Wow… another year, down. I know it’s cliche and that every day is just that, a day. Whether it’s 365 of them or 450, but at least the calendar is there to check progress towards your goals. I set goals last year in January, to blaze trails and do more what I’m passionate about. 12 months, 365 days, 8,760 hours (and you get the drift) have passed and it is that peaceful time to check in on the full check on my 2017 goals. Time to dive right in.
I keep a copy in PDF of my portfolio every quarter, and have a deeper dive at 12/31, but this also provides a blog’d example of where I stand, so I can always refer back on the site the historical position of my portfolio. As we have done in the prior years, this post will be an overall recap of my portfolio, the contributions, dividends going forward, dividends received, what I can analyze from the current position, etc.. It’s always fun to see what the year compiled into one snapshot of all of the hard work that goes into the dividend engine. I am excited to see where it stands and what can be done going into this new year! Let’s dive on in. Continue reading
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a blast finishing off the year and are ready to set 2018 on fire! What better way to ensure to light this year up, than a record-setting month of Dividend Income? That is my case and point. I am beyond thrilled and excited to see the figures everyone is putting up, showcasing the blood, sweat & tears everyone has endured to this point.
The dividend growth community continues to produce CRAZY results. In October, the community received over $18,000 in dividend income. Incredible results! One of our favorite activities each month is brewing a fresh pot of coffee, firing up our laptops, and reading the dividend income summaries posted by all of you in the dividend investing community. There is nothing more motivating than reading about your successes, watching you push yourselves, and grow as investors and people in your relentless pursuit of financial freedom! So each month, we try to aggregate as many of the journies as possible in one article so all of you can leave this article as motivated as we are. Now, it is time for the November edition of our dividend income summary of all of YOU the bloggers.
Wow… I can’t believe I still remember how to buy stock! It has been almost 2 months since my last stock purchase, when I purchased shares in AT&T (T) and Hormel (HRL) back in October. Can I say that it feels good to be back? I couldn’t help but sit on the sidelines, as during that two month period, the S&P 500 index has increased well over 4%+ during that time period. My dividend stock portfolio has been bolstering record-highs and finding opportunities out there has been difficult, to say the least. The stock I purchased has not moved in that two month span, and when dating back to three months ago, is actually down 10%. On December 21st, I purchased 58 shares into HCP, Inc. (HCP) and let’s dive in to see why!
The consumers staple industry is always highly sought after by dividend investors. They typically are companies that have been around for many, many years that date back even before our time. As dividend investors, we love companies that make products that are widely consumed by majority of the populations, at least in developed countries, but also those that have plans to expand to those countries not as developed. Growing up, I loved pepperoni, chili and other types of food. A brand sticks out to me that serves both up, as well as is expanding into the food conscience society we live in now and that major player is Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL). On October 19th, I purchased shares into this perfectly tasteful pepperoni making company!
Three quarters are officially in the books! What does that mean for dividend investors and those pursuing financial independence? This represents a great opportunity to review your goals and progress that has been made. The year has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and with only three months remaining, we better make every minute count! Through this point in the year, I will be able to identify if I will or will not achieve my goals, for the most part. This also provides one last chance to change or alter my actions, in order to achieve the goals I set almost one year ago.