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How many stocks do you hold?

How many stocks do you hold and why? Curious to hear different opinions. More = diversified, but your gains on some better stocks will be damped, and pay more transaction costs.
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I have about 15 holdings. 2 are ETFs, the rest are stocks.
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FirstGear wrote: How many stocks do you hold and why? Curious to hear different opinions. More = diversified, but your gains on some better stocks will be damped, and pay more transaction costs.
CAD - 19
USD - 14

I'm always on the look out for more, but admittedly it's a pain to monitor the portfolio currently.
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FirstGear wrote: How many stocks do you hold and why? Curious to hear different opinions. More = diversified, but your gains on some better stocks will be damped, and pay more transaction costs.
100. Why ? Because I can. Whats your point ? How many shoes do you have ?

SymbolColumn is sorted in ascending order **QuantitySort column in descending order **Current PriceSort column in descending order **Market ValueSort column in descending order 2Book CostSort column in descending order **$ Gain/LossSort column in descending order **% Gain/LossSort column in descending order Actions
ADM 19 54.47 1,034.93 975.30 +59.63 +6.11 Buy Sell
AP.UN 31 37.14 1,151.34 989.86 +161.48 +16.31 Buy Sell
AW.UN 34 31.15 1,059.10 993.91 +65.19 +6.56 Buy Sell
AX.UN 77 13.12 1,010.24 1,001.71 +8.53 +0.85 Buy Sell
BA 5 168.188 840.94 1,015.76 -174.82 -17.21 Buy Sell
BCE 18 58.57 1,054.26 978.35 +75.91 +7.76 Buy Sell
BMO 12 82.22 986.64 949.91 +36.73 +3.87 Buy Sell
BNS 18 64.63 1,163.34 1,022.81 +140.53 +13.74 Buy Sell
BPF.UN 55 18.67 1,026.85 998.30 +28.55 +2.86 Buy Sell
BRE 68 15.00 1,020.00 1,026.55 -6.55 -0.64 Buy Sell
BX 24 33.03 792.72 983.49 -190.77 -19.40 Buy Sell
CAR.UN 37 31.53 1,166.61 1,015.61 +151.00 +14.87 Buy Sell
CAT 10 97.33 973.30 980.06 -6.76 -0.69 Buy Sell
CM 11 101.68 1,118.48 1,019.09 +99.39 +9.75 Buy Sell
COH 22 48.84 1,074.48 1,012.94 +61.54 +6.08 Buy Sell
COP 15 57.291 859.37 986.06 -126.70 -12.85 Buy Sell
CSCO 26 37.4419 973.49 999.66 -26.17 -2.62 Buy Sell
DDAIF 8 80.69 645.52 939.13 -293.61 -31.26 Buy Sell
DLR 9 129.38 1,164.42 964.12 +200.30 +20.78 Buy Sell
DOW 14 68.36 957.04 1,013.27 -56.23 -5.55 Buy Sell
DUK 10 106.02 1,060.20 1,006.22 +53.98 +5.37 Buy Sell
EIF 35 31.21 1,092.35 1,002.90 +89.45 +8.92 Buy Sell
EMA 23 47.41 1,090.43 1,004.47 +85.96 +8.56 Buy Sell
EMR 15 67.22 1,008.30 1,012.53 -4.23 -0.42 Buy Sell
ENB 22 54.07 1,189.54 1,007.87 +181.67 +18.03 Buy Sell
ENF 36 31.87 1,147.32 1,003.55 +143.77 +14.33 Buy Sell
EWA 37 24.79 917.23 986.74 -69.51 -7.04 Buy Sell
FAP 230 4.78 1,099.40 1,017.35 +82.05 +8.07 Buy Sell
FTS 26 41.80 1,086.80 982.09 +104.71 +10.66 Buy Sell
FUN 12 75.82 909.84 949.35 -39.51 -4.16 Buy Sell
GES 37 19.87 735.19 991.85 -256.66 -25.88 Buy Sell
GIS 12 83.68 1,004.16 967.41 +36.75 +3.80 Buy Sell
