Make Financial Freedom A Strategic Goal

This post originally appeared as a guest post on DivGro on August 16, 2017.


  • Make financial freedom one of your strategic goals.
  • You have to know where you stand and where you want to end up.
  • Have a game plan or else you merely have a dream and not a goal.
  • Be sure you do not totally sacrifice the present for the future if you decide to make financial freedom a strategic goal.

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Dividend Yield Should Not Drive Your Stock Selection Process

I received an email from a new follower asking me for my opinion regarding Southern Company (NYSE: SO) given that it has a dividend yield of ~4.75%. I quickly looked at the 5 year compound average dividend growth rate (“CADGR”) and noticed an anemic 3.50%.

This brings me to the objective of this post which is to demonstrate that dividend yield should not drive your stock selection process. I will compare SO’s projected dividend income stream with that for 3 companies with far lower current dividend yields but much higher CADGR. Continue reading “Dividend Yield Should Not Drive Your Stock Selection Process”

Broadridge Stock Analysis – It Continues to Meet My Expectations


  • As a long-term Broadridge investor I am pleased with its FY2017 results and optimistic it will meet its FY2018 projections. Both were released August 10, 2017.
  • Broadridge continues to make bolt-on acquisitions to enhance its product/service offering with the Spence Johnson acquisition being the most recent.
  • The repurchase of Issued and Outstanding shares and Dividend increase trends continue.
  • BR’s shares are very rarely inexpensive but are currently reasonably valued if you use consensus adjusted EPS estimated for FY2018.

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ADP Stock Analysis FY2017 – Pershing Square’s Interference is Not Warranted


  • This ADP Stock Analysis is based on FY 2017 results as at June 30, 2017 and FY2018 projections.
  • ADP is currently the 3rd most heavily shorted company in the data processing and outsourced services sector.
  • Pershing Square Capital Management L.P. has accumulated an 8% stake and has put forth an amended proposal in an effort to gain 3 seats on ADP’s Board.
  • ADP has a history of 42 consecutive years of dividend growth and its shares have appreciated considerably in value over the long-term.
  • I view ADP shares as expensive at the moment. I do not, however, have any intention of selling our shares even though wealthy influential investors feel a correction is overdue.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Stock Analysis – A Canadian Success Story on Which I Will Pass


  • This Alimentation Couche-Tard analysis is based on FY2017 results as at April 30, 2017 released August 3, 2017.
  • Alimentation Couche-Tard is the second largest convenience store operator in the world behind Japan’s Seven & I Holdings.
  • The company has taken on considerable debt to assist with its dramatic growth over recent years.
  • Operating margins are thin and FCF/share as at FYE2017 was lower than as at FYE 2014 and FYE2015 although it did bounce back from the FYE 2016 level.
  • Any expected return on an investment in this company will need to come from capital appreciation as the dividend is immaterial.
  • Alimentation Couche-Tard does not fit my investor profile and I will not be investing in the company.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX: ATD.B) reports its financial results in USD. Its stock, however, is only traded on the TSX. The stock price and per share values reflected in this post are, therefore, reflected in CDN dollars. Continue reading “Alimentation Couche-Tard Stock Analysis – A Canadian Success Story on Which I Will Pass”

Enbridge Inc. Stock Analysis – An Investment Opportunity Right Under My Nose


  • This Enbridge stock analysis is based on Q2 2017 results and management’s forecast for the remainder of fiscal 2017 which was presented August 3, 2017.
  • Enbridge has excellent long-term growth opportunities and currently has one of the strongest portfolios of in-service and future growth pipeline projects.
  • It currently has $31B of diversified low-risk projects in various stages of development of which $7B are to be placed in service in the 2nd half of 2017.
  • Enbridge has a track record of rewarding dividend conscious investors with steadily increasing dividends over the past 22 years.
  • I recently acquired Enbridge shares for the FFJ Portfolio after completing my analysis.

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The Globe and Mail Featured Me in its Me and My Money Column

After having read a post I wrote about Brookfield Asset Management (TSX: BAM.a), Larry Macdonald of The Globe and Mail reached out to me inquiring whether I would be interested in being featured in his weekly column.

Here is the link to his column in which I am featured.

You may want to check out his column every Friday in the Investing/Investment Ideas section of The Globe and Mail.