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Time to Go Christmas Shopping

For stocks that is!  🙂

I recently came upon some new capital to be added to my portfolio via the sale of an old mutual fund account that I plan on putting to work in DGI stocks soon. First, some back story.

While I didn’t get into individual stock investing until last year, I actually started out investing in mutual funds back when I was around 14 years old, kind of by accident. Growing up I always worked during my summer vacations from school and by this point had amassed a nice little amount of cash in my savings account (I think around $4K) from a lot of lawn mowing and odd jobs over a couple year timeframe. Knowing that I didn’t know what to do with it, besides put most in the bank and spend the rest on pizza and soda at the variety store after school, my Dad forced strongly encouraged me to invest it in a mutual fund through our family’s financial advisor/insurance salesman. I ended up putting all of my hard earned cash into a utility sector stock mutual fund that I remember promptly dropping in price shortly thereafter. Between “losing” a lot of money right off the bat and then getting interested in a whole host of other things as a teenager  😉 , I pretty much forgot about the account, just letting capital gains and dividends reinvest since then. Plus since 14 year olds can’t legally have these types of accounts on their own, it was set up as a joint account with my Dad who has paid the taxes on it in the meantime. Thanks Pops!

During my recent vacation home, my father had the account transferred over to my name. The account transfer was completed a couple days ago. After taking a look at the fund’s low yield and lack of consistent dividend growth, I decided to sell all the shares. While I’ll end up possibly having to pay capital gains taxes on it, I plan on reinvesting the cash received into dividend growth stocks which is my preferred method of investing, allowing me to get that much closer to financial independence.

So what to buy?

With the price of oil dropping lately, and sending all the major oil stocks down with it (anyone else see the crazy swings on oil stock prices on Black Friday?), I’ll be turning my attention to that sector first to add to my stake in BP, Chevron, and initiate one in Exxon Mobil. Even though this will put my portfolio very overweight in the energy sector, I’m comfortable not being too diversified right now in the very early years of the accumulation phase of investing. Over time, things will start to balance out. Until then, it makes sense to just buy whatever presents good value.

Looking at the rest of my portfolio, IBM has pulled back quite a bit since the last time I purchased shares back in 2013 so it makes sense to average down on that position which quite a few other DGI bloggers have also been doing lately. While the company is currently struggling with revenue growth, I like the long-term prospects and the company’s commitment toward transitioning for the future into cloud and big data.

With whatever cash is left over, I’ll put into Loyal3 and continue dollar cost averaging into Disney, Unilever, etc. Speaking of Disney, has everyyone else seen the new Star Wars movie trailer yet? Check it out below. Can’t wait until December!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!


Disclosure:  Long BP, CVX, IBM, DIS, UL, and have a current buy order placed for XOM.

What do you think of investing in the oil sector today? Any other stocks on your watchlist?

October Recap

Wow, what a crazy month! Huge market swings, lots of earnings reports, and major negativity surrounding the markets. Even after all the crazy (often irrational) market movements, the Dow closed October by hitting an all-time high of 17,390. Good thing I’m an investor and not a trader, and can ignore short-term market noise like this past month and instead just focus on continuing to save a large amount of my income and purchase income producing dividend growth stocks.

On a personal note, I am back home after taking a cross country road trip and visiting family and friends for the past three weeks. I had a great time as I was able to see people back home for the first time in several years. Nothing like a little time off once in a while to be able to relax. Now its time to get back to work and get back to some regular blogging updates as well.

Today I’d like to highlight some of the recent news from companies in my portfolio and watchlist.

Kinder Morgan (KMI)

The energy giant announced a 2.3% increase to its quarterly dividend from .43 to .44 per share. With expected 10% dividend growth moving forward as the Kinder Morgan companies consolidate under one umbrella, KMI, I really like the stock as a long-term holding and recently added some more shares to my portfolio.

Visa (V)

The global payment processing company reported strong 4th quarter earnings that has since sent the stock soaring to new highs. Glad I managed to add some more shares in September around $213 a share and didn’t wait. 4th quarter EPS of $2.18 beat estimates by $0.08 while revenue jumped 8.8% year over year. Payment volume grew 11% to a staggering $1.2 Trillion dollars. With China announcing recently that they are opening their market for clearing domestic bank card transactions, Visa looks primed to continued growing revenues, EPS, and dividends at a strong pace going forward.

