Moving from Questrade to Interactive Brokers

Recently I noted in a post that I opened up a new Interactive Brokers account in order to trade options more economically. Here in Canada, we have always lagged our US cousins when it comes to competitive pricing. The volume simply isn’t there for most financial products to be competitive. As a result, we end up paying higher fees for most products and services.

Interactive Brokers (IB) has been on my radar for a while, but when I looked at it years ago, they did not offer tax sheltered accounts such as RRSP and TFSA. That has now changed, as IB offers both types of accounts. However, the minimum amount necessary for opening an account is still the same — a slightly steep US$10,000. If you do not have $10K lying around, but have the funds in other accounts at other brokers, you can transfer them in when opening an account — this is exactly what I did.

Based on some requests from readers, here is the process to open an IB account in Canada while moving funds from another broker (I show how to move from Questrade here, but other brokers will have the same steps).

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Recent Buy – Baby R2R’s New Portfolio

At the beginning of January, I set the following goal for the financial well being of our baby daughter. I am happy to report that I have started putting this plan into motion.

> New portfolio for our daughter – In 2016, my wife and I welcomed our daughter. Time to set things in motion for the financial well being of our baby daughter.

  • We have opened up a new RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan) account, which allows us to save and invest for her post-secondary education. The plan allows us to get education grant money from the government and is tax-deferred on the income generated. We intend to start investing this money soon and will post an update on which stocks/ETFs we chose.
  • In addition to the RESP plan, we intend to start a DRIP plan to put away a small amount of money each month (starting off with $100/month for now) that will be her nest egg when she is an adult. Time is one of the most powerful weapons in an investor’s arsenal and starting off a DRIP plan allows us to let the investment compound over the course of 20-ish years. I’ll post an update soon on which stock I am picking for this plan.

The Education Plan

A quick background on the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). RESP is an account type available to Canadians to save, invest and grow funds for post-secondary education. While not only limited to kids, it is generally targeted to help parents save for their kids’ education. The best part of this plan is that the government matches the contributions via the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG). The grant amount is 20% of contributions to a max of $500 per year. So, to maximize the benefits, we would contribute $2,500 per year into this account.

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Recent Sell – New Gold Inc

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This will be another quick update on a sale in my portfolio.

Last week I shared opening a new position in New Gold Inc (NGD.TO). I saw an opportunity after the stock price was down 35% after management announced delays in Rainy River project and shortfall in liquidity. The stock was over-punished and I figured it was due for a quick bounce. Right after I bought, New Gold stock bounced 10% which was good but I wanted to see how management was going to navigate going forward.

Yesterday, it was announced that the company was selling its 4% gold stream in the El Morro project to Goldcorp (GG) for $65M. This is a much better deal for Goldcorp than New Gold. However, it seems that investors in NGD like the news (uncertainty is a bigger evil than bad deals, it seems) and the stock price popped further. I decided to cash out and take my profits after holding the stock for just a few days.

To summarize: I sold 1,000 shares and closed my position in New Gold Inc (NGD.TO) @ C$3.95.

Total profit: $511 (14.86%)

Holding period: 8 days

Full disclosure: Our full list of holdings is available here.

Top Dividend Raises & Cuts for January 2017

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. Companies which not only pay dividends, but raise them year after year have been shown to perform better overall for investor returns. On the flip side, it is also important to keep an eye on the dividend cuts, which could signal troubling times ahead for a company. This post captures the announcements of changes in dividend amount for the week – both increases and cuts.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

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Passive Income Update – Jan 2017

Welcome to our monthly passive income update for January 2017. This is part of the scorecard series where we track our dividends and other sources of passive income. We also include changes and updates related to our investments during the month – showing the overall progress.

Passive Income  Update

Passive income for the month of Jan 2017 was C$651.64. The passive income for the month comprised of US$178.92 and C$417.25 (exchange rate is US$1 = C$1.31).

Passive income change is +9.16% QoQ and -4.00% YoY for the month. The passive income for the month achieves 6.51% of our annual goal of earning $10K.

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