Lanny’s Recent Stock Purchase – CZNC

It’s been a wild month in the stock market, with purchases being made by us Diplomats earlier on, I was able to scoop some capital to deploy.  This time, however, I wanted to use my work experience to my advantage – I audit financial institutions or lack of better words – banks.  I have been watching a bank for some time now and I felt like right now, the time was right – let’s see who I purchased on the 28th…

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Expected Dividend Increases in February

One month down in 2015!  Hopefully everyone started out 2015 with a strong dividend month to really set the tone for the rest of the year.    As most of you know by now, each month, we project which Dividend Aristocrats are expected to announce a dividend increase during the upcoming month.  Why? Because as dividend growth investors, we love seeing our dividend income streams increase!  With that being said, let’s see which Aristocrats are expected to announce dividend increases in February.

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Lanny’s December Income and Expense Summary

I know that this post is LOOOOONG over do… Busy Season for us CPAs has kicked into high gear and it has been tough buckling down writing articles, when you are working 70 hours+, as well as traveling.  Regardless – time does come and go and another month has passed, another month where I ask myself… Did I hit the 60% savings goal with my income and expense tracker?  Did I hit the big mark that I set for myself back in August when I was discussing why I am aiming to save 60% of my income?  Let’s dive into the income and expense analysis. Continue reading

Dividend Diplomats’ January Watch List

We are already halfway through the first month of 2015 and it has been a very active month for us.  There have been a few purchases, some we have written about and a few we haven’t, and one big sale.   If there is one thing I have learned over the last year, it is that we do not hold cash for a long period of time and we are always looking to make a move.  The big question is, which stocks are currently on our radar?

December Watch List

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Bert’s Savings Rate Summary: December

I know I am a little late to the game with this article, but I wanted to take some time to assess my savings rate for December.  Better late than never, right?  The last month of the year is always tough to save in, considering all the holiday shopping, meals with out-of-town family members,  re-uniting with friends that are around the holidays, etc.    With all the headwinds I was facing during the month, was I able to weather this storm and still defeat the Dividend Diplomats’ 60% Savings Challenge?

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Endless Liabilities Owning a Car Part Deux

Well… my car was back at it again this month, as more repairs and maintenance were absolutely necessary given the winter and our CPA season of “busy season” coming on deck.  I wanted to make sure a specific repair was taken care of before trenching through snow, ice and hundreds/thousands of miles of driving over the next 90 days.  It’s an easy repair actually, but one that I have a tale of two cities, for lack of better words, to describe – Brakes and Rotors.

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Dividend Diplomats Weekly Purchases – 1/5/15

This week started out with a lot of excitement, at least for any dividend investors looking to initiate a long-term position.  Right out of the gate, the market began to slide and reached its lowest point by mid-day Tuesday. Luckily, for both Lanny and me, we were able to catch the market at its lowest point and purchase some new/additional shares for our portfolio.

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