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Re-Bought MA: 5 shares @ $833.428

31 Dec

My last trade of 2013 is re-buying Mastercard funded solely on margin in my cash account.

MA:  5 shares @ $833.428 = $4167.14 (Commission were only 5 cents from Virtual Brokers)

Mastercard will be splitting their shares 10 for 1 on January 9, 2014 and raising their dividends by 83% from 60 cent to $1.10.

Currently, I have 30 shares of MA in total after my new purchase.  For every share I have, I will get additional 9 shares which will total 270 300 shares.  If the dividend is paid out after the stock split that will mean I will get $297.00 per quarter in dividends.  Am I correct??  I will wait and see!

Looks like dividend will go from $1.10 to 11 cents after the stock split as pointed out by Maureen.  Wishful thinking on my part for receiving so much per quarter.

I am excited to see how my Mastercard will play out in 2014.

Mortgage Papers Signed!

11 Dec

Funny how Scotia Bank wanted me to pay off my current balance for Amazon Visa and Capital One Mastercard.  I still had a current running balance of $61.37 from Visa and $663.22 from Mastercard that isn’t due till early-mid January 2014.  They want prove that I am able to pay this off.  Ugh, haven’t I been paying off my balance every single due date since like forever?  Begrudgingly, I complied to their request since I need the mortgage eventually… However, Scotia Bank didn’t ask me to repay my $11,800 balance transfer from MBNA Mastercard!  Woot woot, I took that out a couple months ago @ 0% and I don’t have to pay it back till September 16, 2014!  So I have ample time to repay that back.  Right now, the current balance for that is $11,564.00.  Paying it back will be a bit dicey, most likely, I’ll sell off a stock for repayment.

So I signed my mortgage papers and I’m all set to throwing money to interest payments for the next three years.  I signed a fixed 3 year rate @ 2.89% vs a 5 year variable rate @ 2.50%.  The fix rate will cost me $780 extra a year.  But it’ll give me the security of rising interest rates in the future.

RBC was offering me fixed 3 year rate @ 3.19% which is kinda crappy.  I ended up going through a mortgage broker to help me get lower rates.  Scotia Bank offered me a rate that I deemed decent enough.  They also own ING Direct, so they feel comfortable in dealing with me as I am a client of ING Direct for a number of years.  All in all, it worked out to both parties.  

Renting this out next month will be the top of my to do list.  So far, I have two potential semi-interested parties.  But the unit is on the smaller scale.  Hopefully, everything will pan out and I can get some passive income to help my mortgage payments.  

 

 

 

 

Making the right move at the right time

12 Nov

Whoa, time has passed by really quickly.  It’s already been more than a month since I sold out Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund (CHE.UN) from my TFSA.  I sold out 1270 shares @ $16.96 with profit of $819.52 and collected $2287.00 in distributions.

Trade History for CHE.UN

3/27/2012:  BOUGHT 850 shares @ $16.58 + ($9.38 Commission) = $14,101.37
7/05/2012:  BOUGHT 420 shares @ $15.71 + ($6.42 Commissions) = $6,604.62
9/27/2013:  SOLD 1270 shares @ $16.96 + (13.69 Commissions) = $21,525.51
Net Profit $819.52 (This is tax free, since I held this stock in my TFSA!)

Commissions at Questrade were $29.49.  This should have been $25.40, but Questrade charges extra SEC fees for the trades which I don’t like!!

Luckily, I made the right move at the right time.  For the past five days, Chemtrade has been trending downwards on news that Chemtrade is in talks to buy General Chemical Corp.  Seems like traders are not liking this news and have been punishing the share prices.

Chemtrade on Nov 12, 2013

Anyways, if I had kept my shares of CHE.UN, I would be at a net paper loss of $433.54.  Ouch!  I still have 300 shares of CHE.UN in my margin account, but I bought it at a cheaper price.  It’s still a hold for me, since they’ve been a steady income producer.  Maybe, I’ll pick up some more shares at a discounted price.  I would have to monitor they progress in the upcoming days.

I replaced CHE.UN for Mastercard and First National Financial in my TFSA.  Both stocks seem to be holding up well on their own thus far.  By making the switch, I am improving the overall health to my TFSA.

