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Monday, January 21, 2019

A creamy caramelized onion soup for the cold weather

These days, the weather is really cold in Montreal. This evening, I cook for the second time the most delicious soup of all: creamy caramelized onion soup from Trois fois par jour. The first time I made this soup, I didn't take time to caramelized my onions and the soup had a real heavy taste of onions. Fact is, caramelized onions don't taste onion. :-)

You may have notice, this past weekend, I updated my portfolio. On date of January 18, my net worth was of $206 278.84. My margin debt is now at $45 356.10. Today again, the TSX closed the session on a positive note. With those 15 354.16 points, my non-registered portfolio closed the day at $125 814.01, my TFSA at $59 854.87 and my RRSP portfolio, stoks only, at $39 653.55. My net worth is now probably at 207k, slowly moving forward the $300 000, only missing... $93 000. Currently, the most exciting thing that is going on is the upcomig extradition of Meng Wanzhou to the USA. This had last for too long now. I just don't understand why that Chinese woman is still in Canada. The rich Chineses appear to me as being really arrogant. They are not above the law. We don't need Huawei to build our future 5G network.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

My investment portfolio on date of January 18, 2019

Cold cash: $12.89

Stocks and Units investment portfolio $CAN
Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS): $11 280.50
Methanex Corporation (MX): $8 037.09
Fortis Inc.
(FTS): $5 698.59
Pembina Pipeline Corporation (PPL): $28 307.72
Corby Distilleries Limited (CSW.A): $2 598.75
iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index (XRE): $2 704.24
New Flyer Industries Inc. (NFI): $3 398.62
TMX Group Inc. (X): $608.40
K-Bro Linen Inc. (KBL): $3 625
WesternOne Inc. (WEQ): $21
TransCanada Corp (TRP): $1 381.25
Canadian National Railway Co (CNR): $9 832.50
Enbridge Inc. (ENB): $15 410.92
Emera Inc. (EMA): $1 122.75
BCE Inc. (BCE): $1 227.60
Saputo Inc. (SAP): $1 575.60
Lassonde Inc. (LAS.A): $2 009
Loblaw Companies (L): $762.96
Savaria Corporation (SIS): $7 680
Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce (CM): $3 288
ATCO Ltd. (ACO.Y): $2 394
Jamieson Wellness Inc. (JWEL): $2 180
WSP Global Inc. (WSP): $3 208
Aecon Group Inc. (ARE): $1 849
Aphria Inc. (APH): $1 768
TFI International Inc. (TFII): $3 108.80
George Weston Limited (WN): $93.86

TOTAL: $125 172.15

Stocks and Units investment portfolio $US:
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B): $1 634.56
General Mills Inc. (GIS): $1 390.72

TOTAL: $3 025.28 US: $4 010.46 CAN

Tax-free savings account (TFSA):
Dumont Nickel Inc. (DNI): $14.35
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (REI.UN): $860.30
CT Real Estate Investment Trust (CRT.UN): $1 245
Canadian National Railway Co (CNR): $4 370
Exchange Income Corporation (EIF): $28.86
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (BIP.UN): $3 451.17
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. (BEP.UN): $1 126.50
Andrew Peller Limited (ADW.A): $2 490.50
Hydro One Limited (H): $2 127.30
Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD): $1 446.20
Boyd Group Income Fund (BYD.UN): $3 570.90
Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAR.UN): $3 159.80
Data Communications Mgmt (DCM): $6.60
Morneau Shepell Inc. (MSI): $2 414.70
Royal Bank of Canada (RY): $3 944
Park Lawn Corporation (PLC): $1 486.20
Toromont Industries Ltd (TIH): $2 287.60
BCE Inc. (BCE): $502.20
Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (NVU.UN): $3 918
Sienna Senior Living Inc. (SIA): $1 354.40
Boralex Inc. Class A Shares (BLX): $715.60
Richelieu Hardware Ltd. (RCH): $1 168.86
Savaria Corporation (SIS): $1 050
Northland Power Inc. (NPI): $2 290
Calian Group Ltd. (CGY): $2 238.50
BMO Bank of Montreal (BMO): $1 934
Canadian Utilities Limited (CU): $1 391.04
WSP Global Inc. (WSP): $1 604
Granite Real Estate Investment Trust (GRT.UN): $576.10
Cargojet Inc. (CJT): $2 140.20
Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (ACR.UN): $796.32
Nutrien Ltd. (NTR): $3 397.50
Cash: $275.70

