Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Investing Summary

Here are my investing numbers for the 2017 calendar year.

1/1/201712/31/2017Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$2,186.18$3,586.18$1,400.00
Money from my pocket$1,876.00$2,902.00$1,026.00$19.68
Dividends$59.27$137.76$78.49$1.51
Gains/Realized & Unrealized$250.91$546.42$295.51

I didn't invest as much as I would have liked into the Robinhood App this past year, but I made good progress. I have 47 different stocks in my Robinhood Portfolio, which is an increase from 2016. I am going forward into 2018 with a projected 240 dividend payments, which is equivalent to getting paid 2 out of every 3 days from dividends. 

Dividends Received in 2017$78.49
# of Dividends Received in 2017156
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.503

Below are my $78.49 in dividends broken down by which company paid those dividends. 

Stock TickerStock NameDividends
GEGeneral Electric$5.04
VZVerizon Communications$4.66
QCOMQualcomm Inc$4.48
TAT&T Inc$3.92
EMREmerson Electric$3.85
JNJJohnson & Johnson$3.32
MSFTMicrosoft Corp.$3.18
PEPPepsiCo$3.12
PGProcter & Gamble$2.74
ITWIllinois Tool Works$2.73
ORealty Income Delaware$2.51
UNPUnion Pacific$2.50
AAPLApple$2.46
TGTTarget$2.44
DEJohn Deere$2.40
BNSBank of Nova Scotia$2.34
SOSouthern Company$2.30
INTCIntel Corporation$2.17
GISGeneral Mills$1.94
IPInternational Paper$1.86
BKHBlack Hills$1.83
PEGPub Svc Enterprise Group$1.72
ULUnilever$1.55
KOCoca-Cola$1.48
FEFirst Energy$1.44
SYYSysco$1.32
ADMArcher Daniels Midland$1.28
USBUS Bancorp$1.14
CSCOCisco Systems, Inc.$1.13
ABTAbbott Laboratories$1.08
FFord$0.65
DDRDDR Corp.$0.57
SBUXStarbucks Corporation$0.55
HPQHP Inc.$0.52
PFFiShares US Preferred ETF$0.48
SPTNSpartanNash$0.34
KBWDPowerShares KBW High Div$0.33
SPHDPowerShares S&P 500$0.25
DIVGlobal X SuperDividend$0.24
SDIVGlobal X SuperDividend$0.24
GGPGeneral Growth Properties$0.22
PEYPowerShares High Yield$0.17
AMDAdvanced Micro Devices$0.00
CLColgate$0.00
DNKNDunkin Donuts$0.00
HPEHP Enterprise$0.00
PORPortland General Electric$0.00
STXSeagate Technology$0.00
WMTWalmart$0.00

Enjoy the last day of 2017!

Signed,

Mitch

Monday, December 25, 2017

Investing Update 12/25/2017

Hello and Happy Holidays!


Year-To-Date Update


1/1/201712/23/2017Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$2,186.18$3,595.46$1,409.28
Money from my pocket$1,876.00$2,902.00$1,026.00$20.12
Dividends$59.27$136.04$76.77$1.51
Gains/Realized & Unrealized$250.91$557.42$306.51

Robinhood Portfolio Value = (Money from my pocket) + (Dividends) + (Gains/Realized & Unrealized)

Since January 1st, 2017, my portfolio has grown by $1,408.28. $1,026.00 of that growth (value increase) came from money out of my own pocket to buy more stocks. $76.77 of that growth came from dividends. $306.51 of that growth came from stock prices increasing.


Dividends Received


Dividends Received in 2017$76.77
# of Dividends Received in 2017149
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.515


This Week's Stock Purchases

I did not buy any stocks this past week.

At this point in time, I have 47 stocks. 46 of those stocks pay dividends, and the other stock is AMD (I bought it because it is considered a "meme" stock, and I think the conversation around AMD is fun to follow).

I am able to buy so many different stocks due to not paying commission fees, thanks to the trading app called Robinhood. If you want to learn more about Robinhood, click here

You can click on the investing tab or here to see what stocks I currently have in my Robinhood portfolio.

Signed,

Mitch

Monday, November 20, 2017

Investing Update 11/17/2017

Hello!

For those that celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a happy holiday this week!


Year-To-Date Update


1/1/201711/17/2017Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$2,186.18$3,342.75$1,156.57
Money from my pocket$1,876.00$2,842.00$966.00$21.07
Dividends$59.27$126.63$67.36$1.47
Gains/Realized & Unrealized$250.91$374.12$123.21

Robinhood Portfolio Value = (Money from my pocket) + (Dividends) + (Gains/Realized & Unrealized)

Dividends Received

These are the dividends I received this past week.


Date ReceivedStock NameStock TickerDividendsStock Purchase PriceDiv Yield
11/16/2017Realty IncomeO$0.21$51.314.91%
11/16/2017Abbott LabsABT$0.27$38.762.79%
11/16/2017Procter & GamblePG$0.69$79.523.47%
11/17/2017AppleAAPL$0.63$116.942.15%


This Week's Stock Purchasesd


I bought two stocks this week - Another share of both Verizon and Target. Both stocks were going down in value, so I used it as an opportunity to cost-average down. Every time I go to Target, it's super busy, and with personally shopping there, I bought another share.

