Sunday, March 17, 2019

Investing Update 3/17/2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here is this week's investing update -

1/1/20193/17/2019Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$4,434.08$5,045.23$611.15
Money from my pocket$4,593.98$4,703.98$110.00$10.13
Gains/Realized & Unrealized-$399.90$71.08$470.98

My overall portfolio has increased $611.15 since January 1st. I have received $30.17 in dividends in 2019 and added $110.00 from my pocket. That means the other $470.98 increase came from the value of my stocks going up.

Here are the year-to-date numbers on my dividends -

Dividends Received in 2018$30.17
# of Dividends Received in 201880
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.377

Today is the 76th day of 2019, and I've received 80 dividends this year.

I received 15 dividends this past week, for a total of $10.26! Over $10 of dividends in one week!

Emerson ElectricEMR$0.983.72%
Archer Daniels MidlandADM$0.354.12%
Hanesbrands, Inc.HBI$0.154.76%
United Parcel ServiceUPS$0.963.50%
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ$0.902.49%
Global X SuperIncome Preferred ETFSPFF$0.066.29%
Global X SuperDividendSDIV$0.958.15%
Global X SuperDividendDIV$0.286.69%
Microsoft Corp.MSFT$0.923.61%
International PaperIP$0.505.81%
Realty Income DelawareO$0.235.38%

The dividends will slow down for the rest of March, but I still have around 15 dividend payments coming tomorrow and through the rest of the month. Hope you've been having a good weekend!



Thursday, March 14, 2019

ESRT - New Stock Purchase

On Sunday I talked about buying a new stock this week -

I ended up buying Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) for $15.81.

Part of my reasoning was on the day that I bought ESRT, it was pretty much the only stock on my list that hadn't gone up 1 - 2 %. I was kind of leaning towards buying another share of HPE or HPQ, but figured the stock would go down AFTER I bought another share.

According to, ESRT will pay 42 cents this year, so my dividend yield is -

  • $0.42 / $15.81 = 2.66% 
Not a super great yield, but not bad either. As a result of buying ESRT, here are the numbers on my stocks -
  • 67 total stocks
  • 66 that pay dividends
  • 47 that pay 4 dividends/year (188 dividends)
  • 19 that pay 12 dividends/year (228 dividends)
  • 416 dividends/year
Thanks for reading,



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dividends from March 11th and 12th

This is a great week for dividends, and I started this week off pretty strong. Here are the dividends I received on Monday and Tuesday of this week - (Monday is in green, Tuesday in blue)

CompanyTickerDividend AmountYearly YieldDate Paid
Emerson ElectricEMR$0.983.72%3/11/2019
Archer Daniels MidlandADM$0.354.12%3/12/2019
United Parcel ServiceUPS$0.963.50%3/12/2019
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ$0.902.49%3/12/2019

I made a video talking about this here - 

What I'm pretty excited about is that all of those dividends from yesterday and Monday are regular companies/stocks and not dividend ETFs. I know I have a lot of monthly dividend ETFs that not a lot of other dividend bloggers have. I feel insecure about them sometimes since big name dividend investors don't have those monthly dividend ETFs, but I like them, and I see the value in having them in my portfolio. 

Hope your week is going well!



Sunday, March 10, 2019

Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Week Ending 16-MAR-2019

I'm looking at buying one new stock each week as long as my finances will allow it. I picked out some stocks that caught my eye that are going ex-dividend this week. I have to own the stock before the ex-dividend date in order to get paid the dividend. Here are those stocks - 

(I also made a video talking about this -

The ones highlighted in green are stocks/ETFs that I already own. Here's a look at the ex-dividend dates, the current cost of the stock (as of closing on Friday) and the yield. 

