Showing posts from September, 2020

Long-term Investing in healthcare sector

  Hello folks! Hope all is well! Seems like COVID cases are creeping up slowly again in NYC and in several European countries. I hope we get a vaccine soon enough to prevent the pandemic repeating itself. The good news is that many large pharma companies are in advanced stages of vaccine development and increased their research & development spending to speed it up. Overall, in most countries across the world there is additional investment going on to improve the healthcare system. I think this is a good time to either start investing or increase investing amount in health care sector. In genera, healthcare sector is quite diversified in terms of types of companies involved. The list includes pharmaceuticals, medical equipment supplier, hospitals, Insurance providers and retail stores like CVS.  My main vehicle for investing in this sector is Vanguard healthcare etf (VHT). This etf is quite diversified with holdings of about 431 companies. It has some of the largest pharma co

A good dividend stock to own: Intel

  Hello folks! Hope everyone doing well! Even most people are not familiar with Intel, however this is part of our life for last few decades. Let me tell my side of the story: I bought my first computer in 1997. Back then laptops were almost nonexistent. I had back bending hard time moving that heavy monitor and CPU to my upstairs room. The first thing I remember seeing that shiny blue sticker on CPU “Intel inside”. Till these days most CPU and laptops come with same blue sticker. Isn’t amazing so many years later same company running the brains of computer across the world. Intel is known for manufacturing processors for computers, data server. If you are not familiar with processor, it’s simply what brain does for a human body, that’s what processor does for computers.  Intel enjoys dominating the processor market for many years. Although in recent years AMD, NVIDIA are biting some of its market share. However, Intel is like that 1000-pound gorilla that is hard to push around. I

Stocks/ETFs purchased in August 2020

  Hello folks! Hope all are doing great and ready for the long Labor Day weekend! I am sharing the stocks/ETFs added to my taxable brokerage account in August. Usually, I like to add about $1500 to $1700 monthly to this account, but August was bit stressful. I had couple of sudden medical and repair bills to pay, so added only about $500 to this account. I guess maintain the same investment amount every month is kind of hard for most folks. We are frugal in our monthly spending but once a while either medical bill or some sort of car/house repair just drains out that month’s investment amount. It is what is it! Can’t complain much! But I try not to focus too much on those situations, but rather try to maximize investing in next month. Luckily, contribution to my 401K is at steady rate $1400/month for last one year and my contribution to Roth IRA is completed for 2020. This August I added following equities in my brokerage.  I added few Canadian dividend stocks to my portfolio. TD