May 25, 2023
Optimism #63 - May 25, 2023In spite of what seems like eternal negativity, upon search there are green shoots of positivity. Tough headlines about bank earnings this week, but...
May 1, 2023
Optimism #62 - May 1, 2023May is here. I see tons of buybacks, dividend increases and insiders buying. There are too many to report.
Mar 24, 2023
Optimism #61 - March 24, 2023It’s my 24th wedding anniversary and 2 days after my kid’s 21st birthday. Am I really this old? Despite the endless negativity, there are many signs of brightness and a little humour.
Mar 3, 2023
Optimism #60 - March 3, 2023My lawwwwd what a morning. I spent 1.5 hours on the phone with the BC Government about the Spec Tax Declaration. I had already spent that much time trying to declare online but the software would not accept my input.
Jan 20, 2023
Optimism #59 - January 20, 2023There’s lots of positive stuff to mention. If you have a spousal loan, interest must be paid before January 30th.
Dec 9, 2022
Optimism #58 - December 9, 2022It’s been another excellent period for dividend increases. Canadian Western Bank up 3.7%, Royal Bank up 3%, CIBC up 2.4%, TD up 8%, BMO up 3%, National Bank up 5%, Alimentation Couche Tard +27.3%, This is the second increase for most Banks in 2022.
Nov 14, 2022
Optimism #57 - November 14, 2022Below is a 1-year chart of the Canadian market. We may have seen it bottom on October 13th. The recovery is already +12.5% and apparently this was the best October since 1978. Time will tell but the worst may already be behind us.
Oct 6, 2022
Optimism #56 - October 6, 2022Fortis increased its dividend on September 29th. 6% as promised a year ago. Emera raised as well from $2.65 to $2.76 per share, an increase of 4.2%. Our portfolio values are down, but the income they generate is up. Let’s keep our eyes on the income. Share prices will recover.
Sep 23, 2022
Optimism #55 -September 23, 2022It’s a bit like owning a million-dollar home and seeing your neighbor across the street with a similar one, sell for half a million. What do you do except scratch your head? Another neighbor could sell for $400,000. Brace for the irrational. Prices rarely reflect true value.
Aug 30, 2022
Optimism #54 - August 30, 2022Summer is coming to a close and markets are temporarily dipping.
Aug 19, 2022
Optimism #53 - August 19, 2022Allen from Alberta was the only person that correctly answered our question in the last edition, that the downturn in 2015/16 was largely due to collapsing energy prices.
Jul 29, 2022
Optimism #52 - July 29, 2022I am seeing lots of insiders buying, mostly in the energy, mining and REIT sectors. Have a look at this chart.
Jul 14, 2022
Optimism #51 - July 8, 2022There are many good things to report. Empire (owner of Sobeys and Canada Safeway) raised their dividend 10%. Jim Pattison is buying more shares of Westshore Terminals.
Jun 29, 2022
Optimism #50 - June 29, 2022There are many positive things happening to mention. I bumped into a friend, Tyler Mordy, one of these early forties, exceptionally bright people who makes asset allocation decisions for Forstrong, a company managing a few billion dollars of other people’s money.
Jun 16, 2022
Optimism #49 - June 16, 2022The news is ugly, but our dividends roll in. Don’t sell your good quality holdings. If you have cash, buy more, but my limited sense says be patient because it will go down more before going on to new highs.
Jun 10, 2022
Optimism #48 - June 10, 2022Here is a super article by Tim Cestnick in today’s Globe and Mail about large and emotionally complicated inheritances like cottages. See attached.
Jun 3, 2022
Optimism #47 - June 3, 2022I am just looking at a situation where a client is trapped in a Manulife Segregated fund for two more years.
May 31, 2022
Optimism #46 - May 31, 2022In spite of all of the negativity in the news, there is much good happening to mention.
May 16, 2022
Optimism #45 - May 16, 2022There is a good article this morning’s Globe and Mail about our Canadian banks being undervalued and likely to increase dividends again during this calendar year. See attached.
Apr 27, 2022
Optimism #44 - April 27, 2022Markets are down a bit in the last few days but it’s rebounding nicely this morning. We have had an exceptional run and it will go on to new highs again soon enough.
Mar 16, 2022
Optimism #43 - March 16, 2022It’s been a challenging few weeks. I am tempted to grab the generous gains of the past two years and put the money under the mattress for a rainy day.
Mar 4, 2022
Optimism #42 - March 4, 2022There are many of good things to report amidst the horror of Ukraine and Russia. Our thoughts go out to anyone with friends or family in war-stricken areas.
Feb 22, 2022
Optimism #41 - February 18, 2022TC Energy raised its dividend this week by 3.4%. We received a pay raise without even working. Tesla’s price has fallen considerably, from about 1230 in early November to 876 as I type. It now trades for 188 years worth of current earnings.
Feb 10, 2022
Optimism #40 - Feb 10, 2022I continue to see reasons to be happy and optimistic about the future. There were recent dividend increases in these Canadian companies which are always a good sign for investors and for our economy.
Jan 27, 2022
Optimism #39 - January 26, 2022The rental situation caused all kinds of interesting feedback and more questions.
Jan 20, 2022
Optimism #38 - January 20, 2022Hopefully the media is correct and this pandemic thing is nearly over. I continue to see many dividend increases and insiders buying shares of their own company shares. Its always a good sign. There are too many to mention this week.
Jan 10, 2022
Optimism #37 - January 7, 2022Happy New year! As you probably know, we (non US Citizens) are permitted to add $6,000 to your TFSA account for 2022. I am happy to discuss at your request.
Dec 8, 2021
Optimism #36 - December 8, 2021Happy December. We have much to be grateful for. Each and every one of you will get a pay raise starting in January 2022.
Nov 16, 2021
Optimism #35 - November 16, 2021This might be the most interesting, or maybe relevant article I have shared.
Oct 20, 2021
Optimism #34 - October 20, 2021Quarterly statements are out soon and I am sure you will be pleased. It has been a wonderful 18 month run and company’s prices may have gotten a bit ahead of their earnings, so it’s a good time to be talking with your Portfolio Manager about rebalancing to your target asset mix.
Sep 16, 2021
Optimism #33 - September 15, 2021On August 30th, Brian Belski, Chief Economist at BMO has for a second year in a row, hiked his year end 2021 price target for Canada’s stock market.
Aug 24, 2021
Optimism #32 - August 24, 2021Here in the Okanagan, it’s starting rain, smoke is clearing and life is getting back to normal. My favourite month, September, is almost here.
Jul 6, 2021
OPTIMISM #31 - July 6, 2021I took the wording below from an investment newsletter called The Investment Reporter. The author is referring to dividend paying / growing stocks and says:
Jun 18, 2021
OPTIMISM #30 - June 16, 2021As the market gets closer to fairly valued, there is little to chat about. A flurry of dividends landed in our accounts at the end of May and beginning of June. Being paid without working is fun.
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.