Combining Intelligent Investing with Beating the TSX

As discussed in my recent post, my stocks have failed to outperform the TSX.  I think I can do better.  The basic pricinples of Benjamin Graham are sound, but I have not been able to apply them to build a diversified portfolio.  I want to use those principles – sound dividend and earnings growth – but apply them to build a broader portfolio.

AGU.TO Agrium Inc.
BBD.B Bombardier, Inc.
BCE.TO BCE Inc.
BMO.TO Bank of Montreal
BNS.TO The Bank of Nova Scotia
CM.TO Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
CSU.TO Constellation Software Inc.
ENB.TO Enbridge Inc
FTS Fortis Inc
HSE Husky Energy Inc.
L.TO Loblaw Companies Limited
MFC.TO Manulife Financial Corp.
NA National Bank of Canada
POT.TO Potash Corp./Saskatchewan Inc.
POW Power Corporation of Canada
RCI.B Rogers Communications Inc.
RY.TO Royal Bank of Canada
SJR.B Shaw Communications Inc
SLF.TO Sun Life Financial Inc.
SU.TO Suncor Energy Inc.
T.TO TELUS Corporation
TCK.B Teck Resources Ltd
TD.TO Toronto-Dominion Bank
TRP.TO TransCanada Corporation

The basic method is:

  • Start with the TSX 60
  • Remove former trusts
  • Remove any stock with dividend coverage below 125%
  • Take the top 23 stocks
  • I then deselected two of the banks to prevent over-concentration
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