Weekend Reading – Dividend powerhouse, best U.S. dollar accounts, legal wills and more!

Weekend Reading – Dividend powerhouse, best U.S. dollar accounts, legal wills and more!

Hi Folks!

Welcome to my latest Weekend Reading edition where I share some of my favourite articles from the week that was across the personal finance and investing blogosphere.

It should be another great weekend to get outside and be active. It’s going to be hot, hot, hot in Ottawa!


Glad we know someone in our family with a pool! 🙂

I hope you have a great weekend and you enjoy these articles.

See you here next week when I will (finally) post an update about my dividend income journey!!.


Weekend Reading

On my site, in case you missed it, here is when to sell a stock after a dividend cut:

When to sell a stock after a dividend cut

Great work on GenY Money about the best U.S. dollar accounts to own in Canada.

We keep a bit of U.S. dollars in a no-fee account for international travel (that is…when we did travel…sigh) so I think that’s your best bet. 

Dividend Growth Investor answered a question about how long it might take to generate $1,000 in dividend income. I recall it took me about 12-13 years of saving and investing. It took an even shorter amount of time to reach $2,000 per month. You can see where I am on this page here from a few key accounts. 

Here is where that logic comes from:

“If on the other hand we get better entry yields, and we see dividend yield of 4% and dividend growth of 6%/year, I will reach my goals within 154 months. This is close to 13 years. This is a likely scenario, which will likely present itself during the next bear market. It is possible that dividend investing falls out of favor with the investment community, which may translate into lower prices and better starting yields. Around the time of the financial crisis, and even up to 2012, it was possible to build a portfolio of attractively valued securities yielding around 4%.”

A reader recently asked me about some best ETFs to own to diversify their TFSA (including XUU, XAW, VXC and more) so I pointed them to this article here.

How to diversify my TFSA using ETFs

My friend Million Dollar Journey has a comprehensive review of Canadian Legal Wills.

Tawcan talked to a dividend powerhouse – a reader who is now financially independent. The reader’s “three things” he would like to do in retirement align nicely with my semi-retirement goals in the coming years:

  1. Get into a good exercise routine to maintain better health.
  2. Spend as much time in the summer outdoors – enjoying golfing, biking and hiking.
  3. Travel, including spending a few weeks in the winter in Belize or another warm weather country. 

Belize morning from villa deck 2020-02-21

View from our villa this February in Belize.

Awesome work by Beau Humphreys on his Personal Finance Show when interviewing Kassandra Dasent. I put Beau’s podcast on when I went out for a 1 hour+ walk the other night. In this episode, one of many in his COVID-19 series, Kassandra shares her experience with COVID-19 so far, and how it has affected her ability to see her mother in Montreal, and her step-child in Trinidad. They also discussed the current anti-racist protests around the world, Kassandra’s experience with explicit and implicit racism in her own life, and what we can all do to help change the way Black people are viewed in the US, Canada and everywhere. It was a very good show…

Dale Roberts told us indexing works.

From the Archives, I wrote this post almost 10 years ago and it remains true to my asset location approach today!

My Asset Location, Location, Location

Reader question of the week (adapted for the site):

Hi Mark,

Have you any thoughts on putting in alerts, or stop loss triggers on individual stocks?

In more detail, with the last downturn, stock prices dropped about 20-30%. I was thinking it will happen again. How about limiting exposure to this with a loss trigger to sell when a stock drops more than X%. 

Thoughts? Love the site.

Thanks for that!

Humm, stop loss eh? You know, I don’t use them and here’s why: I don’t sell very often.

For those that don’t know, a stop-loss order is an order placed with your broker to buy or sell once the stock reaches a certain price. A stop-loss is designed to limit an investor’s loss on a position. So, setting a stop-loss order for 10% below the price at which you bought the stock will limit your loss on that purchase to 10%. 

While this free brokerage tool might be good for many investors, the use of this is not for me.

