Saturday, December 3, 2016

November 2016 Recap







Here is the summary of the dividends I received in my taxable account.


  • HCP --- $76.41
  • VZ --- $29.71
  • ABT --- $26.15
  • TIS --- $21.00
  • AAPL --- $14.33
  • NEA --- $7.54

Total dividend income received for November is $175.14

I'm really pleased with November's results and other than HCP, most of the income is fairly evenly distributed. 

I was down just a bit when compared to August's result, however most of that can be attributed to the HCP cut. These things happen and the only thing to do is move on and keep adding to the portfolio and replacing the lost income..

I was also able to contribute $18537.17 to the portfolio.  These new contributions will add an additional $700.36 to my forward dividends.

During the month of December I will be looking to add to current positions as well as adding a few small dogs of the dow companies (PG, CSCO, GE, KO, and VZ are amazing companies).

Forward dividends are around $5000.

DEFY MEDIOCRITY

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Getting Defensive --- KO


I had a limit order filled today and added another 50 shares of KO.



  • KO:  50 shares @ $39.99 --- Yield  3.50%

Total capital invested is $2006.45 and will add an additional $70 to my yearly dividends. 

This purchase pushes me just over 210 shares. Adding KO add a 3.5% yield is never a bad idea!

In other news, I am SERIOUSLY considering selling my GS shares that I bought several months ago at $140 and I see the shares are currently over $220. Other non traditional dividend companies I own that I might dump are M, MET, and GM. They are all way up off their lows and I am up 30-60% in the last few months. 

I don't normally look at precious metals, but they have been totally destroyed during the last few months and might be a nice speculative play. 

Just a few things on my mind.... :-)

Forward dividends are $5050.

DEFY MEDIOCRITY


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Final November Buy --- PM


Today I added PM to my dividend portfolio.




  • PM --- 50 shares @ $88.59 --- Yield  4.70%

Total capital invested is $4436.33 and will add $208 to my yearly dividends.

Last year I owned over 200 shares of PM and sold out I believe around this price at the end of the year. This is an interesting company that feels like it should trade around $100, but just as easily could fall down to $75. I have a hard time understanding it's perpetual "little brother" status compared to MO. I'm glad that I own shares of both companies once again and look forward to the January dividends.

Forward dividends are now around $5000. 6K by year end?? Well of course that is going to happen. I do hate buying into new all time highs seemingly every month. 

DEFY MEDIOCRITY


Friday, November 25, 2016

October 2016 Income & Expenses






The amounts below are cash amounts and are net of taxes, insurance, 401k contributions, HSA, etc. In other words, the amounts are what get deposited and withdrawn from my accounts.

Day job (take home pay) --- $13692.23
Dividends/Interest ---  $162.59

Total net income --- $13854.82

Expenses --- $7143 (Taken from Mint)

Savings  $6711.82 --- Rate  48.44%

October was a challenging business month. The start was very slow, but eventually things picked up and it turned out to my best income month of the year. That was somewhat surprising considering all the national election buzz. My savings amount total was within in $1 of last month which is a strange coincidence. The net result is that my savings rate checked in again just below the 50% mark.

Even though my expenses were up a bit, some of that can be attributed to early knee surgery bills. There are thousands more on the horizon as the amounts from the various professionals and rehab facilities are tallied. Strangely enough none have been billed to me yet. They are coming though, no doubt about it!!

November is humming along both on the job front and the expense front. Christmas is going to break the bank, but at least we have most of the presents purchased.....I hope.

DEFY MEDIOCRITY

Monday, November 21, 2016

Recent Buy --- GILD All time market highs!!


Today I added to my GILD position.




  • GILD:  27 shares @ $74.97 --- Yield  2.51%

Total capital invested is $2031.09 and will add $50.76 to my yearly dividends. 

It's amazing how the market continues to hit all time high after all time high. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ are all hitting new highs today.

I remember thinking the S&P 500 was way too high when it was trading around 1400 a few years back in 2013. Now we are inches away from 2200.

It just goes to show how powerful and unpredictable market forces are and that waiting for that ever elusive 20% pullback can result in a missed 80% surge! 

The good news is there are still sectors that are deep in correction territory and GILD happens fall smack dab in the middle of one!

Forward dividends are $4750.

DEFY MEDIOCRITY

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recent Buy --- NEA





Today I added more tax free munis fund to my portfolio.


  • NEA:  150 shares @ $13.19 --- Yield  6.22% (Tax exempt)

Total capital invested is 1985.90 and will add $123 to my yearly dividends.

High yielding stocks aren't the only thing under pressure recently, munis are experiencing some major pain as well. NEA reached a peak of about $15.25 a few months back and has fallen over 15% since bringings it's tax free yield up over 6%. For me that is the equivalent of a 9% REIT or a 7.5% qualified dividend stock. I'm in at this level and will gladly add more shares if it continues its decent.

There is certainly more than one way to skin a cat and munis are a great complement to my dividend and lending club portfolios.

PM, T, VZ, SO, CLX, CL, GILD and NKE are in my sights as well.

Forward dividends are around $4700.

DEFY MEDIOCRITY

Saturday, November 12, 2016

October 2016 Lending Club Update







Once again, I am a little late posting this update. These numbers reflect yesterday's balances and interest payments received. Pretty boring and consistent which I like.

I have been investing $25 at a time and now have 421 notes up from 375 notes last report. I am continuing to use the automated note selecting mechanism which lets the computer spread the capital across a variety different loan grades.

Right now as you can see above, my current return is 6.76% after all defaults and past due loans have been written down.This return continues to closely mirror the predicted 6.68% return under the Platform Mix. Also, my monthly payments have increased to approximately $328.

As my loan portfolio continues to increase both in value and number of notes outstanding, my returns are becoming less volatile and a bit more predictable. It looks like I will be in the 6-7%.

In the early months, I have seen the returns as high as 9% and as low as 3%. I'll be more than satified at the 7% level. That is what could be expected from a typical REIT and slightly higher than most utilities.

I will continue to invest $200 a week until I reached $10,000. At that point I will probably continue investing new capital, but may stick with higher credit borrowers.


2016 Net Annualized Returns

July --- 6.77%
August  --- 6.33%
September --- 6.65%
October --- 6.76%

DEFY MEDIOCRITY