Feb 062019
 

Markets make a big comeback in January

December 2018 was a terrible time to be long in the stock market. If it weren’t for the brief rally on the last week of the month, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones would have had their worst December since the Great Depression. But suddenly the bulls took over in the following month.

All in all, 2018 was the worst for stocks in 10 years.

Panicked selling at the end of December would have caused someone to miss out on the amazing gains in the first month of this year. It just goes to show that investors should make decisions based on long term planning, and not on emotions.

I didn’t make any big financial moves in January. I deposited $10,000 from my savings into my retirement account but haven’t bought anything with that money yet.

Liquid’s Financial Update

*Side Incomes: = $3,400

  • Part time job =$600
  • Freelance = $500
  • Dividends =$1000
  • Interest = $700

*Discretionary Spending: = $2,000

  • Food = $300
  • Miscellaneous = $900
  • Interest expense = $1400

*Net Worth: (ΔMoM)

  • Assets: = $1,321,300 total (+110,000)
  • Cash = $11,800 (-8600)
  • Canadian stocks = $166,200 (+10400)
  • U.S. stocks = $116,900 (+4200)
  • U.K. stocks = $20,600 (+1200)
  • Retirement = $125,300 (+10400)
  • Mortgage Funds = $34,600 (+100)
  • P2P Lending = $33,900 (+300)
  • Home = $367,000 (+92,000) (New 2019 assessed land value)
  • Farms = $445,000
  • Debts: = $417,500 total (-1300)
  • Mortgage = $189,500 (-400)
  • Farm Loans = $179,600 (-400)
  • Margin Loans = $48,400 (-500)

*Total Net Worth = $903,800 (+$111,300 / +14.0%)
All numbers are in $CDN at 0.74/USD

Real Estate Value Adjustment 

In my previous net worth update I received some feedback in the comments about how other people value their homes. I bought my apartment 10 years ago. My old method of purchase price + annual inflation doesn’t accurately depict the market value of my apartment anymore. So I’ve decided to use the government assessed land value of my property, which gets updated in January every year. Most recently for 2019 my home’s land value is $367,000 according to BC assessment. So that’s what I’ll do every year from now on. 🙂

After updating my property’s value to better reflect current market conditions, I’m quite pleased to find out that my net worth is now $903K. I’m looking forward to reaching 7 figures soon. 😀

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Dec 062018
 

A lot has happened globally in the last few weeks that makes me weary about the growth of the financial markets over the next 1 to 2 years. Inflation in France sparked violent protests. The U.S. federal budget deficit for fiscal year 2019 is projected to be nearly $1 trillion. It will be hard to find borrowers who are willing to buy all those treasury bonds. The 2 largest foreign holders of existing U.S. debt are China and Japan. And both have become net sellers. The economic tension between the U.S. and China is momentarily on hold, but 3 months from now the trade war could escalate.

So what I plan to do going into 2019 is to keep more cash on hand. This will allow me to maneuver more easily as cash is very liquid. If interest rates become too high I will use the cash to pay down my debt. If stocks in general fall into a bear market I will be buying up more shares. 🙂

Liquid’s Financial Update

*Side Incomes: = $3,400

  • Part time job = $900
  • Freelance = $1200
  • Dividends = $900
  • Interest = $600
*Discretionary Spending: = $2,000
  • Food = $300
  • Miscellaneous = $500
  • Interest expense = $1200

*Net Worth: (ΔMoM)

  • Assets: = $1,225,600 total (+1400)
  • Cash = $19,800 (+2300)
  • Canadian stocks = $162,600 (-4500)
  • U.S. stocks = $117,400 (+300)
  • U.K. stocks = $20,400 (-300)
  • Retirement = $117,400 (+2700)
  • Mortgage Funds = $34,700 (+500)
  • P2P Lending = $33,300 (+400)
  • Home = $275,000
  • Farms = $445,000
  • Debts: = $420,200 total (-800)
  • Mortgage = $190,300 (-400)
  • Farm Loans = $180,400 (-500)
  • Margin Loans = $49,500 (+100)

*Total Net Worth = $805,400 (+$2,200 / +0.3%)
All numbers are in $CDN. 

