November in a Nutshell
Lots of stuff happened, none of which I can remember well. Trying to write this update quickly while the little men are all napping.
Our American friends voted in Trump. That’s unfortunate.
I think the stand-out detail was I grudgingly went back to work after 3 glorious months of paternity leave. A lot of my coworkers were eager to ask if I was happy to be back, if I was bored while I was out. The political answer in the office, is of course I’m happy to be back. Working on pointless widget is where I want to be, it’s my calling in life, I can’t imagine how anybody could be content spending time with their family, working out, and pursuing hobbies.
Took a while to finally get to this update for a couple reasons. First of which was now that I’m back to work, I really just didn’t feel like it 😛 Also at some point I tried to update WordPress to 4.7 and completely blew up the website, so although the main site was still cached and continued to function the admin dashboard was completely toast. Luckily I had enabled periodic backups when I set it up, so fixing this was as easy as going into the control panel and pressing a couple buttons. Took me almost 2 weeks to get around to that though, for the reasons stated above.
Lastly, MrsSLM and I have been trying to kick start a new source of additional income. I hate talking about something that’s early days and mostly just speculative so I’ll leave it there for now. If some money starts rolling in I’ll be happy to share the details, what was involved in getting started up, that kind thing. I tend to pivot on an idea 100x before arriving at my destination, a bit like heading out to buy milk and coming back 2 years later with a ziplock baggie of magic beans.
In other useless news, I binge watched all of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and I’m now making my way through Daredevil on Netflix. Wow these are great shows.
Also it’s winter here now, so expect a LOT of bitching about the cold soon.
Great month overall, solid returns, not too shabby. Got outshone by the previous Q’s update since TD’s dividend got collected back in October.
This months total came out to: $1,511.92, nice.
A few purchases to round on the month as well, some BCE as you’ll note above. Mostly just reinvested dividends. As I mentioned in the previous update, we’d get a surge ahead this month in porfolio/forward income with the transfer of MrsSLM’s stray RRSP account under our direct investing account. All of that went into TSE:VXC to beef up our international exposure and diversify away from Canada a bit. Not a whole lot else to report here unfortunately, since I wasn’t working I didn’t have loads of spare capital to deploy into the markets. Some options trades which I can’t recall the details on, if I get motivation I’ll edit this section with details. Otherwise, please imagine I did something involving covered calls.
|Vanguard FTSE All-World Ex Canada Index ETF||TSE:VXC||1361|
Great month in dividend land, did quite well here. Big news is the jump in forward dividends due to our RRSP transfer, this is NOT new money, just money that previously wasn’t tracked as part of this portfolio.
|H&R Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:HR.UN||$31.50|
|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||$119.88|
|iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats ETF||TSE:CDZ||$80.81|
|National Bank of Canada||TSE:NA||$126.50|
|Inter Pipeline Ltd||TSE:IPL||$53.30|
|Exchange Income Corporation||TSE:EIF||$63.65|
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||$56.91|
|Bank of Montreal||TSE:BMO||$186.62|
|Royal Bank of Canada||TSE:RY||$310.75|
|Vanguard Canadian High Dividend ETF||TSE:VDY||$175.79|
|TransAlta Renewables Inc||TSE:RNW||$18.48|
|Forward Dividends||$21,825.96 / year (+$796.08)|
|Portfolio Value||$661,475.11 (+$50,622.84)|
See the full graph of dividends month by month on my Income page.