PAST TOP PICK
(A Top Pick Jun 24/21, Down 13%) Down 26% since February due to recession fears. It holds large-cap financials like Berkshire Hathaway, Royal Bank and Morgan Stanley; half of this is American. 52% are banks and 29% insurance. Trades at 1.13x price-to-book. Financials are great long-term. Pays a 2.5% dividend that will increase. Still buys it.
E.T.F.'s
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Has picked it before. They boast $225 billion revenues are expected in the US this year; they continue to build that revenue, despite the pandemic. They enjoy strong loyalty; 92% membership renewal rate. Efficient, clean stores encourage high store traffic. They sell a concentrated number of items vs. other retailers. Customers are higher-income. This offers growth and defence. (Analysts’ price target is $557.81)
department stores
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Holds Royal, Enbridge, BCE and TransCanada--top Canadian names. Pays a 4.5% dividend yield. Is down 12% over two months, so now is an opportunity. MER is only 22 basis point.
E.T.F.'s
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Oil price pullback is now an opportunity. Shell is a large integrated oil/gas company with a large LNG business and chain of fuel stations around the world (70 countries). Last month, they reported their highest quarterly profit since 2008 and will raise their dividend. Strong cash flow, trades at 5x projected earnings, and pays a 4% dividend yield. (Analysts’ price target is $69.46)
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