HCP 18 44.87 807.66 975.88 -168.22 -17.24 Buy Sell
IBM 5 196.20 981.00 971.86 +9.14 +0.94 Buy Sell
IEP 11 69.79 767.69 956.77 -189.08 -19.76 Buy Sell
INTC 20 41.673 833.46 975.13 -141.67 -14.53 Buy Sell
IRM 26 49.14 1,277.64 997.86 +279.78 +28.04 Buy Sell
JNJ 7 151.21 1,058.47 1,012.91 +45.56 +4.50 Buy Sell
KEG.UN 56 18.00 1,008.00 1,007.31 +0.69 +0.07 Buy Sell
KHC 10 109.63 1,096.30 1,022.33 +73.97 +7.24 Buy Sell
KKR 45 16.90 760.50 988.65 -228.15 -23.08 Buy Sell
KMB 5 169.45 847.25 899.53 -52.28 -5.81 Buy Sell
KO 16 57.8246 925.19 969.32 -44.12 -4.55 Buy Sell
LB 20 51.18 1,023.60 976.55 +47.05 +4.82 Buy Sell
LIQ 120 8.90 1,068.00 1,008.35 +59.65 +5.92 Buy Sell
LMT 3 309.20 927.60 920.58 +7.02 +0.76 Buy Sell
LVS 16 59.59 953.44 988.71 -35.27 -3.57 Buy Sell
MCD 6 158.45 950.70 997.22 -46.52 -4.67 Buy Sell
MKP 82 14.55 1,193.10 1,043.15 +149.95 +14.37 Buy Sell
MMM 5 216.74 1,083.70 1,058.25 +25.45 +2.40 Buy Sell
NA 25 44.78 1,119.50 1,019.20 +100.30 +9.84 Buy Sell
NYRT 62 11.96 741.52 1,001.77 -260.25 -25.98 Buy Sell
O 14 83.41 1,167.74 1,014.22 +153.52 +15.14 Buy Sell
OHI 20 42.95 859.00 987.46 -128.46 -13.01 Buy Sell
PBH 25 53.51 1,337.75 980.45 +357.30 +36.44 Buy Sell
PBI 34 23.706 806.00 993.05 -187.04 -18.84 Buy Sell
PFE 22 45.097 992.13 1,014.21 -22.08 -2.18 Buy Sell
PG 9 107.06 963.54 1,019.83 -56.29 -5.52 Buy Sell
PLZ.UN 212 4.80 1,017.60 1,010.59 +7.01 +0.69 Buy Sell
POW 34 28.69 975.46 993.23 -17.77 -1.79 Buy Sell
PRU 8 94.5292 756.23 923.58 -167.34 -18.12 Buy Sell
PWF 31 31.22 967.82 998.54 -30.72 -3.08 Buy Sell
PZA 73 14.01 1,022.73 1,012.97 +9.76 +0.96 Buy Sell
QCOM 14 68.79 963.06 985.45 -22.39 -2.27 Buy Sell
REF.UN 23 46.70 1,074.10 980.78 +93.32 +9.51 Buy Sell
REI.UN 41 28.27 1,159.07 997.64 +161.43 +16.18 Buy Sell
RID 43 20.73 891.39 999.81 -108.42 -10.84 Buy Sell
RIT 73 15.10 1,102.30 1,005.67 +96.63 +9.61 Buy Sell
RUD 37 26.24 970.88 998.59 -27.71 -2.77 Buy Sell
RY 13 77.83 1,011.79 982.61 +29.18 +2.97 Buy Sell
SCHD 18 52.793 950.27 982.01 -31.73 -3.23 Buy Sell
SDIV 35 26.49 927.15 972.87 -45.72 -4.70 Buy Sell
SDY 9 106.51 958.59 937.94 +20.65 +2.20 Buy Sell
SIA 62 17.20 1,066.40 1,010.01 +56.39 +5.58 Buy Sell
SIX 12 73.91 886.92 926.44 -39.52 -4.27 Buy Sell
SLF 23 43.35 997.05 1,006.08 -9.03 -0.90 Buy Sell
SO 15 66.22 993.30 988.86 +4.44 +0.45 Buy Sell
SPY 3 270.0639 810.19 863.25 -53.06 -6.15 Buy Sell
STWD 35 27.06 947.10 1,010.01 -62.91 -6.23 Buy Sell
STX 19 29.76 565.44 985.24 -419.80 -42.61 Buy Sell
T 20 51.91 1,038.20 971.04 +67.16 +6.92 Buy Sell
T 25 40.27 1,006.75 972.70 +34.05 +3.50 Buy Sell
TAL 44 17.36 763.84 982.74 -218.90 -22.27 Buy Sell
TD 18 56.28 1,013.04 990.95 +22.09 +2.23 Buy Sell
TRP 22 55.10 1,212.20 1,006.11 +206.09 +20.48 Buy Sell
VDU 31 28.00 868.00 1,004.12 -136.12 -13.56 Buy Sell
VDY 37 29.25 1,082.25 1,016.35 +65.90 +6.48 Buy Sell
VGG 27 35.91 969.57 1,004.90 -35.33 -3.52 Buy Sell
VZ 15 68.23 1,023.45 977.33 +46.12 +4.72 Buy Sell
WMT 11 91.35 1,004.85 946.64 +58.21 +6.15 Buy Sell
X 27 50.90 1,374.30 981.95 +392.35 +39.96 Buy Sell
XOM 9 116.90 1,052.10 984.73 +67.37 +6.84 Buy Sell
