It’s a balmy -21°C in Montreal today, the older screaming little man is sick and I’m holding #2 on my lap while writing this post. As I’m attempting to write, he’s furiously attempting to eat my free hand. I fear my time is short.
I’ve set a time limit for myself, after which I’ll just post this, whether or not I feel it’s complete. Gotta pick your battles, and oh great he just pooped. It’s either post something incomplete or possibly be posting my December update in February. Quickly filled out the table below first, and now it’s on to picking a random picture to represent the month and writing something here about whatever happened.
Holidays were a blur, parents dropped in from Toronto to say hello. Saw a lot of relatives, ate a lot of food, didn’t get to the gym much although we weren’t bad about home workouts. Nice but tiring, as any Christmas vacation tends to be. I’m already looking forward to an actual vacation to recover from our Christmas break. Unfortunately with the Zika virus roaming around virtually every nice beach within reasonable travel times, and the possibility that it can cause developmental problems in young children as well as fetuses, we may have to be creative this year.
This months total came out to: $1,499.45, not bad.
Good to be back at work fulltime which means I can direct that firehouse of earnings at our accounts again, opting this month to start filling MrsSLM’s TFSA. We dumped in $25k and just bought up some shares of TSE:XRE. I tend to keep stuff like that in tax advantaged accounts where all the “complexities” of ownership get washed away. In my riskier plays account, I sold more calls on NYSEARCA:UPRO, been riding that up quite a bit with the recent gains in the S&P500. Also bought up some long-dated PUTS (Jan 2017) on NYSEARCA:UVXY (leveraged volatility), which I actually sold last week for a nice profit (must be something like 120% annualized, off the top of my head, like I said no time to check 🙂 ). Overall that account was up some 40% last year in total, I’d be ecstatic if I could maintain that going forward.
Very nice on the dividend side of things, came out to nearly $1500 for the month. Over the last few month I’ve compared our earnings to what we spend and at this point we very consistently earn more from our investments than what our visa statements show (house and other junk is covered by tenants). So technically we could FIRE anytime, but with almost no buffer for other things (vacations, unexpected expenses, whatever else). I’m in no hurry.
|H&R Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:HR.UN||$32.20|
|RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:REI.UN||$39.36|
|Allied Properties Real Estate Investment||TSE:AP.UN||$21.25|
|Chartwell Retirement Residences||TSE:CSH.UN||$18.73|
|Canadian Apartment Properties REIT||TSE:CAR.UN||$19.32|
|Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:CUF.UN||$10.90|
|Vanguard Canadian Bond ETF||TSE:VAB||$78.09|
|Canadian National Railway Company||TSE:CNR||$41.25|
|Brookfield Renewable Partners LP||TSE:BEP.UN||$158.15|
|Inter Pipeline Ltd||TSE:IPL||$55.90|
|Exchange Income Corporation||TSE:EIF||$66.50|
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||$56.91|
|iShares Core High Dividend ETF||NYSEARCA:HDV||$323.81|
|TransAlta Renewables Inc||TSE:RNW||$18.48|
|Forward Dividends||$23,452.67 / year (+$1,626.71)|
|Portfolio Value||$708,487.82 (+$47,012.71)|
See the full graph of dividends month by month on my Income page.