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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Selling stocks for dummies

I have no idea how selling stocks work. This is because I never sell any of my investment before. So call TD Waterhouse – I hope it was my last call ever at TD Waterhouse. I cannot wait to trade with iTRADE. I should had organize myself sooner, but I had no clue that PGF.UN was about to cut their distribution. So now, I am stock with TD Waterhouse to do what I never taught I would had do: sell my very precious PGF.UN units. It’s not something easy for me, but I can no longer keep PGF.UN in my portfolio.

What I learn from TD Waterhouse about selling stocks

Question: What’s the price to sell my 650 units of PGF.UN?
Answer: 29$
(Same commission fee for selling LIV.UN).

Question: On Friday, PGF.UN closes at 10.28$. At the opening of the TSX on Monday morning, will PGF.UN will be at 10.28$.
Answer: The price could change.
(I kind of know this answer, but I ask, just to make sure… PGF.UN could be at 10.28$ on Monday morning, but it could open at a lower price).

Question: I have 650 units of PGF.UN. When I place my selling order, will I be able to sell all of my 650 units?
Answer: It could happen the order only go through for 600 units.
(I ask this question because I notice that at TD Waterhouse, orders are being places by trench of 100 units. This part is particularly frightening. I want to sell all of my PGF.UN units).

Question: And for LIV.UN, I own 102 units I want to sell. Will I be bale to sell them all?
Answer: It could happen the order go though for only 100 units.
(It would be hilarious, being stock with 2 units of LIV.UN… Crazy)

Question: Once the order for my sellings being completed, will the money be available for me to purchase new investment?
Answer: Yes, the money will be available immediately to purchase new units or stocks. For a withdraw, the money won’t be available immediately, but for another investment, the money will be available.
(Nice nice nice).

Question: If my place a sell order at 10.27$ for PGF.UN and on Monday, the price at the opening is at 10.28$, will my sell order go through anyway?
Answer: Yes, the order will go thought.
(But the opposite won’t work. If I place a selling order at 10.28$, while the price is of 10.27$, the order won’t be completed). Always good to know…

And… finally

Question: Can I place my sell order today? Would the order be taking in consideration for Monday morning?
Answer: Yes.
(Let’s place our sell order than).

I more and more understand Derek Foster for selling his portfolio. Now, I understand lol.

Saturday overtime: 110 hours in 2 weeks. Can someone else beat me?

It’s funny because I just read over my post of yesterday and gees; I wanted to do hours like crazy. I couldn’t wake up this morning, so I did from 2 to 8 pm, a little 6 hours shift. I was very tired this morning and when I arrived at work, I first taught that I wouldn’t be able to work at all. But it went smoothly, no difficult or angry customers, so the 6 hours shift went fine. I am now pretty sure my next paycheck will be of 1 100$. I really need it.

More about my annual dividend income

Let’s calculate again my dividend (I like that stuff!).

Ok, so, so far, I had accumulated 1 141.30$ in dividend income. Which is not bad at all for a first start. If I remove Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGF.UN) from my portfolio, without adding any new investment, this is how it will look like for me, dividendly speaking:

Total so far acculated in dividend income: 1 141.30$
+ upcoming dividend:
September 30: Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN): 21.07$ (10.33 cents per unit)
October 10: Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGF.UN): 65$ (10 cents per unit)
October 10: Yellow Pages Income Fund (YLO.UN): 26.95$ (6.67 cents per unit)
October 25: Pembina Pipeline Income Fund (PIF.UN): 13.13$ (13 cents per unit)
October 28: Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS): 50.47$ (49 cents per stock)
November 16: Yellow Pages Income Fund (YLO.UN): 26.93$ (more or less)
November 25: Pembina Pipeline Income Fund (PIF.UN): 13.13$ (more or less)
November 30: Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN): 21.07$ (more or less)
December 1: Fortis (FTS): 26.78$ (more or less)
December 15: Yellow Pages Income Fund (YLO.UN): 26.93$ (more or less)
December 31: Pembina Pipeline Income Fund (PIF.UN): 13.13$ (more or less)
December 31: Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN): 21.07$ (more or less)
TOTAL: 1 466.96$

What am I supposed to do with a tinny little 1 466.96$!!!

But hey, don’t worry! Remember what we are going to do? Selling those 650 units of Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGF.UN) at, I hope, 10.28$ (at least let’s try). And sell our 102 units of Livingston International Income Fund (LIV.UN) at 6.65$. For LIV.UN, it won’t be a problem. The scary part is for PGF.UN. What if everyone sell their Pengrowth Energy Trust at the same time…. The price will drop, and it will make it impossible to sell Pengrowth Energy Trust and make a profit from it. I don’t want to loose any money, so if I cannot sell at a price where I can make a profit, I won’t sell. If it happens, I will be sad, but PGF.UN is a great company. One day, their dividend will come back. Sometimes, life is difficult like that.

Ok, let’s say super enthusiastic and say, yes, I will sell at 10.28$... In that case, here is what will happen:

I will purchase 300 units of Pembina Pipeline Income Fund (PIF.UN).
= 468$ in dividend annual income
And 200 units of Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN).
= 248$ in dividend annual income

1 466.96$ + 468$ + 248$ = 2 182.96$

A fantastic 2 182.96$ is waiting for me! This way, I will only be missing 217.04$ to reach my 200$ dividend income/month (2 400$ in annual dividend income).

Will this ever happen? We’ll see on Monday. I hope everything will turn out for the best.

While being at work, I taught ok, well, this makes a lot of units vs stocks in my portfolio. And knowing what will happen later on regarding units (those are investments ending by .UN)… Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN) had already expressed their desire to turn into a corporation and provide a quarterly dividend. I don’t worry at all for my investment made in the Just Energy Income Fund. For Pembina Pipeline Income Fund (PIF.UN), I don’t worry either, since they had expressed their desire to keep the annual dividend of 1.56$ per unit for a little while…

The important with this whole investment “game” is to try to make things work for the best. Failure is an expensive way to learn.

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