Category Archives: Monthly Portfolio Updates

Portfolio Update – May 2015

The market in month of April rallied with S&P (ETF: SPY) gaining almost 2%, as compared to more than 4% drop in March; volatility is becoming the name of the game recently. The moody market never goes straight up or down but over long period, direction of market is up and will rewards patient investors like us.

I allocated capital in energy securities that have started rallying from Jan bottom but still under-valued in my opinion: ONEOK Inc. (OKE) with current dividend yield of 5.48%. Oil related market segment is a difficult beast to predict, however, it does not matter to long term investors as long as we can enter it at a decent price point.

I initiated 10 positions in OKE on 4/13 at $49.57 and added 10 more positions on 4/20 at $49.57 in my taxable account. At current yields, it will add an amount of $48.40 annually to my passive dividend income.  I also added small amounts in other securities: ABBV, CL, COP, XOM, IBM, KMI, RDS.B, CLX, T, and VZ in my DRIP Portfolio. This will push me closer to being financially independent in 12 years.

Currently, I’ve got 4 Portfolios: DRIP, HID1, HID2 and a recently added Roth IRA account. New capital is distributed across these 4 portfolios in both taxable and tax-free accounts so that I’ve freedom to enjoy my passive dividend income whenever they are able to cover all my expenses. I also contribute towards 401K account in order to get employer’s match and help lower taxes as well.

My total portfolio value at the end of April is $74,673.42 which is 7.6% increase over March Portfolio value of $69,385.54. I’m excited that my portfolio is getting close to a magic number of $75K 🙂

Full Disclosure: Long on the above mentioned securities.

Thanks for reading.

How is your portfolio doing recently? Getting excited on progress.

Portfolio Update – March 2015

The market in month of Feb was up by 5.62% (ETF: SPY), last month in Jan, it was down by close to 3%. The moody market never goes straight up or down but over long period, direction of market is up and will reward patient investors.

Month of Feb remained a busy month for me. I allocated capital in following securities:
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): 10 ($1022.49)
General Electric (GE): 20 ($509.99)
Digital Realty (DLR): 10 ($663.89)

These buys in JNJ, GE, DLR will add $80.40 annually to my passive dividend income. This will push me closer to being financially independent.

My DRIP Portfolio was also active in Feb, 2015 and below positions were initiated/added:
Chevron Corp. (CVX): 10.4 ($1150)
Conoco-Philip (COP): 8.02 ($550)
Phillip-Morris (PM): 6.1 ($500)
BHP Billiton (BBL): 4.8 ($250)
The Clorox Corp. (CLX): 1.75 ($200)
Verizon Comm. Inc. (VZ): 3.05 ($150)
IBM (IBM): 0.9 ($150)
AbbVie Inc. (ABBV): 0.8 ($50)
Colgate-Palmolive Inc. (CL): 0.7 ($50)
Exxon Mobile Corp. (XOM): 0.55 ($50)

Currently, I’ve got 4 Portfolios: DRIP, HID1, HID2 and a recently added Roth IRA account. New capital is distributed across these 4 portfolios in both taxable and tax-free accounts so that I’ve freedom to enjoy my passive dividend income whenever they are able to cover all my expenses. I also contribute towards 401K account in order to get employer’s match and help lower taxes as well.

My total portfolio value at the end of February is $67,094.55. It was a big jump of 13.19% over last month of January Portfolio value of $59,274.97. This was mostly due to capital appreciation with market being happy 🙂 and addition of extra capital in JNJ, GE, DLR and DRIPs in CVX, COP, PM, BBL, CLX, VZ, IBM, ABBV, CL, and XOM.

Last year 2014, I crossed a very important and big milestone for me, i.e, crossing half-mark across a 6-figures portfolio size. 

Full Disclosure: Long on the above mentioned securities.

Thanks for reading.

How is your portfolio doing recently and own some of these securities?

Portfolio Update – February 2015

The market in month of January was down by 2.96% (ETF: SPY) with a fair amount of volatility thrown in. It looks like volatility is becoming a new game in the town. The moody market never goes straight up or down but over long period, direction of market is up and will reward patient investors.

The month of January remained a busy month for me, though, I was not expecting this way. I allocated my capital in Unilever plc (UL) and initiated 15 positions in UL and at current yield of 3.05%UL will add $19.80 annually to my passive dividend income. This will push me closer to being financially independent in 12 years.

My DRIP Portfolio was active in January, 2015 and below positions were initiated/added:

Colgate -Palmolive Inc. (CL): 7.8 ($550)
IBM (IBM): 3.19 ($500)
Phillip-Morris (PM): 2.35 ($200)
The Clorox Corp. (CLX): 1.31 ($150)
AbbVie Inc. (ABBV): 2.3 ($150)
Verizon Comm. Inc. (VZ): 3.17 ($150)
Chevron Corp. (CVX): 0.88 ($100)
Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.B): 1.42 ($100)
Exxon Mobile Corp. (XOM): 0.55 ($50)

I sold 10 positions in iShares Emerging Mkts. ETF (DVYE) as dividends were drastically cut. This will result in reduction of passive dividend income by about $7.50 and was my first sell of this year in first month itself, as compared to last year where I sold only one security, ARCP. Now, I’ve completely exited from ARCP.

The lesson learned is that a longer dividend history of a company is a must and good quality of that business is paramount in building a long-lasting portfolio, just like high-rise building needs to have a good basement foundation on which to stand tall.

Currently, I’ve got 4 Portfolios: DRIP, HID1, HID2 and a recently added Roth IRA account. New capital is distributed across these 4 portfolios in both taxable and tax-free accounts so that I’ve freedom to enjoy my passive dividend income whenever they are able to cover all my expenses. I also contribute towards 401K account in order to get employer’s match and help lower taxes as well.

