Bert’s April Dividend Income Summary

Another month bites the dust!  2016 is officially 33% over everyone!   The market began showing signs of weakness  towards the tail end of the month and it seems like every dividend investor had a collective sigh of relief.  There were two stocks that I have been big fans of for a while that finally had a nice pullback, so they earned a spot on my Watch List.  The don’t have the highest yield, but they are all star companies in their industry.  Let’s hope the slide continues for Visa and Starbucks.   Back to business, now that I have received my final April dividend income summary.

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January Dividend Income from YOU the Bloggers!

First month of 2016 is now officially in the books and you know what that means?  The posts on dividend income from the month from YOU the bloggers!  I love this time of the year and seeing everyone’s progress, the leaps, bounds, the ups, the downs and the big hitters for each month that we are receiving.  It’s a great way to show the articles we read and how excited we are for every single pursuit – to financial freedom!  Let’s see how everyone did during January! Continue reading

Lanny’s January Dividend Income

YES!  January of 2016 is already in the books.  Can you believe it?  Already one month down and here we are, getting started with the first monthly dividend income post for the new year.  I am pumped.  Why?  Because this is the first month to see what rewards were benefited from the 2015 work, and is also the first month to start tracking the yearly progress.  January was a crazy month in the stock market, but we like crazy, right?  You betcha.  Without further a-do, let’s check out the January Dividend Income Total!

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Am I too Overweight in Mutual Funds?

As investors, one of our favorite words is diversification.   We are taught to diversify our portfolios to avoid exposure to any one particular investment or sector of the market and achieve balance.  One of the easiest ways to achieve diversification is through purchasing mutual funds, which I did at the beginning of my investing career.  However, now that I have grown as an investor and now own 30 individual stocks, I wanted to take a look back at my current mutual funds to determine if too much of my portfolio is allocated to these diversified holdings.  It is time to take a look at the five mutual funds I hold and determine if ACTION needs to be taken.

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Lanny’s October Dividend Income

October is here!  World Series baseball is in full swing and we are counting down the months to the end of the year.  Holidays are amongst us with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  Now is the time we really start to make the final push towards our final goals, investing metrics and dividend goals.  Now… to the numbers!

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Bert’s September Dividend Income Summary

September was a crazy month and it flew by.  It felt like every day Lanny and I were either receiving a dividend, purchasing a stock, or watching for a dividend increase announcement.  There was just a ton going on.  September was also huge for me since I was able to knock out my first 2015 goal:  Investing $15,000 in “New Capital” in 2015.  With the recent downturn, I have felt as compelled as ever to maintain a low cash balance to purchase some great discounted dividend growth stocks.   Now that the month is over, I can finally breathe and take a step back to assess my monthly dividend income and compare the total to prior periods.  Let’s see the results for September.

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Small Dividend Increases from Big Companies This Year

As I sit here with the desire to “crank out” an article before the day starts (going for an 8 minute post) – it dawned on me that this year hasn’t been the “strongest” in terms of dividend increases for large companies that we all share, hold and love.  Some are even dividend aristocrats that increase their dividend year, after year, after year.  Some are big name companies that over the last 5 to 10 years have had large or more than the average dividend growth rates, say between 5 and 15% increases, vs the 0-5% increases from some of the others.  This has been a very different year for dividend investors as we navigate the playing field and start seeing action events from companies on their annual increases, which – we can’t blame them at all, given the facts displayed out below.  Let’s see what I’m talking about so far this year, with 5 examples of companies that haven’t provided that historical or thought of dividend increase year. Continue reading