A Brief History of September
Trying to remember all the things that happened this month, but when you’re sleep deprived it’s hard to recall what happened last weekend, let alone what happened a month ago. My parents trekked up from Toronto to see the new guy. At some point one of MrsSLM’s friends invited us apple picking, which was fun and the little man had a blast. We ended up with a giant bag of apples, although none of us really actually like apples all that much. Most of the rest of the month was a blur to be honest.
So far little guy #2 is doing really well, put on a lot of weight quickly. He’s a lot bigger than #1 was at this time, didn’t really fit any of the newborn stuff we had, jumped right to the 3-6 month clothes and diapers. He’s a pretty good sleeper and pretty chill all around, crossing my fingers he stays that way 🙂
Since I’ve got a lot of time on my hands, yet simultaneously don’t really since it’s awkward to actually cash in on, I’ve been watching a lot of TV 😛 Current new favourite show is Mr. Robot. Really makes me wish I knew more about hacking and security. Also looking forward to season 2 of Ash vs Evil Dead!
Also been trying out Canada’s answer to Hulu which is Shomi and CraveTV. Decent lineup of shows, either of them is definitely a nice addition to what’s available on Netflix, kinda too bad Shomi is already shutting down. The app implementations are severely lacking though, both of them have some pretty nasty performance problems, although Shomi kind of takes the cake in terms of pure badness. Both make my tablets run crazy hot too. I’ll probably continue with CraveTV though, has some good shows Netflix is missing like South Park and Battlestar Galactica, along with a tonne of superhero shows like the Flash and Agents of Shield. Shows I like. As my wife puts it, nerdy shows.
Let’s see how things went here:
- Survive Baby #2: Surviving, having 2 isn’t just double the work, it’s like, exponential?
- 2 Months Leave: Ended up taking 3, so win here.
- Forward Dividends $21k: Strong surge forward this month in forward dividends, somewhere in the $20.3k range. I think mostly due to dividend increases although there was some purchases made too.
- Back to Boxing: Haha I went maybe… twice? Man makes plans, then baby poops on them, possibly literally.
- Half Marathon Training: Went running with MrsSLM once, and I’m usually force to do 45-60 mins of cardio each boxing class.
- Flexibility/Rehab: It was going really well for a while, although last week I let things slide and I’m starting to feel some tension returning.
- Write Actual Posts: Wow, has it been a month already? Next month maybe.
Another great month, if I say so myself. Second highest paying month to date! If you don’t count the special biannual payout from XEC/XEF, we managed to collect over $200 more than the same period back in June. Not too shabby.
This months total came out to: $1,823.61 which I’m really happy with.
We also made a few purchases that I’ve listed here. Go to finish up my position in Exchange Income Corporation, and also added to my position in Emera. A few misc purchases rounded out the month, but nothing really exciting going on there. On the “play money” side of things, although I didn’t make any tables for this, my shares in GSK were called away for a nice profit (+options premium) back in August, and I ended up dabbling with some NYSEARCA:UPRO (3x leveraged SP500 ETF), been selling covered calls against it super deep ITM. Haven’t been burned yet, and collecting roughly 35% yield annualized. Kinda fun, not sure how long I’ll do this for. Last “fun money” play was buying NASDAQ:XIV (VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN) for a quick 14% return after a spike in volatility around mid-September. I don’t record the options premium here since the account is more just for playing around and trying out some riskier strategies.
|iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF||TSE:XEF||22|
|Exchange Income Corporation||TSE:EIF||132|
Great month on the dividend side of things, second highest paying month to date. A lot of big payers this month, especially on the ETF side of things with VXC and HDV. I sold off another batch of vested at work, and I usually use that to buy into my HDV position since the stock is always sold in USD. Still deciding how to deploy it this time. The exchange rate is really favourable right now (as in the CAD is low), so maybe I should be converting this to CAD and just increasing my holdings in Canadian companies. Got a few days to decide since transfers from the US take a little while.
|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||$79.11|
|Vanguard Canadian Bond ETF||TSE:VAB||$253.71|
|Canadian National Railway Company||TSE:CNR||$41.25|
|Brookfield Renewable Partners LP||TSE:BEP.UN||$137.32|
|Inter Pipeline Ltd||TSE:IPL||$53.30|
|Exchange Income Corporation||TSE:EIF||$41.54|
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||$56.91|
|iShares Core High Dividend ETF||NYSEARCA:HDV||$225.02|
|Vanguard Canadian High Dividend ETF||TSE:VDY||$365.25|
|Vanguard Global All Cap ex Canada Index ETF||TSE:VXC||$193.06|
|Forward Dividends||$20,315.87 / year (+$979.25)|
|Portfolio Value||$603,607.58 (+$14,987.42)|
See the full graph of dividends month by month on my Income page.