Monitoring the Outbreak
Over a million confirmed people have been infected by the virus. Many countries are starting to see the curve flatten so maybe the worst is behind us. Even so, we should continue to practice physical distancing and regular hand washing. Make sure to stock up on food that won’t spoil quickly. Lately I’ve been telling my friends about the health benefits of eating dried grapes. It’s all about raisin awareness. 😎
The TSX dropped 18% in March. In the U.S. the Dow Jones fell by 14%. It has been the worst Q1 ever in U.S. stock market history. Ouch. But that’s why we diversify. 🙂 On March 1st only 40% of my assets were tied up in the stock market. I’ve also been buying companies at their recently reduced prices which lowers my overall entry cost. Furthermore, a higher U.S. dollar has resulted in certain parts of my portfolio making gains this month. As a result, my net worth only fell by 5.3% in March. I’m disappointed to see my net worth decline three months in a row. But it could have been a lot worse.
I’m expecting more volatility ahead. Just three trading days into April and the stock market is already down 4%. Oof.
On the bright side I am able to work from home so my job income isn’t at risk. And since interest rates have been slashed 1.5% I’m saving thousands of dollars annually on my mortgage and margin debt compared to last year.
Liquid’s Financial Update March 2020
*Side Incomes: = $4,800
- Part time job =$600
- Freelance = $200
- Dividends =$1200
- Interest = $1000
- Rent = $1,800
*Discretionary Spending: = $1,600
- Food = $300
- Miscellaneous = $400
- Interest expense = $900
*Net Worth: (ΔMoM)
- Total Assets: = $1,455,700 (-$55,400)
- Cash = $42,500 (-111,000)
- Canadian stocks = $266,000 (+56,700)
- U.S. stocks = $128,300 (-5,200)
- U.K. stocks = $17,800 (-2900)
- Retirement = $150,100 (+10,500)
- Mortgage Funds = $33,900 (-3800)
- P2P Lending = $36,100 (+300)
- Home = $331,000 (assessed land value)
- Rental Unit = $450,000 (2020 purchase price)
- Total Debts: = $529,400 (-3,800)
- Home Mortgage = $182,900 (-1500)
- Rental Property Mortgage = $314,300 (-700)
- Margin Loans = $32,200 (-1600)
*Total Net Worth = $926,300 (-$51,600 / -5.3%)
All numbers are in $CDN at 0.71/USD
I’m happy overall with my diversification strategy. But due to the recent correction I only have 34% of my assets in the stock market. I would like to increase this back up to 40% of my asset allocation. So for the near future I will be looking at investing my savings into equities, primarily blue chip Canadian companies that pay dividends. 🙂 Here’s a pie chart showing the breakdown of my assets today.
Some people might be concerned to discover that Vancouver real estate makes up half of my total asset’s value. Doesn’t that seem a little risky? I have heard that real estate here is overpriced and we are due for a major correction any day now. But then I crunched the numbers for myself. Compared to alternatives, I realized that Vancouver home prices were actually justified which I discussed in detail last month. That’s why in December last year I bought real estate instead of stocks.
But of course these days the equity market is down 25% from the peak. So that’s why recently I’ve been loading up on high quality stocks at discounted prices, increasing my forward dividend income by over $7,000 a year.
And I’m not the only one shopping around these days. Other personal finance bloggers such as genymoney.ca have been loading up on dividend stocks as well. She increased her annual dividend income by 75% year over year. When assets go on sale, you buy more. 🙂 It’s about finding bargains in a financial world that’s constantly changing. When the stock market’s P/E ratio eventually expands again, those who bought into the downturn will be glad they did. 😉
sell high and hold
A reliable path to reach financial independence is to build a stream of passive income to pay for all living expenses. No matter if it’s real estate, dividend stocks, or bonds – the basic premise is to buy income generating assets. Then simply hold them for their investment income. Re-invest the proceeds over time and investors will be greatly rewarded for being patient. You don’t need a lot to get started. But you have to start to end up with a lot. 😉
Random Useless Fact:
No one was safe from the 1918 flu pandemic. No one.