Went to Toronto, we’ve taken both train and plane, figured driving was worth a try. Train the problem is you’re locked in a cabin for 5-6 hours with a toddler that you’ve gotta keep entertained the entire ride. It’s exhausting, and I remember the last time we took the train out I actually feared the ride back. As we were packing and getting ready to go, I was having flashbacks of the ride out and all the bouncing up and down the isles, the hurried rushes to the bathroom, and the desperate silent pleas to just be happy reading this book or looking out the window. After that, we decided to fly. There’s an awesome airline between Montreal and Toronto called Air Porter, amazing service, even serves beer on the flight (I’m sold). The great thing about a flight is that there’s a hard limit on the length of time you’re in the cabin. But now we’re packing for 2 kids, which means 2 strollers, 2 giant piles of clothes/diapers/toys, and a couple changes of t-shirt for us. I’m not hauling that through an airport.
So drive it was! We rented a comfortable SUV and drove down, decided that leaving super SUPER early was the best option as we’d get a few hours of peaceful driving out of the way before #1 woke up. Mostly worked, managed to get about 60% of the way there in total peace.
Toronto trip was great, was there for 2 reasons. First was to show off the 2nd screaming little man to relatives on my side. Might need to think of a new name for him, since he’s actually a super chill little guy, rarely gets too fussy, is kinda cool with whatever. Nothing like this brother. Second major reason for being in TO was so MrsSLM could run a half marathon. She’s a bit crazy and wanted something to work towards after giving birth, so we kinda agreed she could do this on the condition she only trained to “finish” it and not to try to beat her personal best.
Let’s see how things went here:
- Survive Baby #2: Done.
- 2 Months Leave: Done.
- Forward Dividends $21k: WOOO, just squeaked by this goal with my HDV purchase. Still have nearly 2 months to go, maybe $22k?
- Back to Boxing: Sick, then Toronto, then really sick again. Whatever random daycare plague I caught this time is brutal.
- Half Marathon Training: Nothing happened here, although MrsSLM did run one in Toronto.
- Flexibility/Rehab: No problems here lately.
- Write Actual Posts: Got off my ass and finally wrote one!
Unfortunately the Jan/Apr/July/Oct months are pretty low for us (relatively speaking) and so this month was destined to underwhelm.
This months total came out to: $1,045.38 nice bump up from July which makes me happy, although part of that is because TD landed in our accounts in Oct instead of Nov.
We made a few purchases. Had some cash building up in my TFSA that go reinvested in CUF.UN. My transfer from the US cleared and I was able to buy a fairly large position in HDV. Finally, I sold off my extremely small position in POT and just added the proceeds to NA.
Things are going really well in my play money options account, so far I seem to be doubling the return of the S&P 500 (9 months, not exactly time to start my own hedge fund) with my speculative plays on UVXY, UPRO, and covered calls strategy. My UPRO call from September expired worthless and I sold another Nov (roughly $260), we’ll see how that goes. Kinda wondering how this election in Nov will affect the market, keeping some money aside to look for any spikes in volatility that I can trade against via XIV.
|iShares Core High Dividend ETF||NYSEARCA:HDV||196|
|Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:CUF.UN||34|
Great month on the forward dividend side of things, since I was able to put that nearly $16k USD to use buying some shares of HDV. That was enough to push us over our $21k goal for the year. We also sold off the rest of MrsSLM’s bond positions, some of it went to her cash account to pay off some house stuff, the rest was divided between VDY (Vanguard Canadian High Dividend ETF) and VXC (Vanguard Global All Cap ex Canada Index ETF). The really interesting thing for November will be that we’ve finally moved the last RRSP account under our direct investing accounts, so I’ll be including that in our portfolio totals and forward dividends, hurray! That’ll be a large (although somewhat artificial) boost to both portfolio size and dividend income. I’m also back to work shortly, which means I’ll be getting paid regularly again and purchasing at full strength will commence.
|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||$6.74|
|iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats ETF||TSE:CDZ||$80.81|
|Bank of Nova Scotia||TSE:BNS||$123.80|
|Inter Pipeline Ltd||TSE:IPL||$53.80|
|Exchange Income Corporation||TSE:EIF||$63.65|
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||$56.91|
|The Coca-Cola Co||NYSE:KO||$34.65|
|Forward Dividends||$21,029.88 / year (+$714.01)|
|Portfolio Value||$610,852.27 (+$7,244.69)|
See the full graph of dividends month by month on my Income page.