Added First Financial and Visa to my TFSA today

31 Oct

My timing might be a little rushed this morning, but I wanted to get in before the opportunity slipped by me.  I had cash sitting in my TFSA stagnant for the longest time.

This morning, I was surprised to see a $8/share drop in Visa.  They just released their earning reports on October 30th.  Visa announced strong earnings, authorizing a $5 billion repurchase program, and increasing their quarterly dividends by 21%. Yet the traders are pushing this stock down for some reason.

I picked up Visa- 10 shares @ $197.50

Also, I decided to add a strong monthly dividend payer to my TFSA.  Surely, I am missing the regular $127 per month distribution from my recent sale of Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund (CHE.UN) for Mastercard which is proven to be a good move after all.  I just I missed my chance to average down on Mastercard on two occasions earlier this month.  I hitting my head over it now.

First Financial is on a tear lately after they announced 80% jump in net income .  Am I buying at its highs again only to get burned?  

I picked up First Financial (FN.TO)-  500 shares @ $22.45

My dividend payout is $60 per month from First Financial.  But I hope that their stock price will appreciate in the time I hold it.  I’ve done well with BMO and I hope to replicate this by adding First Financial to my TFSA.

I am looking forward to the growth in my TFSA.  For the last few years, I’ve traded a lot.  I sold out stocks that I should have kept and kept stocks that I shouldn’t have.  I think my job is done here for the next while.

Disclosure of my TFSA holdings:

500 shares of First Financial
15 shares of Mastercard
37 shares of Visa

 

 

 

Making some changes to my TFSA

27 Sep

Today, I sold out 1270 shares of CHE.UN for $16.96 in my TFSA account. Fact was that CHE.UN took up 20% of my overall portfolio. The time I held onto this unit trust, I’ve collected a fair amount of distribution.

Anyways, I replaced it with 15 shares of MA at $679.50 for now. I am hoping I didn’t screw myself over in the months ahead. But I felt like it was time to say goodbye to CHE.UN and add more stake to Mastercard where it has really appreciated.

Also, I sold out QCOM – 25 @ $67.18 in my TFSA.

I plan on adding more Mastercard to my TFSA until my cash balance is zero. For now, I don’t want to add too much near their 52 week top.

I believe Mastercard has a strong chart and I am regretting that I didn’t ride this baby out from the start. When I first entered MA, it was around the $300-$350 range. I regret how impatient I was in May 2012 where I sold MA out for little profit. Look at it now, $680 range! Wow, I totally miss out some good gains. But now, I will hold this baby for a while till it fully matures. I will not sell out like the many times I have before.

I’m just thinking out loud. Sorry, if this is a bit confusing. I am not the type of person of analyzing stocks and giving you all the jazz about it.

If I like the stock and believe in it, I will buy it.

History recap, just at the top of my head with approximate numbers:

  1. I bought 200 shares of SBUX at $18, but sold out at $52.15.
  2. I had 200 shares of Visa at $70 at one point, but sold out for $2000 profit.  Fucken big mistake that was.
  3. I bought 10,000 shares of GQ at 15 cents, but eventually sold out at $1500 gain.  I could have sold out at their peak and made a cool $10k profit, but I held too fucken long!
  4. I bought 200 shares of AGU at $50 on margin, but got scared of the dip in the next few days and sold out at a loss.   Then I re-bought them at $70 and sold out for a $2000 gain.
  5. I bought 50 shares of GOOG at $612.00, but I sold half of it for a measly $100 gain because that portion was on margin.

Capital One Mastercard got compromised

22 Jul

My Capital One Mastercard got compromised last Monday.  At Walmart, my card got declined twice.  A couple days after, I tried to make a purchase online to have the item sent to my work address.  Again, it got declined.  Agitated, I called Capital One.  I was put on hold for 20+ minutes after talking to the first representative in which I explained my situation.  By the time the next representative took my call, I was not very happy.  Talking in a louder tone than usual, I berated Rep#2 as to why my card was blocked and wasn’t made aware of the situation right from the start.

Rep#2 told me that my card was compromised on the Monday and that they sent a letter to my mailing address informing me.  Only then, I would have to call in to get a new card to send out.  Well, I never received that letter… still waiting for it.  I asked him why can’t they call or email me instead?  He’s like for security reasons, they only mail out letters to the cardholder’s address for verification “snail mail style.”  Even though, I get email notifications from Capital One and login into their site service all the time.