TOTAL: $59 382.40

RSP investment portfolio: 
Emera Incorporated (EMA): $12 529.89
EnCana Corporation (ECA): $1 004.40
Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD): $2 169.30
Telus Corp (T): $2 309
Royal Bank of Canada (RY): $1 972
Savaria Corporation (SIS): $3 030
Thomson Reuters Corporation (TRI): $2 418.84
Park Lawn Corporation (PLC): $4 954
Richards Packaging Income Fund (RPI.UN): $1 254
Toromont Industries Ltd (TIH): $400.33
CAE Inc. (CAE): $1 883
CGI Group Inc. Class A Subordinate Voting Shares (GIB.A): $3 025.75
Boralex Inc. Class A Shares (BLX): $894.50
Quebecor Inc. (QBR.B): $750
Logistec Corporation Class B Subordinate Voting Shares (LGT.B): $303.17
(BEP.UN): $713.45
Cash: $74.79

Total: $39 686.42         

CIBC Dividend Growth Fund + CIBC Emerging Markets Index Fund + CIBC Monthly Income Fund: $2 766.06

Energy and Base Metals Term Savings (Indexed term savings): $577.30
Natural Resources Term Savings (Indexed term savings): $502.45

GIC National Bank: $1 337.79               

Manulife Fidelity NorthStar GIF CAP B: $1 201.91
Manulife Simplicity Growth Portfolio: $1 304.75
Maritime Life CI Harbour Seg Fund: $1 170.48
Maritime Life Fidelity True North Seg Fund: $1 556.29
Manulife GIF MLIA B World Invest: $1 176.19
Total: $6 409.62

Other various: $11 742.40

TOTAL: $63 022.04

Social Capital at Desjardins Membership share: $35
Savings + Stocks, units, mutual funds + Tax-free Savings account + RRSP:
$251 634.94
On date of January 18, 2019

My debt situation on date of January 18, 2019

Margin account: $45 356.10 @ 5.50%
Annual interest: $2 494.59

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Another super great for the TSX! YEAH!! :-)

Its been another great day for the TSX! I am happy, don't get me wrong, but this is not the usual natural thing for the TSX to just keep being in the positive zone for many many days in a row. I never experimented something like it before. Not that I can remember. This is quite exciting, my non-registered closed today session at $125 326.73, my TFSA portfolio is now at $59 291.21 and my RRSP portfolio at $39 607.83. I had all my eyes on my New Flyer Industries Inc. (NFI)today and it seems like its situation is getting stabilize for now, but tomorrow is another day. Those who had to sell off NFI are just a bunch of not smart losers.

In front of that TSX that just keeps giving and giving, I am just asking for another good day tomorrow, so I can update my portfolio page this weekend and look outrageously good. And things are only getting better knowing that tomorrow is pay day.

I still doing great with my budget. This week so far, I only bought one coffee, and it was a small one... The less you spend, the less you are tempted to spend because you know too well that at the end, you'll win the jackpot at the end of the month. Including my dividend income, its close to $2 000 per month that I can save. That make a lot of money. If I can reduce my margin debt, which is currently of $47 000, in half, it would be great.

Another great thing when saving money become your newest obsession is that it really help with your diet, because you cannot eat out anymore, you can basically do nothing that involve spending money, so guess what, you lose weight in the process. That's what is hapenning for me. For the past couple years, I wasn't as severe as now about saving money, some months, I had several hundreds ad up on my credit card, but it was alays about an amount I could pay within  the month, but that being said, it was leaving me with little money left to save. The month of January is now even over yet that I feel a huge difference in almost everything. My sleep is better because I most of the time drink decaf coffee. And now, I drink water like if I would be living in the desert of Saudi Arabia. So just try to figure out what 2019 is going to be like.

