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Monday, July 2, 2018

Midyear Goal Review

Goals and milestones are very important part of any personal finance bloggers life. It's our motivation, discipline, and the purpose behind the investments. Midway through the year is an excellent time to check on the progress of goals. I'm excited to say on well on my way to making most of them.

1. The biggest goal of 2018 was home ownership --  On July 12th my wife and I are set to close on our first house. What has been holding us back has been really two things. My wife and I were both in the process of transitioning to new jobs in the first half of 2017 and we didn't want to limit our search by buying a home. The second issue was we wanted to save for a down payment. Overall our decision I believe was responsible. We both have relatively stable jobs, we didn't max out what we could get approved for. We did pay a bit of a premium in terms of the area we chose. But it gives us great public schools for our soon to be kindergartener and younger daughter and a reasonable commute for both my wife and I. It also moves us closer to my in-laws who provide us with support in terms of help with the children.

What I don't like is that we didn't save enough to avoid PMI, and while we are definitely not buying above our means, we aren't living below our means either. Especially not with one in childcare and one in aftercare. This will not prevent me from saving. But it may slightly slow the increase in savings. Overall I do think this is the right move for the family.

2. $8,000 Portfolio -- I'm proud that I was able to secure a mortgage without blowing up my DGI portfolio. This was a huge win. I have a savings plan and was able to purchase a home without dipping into what I've saved or preventing me from adding to it. I had told myself this wouldn't happen and it didn't so that is a win. With a current portfolio of $7,559 plus another $200 in cash in my Robinhood account, I'm well on my way to make this goal. That said it was a conservative goal to begin with. I'm hoping for a more aggressive savings goal next year.

3. Earn $250 in dividends -- With 124.05 saved in the first half of the year and more forward dividends ahead I'm well on track to meet this goal.

4. At least one holding of $1,000 -- It's not that I'm opposed to diversifying. I plan to. But in the past I had jumped on every stock on my watchlist as soon I had enough for a share or two. I can do this at no cost because I use Robinhood.  But I didn't I was making the smartest purchases all the time. So I put goals like this one in to keep me disciplined. I may achieve this goal my O holding is already at $914. However, it's okay if I don't. I think I've accomplished the larger goal of strengthening some of my existing positions.

Overall -- I'm satisfied with my progress. I would give myself a B- for this midterm if I had to grade myself. I spent slightly more than I should for this new home. Though I do think we can afford it and will grow into the payments more in the near future. I also think goal too is modest. Finally I'm not fully funding my Roth IRA account yet. But I am making progress there. I'm currently depositing 380 per month there. I'm hoping to full fund it within the next two years.

Disclaimer

Material presented on 'Dividend Seedling' is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is the opinion of the author (a social studies teacher and not a financial advisor). None of the information should be relied on or taken as investing advice or a recommendation to invest. None of the information or opinions expressed, constitutes a solicitation of the purchase or sale of any security or investment of any kind. Please do your own research before making any investments. Do not making any purchases unless you are prepared to lose your entire investment.

Disclosure: Long O

Additional Disclosure I long everything.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

June Dividends

It's a new record! For the second time ever I cracked the $30 mark. 16 companies paid me a total of $33.96 in dividends. Quarter months can be so exciting. Last year this time I earned $23.93 so the progress is apparent. It's a 41.9 percent year over year growth. I will take it.


WFC           $0.78
 HBI            $1.50
 UL              $0.96
 DFS            $1.75
ADM           $0.34
AMGN        $1.32
TGT            $6.20
EMR           $2.43
JNJ              $0.90
CMP            $3.60
O                 $3.73
DUK           $3.56
FLO            $1.80
GM             $1.14
PEP             $3.71
BAC            $0.24

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Recent Buy SBUX

I love capitalizing on short term bad news. Moody's recently downgraded Starbucks credit rating. A recent survey showed a decline in light coffer users during the afternoon. This is a concern. But they still have 4.5 times as many stores as next closest rival.  Starbucks remains the brand with the most loyal customer base. It has a clear niche that I don't believe is going away anytime soon. Neither does Morning Star which gives it a four star rating and a fair value of $64 per share.

