June 2017 Income & Status Update

Hello everyone.  June was another rockstar month for me in terms of growth and capital deployed.  I’m starting to shift some capital from the winners to some of the losers to balance things out.

New Capital

Now that the engine is roaring for multiple years, the comparison from what I

first started to where things are now shows that it really pays to keep notes of how you are progressing in the financial independence realm.   For the month

of June 2017, $3,265.57 was new capital deployed, not what I would like to average on a monthly basis, but still double what was last June of $1,541.24.

Dividends

June was my best month ever for dividends, a solid $483.40 in dividend income, compared to $21.66 for June 2016.   It is just insane that if you make a process, believe in the process and follow it, you will be greatly rewarded on the end.

Purchases
  • SCHG (added 99 shares at $63.98)
Debt

I haven’t talked about debt here before but I been liking Passive Income Dude spreadsheet and I hope to evolve to something in that sense.  I fully believe that the only thing that slows you down from achieving FI faster is debt.

This has been one of the hardest challenges to do while contributing new capital for investing.  I know some of you will say, pay debt down first, invest later.  In a sense I agree with that, but when you create a process of contributing every month, you essentially write off that money and don’t treat as disposable.  It has worked for me to pay my self first before paying down debt.

The month of June was the last month that I carried any credit card balance and I am grateful to God for that.  I hope to remain debt free while I build up the snowball.  I do not have any Auto Loans either and do not believe in them,  the only thing that I have are two mortgages.  One for my rental property and one for my primary residence.

Portfolio balance

Month ended at $81,067.81, an increase of $9,276.60  from the previous month.

Thanks for reading guys and lets keep on investing.

-Tech Guy

May 2017 Income & Status Update

Hello Everyone, I’m sorry for the late update.  I have been busy with work and life in general and didn’t update on the time that I like to update.

May was another record month for me as we plow through and get the engine roaring.

New Capital

I have transferred a record breaking $5909.77 for new capital to be deployed into stocks.  An incredible update from $361.87 of May 2016 which I am extremely happy with the progress so far.

Dividends

Dividends are still growing nicely also year over year.  For May, I received $157.85 in dividend payments, a 7X increase from the previous year of $17.93.  Again, I’m extremely happy with the progress.

Strategy/Moving Forward

I have started consolidating most of my portfolio and did a few changes as I had way too many stocks that I purchased when they took a dive and sold them at their highs.  Most of the sells it would have taken me years to realize those gains through dividends.  I have started parking some money on SCHD which is a low cost dividend ETF.

Portfolio

Ended May 2017 with the portfolio size of $71,791.21, an increase of $9,466.21 from the previous month which I’m extremely happy with.

Thanks for reading the update and I promise I’ll get back on schedule with these updates.

March 2017 Income Update

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.

Recent Buys
  • 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.
New Capital

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 Health

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.

Dividends

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.

Dividend Increases

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.

Mid-March 2017 Update

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.

Recent Buys
  • 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 2017 Income Update

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.

Recents Buys
  • 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
Contributions/NEW CAPITAL

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.

Dividends received

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.

DIVIDEND INCREASES

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.