Thanksgiving Come Early Gremlin here to talk about some more recent buys. I hope you all, at least those of you in the USA, are ready for a day of cooking, turkey, and fun. I sure am, and the plan is to get into pure relaxation mode for that whole weekend. To be fair, Thanksgiving is probably my 4th or 5th favorite holiday (blasphemy, I know), but I can still crush stuffing, mashed potatoes, and all the fixings at will. I hope all of you are as hungry for turkey as I am and for pushing forward with FI! This month, I made three purchases in three different accounts. They were all small, but also fee free, which is super cool.
First, I added shares of Ameriprise Financial (AMP) in my Roth account, this is an addition to an existing position. I bought 5 shares, with a total cost of $437.07 ($87.41 / share). The current yield is 2.63%, but when I purchased it the yield was closer to 3% (on current cost). That difference between the yield now and then is due to a massive, almost $20 / share, run up in cost immediately following our recent election cycle. Needless to say, its cool and mind boggling. The P/E ratio for AMP sits today at 15.53, but it was closer to 12 when I made the purchase. I am generally interested in asset managers and other financials, and this seemed like a nice opportunity to increase an existing position. This purchase will add $15 to my Roth totals next year.
Second, I added a share of VF Corp (VFC) to my Loyal3 account. The current yield is 3% (on current cost). The P/E ratio is much better than it has been around 21, but the payout ratio on the yield is a sweet 35-ish-%. That leaves a lot of room for growth, and it is a company I really like so this just another brick in that wall. This purchase will add $1.68 to my Loyal3 account totals next year.
Lastly, I added shares of Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) to my taxable account. I bought 5 shares, with a total cost of $264.94 ($52.99 / share). The current yield is 4.22%. The P/E ratio is around 12.69, which is very good. The payout ratio is approximately 47-50%, which still leaves room for growth. In general the big Canadian Banks provide a lot to love. I plan on adding to my other Canadian Bank, CIBC (CM), next month. This purchase adds about $11 to my totals next year, pending foreign exchange valuations.
I have two more free purchases to use before the year is up, and I plan on putting those to work next month. These investments are made with an eye on 2017 and beyond. All of them are in great companies that have excellent histories.
What do you think of AMP, BNS, and VFC?
I will update my portfolio page at the end of the month.
- Long AMP, BNS, CM, VFC