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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dividend earning day: 4.28$!

I was quite happy to received 4.28$ in dividend earnings coming from Livingston International Income Fund (LIV.UN). I really taught that Livingston International Income Fund had cut their dividend for while. Anyway, it was a happy surprise this morning, to see that little 4.28$ in dividend earning. Also on today, June 30, I am expecting dividend from Methanex (MX) and Just Energy Income Fund (JE.UN). I am expecting 20.77$ from Just Energy Income Fund and around 15$ from Methanex.

So far, my portfolio is doing ok. I won’t say I am doing super great because of all that money I lost from Timminco (TIM) and Sprott Inc. (SII). But in all of my investment life, I did 2 majors mistake, and it was those 2 investments. For the rest, I can life with it. It’s very tempting to sale out those 2 investments, but if I sell out, no recovery will be possible. Really annoying.

I didn’t begin my job search yet. I am just too into blogging and these days, I had been closely watching the fantastic TSX who had lost points today, but I was expecting it. For the TSX there’s ups and downs and from what I see so far, it can’t never just go up-up-up for a couple of days in a row lol. But that’s life.

Because of a lack of financial resources, I now wonder how to handle my whole debt things. I currently have a bit more than 1 000$ extra that I can use to pay off my debts… or to invest. It’s a painful decision to make. But I really need to work at paying some debts.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

My best investments pick and why I love them

Precious Fortis (FTS)

I am very proud of my Fortis (FTS) stocks. I own 102 stocks of my own. Fortis was a pick of my very own after reading about the company in the Globe and Mail. My initial investment of 2 548.36$ now worth 2 642$. A small 93.64$ profit had been made, but it’s not what mostly make me proud about this pick is this current fact: within the last 52 weeks, the lowest value for Fortis (FTS) had been of… 20.70 and the highest… 28$. The difference between the lowest and the highest is only of 7.30$, which provide a certain stability to the investment. When I first find out about this, I was really impressed by Fortis (FTS) top-value. And knowing that Fortis (FTS) pay out dividend and have activities in Newfoundland, this was definitely a company I wanted to add to my portfolio. Maritimes rock!

Proof of Fortis (FTS) top-value reside in this: in recession time, I had been able to make a capital profit of 93.64$ from a couple of months only investment… and to what I will add: I was able to make 93.64$ profit in a recession time!

Fantastic Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund

I cannot say how much I appreciate all the strength of this mutual fund. So far, I didn’t lose any money from this investment. I will never stop blogging about Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund. Magical and powerful investment. I initially invest 1 000$ in the Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund and the wonderful super cool investment now worth 1 111$... How about that?

Magnificiance = Pembina Pipeline Income Fund (PIF.UN)

I had purchased 100 units of Pembina Pipeline Income Fund (PIF.UN) when its price was at 12$ per unit: it’s the best decision I ever took in my life! Solid dividend: 1.56$ annual dividend. This investment idea is coming from Derek Foster.

Need another good news? Check out Just Energy Income Fund

This investment idea comes from me after reading about the late Energy Savings Income Fund (SIF.UN) in Canadian Business. I decide to invest in Just Energy Income Fund after several readings. I had read about Just Energy Income Fund solid dividend. But JE.UN title is volatile and its keep loosing-and-gaining on a regular basis. Very volatile investment for the capital value but good investment for its dividend. See what I mean? Lol…

I am getting use to the new name which is not so bad after all. Just Energy Income Fund is THE INVESTMENT. Want to know why? On June 25, the “Just Energy” Income Fund had announced it’s dividend for the month of July, which will be of $0.10333/unit. And thinking about it, $0.10333/unit is more than the current value of Dumont Nickel, which is currently of 0.03 cents lol.

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS): good intern diversification

I never deal with the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS of my life, but it’s the only bank I have in portfolio. Bank stocks are quite expensive. When, after the big break p on the stocks market happen, I taught, wow, Bank of Nova Scotia at 44$!

I actually purchase 100 stocks of Bank of Nova Scotia at 44$ each thinking I was doing a good deal. But little that I know that the breaking point I was facing that day was only the beginning of the end… After the purchase I remember, I saw, from my own eyes, Bank of Nova Scotia at something like 27$...

And this is what is hilarious; this circus of the stocks market is truly amazing and fascinating.

I hope that Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) will one day reach its 50$ of the old days…

Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund: a mutual fund that I love

Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund never disappoints me. I had invest 1 000$ in Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund. This fund is that special for me as it’s been my first investment I ever made in my entire life. It was, I believe, back in 2005.

Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund is a powerful investment. Not that I was able to make money from this investment in our volatile market. But while I was hoping a recovery for my Sprott Canadian Equity Fund, Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund was recovering fairly well from all of this recession-misery. On June 2 of this year, my Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund was up to an extraordinary 1 031.86$. I was able to recover from my lost and make, at the end, a profit of 31.86$! Just amazing! Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund is an amazing fund!

Long road for recovery

Real-life story in recession time

On Friday evening at work, I had the call of this man after hours asking to refill his account… I proceed like I always do. After what, he told me about his recent laid-off. I could feel all the pain and distress in his voice. The eternal enthusiastic that I am told him not to worry, that he was in the Toronto area and that it will be easy for him to find a new job since he was in the Toronto area. In resume, I told him what I always taught of Toronto: Toronto is the best place in Canada for work. Don’t forget I also have my banking account on Ontario side.

My customer replied by saying that many people like him had lost their jobs in the Toronto area and that there were thousands of job seekers right now who were now searching for work. I continue to encourage him by saying, in my broken English, that everything will be find. I wish him good luck and we hang up…

My life in recession time: I could have it harder

Not that I am that disconnect of reality, I lost one of my jobs this year myself. I had been job seeking many times in my life and I find that the best way to go through a job search is to think that you are the only job seeker on earth and forget about all the others that may have applied to the same job as yourself… I always find my best jobs by sending resumes to company without asking a specific position and without answering job offers. I didn’t perform any job searching that specific way since I had been in Montreal. It’s been pretty chaotic since I had been here and I had been on an “emergency” job seeking about 2 years or so ago, and I had been working at the 2 jobs I have currently ever since. Problem became pretty rough when I was out of job and I didn’t to sale my investments for my living. This emergency job searching had been the best thing I had ever did even if I am not using any of my skills I got a student loan for. Anyhow, 2008 had been one those years and 2009 – which is not even close to be over yet – had been so far like a ride in a roller coaster.

I certainly can understand this man suffering. After repeating plenty of time that I will be seriously job searching for good job well, I didn’t. I send my resume to one place, got a call, I should be motivate by that – receiving a call after only sending one resume but it’s actually didn’t do anything. But its help my spirit.

My lazyness comes from several things:

-Hot summer weather
I have real problem to work in the hot summer weather. I cannot support the heat.

-I almost reach my 50 000$ goal in investment
And I cannot believe it!!! I find it almost enough for me. That’s another part why I am getting lazy.

-I enjoy being at home and doing nothing, blogging, surfing the net, watching the TSX among other. It’s almost better than watching TV.

But this laziness won’t stay in for long as I got myself organize this evening – usual home stuff that need to be done and by tomorrow or Monday, I should be able to send resume all over the place. I actually spot a couple of jobs offer in call center – as surprising as its sound; I actually just love to work in a call center.

I also recently calculate my overall debts. This is currently another job “emergency” kind of thing. Luckily, I don’t have too much of debts and I could be easily clear off within a year if only I work seriously into it.

My love for Montreal

I could have been refer to work for Desjardins. But Desjardins is way too much of Quebec b-u-l-l-s-h-i-t at the same SPOT for me lol. Did you know that at Desjardins some Vice Presidents are, in real-life, couples? Another great Quebec realization to be place right next to the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Back in January or February 2008, I wanted to turn the Desjardins Fidelity True North Fund investment I have into a RRSP investment, and I was not aloud to go so, while I had been able to do the exact same operation with RBC and CIBC for other funds I had with them. Desjardins might be the largest financial cooperative group in Canada, but within the years, Desjardins had turn out the institution from who I had the worst banking experience of my life. Desjardins is one of the worst out there. And ever in my life I want to work for Desjardins.

Gees, I worth almost 50 000$ in investment, that’s a lot of cash and no one have the right to refuse me something. Understand? lol...

Anyway, since that time, I didn’t invest with Desjardins and I won’t ever invest with Desjardins, ever again.

Anyway, never after I had graduated from high school I stay more than 2 years at the same place. But here in Montreal, it is so nice that’s sometime; you can almost forget that you are in Quebec Province. Montreal is actually that awesome!!

Enjoyable reading in recession time

Just like Derek Foster that I kind of love and hate at the same time, Ernie J. Zelinski had retired at an early age. He is the author of multiple books on retirement and stuff. Learn how to Love a recession with Ernie J. Zelinski. A free E-book from Ernie Z, bestselling Canadian authors, Love a recession because what’s free is fun. I love this recession because it’s during the hardest recession time ever that I will probably be able to reach my first 50 000$.

