Saturday, March 30, 2019

Investing Update 3/30/2019

Here is this week's investing update -

1/1/20193/30/2019Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$4,434.08$5,164.22$730.14
Money from my pocket$4,593.98$4,758.98$165.00$12.98
Gains/Realized & Unrealized-$399.90$126.94$526.84

My overall portfolio has increased $730.14 since January 1st. I have received $38.30 in dividends in 2019 and added $165.00 from my pocket. That means the other $526.84 increase came from the value of my stocks going up.

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

Dividends Received in 2018$38.30
# of Dividends Received in 2018104
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.368

Today is the 89th day of 2019, and I've received 104 dividends this year.

I received 19 dividends this past week for a total of $5.75

                          Stock Name          -            Stock Ticker - Dividend Amount - Yearly Yield

Arrow Dow Jones Global ETFGYLD$0.064.46%
Qualcomm IncQCOM$1.244.83%
Union PacificUNP$0.884.03%
WisdomTree U.S. High DividendDHS$0.254.34%
YieldShares High Income ETFYYY$0.138.84%
PowerShares Preferred PortfolioPGX$0.075.99%
PowerShares Financial Preferred PortfolioPGF$0.095.76%
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%
PowerShares S&P 500SPHD$0.294.19%
Multi-Asset Diversified Income ETFMDIV$0.106.59%
PowerShares KBW High DivKBWD$0.317.98%
Peritus High Yield ETFHYLD$0.227.55%
Pub Svc Enterprise GroupPEG$0.474.10%
PowerShares High YieldPEY$0.053.48%
Empire State Realty TrustESRT$0.112.78%

Receiving $5.75 in dividends in the last week of March was a fun way to end the month. I also received the dividend from ESRT, which was a stock I bought not too long ago! 



Monday, March 25, 2019

Ally Bank - Inaccurate Yield???

I received another interest payment from my Ally bank, but I don't believe I got the 2.20% savings yield that I was supposed to. Here's the math -

  • Previous balance - $526.53
  • Interest Rate I should have received - 2.20% 
  • $526.53 * 2.20% = $11.584
  • $11.584 / 12 months = $1.053
I think I should have received $1.05 this past month, but I actually received $0.88. Now, 88 cents is still wayyyyy more than the interest I receive from my big bank savings rate, but I'm still a little confused. Am I doing my math wrong? 

I think I received a 2.00% interest rate 
  • Previous balance - $526.53
  • Interest Rate I think I received - 2.00%
  • $526.53 * 2.00% = $10.531
  • $10.531 / 12 months = $0.878 or $0.88 cents
So I'm going to e-mail Ally and see if I missed something, or didn't read the fine print of something. 

Anyone else have this issue?



Saturday, March 23, 2019

Investing Update 3/23/2019

Here is this week's investing update -

1/1/20193/23/2019Change since Jan 1stAvg/Week
Robinhood Portfolio Value$4,434.08$5,071.23$637.15
Money from my pocket$4,593.98$4,733.98$140.00$12.89
Gains/Realized & Unrealized-$399.90$64.70$464.60

My overall portfolio has increased $637.15 since January 1st. I have received $32.55 in dividends in 2019 and added $140.00 from my pocket. That means the other $464.60 increase came from the value of my stocks going up.

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

Dividends Received in 2018$32.55
# of Dividends Received in 201885
Average Dividend Payment Amount$0.383

Today is the 82nd day of 2019, and I've received 85 dividends this year.

I received 5 dividends this past week for a total of $2.38

Duke Energy CorpDUK$0.934.37%
Kraft Heinz CompanyKHC$0.403.04%
Gabelli Dividend & IncomeGDV$0.116.81%

I have about 16 more dividends to receive in March. I hope you all have a good weekend and are able to enjoy nicer weather. 



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.