Now, I am just wondering: can the TSX hit back the 16 000 points anytime soon? If so, I will cry of hapiness in front of my computer at work and no one will understand what's going on. It's all the fault of the TSX who's playing with my nerves.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A rough day for my precious darling New Flyer Industries Inc. (NFI)

Its been a rough day today for a stock that I now had been holding on since 2011 in my non-registered portfolio: New Flyer Industries Inc. (NFI). I had been watching my NFI closely, and I decided to sell if the stocks were going to reach the $28 per share... It didn't, so I am keeping New Flyer Industries Inc. (NFI) in my portfolio for now. It's sad to see one of my favorite stock going down. At this point, I am affected of course, but not that much since I had bought my NFI shares several years ago, when NFI was trading under the $12 per share. I will again watch on closely NFI tomorrow.

Bad day for my NFI baby, but today was not a bad day at all for Goodfood Market Corp. (FOOD). I must admit, I am a bit in a hurry now to sell this one at profit. Its been a little since I haven't traded anything and the need remains. Patience is everything and doesn't expect the big bucks to come as easily as before. I am just in the need to do something. While trying to figure it out, my non-registered portfolio closed today session at $124 191, my TFSA portfolio at $58 956.97 and my RRSP portfolio at $39 392.05. I am really happy with those numbers and of course, I am just hoping for more gains to come. I would like to post an update of my portfolio if the TSX close on a positive note this Friday. Only 2 days to go. Little gains, by little gains, the TSX is going to get back in the 16 000 points sometime soon, hopefully.

Today, I was impressed by BNN Bloomberg Market Call. I actually agree with everything that Robert McWhirter, president of Selective Asset Management. Two stocks that I hold: Emera Inc. (EMA) and Northland Power Inc. (NPI) were on Robert McWhirter's top picks today. His third pick was Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI.B). If like me you like getting investment ideas for free, read my blog and subscribe to BNN Bloomberg Newsletters, its free, like my blog.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Nutrien Ltd. (NTR) is just a stock, not a top winner pick stock

The TSX finally did something I had been waiting for a long time now. Its been a tough road, but those newest 15 046.28 points are certainly making me happy. My non-registered portfolio closed today session at a great $124 251.45, my TFSA portfolio at $58 879, and my RRSP portfolio at $39 227.30. I now estimate my net worth to be in the $203 000. Its official, I am now back in the game so just watch me! :-) It's quite a long road for recovery, but now at least I am only missing $97 000 to hit on the magic $300 000 net worth... 97k is a good amount, but if the TSX plays in my favor like it should, I have my chances to hit on the 300k, maybe in 2 years. Let's just hope for that.

Yesterday, I wrote a little about not being a fan of the tech sectors, but I am a fan of tech services, which is two different sectors in a way. CGI Group Inc. Class A Subordinate Voting Shares (GIB.A), that I hold in my RRSP portfolio, is certainly a top player, but unfortunately, CGI Group, despite being a top notch quality stock the way I love them, but doesn't pay any distribution at all. It's like holding on to some JFT Strategies Fund (JFS.UN) units, but in better because CGI is actually a stock that performs and deliver capital gain to its investor. JFS.UN is just another stock on the TSX that exists for investors who still belive in Jean-François Tardif, but shouldn't. Other than CGI, if you want something valuable playing in the tech sector, check out Calian Group Ltd. (CGY). I hold CGY in my TFSA portfolio. Susan Brunner recently posts a positive review of this awesome jewel. You need to be smart and use all of your good judgement. At first, social media stocks may seem appealing, but when you deep in, you get to understand what its bullshit, and Facebook is the perfect example of a really poor manage company that you shouldn't get any appeal to. Data users are being sell and no protected. Facebook publish fake news all year round and have no real intention to take care of business properly. But you shouldn't expect any better coming from Americans. In the other hand, companies that offer tech services like CGY and CGI, those are the real good companies in the tech sector to invest in.