ZCN 57 18.93 1,079.01 1,010.87 +68.14 +6.74 Buy Sell
ZDV 68 15.72 1,068.96 999.35 +69.61 +6.97 Buy Sell
ZPW 48 18.91 907.68 1,005.95 -98.27 -9.77 Buy Sell
ZUT 67 16.44 1,101.48 991.50 +109.98 +11.09 Buy Sell
ZWH 50 19.03 951.50 998.45 -46.95 -4.70 Buy Sell
Sub-Total : Sub-Total :96,496.35CAD Sub-Total :96,016.62CAD Sub-Total :+479.72CAD CAD
Other Securities
SymbolColumn is sorted in ascending order QuantitySort column in descending order Current PriceSort column in descending order Market ValueSort column in descending order 2Book CostSort column in descending order $ Gain/LossSort column in descending order % Gain/LossSort column in descending order Actions
DEO 6 130.31 781.86 926.24 -144.38 -15.59
GSK 17 52.23 887.91 964.28 -76.37 -7.92
RDSA 15 65.61 984.15 966.17 +17.98 +1.86
UL 16 56.78 908.48 969.90 -61.42 -6.33
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There are only 4 ETFs that I recommend, which collectively cover 99%+ of all stocks outstanding:

HXS (S&P 500)
VXC (Equity: All world except Canada)
VCN (Equity: Canada)
VAB (Bonds)

Much cheaper than trading individual stocks. Plus, historically proven to beat almost all investors over a long time.
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investing200aweek wrote: 100. Why ? Because I can. Whats your point ? How many shoes do you have ?

SymbolColumn is sorted in ascending order **QuantitySort column in descending order **Current PriceSort column in descending order **Market ValueSort column in descending order 2Book CostSort column in descending order **$ Gain/LossSort column in descending order **% Gain/LossSort column in descending order Actions
ADM 19 54.47 1,034.93 975.30 +59.63 +6.11 Buy Sell
AP.UN 31 37.14 1,151.34 989.86 +161.48 +16.31 Buy Sell
AW.UN 34 31.15 1,059.10 993.91 +65.19 +6.56 Buy Sell
AX.UN 77 13.12 1,010.24 1,001.71 +8.53 +0.85 Buy Sell
BA 5 168.188 840.94 1,015.76 -174.82 -17.21 Buy Sell
BCE 18 58.57 1,054.26 978.35 +75.91 +7.76 Buy Sell
BMO 12 82.22 986.64 949.91 +36.73 +3.87 Buy Sell
BNS 18 64.63 1,163.34 1,022.81 +140.53 +13.74 Buy Sell
BPF.UN 55 18.67 1,026.85 998.30 +28.55 +2.86 Buy Sell
BRE 68 15.00 1,020.00 1,026.55 -6.55 -0.64 Buy Sell
BX 24 33.03 792.72 983.49 -190.77 -19.40 Buy Sell
CAR.UN 37 31.53 1,166.61 1,015.61 +151.00 +14.87 Buy Sell
CAT 10 97.33 973.30 980.06 -6.76 -0.69 Buy Sell
CM 11 101.68 1,118.48 1,019.09 +99.39 +9.75 Buy Sell
COH 22 48.84 1,074.48 1,012.94 +61.54 +6.08 Buy Sell
COP 15 57.291 859.37 986.06 -126.70 -12.85 Buy Sell
CSCO 26 37.4419 973.49 999.66 -26.17 -2.62 Buy Sell
DDAIF 8 80.69 645.52 939.13 -293.61 -31.26 Buy Sell
DLR 9 129.38 1,164.42 964.12 +200.30 +20.78 Buy Sell
DOW 14 68.36 957.04 1,013.27 -56.23 -5.55 Buy Sell
DUK 10 106.02 1,060.20 1,006.22 +53.98 +5.37 Buy Sell
EIF 35 31.21 1,092.35 1,002.90 +89.45 +8.92 Buy Sell
EMA 23 47.41 1,090.43 1,004.47 +85.96 +8.56 Buy Sell
EMR 15 67.22 1,008.30 1,012.53 -4.23 -0.42 Buy Sell
ENB 22 54.07 1,189.54 1,007.87 +181.67 +18.03 Buy Sell
ENF 36 31.87 1,147.32 1,003.55 +143.77 +14.33 Buy Sell
