Mid-January 2017 Update

So far, January has been one of those months where the Stock Market refuses to cool down and that more gasoline is definitely being thrown at it.  Valuations are at insane levels based on the slow growth of the balance sheets.  Needless to say, there are still some gems to be picked out.

Quoting the great Warren Buffet “Time in Market is Better than Timing the Market” is definitely my motto.  Throw as much money as possible into the market and let the growing dividends do the magic.   I still have goals to meet for 2017 and this hot market will not derail it.

Purchases so far in the first half of January.

  • ABBV (additional 22 shares @ $61.28, total count of 28 shares now) – Recently increased the dividends by over 12%.
  • VFC (Initial buy of 6 shares @ $53.60) – Recently increased dividends in December by over 13%.
  • AMGN (Initial buy of 5 shares @ $158) – Increased dividends by 15% this year.
  • MO (additional 4 shares @ $67.30, for a total of 16 shares) – Last increased dividends by 7.96% in September.
  • PM (Initial buy of 5 shares @ $90) – Pays a nice 4.6% and last increased in September by 1.96%.
  • T (additional 5 shares @ $41, total count of 25 shares now) – Last increased dividends by 2.08% like clockwork.

Well, that covers all the buys in first half of January, this brings my portfolio income generating to an average of $138.14 or $1657.68 a year.  See you guys at the next update.

Thanks for reading,

– Div Tech Guy!

2017 Goals

2017 is finally here and I am more than ready for what it can bring us.   I believe this will be the best year ever in terms of what new skills I have learned.

DGI and Savings

This will be the first full year of Dividend Growth Investing and I can’t wait for what it will produce.  Plowing every possible cent in the brokerage account and making it investable dollars.

The savings average per month in the taxable account last year was $3,137.08 and in 2017, I hope to at least double that.  Goal for 2017 is $6,274.16+ which should translate to $75,289.92 in new capital from savings along, not including rental and side gigs. A hefty goal indeed.

I’m working on a way to publish my portfolio so you can be shown in real time. Stay tuned.

Rental Income

I raised the rent on one of the apartments since it had been a while since I raised it.  Total expected rental income profit per month will be $1,460, $17,520 per year in passive income.  All this extra income will go to brokerage account.

Other Gigs

Credit Card Trade lines should bring in at least ~$10k in additional passive income. Network monitoring for my friend’s office, $125/month, $1,500 per year.

Final Thoughts

My main idea for this blog will be to document my achievements so I can look back and see how much progress was made.   What could I have done better or worse.

Thanks for reading.

– Div Tech Guy




December 2016 Update + Year In Review

2016 was the year I discovered two things that are taking shape in my financial life.  One is the path for Financial Independence that is achievable in a short period of time if we just focus and Dividend Growth Investing.

I am now extremely hungry for both FI/RE and Dividend Growth Investing.  I have cut down my expenses, low hanging fruit without changing a whole lot.

This blog/journal will help me achieve and keep in sane so I can look back and see the achievements that I have done.

Notable financial things that happened in 2016

  • Second home purchased
  • First year of First Property be 100% rented/occupied
  • Discovered the power of Dividend Growth Investing
  • Read 10 more books than 2015
  • Finished the year with $41,963.18 in taxable brokerage account that will produce about $1,503.90 in yearly dividends.
  • Started side gigs to generate extra capital to invest in taxable account

2016 I can say was a good year in terms of savings. I started saving aggressively into the taxable brokerage account adding a monstrous $37,644.92 in new capital, an average of $3,137.08 a month.  I hope that 2017 will continue to bless me in ways that I can not even imagine.

XIRR return for the portfolio currently sits at 16.64% and since the inception has generated $401.87 in dividends, 2017 will crush that.

Dividends Received Since taking changing focus from speculative to long term investing into good Dividend Growth Companies.

As you can see, the portfolio really started to take shape after September when the second stage of transformation happened.  Hopefully I can continue to contribute at such levels God willing in 2017.


I continued to add to existing positions for December and opened new positions.

  • OHI (38 stares @ ~$30)
  • JNJ (7 shares @ ~$110)
  • MA (2 shares @ ~$103)
  • CSCO (12 shares @ ~$30)
  • and other smaller additions.

Goals for 2017

  • Double current savings rate to at least $6,000/monthly average.
  • Finish the year with at least $150,000 in taxable brokerage account. That means I need about $108,000 from where I am now if there is 0 growth in 2017.
  • Generate at least $40,000 in side income
  • Go on a trip to Asia with the Wife.

2017 will definitely be more active on this blog. See you at the other side 🙂

Thanks for reading.

God Bless.

– Div Tech Guy

Recent Buy – Visa – Strong Dividend Growth Stock

The beginning of December has been a rocky start for tech stocks. Visa is part of XLK which is the Technology Sector SPDR. It has taken a hit while other financials have climbed to record highs.  While this is good news for us long term investors, we take every little opportunity to add on to the Portfolio War chest as a CORE holding.

Visa (V) is a leading global technology company that connects consumers, merchants, banks, and governments with the use of its global electronic payment network. Visa’s primary revenue stream comes from personal consumption expenditures.

I like toll collectors, businesses that make a little bit of the top at every transaction and V is the perfect toll collector. We are currently part of a transition from a cash economy to an electronic forms of payment.  This explains why in the past 5 years, Visa was able to grow revenues at a double-digit rate, although global personal consumption expenditures only grew at approximately 3% per year.

Visa for me is a no-brainer and the reason its one of my largest holdings in my Dividend Growth Portfolio, sitting at 4.75%. The long-term growth prospects make it a great buy, hold, and forget investment. With all the recent decline, this is definitely a great time to be a shareholder.

Here is a glimpse of the latest dividend increase for Visa, which was 17.86% to be paid on Dec 6th.

DGR3: 36.34%
DGR5: 31.19%v_growth

Disclosure: long V, DFS


November 2016 Update

November has been a crazy month.  First there was the big dip during the election over night, then a quick recovery and into positive territory.

It was a big shopping month where I added to a bunch of existing positions.

  • UL
  • KMB
  • KO
  • NKE
  • JNJ
  • and a few others

Since I use Robinhood to invest, I can add small positions and not have to worry about commissions, its always 0% of my investment.

Dividend Increases

November had also a few other nice little surprises with Dividend Increases.

  • MSFT increased 8.33%divgrowth
  • MO increased 7.96%
  • LMT increased 10.30%
  • EMR increased 1.05%
  • AFL increased 4.88%
  • V increased 17.86%
  • TXN increased 31.58%
  • CVX increased 0.93%
  • SBUX increased 25%
  • MCD increased 5.62%

I track income two ways, average monthly income if I spread all the dividends and monthly income from dividends alone.

Dividend Income: $46.21
Average Monthly Income: $110.77

These figures don’t include amounts from Roth IRA since I’m planning on retiring early and those funds wont be accessible for my day to day expenses.

Happy Investing!