Monday, November 21, 2016

Recent Buy - Verizon (VZ)

Woa, It's been since August since I've posted a purchase update. Sometimes life just gets in the way but I'm back at it putting my money to work for me. This time around I had a couple of stocks on my mind, those being Unilever (UL) and Verizon (VZ). Both currently on sale and both solid companies that I want in my portfolio!

Ultimately I chose Verizon for this months purchase and I wouldn't be surprised if next months purchase is Unilever. I do own some Unilever already but wouldn't mind adding to it.

Last week I purchased 23 shares of the Verizon (VZ) @ $47.83 for a total of $1108.09

Verizon Communications Inc. (Verizon), incorporated on October 7, 1983, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses and governmental agencies. The Company offers voice, data and video services and solutions on its wireless and wireline networks.

VZ Stock Chart

VZ Basic Stats
  • Ticker Symbol: VZ
  • Sector: Technology
  • Yield: 4.9%
  • Dividend Growth Streak: 9 years
  • Annualized Dividend Growth 3yr: 3.2%
  • Payout Ratio: 66%
  • P/E Ratio: 12 (forward)
  • Market cap: $196 Billion
  • Website:
VZ Financial Growth

Sunday, November 6, 2016

October 2016 Dividend Income Update

It's time for my October dividend update! This month I just squeaked past that 300 dollar mark with $300.50 of dividend income.  This is a bit down from last quarter because one of the companies I owned was purchased and my income is lower as a result due to that transaction. I also have not made any stock purchases for the month.

While I did not make any stock purchases I did invest a little in Fundrise and their income eReit. So far not much has happened. Well see how it goes over there. I do have my eyes set on a few stocks that have come down from recent highs. With my car troubles behind me (for now) hopefully I can get back to investing.

October Dividend Increases
  • New Jersey Resources - From .24 to .255 (+6.25%) Great increase for a utility
  • Kraft/Heinz - From .575 to .6 (+4.34%)
  • Altria - From .565 to .61 (+7.9%) Best dividend payer ever ?
  • Philip Morris - From 1.02 to 1.04 (+1.9%)
October Dividend Income
  • Coke (KO) - $21.35
  • New Jersey Resources (NJR) - $90.53
  • Kraft/Heinz (KHC) - $25.80
  • Altria (MO) - $57.95
  • Phillip Morris (PM) - $14.56
  • Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) - $35.92
  • Cisco (CSCO) - $9.62
  • Sysco (SYY) - $20.46
  • Annaly Capital (NLY) - $14.79
  • Powershares Muni Bond ETF (PZA) - $9.52
Total Dividends October 2016: - $300.50

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September 2016 Dividend Income Update

It's time for my September dividend update! This month I earned $402.96 which is a new record high for me! This was about 3.5% more than I made last quarter and a whopping 33% more than I earned last year! I'm pretty happy with that progress to say the least.

This month I did not make any purchases due to some car related expenses. This trend may continue going forward as I'm hesitant to keep adding money to an overvalued market. There are some good deals out there but very few. I may just build cash for a while or try investing in other areas like Lending Club, RealtyMogul, or Fundrise.

September Dividend Increases
  • None (I can't remember the last time I didn't get at least one increase, weird)
September Dividend Income
  • Walmart (WMT) - $43.50
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - $48.80
  • Unilever (UL) - $19.77
  • Exxon (XOM) - $51.00
  • Compass Minerals (CMP) - $22.24
  • Cullen & Frost (CFR) - $9.72
  • Avista (AVA) - $19.87
  • McDonalds (MCD) - $31.15
  • Flowers Foods (FLO) - $74.40
  • Travelers (TRV) - $8.04
  • Universal Health Trust (UHT) - $32.50
  • Pepsi (PEP) - $32.36
  • Powershares Muni Bond ETF (PZA) - $9.83
Total Dividends September 2016: - $402.96

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Down But Not Out !

It looks like I'm going to have to take a break from dividend investments this month unfortunately. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and burdens us with unexpected expenses and this month was one such occasion for me.

I took my car up for an inspection so I could renew my license plate tags but my beloved 2002 Ford Focus hatchback failed miserably. I actually knew it was going to fail because the check engine light was on and I suspected a bad fuel pump from the code reader I tested it with. Well they did change the fuel pump but that didn't fix the issue so now we have to do more work. On top of that it failed a safety inspection because the rack and pinion was leaking from three spots. I replaced that as well. So now I'm down about $1700 and my car still needs work. Arrgh !

Anyway I don't think I will be making a purchase here for at least a few weeks as a result of my surprise expenses so it may be quiet around here. In the mean time I will still be watching out for good deals in the market and it looks like we may have more and more if the market keeps dropping.

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