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 September dividend income results!
As the calendar prepares to turn, it is time once again to review one of the Dividend Diplomat’s favorite investing topics: dividend increases. Each month we compile a list of Dividend Aristocrats that we anticipate will announce a dividend increase and reward their shareholders by increasing their annual return! Lets see which aristocrats increased theirs in September and those that are expected to have a dividend increase in October!
Endless liabilities owning a car. I’m going to come right out and say it. I am sitting here in a hotel in the middle of Pennsylvania, very fortunate that one of my co-workers, which happens to be Bert, drove his car out here for our client. Owning a car is part of my fixed expenses that I had, that I discussed wayyy back in the beginning of the blog. Over the last 6 months I have found to discover that owning a car signs you up for endless liabilities. It is all on a mindset and how much time you spend on the road, and well, life as an auditor – gives you plenty of time for that.
About two months ago, Lanny wrote about why he aims to save 60% each month. His article got me thinking about saving a large portion of my income and you know what, if his Italian self can do it – I can too! See why I am now also aiming to save 60% of my income each month.
I had a long conversation with Bert today on the phone as he was on his way to Detroit. It was regarding what the heck to do with my idle cash that I typically use for investment purposes, but am getting anxious as it has been almost two weeks since purchasing a stock. We were trying to discuss if and why I should make extra payments towards my mortgage, which I typically do once per year. Here is how our discussion went.
About a month ago we published our first formal Watch List. A lot has changed over the last month. We have received a ton of dividends, the S&P 500 has increased another .5%, Alibaba began trading, and McDonalds announced a 5% dividend increase! With September nearly in the rear-view mirror, it is time to update our watch list for the end of September and first half of October.
Pepsico’s (“Pepsi”) large brand portfolio can be found can be found in almost all grocery stores, convenience stores, stadiums, homes, etc. You get the picture. This brand is iconic. What else is great about Pepsi? It is a strong dividend growth stock with a long history of paying a dividend. While it is not quite an Aristocrat, Pepsi can be found in many dividend growth investors’ portfolios (including Lanny’s). So why not run Pepsi through the Dividend Diplomat Stock Screener and see if I will be adding any shares to my portfolio?