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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I had lost 14 826.18$ from my investments

I stay up late yesterday as I was feeling anxious. For a reason or another, I really wanted to calculate my overall lost. I had a happy surprised to see that I was only loosing 14 826.18$. Yes, 14 826.18$ represent a lot of money, especially knowing that I work at several jobs (up to 3 lol) at the same time and so on, but – there’s a but – knowing also that I am not a specialist when it come to investment, I could had lost much more than 14 826.18$ in my investment journey.

My portfolio:

Savings: ING Direct:
Around 30$

Non RRSP Investments:
Sprott Inc. (SII): 2 245$ (value in date (VID) of June 2, 2009)
Initial investment value (IIV): 4 925$
-2 680$

Timminco (TIM): 322$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 4 065$
-3 743$

Blue Note Mining (BN): 120$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 689$

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS): 4 064.70$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 4 572.71$

Hanwei Energy Services (HE): 525$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 674$

Methanex Corporation (MX): 1 407.60$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 612.61$

Fortis (FTS): 2 459.35$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 2 548.36$

Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGF.UN): 4 961.25$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 5 171.43$

Livingston International Income Fund (LIV.UN): 477.36$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 635.97$

Pembina Pipeline Income Fund (PIF.UN): 1 458.44$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 241.70$
+ 216.74$

Just Energy Income Fund: 2 218$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 2 460.01$

TOTAL: 20 258.70$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: -8 337.09$

Mutual funds
Sprott Canadian Equity Fund: 4 269$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 7 033.50$
-2 764.50$

Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund: 1 031.86$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

TOTAL: 5 300.86$
IIV: -2 732.64$

Tax-free savings account
RBC O'Shaughnessy Canadian Equity Fund: 2 162.88$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 3 000$

Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund: 1 090$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

TOTAL: 3 252.88$
IIV: -747.11$

CIBC Dividend Fund: 438.85$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 500$

CIBC Emerging Markets Index Fund: 404.35$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 500$

CIBC Monthly Income Fund: 856.24$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

Energy and Base Metals Term Savings (Indexed term savings):
503.46$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 500$
+ 3.46$

Natural Resources Term Savings (Indexed term savings): 502.06$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 500$

GIC National Bank: 1 001.82$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$
+ 1.82$

GIC Finance Plus: 1 513.97$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$
+ 513.97

GIC Plus: 500$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 500$

TD Canadian Bond: 104.96$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 105.75

TD Monthly Income: 89.78$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 102.69

TD Emerging Markets: 68.69$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 100$

TD Energy: 77.90$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 100$

TD Precious Metals: 83.06$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 100$

TD Latin American Growth: 75.34$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 100$

TD Entertainment & Communications: 80.73$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 100$

TD Dividend Growth: 167.67$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 204.73$

TD U.S. Mid-Cap Growth: 82.60$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 100$

Maritime Life International Equity Fund (Templeton): 586.16$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

Manulife Simplicity Growth Portfolio: 756.18$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

Maritime Life CI Harbour Seg Fund: 932.65$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

Maritime Life Fidelity True North Seg Fund: 881.76$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

Maritime Life Trimark Europlus Seg Fund: 527.38$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

Great West - Various: 1 451.71$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 471.95$

RBC Canadian Dividend Fund: 443.26$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 500$

RBC U.S. Mid-Cap Equity Fund C$: 1 560.55$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 2 300$

RBC Global Resources Fund: 692.55$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

RBC O'Shaughnessy International Equity Fund: 557.10$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

RBC O'Shaughnessy All-Canadian Equity Fund: 805$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

GIC Canadian Market: 1 000$ (VID June 2, 2009)
IIV: 1 000$

TOTAL: 16 766.02$
IIV: -3 039.34$

Savings + Stocks, units, mutual funds + Tax-free savings account + RRSP:
45 882.92$ [In date of June 2, 2009]
-14 826.18$

I calculated my overall lost in capital for my portfolio. In total, I had lost 14826.18$. I had lost 8 337.09$ in my stocks portfolio alone. I had lost 3 039.34$ from my RRSP portfolio. And I had lost -747.11$ from my Tax-free savings account.