Realty Income (O)

The monthly dividend paying company announced 3rd quarter Funds from Operations of .64 per share which missed estimates by .01. Revenue beat estimates and showed 16.6% growth from last year. If I wasn’t so heavily weighted in O (accounts for 23% of my projected annual dividend income), I’d probably pick up at some more shares here in the low $40’s.

International Business Machines (IBM)

What a month for IBM. And not in a particularly good way. Revenue growth continues to stagnate as the blue chip technology company reported a 4% decline in revenues for the 3rd quarter and abandoned their previous goal of $20 in EPS for 2015. In all fairness, the EPS was established by a previous CEO. However, EPS growth continues, albeit at a slower than expected pace as the company has begun focusing on improving and growing its business in key segments with an eye towards the future. From CEO Ginni Rometty on her company’s results, “We again performed well in our strategic growth areas cloud, data and analytics, security, social and mobile-where we continue to shift our business. We will accelerate this transformation.”

IBM also provided guidance for 2015 EPS which falls in  a range of $15.97 to $16.30. Applying a P/E of 13 which is where IBM has traded historically, we can come up with a fair value of $207.61 based on the low end of guidance. IBM also added another $5 Billion to their share buyback plan. While the lack of revenue growth is disappointing, I like that the company is aggressively buying back stock, cutting costs, and increasing margins in order to continue growing profits. IBM is a company in transition as they shed old businesses and focus their efforts in faster growing segments like the cloud. While it won’t happen overnight, I think IBM will turn things around and get revenue growing again in the future. Since the dividend is still well covered by earnings, I’m content to just collect the dividend and let it reinvest at low share prices in the meantime.

Aflac (AFL)

The insurer and dividend champion reported so-so numbers for its 3rd quarter report, earning $1.51 in profits missing estimates by 8 cents a share. Revenue beat estimates but still came in slightly lower than last year by 2.5%. Aflac also announced a 5.4% increase in their quarterly dividend to $0.39 a share and increased the size of their buyback plan from $1 billion to $1.2 billion which I like since it shows management is being smart when it comes to buying back stock on cheap valuations. The company also announced it plans to have a $1.3 billion buyback plan for 2015. Currency issues continue to hamper the company but with a low payout ratio, Aflac is set up to weather times like this without risks of dividend cuts or freezes. With the stock hitting 52 week lows, now may be a good time to add to or initiate a position in the company.

Disney (DIS)

Disney is a stock I’ve been looking at recently after reading a write-up by fellow blogger Brian over at Long Term Mindset. Disney recently announced a large slate of new Marvel movies that are expected to be released over the next 4 years.

Check out the list:
The Avengers 3-split into 2 parts in May 2018 and May 2019
Captain America: Serpent Society in May 2016
Doctor Strange in November 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in May 2015
Thor: Ragnarok in July 2017
Black Panther in November 2017
Captain Marvel in July 2018
Inhumans in November 2018

Pretty impressive, especially since this doesn’t even include the Lucasfilm Star Wars movies (the third trilogy of Episodes 7, 8, and 9 plus spinoff movies) which I am looking forward to as both an investor and Star Wars fan. Although DIS seems to always trade at a premium valuation, I’ve been coming around lately to the idea that this premium is deserved due to their strong growth prospects. I may start dollar cost averaging into a position via Loyal3 soon.


Announced a 2.6% increase to their quarterly dividend to $0.60. While a relatively small increase, I’ll take it as BP’s high starting yield helps make up for it. The stock continues to trade at an attractive valuation compared to their peers and is on my shortlist for portfolio purchases after its recent pullback to the low $40’s. While its easy to get caught up in all the negativity surrounding the company regarding lawsuits over their oil spill, the company is still generating large profits and remains committed to steadily increasing their dividend.

J. M. Smucker (SJM)

Announced a 5 million share increase to their buyback program, bringing their total authorized buyback plan to 10 million shares which will retire about 10% of the company’s outstanding stock if fully executed. How cool is that? Another stock on my short list (I feel like I’ve said that a lot today, so many great stocks, so little capital! 😉 ), I’d prefer to buy it near the 17 P/E mark but may initiate a position sometime during the last quarter of this year or early 2015 if shares continue to trade around 19 times earnings.


Disclosure: I am long KMI, V, O, IBM, AFL, and BP and may initiate positions in DIS and SJM in the coming weeks/months.

How about your portfolio and watchlists? Any important news or events this month?

Monthly Dividend Income: June 2014

My favorite post to write each month. 🙂 This is when I get to share all my dividend income for the previous month. These dividends are what I’ll eventually use to live off of when I become financially independent.

