Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone was able to ring in the turn of the calendar with their loved ones and are having a healthy & happy new years thus far. This was the time period when everyone made their final pushes to achieve their goals for the year and ultimately & hopefully have ended up in a better position than they were a year ago. This is also one of my favorite month’s worth of dividend income, due to it being a quarter-end and the last month of the year. With the weather being sunny and melting the snow into the new year, let’s see if my portfolio was able to heat up and produce heft dividends for December!
Good morning everyone! Hope you had a great weekend and are breathing in the spices of the Fall scented candles and are walking out to the mail box to pick up a dividend check or two. Not figuratively, but that’s what sometimes happens as a dividend investor. You wake up, sign online to your account and see businesses sending you a check for the funds you have placed in the market as their source of liquidity to operate a business. These are always fun surprises or moments each and everyday as a dividend investor, but over the last few weeks, more and more surprises and unexpected positives have come from being a dividend investor.
My last two articles have been reviewing my past performance, checking in on my goals through the end of September and reviewing my September dividend income. Both of the articles were showing that my portfolio and dividend income are trending in the right direction. With three months to spare, I’m looking to keep that momentum going. So I took some time tonight to prepare my October stock watch list and see if I can pinpoint a few stocks to keep a close eye on over the next several weeks.
Having cable is a hot topic in the personal finance community. There is one camp that consists of people who have been able to cut the cord and slash their cable, ditching traditional cable, and subscribing to a streaming service like Netflix. And the other camp, which I find myself in, have been unable to cut the cord because they like their traditional package and live sports too much! Well, last month, my cable contract expired and my rates were set to jump. I was torn in both directions and this was the closest I have ever come to cutting the cord. I wanted to share this experience with all of you…check out my last battle with my cable and internet provider.
Fun time of the month! I have spent my Sunday morning researching and finding stocks that I like, and heck – some may be the exact same from last month’s article. What matters is that these are attractive, great dividend yielders, easy businesses to understand and are staple names to all! I was very excited the market has took a turn over the last 30 days and have started to open up more value for us dividend investors. Let’s see who is on my stock watch list!
Whoo! Here we go! The Cavs just clinched the Eastern Conference and are going to The Finals – beginning June 2nd, two of my best friends were married this month and I’m excited to see what opportunities lie ahead going into the last 7 months of the year. The market has been essentially slightly up since the end of May, but not by much – however, we still do have Tuesday, May 31st to make a statement (I’d be happy with a 5% stock shock downwards… haha). With that – let’s check out what dividends were received in this month of May 2016!
Now that Q1 is long and in the books and we are already more than 3 weeks into April – I thought it would be a great time to reflect on the last 3 months and see where I am in line with my goals. There are 9 months to go and I’m curious if I am seeing any sort of light at the end of this tunnel. Of course, doing a Q1 goals update, also means that another busy season (#5 for me) is in the books and the air becomes more apparent for me to breathe in – all of you accountants – you know what I’m talking about! I set lofty goals back in December of 2015 for my 2016 year and this first quarter has been a blur. With the blur – let’s see if I was able to make out anywhere to make progress.