My total portfolio value at the end of January is $59,274.97. It was a slight increase of 2.42% over last month of December Portfolio value of $57,869.03. This was mostly due to addition of capital in UL and DRIPs in CL, IBM, PM, CLX, ABBV, VZ, CVX, RDS.B, and XOM.

Last year 2014, I crossed a very important and big milestone for me, i.e, crossing half-mark across a 6-figures portfolio size. 

Thanks for reading.

Full Disclosure: Long on the above mentioned securities, except for ARCP.

Portfolio Update – January 2015

The market in December last year was essentially flat one (ETF: SPY) but with fair amount of volatility thrown in. It looks like volatility is becoming a new game in the town. The moody market never goes straight up or down but over long period, direction of market is up and will reward patient investors like us.

The month of December remained a busy month for me, though, I was not expecting this way. I allocated extra capital in BHP Billiton plc (BBL), BP plc. (BP), and Orchids Paper Products Company (TIS) with current dividend yields of 5.8%, 6.3% and 4.83% respectively.

I initiated 20 positions in BBL, 15 positions in TIS and added 20 positions in BP, dollar cost averaging down my original price in BP.  At current yields, BBL, TIS, BP will add $49.60, $21.00 and $48.00, with gross total amount of $118.60 annually to my passive dividend income. This will push me closer to being financially independent in 12 years.

My DRIP Portfolio was also active in December and following positions were added:

Chevron Corp. (CVX): 3.55 ($400)
Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.B): 4.24 ($300)
Verizon Comm. Inc. (VZ): 6.18 ($300)
Exxon Mobile Corp. (XOM): 2.22 ($200)
ConocoPhillips (COP): 1.57 ($100)
Altria Group, Inc. (MO): 1.77 ($100)
GlaxoSmithline plc. (GSK): 1.04 ($50)
AbbVie Inc. (ABBV): 0.74 ($50)
McDonalds Corp. (MCD): 0.49 ($50)
The Clorox Corp. (CLX): 0.48 ($50)
The Coca-Cola Company (KO): 1.08 ($50)
The Proctor-Gamble Company (PG): 0.54 ($50)

I sold 100 positions in American Realty Capital Properties Inc. (ARCP) but kept 75 positions that I was comfortable to keep for long-term. This will result into reduction of my passive income by $100 for this year.

Currently, I’ve got 4 Portfolios: DRIP, HID1, HID2 and a recently added Roth IRA account. New capital is distributed across these 4 portfolios in both taxable and tax-free accounts so that I’ve freedom to enjoy my passive dividend income whenever they are able to cover all my expenses. I also contribute towards 401K account in order to get employer’s match and help lower taxes as well.

My total portfolio value at the end of December is $57,869.03. It was a slight increase of 2.09% over last month of  November Portfolio value of $56,219.56. This was mostly due to addition of extra capital in BBL, TIS, BP and DRIPs in CVX, RDS.B, VZ, XOM, COP, MO, GSK, ABBV, MCD, CLX, KO, and PG.

In the month of October, I crossed a very important and big milestone for me, i.e, crossing half-mark across a 6-figures portfolio size, that I’m happy to mention here.

Happy New Year 2015!

Thanks for reading.

Full Disclosure: Long on the above mentioned securities.

Monthly Portfolio Update – December 2014

The market in November rallied with Dow Jones Average (ETF: DIA) gaining almost 5%, as compared to 7% drop in October; volatility is becoming the name of the game. The moody market never goes straight up or down but over long period, direction of market is up and will rewards patient investors like us.

The month of November was a busy month for me with a long shopping list in my cart :) , though, I was not expecting to spend some of my Thanks Giving holidays time this way. But, hey, I’ll gladly take the offer from Mr. Market whenever he is in a mood to give me his goodies at fire-sale prices.

I allocated extra capital in energy securities:  Royal Dutch  Shell plc (RDS.B), ConocoPhillips (COP), BP plc. (BP) and REITs: Realty Inc. (O), and American Realty Capital Properties Inc. (ARCP) with current dividend yields of 5.9%,  4.68%, 6.62%,  4.73%, and 11.12% respectively. A lot has been written about ARCP whether it’s a buy, sell or hold and for me, it is a hold for me as I’m looking at long term, though, my opinion may change if some other issues are uncovered.

I initiated 20 positions in RDS.B, added 10 positions in BP, 5 positions in COP, 25 positions in O, 50 positions in ARCP,  dollar cost averaging down my original prices. Also, initiated positions in Verizon Comm. (VZ) in my DRIP Portfolio. At current yields, RDS.B, BP, COP, O, ARCP will add $75.20,  $12.00, $14.60, $55.00 and $50.00, with gross total amount of $206.80 annually to my passive dividend income. This will push me closer to being financially independent in 12 years.

Currently, I’ve got 4 Portfolios: DRIP, HID1, HID2 and a recently added Roth IRA account. New capital is distributed across these 4 portfolios in both taxable and tax-free accounts so that I’ve freedom to enjoy my passive dividend income whenever they are able to cover all my expenses. I also contribute towards 401K account in order to get employer’s match and help lower taxes as well.

My total portfolio value at the end of November is $56,219.56 which is 11.65% increase over last month of October Portfolio value of $50,350.85. This was mostly due to addition of capital in RDS.B, COP, BP, O,  ARCP and DRIPs in VZ and XOM. In the last month of October, I crossed a very important and big milestone for me, i.e, crossing half-mark across a 6-figures portfolio.

Thanks for reading.

Full Disclosure: Long on the above mentioned securities.