Sunday, February 24, 2019

Ally Bank - Savings Account Interest Update

I recently got paid a monthly interest payment from Ally Bank. I got paid $0.97 on a savings balance of $525.56. Getting paid $0.97 from one month of interest on a low amount of savings is awesome. That's more than what I usually get from my regular savings after 3 years.

I'm curious to see what my actual interest rate was, because I think it was over the past month that Ally increased the savings % from 2.00% to 2.20%.

To figure out the interest rate -


  • $0.97/month * 12 months = $11.64
  • $11.64 / $525.56 = 2.21%
So I received the 2.20% interest rate this past month. The 2.21% from my calculation could be from that the $0.97 I received was rounded up. 

Regardless, I'm making a lot more interest from the Ally Savings account than from my normal big bank. Yes, savings account aren't really meant to be investment accounts. Like I've said before, if my money is just going to sit, I might as well make some money off of it. 

Thanks for reading. 

Signed,

Mitch



Friday, February 22, 2019

Investing Update 2/22/2019

Here is this week's investing update -

1/1/20192/22/2019Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$4,434.08$4,911.62$477.54
Money from my pocket$4,593.98$4,643.98$50.00$6.60
Dividends$240.00$256.14$16.14$2.13
Gains/Realized & Unrealized-$399.90$11.50$411.40


My overall portfolio has increased $477.54 since January 1st. I have received $16.14 in dividends in 2019 and added $50.00 from my pocket. That means the other $411.40 increase came from the value of my stocks going up.

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

Dividends Received in 2018$16.14
# of Dividends Received in 201846
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.351

I received three dividends this past week, for a total of $0.61

Gabelli Dividend & IncomeGDV$0.116.81%
WisdomTree U.S. High DividendDHS$0.142.43%
Starbucks CorporationSBUX$0.362.11%

I'm glad to see the value of my portfolio going back up. I know dividend investors aren't necessarily worried about the value of the portfolio but rather the safety of the dividends being paid and if the dividends will go up. From my standpoint, seeing my Robinhood account rise and fall so much with options, it's nice to see my account working towards that $5k mark.

Have a good rest of your weekend! 

Signed,

Mitch

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Investing Update 2/17/2019

Here is this week's investing update -


1/1/20192/17/2019Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$4,434.08$4,883.10$449.02
Money from my pocket$4,593.98$4,643.98$50.00$7.29
Dividends$240.00$255.53$15.53$2.26
Gains/Realized & Unrealized-$399.90-$16.41$383.49

My overall portfolio has increased $449.02 since January 1st. I have received $15.53 in dividends in 2019 and added $50.00 from my pocket. That means the other $383.49 increase came from the value of my stocks going up.

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


Dividends Received in 2018$15.53
# of Dividends Received in 201843
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.361

I received eight dividends this past week, for a total of $4.48 -


Global X SuperIncome Preferred ETFSPFF$0.066.29%
Global X SuperDividendSDIV$0.818.02%
Global X SuperDividendDIV$0.276.45%
AppleAAPL$2.191.85%
Realty Income DelawareO$0.204.68%
Colgate-Palmolive CoCL$0.422.67%
Hormel Foods Corp.HRL$0.212.24%
Abbott LaboratoriesABT$0.323.30%

It was a good week for dividends. I should be able to buy another share of something soon with the dividends that I'm getting paid. I'm still averaging about one dividend per day, which is something I was excited to reach. I'm still recovering losses from when I tried options trading this summer, but I'm slowly making my way back up.

Have a good rest of your weekend! 

Signed,

Mitch

Saturday, February 9, 2019

January 2019 Dividends: Actual vs Projected

In this post I projected the dividends I would receive in 2019 - http://www.bloggingmitch.com/2018/12/projected-dividend-income-in-2019.html

For the month of January 2019, I projected I'd get $8.66 in dividends. Now that January is over, I can see that I've received $8.51 in dividends. I received 15 cents less than what I had projected in the month of January.

Here is a video I made about it -


Thanks for reading and/or watching.

Signed,

Mitch

Investing Update 2/9/2019

Here is this week's investing update -

1/1/20192/9/2019Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$4,434.08$4,785.33$351.25
Money from my pocket$4,593.98$4,643.98$50.00$8.75
Dividends$240.00$251.05$11.05$1.93
Gains/Realized & Unrealized-$399.90-$109.70$290.20

My overall portfolio has increased $351.25 since January 1st. I have received $11.05 in dividends in 2019 and added $50.00 from my pocket. That means the other $290.20 increase came from the value of my stocks going up.

