Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This week's stock purchases - passing $6,000 of forward dividends

This week, I've been very active in the stock market. One move was driven by the worst fear for all dividend investors - a dividend cut - while the other moves were outright purchases of companies that don't look as expensive as the market.

Friday, November 22, 2013

2013 Goal Progress through Q3

This year has flown by faster than any other I've experienced. It's already November, which means I'm way overdue for an update of progress on goals through Q3! I made some decent headway on my 2013 Goals during the 2nd Quarter and will look at progress through September 30.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Portfolio Update: What I've done since July

I haven't updated my Portfolio tab since July 7th! I've been very active in the markets since then, achieving $5,000 of forward annual dividends and making quite a few purchases. I've also chosen to make a tweak to how I present my portfolio to you.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Apologies for the extended absence

I'd like to apologize for my extended absence from posting. I used to use some dead time in my work day to post and update this blog, but ever since I figured out my job situtation (aka leaving the office earlier) I haven't really had down time while in front of a computer. I'm considering getting a keyboard for my iPad to write on the train - in my new down time - so stay tuned.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Major Milestone: $5,000+ of annual forward dividends!

My portfolio reached a major milestone today - over $5,000 of dividends expected over the next year. This means a decent chunk of money that I won't have to work for that can help cover living expenses forever.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Reallocations and a Quick Flip

In my pursuit of reducing the number of names in my portfolio and concentrating my bets, I sold two positions to increase stakes in two other existing positions today. Also, I made a day trade around earnings news for a recent position.

Monday, July 1, 2013

2013 Goal Progress through Q2

This year has flown by faster than any other I've experienced. It's already July! I made some decent headway on my 2013 Goals during the 2nd Quarter and will go through them line by line - just like after the 1st Quarter.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lubrication and Financial Services Additions

I'm a big fan of simple businesses. Sugar water, beer, retailing, utilities - all simple businesses. Innovative businesses tend to be more hit-and-miss as the risks are harder to evaluate and less in the hands of the company. With that mindset, I've added two simple but great businesses to my portfolio.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Recent Buys & Sells

I've been busier than normal since I figured out my job situation last month, which has made writing more difficult. However, the lack of time to write hasn't changed my 2013 Goal of earning $5,000 in dividends. Thus, I've been buying stocks at an aggressive pace - considering the market run so far this year.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Goal Accomplished: Job Situation Figured Out

It took longer than expected, but I finally overcame the "just one more week syndrome". I went to speak with my bosses earlier this week with the intention to either get a more flexible schedule or quit. It takes roughly two hours from our new home to my office, which is a crazy commute.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Added 100 shares of Ma Bell Today

Today, I added 100 shares of AT&T to my portfolio. I held a small position and have been too chicken to buy more for too long. The stock was down 5-6% at various times throughout the day, so I took the opportunity to buy into a great dividend payer. I don't have high hopes for making tons of money with this holding, but do expect a solid yield and moderate growth. I'm probably full on this name for a while.

Friday, April 19, 2013

New Buys: BGG & AAPL

Just a quick note here on a few new buys. Today I bought more shares of Briggs & Stratton (BGG) and a new position in Apple (AAPL).

Friday, April 12, 2013

The "JUST ONE MORE" Syndrome

It's easy to be myopic when making major life decisions. The "just one more" syndrome is tough to combat. "I'll start to exercise in JUST ONE MORE week." "I'll start saving for retirement when I get JUST ONE MORE raise." "JUST ONE MORE month of this commute." It takes a lot of bravery and intestinal fortitude to overcome this condition. I'm struggling with it myself these days.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring Break: Painted Drywalled Walls!

After living with torn up, exposed insulation walls since moving in in November, we can now have a comfortable room in our house. Our powder room and laundry room are also freshly drywalled and painted, but don't look as nice because they do not have a finished floor or any fixtures - the pictures don't serve justice to the amount of work we did to the rooms.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

2013 Goal Progress through Q1

The first quarter of 2013 flew by. I can't believe it's almost April! I decided quarterly updates on my 2013 Goals would be the appropriate level as most of the goals require time to pass to measure meaningful progress.

With no further rambling, here is my progress during Q1 toward meeting my 2013 Goals: