As baby-boomers retire in large number, the healthcare industry is expected to grow sharply. Retirement homes and long-term care facilities are going to face higher demands. Healthcare is also a more defensive sector for those who are looking for a safer investment choice. It’s also a very diverse field including insurance, medical technology, and care among others. Here are our 12 top picks to take advantage of population trends and healthcare.
Baby-boomers are set to retire in large numbers in the next few years, and among them, 70% of those aged 65 and over will need some long-term care services. Are you ready to deal with the financial stress of long-term care? Here are some tips to better prepare yourself so that you can live stress-free your golden years.
Sienna Senor Living Inc (SIA-T)
They used to be mostly long-term care but is now in short term rentals and they are growing their retirement homes. As the population ages, the demand will grow even stronger. They also have Leisure World product which receives government funding, which gives them some stability.
Defensive REIT that pays income. Nursing and retirement homes, mostly in Ontario (where there is a bed shortage of 35,000) and BC. Strong managers and good dividend. He expects the Ontario government will solve this shortage by mid-2020 (allow more nursing homes) that will benefit Sienna and CSH.UN-T. This is very defensive. You can sleep…
Brookdale Senior Living (BKD-N)
They are the largest owner and operator of senior living communities in the U.S.. A very good defensive name. John Stephenson says that any kind of movement up in the housing market or consumer confidence brings a level of increase into the facilities.
(A Top Pick May 6/15. Down 46.75%.) A very good defensive name in general. Probably got tarred with the same brush as healthcare. Still thinks this is a good company, but he left because the price volatility was too hard.
Capital Senior Living (CSU-N)
They operate senior living communities and assisted living centers in the United States. 98% of their facilities are private pay. Their occupancy is close to 90%.
Seniors sucked a lot of people into the sector for a long time because it was a low wage sector. It seemed to all line up well but in actual fact you don’t actually want to move in there. For the last 8 years the interest rates supported them but now you have the theme…
Chartwell Seniors Housing (CSH.UN-T)
This is the largest participant in the Canadian seniors housing sector. They also have a higher level of long term care facilities. The demographics play in their favor. Christine Poole says that the 75-year-plus population is expected to double in the 20 next years, and this would be a good play on that.
Pays a 4.3% yield. It's a trading stock, moving up and down. The highs are getting lower over time, though it's not a bearish chart. He isn't bullish and would buy elsewhere.
CVS Health Corp (CVS-N)
An American retail pharmacy and health care company. A great balance sheet and they pay a good yield. Earnings are improving as they do the right things.
He likes this space. It's toppy now, with $80 as the top, a level it rarely breaks. Just be aware of that.
Align Technology Inc (ALGN-Q)
They are a manufacturer in 3D digital scanners and a clear aligners used in orthodontics. This falls into the medical device category, which is a very attractive space. Their technology for braces for teeth appeals to mature individuals who wants something less conspicuous.
This falls into the medical device category, which he likes. The stock has gone parabolic and earnings beats have been great. It has a 50+ PE ratio. It will have to grow into that ratio before he would be buyer – needing at least 50% earnings growth.
Anthem Inc (ANTM-N)
This is an American health insurance company that is the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. They are also part of Obama Care and Medicaid.
She likes and holds it. He likes United health also. This whole managed care in the US when we go through an election cycle gets beaten down.
Cigna Corp. (CI-N)
They are an American worldwide health services organization. Seniors over 65 pay three times more on healthcare than those under 65. This company could also benefit from the Affordable Care Act.
There are better opportunities. It is in a tough space. It is probably not a good market in which to hold stocks that face challenges. All countries are putting pressure on drug prices.
Humana Inc (HUM-N)
A for-profit American health insurance company that has over 13 million patients.
It is in a very interesting part of the insurance space in the US, focusing on Medicare. 10,000 people a day in the US are turning 65. The demographic tailwind is going to be huge. This is part of the healthcare market he really likes. (Analysts’ price target is $327.14)
Helius Medical Technologies (HSM-T)
A medical technology company that recently received Health Canada approval for a new brain stimulation medical device.They are going through FDA approval in the U.S.. If this gets approved, they will be a billion dollar business.
He has been investing in this for almost three years now. They received Health Canada approval for a new brain stimulation medical device last fall. They are awaiting FDA approval in the US. It magnifies the result of physio-therapy for the brain and the technology is safe. It is a billion dollar business if it…
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ-N)
A well known multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturing company. It’s a conglomerate of consumer, medical devices and pharma divisions. They’ve recently reported strong earnings. A name you can’t really go wrong with.
(A Top Pick Nov 19/19, Up 11%) The gains have surprised him. Good. If you're holding long-term, continue to hold. If you're trading this, you can do it now.
iShares DJ Medical Devices E.T.F. (IHI-N)
iShares DJ Medical Devices E.T.F. (IHI-N): A well-diversified and global medical and health device E.T.F.. This is a good choice for those wanting to diversify away from big pharma with an overlay of healthcare technology, a growing field.
He likes medical devices a lot. The ETF looks good with reasonable MER. Once the rhetoric from the presidential campaign subsides, it’ll probably have more smooth sailing.