EWA 37 24.79 917.23 986.74 -69.51 -7.04 Buy Sell
FAP 230 4.78 1,099.40 1,017.35 +82.05 +8.07 Buy Sell
FTS 26 41.80 1,086.80 982.09 +104.71 +10.66 Buy Sell
FUN 12 75.82 909.84 949.35 -39.51 -4.16 Buy Sell
GES 37 19.87 735.19 991.85 -256.66 -25.88 Buy Sell
GIS 12 83.68 1,004.16 967.41 +36.75 +3.80 Buy Sell
HCP 18 44.87 807.66 975.88 -168.22 -17.24 Buy Sell
IBM 5 196.20 981.00 971.86 +9.14 +0.94 Buy Sell
IEP 11 69.79 767.69 956.77 -189.08 -19.76 Buy Sell
INTC 20 41.673 833.46 975.13 -141.67 -14.53 Buy Sell
IRM 26 49.14 1,277.64 997.86 +279.78 +28.04 Buy Sell
JNJ 7 151.21 1,058.47 1,012.91 +45.56 +4.50 Buy Sell
KEG.UN 56 18.00 1,008.00 1,007.31 +0.69 +0.07 Buy Sell
KHC 10 109.63 1,096.30 1,022.33 +73.97 +7.24 Buy Sell
KKR 45 16.90 760.50 988.65 -228.15 -23.08 Buy Sell
KMB 5 169.45 847.25 899.53 -52.28 -5.81 Buy Sell
KO 16 57.8246 925.19 969.32 -44.12 -4.55 Buy Sell
LB 20 51.18 1,023.60 976.55 +47.05 +4.82 Buy Sell
LIQ 120 8.90 1,068.00 1,008.35 +59.65 +5.92 Buy Sell
LMT 3 309.20 927.60 920.58 +7.02 +0.76 Buy Sell
LVS 16 59.59 953.44 988.71 -35.27 -3.57 Buy Sell
MCD 6 158.45 950.70 997.22 -46.52 -4.67 Buy Sell
MKP 82 14.55 1,193.10 1,043.15 +149.95 +14.37 Buy Sell
MMM 5 216.74 1,083.70 1,058.25 +25.45 +2.40 Buy Sell
NA 25 44.78 1,119.50 1,019.20 +100.30 +9.84 Buy Sell
NYRT 62 11.96 741.52 1,001.77 -260.25 -25.98 Buy Sell
O 14 83.41 1,167.74 1,014.22 +153.52 +15.14 Buy Sell
OHI 20 42.95 859.00 987.46 -128.46 -13.01 Buy Sell
PBH 25 53.51 1,337.75 980.45 +357.30 +36.44 Buy Sell
PBI 34 23.706 806.00 993.05 -187.04 -18.84 Buy Sell
PFE 22 45.097 992.13 1,014.21 -22.08 -2.18 Buy Sell
PG 9 107.06 963.54 1,019.83 -56.29 -5.52 Buy Sell
PLZ.UN 212 4.80 1,017.60 1,010.59 +7.01 +0.69 Buy Sell
POW 34 28.69 975.46 993.23 -17.77 -1.79 Buy Sell
PRU 8 94.5292 756.23 923.58 -167.34 -18.12 Buy Sell
PWF 31 31.22 967.82 998.54 -30.72 -3.08 Buy Sell
PZA 73 14.01 1,022.73 1,012.97 +9.76 +0.96 Buy Sell
QCOM 14 68.79 963.06 985.45 -22.39 -2.27 Buy Sell
REF.UN 23 46.70 1,074.10 980.78 +93.32 +9.51 Buy Sell
REI.UN 41 28.27 1,159.07 997.64 +161.43 +16.18 Buy Sell
RID 43 20.73 891.39 999.81 -108.42 -10.84 Buy Sell
RIT 73 15.10 1,102.30 1,005.67 +96.63 +9.61 Buy Sell
RUD 37 26.24 970.88 998.59 -27.71 -2.77 Buy Sell
RY 13 77.83 1,011.79 982.61 +29.18 +2.97 Buy Sell
SCHD 18 52.793 950.27 982.01 -31.73 -3.23 Buy Sell
SDIV 35 26.49 927.15 972.87 -45.72 -4.70 Buy Sell
SDY 9 106.51 958.59 937.94 +20.65 +2.20 Buy Sell
SIA 62 17.20 1,066.40 1,010.01 +56.39 +5.58 Buy Sell
SIX 12 73.91 886.92 926.44 -39.52 -4.27 Buy Sell
SLF 23 43.35 997.05 1,006.08 -9.03 -0.90 Buy Sell
SO 15 66.22 993.30 988.86 +4.44 +0.45 Buy Sell
SPY 3 270.0639 810.19 863.25 -53.06 -6.15 Buy Sell
STWD 35 27.06 947.10 1,010.01 -62.91 -6.23 Buy Sell
STX 19 29.76 565.44 985.24 -419.80 -42.61 Buy Sell
T 20 51.91 1,038.20 971.04 +67.16 +6.92 Buy Sell
T 25 40.27 1,006.75 972.70 +34.05 +3.50 Buy Sell
TAL 44 17.36 763.84 982.74 -218.90 -22.27 Buy Sell
TD 18 56.28 1,013.04 990.95 +22.09 +2.23 Buy Sell
TRP 22 55.10 1,212.20 1,006.11 +206.09 +20.48 Buy Sell
VDU 31 28.00 868.00 1,004.12 -136.12 -13.56 Buy Sell
