Road to Recovery
The S&P 500 climbed 13% in April, gaining back most of the losses from March. I picked up some new stocks during the low points in the first quarter so the V-shaped recovery is nice to see. 🙂 Leading the bounce back are technology stocks. Amazon just announced it made $75 billion in Q1 revenue, beating expectations as more consumers are shopping from home. AMZN shares hit an all time high recently. I’m brushing up against the elusive $1 million net worth once again. 🙂 Things are looking up. But is it too soon to celebrate?
The market is getting back to a balanced state as volatility subsides. But it’s hard to say if the bottom of the bear market is already behind us. I’m concerned that this quick rebound in April could be a false signal and we are actually headed for a double dip correction in the months to come. So my current strategy is to buy only defensive stocks with a strong balance sheet. If sentiment continues to improve then I won’t miss out on the rally. If markets drop back down then my portfolio should hold up better than the general index. 🙂
My earlier stock purchases from February and March are starting to pay off. For example, Telus Corp (TSE:T) paid me nearly $300 in April. That payment was used to purchase another 13 shares of Telus thanks to the DRIP program. Maybe next time I’ll receive 14 shares.
This is the best kind of passive income. It makes you money using the money it already made you. 😀 I’m now consistently earning over $1,000 a month in dividend income. This is the first year this has ever happened to me. Interest income from bonds, REITs, and other funds are growing as well. It’s exciting to watch my trading account get bigger by itself over time. 🙂
Liquid’s Financial Update April 2020
*Side Incomes: = $4,600
- Part time job =$500
- Freelance = $100
- Dividends =$1300
- Interest = $900
- Rent = $1,800
*Discretionary Spending: = $1,600
- Food = $300
- Miscellaneous = $400
- Interest expense = $900
*Net Worth: (ΔMoM)
- Total Assets: = $1,510,800 (+$55,100)
- Cash = $47,900 (+5400)
- Canadian stocks = $294,000 (+28,000)
- U.S. stocks = $145,600 (+17,300)
- U.K. stocks = $18,700 (+900)
- Retirement = $152,100 (+2000)
- Mortgage Funds = $35,100 (+1200)
- P2P Lending = $36,400 (+300)
- Home = $331,000 (assessed land value)
- Rental Unit = $450,000 (2020 purchase price)
- Total Debts: = $525,800 (-3,600)
- Home Mortgage = $182,200 (-700)
- Rental Property Mortgage = $313,500 (-800)
- Margin Loans = $30,100 (-2100)
*Total Net Worth = $985,000 ($58,700 / +6.3%)
All numbers are in $CDN at 0.72/USD
Stick to the plan
In March I wrote about waiting awhile before I buy any new investments. I wanted to wait for a clearer market direction. Well now there is. 🙂 Last week the 10 day simple moving average (SMA) of the S&P 500 crossed back up above the 50 day SMA. This is a technical indicator which signals strength in the stock market. And we haven’t seen a circuit breaker halt trading activity in several weeks now – meaning the market has somewhat stabilized.
Some readers have asked me for stock tips. I don’t give specific financial advice. But recently while shopping I came across this stock on sale below. What a great deal. 😎
I didn’t buy any new financial assets in April. But going forward I will be looking to purchase new stocks in the energy and financial sectors. 🙂 I still think dividend growth stocks are worth considering even though valuations are not as cheap as last month.
Random Useless Fact:
In April, Toronto police issued fines ($750 each) to more than 470 people over social distancing rules.