Weekend Reading – Core and explore edition
Welcome to my latest Weekend Reading edition.
You can read my previous editions below:
More recently, the fighting inflation edition including how I intend to fight inflation using my portfolio.
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Have a great long weekend!
Jon Chevreau wrote an interesting piece in MoneySense lately – rethinking the “core and explore” investing approaches that many DIY (Do-It-Yourself) investors use.
This got me reflecting on core and explore and what it means to me…
What is core and explore?
Essentially, core and explore is an investment strategy where you take the bulk of your portfolio (say more than 50% and upwards of 80% or even 90%) and invest it into something called core holdings. Those core holdings/the bulk of your portfolio could be real estate, stocks, or other things that you hope will appreciate in value over time. It could also mean how you invest to stabilize your portfolio or as per the links above – Preserve Wealth.
This means the definition of a “core” holding can be personal and subjective. It does not need to mean an indexed fund although I can appreciate some investors (not Jon of course) think this way…
When I think about my own portfolio, my “core” can be considered dividend paying stocks. These are investments that I’ve held, in some cases, approaching 15 years now – investments that I believe are high-quality investments with a proven track record of performance. In staying true to my “core”, we’ve now surpassed any initial thoughts on how much this portfolio might have become years ago. I simply can’t believe the power of compounding…something as an investor you cannot underestimate for your financial independence plan!
I do however hold some “explore” assets. In some respects, I consider ETF QQQ as part of my explore.
The premise behind explore is to keep some assets in more speculative, more volatile or riskier investments for potential reward. This could mean a smaller allocation to oil and gas stocks that might be cyclical in nature or investing in cryptocurrencies or a small hedge towards tech-stocks. The list goes on…
So, when it comes to core holdings – you are seeking long-term quality and consistency.
When it comes to explore holdings – you are largely being opportunistic.
How I built my dividend income portfolio
Over the last few weeks, related to “core and explore”, I’ve received a few reader questions so I replied to those passionate readers using these links below:
At the end of the day, I don’t see myself so much as a “core and explore” investor per se as a hybrid investor – something I proclaimed when I started this blog. That means we follow two basic investing approaches as we continue to work towards semi-retirement in a few years:
Approach #1 – we own a number of Canadian dividend paying stocks for income and growth.
We own these stocks inside our non-registered account and within our Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). My monthly dividend income updates focus on that.
Approach #2 – we own a number of U.S. dividend paying stocks for income and growth AND we’re owning more units of low-cost U.S. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) inside our RRSPs over time.
We own U.S. assets because we believe investing in companies beyond Canada’s borders will provide us with some much needed U.S. and multinational diversification.
I can’t necessarily speak to your “core and explore” investing decisions, but I will say defining a plan, working towards goals related to that plan, and continually monitoring that plan for adjustments will be a methodology that should pay massive dividends (no pun intended) that can work for you too.
What are your thoughts on “core and explore”? Do you have your own definition? What’s working for you?
The 2021 Canadian Financial Summit is here, I’m there for year #5!
As my blog and readership continues on a upward trend (thanks very much to all readers!), I’m now considering investing within my corporation.
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- How much does it cost to travel FOREVER?
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- Are dividend stocks in a bubble?
- The risks of investing in cryptocurrency
- Should I have Bitcoin in my Portfolio?
- Maximize the New Aeroplan and Post-Covid travel plans
- Don’t let FOMO ruin your investment returns
- Maximize Work From Home tax tips in a Post-Covid World
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More Weekend Reading
5iResearch shared the Eighth Wonder of the World you need to know about.
Matt Poyner believes you should stop saving for retirement and start saving for financial independence. I’m with you Matt – been focused on that for many years now myself!
My friend Dividend Growth Investor wrote about investing in the U.S. Dividend Aristocrats.
GenY Money reviewed Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits of late.
Congrats to Rob on his latest passive income update.
A reminder about big banks banking-big on Cut the Crap Investing.
Ben Carlson wrote about Death of the Starter Home. Like Ben, I continue to believe low rates are fueling the housing issues in Canada as well. As long as rates remain low, people will continue to borrow their brains out.
“Rates have allowed buyers to move up their price points. Yes, taxes and down payments are higher too but lower mortgage rates have allowed homebuyers to build pricier homes with little-to-no inflation in their monthly payments. People can afford more home at today’s rates. The monthly payment for a $400k house is now lower than the monthly payment for a $300k home in 2002.”
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