Another month has gone by, 1st Quarter is officially in the books and earnings are starting to come out. Stock market is loosing a little steam and seems to be going sideways the past few weeks and I’m still investing.
One interesting fact is this marks the one year mark where I decided to switch gears in investing and approach more of Dividend Growth Investing strategy. So far the results have been producing a nice stream of income and is more reliable that speculative buying of stocks.
- VZ (added 50 shares @ $47.13, total of 55 shares), 4.28% yield
- JNJ (added 10 shares @ $121.76, total of 29.1196 shares), 2.73% yield
- IBM (added 3 shares @ $160.36, total of 9 shares), 3.31% yield
I’m still on the accumulating phase and been trying to scrap every little dollar I can and transfer to brokerage account. Credit card rebates, coupon savings difference all get sent to brokerage account as new capital. This year I added is $4145.45 of new capital, compared to $960.40 for last year. Growing very nicely.
April has continued the growth streak, I’m still not anywhere where I want to be in terms of aggressive dividends due to tax refund not coming in yet but still showed growth from previous year. I received $106.14 in dividend income compared to $12.99 for last year, a 7-fold increase 🙂
Dividend increases also propelled nicely and added an additional $17.33 in future income.
The train continues.
March is now behind us and we are looking forward to April. Its the third month in the quarter and my biggest dividend income month. I’m still adding new capital and buying solid companies.
I also took advantage of the SNAP IPO and made a cool grand on getting right at when market opened and flipping 1 hr later for $998.51 profit. I did not try in being greedy and repeating it and just moved on.
March also marked a full month at my new brokerage Merrill Edge and I am extremely happy with how everything turned out. I highly recommend using them if you have Robinhood and are past the $50,000 portfolio size.
- CCP (added 45 shares @ $24.97) 9.12% yield. Solid Healthcare REIT.
- DOW (added 15 shares @ $62.98, total 16 shares) 3.22% yield.
- CSCO (added 50 shares @ $33.84, total 93 shares) 3.08% yield.
- QCOM (added 15 shares @ $56.49, total 34 shares) 3.22% yield.
- CVX (added 20 shares @ $108.08, total 21 shares) 4.00% yield.
March was a good month financially for me overall. I finally was able to pay off all the debt I had except for Mortgage with the Tax Refund so starting in April, New Capital should have Nitrous Oxide attached to it as I’m kicking into overdrive for monthly average of at least $6000 by year’s end.
Total new capital for March $4458.98, compared to $566.72 for 2016.
Portfolio has been growing nicely with new capital and dividends starting to come in on a weekly basis 🙂
The month ending portfolio balance was $62,284.86, +$7,186.26 from previous month.
This is one of my biggest months in dividends payments ever since starting in this journey. March 2016 dividends was $13.19, March 2017 a staggering $317.10, over 23x growth 🙂 I can definitely say the snowball is growing very nicely.
Current dividend growth average for my portfolio is sitting at 7.33%, a little drop from February’s average but still growing which is awesome news. The growth helped add an extra $44.75 in yearly income. Nice little raise.
February is officially on the books and on to March buying. Stock market is still roaring higher and I’m still buying it. Its getting much harder to find stocks to buy in this market.
- VFC (added 29 shares at $51.51, total 50 shares), 3.19% yield.
- PSX (added 4 shares at $77.97, total 5 shares), 3.23% yield.
- BF.B (added 15 shares at $47.36, total 18 shares) 1.54% yield.
I’m currently looking at TD about possibly starting that position after the hit it took. Energy is definitely taking a hit in the past couple of weeks, maybe a good time to add to XOM, PSX, CVX.
I’m continuing adding cash to portfolio and letting it sit on the side lines until things become more “manageable” in terms of pricing.
February has been another crazy month. Lots of steam in still in the engine room and engine refuses to give up. I continue to buy in this market and looking for values that are still there to be found. I’m finally done with the move to Merrill Edge from Robinhood and so far the move has been great.
Overall experience has been great and went on a buying spree at the end of February. Some of my other purchases were covered on the Mid-Feb update.
- QCOM (added 12 shares @ $56.715 for a total of 19 shares) -3.74% yield
- UPS (added 6 shares @ $105.41 for a total of 7 shares) – 3.15% yield
- KO (added 8 shares @ $41.699 for a total of 41 shares) – 3.55% yield
- HRL (added 10 shares @ $34.79 for a total of 24 shares) – 1.95% yield
- DIS (added 2 shares @ $109.64 for a total of 3 shares) – 1.42% yield
- VFC (added 12 shares @ $52.89 for a total of 21 shares) – 3.14% yield
- XOM (added 10 shares @ 81.06 for a total of 12 shares) – 3.70% yield
- TGT (added 33 shares @ 57.95 for a total of 60 shares) – 4.14% yield
New capital for this month was $3,299.45, not as high as I hope to save/invest because I had some unexpected bills that came up. Its still higher then my average monthly new capital contributions for 2016 by $162.37, thats a success in my book so far. Thats 2 months down, 10 more to go and plenty of time to recover and achieve the 2017 goals. New capital for the year is at $10,220.58.
I’m finally starting to have data for 2016 which I can compare to see the growth that is happening across my portfolio. February 2016, I clocked in $12.70 in dividend income, in 2017, that number jumped to $105.52. More than 7x in growth. My goal is to live off this portfolio in the future so I’m racing as fast as I can to continue to put in growths in the charts.
This was a good month for increases, lots of my holdings increased the dividends bringing in $13.87 in new dividend income for the year 🙂 My portfolio average dividend growth is 8.30%.
Bring on March, we are ready for you.
The portfolio ending balance for February is $55,098.60
Thanks for reading.
January is behind us and on to February, market seems to be cooling off a bit. Even with the cool off, I am still adding new capital and continuing to buy companies that fit my criteria for future income growth.
Started the month off by buying several companies that went into to correction mode, I certainly don’t mind.
- ADP (added 3 shares at $95.74, total 4 shares now) Div Yield: 2.39% (last increase in December for 7.55%)
- VZ (added 2 shares at $48.42, total 5 shares now) Div Yield: 4.76% (last increase in October for 2.21%)
I have been slow in the purchasing side as I’m the process of doing an ACAT transfer of my brokerage account at Robinhood to Merrill Edge. Part of the move is that portfolio has crossed the $50,000 mark and will qualify for free trades at Merrill Edge under the platinum Rewards.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Robinhood, but the limitation of just an app is really starting to drag along with the inability to reach support for a reasonable amount of time have set off the my limits. I will still have an account at RH so I can utilize some of the functions from their Unofficial API which other brokerages don’t provide.
Account transfer should be completed in the next 3-5 business days and I can’t wait, I have been adding a little bit of cash to the freshly started account so it will be ready when the transfer completes.
Thanks for reading
Div Tech Guy 🙂