3 Stocks You Can Hold With a Buy-and-Forget Attitude

Want to make investing much easier? Here are three stocks you can buy and forget about for years.

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Active investing isn’t for everyone. Depending on many different factors, investors may not have the time to keep track of a portfolio of companies on a day-to-day basis. Fortunately, you don’t have to. There are many options available to investors that want to have a buy-and-forget attitude. If you’re that kind of investor, here are three stocks you should hold!

Choose one of the big banks

The Canadian banking industry is highly regulated. This makes it difficult for smaller companies to disrupt the industry. As a result, companies that lead the industry have established formidable moats. What’s even more interesting is that the Big Five banks are so secure that it really doesn’t matter which one you choose. Of course, some will appear better at times, but all five could be considered good choices. Because of this, I would suggest going with the company you bank with.

If I had to choose one bank to add to my portfolio, it would be Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)(NYSE:BNS). I like this stock because of its growth potential and reliable dividend. Bank of Nova Scotia’s growth potential comes from its exposure to the Pacific Alliance. It’s forecasted that the region will grow faster than Canada and the U.S. over the coming years due to a growing middle class. In terms of its dividend, Bank of Nova Scotia is a Canadian Dividend Aristocrat with a very attractive forward yield (4.58%).

This stock has outperformed since its IPO

If you can find a stock that has beaten the market over the long term, it’s probably safe to say that company’s figured something out. Take Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) for example. Since its IPO in May 2006, the stock has grown at a CAGR of about 36%. That greatly outperforms the TSX. In fact, an investment of $10,000 made in 2006 would be worth more than $1 million today.

Constellation Software has managed to find success by following a disciplined acquisition strategy. In fact, its playbook is so successful that competitors have tried to replicate it in the past. This has resulted in Constellation’s president announcing that he would cease his annual shareholder letters as an attempt to discourage copycat companies. Over the past year, Constellation Stock has gained about 32%. This suggests that the company is still growing at a very fast rate. This is one stock you can forget about for years.

An ETF you don’t have to think about

Passive investors could also consider buying an ETF. This is essentially a basket of companies, spreading your risk across the different stocks in the fund. Many investors would suggest you buy an ETF that tracks the performance of the S&P 500, an index of the largest companies in the United States. However, I believe you should just cut out all of the dead weight. The performance of the S&P 500 is market cap weighted. This means that the larger companies have more influence on its performance than smaller companies do.

Because of this, I would suggest holding the Evolve FANGMA Index ETF (TSX:TECH). This ETF only holds the six big tech companies. This includes Meta Platforms (Facebook), Apple, Netflix, Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, and Amazon. While you do face a bit more risk investing in this focused ETF, as opposed to a broad market index, these are some of the most important companies in the world. I struggle to imagine a world where none of these six companies are successful.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Fool contributor Jed Lloren owns Apple, BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA, Evolve FANGMA Index ETF, and Microsoft. The Motley Fool recommends Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Amazon, Apple, BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA, Constellation Software, Meta Platforms, Inc., Microsoft, and Netflix.

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