Since I am have free trades for a few more months, I was able to make a series of small purchases over the last several weeks. With Mr. Market being moody, there were plenty of positions that I wanted to add to or begin establishing. There is one new name on this list and I was able to add this company three times during this time frame! With the market sliding, I turned my attention to Dividend Aristocrats. In times like these, I like to try to add to those companies that have demonstrated their ability to pay their dividend through many economic cycles. Especially when the Aristocrats are trading at a discount.
What does it mean when someone says, “Oh, I Vanguard” or “I use Vanguard”. There is even a line or two when people talk about investments in a conversation, and someone says, “I let Vanguard handle everything”. Well, my goal is to explain and put that to rest. This all came from an interesting conversation with one of my best friends and he felt that this information was necessary for the community to read, especially those starting out to invest and wanting to know more terminology, where it comes from, what it means and the impact to them. Therefore, I will do my best to explain the “who” and the “what” in Vanguard.
This year, we launched our financial education series. The purpose was to educate investors on various aspects of dividend investing or just investing in general. Some articles have been as fundamental as “What is a Dividend?” while some articles took a deeper dive into a topic, such as “What is a REIT and How Are Dividends From a REIT Taxed?” Today’s article will take a step out of the dividend specific topic and explain the differences between mutual funds and ETFs. Both types of investments are important diversification options and are similar (but with some key differences). And of course, as you would expect, there will be a dividend twist at some point in this article! Let’s start peeling back the layers!
Man oh man has the fourth quarter started off with a bang! Mr. Market has been pretty volatile and the interest rate environment continues to rise. Plenty of bloggers took advantage of the recent swings and added nice chunks of change to their forward dividend income totals. We definitely did. But before we look too far ahead in the future, it is time for one of our favorite monthly articles to compile. Why? Because our inspiration to hustle, grind, and keep pushing towards financial freedom stems from all of you in the blogging community. That’s what makes this community so special. For those of you that are not familiar, each month, each month, we gather as many dividend income summaries from the community to share the results with all of you. Here is the September installment of our dividend income from YOU the bloggers series!
Each and every month, Bert writes about the expected dividend increases, each and every month. I love those articles, as it completely HYPES me up for what’s to come. However, as a dividend investor, who reviews and watches the stock market it is extremely… difficult. Yes, difficult! I am in this mode, that I want to let everyone know what I go through during the month where I expected dividend increases, to see if you feel the same or to see what you do to help “ease” the anxiety!
Man oh man has October been exciting so far. Lanny and I started off the month strong by making several rounds of investments (Lanny’s summary article can be found here and mine can be found here). We were feeling pretty happy with our decisions. On top of it, I created a dividend stock watch list to prepare myself for another set of purchases. Then, well, we all know what happened. The market had a massive two-day sell-off. Many investors capitalized on the downturn and we have been seeing a lot of purchase articles featuring some great stocks. This may be one of those articles, as it reflects my purchases from right before and during the October sell-off. The splash isn’t as large as you might have thought and we are still being patient. But I did have the chance to purchase three different stocks last week. Here is a summary of my second round of purchases in October!
At the end of my September dividend income summary article, I mentioned that I was extremely motivated and excited to purchase some stocks in October. Shortly after, I put together a watch list identifying four dividend stocks that were on my radar. It did not take long for me to put some capital to work with some of the stocks on this watch list. When a stock price falls after you add it to your watch list, how could you say no? These purchases were small and frequent due to our free trade credits from Ally Investing, so there will be a few different stocks in this article. Here are the stocks I have been purchasing over the last couple of weeks!