Dividend increases – one major reason why we are in the dividend investing community, right? The month of April is always a fun month for the Dividend Diplomat Portfolio, as there are a few DOW companies that increase their dividend through this wonderful month. We wanted to write an article to bring forth those notable dividend increases this month of April and to see the impact on my portfolio and then to see how you and other investors benefited. Don’t worry – I’ll keep it to 3 stocks! Now… let’s dive on in! Continue reading
No everyone, this is not an elaborate April Fools joke. I am actually posting my dividend income article before Lanny this month. Somehow, some way, he has always managed to publish his article first. Well not so fast my friend! I am ready to roll here and review my March dividend income. The final month of every quarter is always my favorite because a large percentage of companies pay their dividend in this month, so each day is action packed. It really makes each day exciting! Let’s take a look and see how much dividend income I received this year and how it compares to the same month last year.
Well, the market hasn’t laid on too many opportunities for us, but we still have stocks on our watch list. Nothing too crazy has happened, so this was very tough and easy at the same. Slow and study or keep it simple stupid or uhm… you get the drill. This isn’t anything wild but here is the March of 2016 stock watch list!
30 days everyone. It has been a long 30 days since I have purchased a stock. An investment. A bridge stone to financial freedom and it feels… well, there really isn’t one word for it. It is weird, fast and unusual, to say the least. As I sit and see the calendar continue to gain momentum towards, now, the end of March, I sit back and think, whoa, it’s been over 4 weeks since an investment move has been made. Why? Here is what I was able to come up with.
Oddly, this isn’t the first time this thought has popped in to my mind. Last year I wrote a piece title “3 Reasons I Would Sell a Stock.” The listing was created to help me identify holdings that have fallen out of favor in my portfolio or have not performed. After elaborating on the 3 reasons I would sell, I reviewed my portfolio for any stocks that met the criteria. Any takers on guessing which one of the stocks that was discussed in the article? First Energy! Shocker, right? After one heck of a run by the stock that has brought me close to break even, I now find myself asking the question again. Is it finally time to sell my stake in First Energy?
Needless to say, the stock market has been a “mean green” this past week and man, the buying opportunities are drying up and fast! It feels like it was just yesterday that we were battling low oil prices and other commodity fluctuations, that was ultimately causing the entire market to head south for the winter. Then, the curveball of the green machine of the stock market kept roaring this week and was breaking some ground – even with some of the major macro economic factors still in play. I can’t make much of it, but I do have a watch list of stocks that I have my eyes on. Come check them out!
Breaking News! The stock market had an insane week last week. Every day was an exciting new chapter. On Friday, the thrilling conclusion, the S&P 500 closed down 2.38% and this wasn’t even the lowest point of the day. Bottom line is that there are many great stocks available at a discount right now and investors have been scooping them up left and right. Heck, Lanny and I were both active as we both added to our stakes in ADM (See Bert’s purchase summary here and Lanny’s here). With each subsequent red day in the market I become more motivated to add a rock-solid dividend paying company to my portfolio that I can buy and hold till I reach financial independence. During times like these, I decided to look no further than my list of 5 “Always Buy” stocks to determine which one of these companies is trading at a price that may be too low to resist.