When I buy a stock or an ETF my intent is to own that position for many, many years. This way, I take advantage of buying more shares when stock prices are down and I enjoy the “ride up” when stock prices climb higher.

While a stop-loss activation might allow for some investing decisions free from any emotional attachment I think investors are far better off just learning to live with the ups and downs of stock prices. 

So, in any near-term or distant future market crash I believe by investing (not selling) I will thrive and benefit from it. You can too. 

If you feel stop-loss orders are helpful for you – great! But for my long-term buy and hold approach using any stop-loss orders they are largely irrelevant. 

Oh, and on a totally unrelated investing note, I will be sharing some of my favourite golf drills in the coming weeks so stay tuned for that.

Happy investing and enjoy your golf game!


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12 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Dividend powerhouse, best U.S. dollar accounts, legal wills and more!"

  1. The general question of “how long it might take to generate $1,000 in dividend income” raises more questions then answers because the general answer could be anywhere between no time to forever. With me it took no time at all because my investment capital was sufficient to generate over $1,000 per month when I decided to go the DGI route in mid 2008. I had built my investment by other means over the previous 24 years leading up to my change in investment strategy. Had I only invested small amounts and not reinvested the interest or dividend income I would never have reached $1,000.

    Cannew gave some excellent advice in his comment above!

    1. Yes, it certainly depends how much you can reasonably invest. When you think about it, earning $1K or $2K or more from your portfolio per month without doing anything really demonstrates the power of growth and compounding.

  2. Thanks for the mention Mark. Travel will happen again and you will be able to use those USD again 🙂 where do you plan to go to next once the pandemic is over?

    Have a great weekend and enjoy the sun!

    1. Hopefully back to Belize in the winter and thinking the Maldives ourselves would be great in about 3-4 years.
      Between that, maybe Uruguay or another South American country.

  3. I liked Dividend Growth investors article about how long it takes to generate $1,000 a month from the DG strategy. However, I wonder how many investors will be able to invest $1,000 a month. Regardless how much you can invest, don’t look 15 or 25 years ahead. Invest as much as you can, as often as you can, increasing the amount as you earn more and stick with quality DG stocks. Then monitor and record your monthly income and you’ll be surprised how quickly your monthly income increases. That should encourage you to try and add more money.to your investment portfolio. Did I mention reinvesting the dividends?
    As for asset location:
    1. if you are young, can only invest small amounts and not very often, set up a DRIP
    2. If you are over 18, earn a good wage, open a TFSA and max it out if possible
    3. Put funds into an RESP is you have kids
    4. If you have maxed out a TFSA and RESP, invest in a RRSP, exception is if you have a company pension.
    5. After all of the above add to a non-registered.

    1. Always reinvest the dividends here – at least that has been my approach to get well over $1,000 per month many years back.

      I think if most Canadians can strive to max out TFSAs and RRSPs (pension or not) they would be doing rather well. RESPs are great, free CDN tax-payer money is good, but not as flexible as TFSAs.

      Hope you are well Henry!

  4. Yes indeed, Indexing works!

    It took me about 18 months to generate $1000 in cumulative dividends, and the next $1000 was around 9 months. As you can see from my most recent dividend income article on my blog, I’m averaging $1000 every 3 months for the time being.

    Have a great weekend Mark!

    1. That’s very good DG. I figure every $1,000 or so invested should churn about about $30 or $40 cash for life.

      So, once you get to owning a $100K portfolio, that’s $3,000-$4,000 per year you can spend in perpetuity.

      Happy investing and enjoy your weekend as well!

  5. Totally agree with keeping asset location simple. It’s more important to focus on filling up the accounts first and then figuring out what to hold in them.

      1. Not sure if I understood the comment correctly. If one is not sure what to invest in or waiting for prices to go down, just continue to save money into accounts like RRSP and TFSA and let it sit until a good entry point?

        1. It’s really up to you Sharon. You can “dollar cost average” by investing small portions over time, or you can make a lump sum. The former is really a hedge against thinking you can time the market!


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