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Sunday, May 2, 2010

I am now at 88 632.34$ in assets

Its lower than on date of April 23, 2010, but April had been an extraordinary month for my investment portfolio!

Back on April 23, 2010, I was at a fantastic 89 157.88$ and currently, on date of May 1, 2010, I am at 88 632.24$, which represent a lost of 525.54$. Not too bad, but it could be worst, I guess. I had calculate 600$ in saving. I currently have more than 1 000$ in my saving account, but I only add 600$. The money I currently have is to pay my expenses for the month of May. My next paycheck should be of 600$, so I only add on 600$ in savings. I have chances to reach 90 000$ in assets during the month of June… 100 new stocks of Corby Distilleries Limited (CDL.A), that will be my next investment in June. So Corby Distilleries Limited (CDL.A), be ready, I am coming for more lol… I currently hold 100 stocks of the marvelous CDL.A. I am just very happy with Corby Distilleries Limited (CDL.A). Very stable investment, just what I need in my portfolio at this time to hit the 90 000$ in assets. Is this begging to be out of control? No, it’s just getting better!

My first month without a metro pass

For the month of May, I decide not to purchase any metro pass… My weekend job is pretty close to where I live, but not my daytime job. I am giving myself 45 minutes of walking. I could use a bike, but for my own safety, I won’t use a bike downtown Montreal, I just find it too dangerous, traveling on a bike in the city. I am curious to see how it will goes. But it’s the only way I am going to get a daily exercise…

Hello dividend!

The month of April end on a dividend happy note.

So far for 2010, I am close to the 1 000$ in dividend income. I recently received 24.17$ of Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund (BA.UN), 15.33$ of Davis + Henderson Income Fund (DHF.UN) and 10.80$ of The Consumers’ Waterheater Income Fund (CWI.UN). Since I own 400 units of The Consumers’ Waterheater Income Fund, I should have received 21.60$. I guess I am having problem because I just transferred 200 units of CWI.UN over my Tax-free savings account (TFSA). Guess I will have to call T D Waterhouse one more time. I have to call T D Waterhouse anyway because I have 20$ in cash from my TFSA that I want to get transferred into my non registered account. That 20$ will be add to the 142.81$ I have in non registered broker account. That way, I will be able to make the minimum 150$ payment required on my TD credit line.

Thinking about margin

On the post of April 29, 2010, title “My first 100$ payout from Google AdSense program”, I came across my debts and was suggest by a reader to use margin. According to Dividend Lover, I could use margin to pay off debt, and I could do it at very low interest that may be 3.5%. Wow! That’s a good thing because to tell you the true, I begin to be tired of credit card balance transfer. Just recently, I just complete one of those transfers: 3 000$ at 4.9%. Great, but the interest rate at 4.9% only remains valid for 6 months. From 6 months after 6 months, it’s always the stress to se if another credit card balance transfer will come or not from another credit card I hold. Lately, I had received that 1.9% percent interest rate on credit card balance transfer. Nice, but that one is being offer for 1 year. Does it worth it to apply for another credit card knowing I hold already so many of them? My answer to that is no. I use my credit wisely, but adding another credit card would be just way too much. So the margin solution kind of arrives right on a perfect time. I knew margin existed of course, but I didn’t know that the margin money could be use for another purpose than investing. In this case, I will use margin to pay off some debts, it won’t be use to extend my investment portfolio. I could probably use my margin to the fullest in order to reach my first 100 000.00$ kind of right away, but it won’t be the case. What I like about my investment is that its gradual, nothing come easily, let’s say. But it’s the way I like it the best. I already borrow enough money and, if this portfolio is not perfect, it’s really me and I like it just the way it is. So guess I will inform myself better on margin and see if I like what I heard. I plan to make a down payment each month even if its not require. Pretty exciting things coming ahead.


Anonymous said...

Hi Dividendgirl,

I love your blog. Here are some
advice for your portfolio

1. Don't use margin, leave that for professionals
2. Payoff any debt with high interest i.e. 8%
3. Slowly moving out of mutual funds, into ETFs and stocks. Most mutual funds in Canada are underpeformed and charging very high fees.

Windsor, Ont

Sunny said...

Thanks Ray. I find margin interesting at first but the more I learn about it, the more I am scare, its just doesn't feel right. I am looking forward to get some debts paid off, beginning with the highest interest rate is a good start for sure. In my case, its a credit line at 8%. You are also right about your third point.


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