If I calculate the current value of my portfolio (45 882.92$) and the money lost (14826.18), it make a total of 60 709.10$.

Should I just had invested the 60709.10$ in GIC and other related product instead than investing massively into stocks or other? Even with the 14 826.18$ that had been lost, I don’t think so.

I am not ashamed to come up with all that money lost and I do not regret investing major part of my savings in stocks or other.

So far, it’s been a learning experience and I plan to continue the same way as I am doing right now. My biggest losers in my stocks portfolio are: Timminco (TIM) with -3 743$; Sprott Canadian Equity Fund with -2 764.50$; Sprott Inc. (SII) with -2 680$; RBC O’Shaughnessy Canadian Equity Fund with -837.12$ and Blue Note Mining (BN) -569$.

The money lost is not being truly lost until I sell my investments. I will only be able to officially declare 14 856.18$ in money lost when I will sale the investments. That time is not going to happen anytime soon.

But there’s hope

I know I talk a lot about Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund, but as a small investor, I cannot help it! By checking their Web site, I learn that extra parts are only of 100$!!! I already have 1 000$ invested in the Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund, but in a CELI account. At this time, I would like to invest just a 300$ for now outside CELI account, just for the fun of it, to keep the dream alive…

What’s going with Sprott Inc. (SII)?

For a while, I was using Sprott Asset Management (SII), but it’s only Sprott Inc. (SII). Yesterday, I notice that Spott Inc. stocks had fallen under 4$. These days, the stock value had been between 4$ to 4.50$ if not a bit higher.

At first, I taught it was because one of the managers of Sprott Asset Management, Jean-François Tardif, had announced his retirement for beginning July. Jean-François Tardif was a manager of Sprott hedge fund. Extraordinary hedge fund, but it take at least 100 000$ to invest in it… I just cannot understand how a successful manager can aspire to retirement.

Anyway, it was kind of a short notice for investors and I don’t know if some investors had began to sale their mutual funds they had with Sprott Asset Management because of that leaving. It could be one of the reasons, but it’s not all. I just learn that Sprott Inc. had sold out some Timminco (TIM) stocks. Good start. But Eric Sprott had confirmed, from what I understand, that he still own 12% of Timminco stocks. That enormous!

It’s very sad, but Timminco is no longer in position to rock the TSX. Having a huge number of TIM stocks in the Sprott Canadian Equity Fund that I invest 7 000$ in cannot help the fund to return for a recovery.

Example: during the darkest days of the recession, my Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund fallen to 700$ or even less. Now, the investment is at 1 031.86$. I was able to gain even money from the recovery. I actually make a profit of 31.86$ on Desjardins Fidelity True North. This is just an example I have of an investment of mine where I have regained the money lost. I am expecting the same thing to happen with Sprott Canadian Equity Fund and all of my other mutual funds.

But I am far of the same result with Sprott Canadian Equity Fund. The manager of the fund needs to shake up the overall portfolio. As an investor (small but still an investors), I am expecting a recovery for the Sprott Canadian Equity Fund. And I don’t think Timminco will become what it had once had been, a powerful company of the TSX.

Initially, its 7 033.50$ I had invested in the Sprott Canadian Equity Fund, just before the TSX begin to fall close to the ground lol. Curently (in date of June 2, 2009) the value of the investment is at 4 269$. Not bad, but I had lost 2 764.50$ and no recovery yet.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I received Fortis and Just Energy Income Fund Dividends

On today, I had received 26.26$ in Fortis (FTS) Dividend. The Dividend allow be to acquire one Fortis stock. I also received today the dividend of Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN). I received 20.67$ from JE.UN and the dividend gave me one extra unit. I now own 102 stocks of Fortis and 201 units of Just Energy Income Fund.