Right now, I am waiting for my new card after talking with them that night.  I am not impressed as I had to put some charges through to my other credit card where I don’t earn 1.5%.

Update:  I got a Fedex slip at home on July 22, 2013… guess that’s my new card from Capital one.  Now I have to pick it up from the Fedex depot cuz I was at work when they tried to delivery it.

When my card got compromised at MBNA Mastercard, they handled it very swiftly.  They had a message on my login account to call customer service and informed me right away that my card was skimmed and some charges were put through to my account, but they will reverse the charges and I got my credit card within 2 business days by Fedex.  Talk about quick service!

Sold a couple of my swing trades today

14 Jun

I sold out 2 out of 4 recent swing trades:

  1. Kraft for a profit of $66.49
  2. Mastercard for a profit of $16.49.

99c per trade is great for maximizing your profits 🙂 Keep in mind, I bought these two along with Coke the day before the market took a plunger.  I held these two stocks for a total of 9 days.  This is exactly what I wanted to do, the timing of my trades were not so opportunistic.  Next time, I will be more careful with my swing trades.

Currently, I am still holding Coke on this swing trade.  As for my most recent swing trade: Dollarama, it has been take a beating in the last few days.  Hopefully, they don’t sink anymore from this.

Also, I got a reimbursement from Virtual Brokers for transferring over my stocks from Questrade for $131.25.  They were true to their word.

 

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.

Getting Rid of my Old Credit Cards

17 Nov

On Friday, I called Capital One to increase my credit limit of $3000.  I’ve been a customer of theirs since May 2012, so it’s been over 6 months.  There were certain times where I needed to charge large amounts of money onto this particular card where I can earn 1.5% cash back.  But I just did not have enough credit to do so, so I turned to else where instead.

The Cap One Representative that I talk to did not budge as I wasn’t qualified for a credit increase.  He mentioned that this Capital One Aspire World Cash Mastercard usually gives out a higher credit limit up to $30,000!  Even though my credit history is impeccable and nothing to do with your annual gross, there is one hindrance:  I have way too much open current credit cards.  In order for me to get an increase, I must close down some of my other credit cards that I have collected over the years.

So far, I managed to close down my HBC Mastercard and RBC Gold Visa.  I tried to close down my line of credit at BMO over the phone, but was told that I have to go to the branch to do the deed.  For my Sears card, there’s no number on the back of the card!  So I can’t even call in to cancel my card.  Last, but not least… I called PCF Mastercard, only to be told that I have over 30,000 points that can be redeemed for $30 at Superstore.  I haven’t used that card in over 3 years I believe.  Now, I have to go through my desk to find the new card and activate it so I can get $30 worth of groceries before I close it down for good!

All of the agents I talked was “sorry” that I was leaving them and they value my business.  They asked, “Is there a reason why you want to close down your account?”  I simply told them that I need to lower my credit and that I was applying for a mortgage in the near future.  After that, they were all quite understanding and didn’t try their sales pitch to convince me to keep my credit card instead.

I decided to keep my CIBC Dividend Visa, since it’s always better to have at least one Visa in the wallet.  I am also keeping my BMO Mosiak Mastercard since that is one of my oldest card.

In the end, I still have the following credit cards:

  1. Capital One Aspire World Cash Mastercard
  2. MBNA Platinum Smart Cash Mastercard
  3. BMO Mosaik Mastercard
  4. CIBC Dividend Visa
  5. PCF Mastercard (Once I redeem my $30, I’ll be cancelling this card)
  6. BMO Mastercard (Line of Credit) <– Will have to go to Branch to cancel this card)
  7. Sears Credit card

My cancelled and old credit cards:

  1. RBC Classic II Student Visa (My very first card!)
  2. TD Visa
  3. MBNA Gold Mastercard
  4. HBC Mastercard
  5. RBC Gold Visa

In summary, I still have a lot of current credit cards compared to the average person.  There’s only two main cards that I use these days:

1) Capital One Aspire Cash
2) MBNA Smart Cash

 

 

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/