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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Checking out the margin investing at TD Waterhouse

I begin my check about margin and it’s not by tomorrow that I am going to write a « Margin Investing for Dummies » kind of post lol. Not that margin is terribly difficult to understand. But I find margin investing quite horrible and disghting. And myself, after reading a bit and asking some questions to TD Waterhouse, I am insecure about margin and I personally do not recommend margin to anyone. Why? Because everyday, you have the responsibility to check your account to make sure you are not under a Margin Call. And if you are under a Margin Call, you have to refund whatever need to be refund on the same day. Because the day following the Margin Call, the credit department had the right to sell your stocks and units! How horrible that sound? The explanations giving at TD Waterhouse were clear on that point and I begin to think that margin is just a very horrible horrible thing. I don’t want to have to worry about the market condition at all. I don’t want any such of whatever responsibilities.

There’s no easy way, but borrowing money to invest through margin is not a good option, especially in those difficult times. The stock market is unpredictable, very difficult to time the market these days. My very last investment was 100 units of Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGF.UN) at around 10.50$ per unit. At the time, I taught it was a good deal. But on date of today, Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGF.UN) is at… 9.47$! I do no regret my investment, but today price for PGF.UN is of course a lot cheaper that what its use to be.

Myself, I do not plan to use the margin money to invest, but more to pay credit lines I have. That way is not easy either and to tell the true, margin is disturbing me to a point where I might not be able to set it up to my account. I am still thinking at this down, but I am really not getting a good feeling about margin so I might not set it up. I didn’t move yet. Right now, I work at my jobs, I try to follow the market and combating the heat! I am a Western girl, whenever the weather is too hot I just cannot stand it. I would prefer much winter to the weather we have right now in Montreal but this is of course my own preference. The fact that I have to walk 2 hours everyday do not help and you can imagine, as soon as I hit home, I hit... my bath. I am trying to keep my expenses under control. Also for this week, I am looking forward not to spend any money, as I have everything needed.

So for now, it will be a no margin and no expenses week while trying to beat the heat… ;)

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