The calendar has turned and we are off to the races in 2018. It has busy month and our busy season has been intense. But that hasn’t stopped us from closely monitoring our portfolios and the excitement that is happening in the stock market. We all finished December strong and as a community 39 of us were able to receive of $30,000 of dividend income. It was a record-setting month for a lot of us, including myself. And now that 2018 has started, it is time to keep the momentum going. With one month down, I thought it would be as good as a time as ever to publish my first dividend income summary of 2018. Time to check out my January dividend income summary!
Lanny beat me to the punch for releasing our monthly dividend income summary and lets just say I have a tough act to follow. $1,100 in total dividend income and a 30.31% dividend growth rate…impressive numbers Lanny! You are crushing it. However, the show must go on here and luckily for me, I had some nice year over year growth as well. Time to peel back the layers and take a dive into my June dividend income summary!
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?
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.
Happy New Year everyone! It still blows my mind that the calendar has officially turned over and it is 2016. HOLY COW! I hope you all have had the chance to set your goals so we can hit the ground running in 2016. It seems appropriate that the first article published on our website in 2016 is a review of the dividend income received during my favorite dividend month of the year…December. Let’s take a look at my December dividend income summary, my final report of 2015!
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).
One of the reasons why I love investing in dividend growth companies is that management has many tolls at their disposal to generate value for their shareholders. The easiest manner is to announce a share buyback program or a dividend increase, which have minimal impact on the operations of the companies. However, if management is looking for a larger splash, they can always spin-off a business unit, merge two companies out of no-where (See Kraft) or even sell the company to the highest bidder. All of these scenarios have different impacts for us dividend growth investors. Today, I wanted to take a look at one of the rumors that has been floating around for the last couple of weeks and analyze how the move would impact my forward dividend income. Let’s dove into these Norfolk Southern (NSC) buyout rumors.