Category Archives: Monthly Portfolio Updates

Monthly Portfolio Update – November 2014

The market in October swoon up and down with Dow Jones Average (ETF: DIA) dropping almost 7% in short time of couple of weeks but recovered very well  and then some. The moody market never goes straight up and have bowls of indigestion :)  but that is the most opportune time to invest. These drops indeed serve as buying opportunities for patient investors like us. 

I allocated extra capital in securities that I mentioned in Watch list for October:  American Realty Capital Properties Inc. (ARCP), General Electric (GE),  HCP, Inc. (HCP)AbbVie Inc. (ABBV), and Chevron Corp (CVX) with current dividend yields of 11.38%,  3.33%,  5.05%, 3.19%, 3.6% respectively. A lot has been written about ARCP whether it is a buy, sell or hold and for me, it is a hold as I’m looking at long term.

I initiated 25 positions in GE, 22 positions in HCP, added 50 positions in ARCP and 20 positions in Omega Healthcare Inc. (OHI). Also, initiated positions in Chevron Corp. (CVX) in DRIP account and added positions in ABBV, XOM, CLX, PG in my DRIP Portfolio. At current yields, GE, HCP and ARCP will add $22.00, $47.96 and $50.00 annually to my passive dividend income.

HCP was added in Roth IRA account where you do not pay any taxes when you them take out. This will push me closer to being financially independent in 12 years. The month of October was a busy month for me with a long shopping list in my cart 🙂

Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB) spun- off Halyard Health Inc. (HYH) to realize better their shareholder value and as a result of this, I received 2 positions in HYH and $10.96 for fractional shares.

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 October is $50,350.85 which is 12.18% increase over last month of September Portfolio value of $44,881.98. This was mostly due to addition of positions in GE, HCP and ARCP and DRIPs in CVX, ABBV, XOM, CLX, PG. In this 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.

How did your portfolio do in last month of October? Add new securities.

Monthly Portfolio Update – August 2014

This month of August was great with Dow Jones Average (ETF: DIA) gaining more than 3%. DIA is almost at its peak while last month of July was tumultuous. The market never goes straight up. We are building DGI Portfolios for long-term and short-term gyrations should not scare us, in fact, serve as buying opportunities for patient investors like us.

I allocated extra capital in securities that I wrote in Watch list for JulyExxonMobile Corp. (XOM) and also initiated positions in General Mills, Inc. (GIS), with current dividend yields of 2.77% and 3.07%  respectively. Small additional amounts were added in AbbVie Inc., (ABBV).

I bought 10 positions in GIS in my taxable account: HID2 Portfolio. At current yield of 3.07%, GIS will add $30.70 annually to my passive dividend income.  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.

My total portfolio value at the end of August is $43,816.34 which is an increase of 7.30% over last month July Portfolio value of $40,821.41. Part of the gain came due to market lift off and other part was due to additions of positions in XOM, GIS, ABBV and other DRIP positions.

Thanks for reading.

Full Disclosure: Long on the above mentioned securities.

Did you add any new securities this month of August?

Monthly Portfolio Update – July 2014

Wow! My watch list got featured on Dividend Mantra’s Weekend Reading – July 20, 2014, 3rd from end, thank you Jason for doing so. 

This month of July was tumultuous with Dow Jones Average (ETF: DIA) dropping almost 2% in a single day on Thurs: July 31st. DIA is only down 4% from its recent peak and not in correction territory yet, characterized by 10% drop. The market never goes straight up and have bowls of indigestion 🙂 The bullish trend is very much intact, and these drops indeed serve as buying opportunities for patient investors like us. 

I allocated extra capital in securities that I wrote in Watch list for July: ExxonMobile Corp. (XOM) and Deere & Company (DE), with current dividend yields of 2.79% and 2.82%  respectively. I follow what I write here and eat my own pudding too 🙂 Deere was also recent buy of Dividend Mantra, FranklyFrugalFinance, CompoundingIncome, and DividendGrowthInvestor. I need to run out to buy before it shoots to sky 😉

I bought 12 positions  in DE and initiated DRIP positions in XOM in my HID1 Portfolio. At current yield, DE will add $33.84 annually to my passive dividend income. DE was added in Roth IRA account where you do not pay any taxes when you them take out. This will push me closer to being financially independent in 12 years and travel around the world in exotic and beautiful places, hopefully 🙂

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 July is $40,832.41 which is 1.03% increase over last month of June Portfolio value of $39,673.40. This was mostly due to addition of positions in DE and XOM.

Thanks for reading.

Full Disclosure: Long on the above mentioned securities.

Did you add new securities this month of July ?

Monthly Portfolio Update – June 2014

I allocated extra capital in securities that I wrote in Watch list for June: Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) and Vanguard Natural Res LLC (VNR), with current dividend yields of 4.71% and 7.98% respectively, and later one distributes monthly, we’ll happily love those 🙂

I bought 30 positions  in KMI and 35 positions in VNR. At current yields, these 2 securities will cumulatively add $138.60 annually to my passive dividend income. These were added in Roth IRA account where you do not pay any taxes when you them take out. This will take me closer to be financially independent in 12 years and travel around the world in exotic and beautiful places and shake some legs as well 😉

This Roth IRA account would serve as an insurance towards government’s propensity to tax hard-working citizens and beat the crap out of them 🙂  Thanks to the ballooning budget deficit, I see miles long red ink over there and a small amount in these accounts is highly desirable, and what I call a responsible act to save our skin.

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.

Thanks for reading. Have a Happy Independence Day!

How did your portfolio perform in June ? Any interesting thing occurred in your portfolio.

My Monthly Portfolio Update – May 2014

I allocated extra capital in my recent purchases: Prospect Capital Corp (PSEC), American Realty Capital Properties Inc. (ARCP), Pimco Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund (PTY), iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped ETF (REM) and Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (OHI) where I went really aggressive on yield and took a calculated high risk, considering the long-term horizon of my portfolio. These buys may not be appropriate for all investors who cannot tolerate short term high volatility and are not in a position to hold them when prices go down significantly. It is always recommended to do your own research, consider whether these securities fit your risk profile, help in asset diversification and most importantly serve your long-term interests, which in my case is to be financially independent in 12 years and travel around world in exotic and beautiful places 🙂

Currently, I’ve got 3 Portfolios: DRIP, HID1, HID2 and new capital is distributed across these 3 portfolios in taxable accounts so that I’ve freedom to enjoy my passive dividend income whenever it is 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.

I started contributing a small amount towards Roth IRA so that when I’m fully retired, I can withdraw any amount without having to pay any more taxes and worry about tax implications. I’ll start tracking 2 additional Roth IRA portfolios when I start making purchases in those accounts. These 2 accounts would serve as an insurance towards government’s propensity to tax hard-working citizens and beat the crap out of them 😉 . Thanks to the ballooning budget deficit, I see all wide red ink over there and a small amount in these accounts is highly desirable, and what I call a responsible act to save our skin.

Thanks for reading. Appreciate all your support.

How did your portfolio perform in May ? Any interesting aspect of your portfolio.