Fiscal Update – June 2013 – On Sale

Last month at this time I mentioned I had $15K ready to deploy for the downpayment of my second farmland. Each farm produces 2 rental cheques. Once in the spring/summer when seeding occurs, and the other cheque gets deposited in October when the crops are harvested. As luck would have even though the second farmland isn’t legally mine until later this year, the renter was nice enough to still pay me the first part of this year’s rent 🙂 So I deposited the $2520 cheque into my bank account in June. Thank goodness for that, because my stock portfolio dropped in value on average by about 2.5%.

The Canadian loonie is approaching the lowest value since almost 24 months now. This is good news if you live in the US and like to come across the border to shop for fur coats and maple syrup 🙂 However a higher USD also means I owe more in my US margin account 🙁 Gold, silver, copper, and other hard commodities are super cheap now. I think this would be a good time to start looking at Canadian mining companies to invest in if you haven’t already. It’s smart to take advantage of low prices when business are on sale (^_^)


*Side Income:
  • Part-Time Work = $900
  • Dividends = $300
  • Farm Rent = $2,500

*Discretionary Spending:

  • Eating Out = $100
  • Others = $200

*Net Worth: (MoM)

  • Assets: = $569,800 total (-$100)
  • Cash = $7,200 (+4000)
  • Stocks CDN =$71,000 (-$3500)
  • Stocks US = $39,000 (+$200)
  • RRSP = $30,800 ($800)
  • Home = $252,000 (same)
  • Farm 1 = $152,500 (same)
  • Farm 2 deposit = $17,300 (same)
  • Liabilities: = $392,500 total (-4,300
  • Mortgage = $202,500 (-$300)
  • Farm 1 Loan = $110,500 (-$200)
  • Margin Loan CDN = $26,100 (-$100)
  • Margin Loan US = $22,400 (+$300)
  • TD Line of Credit = $13,000  (-9000)
  • CIBC Line of Credit = $13,000 (same)
  • Credit Card = $5000 (new)

*Total Net Worth = $177,300 (+2.52%)
All numbers above are in CAD. Conversion rate used: 1.00 USD = 1.06 CAD

Not as spectacular as May’s net worth increase but I’m still really happy with this month. The big increase to my cash on hand is due to the rental income, savings from work, and the $5,000 credit card transfer 🙂 I then used the savings to pay off some debt (mostly my line of credit.) Because of this extra money I now have 20K ready for my farmland fund. That means only $5K more to go 😀 It seems like luck was on my side again for the month of June. Since I have a US margin account with US dollars, I was able to not lose as much because due to the conversion rate my US portfolio is worth 1.5% more than it did in May when converted to Canadian dollars. That’s important because CAD is the currency I use to live on 🙂 And it just so happened that my farm rent came in on the same month that the stock market corrected. Couldn’t have predicated any of this but really happy with how things worked out :0)

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07/03/2013 7:47 am

“Farm rent” love it! Can’t wait til I get some of that myself. Hope the second one goes just as well!

07/03/2013 7:48 am

I had a lot of activity in June due to the sales, but the US dollar definitely hurt as well, especially since most of my portfolios were low on US and international ETFs. Do you think the US dollar will continue to strengthen against the loonie?

John S @ Frugal Rules
07/03/2013 8:40 am

Looks like things worked out quite well, overall, last month. You’re definitely rocking being diversified! 🙂

Alex Yang (@yyangalex)
07/03/2013 9:20 am

looking good sir 🙂 hope the floods moving into Sask from Alberta are not affecting your farms in Sask. Ontario farm prices are up 27% y/y!

07/03/2013 11:22 am

Look at that curve… It does not look that linear anymore. Happy days ahead my friend as compounding starts taking visual effect 😀

Gareth @ Investment Road to Freedom
Gareth @ Investment Road to Freedom
07/03/2013 7:09 pm

Getting that farm rent check in the mail must have been a good feeling. I hear you on the gold and silver. I’m very much a buy and hold when it comes to those investments. Those investment also act as a hobby for me as I collect coins. I think now is a good time to add.

Searching for Happy
Searching for Happy
07/03/2013 8:15 pm

Handy that the rent came in on the second piece of farmland. It looks like things continue to move in the right direction for you (for the most part)!

Rita P
Rita P
07/05/2013 11:33 am

Your diversification is working well for you. Good to know and Thanks for sharing

07/06/2013 8:04 am

Looking really good! I like looking at your historical graph and seeing how quickly the wealth has accumulated.

Dividend Tactics
Dividend Tactics
07/07/2013 8:42 pm

Excellent progress! The farm land rental income really intrigues me…how did you get started in that?



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