In total, it make 46.93$ that I earn in dividend for today... Slowly getting rich ;)

Monday, June 8, 2009

What had to happen happen…

I just check out again the activity of my broker account, and some new change happen on date to today. The extra 200 units I hold from Just Energy Income Trust (JE.UN) will soon disappear from my account. Let’s consider that I am now at the point where I should be, I now have 200 units and not 400 units of Just Energy Income Trust… No big deal. As soon as I will have more money, I will be able to invest in more stocks or units.

I wake up late this morning. I didn’t stay all night on my computer but the sleep was good. But I just don’t want to sleep late every morning like a lazy girl. Only thing I have time to do today are my hair. I need to dye my hair. And tomorrow, I am looking for a hair cut.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Another week begin and I am now seriously job searching

Job survey nightmare

It was horrible at work today. I got a dude who answers my entire questionnaire. It went find but he was complaining about fact that I had to slow down and that he had problems to understand me. For all other respondent that I interview in English, it went extremely well. But just that one, it was very bad. Some English speakers are not respectful. I do not care about my English because I am French. But I blog in English because it’s to practice my English.. Is that clear enough? lol

Anyway, call end that the poor guy ask for my name and the company number. Which I had to provide because the call had been recorded… I cannot wait to see if I am going to get feedback on that one.

Job searching for the better or the worst

In 2 days from now, I plan to send resume and begin my job search at a café that I very like. As long as I remember, I always had been able to find work when I start my job search at that place. Before, I didn’t have Internet at home and each time I was job searching at that café, I got good result.

Lazy me

But in the meantime, same problem remain, I didn’t do any of the stuff I needed to do, so let’s say I am basically at the same point as before. But I guess this time was needed for me just to take a break. Now, I do not have any excuses, I need to move forward. And I did tonight by cleaning my place. For a reason or another, my tiny little apartment cannot remain clean at any time. I only clean once or every 2 weeks. Anyway, the cleaning part is done and completed for now.

And just this evening, I complete my vote through the Internet as a shareholder of Hanwei Energy Services (HE) and Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN).

As for my job search, I already begin it, but I didn’t send any resume yet, as I plan to send them as soon as I will do with everything I need to do. I probably be able to get another and when I will begin working again like before during day-time, it’s going to be hardcore again, as I will be working from 9am to midnight on weekdays and not to forget about my 8 hours shift on Saturday and Sunday. I might be pushing it to far, but I am really working into continuing at investing massively in stocks and to do so, I need more money. But I know I can do it as I was working that way for almost one year when I got laid-off of my day-time job because the project I had been working on had been closed.

I am better beginning a serious job search as soon as possible because at my weekend job, they had announced the lost of a big contract. It could happen that I could be out of work anytime soon from that job.

One thing I need to do as well is to go to bed earlier and not to spend my night on the Internet. It’s going to be rough, but since I want to reach 200$ income per month in dividend earnings by the end of the summer, I guess I will find the courage to just shake me up a bit.

Its official: I now own 400 units of Just Energy Income Fund

Today was a beautiful day in Montreal. I was working from 10am to 6pm. After what, I went for a walk in the Old Montreal. The weather was perfect. I enjoy my evening. Now that I back, I just check my broker account and yes, I still have 400 units of the late Energy Savings Income Fund (SIF.UN), which name recently change for Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN). Look like I can consider myself like having so far a projecting 1803.07$ in dividend earning (calculate for a year basis). That’s good news!

More about the new Just Energy Income Fund

“Just last week” lol… I received another voting package…. This time, it was concerning the new Just Energy Income Fund. We learn by the Chairman that the new name had previously been tested in the US and had been well view… For myself, as I said, I way prefer Energy Savings. JE.UN had a new Web site! New domain address and brand new looks… It was about time lol! I didn’t like SIF.UN Web site at all.