TickerCompany (Symbol)Ex-Dividend DateCostYield
GDVGabelli Dividend (GDV)3/14/2019$20.776.36%
STAYExtended Stay America, Inc. (STAY)3/13/2019$18.574.74%
KOCoca-Cola Company (The) (KO)3/14/2019$44.843.57%
HPQHP Inc. (HPQ)3/12/2019$18.743.42%
XELXcel Energy Inc. (XEL)3/14/2019$55.672.91%
HPEHewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE)3/12/2019$15.612.88%
ESRTEmpire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT)3/14/2019$15.842.65%
WHWyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (WH)3/14/2019$52.002.23%
WMTWalmart Inc. (WMT)3/14/2019$97.592.17%
I will be purchasing one of the stocks this week, and it won't be Wal-Mart (too expensive for me right now, just posting it in case someone else would benefit knowing it went ex-dividend this week). I will be posting more information on which stock I buy later this week!

Have a good Monday.



Saturday, March 9, 2019

Investing Update 3/9/2019

I added some money to Robinhood this week. I've been doing a little better on unnecessary spending, so I felt I was in a good place to add money to my account. With the money, I bought a share of SpartanNash (SPTN) for $17.60 and a second share of Iron Mountain (IRM) for $35.10.

Here is this week's investing update -

1/1/20193/9/2019Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$4,434.08$4,891.15$457.07
Money from my pocket$4,593.98$4,693.98$100.00$10.29
Gains/Realized & Unrealized-$399.90-$62.74$337.16

My overall portfolio has increased $457.07 since January 1st. I have received $19.91 in dividends in 2019 and added $100.00 from my pocket. That means the other $337.16 increase came from the value of my stocks going up.

Here are the year-to-date numbers on my dividends -

Dividends Received in 2018$19.91
# of Dividends Received in 201865
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.306

Today is the 68th day of 2019, and I've received 65 dividends.

I received 3 dividends this past week, for a total of $0.83

Visa Inc.V$0.250.70%
iShares US Preferred ETFPFF$0.185.65%
Discover Financial ServicesDFS$0.402.30%

Next week is going to be a big week for dividends!



Saturday, March 2, 2019

Investing Update 3/2/2019

It's March. Two months of 2019 are already over and it's hard to believe. I'm making good progress with dividend investing, and I just need to maintain this strategy. My account doesn't grow as fast with dividend investing as it could with other strategies, but it's a consistent strategy and I shouldn't lose a bunch of money with it. 

We're still getting mountains of snow where I live, and it's getting pretty old. I'm pretty used to the cold at this point, but I feel bad for my vehicle, since it has to sit outside in the elements. Anyway....

Here is this week's investing update -

1/1/20193/1/2019Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$4,434.08$4,921.74$487.66
Money from my pocket$4,593.98$4,643.98$50.00$5.74
Gains/Realized & Unrealized-$399.90$18.71$418.61

My overall portfolio has increased $487.66 since January 1st. I have received $19.05 in dividends in 2019 and added $50.00 from my pocket. That means the other $418.61 increase came from the value of my stocks going up.

Here are the year-to-date numbers on my dividends -

Dividends Received in 2018$19.05
# of Dividends Received in 201862
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.307

Today is the 61st day of 2019, and I've received 62 dividends. So at this point, I'm averaging one dividend per day.

I received 16 dividends this past week, for a total of $2.91!

Arrow Dow Jones Global ETFGYLD$0.139.67%
KKR & Co, Inc.KKR$0.132.30%
PowerShares Preferred PortfolioPGX$0.075.99%
PowerShares KBW High DivKBWD$0.317.98%
Principal Real Estate Income FundPGZ$0.117.29%
S&P 500 Low VolatilitySPLV$0.102.43%
Eaton Vance Tax Advantaged Dividend Income FundEVT$0.157.77%
Multi-Asset Diversified Income ETFMDIV$0.138.56%
PowerShares S&P 500SPHD$0.294.19%
PowerShares High YieldPEY$0.064.18%
PowerShares Financial Preferred PortfolioPGF$0.095.76%
Peritus High Yield ETFHYLD$0.227.55%
YieldShares High Income ETFYYY$0.138.84%
Intel CorporationINTC$0.633.97%
Twin Cities FinancialTCF$0.152.71%
ConAgra BrandsCAG$0.212.72%

For the past few months now, the end of the month brings a lot of dividends. Getting 16 dividends in a week is pretty cool! I'm not getting a lot of money per dividend payment, but getting a lot of small payments adds up.

Have a good rest of your weekend!