Top 5 Benefits for Dividend Investors in a Stock Market Downturn

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

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Bert’s August Income and Expense Summary

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!

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Lanny’s Income & Expense Summary – May, June & July

Remember when we had those posts regarding income and expense summaries?  Well.. I’ll be damned if I didn’t realize I haven’t posted about this since the summary for April 2015.  Aka – more than 3 months have passed that I haven’t showed any results from the income and expense summary side of my life.  I haven’t shown how I am able to fund my investment purchases, how I’ve been able to balance both living and ht epursuit of financial freedom, as well as – achieving the 60% savings challenge.  I’m Back and ready to bring it!  This is the summary for 3 months that were missed – May, June and July.  

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Edgewell Personal Care Company (EPC): A Dividend Focused Spin-off Coming

Over the past few days, I stumbled on an interesting stock that I wanted to share with the community.  While I haven’t shared this habit of mine with the dividend investing community in a long time, I have always monitored spin-offs to try to find potential new dividend stocks that are getting ready to (or have recently) hit the market.  This strategy has worked well for me in the past, as I stumbled on the fact that  Kraft was going to be a dividend paying stock and was lucky enough to catch the company prior to their build up (which occurred long before the announced Heinz-Merger).  So why am I bringing this up?  Well, beginning July 1, a dividend focused spin-off is getting ready to hit the open market and man has it caught my attention.  I wanted to take some time to introduce you to the newly formed Edgewell Personal Care Company.

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Recent Purchase – Consolidated Edison

I recently reloaded my Sharebuilder (now Capital One Investing…I know, it will take some time getting used to) with some extra capital and was ready to make a purchase.  We recently built a small watch list that had me focused on buying two stocks I already own.  But man, what a difference a week can make and after some time, a new stock entered the picture for me.  This is a stock Lanny and I have been watching for a while and are huge fans of the stock.  Not only is it a Dividend Aristocrat, but it is one of the five stocks we consider a foundation stock for any dividend portfolio.  Unfortunately my title gave the purchase away, so let’s see why I initiated a position in Consolidated Edison this week.

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Bert’s April Dividend Income

As a great band once said….”Another one bites the dust.” Another month bites the dust and we are now entering May.   April was a crazy month that consisted of more transactions than I can remember for a while, the capstone of which was my investment in one of the largest railroad companies Norfolk Southern.   Unfortunately though, I will not be reaping the dividend benefits from these transactions until next quarter.   After seeing a minimal YOY increase of 8% in my dividend income in March, I am hoping that my investing throughout the first four months of the year will begin to show in April.  Looks like it is time to dive in and review my April dividend income summary.

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Lanny’s Recent Stock Purchase – CAT and HCP

I’m back at it baby!  After almost a one month hiatus from buying a stock outside of my 401k purchases through my employer, I am back on the saddle and made a few moves.  The month of March has opened up great opportunities into the market place and I’m even more excited to purchase more stock in the coming days/weeks.  The market from the last 5 business days of 3/2 – 3/6, has dropped almost 2 % overall and has really opened up great dividend stocks at better prices.  I took advantage of a few this week, let’s take a look.

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