Weekend Reading – Market corrections, giveaways, juicy dividends, retirement case studies, owning VFV and more #moneystuff
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.
Earlier this week I answered a few reader questions on the subject of:
What a great problem to have!
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Enjoy the weekend!
Canadian National Railroad increased their dividend by 7% this week. That added more dividend income to my income stream!
Boomer and Echo wondered if we are due for a market correction, in one of his latest weekend reading editions. He mentioned something in that post which always resonates with me and my messages here on this site:
“The only time you should be worried about a correction is if you need the money within the next five years and haven’t made an appropriate plan to access the cash.”
Indeed. Investing is a long-term endeavour, especially in equities.
That’s why you always need to stay invested.
|Index||Proxy Fund||5-year return||10-year return||Since inception|
|S&P/TSX (Canada)||XIC||6.27%||6.77%||6.53% (2001)|
|S&P 500 (U.S.)||IVV||11.65%||13.50%||6.15% (2000)|
Returns courtesy of iShares site, up to December 2019.
I enjoyed this YouTube video by Ben Felix on Dave Ramsey’s financial advice. Ben’s thoughts: “…his advice on investing should be avoided at all costs”. Love it.
All About The Dividends is adding more diversification to his portfolio. He selected a global iShares ETF XAW for his portfolio, which is an excellent choice.
Jon Chevreau was kind to highlight this case study of mine: can this couple who have amassed $1.2 M in their portfolio retire now, in their 50s, without any pension? The answer might surprise you.
Here are some other awesome case studies about how much is enough:
- Mike and Julie will have an investment portfolio worth about $1 M along with a 12-month cash fund when they retire at age 55. Is that enough?
- This couple believes they have enough to retire early with $800k invested, a paid off home, and a small pension in their 50s. Are they right – did they save enough?
- A reader told me his RRSP is worth about $250k, at age 60, and wonders if he can retire on a modest income? Does he have enough?
Dale Roberts profiled the healthy returns of some major U.S. dividend ETFs. I’m a big fan of VYM myself for income and growth. Another Vanguard fund such as VIG has performed very well in recent years as per his post.
Million Dollar Journey is knocking it out of the park. He is very close to realizing his goal of earning $60,000 per year in dividend income. Incredible. Here are his top holdings, an ex-Canada ETF and consistent Canadian dividend payers for income and diversification.
“In our overall portfolio, here are the current top 10 largest holdings (besides cash):
- iShares Core MSCI All Country World ex Canada Index ETF (XAW);
- Emera (EMA);
- Enbridge (ENB);
- TransCanada Corp (TRP);
- Fortis (FTS);
- Canadian Utilities (CU);
- Bell Canada (BCE);
- Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS);
- Telus (T); and,
- Royal Bank (RY).”
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Reader question of the week (adapted for site):
Good morning Mark!
Thanks for all you do on the site. I know you mentioned about not using U.S. stocks for TFSAs because of (withholding) taxes. I’m planning to buy the Vanguard fund VFV in my TFSA. It’s a Canadian ETF as you know. Would that be a good buy for my TFSA? What about for my RESP?
Thanks for your help!
Love it. I mean, these savvy readers know about low-cost funds, they are mindful to try and invest in registered accounts (such as TFSA, RRSP, RESP) before taxable investing AND these folks are wondering about withholding taxes as well.
That is some very knowledgeable stuff!!
First, I won’t bore you with any low-cost investing talk. You’re already there obviously and know the benefits. For those that want to read up on my favourite ETFs including VFV like this reader did they can visit this page and posts here.
Second, personally, the only reason I don’t yet invest in U.S. stocks inside the TFSA is because I’ve typically maxed it out with Canadian dividend paying stocks like these every year for the last decade.
For 2021 TFSA investing, I am strongly considering buying some U.S. stocks or ETFs inside my TFSA to build up some USD $$ tax-free income. But…I need to caution myself and others!
Just be mindful that any U.S. stocks or U.S. ETFs held inside the TFSA will be subjected to 15% withholding taxes on dividends/distributions paid. So, this is a good reason to put U.S. stocks or U.S. ETFs inside your RRSP or LIRA first – because the 15% foreign withholding taxes do not apply.
While on that note, third, even if you hold VFV (which is the equivalent of owning iShares U.S. ETF VOO) in Canadian dollars, the withholding taxes charged on a Canadian ETF that holds a U.S. ETF (like VOO) that do occur are minimal.
Again, to be clear:
- If you hold a Canadian ETF like VFV that holds/tracks the S&P 500 index (like VOO) in a non-registered account, you will get charged foreign withholding taxes but you can recover those when you file your tax return.
- If you hold the Canadian ETF like VFV in your RRSP or TFSA, there are withholding taxes applied. Nothing you can do about it!
- If you hold the U.S. domiciled ETF (VOO in this case) inside your RRSP, no withholding taxes will apply because it is recognized as a retirement account by the U.S. IRS.
Knowing that, if you hold an S&P 500 ETF like VFV that holds VOO, which has ~ 2% dividend yield then the tax grab inside the TFSA or RRSP or RESP is only 2% * 0.15 = 0.3%. It’s really small potatoes here.
- In a TFSA or RESP, consider using Canadian-listed ETFs for foreign equities. That’s because U.S. listed ETFs don’t offer any tax advantage.
- In an RRSP when you have enough assets to perform Norbert’s Gambit then consider using U.S.-listed ETFs for foreign equities.
Long-term though, I would be more concerned about owning some short-term bonds or other fixed income assets the closer you are (or your children are) to tapping the RESP money. I wouldn’t put it all on equities for good! Generally speaking, the closer you are to using any money inside the RESP the more fixed-income and security you want. Consider more fixed-income in years 10+ for the RESP.
Just my thoughts!