What is the S&P 500?

How many times have you read somewhere or heard someone state the “S&P 500 is up or down X% today?”  Or have you heard someone say that they own a mutual fund or ETF mirrors the S&P 500?  Lastly, have you read one of our stock analyses where we compare a company’s price to the S&P 500 to determine if the company is undervalued?   If you are a beginning investor, when asking those or similar questions to yourself, did you even stop and wonder what exactly the S&P 500 is?

This year, we have started our financial education series where we educate investors of all experience levels about various topics.  We’ve covered topics such as Who and What Is Vanguard?, What is the Dividend Payout Ratio?, and  What is a Dividend? In this article, we will take a deeper dive into the S&P 500, explain what the stock market index is, provide a background, and review how the S&P 500 determines which stocks are included in the index.

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The Impact of Dividend Increases through September of 2018

When talking about dividend increases, this is us talking about dividend investing, at it’s finest!  Given another quarter-end had recently passed, I wanted to reflect on what occurred over the last 9 months.  I do not mean just any old reflection, but I am going to be specifically talking about dividend increases and their impact on my portfolio this year.  Tax reform has been rewarding, as companies have been sending portions of the cost savings to their shareholders.

 

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Bert’s October Dividend Income Summary

Another month.  The leaves are changing, Halloween is behind us, and I have officially ate way too much Halloween candy!  My wife and I love the fall season and even had a chance to go apple picking before the weather was too cold and make some fantastic desserts with our haul.  But that’s not the point of this article, is it?  Each month, we like to summarize our results and check out the growth and progress we are making in terms of dividend income.  Lanny kicked off the festivities by announcing a very nice 10.96% increase compared to last year.  Let’s see how well I can perform.  Here is my October Dividend Income summary!

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Lanny’s October Dividend Income Summary

What a month it’s been.  It’s been a great month – definitely on the cold side, but by far the fastest passing month that I can remember in quite some time.  I am just about 4 months into my new career, recently got married and set a new October Dividend Income record!  What’s not to love?  Whirlwind, yes, but a successful month?  Without a doubt.  Consistently investing in the sporadic market has kept the portfolio moving in the right direction.  Let’s check out the results.  Continue reading

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Lanny’s Stock Purchases October 8th through October 31st

The dividend stock purchases machine keeps rolling!  Yes, this is yet another round of dividend stock purchases, covering the last three weeks of activity in October.  I am going to start doing this now, from an article standpoint, as my dividend stock purchases are becoming more frequent, due to certain life events and brokerage changes.  The stock market has continued it’s roller-coaster ride, creating value on dividend stocks I currently or have wanted to own.  Therefore, I made a few stock purchases over this time period and let’s dive in and find out what I bought!

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Expected Dividend Increases in November 2018

Fall is here, the leaves are changing colors, and we are closing in on the end of a pretty darn exciting month in the market.  For the first time in a while, Mr. Market experienced wild swings and presented dividend growth investors with some pretty strong opportunities.   The two of us have definitely taken advantage of a few of them, that’s for sure.   With the turning calendar, comes the next installment in our “Expected Dividend Increases” series!   For those of you that are new to the blog, each month we summarize a listing of companies that are expected to announce dividend increases in the coming month.  Since we love following each company’s dividend increase closely,  we thought we would share some of the excitement with you.  Now, here are the companies expected to announce dividend increases in November!

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Lanny’s November Dividend Stock Watch List

Here we go!  The final two months of stock market action for 2018 and it wouldn’t be the same without releasing what is currently on my radar, at the moment.  A few easy one’s that most are looking at, right now, but hopefully a fresh new look at a company or two, in the mix.  I know the stock market has been significantly all over the place, what an investor still can do is evaluate a company based on their financial statements and stock price and make a decision to buy or not to buy.  Always remember, price is what you pay and value is what you get.  I have been saying that to so many people lately, they think I’m crazy.  Without further-ado here is my November dividend stock watch list!

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