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Trade Alert

25 Jan
  1. Jan 25th- Sold CHE.UN in RRSP: 240 @ $16.48/share  |  Loss $24.00
  2. Jan 25th- Sold WYN on Margin: 100 @ $56.80/share  |  Gain $310.00
  3. Jan 25th- Sold AAPL in TFSA: 10 @ $441.50/share  |  Loss $703.94
  4. Jan 25th- Bought MA in RRSP: 10 @ $519.75/share
  5. Jan 25th- Bought V in TFSA: 27 @ $159.60/share
  6. Jan 25th- Bought INTC on Margin:  500 @ $20.99/share

Time to shake things up a bit.  I needed to infuse my portfolio with some good stable companies, so I decided to cut my losses in Chemtrade and Apple to buy Mastercard and Visa.

Chemtrade:  I’ve been overweight in Chemtrade for a while, the stock price has been flat ever since I bought into it.  However, I collected $0.10 per share each month from them, thus why, I kept it for so long.  I still have 300 shares left in my margin account and 1270 share in my TFSA.

Wynn:  This was bought on October 5, 2012 on purely margin.  I was looking for price appreciation.  The price on this stock was depressed for most of the time I held it.  Finally, it made a break for higher ground, so I decided to sell at a gain before it bottoms up again.

Apple:  I was up $500 on this baby when I held it in the first few days.  In hindsight, I should have sold it and taken the profit as I was on 100% margin.  But I decided to move the funds over to my TFSA where it ultimately cost me dearly.  Analysts are beating up Apple over its latest earnings report.  I still think Apple is a great company, but I can’t hold it any longer with losses up to my eyes.

Mastercard and Visa:  Both stocks, I have owned before and regretted selling them too early.  Now, I re-buy them at a higher price.  I am looking to hold them for a while to see if they will churn out even more gains.

Intel:  Bought this purely to make up some ground for my Apple loss.  Upcoming dividend of $0.2250/share will surely bring up the price a bit for the next week.

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Added APPL to my Position

28 Dec

Apple has been beaten up far too much over the last few months.  Is this the bottom?  I am not banking on it, but I did buy APPL-  10 shares @ $511.90.

Apple

 

RIP MBNA Smart Cash Mastercard

29 Oct

I’m a current MBNA Smart Cash Mastercard who enjoys getting 3% cash back on gas and groceries and 1% for all other net purchases.  But all that is about to come to an end by December 31, 2012:

  • GAS/GROCERY:  3% cash back on your for first $600 in monthly spend will be reduced to 2% cash back for the first $400 in monthly spend 
  • You will continue to earn 1% on all net purchases, with no cash back earned limit (Ohh, how generous of them… bastards!)  <– Allan pointed out that there is now $1250 monthly spending limit on 1% cashback for Platinum Plus cardholders 😦

Earlier in the year, TD Bank bought out the Canadian division of MBNA.  With this new ownership, the awesome reward system that was currently being offered is now being slashed by greedy TD Bank.  I dislike banks with a vengeance for changing the rates.  Why can’t they just honor the terms that was first agreed in the first place?

Now, I am worried about Scotia Bank who has bought out my free online banking at ING Direct.  Will they also implement a fee to squeeze out more profit from their customers?

On a positive note:  I earned $2.33 so far from my Redflagdeal Cash Back account.  I can’t wait to get cash back for a recent purchase of a Macbook Pro for a coworker, too bad I forgot to use Redflagdeal Cash Back account for an Iphone 5 purchase through the Apple site.  Let me clarify, I’ve been put in charge using company’s credit card for buying Christmas gifts online for a set monetary bonus limit for other coworkers.  I just use it to my advantage ^_^  Might as well right?

Check it out if you like to do a lot of online shopping:   http://www.redflagdeals.com/cashback/

Hindsight

20 Jun

Over a month ago, I sold off my positions in Apple and Cliff Natural Resources at a big loss.  Also, I let go of my winners like Mastercard and Starbucks to even out the playing field.  By selling those positions, I’ve loaded some unhealthy stocks into my portfolio like a penny stock which shall remain nameless and Google.  Those two stocks alone is giving me a paper loss of $4,000.  I will be stuck with these paper losses till it comes roaring back.  For now, I’m inactive in my portfolio.  It’s going into dormant stages.