 

 

Financial markets are stretched thin. The S&P 500 is still trading relatively expensive at 22x earnings, even after the pullback that started in October. There isn’t much room for growth in equities. Real estate markets around the world are softening. U.S. home building company Toll Brothers warned that the housing market slowed further in November, particularly in California. Home prices and sale volume in Canada, particularly in Vancouver and Toronto are going down. Prices will likely fall further into the upcoming spring. But Canada’s continued trade deficit and high energy prices mean the cost of living will probably climb higher. The theme for 2019 could very well be higher inflation but lower investment returns. If that turns out to be true then I would prioritize paying down debt and acquiring hard assets.

 

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Random Useless Fact:

Nov 052018
 

It was bound to happen sooner or later. October was a bad month for the stock markets. Some of my highest growing stocks in the technology sector such as Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google (Alphabet) or FANG stocks fell into bear market territory, which means they’ve fallen by more than 20% from the top. Here is a look at how much stock indexes lost in the month of October.

  • TSX Composite -7.5% (Canada)
  • Dow Jones -5.9% (USA)
  • S&P 500 -7.9% (USA)
  • NASDAQ -10.7% (USA)
  • ASX 200 -6.0% (Australia)
  • FTSE 100 -5.4% (UK)
  • SSE Composite -6.2% (China)
  • Nikkei 225 -12.4% (Japan)

My investments weren’t able to escape this global stock market correction, and my net worth fell a bit. I hope the next couple of months will make up for it.

 

Liquid’s Financial Update

*Side Incomes: = $7,300

  • Part time job = $600
  • Freelance = $500
  • Dividends = $900
  • Interest = $600
  • Farm rent = $4700
*Discretionary Spending: = $2,100
  • Food = $400
  • Miscellaneous = $500
  • Interest expense = $1200

*Net Worth: (ΔMoM)

  • Assets: = $1,224,200 total (-15,900)
  • Cash = $17,500 (+4700)
  • Canadian stocks = $167,100 (-9700)
  • U.S. stocks = $117,100 (-9,800)
  • U.K. stocks = $20,700 (-900)
  • Retirement = $114,700 (-600)
  • Mortgage Funds = $34,200 (+100)
  • P2P Lending = $32,900 (+300)
  • Home = $275,000
  • Farms = $445,000
  • Debts: = $421,000 total (-2,700)
  • Mortgage = $190,700 (-500)
  • Farm Loans = $180,900 (-600)
  • Margin Loans = $49,400 (-100)
  • CIBC Line of Credit = $0 (-1500)

*Total Net Worth = $803,200 (-$13,200 / -1.6%)
All numbers are in $CDN. 

 

This was the first down month I’ve had in over a year. A few things saved my net worth from dropping further: My farmland paid me some rent. My fixed income all ended the month with positive returns. And despite being invested in the stock market for the past 9 years, stocks only take up about 34% of my assets. This means any changes in the overall stock market will probably affect my net worth by only 1/3rd as much. 🙂

 

 

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Random Useless Fact:

Some people say Elon Musk reached puberty in his 30s

Oct 012018
 

2018 is passing by quickly. We are already in the final quarter. 🙂 My stock portfolio’s value dropped a little in September. But I still managed to grow my net worth by half a percent for the month thanks to my multiple income streams. By January 2019 my goal is to have a net worth of $1 million. 🙂

A stock market dip in September is normal – perhaps even expected. Since 1896, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average was created, the Dow has lost an average of 1.03% in September. That compares to an average gain of 0.76% across all other months of the year. The funny thing is the Dow actually climbed higher this September. But it was the S&P/TSX Composite in Canada that dropped 1.8% lol.