Today I grabbed 6 shares of Starbucks  for $289.98 or $48.33 per share. This brought down my cost basis down to 50.15 per share. What I got was a 2.98 percent yield with 7 years of dividend growth and a 60 percent payout ratio. Morning Star has SBUX with a 4 star rating with a fair value of $64 per share. SBUX also has a P/E ratio of 15.38 as well. As a dividend growth investor what is more music to my ears is the 20 percent dividend growth. The average dividend growth of 24 percent over the last 5 years. To get this at some value, I'll take it.






Disclaimer
Material presented on 'Dividend Seedling' is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is the opinion of the author (a social studies teacher and not a financial advisor). None of the information should be relied on or taken as investing advice or a recommendation to invest. None of the information or opinions expressed, constitutes a solicitation of the purchase or sale of any security or investment of any kind. Please do your own research before making any investments. Do not making any purchases unless you are prepared to lose your entire investment.

Disclosure Long SBUX

Additional Disclosure I long everything.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

5 Things I learned about blogging from dividends.

1. It's a great way to connect with strangers about finances: This may seem funny but it's true. For some reason people you know will talk about every detail of their private family life, but they keep their finances a secret. I understand this. I really don't want people I know to have too much information about my networth. It's nice to be able to connect with like minded individuals and just talk money.

2. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt: Everyone has there own process for choosing their investments often time, they conflict with each other. What's right for one person's circumstances isn't right for everyone.  In some instances people are looking for a certain number of clicks. Be careful of that they may be posting quantity over quality. A good tell is if they are suggesting a particular stock is a great buy, but then don't invest in that stock themselves.

3. Writing it down keeps you grounded: One of the biggest aids to me has been the written aspect of this. The routine of writing and documenting my investments, helps me to stick with my strategy. It's also nice to be able to regularly check in with where I am versus what my goals are.

4. Goals are important: I heard a saying once that a goal unwritten is just a wish. I couldn't agree more. Because I have certain short and long range goals, I find money where I wouldn't normally. I'm constantly trying to build to get there.

5. The competition is only with yourself: I love looking at people with 60 percent savings rates with a goal of retiring in the next 5 years. They are truly inspiring.  It doesn't fit my desired life style or career goals. However, their are certain habits exhibited by the super savers that benefit me. I love taking a portion of what they do and incorporate into my savings plan. Frugality does matter, but I do it to my comfort level.  

Saturday, June 2, 2018

May Dividends

May was a fantastic month for dividends. Nine companies paid a total of $23.98. Last May I earned $8.51 in dividends. So my year over year growth was 181.79%. The snowball is real.



T:              $10.50
GIS:            $2.45
CVS:           $1.50
ABBV:        $3.84
O:                $3.73
KMI:           $1.00
WELL:       $4.35
SBUX:       $0.60
INN:           $0.36


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Recent Buys PEP and GIS

Nothing exciting here. Had small holdings of both stocks. Both are solid long term dividend payers that are trading at a reasonable price now.

I added two shares of PEP @98.96 per share. This brought down my cost basis. That's 45 years of dividend growth, a 3.76 yield and 65.1 percent payout ratio. Pepsi just raised it's dividend and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Pepsi is 19.08 percent off it's 52 week high. Morningstar rates Pepsi 4 stars with a fair value at 123. The consensus price target is 115.5.

I added just a single share of GIS at $43.54 to bring down my cost basis. GIS has been a name floating a lot around the dividend community. Until recently many had it on their always buy list. The price and new competition never got me too excited about it. But this was a price I couldn't ignore. This is another stock Morningstar likes right now as it has a 5 star rating. It has further diversified by entering into the petfood market. At 4.50 percent the yield is solid. There are 14 years of dividend growth and a payout ratio of 63.6 percent.

Disclaimer

Material presented on 'Dividend Seedling' is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is the opinion of the author (a social studies teacher and not a financial advisor). None of the information should be relied on or taken as investing advice or a recommendation to invest. None of the information or opinions expressed, constitutes a solicitation of the purchase or sale of any security or investment of any kind. Please do your own research before making any investments. Do not making any purchases unless you are prepared to lose your entire investment.

Additional Disclosure I long everything.

Monday, April 30, 2018

April Dividends

April is traditionally a quiet dividend month for me. This year was no different. 2 stocks paid me a total of 5.23. Up significantly from $1.80 last year. This comes mostly from shares of O I've been slowly adding.

This months dividend payers were:

TIF $1.50
O    $3.73


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