Friday, June 26, 2009

When the pretty girl next door is an investor and turns the world upside down...

Investments and life and why my life is all about investments… for now

It’s just making be laugh and I actually have a lot of fun just writing stupidities like that one: “my life is all about investments”. Like wow lol. Of course, my life is not only about money but gees I like money. I cannot help it I like cash! And I begin to have a whole bunch of it! LOL!!! I need a good laugh like this one after crying late in the night for what happen yesterday. I couldn’t help it. I am feeling better today, but life won’t be ever the same. Or would it remain unchanged? Life gone on, for myself as I am still alive. But good news today as TSX continues gaining points.

The privilege to be rich

At this time of my life, I am grateful to have almost 50 000$ of my own in investment. And for many reasons. I do consider myself rich even if I hold bunch of debts.

What I like about investing outside an RRSP account is that in case of need, the money can be withdraw quickly and easily. And this make be feel secure and safe. I am not stress by life or should I say, I am less stress in life because I know that in case of bad luck, I have money that is just waiting to be use.

I now almost have 50 000$ (in RRSP and non-RRSP) and for while, since last May actually, I taught wow, that’s a lot of money. 50 000$ is a lot of money and I just don’t remember exactly how I did it lol. Anyway, I really have to work into paying my debts. Forget about the student loan for now, I am talking about real debts, the 4 990$ I have in credit line debt at 8% and the 3 000$ at a special interest rate for a couple of months. Right there, it make around 8 000$ I have in bad debts. The 3 000$ being the most critical one.

Thinking about it, 8 000$ is a lot of money too knowing it’s debts and I should seriously be job seeking because if I plan to be so call financially independent, I have to work on paying on some of those bad debts.

Until now, I was more or less concern about my debts, using my credit line to invest, living happily and investing my money in whatever investment products that I found interesting. I did mistake along the way, I did a bunch of them actually but learn form them. I didn’t fall enough to tell myself I am done with investments, I will never again invest. It’s the opposite that happen… And that’s part of the reason why my TD credit line is... full lol.

I like to diversify my portfolio in a fragmentation of little pieces and all those little pieces are preciously being invested in different investment products. And I could easily add to that that those little investments are like a piece of my soul. And I lost 24% of my soul this year by the way lol.

I lost 24% of my overall investments. This is super great in the following way: I could have lost much more money than that! I had been lucky and unlucky. Lucky because I didn’t lost more than 24%, and unlucky because, well, I lost that 24% lol.

But as I previously wrote in a previous post, no lost is official until the investment being sold right? So guess what, I didn’t lose any money yet because I haven’t sold any of my investments. I actually never sold any of my investments. Just this trick I am trying to do with Dumont Nickel (DNI). But it’s about all. I won’t become a huge penny stocks trader I believe – I begin to hate penny stocks!

I lost most of my money in Timminco (TIM), Sprott Inc. (SII) and 2 mutual funds. Lessons learn: diversify diversify diversify! I had invest more than 7 000$ in Sprott big mutual fund star and it was way too much at the same place! But I learn my lessons and I will no longer invest more than 5 000$ on the same spot. From my point of view multiple investments = lower risks. I am 28 years old and I already understood – a while ago – this simple rule. But seem like those who where consider as Quebec’s best investor like that awful man at the name of Henri-Paul Rousseau haven’t an idea on how to invest or have follow their investments class in … Quebec lol. I am not saying I have the best way, but gees, I only had lost 24% value and this well, again, from my point of view, almost make me a genius. And I should have more than just 3 readers register in my FeedBurner. Like come on… lol… Seem like in Canada, well from my point of view always, it’s in Quebec that we find the biggest losers, impostors of all time. Best investors come from New Brunswick. Of course. Small investor do not need the help of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to make money out of the stocks business. The institution should just close their doors. I won’t ever invest through the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. After loosing millions of dollars, the institution should just close their doors. I don’t trust Quebeckers and it’s part of the reason why my banking account still and will remain in Ontario. Quebec is such a shame.

Anyway, I strongly believe in this diversification strategy and you can see by how much I diversify my portfolio that I truly believe in this diversification rule to which I stick to.

This is just how great my life is with investments and without the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Now, I need to find a day-time job, get more organize for once in my life, and pay off some of my horrible debts. I also have to make valuable gain from some of my investments in order to recover from my 24% soul lost. The easy way: it will be to invest 5 000$ in the Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund – class A. I already make 100$ from that fund, for an initial investment of 1 000$. The 5 000$ could be consider as a one year investment. What I need to recover from my lost is… more money!