I share these figures along with monthly income/expenses to not only track my progress towards financial independence but also to hopefully show others that it is possible to get started with dividend growth investing with a low income. The hardest part is weathering the first few years of small dividend payments and allow the compounding snowball to get rolling.

Here is June’s dividend income from my 3 stock investment accounts: Roth IRA, Loyal3, and Taxable Brokerage. I automatically reinvest all dividends in my Roth and selectively reinvest dividends, combining them with fresh capital every month or two, in my other accounts.

Roth IRA

Aflac (AFL): $8.14-reinvested into .132 shares @ $61.33 per share.

Visa (V): $2.80-reinvested into .013 shares @ $211.80 per share.

Chevron (CVX): $10.97-reinvested into .087 shares @ $124.77 per share.

Realty Income (O): $2.84-reinvested into .065 shares @ $43.67 per share.

Royal Dutch Shell Class B and Class A (RDSB and RDSA): $13.51-reinvested into .171 shares of RDSA @ $78.90 per share.


Target (TGT): $5.55

McDonald’s (MCD): $2.51

Taxable Brokerage

Wal-Mart (WMT): $0.96

Chevron (CVX): $5.35

IBM (IBM): $9.90

Target (TGT): $0.86

Realty Income (O): $19.89

BP (BP): $9.95

June Total: $93.23. Getting so close to that $100 mark! Maybe in September when all these companies pay out again. 😉 At the half-way mark of the year I’ve now earned $387.93 for the year.


Full Disclosure: I am long WMT, CVX, IBM, TGT, O, BP, AFL, V, RDSB, RDSA, and MCD. This post is not intended to be a buy or sell recommendation for any stock mentioned and is for entertainment/educational uses only.

How was your June for dividend income (or portfolio gains for any growth investors)? Share below with a comment and thanks for reading!

Monthly Dividend Income: March 2014

My favorite post to write each month. 🙂 This when I get to share all my dividend income from the previous month. These dividends are what I’ll eventually use to live off of when I become financially independent.

Here is March’s dividend income from my 3 stock investment accounts: Brokerage, Roth IRA, and Loyal3. I collect all dividends in my taxable brokerage account as cash and manually reinvest them along with new contributions each month either in the same account or into my Loyal3 account. All dividends are automatically reinvested in the Roth.

Dividends Received

Brokerage: $46.59

BP (BP): $9.69

Chevron (CVX): $5.00

International Business Machines (IBM): $8.55

Powershares Financial Preferred ETF (PGF): $2.63

Realty Income (O): $19.86

Target (TGT): $0.86

Roth IRA: $25.72

Chevron (CVX): $10.16-reinvested into .088 shares @ $114.42 per share.

Realty Income (O): $2.79-reinvested into .065 shares @ $42.41 per share.

Royal Dutch Shell Class B (RDSB): $12.60-reinvested into .177 shares of Royal Dutch Shell Class A (RDSA) @ $71.09 per share. This comes out to $12.58 so not all of it was reinvested as RDSB cannot be dripped back into its own shares, only the class A version. An almost equal amount of RDSA is purchased commission free if you choose to reinvest RDSB dividends. Not sure how they come up with the amount, both times I’ve received dividends from this stock its been within 2 cents, one way or the other. These fractional class A shares will also produce dividends which can be dripped into class A shares as well. Weird huh? 😉

Royal Dutch Shell Class A (RDSA): $0.17-reinvested into .002 shares @ $71.09 per share.

Loyal3: $0.36

Target (TGT): $0.36-used as part of purchase in McDonald’s (MCD). Loyal3 dividends are collected in a cash account and applied toward your next purchase automatically when you use a debit/credit card.

March Total: $72.67. March was officially “Big Oil” month for me with all of my oil majors-CVX, BP, and both RDS’s returning cash to shareholders. About a 10 buck increase overall from February which puts me at 171.12 for dividend income year to date which is 17.1% of my 2014 goal of $1000.


Full Disclosure: I am long CVX, IBM, TGT, O, BP, PGF, RDSB, RDSA, and MCD. This post is not intended to be a buy or sell recommendation on any stock mentioned and is designed for educational/entertainment purposes only. Only you are responsible for your investing and I always encourage you to conduct your own research prior to investing. Please see my disclaimer page.

How was your March for dividend income? Do you have any dividend income goals you are trying to reach this year?