I’ve been getting excite to write this post ever since I published my November 2016 dividend income summary. Why? Because December is the BEST DIVIDEND INCOME MONTH OF THE YEAR! Not only do we receive dividends from the majority of companies in our portfolio, but we also receive distributions from our mutual funds. More often than not, the capital gains distributions cause you to fall out of your seat as the number never seems to disappoint, especially when you have been contributing to your 401k throughout the year. Now that it is officially 2017, time for me to perform my final dividend income summary of 2016! Let’s see my December dividend income figures!
I’m starting with a disclaimer here. We could debate for hours the pros and cons of a Roth IRA; Heck, Lanny has written about both sides of the Roth vs. Traditional argument already…first about maximizing your Roth IRA contributions for 10 years and then writing about his plan to use a Traditional IRA going forward during the summer. What am I proving here? There is not a one size fits all approach and using a Roth or a Traditional account may (and should) change as your financial situation changes. This last week I experienced one of the downsides of a Roth IRA and I wanted to share it with all of you.
I couldn’t sit on the sidelines too long. After a strong month of purchased in January, which saw me add to my current stakes in ADM and CZNC, I wanted to keep the momentum rolling. At the end of my January dividend income article, I mentioned that I purchased a stock but haven’t disclosed the purchase yet to the community. Well, that is about to change. Last week I unloaded some capital and purchased a stake in Pfizer (PFE). Let’s see why!
Well, I couldn’t stay on the sidelines too long in 2016. I am AMPED and ready to start the year off strong after setting my goals and realizing that I have some serious work to do. One of the stocks I already own has been trading at a discount of late and let me tell you, I just couldn’t hold off any longer. Let’s dive right in and see which company won the honor of being my first stock purchased in 2016 (If the title hasn’t given it away already).
In his last purchase article, Lanny alluded to the fact that I may have purchased the same stock as his. Well, Lanny was right and great minds think alike. We have been talking about this purchase for several weeks and we finally just decided to buy it! While my rationale may have been slightly different than Lanny’s, here is why I added to my stake in Norwood Financial (NWFL).
The last one month has seen the stock price of the S&P 500 decline by more than 8%, and 8.22% to be exact (as of Labor Day weekend)! There are many things working AGAINST the market at this point in time – China, Oil prices, Canada officially in recession, as well as many other global crises occurring. However, and most importantly – I feel that consumer sentiment is also moving against the market, as the Michigan survey has indicated a downslide from July 2015 to August 2015. What does this stock market downturn mean for Dividend Investors? One Word. Opportunity. Continue reading
Last month I ended my three-month hiatus of posting savings rates articles and afterwards, I vowed to publish my monthly summary in a timely fashion. One of my goals for 2015 is to defeat the Dividend Diplomats’ Savings Challenge and save 60% of my monthly income 6 times in 2015. Will I be able to recover from my just miss in July, where I saved 56.9% of my income? Let’s find out!