July in Review
Been loving my garage gym setup, I go down there pretty frequently to just get a few sets in. Seeing all my lift numbers (starting) to drift back up to previous levels is encouraging. I think I was in my best shape years ago, when I for myself.
Another interesting development is the opening of a bouldering gym in my area, not more than 5 minutes walk from our house. Love it when new, cool places open in this area so even though I’ve never bouldered before, both MrsSLM and I went and immediately signed up for 1 year memberships. I had some insanely old rock climbing shoes that I bought back in University (only went a couple times), and a quick trip to MEC and MrsSLM was all set up. We’ve gone a few times now, it’s really fun and challenging. I find I’m really limited by my grip strength at the moment, gotta go more often I suppose!
Nothing new at work, although MrsSLM and I have been talking about me dropping my hours soon. I’m thinking in the winter/spring period I’ll start poking at the subject with my manager. Ideally I’d like to drop to 3 days a week, enough to still strongly contribute.
Home life is good. Both of the little men are doing great. In another month or 2 we’ll start sending SLM #2 to daycare, which will free up enormous amounts of time for MrsSLM.
As I mentioned in the previous post, our numbers are ever drifting higher and questions like when do I stop and retire are starting to become relevant. Started a post that’s at some X% completion, mostly needs me to actually spend time finishing it.
Nothing to complain about, although one can’t help but compare to the previous month lol. This period is never that strong though, we just don’t have a large number of payers.
In other financial news, I received the last of my tax refunds, which I then ploughed directly into my RRSP. As I mentioned last month, I hadn’t realized that I had over $80k in unused contribution room, so this year will be all about maximizing that. Which will then, in turn, turn into a massive refund next year.
Sold off my NASDAQ:XIV position, did fairly well off that buying in around $70 and selling at $90. I’m watching again for another entry point, think I’ll try to do more of these short term revert-to-mean volatility plays in the future. I’m also holding some NYSEARCA:TQQQ and sold calls on it.
|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||$21.68|
|Chartwell Retirement Residences||TSE:CSH.UN||$19.20|
|Canadian Apartment Properties REIT||TSE:CAR.UN||$20.27|
|Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:CUF.UN||$24.38|
|Dream Office Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:D.UN||$31.88|
|iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats ETF||TSE:CDZ||$74.60|
|Bank of Nova Scotia||TSE:BNS||$197.60|
|Inter Pipeline Ltd||TSE:IPL||$55.90|
|Exchange Income Corporation||TSE:EIF||$92.75|
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||$62.62|
|TransAlta Renewables Inc||TSE:RNW||$18.48|
|iShares S&P TSX Capped REIT ETF||TSE:XRE||$113.82|
|The Coca-Cola Co||NYSE:KO||$34.65|
|Forward Dividends||$28,415.88 / year (+$817.10)|
|Portfolio Value||$842,279.51 (+$16,295.79)|
See the full graph of dividends month by month on my Income page.