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. 


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 In other words, the amounts are what get deposited and withdrawn from my accounts.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.


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.


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.


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%


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Recent Buy --- UL DJIA All time high!!

Today I initiated a position in UL.

  • UL:  100 shares @ $39.87 --- Yield  3.51%

Total capital invested is $3993.60 and will increase my yearly dividends by $140.00.

Even though the markets and my portfolio continues to surge to new all time highs, there are still pockets of value out there. 

UL has fallen about $10 a share in the last month or so and so I took advantage of what I think is a pretty good yield and entry point. Other companies I am watching closely include PM, MO, VZ, T, OHI, HCP, NKE, and DEO. Most of these names are being left for dead. The best part is I have little or no position in most of them.

On the other side of the spectrum WFC, M, GS, MET, TROW, EMR, PFE, and GILD look really stretched. GS might be my first sell in a very long time as I am up about $60 a share in this position and the yield has really plummeted.

Forward dividends are around $4540.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Recent Buy --- TIS & KMB

Today I add to my TIS position and initiated a position in KMB.

  • TIS:  75 shares @ $24.30 --- Yield  5.76%
  • KMB:  20 shares @ $112.37 --- Yield  3.27%

Total capital invested is $4083.80 and the combined yield is 4.37%. These purchases will add an additional $178.60.

It's nice to see some defensive names finally coming back to more reasonable levels. In addition to above companies, I am closely watching SBUX, NKE, DEO, ABBV, VZ, T, CLX, MCD, OHI, and HCP even after the dividend cut.

Speaking of the HCP dividend cut, my forward dividends are now $4350.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

October 2016 Recap

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

  • DEO --- $53.54
  • M --- $37.75
  • KO --- $28.00
  • TUP --- $20.40
  • VIAB --- $16.00
  • NEA --- $6.90

Total dividends received for October are $162.59.

Well after laying goose eggs in April and July, I finally kicked down the door (LIKE THE WORLD CHAMPION CHICAGO CUBS!!!!), and earned some money to start the fourth quarter.  As always, I reinvested all the dividends back into the companies paying them.

As you can see I also added $5893.98 in fresh new capital which increased my forward dividends by $225.00. 

I would love to have added more, but I had to under ACL surgery last month and obviously was preoccupied with that whole situation....and will be for months to come no doubt!!

Anyway I love the results from last month and hope to tickle $5000 in forward dividends by year end. We'll see how it goes.

Forward dividends are around $4300.