Passive Income Update – Mar 2018

Welcome to our monthly passive income update for March 2018. 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 December 2017 was CAD$826.78, which comprised of US$239.37 and CAD$517.99 (exchange rate is US$1 = CAD$1.29).

The change for the month is -45.44% QoQ (due to annual payout in Dec 2017) and +22.39% YoY for the month. This brings our passive income to $2,454.61 YTD and achieves 22.3% of our annual goal of earning $11K.

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Outlook for April 2018

Well, Q1 2018 is in the books and the markets are starting to seem pretty interesting day-by-day. The pillars of the market – the FAANG stocks (before the recent decline, the 5 stocks made ~14% of total US market) are starting to see pressure as the public has started revolting against the platforms socially. Most of all, the Facebook debacle was just a matter of when, not if, when the user’s trust would be broken and everyone woke up to realize what they were signing up to. The users have now started questioning the same for other platforms too, with an increased call to regulation – which will be interesting to see follow.

Some interesting developments over the last week in the oil market occurred, with China deciding to price and trade oil directly in CNY instead of US$. This is a massive overt move against the US hegemony, which will be extremely interesting to watch. The days of US$ as the sole world reserve currency are numbered, as China puts on the pressure with its traders to accept CNY. This is never going to be an overnight move of course, but something that will take years and decades to play out.

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Investing Lessons Learned

There is an investing adage: “You either learn a lesson or make a profit; never both”. I have found this to be true for a better part of my investing years, but as I gain more experience, I am trying to reflect and learn lessons from all my trades – from both winners and losers.

This bull market in stocks has been ongoing for a decade and most investors have forgotten what it is like to lose money and come to witness heart-stopping moments when you suddenly see your envisioned future disappear. I first started  investing in individual stocks in 2008, just before the Global Financial Crisis and that was a great teacher. I try to remember the lessons I learned back then and continue to learn new ones everyday. Over the last couple of years, I decided to move a big portion of my portfolio into the precious metals and mining sector as I saw more value and the sector was hated by many. My reasoning is fairly simple: when the markets crash (and they will), most investors will seek safe havens, and there is no better safe haven than gold. There are a few other reasons, but that is the big one.

Over the last few quarters, I have been finding so many interesting prospects for investing in the sector, that I have overshot my initial target. The sector now makes 1/2 of my overall investing portfolio. Even with a few sales over the last few months, I have been hovering close to the 50% mark due to good returns. And the bull market in gold/silver mining stocks is just getting started!

While I look over the overall portfolio composition, I am being reminded of a lot of investing lessons from each trade. So, I decided that I will share some of these thoughts (including some random observations) here. Hopefully you will find the thoughts valuable & interesting.

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5 ways to build a million-dollar retirement fund

The following is a guest post

You are never too young to think about retirement investments. The reasoning behind this lies in the power of compound interest. As an example, this article explains how putting off retirement savings by just 10 years can cost you over half-million dollars until 65.

There are countless ways to build your retirement portfolio, depending on your income, lifestyle, the appetite for risk and resilience in saving money. Our top recommendations include:

  • opening an IRA next to your 401(k),
  • contact a broker and invest in stock market,
  • don’t ignore the cryptocurrency market,
  • automate savings,
  • don’t forget about catch-up contributions if you are over 50.

The importance of the IRA

Even if your employer generously offers a 401(k) which, by all means, you should take and match the contribution, consider also getting an IRA. Choose between the two available flavors. The first option is the traditional, tax-deductible IRA, which also grows tax-deferred until withdrawal. The Roth IRA consists of after-tax money and yields tax-free withdrawals on maturity. There is a third kind, non-deductible IRA for high-earners.

The best option of the three could be the Roth IRA since the money grows tax-free. By the power of the compound interest, by the time you take them out the fund could have multiplied a couple of times.

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Is Tesla Stock a Good Investment?

The following is a 3rd party contribution 

Tesla’s stock price recovered much of its recent losses triggered by the recent global market sell-off, and the company is currently trading around USD 330. This is slightly below the level it reached on January 25th, after which it rose to USD 354, fell as low as USD 310 and then rebounded to USD 357. However, it is currently moving back down and could soon approach the previous support level of USD 309.54.

Whether TSLA continues to fall or stages another rally, traders can take advantage of all price movements by using stock trading platforms. Many brokers, such as UFX.com, offer numerous trading tools and advanced charts, allowing members to make more informed trading decisions. The question for many is now whether Tesla stock represents a sound investment.

The valuation of the company still seems too high for many analysts, since the company is yet to make a profit and is burning a lot of cash, not to mention its production problem regarding the new Model 3. According to Barclays, the electric vehicle producer’s stock should be sold, while Morgan Stanley reiterated its “equal weight” rating at the beginning of February with a price target of USD 379. Even if its stock rises, Tesla has serious challenges to address, ones that are likely to weigh heavily on the company’s valuation.

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