Ofen, in case of mergers, the company that is being buy by another one usually register gain, commonly, becaus ethe other party too oftern offer more per shera than its current trading price. It happen really often, but in the case of Goldcorp Inc. (G), both G and Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM) had registered some loses following the big announcement. I was really tempt at first to acquire some G stocks, but because of the sector, I decided not too, and I am just really happy I didn't!! But anyway I wouldn't. The temptation last only for a few seconds. I am not a fan of the gold sector. Its better to explore the possibilities in other sectors.

Today, Ryan Bushell, president of Newhaven Asset Management was in the show Market Call of BNN Bloomberg. He has made good comments regarding Fortis Inc. (FTS), saying its a good stock for the long term, andthat FTS has increased its dividend over year and we are looking forward for more juicy dividend in the future. I agree with Ruan Bushell on Fortis Inc. (FTS). I had been holding to FTS since my early beginnings. Over the years, FTS had become a solid rock in my non-registered portfolio. Fortis is that kind of super easy stock to hold on to, with a solid chart that can only turn you on. Ryan Bushell, president of Newhaven Asset Management also covers my super precious Pembina Pipeline Corporation (PPL), another great stock of mine that he only could had good words for.

One of Ryan Bushell top pick stock is... Nutrien Ltd. (NTR). Really???!!!! Come on!

Personally, I had invested in Agrium years ago, but ever since Agrium merger with Potash had turn to become Nutrien Ltd. (NTR), I never EVER registered super great capital gainon NTR. With Agrium, everything was super easy smooth, I was on super great capital gains. But with NTR, I get nothing of that. And for that reason, I really dislike NTR. Nutrien Ltd. (NTR) is a little stock that like to play with my nerves. I really dislike NTR, BUT, I keep the few shares I have inside my TFSA portfolio for the simple and good reason that NTR establish a good diversity - in the potash sector - inside my portfolio. And other than that, Nutrien Ltd. (NTR) is not bringing anything good for me.

Knowing all that, why Ryan Bushell is a top stock pick of Ryan Bushell??!!!

Of, wait, you haven't heard the worst coming from Ryan Bushell: another top pick of his is Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC). But MFC overall chart is totally distusgting. And insurance stocks are pretty bad investment, you cannot have worst than MFC for your money.

At a point, I am having a blast with BNN Bloomberg. I just don't understand how Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC) can possibly be consider a to pick. Better stick to my blog for investment ideas, I much better than any of those so call managers. I am better than anyone.

Thisis basically what a 15 000 points have as effects on me. It's all it take.

Monday, January 14, 2019

I am back to my old 200k net worth!

Goodfood Market Corp. (FOOD) started the trading day on a positive note - the opening market at 9h30 is the perfect time to take a 15 minutes break from work to check out the market. Market openings are always important. I was hoping a bigger push coming from FOOD, but I guess, for now, its ok. I am still confident I may be able to register a capital gain on FOOD later on. It's just taking longer than anticipated. These days, better be patient and calm. Seem like the easy days are dead over for the TSX. Overall, I had an easy road despite the difficulties. I always got what I wanted. But this time, for the 300k net worth, I really will have to work harder this time. It a long long road just to reach out that net work. But the good news is: only $99 000 left to go! Goooooooooo!

Another good day for the TSX, we didn't gain many points, but at 14 975.53, we are certainly getting closer to the 15 000 points. It's also a long and painful road just to get all the way up there. My non-registered portfolio closed today session at $123 360.11, my TFSA portfolio at $58 491.17, and my RRSP portfolio at $38 852.36. Currently, I estimate my net worth to be in the $201 000. Its certainly getting better. Back on January 4th, I felt a bit pitty with my $191 009.83 net worth. It was a shock to see it being under the 200k. Donald Trump killed my dream of a 300k net worth in 2018, but now, he's burning up all of his government people. Trump is so rough and has no heart at all for his own people. I am pretty sure that many of them are dealing with financial difficulties right now, and it might be hard, especially for those who have children to take care of.

