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‘Buy and hold’ portfolio delivers double-digit return

In mid-June 2012, I created a Buy and Hold Portfolio for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time reviewing their positions and are not interested in active trading. This portfolio focuses on individual stocks, although it also includes a bond ETF.

The goal was to concentrate on blue-chip stocks that offered long-term growth potential plus regular dividend payments. I included both Canadian and U.S. issues, and each original stock was given a 10 per cent weighting. I added a 20 per cent bond weighting to provide some downside protection in the event of a stock market plunge of the 2008 variety.