Monday, June 27, 2016

Investment Activity - Recent Sell

Hello everyone,

I meant to put this out over the weekend, but completely forgot.   While I was preparing for the Brexit vote, I thought I could make a little gains on a quick sell of my Bank of America holding.  Bank of America (BAC) was one of my smaller holdings and not a core holding, so I decided to sell on Thursday.  I ended up selling my entire (small) position, 33 shares, for $14 per share.  My cost basis for the shares was around $13 so I took a small profit and was planning on reinvesting when the markets went bad so I could gain a few free shares.  I haven't reinvested as of yet, and frankly, may use the money on some other purchases, if the market keeps falling this week.  I don't like selling any of my holdings, but I do look to leverage occasionally to gain a share here and there.   Anyways, that's it for now, as I just wanted to quickly detail my investment activity.   Here's hoping for some good buying opportunities this week!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Weekly Activity - New Buys and Dividends

Hi fellow DGIers and readers,

Thank you for the continued support of my blog and my investing journey.   I utilize a strategy of continual small buys, while sprinkling in a larger purchase here and there, to grow my portfolio and dividend income.  In addition, I have a 401k plan, the Thrift Savings Plan, which I  add to on a bi-weekly basis that serves as my main retirement investment, along with my actual retirement plan.  At this point, I'm fully marching along to hitting the 100k point very soon!  The following is a quick summary of all my investment activity for the past two weeks.   

Here is the breakdown for all my investment activity:  

Special Agent Dividend's Dividend Growth Portfolio

ConocoPhillips (COP) $65
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) $65
Target Corp. (TGT) $125
Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) $55
Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) $690
Realty Income (O) $64
Wal-Mart (WMT) $20

Total Portfolio Purchases for the Week: $1084

401k - Thrift Savings Plan

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) $495
Currently investing at 55% C Fund, 25% S Fund and 20% I Fund

Total TSP Purchases: $495

BP plc (BP) $37.59 (DRIP)
Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) $11.57 (DRIP)
Bank of America Corp. (BAC) $1.60
Realty Income (O) $1.99
McDonald's (MCD) $3.69

Total Dividends for the period: $56.44

Well, another pretty productive two weeks in the books.  I'm getting closer and closer to hitting that $1000 in annual dividend income, along with crossing the 100k point on my investment accounts.  Overall, I was able to invest a total of $1579 and received $56.44 in dividends.   Thank you for checking out this post and I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

New Stock Purchase

Hi everyone,

Well today was quite a ride for the stock market, as I eagerly watched and hoped to pick up some shares on discount.   It's always tough to see your most of your portfolio holdings in red, but at this point in the game, I just see it as opportunity.  I'm in it for the long haul, so any chance for me to pick up a new company or add to existing holdings is a good day for me. I was able to use a bunch of capital, as I'm purchasing a new house and need the flexibility of the cash reserve to use for unforeseen needs and/or expenses.   I did end up using a tad, as I initiated a new position in Wells Fargo & Company (WFC), as well as added small amounts to my holdings in Target Corp. (TGT) and The Walt Disney Company (DIS).

I purchased 15 shares of WFC at $46 per share for a total cost of $690.   With a current quarterly dividend of $0.38, it adds $22.80 to my annual dividend total.  This is an initial purchase of WFC, as I plan to keep adding shares in the future to build up my holding.

Well, I'm heading out to eat with the family on this lovely Friday night, so I'll make this short.  I'll look to post a recent activity post soon detailing all my investment activity for the past few weeks.  Enjoy your Friday evenings!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Total Portfolio Update

Hello everyone,

Once again, thank you for following along my investing journey.   I posted an update to my portfolio last week, but did not include my newer purchases for that week within the total.   I hadn’t made any large buys, but rather added small amounts to my existing holdings, such as Target Corp. (TGT), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), Realty Income (O), the Walt Disney Company (DIS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).   As of today, my dividend growth portfolio of 21 companies sits at $22,536.98 and is churning out $768.36 annually in dividends.   As I detailed in last posting, XOM surpassed Apple Inc. (AAPL) as my largest holding after my latest purchase.   Furthermore, my 401k plan, the Thrift Savings Plan (a mixture of Index Funds), is currently valued at $71,892.   This brings my investment total to $94,428.36, which is knocking right on that six figure door!   I do have some cash reserve to make other purchases, along with mutual funds, but I’m not including those in this total, as I plan to liquidate those assets and merge into my dividend growth portfolio soon.   Well, just wanted to provide a quick update, as I’m nearing the 100k point, which is a goal I’ve been eager to hit.  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Dividend Income - May 2016

Hey everyone!

This post will detail my dividend income I received during the month of May.   I love the fact that my monthly income is steadily increasing, month over month, year over year.   During the month of May, five of my portfolio holdings paid a dividend.   The total received was $43.24.  While that doesn't seem like a lot, it's come a long way since May 2015, were I received a total of $19.98 (even better than the big $0 I received May 2014).   Here is a breakdown of the dividends:

Apple Inc. (AAPL):  $13.58 (DRIP)
Verizon (VZ):  $12.35 (Added to Buy Funds)
Realty Income (O):  $1.99 (Added to Buy Funds)
Proctor & Gamble (PG):  $9.52 (DRIP)
Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI):  $5.80 (DRIP)

Well that's it for this post, as I just wanted to get caught up with posting my investing and dividend activity from May.   The month of June should produce some nice dividend income, as I have quite a few June payers, to include some larger positions, such as Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), BP and Ford (F).   Thank you for following along!