SOLD @ May 17th VS If I had kept positions @ June 20:
APPL- $535 vs $585
CLF- $50.50 vs $52.55
MA- $406 vs $429
SBUX- $52.00 vs $55.55
COP- $51.60 vs $54.65 (I replaced COP for GOOG on May 21st)

My biggest mistake in this whole time is jumping in on GOOG instead of AAPL when Apple was showing signs of recovery at May 21st.  AAPL went up, GOOG went down.  All the while, I just hung on with the hopes it’ll follow in suit.  As you can tell, that never transpired. 

It’s been a while since I blogged about stocks.  I’m kind of mad at myself for selling out at the wrong time.  Now, I’m stuck with a big loss with not much room to maneuver.  Patience is key!  Never listen to others~

Apple certainly has gotten the best of me!

21 May

There’s no dwelling on the past moves.  I sold out last week when the endless sea of red was crashing in day after day.  My gains were wiped out by the violent waves that invaded my portfolio.  I just snapped.  I took what little gain I had left and climbed the mountain of cash I had to safety.  Or so, I thought…

Today was a public holiday in Canada, Victoria Day!  I had slept in… forgetting about the US stock market at the bell.  If I had done my ritual 7am check on my stocks, I would have realized that Apple was on a move again.  This time for the recovery.  Today, Apple jumped from $530 to $560.  I had sold out at $535.  I am very disappointed as I wanted to get in on Apple on the lower end of the spectrum of $500ish.

I decided to go a different route this time.  I picked up Google, 50 shares @ $612.68.  Once again, half of the stock is on margin.  I am going to stop my tirade trading ways.  I shall not trade.  I shall concentrate at the longer term gains than the short-term gains.

Grumble, Grumble

16 May

My portfolio took a big hit this week due to the European crisis mainly due to Greece in limbo as of now.  Thousands in paper gains were lost in an instant.  I should have listen to my wise foe who told me to cash out while I can before May…  but I tend to attached myself in stocks for the better or worse.  Is there no end to this down slide in sight?  The companies I hold are on a fire sale!  Roll of the dice!  Too bad, all my money is tied up in them at the moment.

Currently, the two stocks I worry about are Apple and Cliff Natural Resources.  I have over $30k on margin for both stocks and every day they seem to be tanking like crazy.  By putting myself on margin, I put myself at a bigger risk to lose more than what I have.

Today, I sold out SJR.B at a loss to free up my margin.  I bought SJR.B at the wrong time.  I thought it was bottom when I bought it, but then this week happen and the rest of it is history!

I was seriously contemplating liquidating some of my stocks to keep afloat… to minimize my losses especially in Apple and Cliff.  But I think I waited too long for that.  So I will wait until Friday to see if the market will show some signs of a recovery…

Nothing seems to be going my way these days.  Life is full of twists and turns.  One can be snuffed out in an instant.  There were a few tragedies that happen recently that hit close to home on the local news.

1)  A friend I know who’s coworker died tragically in a hang gliding accident.  It was her first time going tandem with an instructor, she wasn’t strapped in properly in her harness and she fell out shortly after takeoff.

  • Sometimes the thrill of an adventure can turn out tragically.

2)  My part-time boss’s landlord crashed his float plane out in Okanagan shortly after takeoff.  The plane caught on fire, he and two other passengers did not make it out alive.

  • He died doing what he loved.

3)  My coworker’s son-in-law’s cousin died in a car accident over the weekend.

  • Error in judgment can quickly turn deadly.

Sometimes, I wonder why I save so much?  Will I survive that long to actually enjoy the savings that I have accumulated.  Sometimes, you need to have a proper balance of enjoying life as it is and taking each day to the fullest!

Mini Jabs

7 May

Lately, I’ve been taking mini jabs at Apple from my Questrade RRSP account.  My realized gains are peanuts compared to my current paper loss ($1111.20) in my Questrade Margin account.  I’m not down till I sell… I plan to hold my 40 shares of Apple till I see the green light once again!  

At least, I’m not getting burnt by the depreciated price of Apple in my RRSP account.  On a few occasions, I could have sold at a higher gain, but I was hoping for too much in return only be  be burnt at the end.  So I think I’m not going to touch Apple again within my RRSP account.  I am going to move on to another stock that offers more of a chance in a gain.  Potash might be the next contender!

On a positive note, Apple finally closed in the green today!

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