Total dividends received during the month of May: $89.30
This is 97.8% improvement upon the $45.14 in dividends I received in May 2012. However, this is difficult to directly compare since only BMY was owned in May 2012 and the other stocks are new. I am up to $240.83 for the year so far. June should be a great month, as 7 of my 10 stocks pay out in the June quarter. I’m 24% toward my $1,000 annual dividend goal for 2013.
I’ve been trying to move away from ETFs and into individual stocks. I still hold SCHA (small cap) and SCHV (large cap value) ETFs, which have been doing great from a capital gains perspective. I maintain approximately $2,000 in each of them right now. As of today, my total cost basis for SCHA was $6,625 and total realized/unrealized capital gains of $1,848; total cost basis for SCHV was $2,939 with realized/unrealized capital gains of $644.
I had also been holding on to a small portion of SCHD (~$3000) but recently sold all of my holdings in SCHD to finance many recent stock purchases. Total cost basis for SCHD was $10,500 with a realized capital gain of $1,503. SCHD was a dividend ETF that had a distribution yield of approximately 2.8%. I felt that I could do a better job picking individual stocks with not only a higher initial yield but also with a track record of dividend growth.
Today I sold my remaining SCHD and used the proceeds to buy Wells Fargo & Co (WFC). This will add $97.20 to my annual dividend (an increase from the approximately $80.79 that was estimated from SCHD). My average dividend yield will also increase from 3.07% to 3.12%. Estimated annual dividend is now $983.92.
Recently there was a funny attempt by a guy on Kickstarter to raise money to design detailed plans for a death star (a la Star Wars). The goal was £20,000,000 or around USD$30,500,000. This was in response to the White House replying to an official petition to “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.” Due to continuing threats of not building it, this was the people’s of Earth attempt to raise the money themselves. Continue reading →
With the combination of my brokerage and Roth IRA hitting $30,000, I decided to slightly modify my portfolio allocation from mostly ETFs to mostly stocks with a few ETFs. I sold large portions of SCHV, SCHA, SCHC, and SCHD in order to have the capital to invest directly in individual stocks. I then picked an assortment of stocks that I feel were at a reasonable entry price, had an adequate yield (around 3% or greater), and good history/ projection of continued dividend and earnings per share increases. As I’m only 29 (soon to be 30 in July), I’m not super concerned with entry price…I’ll be contributing to this portfolio for many years to come and am more interested in dividend growth.
With the adjusts in my portfolio below, my overall portfolio dividend yield will have increased from around 2.5% to 3.1%, increasing my expected annual dividend amount from $750 to $938 (at the current portfolio value of $30,000). With regular purchases throughout the remainder of 2013, I should be able to easily raise the annual dividend amount past my goal of $1,000 for the year 2013. I have decided to allow the dividends to be automatically reinvested. I know that this might force purchases of “overvalued” equity but feel that in the long-term, the dollar-cost averaging will work out okay.
I’ll also try and be more diligent with updating the blog to reflect new purchases and monthly dividends.
Apple had recently announced its 4th quarter 2012 earnings report. Despite posting a record $13.1 billion in profit, Apple’s stock has dropped significantly from its all-time high of around $700. I’m posting a few articles that puts their “disappointing” quarter into some perspective:
The $13.1 billion in profit Apple posted for the first quarter of 2013 is the most profitable quarter for a tech company in history, just edging out the record $13.06 billion set in the first quarter of 2013 — also by Apple.
A comparison of Apple’s record quarter to those of the other most profitable companies in the United States shows Apple head and shoulders above its American peers. Apple’s $13.1 billion in profit is 31 percent more than the $10 billion of its closest competitor, oil giant ExxonMobil, which briefly surpassed Apple in market cap following investors’ negative reactions to the most recent quarter.
Apple’s record profits contrasted with Amazon’s hopes to turn a profit:
Apple’s profits for fiscal 2012 reached above $40 billion, making it the only tech company to ever reach that benchmark. In fact, it’s a feat only ever matched by oil giant Exxon Mobil. Continue reading →
A couple weeks ago I purchased a Synology 412+ with two 2 TB Western Digital Red drives. I’ve been using it as an additional backup location for my computer as well as a media center. I added a CyberPower CP1000PFCLCD 600W UPS in case the power goes out temporarily. It has been working perfectly. It is running Synology Hybrid Raid, which, with only two drives, is equivalent to a RAID1. I have yet to add an additional drive (waiting until prices drop), at which point it will be a RAID5 NAS. I don’t know if it is the NAS or the drives, which are designed for NAS use, but this thing is super quiet; I can’t even tell that it is running even when it is being fully used.
Rather than recap what many people have already written, I’ll just link to a few reviews of the 412+ that I found:
For 2013, I’ve decided to document a few financial goals and, at the end of the year, I’ll come back to this and see how I’ve done.
1) Continue to invest the maximum of $5000 per fiscal year into a Roth IRA. Anything left over will be placed in a standard brokerage account.
2) Attempt to bring annual dividend income to $1000 (I was at $649 in 2012 and $379 in 2011).
My current weighted dividend average is 2.77%. I hope to increase this over the next year through further investments in higher dividend yielding stocks/funds as well through dividend growth. At 2.77% average yield, I’ve got quite a ways to go to get $36000.