I have a confession to make. I have broken my own asset allocation rules with my second quarter trades.
I bought more equities even though I was already a bit overweight in them.
Why did I do this?
My reasoning is as follows:
- I have a relatively low target equity weight to begin with (46% of our portfolio)
- I had a lot of cash on hand (way over 10% of our portfolio)
- I have more cash becoming available due to savings, bond maturities, dividends and interest in the next 12 months or less
- quite a bit of that cash was in our TFSAs and I wanted to get that money working at better than than bond returns since the returns are tax free
- bond yields are still not that attractive in spite of rising rates (~3.1% yield-to-maturity on a five-year investment grade corporate bond)
- there are a lot of relatively good deals in consumer staples, utilities and telecommunications right now – several companies are off their highs and are trading at reasonable multiples
- these three sectors are pretty defensive and could do OK in a recessionary environment
- I only bought high quality equities with relatively low risk and often decent dividends (with one or two exceptions)
- I did not add any new positions, just added to our existing holdings to increase their position size to something more in line with our average position size
- Next quarter is another opportunity to review our portfolio and decide if we should trim some of the big gainers, especially in technology, which are starting to become more dominant single positions in our holdings
What I bought (all in our TFSAs):
- Algonquin Power (AQN) – initially bought in my Canadian TFSA and journalled to my US TFSA to get the dividend that is paid in US dollars without conversion back to Canadian dollars
- Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE)
- Fortis (FTS)
- Loblaw (L) – has a relatively low dividend
- ONEX (ONEX) – this is an exception as it is a growth stock with a very small dividend in the multi-sector holdings industry
- North West Co (NWC)
- Telus (T)
I also bought some bonds:
- CALLOWAY-I 3.985% 30MY23
- FAIRFAX FINL 4.5% 22MR23
- CANADIAN WESTERN BANK Maturity Jun 16 2022 Coupon 2.737
So, after this investment “spree,” our weightings vs. targets are as follows:
|Total Cash/Near Cash||9.0%||9.4%||0.4%|
All in all, we’re still in a pretty conservative posture and continue to have flexibility with cash levels if needed.
More to come in early July when I publish my Q2 portfolio review.