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February 2015 Income

February has traditionally been not that big of a dividend payout month. However, mostly thanks to AAPL, February isn’t too shabby anymore. Also, compared to last February, I also own two additional stocks which pay in the February quarter, CAT and O. In total, I received $279.47 in dividends for...

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Latest Roth IRA Purchase: EMR

For my dividend growth investing portfolio I try to buy stocks that have wide moats and that I feel will be around for years to come. I recently read an article on Seeking Alpha discussing Emerson Electric and feel that it fits the bill. Today I purchased 44 shares of...

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January 2015 Income

Thanks to a special dividend from Ventas of $4.79 that I was not expecting, I was able to just break $100. January is my lowest dividend collecting month as BAX, CSCO, GE, and O only provide the meaningful contributions. DIS also pays this month but only contributed $2.62 since it...

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Latest Purchases of BRK-B, DIS, UL

On 1/15/2015, I made three purchases within my Loyal3 account on top of the $25/month that I’ve already been buying of Berkshire-Hathaway, Disney, and Unilever. I’m particularly interested in Disney, which I feel has a great growth potential. Disney owns ESPN and ABC, among other things. I purchased $500 worth...

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My Budgeting Method

A little over a year ago I spent hours putting together a budget with my favorite financial software for Mac, iBank. I haven’t looked at it since. It’s not that I don’t budget, I just do it differently than most people (except maybe the only ones reading this site!). My...

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Purchases of More BP and CVX

I first purchased CVX back in April 2013. In fact, CVX was one of the original stocks I bought when I switched my portfolio from ETFs to individual stocks. My entire portfolio had a value of around $30,000 at that time. It really wasn’t that long ago, but it is...

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Scott’s Goals for 2015

Well, with about a week gone already of 2015, I thought it would be a great time to finally set some goals for the remainder of the year. As much as I’d love to write a short post about some recent trades I just made, I thought it best to...

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Did I reach my 2014 goals?

To recap, here are the goals for 2014 that I set on January 4, 2014. Goals for 2014: 1) Max Roth IRA ($5,500) as soon as possible 2) Generate at least $2,400 a year in dividends 3) Contribute at least $3,000 into 2-3 small cap growth stocks. 4) Begin experimenting...

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2014 Year-End Performance

2014 was another great year for stocks. Yes, oil-related stocks did drop a bit but overall the market continues to be strong. I look to add more oil companies on weakness if I have the cash available. Some statistics: Beginning 2014 account value: $68,907 Ending 2014 account value: $123,001.82 Net...

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Calculating Your Annualized Return – XIRR Function

As the end of the year approaches, many of us will be writing blog posts about our portfolio and its performance over the past year. While it is easy to look at the starting and ending values and determine the percent change, this formula isn’t really what we should be...