Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Helpful Investing Links

It's been a long week already, and it's not even Wednesday. Work is hectic this week, so I'm going to keep this shorter tonight.

Here are the links I use to help me with finding information on stocks -

These sites are helpful for me, and maybe then can be helpful for you too. 

And of course.... https://robinhood.com/



Monday, August 6, 2018

August 2018 Budget - Part 4

Here is the fourth and final video for creating a budget on a spreadsheet.

There are millions of ways to modify/adjust this framework, so feel free to change it so it better suits your needs.

Hopefully this budget has been helpful for you, or at least it has made you think about budgeting. You can use a spreadsheet, pen/paper, or an app. For me personally, I've found this way to be the only thing that I stick with.



Sunday, August 5, 2018

August 2018 Budget - Part 3

Better late than never! Part 3 of making a budget for August 2018 (or any month). There will be one more video for this series.


I hope you had a good weekend and I hope you have a productive and happy week.



Saturday, August 4, 2018

Apple Outstanding Shares Update

Every so often I will post about the number of shares outstanding Apple has. Apple has been buying back a lot of their shares, and this past quarter was no different -

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
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

Apple has under 5 billion shares outstanding. When the supply of shares goes down, the demand goes up, therefore increasing the stock price. I believe over time, Apple's stock price will keep trending upwards. Don't listen to clickbait-ey articles saying "Apple's Price set to soar to $300/share!!!" any time soon, but yes, maybe in 4-5 years, Apple will probably reach $300/share. Slow and steady. 

This isn't investment advice, just my thoughts. 



Friday, August 3, 2018

Investing Update 8/3/2018

This week ended up much higher due to Apple.

1/1/20188/3/2018Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$3,586.18$6,201.40$2,615.22
Money from my pocket$2,902.00$4,308.98$1,406.98$45.81
Gains/Realized & Unrealized$546.42$1,693.71$1,147.29
Dividends Received in 2018$60.95
# of Dividends Received in 2018134
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.455

Here are the dividends I received this past week - 

Date ReceivedCompany NameTickerDividend Amount
7/30/2018Bank of Nova ScotiaBNS$0.53
7/31/2018Invesco Preferred ETFPGF$0.08
7/31/2018PowerShares High YieldPEY$0.06
7/31/2018PowerShares KBW High DivKBWD$0.14
7/31/2018PowerShares S&P 500SPHD$0.14
8/1/2018AT&T IncT$0.50
8/1/2018John DeereDE$0.69
I received a total of $2.14 in dividends this week, not bad! 

I continue to use and appreciate the Robinhood App  - https://robinhood.com/



Thursday, August 2, 2018

Apple Market Cap

I didn't follow the markets too closely today, but I saw that Apple's Market Cap hit 1 Trillion dollars, or $1,000,000,000. Market Cap = # of Shares Available * Stock Price. It was nice to see my Robinhood Portfolio go up in value, instead of down in value. I have both stock and a call option in Apple, which both saw their value go up today.

There's a lot of hype and excitement right now, but Apple could easily drop back under $200/share, even back under $190/share. When stocks go up in value, people take the profits and run, which is a smart play. If enough people/companies/trading computers take their profits (sell the stock), the stock price will go down.

Like I've said before, long-term, I believe Apple stock price will keep going up alone due to the stock buybacks. All of my family members and co-workers have iPhones, and I just don't see Apple going anywhere.

Tomorrow is Friday, which means the stock could stay high due to traders wanting to end the week high, but I'm completely ready for the stock to drop again before eventually staying above $200/share permanently.

(This isn't stock guidance or advice, these are just my thoughts.)

Thanks for reading,



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Upcoming Projects

Happy August!

July went by fast, and here we are in August. Here are some upcoming Missions I will try and accomplish this month -

  1.  Finish the budget videos (will finish soon)
  2. Summarize my July spending
  3. Get new athletic shoes
  4. Finish moving movies off of my iMac hard drive.
  5. Transport my plant to a larger pot. 
  6. Update my Portfolio Page.
These things are always in the back of my mind, I just need to make it happen and not let perfection get in the way.