Upcoming project: seriously job searching

Among my upcoming project, I need to begin my job search. I already begin in this late evening. Tomorrow I work until 8pm, but I plan to totally invest myself in my job searching process starting by tomorrow evening. I cannot wait to see if what I will be able to find. Just please God, not another job as an interviewer ;)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Summer is coming and crazy things happening in my portfolio

Like always when I come back from work, I took at look at my portfolio… and I had a huge surprised! But I have no clue of what is going on!

Because it’s all about money

Let’s begin by the good stuff, my initial 1 000$ investment with Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund now worth 1 102$ in date of today! I really like this mutual fund. Money, crazy money. This fund is going to make me rich. The only thing I want right now is to invest an extra 1000$ in this fund RIGHT NOW lol.

Now, about the crazy stuff…

I knew that Energy Savings Income Fund (SIF.UN) was changing of name for Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN). That part, I knew it. But what I didn’t know about is the crazy thing it will make later on in my portfolio… Check it out. When I say crazy, it’s crazy!

Here is what I have in my portfolio regarding the late Energy Savings Income Fund (SIF.UN) and the new Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN):

ENERGY SVGS INCM FND T/U* - 200 -2 449,00$ - 2 236,00$
JUST ENERGY INCM FND T/U 400 4 898,00$ 4 456,00$

I had 200 units of SIF.UN and now, I have 400 units of JE.UN. Shouldn’t it be 200 units and not 400 units?

But hey, I am not going to complain about it and I won’t even call TD Waterhouse about it either because 400 units of Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN) will provide me, for a year, 494.40$ in dividend income. So I won’t complaint about it lol…. But still, a mistake might have been done somewhere. Originally, I only had 200 units of Energy Savings Income Fund (SIF.UN) and now, from the exact same company who now has a different name, I now own 400 units… No sense! But thank you TD Waterhouse, thank you!

I now have 400 units of Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN) and if it happens that 200 of those units go away from my account some day, well, I am going to cry lol. And after what I will definitely call TD Waterhouse. Do not touch my portfolio!

Isn’t awesome?

About my dividend income goal

This is s good for me, since I had fix myself that 2 000$ in dividend income by the end of the summer!

Let’s calculate our dividend income:

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) 102 stocks
[1.96$ annual dividend]: 199.92$

Fortis (FTS) 101 stocks
[1.04$ annual dividend]: 105.04$

Livingston International Income Fund (LIV.UN) 102 stocks
[0.504$ annual dividend (but suspension of the dividend]: 17$ (total received so far from LIV.UN)

Methanex Corporation (MX) 102 stocks
[0.7975$ annual dividend]: 81.35$

Sprott Asset Management (SII) 500 stocks
[0.10$ annual dividend + 0.15$ special dividend]: 50$ + 75$: 125$

Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGF.UN) 525 stocks
[1.20$ annual dividend]: 622.80$

Pembina Pipeline Income Fund (PIF.UN) 101 stocks
[1.56$ annual dividend]: 157.56$

Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN) 400 units
[1.24$ annual dividend]: 494.40$

TOTAL: 1 803.07$

I am only missing 196.93$ to reach my 2 000$ annual dividend earning income! I will just need to invest in 100 unit of Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund (BA.UN) instead of 200 units like it was initially plan. This is the perfect situation for me, especially at this time, since its summer. I didn’t even begin my job search for a day-time job…

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I am now at 45 882.92$ value!

I am so happy! Earlier this week, I calculates the overall value of my investment, and it’s now worth 45 882.92$! Which mean I am only missing 4 117.08$ to reach my first 50 000$! I am so close to my goal right now! It will be super great if I could reach 50 000$ by the end of the summer. Thanks for the TSX, I was able to gain some money I had lost.

The wonderful Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund is now up to 1090$. My portfolio also gains a valuable jump. It’s hard to believe I almost there. This should help me and keep me motivate. I had a lot to do but I didn’t move forward in any of my projects so far this week. I blog a little, go to work and it’s about all. I was planning to search for a day-time job, but I didn’t perform any job searching yet. I am just not into it at all.