VDY 37 29.25 1,082.25 1,016.35 +65.90 +6.48 Buy Sell
VGG 27 35.91 969.57 1,004.90 -35.33 -3.52 Buy Sell
VZ 15 68.23 1,023.45 977.33 +46.12 +4.72 Buy Sell
WMT 11 91.35 1,004.85 946.64 +58.21 +6.15 Buy Sell
X 27 50.90 1,374.30 981.95 +392.35 +39.96 Buy Sell
XOM 9 116.90 1,052.10 984.73 +67.37 +6.84 Buy Sell
ZCN 57 18.93 1,079.01 1,010.87 +68.14 +6.74 Buy Sell
ZDV 68 15.72 1,068.96 999.35 +69.61 +6.97 Buy Sell
ZPW 48 18.91 907.68 1,005.95 -98.27 -9.77 Buy Sell
ZUT 67 16.44 1,101.48 991.50 +109.98 +11.09 Buy Sell
ZWH 50 19.03 951.50 998.45 -46.95 -4.70 Buy Sell
Sub-Total : Sub-Total :96,496.35CAD Sub-Total :96,016.62CAD Sub-Total :+479.72CAD CAD
Other Securities
SymbolColumn is sorted in ascending order QuantitySort column in descending order Current PriceSort column in descending order Market ValueSort column in descending order 2Book CostSort column in descending order $ Gain/LossSort column in descending order % Gain/LossSort column in descending order Actions
DEO 6 130.31 781.86 926.24 -144.38 -15.59
GSK 17 52.23 887.91 964.28 -76.37 -7.92
RDSA 15 65.61 984.15 966.17 +17.98 +1.86
UL 16 56.78 908.48 969.90 -61.42 -6.33
Wow, that's an impressive list. Are you day trading full time? I've got about 15 to 20 stocks at any given time. I'm doing this part time while holding down a full time job, and I'm still finding it very hard to keep up to date with them.
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investing200aweek wrote: 100. Why ? Because I can. Whats your point ? How many shoes do you have ?
Nothing. It's always nice to hear about what other people are doing and how it works out for them.
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I hold over 100 as well. Other people buy shoes I buy stocks. I always believe people should always invest their own money. I don't trade often though, just an occasional covered call.
sharpshooter88 wrote: Wow, that's an impressive list. Are you day trading full time? I've got about 15 to 20 stocks at any given time. I'm doing this part time while holding down a full time job, and I'm still finding it very hard to keep up to date with them.
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Historically I held about 10 but now I have 15 - 20 stocks no ETFs.
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7 ETFs (around 90% of my portfolio) and 5 stocks for playing (around 5% of the portfolio). 5% in cash
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Under 10 and i want to keep it that way, i don't have much time to look into stocks i just go with etf and blue chips so i don't lose any sleep over it.
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I have 1 stock right now. I'm sitting on all cash just waiting...
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For those of you with ETFs and equities, how do you choose between the two?

I hold ETFs for US, international and Canadian REIT exposure. And the individual equities for Canadian dividend paying stocks and the odd US equity.

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