Contributors at Motley Fool Canada (including myself) cooked up a list of 15 top stocks for December 2019. Actually, I had trouble choosing my top idea for this month as the market kept grinding higher. I chose Enbridge (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB), a defensive name that’s fairly valued with a high dividend yield and a proven track record of dividend growth.
I’ll comment on some of my colleagues’ picks.
Another Solid Energy Dividend Payer
Two contributors picked TC Energy (TSX:TRP)(NYSE:TRP), a smaller peer of Enbridge in the energy infrastructure space. TC Energy is a quality dividend name also but Enbridge offers a bigger yield right off — 5.87% versus TC Energy’s 4.48%, which is just a little more defensive should a market correction happen soon.
The Renewable Energy Space
Two contributors chose a stock in the renewable energy space: Innergex Renewable Energy (TSX:INE) and TransAlta Renewables (TSX:RNW). Clean and renewable energy is a good space to be in as it has secular growth, but I don’t have a strong opinion about these two names in particular.
Given the run-up in utilities in general lately, I think it’s best for investors to consider the space when it’s out of favour again.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH) is a curious stock that moves differently from the U.S. and Canadian stock markets. This potentially makes Fairfax a good candidate to trade while adding diversification to investors’ stock portfolios.
Fairfax’s business model is similar to Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B). It has an underlying insurance business that generates float as a source of low-cost capital to invest for higher returns. Fairfax’s insurance businesses operate on a decentralized basis, which allows Fairfax to focus on capital allocation.
In the first half of the year, Fairfax’s insurance businesses were profitable. It had a consolidated combined ratio of 96.9% for its insurance operations. The combined ratio of <100% implies profitability.
According to Prem Watsa, the chairman, CEO, and founder of Fairfax, the company can achieve a 15% return on shareholders’ equity with a 95% combined ratio and a 7% return from the investment portfolio.