Lanny’s August Dividend Income Summary

Another month down in the dividend income books.  Monthly I will evaluate and show the results of which companies paid dividends, progress towards the year and comparison to the past.  This is a great way to track my dividends to see if I’m on pace for financial freedom.  Now onto my August dividend income results!

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Goal Accomplished! Crossing $1,750 Projected Dividend Income

2014 has been a crazy, unreal year for my portfolio.   I have pushed myself to invest more capital than I was comfortable investing for the sake of reaching financial independence that much faster.   When 2014 began, I was projected to earn only $750 in dividend income.  My portfolio only had $17k invested in income producing assets with some major funds just sitting on the sidelines.   When the calendar flipped, I initially set a projected dividend income of $1,500 and surpassed this total early in the year.  I decided to increase this goal $250 and set a new target of $1,750.   I can now proudly say I my projected annual dividend income is $1,752, surpassing my goal.  So how did I do it?

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Latest Stock Purchase 8/26/14 – John Deere

Today was a quick trigger type of day.  I wanted to initiate a position that has been gaining a lot of attention – not only on our watch list, but from the dividend blogging community as well.  I made a purchase on my phone while at a Financial Institutions conference with 3% battery life left.  After the trade was made, my phone died.  Timing? We’ll see.  Continue reading

Dividend Diplomat August Watch List

Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  It has been 45 days since Bert posted his 10 stocks on his watch list and it is now time to update this list, as well as incorporating the full Diplomat team (Lanny!) into the mix, as we all have stocks on the watch list.  It’s been a wild 45 days and based on different purchases made over that stretch and allocation/weights in our portfolios, it is time to adjust and discuss which stocks are on our August watch list, RIGHT NOW! Continue reading

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” – Emotional Memoir

Hidden deep within my 6 year old Aluminum uni-body Macbook is a message.  A Speech.  The Speech.  I am not sure if anyone has viewed and/or read, but I have re-read the speech, today.  It has been one of the most powerful speeches given, with high emotions, deep thoughts that happen and clearer yet foggy reflection.  Steve Jobs delivered something ever so powerful to us and I, I am moved.   Continue reading

Latest Stock Purchase 8/20/14 & 8/08/14 – Toys & Alcohol?

Hey everyone!  Within the last 12 days – 2 purchases have been made into my portfolio and they are newly initiated positions into two companies that I have never owned before but had performed thorough analyses over.  Looks like I’m getting into Toys and Alcohol?  Continue reading

The Cost of Golfing

For the past 8 years, I have been trying (and failing) to become an average  golfer.  I found an un-discovered passion for the game and have been working to get better each year.  Over this period, my uncle and friends have spent countless hours on the beautiful courses watching me hit a ball 50 yards, curse, and sometimes throw my club in anger.  I commend them for their patience, because it happens much more frequently than it should.  It seems I have reached my potential as a self-taught golfer and part of it is my fault for not putting in a better effort to learn/spending the money to take lessons and learn the right way.  I have tried and failed at teaching myself to golf.   What lies ahead is a serious investment to improve my game. The question is….is it really worth it?

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