The same line of thought for Verizon - I use Verizon and don't see it going away any time soon.

I am able to buy so many different stocks due to not paying commission fees, thanks to the trading app called Robinhood. If you want to learn more about Robinhood, click here

You can click on the investing tab or here to see what stocks I currently have in my Robinhood portfolio.

Signed,

Mitch

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Investing Update 10/13/2017

Hello!

It's been a long time since I've posted. I went through a major life change and am now hoping to re-establish some regularity in my life, and writing my blog will help with that!

Year-To-Date Update

1/1/201710/13/2017Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$2,186.18$3,213.48$1,027.30
Money from my pocket$1,876.00$2,667.00$791.00$19.36
Dividends$59.27$116.69$57.42$1.41
Gains/Realized & Unrealized$250.91$429.79$178.88

Robinhood Portfolio Value = (Money from my pocket) + (Dividends) + (Gains/Realized & Unrealized)

  • If the table above is hard to understand, basically - 
  • I've added $791.00 out of my own pocket to my Robinhood Portfolio since Jan 1st, 2017, or an average of $19.36/week.
  • I've received $57.42 in dividends since Jan 1st, 2017


Dividends Received

These are the dividends I received this past week.

Date ReceivedStock NameStock TickerDividendsStock Purchase PriceDiv Yield
10/10/2017Illinois Tool WorksITW$0.78$124.842.50%
10/13/2017Realty IncomeO$0.21$51.314.91%


This Week's Stock Purchases

I bought four dividend ETFs this week. ETFs are exchange traded funds. Each of these ETFs pay dividends monthly, or 12 times/year.

  • PEY - $17.22 - Purchase Price
  • SDIV - $22.03 - Purchase Price
  • PFF - $38.24 - Purchase Price
  • DIV - $25.43 - Purchase Price
I also averaged down (again) on General Electric. I've been buying shares of GE over the past months to average down, but it doesn't look like it's going up any time soon. This is one of those times I maybe should have quiet while I was ahead. 

I am able to buy so many different stocks due to not paying commission fees, thanks to the trading app called Robinhood. If you want to learn more about Robinhood, click here

You can click on the investing tab or here to see what stocks I currently have in my Robinhood portfolio.

Signed,

Mitch

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Food Waste

I've been monitoring my garbage, and I'd say that 90% of the waste I produce comes from food. 
  • Packaging
    • Plastic
      • Plastic Wrap
      • Plastic Bottles
    • Non-plastic packaging
  • Boxes
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Food peels/rind/skins
  • Tin Cans
  • Glass jars/bottles
I'm sure there are more categories for waste, but that's all I can think of right now. Now, most of those items are recyclable or compostable. IF you live in an area that you can easily recycle these items, that's great; I unfortunately don't. 

What can I change about this? A lot. Will it be easy to make these changes? Not really. Lauren Singer does a great job of talking about the changes she has made to reduce the waste she makes - http://www.trashisfortossers.com/

So identifying the problem is the first step towards a solution. I've identified where most of my waste comes from. Brainstorming solutions is next.

Signed,

Mitch

Monday, March 20, 2017

Going Back to Engineering?

As I've been job searching, part of me has considered going back to be an engineer. An engineering job would pay well, and would most likely be stable. BUT, this isn't the career field I want. I wasn't happy as an engineer, especially when I had a boss that bullied me. I know that a lot of engineering jobs are great, and have a great work environment. I'm just not ready to go back yet. 

My job applications/interviews haven't been going as expected. I have enough life experience now to not be totally surprised by this, but some of it has still caught me off guard. I have spent a lot of time working on my resume, cover letters, and work itself to show that I'm a good, quality employee. I haven't been getting the response back from employers that I had been hoping for. 

I shouldn't give up on jobs and take the safe route back to engineering. I don't even know if I'd be competitive anymore in an engineering job. 

Job searching sucks. It's stressful and makes you lose confidence in yourself. 

I need to stay positive and keep working towards my career Mission. 

Signed,

Mitch

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What I've Been Doing

I haven't posted in a while since I've posted, and I'll explain why.


  • The beginning of January started my work for applying for a new job.
  • I started my last semester of graduate school.
  • I had some pretty major maintenance issues with my apartment. 
  • Due to the maintenance issues, I had to sleep in a different place. 
  • I didn't sleep well, and the stress/lack of sleep got me sick.
  • I got a sinus infection and that knocked me out for about 4-5 days.
So pretty much all of 2017 so far has been kicking my butt. It's been filled with work, class work, and job hunting. Applying for jobs takes forever. I really want to get into a normal groove again, and blogging is a part of that. 

I haven't made a whole lot of progress towards Minimalism, Investing, Technology, Conservation, or Health. I'm hoping blogging again will help me improve again on those areas. 

I haven't bought any new stocks since my last stock purchase update. I don't have much extra money to invest right now, so I've just been watching  dividend payments get paid to my Robinhood account. 

So this is a brief update, but I will be blogging regularly again. 

Signed,

Mitch