An angel is now in heaven

Today had been a sad day.

Two beautiful superstars had died on the same day. But I was very sad for the death of Michael Jackson. Something was not going right at all with his comeback. It’s been said that he was on an ongoing physical training and all that. But I remember, just a few months ago, there’s been pictured revealed where we could see Michael Jackson in a wheelchair, followed by his children. On those pictures, he was wearing a chirurgical mask and he was looking skinny. His skin was also very white. How come a few months after it’s been announced a big comeback with several shows in London and how come he had been set on an ongoing physical training? So many questions remain without any answers. And it is so dramatic.

Maybe this comeback was representing too much work and maybe it had caused his heart failure. It was also said that he was suffering from skin cancer. Regarding his physical training, I read somewhere over the Internet that Michael Jackson had been see healthy enough to follow a physical training. But what if it wouldn’t be the case? Was there anyone to take care of him? What went wrong? I just don’t understand.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Overtime is… death

The good news of yesterday regarding my overtime at work didn’t last for long. I did 4 hours extra at work today since overtime was available. But later on during the day, we were advice not to do more than 40 hours weekly… How annoying!

Seem like I will have to begin a serious job searching. What I was desperately trying to avoid didn’t last for long.

My situation won’t get any better until I begin job searching. A good reason for job searching: my debts!

My debt situation:

TD Visa: 2 999.97$
Credit line TD: 4 989.19$
RBC Visa: 251.55$
Student loan: 10 627.99$
AE: $51.72
TOTAL: 18 920.42$

Until that time, I am looking forward to watch my expenses and live on a budget. Which I was doing more or less these last couple of days.

Minimum require:

Visa TD: 26$
Credit line TD: +-60$
Rent: 535$
Student loan: 165$
AE: 10$
Internet: +-35$
Food and other: 300$

TOTAL: 1 131$

I make 720$ bi-weekly after taxes from my evening shift, not much, but it’s more than I need to cover my basic need. It’s make an extra 309$ to pay off on my debts. But 309$ is not enough to pay off my debts. The only solution: job searching! Which I have to begin tomorrow. If not, live is going to be rough and miserable, no more investment, no more shopping, no more big payments for my debts.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

When overtime = good news = $$$

I just received my new driver license on today. I am only missing my health card now. Something incredible happen today at my evening job: overtime is now available! It’s since last Friday actually. But at first, I taught it was only for that weekend. There was some overtime available today too…and there will be some tomorrow… I am quite happy with it! Part of my money problems will be resolve.

Tomorrow, I plan to begin at 12pm. It will make a 12pm to 12am… But when money is needed, where could I possibly stop? I am just not in a job searching mood right now so I plan to do as much overtime as I can. Today went extremely well but we were receiving calls like crazy… This overtime news is very good but in order to do some I have to arrive at lunch time because if I arrived later, there will be no station available.

Anyway, I cannot wait for tomorrow. I would like to earn 2 000$ from that job for the month of July. I had reach 5 000$ on my credit line. I would like to pay off some of it and also my TD Visa, where I have 3 000$ at a smaller interest rate. I have about 5 or 4 months left. I would like to make a deposit of at least 1 000$ on my debts each month. My the end of the summer, I could at least clear of the TD Visa debt card. I don’t like to have this credit card debt. But back than, I didn’t have any solution, I had to pay 3 000$ extra in taxes. But I am so lucky in my bad lucks. I was able to get the loan at smaller interest rate.

I didn’t forget about my dividend goal. But I prefer to pay off some debts for now and will see if I can manage it all at the end.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Horrible Monday for the TSX... and me!

I taught we were on the road for recovery, but once again, TSX lost more than 300 points and is currently under 10 000 points. Very awful. I won’t be able to hit the 50 000$ value in investments if TSX keep falling like that. Anyway, life goes on. I was feeling tired this morning so I just slept in. Not that my weekend was that exhausting. This weekend was horrible at work because of a lack of numbers. No one wanted to answer the survey. And I don’t want to burn myself on stupidly like job searching lol. I am in a position where I can choose and at the same time, not... lol. But I know my problem.