Lately, I had been writing more about saving than investing, but saving is quite important knowing I am trying to pay down my margin account usage and that I am trying to stop investing using my margin account. In order to stop investing using my margin money debt, its quite simple, I just need to add up to the saving. It's a deprivation that is serving me well.

Also today, the American Newmont Mining announced a $10 billion takeover of Goldcorp Inc. I have to say, I was tempted to jump in some Goldcorp Inc. (G) shares, but I didn't. I now listen to BNN Bloomberg, and I once heard someone saying something that makes a lot of sense to me: it's better to buy some ETF involved in gold rather than a company that is involved in gold. And this makes a lot of sense because the gold market is volatile and it's quite rough for the businesses out there who are involved in the gold sector. Have a look at Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX) chart to understand what I mean. ABX used to trade in the $5+ per share and currently, ABX is having big problems big time just to reach in the $20 per share. And ABX is not alone in this position, other great Canadian mining companies are having the same shock in their value and this is true for both silver and gold mining sectors.

That's why Goldcorp Inc. (G) is a big no-no for me. For me, its a no silver, no gold, no gas, and no tech. I, however, like the technology sector, but only in term of services. I am not a fan of social media junk, so no Facebook or Twitter shit stocks for me. But yes to tech services like CGY and CGI because those services are essential. And of course, I have both of those businesses in my portfolio because I am absolutely fabulous. Now, I only need the TSX to go back to its old 16 000 points. Its all I need to hit on the 300k net worth.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Tomorrow could be a good day for Goodfood Market Corp. (FOOD)

The TSX closed not far behind the 15 000 points this past Friday, which had a great effect on my investments. My non-registered portfolio closed the session at $122 382.44, my TFSA portfolio at $58 142.35 and my RRSP portfolio, stocks only, at $38 607.05. 

For 2019, I have officially a TFSA contribution room of over $16 000, but it should be more in the range of 21k, since I withdraw 19k from my TFSA in mid-December. Maybe the correct amount will be reset later on, but for now, I only go with the official data I was giving online from the CRA. I earlier this month, I proceed with a contribution in kind from my non-registered to my TFSA portfolio with NTR. And currently, I have little options left to do some contribution in kind, but I had been thinking about my CM shares that I have inside my non-registered account, since the capital gain is currently below $300 and that CM is stock that I plan to hold in my portfolio, CM is a good candidate. And I would like eventually to put in some cash, so I can trade free of taxes. I might be able to do so in March.

Tomorrow, I will be carefully watching my Goodfood Market Corp. (FOOD) shares. FOOD will be releasing its result for the first quarter fiscal. I think there's a good chance for the stock price to raise more and if tomorrow is my lucky day, I will be selling my FOOD shares and cash in the profit I can make. It will go on to pay down my margin. That it is for paying down debt or to invest, saving money is a job of its own and when I want to, I am good at the game. This weekend, I didn't spend any money, if not for grocery shopping. I was doing so well, but today, I received a call coming from fundraising for the OSM, and it just didn't feel right not to give anything at all so I gave a tinny little $10, better than nothing. Currently, my projected amount spend for January is of $1 272.54, which is not too bad. 

The less I spend, the less I am tempted to spend my money as freely as I did before. The game is getting easier as the the time pass by. I didn't buy any coffee at work last week, which I find impressive, knowing how much I was getting used to buy between 1 to 3 coffee a day.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Saving money is easy if you really want to

The past two days had been super great for the TSX. Yesterday, my non-registered portfolio closed today session at $122 185.93, my TFSA portfolio at $57 583.20, and my RRSP portfolio, stocks only, at $38 356.74. Bank of Canada had the great idea not to increase interest rate and this all play well in my favor. Today, my non-registered portfolio closed today session at $122 521.80, my TFSA portfolio at $58 258.58 and my RRSP portfolio at $38 656.199. Its finally beginning to get better, but we still have a long way to go in order to catch up the old 16 500 points value. Its been a tough road.

So far, I had respected my budget and I actually spend less than expected, just the way I had it planned. It's not the first time in my life that I am taking this rough extra budgetted path. I did it before, and I can do it again. I guess in the past couple of years, since I had a good loaded investment portfolio, I didn't see the necessity to deprive myself of anything. And I am actually glad I did so because while I had worked with a really restricted budget in my young twenties during a couple of years. No one should have to deprive themselves for too long. Currently, I am doing it by choice, not exactly by necessity, but I would like to just have some money left in the bank in my saving account, instead of having absolutely everything pack in stocks. This is the right time to do it because I don't have myself set on a next investment idea and the stock market is not exactly a perfect heaven these days... Its for me the perfect time to pay down my margin debt.

Once you get in the money saving game and you see that using cash to pay everything begin to pay off, and that you can actually live below the expecting budget you have to fix yourself, at that point, that's heaven. I am now on my second week on a rough budget. Despite the fact that I had allow myself a little amount for coffees at work, I didn't buy any. For the month of January, my expenses will be of $1 173. I could go lower if I cancel my Crave TV subscription.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

My New Year resolutions for 2019

The US shutdown continues and its really sad. Personally, and you know this, I live paycheck per paycheck. This shutdown is too long, but its a good thing for those who dislike Donald Trump, maybe all those people who had to live with no pay, they may not vote for the Republicans at the next election. Donald Trump is too strong in his believes. Everything had to work and be done his way. If not, beware the dog. It might be really stressful to be in his working circle at the White House, but I do admire him in a certain way, for his determination. The US is doing well, with many jobs that been created, its just wow. Is it a result of Donald Trump leadership?

I have money of my own, but its all invested in order to bring joy to the TSX. And the TSX is especially on a happy territory right now. I actually went for a visit to Maine, US during the shutdown while being in New Brunswick. I think it was the first time ever I was in the US while a government shutdown. See those beautiful pictures I took while being home. Far away, it's actually the Maine that you can see.

My non-registered portfolio closed today session at $118 970.33, my TFSA portfolio at $56 369.26 and my RRSP portfolio, stocks only, at $37 627.39. Today, the TSX closed at a good 14 605.15 points. Nice gains over the TSX mean nice gains for me. My non-registered portfolio closed today session at a good $120 494.73, my TFSA portfolio at $57 022.48, and my RRSP portfolio, stocks only, to $38 140.26. This brings my net worth closer to the 200k.

I didn't have the chance to comment yet my updated Budget page for 2019. It's a realistic, but quite restricted budget. However, I may be able to add up between $1 000 to $2 000 to that projected $20 463 in savings, but that's about the max I can save. We can go with a projected $22 500 in money save for 2019. My margin debt is currently at $47 645.69, I may be able to reduce that debt to $25 145.69 in 2019. I had planned before to sell my PPL stocks, but I am just please with my current dividend income, I wouldn't like it to go lower. But I may change my mind.

I switched form essentially credit card payment to cash and that way, I am less tempted to spend on stuff that I don't really need. It's actually a New Year resolution. In order to track down my expenses, I write it down in a little notebook. So far so good, despite the fact that I bought a new suitcase, my expenses since January 1th reached $162. While BNN reporter Amber Kanwar New Year resolution is not to drink alcohol for the next 3 months, mine is to switch from regular coffee to decaf coffee. I drink a lot of coffee and while it doesn't disturb my sleep or anything, I guess that at my age, while getting closer to 40, I should stop drinking coffee the way I used to. While working from home, I listen to BNN, which I really enjoy. Amber Kanwar and all the others are quite good. And it's nice to see a woman talking about not personal finance, but the real dirty stock shit. Have a look a how young she looks with her adorable baby girl in her arms. I am a fan! I learned a bunch of stuff by watching her show and I plan to post a little something on what I had learned by listening to BNN.

Another New Year resolution of mine is to drink more water and cook more. I don't drink water naturally, maybe because I drink too much coffee. I have a Brita Pitcher at home and I try to drink at least once a day, one and a half. So far so good, and it helps to lose a few pounds before hitting on Cuba hot beaches.

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