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Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) vs Individual Stocks

When I started invested I stayed diversified by investing in ETFs. Since I began without much money, commission-free ETFs, like Schwab’s Dividend Equity ETF were very appealing. I’ve always liked the concept of investing in dividend growth companies and an ETF was a good exposure to that sector, allowing me...

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November 2015 Income

In total, I received $391.43 in dividends for November 2015. Last November I received $236.24, giving me an increase of 66% YOY! This includes only receiving $1.30 from CAT (versus $54 last quarter); the reason for this is that I sold CAT and then bought it back in order to...

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Recent Purchases – End of November 2015

While I don’t talk about sales of stock that often, I recently discussed a number of sales for tax purposes. I had sold the majority of my positions in BP, CAT, and IBM at the end of October. At the end of November, I re-purchased these three companies. My hope...

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Recent Sales and Purchases – November 2015

Sales Sales of dividend generating stocks usually don’t happen too often for those of us investing through this methodology. We hope that we do enough research and invest in companies that will be able to sustain paying dividends. These companies generally have historically paid dividends through the bull and bear...

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International Dividend Portfolio Tracker with Transactions Page

I’ve had a number of people ask me to include support for foreign currencies. This is that effort. The current release is based off of my Dividend Portfolio Tracker version 3.1.2. Click here to access International Dividend Portfolio Tracker spreadsheet You’ll have to click File > Make a copy… in...

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My Other Dividend Investing Tips

Dividend Reference posted a great collection of dividend investing tips. As mentioned in my previous post, one of my tips was featured as tip #38. I’ve posted my other 11 tips below: Tip #1: Invest consistently. Live on less than you make each month so that you have money available...

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October 2015 Income

October hasn’t been one of my high payout months, but it still came in respectably at $163.81. This is up 63% from last year but is actually down slightly from its most recent quarter in July. This can be attributed to the fact that the spinoff combination of Baxter and...

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101 Dividend Investing Tips from the Experts

I was recently asked to participate in a survey collecting tips regarding dividend investing by Jimmy at Dividend Reference. I submitted a few and was happy to see that one of mine got picked (#38). The tips have been divided into sections for easier reference: Tips for First-Time Investors Keys...

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September 2015 Income

September has historically been one of the higher payout months. Total dividend income for September 2015 was $635.77, an all time single month record! In September 2014 I received $312.11; in September 2013, I received $186.88; and in September 2012, I received $87.42. I like the trend that I’m seeing!...

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New Options Strategy

There’s been two new options strategies that I’ve been toying with. Both involve variants on buying stock and selling covered calls. For the beginning options trader, each options contract consists of 100 shares. As an example, I current have a little over 400 shares of GE in my account. On...