Usually, I am full of energy; I can work and work and work. Money $$$ like crazy in my banking account. But now, nothing is working for me. And this morning, after seeing the TSX falling again, it makes me feel kind of sick. I should be stronger by now. It’s not the first time I am seeing the TSX losing points. But I cannot help it, each time the TSX fall, it make me feel bad. Sad for myself and my investments. And especially now, I taught it was going to be fine…

And check this out, yesterday for lunch, I wanted to go to the restaurant. Once there, my TD card, which only holds my credit line, had been refused! I had reached the limit! I have around 47$ in cash in my TD Waterhouse broker account. I just transfer 10$ on my TD credit line this morning. I don’t like when my limit is almost reach. My latest investment, 23 000 stocks of Dumont Nickel (DNI) really took it off! But at least the value of the investment remains stable at 3 cents. Dumont Nickel rock lol!

I should be able to do more things tomorrow. For now, I still have my evening job and, good news, some overtime was available this last Friday and also for this weekend. I love the stability of that job. At least one thing is doing fine.

At the end, I should be able to make things work out.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My week in review

This week was not super productive, but I guess I did some stuff a bit. I just find one job at 10$ per hour. They call me for their evening shift, but I am not available for now. And nothing for the day-time for now I was told. They were supposed to have something going on this weekend, but I haven’t been called. And I haven’t called either. Anyway, I am working this weekend at my usual weekend job.

My experience with penny stocks: Dumont Nickel (DNI)

I try to make money from penny stocks this week but it didn’t work out yet. But I am not in a hurry for money. And I am not in a hurry to sale Dumont Nickel anymore. Currently, I have a sale order at 0.04 cents, but I might modify it for 0.05 cents maybe on Monday or so. For me, Dumont Nickel had potential. Dumont Nickel own different mines in Canada and the US. It’s not like Blue Note Mining who only had one mine in Caribou (New Brunswick). Dumont Nickel price had fall to 0.025 cents today. And as always, no change for Blue Note Mining who remains at 0.01 cent… I am also looking into Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp (SSS) and also SIRIT Inc. (SI).

I am happy with my 23 000 stocks acquisition of Dumont Nickel. It’s actually the only positive thing I accomplish this week. As for the job searching, I need to invest myself in it a bit more.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Why should I be job searching after all?

I currently have enough to cover my bills for the month of July, which is nice. I wouldn’t like to have to sale some of my investments to cover the cost of my living. My lifestyle is cheap and I am able to pay everything with a 1 000$-1 200$ per month. As always, I wake up late again, around 11… lol. It’s seemed to be my favorite hour to wake up! I love my night shift. I wouldn’t like to loose it for anything.

And look at the hot news!

On yesterday Wednesday 18, Dumont Nickel (DNI) closes at a fantastic 0.04 cents lol! 0.04 cents could sound like nothing at all, no big deal. But once cent is one cent and with cents we can make hundreds of dollars in one small trade! I had place a sale order of 0.05 cents on my 23 000 stocks of DNI. But wouldn’t be great if I will be putting a sale order of 0.04 cents?

Let’s calculate….

23 000 stocks x 0.01 cent of profit = 230$ - buying commission of 29$ - selling commission of 29$ = 172$ in profit

(And on top on that, we need to add the taxes… but let’s forget about them for now)….

Just for the fun of it, should I but a sell order of 0.04 cents instead of 0.05 cents! YES!!! Let’s do it now!!! I think that to be able to make money from penny stocks, a close follow to the market is needed. Dumont Nickel hit the 5 cent a couple of days ago, but it was a couple of days ago. I might be able to make money sooner if the Dumont Nickel (DNI) goes up to the 4 cents again, maybe by the end of the day?

TSX gain some points and the company Dumont Nickel (DNI) seems to remain stable… So let’s take some action and officially make my first penny stock trades – maybe by the end of the day if I am lucky!

This is how much fun penny stocks can be!

There so many ways to take advantage of the market and penny stocks are one of them. It’s good to buy and invest for the long term, but it’s also nice to make money from trading! By doing this, small investors like myself can take advantage of the market volatibility, bu this time, in a positive way.

And from my point of view, risk of loosing money are low, especially if the investor is only looking to make a few hundreds dollars per trade on a penny stock trade. At least, it’s the way I see it.

About Timothy Sykes

I learn about Timothy Sykes while playing the analyst on Twitter. Than a guy response to me, and told me to follow his buddy, which I did.

I like this expression he is using on his Web site « short sale ». This is exactly what I am going to do with DNI. He also said the following about penny stocks, among the following: “the vast majority of people who play penny stocks are suckers and all-around ignorant people” lol…

So now, knowing the possibilities, tell me why I should be job searching for another part-time job? Tell me why...

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