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

Dividends Received in 2018$11.05
# of Dividends Received in 201835
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.316

I received two dividends this past week -

CVS Health CorpCVS$0.502.51%
iShares US Preferred ETFPFF$0.175.33%

I currently don't have any plans to buy any new stocks soon. Life gets expensive, and I don't have a ton of extra money to put towards stocks right now. I'm thinking in a month or so, I should have enough money from dividends to buy another stock. 

Hope you all have a good weekend! 

Signed,

Mitch

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Apple Earnings for FY19 Q1

For some time now I've tracked the number of shares Apple has. Apple released the earnings last week (I think it was last week), and you can see that the number of shares Apple has decreased over the past quarter.


Date EndedYear - QuarterBasic - Shares Outstanding
12/31/2013FY14 Q16,272,504,000
3/31/2014FY14 Q26,123,302,000
6/30/2014FY14 Q36,012,635,000
9/30/2014FY14 Q45,933,845,000
12/31/2014FY15 Q15,843,082,000
3/31/2015FY15 Q25,793,799,000
6/30/2015FY15 Q35,729,886,000
9/30/2015FY15 Q45,646,916,000
12/31/2015FY16 Q15,558,930,000
3/31/2016FY16 Q25,514,381,000
6/30/2016FY16 Q35,443,058,000
9/30/2016FY16 Q45,366,912,000
12/31/2016FY17Q15,298,661,000
3/31/2017FY17 Q25,225,791,000
6/30/2017FY17 Q35,195,088,000
9/30/2017FY17 Q45,149,428,000
12/31/2017FY18 Q15,112,877,000
3/31/2018FY18 Q25,024,877,000
6/30/2018FY18 Q34,882,167,000
9/29/2018FY18 Q44,801,589,000
12/29/2018FY19 Q14,735,820,000

In my eyes, buybacks are good. It reduces the number of shares available on the market, and when supply goes down, demand goes up. I don't see the demand for Apple products going down enough to make me sell my Apple stock. I know the stock price has been down recently due to talk about the demand for the iPhone X, XS, and XR being lower than expected. 

Personally, I don't care. I'm holding Apple for the long term. I don't have an iPhone, but I do have an iMac, and I've been very happy with it. 

FYI - I'm not encouraging you to buy Apple, so don't read my blog as financial advice :) I'm just sharing what I'm doing and what I think. 

Signed,

Mitch

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Investing Update 2/3/2019

Here is this week's investing update -

1/1/20192/3/2019Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$4,434.08$4,744.47$310.39
Money from my pocket$4,593.98$4,643.98$50.00$10.29
Dividends$240.00$250.38$10.38$2.14
Gains/Realized & Unrealized-$399.90-$149.89$250.01

My overall portfolio increased $310.39 since January 1st. I have received $10.38 in dividends in 2019 and added $50.00 from my pocket. That means the other $250.01 increase came from the value of my stocks going up.

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

Dividends Received in 2018$10.38
# of Dividends Received in 201833
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.315

33 dividends so far this year, and 30 in January. January has 31 days, so pretty much one dividend each day. Below are some recent dividends since my last investing update. Since I have a lot of monthly dividend stocks, I receive a lot of dividends at the end of each month. 

Bank of Nova ScotiaBNS$0.545.34%
Multi-Asset Diversified Income ETFMDIV$0.063.95%
PowerShares KBW High DivKBWD$0.297.47%
PowerShares Preferred PortfolioPGX$0.075.99%
PowerShares High YieldPEY$0.053.48%
Peritus High Yield ETFHYLD$0.217.21%
Eaton Vance Tax Advantaged Dividend Income FundEVT$0.157.77%
Principal Real Estate Income FundPGZ$0.117.29%
PowerShares S&P 500SPHD$0.273.90%
YieldShares High Income ETFYYY$0.138.84%
PowerShares Financial Preferred PortfolioPGF$0.085.12%
S&P 500 Low VolatilitySPLV$0.092.19%
AT&T IncT$0.513.25%
John DeereDE$0.763.86%
VerizonVZ$0.604.08%

(Note - my AT&T (T) yield is low due to buying another share of T after the ex-dividend date)

I received $8.51 in dividends in January of 2019. 

I hope you have a great week!

Signed,

Mitch