Which would your choose??
Although February in Calgary has been OK, January was very cold and snowy. I think next year we will be in Costa Rica for most of January.
Coming up in March – Arizona, California. Then in May – China, Malaysia.
This is a leap year, so the month doesn’t really end until the markets close on Monday February 29. However as we are travelling that day, I decided to end the month early and use February 28 (actually 26) as the closing market for February.
After another tumultuous month, the Canadian markets closed down just under a quarter percent for a YTD loss of 1.63%. The US markets gained slightly – 1% for the DJIA and 0.4% for the S&P for a YTD loss of just over 4 1/2%. Still not shaping up to be a great year, but there seems to be a bit of stability emerging.
My overall portfolio dropped by about a half a percent. I had modest losses on my Canadian securities and good gains on my US stocks (over 2%). However the Canadian dollar has strengthened by over 3% erasing my US gains – just the opposite of what happened last year. My year to date returns (Jan and Feb) stand at -1.00%, still significantly better than the overall markets.