Gain today, I wake too late, and it’s ruin all of my day because the only time left is barely enough just to write this post, eat lunch-breakfast, take my shower and run to work. Life is such a cruelty... the weather had been awesome since yesterday in Montreal! I have to be a bit more alert. Tomorrow, I have to wake up early and do some of my stuff, if not job searching.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hanwei Energy Services is an Energy Rock!

I was really pleased yesterday as the TSX jump to more than 10 500 points! Last week, I received the 2008 Hanwei Energy Services Annual Report and Notice of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

While being at work, I began to read the 2008 Annual Report of Hanwei Energy Services. I like Hanwei Energy Services from the start, since I read about the company in The Investor 500, special issue, summer 2008 of Canadian Business.

The Letter to Shareholders of Fulai Lang, Chairman & CEO of Hanwei Energy Services begin like this: "2008 was a remarkable, historic period. In a 12-month span, we saw energy prices retreat from historic highs to multi-year lows as the global financial crisis wreaked havoc in the capital and commodity markets worldwide. While these reversals caused many companies to retrench or delay their business plans, Hanwei successfully advanced, reporting profitable top line performance and significant growth from all three operating segments."

Those are very good news for Hanwei shareholders like me. I own 300 stocks of Hanwei Energy Services. I am very glade to have those 300 stocks in my portfolio. Hanwei has activities in China: “In China, our primary market, energy demand is projected to continue its strong growth to a point when China will surpass the USA as the world’s largest consumer of energy.” But could it be the case? Could China surpass the USA in term of energy demand? It’s not that difficult to imagine, but when it will happen, Canada government will have to do much more for the environment. And not only Canada, but all countries of the world. But seem like China government is aware of the situation because according to Fulai Lang, the Chinese government is promoting green energy and had invested, in other, in wind energy with Hanwei Energy Services.

One of the reason I like Hanwei Energy Services is because the company is doing business in the green energy sector.

With all those great news surrounding Hanwei Energy Services, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hanwei Energy Services stocks rise to… 2$ per stock lol. Funny… But see, HE value is currently of 1.75$ per stock. I believe that as soon as Hanwei Energy Services will declare more growth, there will be a point where the value of its stock may jump to 2$ and let’s wish it, even more.

Thining about green energy investment in my portfolio, we find Methanex and Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund. In the future, I am looking forward to earn more stocks of companies being involved, like Hanwei Energy Services, in the wind power and green energy sector. A lot of money can be done in those fields. You want to verify by yourself? Just check out the fantastic result of Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund. The 1 000$ I invest not even one year ago now worth 1 084$! Just incredible!

Hanwei Energy Services Fulai Lang Chairman closes its letter with those powerful worlds: “our future is very bright”.

Beautiful letter!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Another week begins… and I am officially a day-time job seeker!

I will begin my job search tomorrow. I had been talking about job searching for weeks! Now that June is in, I am officially beginning my job search. I don’t know which direction to take. I will probably begin by looking into regular job postings and if I cannot find from there, I will just begin to send my resume all over the place. It’s going to be fun lol. Somehow, I am quite exciting about it. Another job more money and more money mean Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund (BA.UN) in my portfolio!

Time run out fast soo quickly. Just earlier today, I was feeling lost. I was thinking of all I have to do and I was feeling desperate. I begin to write down the things I need to do and I felt much better after that. I realize I didn’t have that much to do. I promise myself to not push too much on myself. If not, it’s in those times I begin to feel anxious and way too much tired. I can handle working at 3 different jobs at the same time, but I cannot handle blogging on my different blogs and be working at 3 jobs at the same time…

Anyway, I actually do not that much things to do. Just regular stuff that I wanted to do. I should probably have been done with all those before beginning my official job hunting period. But sometimes, it’s good to take a rest and do just whatever. And I had been through that “whatever” period. Done and completed.

The weather was again quitted cold today in Montreal. Too bad I didn’t have a great weather for my last free-time week.

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