Liquid’s Financial Update

*Sidel Incomes: = $2,800

  • Part time job = $600
  • Freelance = $300
  • Dividends = $900
  • Interest = $500
  • Solarshare payment = $500
*Discretionary Spending: = $1,700
  • Food = $300
  • Miscellaneous = $500
  • Additional Interest = $900

*Net Worth: (ΔMoM)

  • Assets: = $1,240,100 total (+1,500)
  • Cash = $12,800 (+1600)
  • Canadian stocks = $176,800 (-1000)
  • U.S. stocks = $126,900 (+900)
  • U.K. stocks = $21,600 (unch)
  • Retirement = $115,300 (-500)
  • Mortgage Funds = $34,100 (+200)
  • P2P Lending = $32,600 (+300)
  • Home = $275,000
  • Farms = $445,000
  • Debts: = $423,700 total (-2,700)
  • Mortgage = $191,200 (-400)
  • Farm Loans = $181,500 (-400)
  • Margin Loans = $49,500 (-400)
  • CIBC Line of Credit = $1,500 (-1500)

*Total Net Worth = $816,400 (+$4,200 / +0.5%)
All numbers are in $CDN. 

Inflation in Canada is picking up. We are at roughly 3% this year compared to 2% in 2017. Higher inflation will have a positive impact on real estate prices. I’m thinking about buying another property either next year or in 2020. Home prices will likely continue to increase in Vancouver and Toronto, at least in the long run. So getting more real estate now is probably a good idea.

Due to the nature of my new job I will not disclose my annual salary from now on. I was able to negotiate a relatively high salary for myself, about 20% more than my previous employer which shut down recently. Lest any of my coworkers stumble upon this blog I don’t want them to know how much our company is paying me. But I’ll continue to share all other sources of income such as from investments and freelance graphic design. 🙂

 

 

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Random Useless Fact:

The hospital you were born in is the only building you leave without entering.

 

Jul 102018
 

I transferred my pension from my previous employer to my personal investment account. The amount is about $20,000, which I currently hold in my TD RRSP as cash. This money exists because I saved 4% of my income and put it towards the company RRSP group plan for 7 years. It’s not a huge amount of money but if I invest all of it into something that can generate 5% return per year, I would earn $1,000 of tax deferred passive income without touching the principal. 🙂 I also have a Deferred Profit Sharing Plan (DPSP) that is awaiting to get paid out as well. But I’m not sure when I will receive that yet. It’s not as much as the RRSP amount though.

Liquid’s Financial Update

*Total Income: = $7,300

  • Full time job = $4000
  • Part time job = $1400
  • Freelance = $500
  • Dividends = $1000
  • Interest = $400
*Total Spending: = $3,600
  • Food = $300
  • Housing = $1200
  • Utilities = $100
  • Miscellaneous = $1100
  • Additional Debt Interest = $900

*Net Worth: (ΔMoM)

  • Assets: = $1,222,500 total (+17,500)
  • Cash = $10,500 (-2000)
  • Canadian stocks = $173,600 (-1500)
  • U.S. stocks = $117,800 (-1700)
  • U.K. stocks = $22,200 (-200)
  • Retirement = $113,200 (+21,900)
  • Mortgage Funds = $33,300 (+700)
  • P2P Lending = $31,900 (+300)
  • Home = $275,000
  • Farms = $445,000
  • Debts: = $433,400 total (-2,500)
  • Mortgage = $192,500
  • Farm Loans = $182,900 (-500)
  • Margin Loans = $51,000
  • TD Line of Credit = $2,000 (-1000)
  • CIBC Line of Credit = $5,000 (-1000)

*Total Net Worth = $789,100 (+$20,000 / +2.6%)
All numbers are in $CDN. 

I will be looking at how to invest the extra $20K. Maybe I will buy some U.S. dividend stocks. The Bank of Canada is also expected to raise interest rates later this week. It’s about time. If the cost to borrow money remains at current levels then in 5 years from now home prices in large cities would likely be 25% higher than today. Higher interest rates will help keep inflation tame so home prices don’t climb too much.

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Random Useless Fact:

It’s hard for attractive nurses to take accurate pulse readings.