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June 2015 Income

Sorry for the late June update. It seemed that not too long ago July had just started! I just moved to Chicago for work and have been busy getting settled here. I’ll post an update about that soon. Also, a new update is coming about another investment idea that I’ve...

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“Clean” Version of Dividend Portfolio Tracker

I’m excited to let you guys know about an update to my dividend portfolio tracker. I’ve had a few people ask for my help in editing the spreadsheet to get their own stocks to show up. In helping these people, I realized how difficult it can be to get everything...

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May 2015 Income

Well, it is that time again. Time to review my dividend investing strategy. While I don’t worry about the short term fluctuations of the portfolio and could very well just do a full review at the conclusion of each year, part of the reason why I like doing this review...

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Lessons Learned in the First 80 Years

The first person that comes to my mind when I think of investing lessons, especially coming from someone with over 80 years of life experience, would be Warren Buffett. However, this post is not about him. This is about Byron Wien. He is an American investor and vice chairman of...

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April 2015 Income

April isn’t historically one of the higher paying months with only 5 companies paying. I did receive a $36.23 special dividend from TROW, which helped. You’ll note that this wasn’t automatically reinvested as my dividends usually are. I guess that is just a consequence of the special dividend. My quarterly...

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AAPL Dividend Increase

Apple just released strong second quarter results. Included among the report was an expansion of the capital return program to $200 billion by March 2017. The Board also approved an 11% increase in the company’s quarterly dividend. Shareholders of record on 5/11/2015 will receive a dividend of $.52 per share,...

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The Plunge into P2P Lending

Thanks to a post at Write Your Own Reality (WYOR) entitled, Using P2P Lending to Protect Against Short-Term Cash Needs, I decided to look into it a little more thoroughly. I first heard about it from a friend at work who has invested about $15,000 over the last few years....

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Purchase of GE with money from MCD

If you’ve been following my latest posts, I did go ahead and sell MCD. As a dividend growth investor, stagnant stocks aren’t usually what would cause me to sell. In fact, I might even buy more or at least hold, allowing the reinvested dividends to be even more effective. It...

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Should I Sell McDonald’s?

I first bought McDonald’s (MCD) in July 2013. I purchased 30 shares at that time for 100.999/share. I have collected $175.69 in dividends, which I reinvested back into the company, purchasing an additional 1.8391 shares. Despite purchasing nearly all the reinvested shares at a lower price than my initial purchase,...

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March 2015 Income

March has historically been one of the higher payout months. This March did not disappoint with contributions coming from 18 of my 30 stocks. Total dividend income for March 2015 was $617.32. In March 2014 I received $258.07; in March 2013, I received $103.64; and in March 2012, I received...