Feb 062018
 

Investments for the New Year

It has not been a great start for Canadian investors. The TSX Composite was down about 2% in January. Cryptos saw their worst month yet. And bond prices have fallen due to soaring yields. But on the bright side, the economy is improving as the labour market grows stronger and inflation is picking up. The U.S. stock market (S&P 500 index) was higher by 5.6%, making it the best performing January since 1997. Yay! 🙂

The TFSA contribution room is another $5,500 this year. So in January I sold a few thousand dollars worth of cryptocurrencies to fund my TFSA and added the following investments.

  • Parkland Fuel Corp (PKI.TO)
  • Automotive Properties REIT (APR.UN)
  • BMO Long Corp Bond ETF (ZLC.TO)

Parkland Fuel delivers lubricants and other petroleum products to motorists, businesses, consumers and wholesale customers. It supports a network of over 1,070 retail gas stations in Canada. It’s not a cheap company, but it should have good growth over the next few years.

Automotive Properties is a real estate investment trusts that focuses on buying and managing automotive dealerships, which is a good business to be in. It recently bought a Mazda facility. The REIT pays a fantastic yield equal to roughly 7.5%/year at a payout ratio lower than 60%. So even with no capital appreciation investors can still earn some decent income. 🙂 As long as auto sales remain stable, this investment will deliver.

BMO’s corp bond ETF is good for long term bond exposure. I explained why I like this particular ETF in my post last month on bond funds.

I also deposited some money into my Lending Loop account. Overall January has been a surprisingly fruitful month.

 

Liquid’s Financial Update

*Side Incomes:

  • Part-Time = $800
  • Freelance = $900
  • Dividends = $700
  • Interest = $1,000
  • Trading income = $3,000
*Discretionary Spending:
  • Fun = $600
  • Debt Interest = $1300

*Net Worth: (ΔMoM)

  • Assets: = $1,171,900 total (+13,000)
  • Cash = $2,900 (-7,600)
  • Canadian stocks = $170,500 (+2300)
  • U.S. stocks = $112,700 (+5700)
  • U.K. stocks = $22,200 (+800)
  • Retirement = $89,900 (-1400)
  • Mortgage Funds = $32,200
  • P2P Lending = $30,400 (+8200)
  • Home = $275,000 (+5000) Updating this value once a year to keep up with inflation.
  • Farms = $436,000
  • Debts: = $457,800 total (-4,500)
  • Mortgage = $180,200 (-400)
  • Farm Loans = $185,300 (-500)
  • Margin Loans = $56,500 (-1000)
  • TD Line of Credit = $4,500  (-1000)
  • CIBC Line of Credit = $16,500 (-1500)
  • HELOC = $14,800 (-100)

*Total Net Worth = $714,100 (+$17,500 / +2.5%)
All numbers above are in $CDN. 

$17,500 net worth increase is not a bad start to the year. 😀

Higher interest rates cost borrowers more, but they’re also very beneficial for investors who do the lending. 😉 As rates have increased over the last year I’ve noticed my passive income from debt investments rise. In January I earned about $1,000 from interest income alone; a new record for me. $230 came from my Lending Loop portfolio, $370 from mortgage investment corporations, and $400 from two individual high yield bonds in the energy sector. As long as we have a balanced portfolio there’s nothing to worry about.

 

 

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