and this would be some 9.03% of the stocks that I follow. Four of these stocks never had dividends, so 7.74% of the stocks I follow have suspended their dividends. The three stocks that never paid dividends are Ballard Power Systems Inc. (TSX-BLD, NASDAQ-BLDP0, Blackberry Ltd. (TSX-BB, NASDAQ-BBRY) and Trigon Metals Inc. (TSX-TM, OTC-PNTZF).

I am showing whether a stock is relatively cheap based on historical high dividend yields (P/Hi), historical average dividend yields (P/Ave), historical median dividend yields (P/Med) or on 5 year median dividend yields (P/5Yr). See these fields on the right side of the file. You can highlight a particular stock using your cursor to highlight the appropriate line.

There are always some stocks to buy because they are priced reasonably. There are always stocks to currently avoid because they are overpriced. Looking at dividend growth stocks that are selling at stock prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical median dividend yield are probably the best bet.

The stocks that are selling at prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical high yield could be good stocks to buy. However, these stocks may be selling so cheap because of current troubles, especially financial troubles and should be treated with caution. Do not forget that I have all the stocks I follow on this spreadsheet and some are much better investments than others.

You should always investigate a stock before you buy. Sometimes different stocks in certain sectors are just out of favour or the stock market is just in one of its declines. However, a stock may be relatively cheap because it has problems. That is why you should always investigate a stock before buying.

Looking at stock this way is equivalent to a stock filter. A main problem I know of is for the old income trusts. These companies have generally lowered their dividend yields forever and they will probably never get back to the old dividend yield highs they made as an income trust company. For these stocks, you might be better comparing the current dividend yield to the 5 year median dividend yield. I also started a column called VT (for Valid Test) and this applies to checking stock price using dividend yield. If not a valid test I use N to show this.

Also, on some stocks I have a lot more information years in my spreadsheets than for other stocks. So, finding a stock on the list as "cheap" is only the first step in finding a stock to buy. This is the same with any other sort of stock filters that you can use.

The last thing to remember is that I have entering figures into a spreadsheet. I could put them in incorrectly, I can transpose figures and I can misread figures. This is another great reason why you should check a stock out before investing. As this is just a filter, it works better on some stocks than on others.

See my entry on my methodology in establishing the historical dividend yield highs and lows for the stocks that I cover. I have an entry on my introduction to Dividend Growth. You might want to look at my original entry on Dividend Growth Stocks. I have also written about why I like Dividend Growth companies.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Goeasy Ltd (TSX-GSY, OTC-EHMEF)... learn more. Next, I will write about Lassonde Industries (TSX-LAS.A, OTC-LSDAF)... learn more on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my website for stocks followed and investment notes. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter or StockTwits. I am on Instagram with #walktoronto.